After their successes the day before, Brad & Greg Kroef lined up on the front row for Race 3 on a wet track. It was so slippery, Peter Ward spun on the formation lap. But as the race started, Ward accelerated through both Kroefs to snatch the lead by turn 1.
By lap 2, Peter Ward was stretching his lead but he wasn’t shaking off Brad Kroef. On lap 4, Smokey Fougere decided to revisit his off-road racing roots losing it on turn two.
Meanwhile an all-nighter working on the blue Timber World Holden looked to be paying dividends as Shane Dias posted the fastest lap. He snuck past Greg Kroef and charged off in pursuit of the front runners. By lap 6, he’d passed Brad Kroef leaving Peter Ward as his next target.
On the 7th lap, Dias ducked underneath Ward on Turn 2 and snatched the lead as the sun was breaking through. Ward wasn’t done, ducking & weaving until he found a way back into the lead. Dias reclaimed the lead on lap 8, but their duel had allowed traffic behind to catch up. Their exuberance is short lived, as Ward, Ross & the Kroefs lock up and run wide, leaving Shane Diaas unchallenged for the chequered flag.
So after we’d seen 3 different winners in the first 3 races, it was all down to Race 4 to decide the weekend. The track was dry but winds strong as Brad Kroef lined up alongside Peter Ward on the front row. But it was Ward with the better start and as he stormed into position 1 on turn 1, while Shane Dias sprinted into 2nd. As Ward extended his lead, a misfiring engine meant Dias couldn’t shake off the tag team of Brad and Greg Kroef.
By lap 3, Ward was well ahead, but Brad Kroef was breathing down the neck of Shane Dias, setting up a classic Holden Ford battle. Then on Lap 6, Brad Kroef ran around the outside of Dias on the sweeper to steal 2nd . With several laps remaining, there was plenty of time for Dias to pounce, but Kroef had plenty of pace, consolidating his 2nd place all the way to the chequered flag. Stu Monteith, however, suffered a flat and limped his way back to the pits.
So at the chequered flag, the class of Peter Ward shone through. Here’s how the drivers finished Races 3 & 4 of the RYCO 24•7 V8 Ute Championship’s first round event:
Race 3 Results
Race 4 Results
1st Shane Dias 2nd Peter Ward 3rd Brad Kroef 4th Phillip Ross 5th Greg Kroef 6th Simon Ussher 7th Stu Monteith 8th David Lowe 9th Bruce McRae 10th Paul Fougere 11th Daniel Ludlam
1st Peter Ward 2nd Brad Kroef 3rd Shane Dias 4th Phil Ross 5th David Lowe 6th Simon Ussher 7th Paul Fougere 8th Greg Kroef 9th Bruce McRae 10th Daniel Ludlam 11th Stu Monteith