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Speedway champ’s boom season

PODIUM: Tim Atkin (middle) won the NSW Production Sedan Championship with Jim Cowley second and Nick Keldoulis third at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway on Saturday night. PHOTO: TONY POWELL
PODIUM: Tim Atkin (middle) won the NSW Production Sedan Championship with Jim Cowley second and Nick Keldoulis third at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway on Saturday night. PHOTO: TONY POWELL

AUSTRALIAN champion Tim Atkin turned in a perfect performance as he raced through the program unbeaten to claim the NSW Production Sedan Championship at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway on Saturday night.

Driving his immaculate VS Holden Commodore, the Gympie star earned pole position in the title final after he emerged the winner of both heats.

Atkin led every lap of the championship final and was never seriously challenged as he took the chequered flag in advance of runner-up Jim Cowley from the Sunshine Coast and Gympie's Nick Keldoulis.

This latest victory adds to his Queensland and Victorian titles in a boom season highlighted with his success in the Australian Championship.

The NSW Championship was run without major incident and most of the interest in the race focused on the battle for minor positions.

Meanwhile, Grafton's Jai Stephenson returned to his home track as newly crowned Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion following his recent national title win in Victoria.

However he missed a major placing in a thrilling main event, highlighted with a battle for supremacy between former Australian champions Andrew Pezzutti and Scott Cannon.

Newcastle veteran racer Cannon and current NSW champion Pezzutti shared the front row. Cannon jumped to the lead with Pezzutti on his tail as they opened a gap on the field. With 12 laps remaining and lapped traffic ahead, Pezzutti used slower cars to perfection and passed Scott Cannon to lead from that point to the chequered flag. Third place was claimed by Brent Hall.

Luke Watt made a successful return to racing with victory in the National Four Cylinder Sedans' main event.

Other feature race winners were Aaron Ackerely (Wingless Sprintcars), Graham O'Driscoll (Limited Sedans) and Josh Rose (Junior Sedans).

Emma Bidner was taken to hospital with a fractured foot after a high speed collision with the pit gate during a Junior Sedan event. The construction of the Lismore Rocket chassis company factory built car saved her from potential serious injury after the right side of the vehicle was severely damaged in the crash.

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