Sweet Is The Man At Mt. Gambier
MT. GAMBIER, Australia — Kings Royal victor Brad Sweet was an elated winner of round three of the ENZED World Series Sprintcars Saturday at Borderline Speedway.
The 28-year-old Californian steered the Highrace Towing GF1 chassis to a classy win as he led home Shaun Dobson in second and Darren Mollenoyux in third.
Driving for Josh and Isaac Ruhs out of Broken Hill in NSW the pint-sized KKR racer who will join the World of Outlaws full time in 2014 never looked greatly troubled as he deftly moved through traffic in the car in which he won the Kings Royal in Eldora earlier this year.
“It certainly helps when you can drive a car that you’re used to,” he smiled from the podium, “and I can’t say enough about Josh and Isaac for giving me this opportunity. I came down here to Australia hoping to get a bit of an edge on some of my rivals back home for next year and I’m super happy I can start it off with a win here.”
Sweet’s victory in the $10,000-to-win 35-lap feature was his first on Australian soil.
Second and third placed Dobson and Mollenoyux, respectively, registered personal bests in terms of WSS competition.
“I’m really pleased for Harry (Drosti) and my boys that we could get a podium tonight,” explained Dobson. “I gave it everything I had on the restart and we made up a few spots but it was pretty tough to get close to Brad in traffic. He was really fast tonight.”
Mollenoyux, too, was naturally pleased.
“We came here just hoping to make the A-Main, so to wind up on the podium ahead of guys like Robbie Farr and Garry Brazier is more than we could have hoped for,” he said. “I really need to thank Parr Motorsports for giving me this opportunity.”
The battle for fourth place behind Mollenoyux and Dobson raged between Robbie Farr and Garry Brazier for several laps with the now West Australia domiciled Farr narrowly getting the nod over Brazier.