DIFFERENT setting, different time, no worries for Grant Anderson.
The Albury driver climbed from fourth to win the second of three 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic A-Mains.
The scheduled Saturday feature race was moved to Sunday afternoon – before the three-night event’s final program – after rain delays on night two.
Anderson defeated highly-rated American duo Jason Johnson and Carson Macedo.
Warrnambool hope Peter Doukas, who lives in Mailors Flat, finished fourth after starting on pole.
Anderson said he was pleased with the result, particularly given the peculiar lead in.
“It is awesome. A prelim night is awesome, $10,000 is even better,” he said from the infield.
“Daylight, didn’t know if the rubber was going to come. I think it caught everyone out a bit to be honest, the set up.
“I felt really loose early. I ran the top, made some ground and looked ahead and could see some lap cars sticking the bottom a little bit, so I went down there and pulled the wing back and I was able to stick it better than the rest.”
Anderson joined three-time Classic winner Brooke Tatnell as preliminary night A-Main winners after the American-based Australian ace was victorious on Friday night.
Doukas, 23, said he was disappointed in mistakes which caused him to slip from pole position.
The South Warrnambool footballer had to sweat on pole position overnight.
“It went well, but we’re a bit disappointed to end up where we did. I just made a mistake and lost a little bit of ground,” he revealed in the pits after the race.
“We recovered from that and then the rubber came in on the bottom of the track so another few passed us.
“But we managed to pick up some points and that’s important.
“If you came in at the start of the night and somebody said ‘would you take fourth place?’ I’d have said yes straight away.”
Rain impacted the Saturday night program heavily with the first of 12 heats starting at 9pm. The final heat was completed at 10.55pm. Drivers were warming up for the feature before a decision to postpone was made at 12.30am.
American teenager Parker Price-Miller, Jason Johnson, Anderson, Brad Warren, John Vogels, Luke Oldfield, Matt Dumesny, Brendan Guerin, Carson Macedo, David McKay, Jock Goodyer and Brock Hallett scored heat wins. Tasmanian Goodyer was rapt to score a win after recently switching from formula 500s.