Two from two was the feature race results for Brad Warren this past weekend at Horsham’s ‘Blue Ribbon Raceway’ when the Victorian Wingless fraternity hit town for their annual end of season clash and what a way to go out as a regular Wingless driver as Warren starts the process of funding his Sprintcar drive for the next season.
On Saturday night 24 racers attended the venue with each driver having two heats to determine qualification for the feature race. Warren in the # 84 ‘Draintech/KFC/Victory Lane Racegear’ machine won both his heats to claim the top starting position with Gary Bowden alongside and Luke Cole and Dan Dubois behind them.
Warren led the dash to the green flag only to have stewards pull the race up and do it all again as they weren’t happy with the start formation. Bowden got the best start at the restart and led into turn one, however Warren snatched the lead back down the back straight and tho had a great dice with both cars having a turn at the front.
Controversy halted proceedings when some contact between Bowden and Dubois ended with Bowden in the infield spun around. Some further contact between the two drivers during the yellow light caution period knocked the front end out of the Dubois race car.
When the green finally dropped it was Warren who would skip away with Cole in hot pursuit. Cole would end up on the infield a number of laps later with engine failure allowing Warren to take a commanding lead to take the feature win from Luke Walker with Mick Rigby making a last corner move on Peter Walters to take out 3rd place. Visiting NSW driver Mitchell Bootland rounded out the top 5.
On to night two nineteen cars remained and following on from night one Warren had a third and first place result in the second night’s heats. Dubois qualified top points, Warren was second then Glenn Watts and Ross Jarred having a steer in the Bowden car.
During the interval break trying to give the crowd some passing entertainment, Warren canvassed the other drivers on a top points to the rear line up for the final. A vote was taken and top points to the rear was agreed upon with the complete field inverted.
The result was Bryce Reeves and Ray Klemm off the front with Dubois and Warren from the back of the field.
In a caution interrupted final, the early pace setter would be Klemm, but the action was back in the pack with Warren already up into position 7 after just 3 laps from starting position eighteen.
After one of the many caution periods Warren would soon be on the tail tank of race leader Klemm, and maybe that was more pressure than the Klemm could handle with him spinning in front of the field bringing on the yellows.
This would see Klemm go to the rear and Warren at the front of the field after only 11 laps of the 30 Lap final had been completed.
During the next stage of the race there would be a number of caution flags and a red flag after early race leader Klemm ended his night upside-down. This is also where Watts would start to make his move.
Getting himself into 2nd, Watts started to apply the blowtorch to Warren and almost getting up the inside for the lead before Warren closed the door going into turns 1-2.
The final yellow would come out with 5 laps on the lap counter remaining. At the restart Warren would skipped away to eventually win the 30 lap final from the rear of the field from Watts with Kane Newcombe 3rd from Dubois 4th and Ross Jarred in the V18 rounding out the top 5.
Warren spoke after the second night to media. “Well the car is for sale and I can’t wait to head into the big things with wings. It has been fantastic here in Wingless and I have had a great time with so many friends. I’m sure I will have a drive here and there. We are 100% focussed now on locking in financial supporters for our tilt at the Sprints and have a busy off season ahead of us. I couldn’t recommend Wingless highly enough as a great way to go racing for those thinking of their next step.”
Brad Warren Racing thanks all the teams’ partners.
Coastal Tyres Warrnambool
Heath Bunting Racing
Coastal Car Rentals
Dave Langley Photography
Thommo’s Race Graphix
Victory Lane Racegear
Cam Williams Bricklaying
Dean Thompson for Brad Warren Racing
Warren Smooth as silk around Horsham (C) Dave Langley Photography