WARRNAMBOOL-BASED driver Darren Mollenoyux opened his Victorian Sprintcar Series account at Avalon in fine form on Saturday.
The 36-year-old secured the A-main victory from fellow south-west drivers in James McFadden and Corey McCullagh. The pair fought right to the finish for the minor placings on the podium.
Fellow Warrnambool drivers Jye O’Keefe and Jamie Veal finished in fourth and fifth respectively, to round our a south-west clean sweap.
Mollenoyux, who set the quickest time in both the silver and gold shootouts to start from the front row, led from start to finish to claim the checkered flag.
“It all worked out pretty well,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season.”
The experienced racer said the decision to pick a P2 starting position helped him hold his lead.
“It was a bonus being highest in the top six shootout and because the track was dry we took the inside line,” he said. “It wasn’t as roughed up as the outside and from there we were able to hold the lead from the start.
Three stoppages gave Mollenoyux multiple times to reset and keep the pressure at the front on McCullagh and McFadden.
“It was good to get a few restarts and get a clear road again,” he said.
“But there was still times when I had to weave through traffic but it worked out well.”
Mollenoyux (396 points), who now holds a 10-point lead over McCullagh (386) and 40 over Okeeffe (356) in the overall lead of the series, will skip round two in Moama.
“We plan on racing in round three at Warrnambool,” he said. “We have a car engine arriving from Perth thanks to Steve Duggan and we will build a car from there.”