Meeting off, but Lines still a Speedweek winner

MOUNT Gambier driver Steven Lines was one of only a handful of winners to emerge from a washed out World Series Sprintcars ( WSS) meeting at Premier Speedway.

The washout yesterday meant Lines secured the Speedweek title, contested over five meetings from Boxing Day to New Year’s Day. The defending Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic champion had 1140 points leading into the Speedweek grand final, courtesy of a blazing start on the track.

He won the opening night in Adelaide on Boxing Day, ran second at Murray Bridge on December 27 and claimed a second triumph at Avalon on December 30.

Brooke Tatnell was second with 1052 points while James McFadden (984), Brad Keller (962) and Robbie Farr (961) were also in the hunt. “Obviously it’s a disappointing way to win. But let’s face it, we’re going to take the win,” Lines told the WSS website.

“Now we’ll focus on heading to Brisbane and the next two weekends there.”

Farr actually leads the WSS standings with 1181 points, courtesy of using his joker card at Avalon, which doubled his tally for the night. But points earned courtesy of the joker card do not go towards drivers’ Speedweek tallies, meaning he had to be content with fifth.

“You can use the joker for your series points but they don’t have an effect on Speedweek standings,” WSS competition director Paul Trengrove said.

Farr was another beneficiary of the washout. He raced in Sydney last night, rather than at Allansford, yet did not lose ground at the top of the WSS standings. Round six of WSS is at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night. Round seven, the Australian Open, is at the same track on January 10 and 11.

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