JAMIE Veal has reaffirmed his standing among the elite of Australian sprintcar racing with a maiden World Series Sprintcars triumph.
The Warrnambool driver, 25, claimed victory in the George Tatnell Cup at Speedway City, Adelaide on Saturday night, which doubled as round nine.
He qualified sixth fastest and ran ninth and sixth in his two heats, which earned him a spot in the bronze shootout.
Veal found speed to win both the bronze and silver shootouts and was second behind Luke Dillon in the gold shootout. The result meant he started off the front row, ultimately beating Steven Lines and James McFadden in a 35-lap final marred by multiple stoppages.
Robbie Farr, Daniel Pestka, Brad Keller, Brooke Tatnell, Hayden Pitt, Michael Burford and Brent Aprile were among drivers who failed to finish.
Veal picked up $10,000 for the win. He rose to fifth on the WSS standings, having earned double points in the A main by using his joker card.
“I can’t thank my dad (Ken) and (crew chief) Jeff Judd enough,” Veal told the WSS website. “We’ve been on a really good roll since the Lismore World Series round and tonight caps off a great month so far.” The bumper start to 2014 started with a third in round eight of WSS at Lismore Speedway in New South Wales.
Veal backed up by winning night two of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic in front of a parochial home-town crowd at Premier Speedway.
That effort helped him become the first south-west driver in decades to start the Classic final off pole, although he finished a frustrating third.
Veal was en route to Perth yesterday and unavailable for comment. But his drive earned plaudits from Judd.
“There were a couple of incidents in the first few starts. In the last start he got to the lead and he was never headed from there,” he said.
“He didn’t just hold on, he pulled away at every restart. It was right up there with the Classic drive, that’s for sure. He’s driving as well as he ever has.”
WSS round 10 is at Perth Motorplex on Friday night while round 11 is at Bunbury Speedway on Saturday night.
Lines also used his joker card on Saturday night and took the series lead with 2436 points as a result.
McFadden (2352), Dillon (2267), Tatnell (2092) and Veal (2070) round out the top five.
n Moe driver Mitch Foster scored a pole-to-flag victory in round 10 of the Sprintcar Racing Association of Victoria series at Avalon on Saturday night.
Foster took the win from another Victorian, Brett Milburn, while American Geoff Ensign continued a love affair with the track by running third.
Tasmanian Shaun Dobson, driving for Warrnambool car owner Harry Droste, was fourth and Warrnambool’s Darren Mollenoyux was fifth.