BREAKTHROUGH: Knott's maiden triumph at home
SPEEDWAY: It has been a long road for Grafton's Nick Knott since joining the V8 Dirt Modifieds class last season, but with a rare meeting at his home track the 'son of a publican' stole the show.
The Firth Motorsport team driver broke through for his first modifieds feature victory at the Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway recently setting him on the right path for the rest of the season.
Lady luck was smiling on Knott throughout the night, with the 22-year-old drawing pole position for the 20-lap feature race in the top-eight point scorers' marble draw, following a win in his opening heat race and finishing fourth in his second heat race.
Focused on getting a good start from the drop of the flag, Knott managed to take the early lead in his 602 Crate Engine and build a buffer between him and his rivals, before surviving the only restart on lap nine.
A brief illegal passing on lap 13 got Knott's heart going but all was rectified as he held on for the remainder to steer his troyer machine to victory.
"It's an amazing feeling to come away with my first feature-race win and to do it on home soil in front of my family, friends and sponsors made it even more special,” Knott said.
"While I'm still getting adjusted to the horsepower and other aspects of the car, this win definitely gives me added confidence for the remainder of this season. I have to say a big thank you to my team, my sponsors and my family for all of their ongoing support.”
Stepping into V8 Dirt Modifieds off the back of no previous speedway racing experience, other than having pit crewing for Andrew Firth in AMCA Nationals and then later V8 Dirt Modifieds, it wasn't the easiest initiation for Knott, who purchased an ex-Australian Title winning Troyer from Geoff Phillips powered by a 350 Crate Engine.
After completing a turbulent dozen shows in the machine during his maiden season, Knott decided to purchase another car for his second season in the class, in the form of the ex-Scott Conlin-owned Troyer.
It was a big feature for the Firth Motorsport team with all three team racers, including Simon Blandford and Firth, crossing the line among the top five finishers.