Owen’s consistency pays off

Consistency paid dividends for Warrnambool formula 500 rookie Tyler Owen at Simpson Speedway on Saturday night.

Owen, in his first season in the class after years on the Aussie Racing Cars circuit, was second and fourth in the two features.

The results were enough to lift him to an overall points victory at the meeting, dubbed Simvegas Nationals.

Josh Buckingham and Shane Van Duynhoven filled the podium. 

Both drivers won a feature each. Jackson Lunt took the win in the junior sedans’ Councillors Cup, ahead of Jack Gartner and Steven Watts.

Shaun Walsh won the super rods feature from Dale Walsh and Michael Coad, while Alex Bath walked away uninjured from a spectacular crash.

Simpson Car Club president Alan Symons said Bath “cartwheeled” down the front straight and smashed into the pit gate.

He was able to finish the meeting, although officials face hours of work to repair the gate ahead of the club’s next meeting.

“After about 40 minutes he was ready to rock and roll and raced the rest of the night. The height he got was incredible,” he said.

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