AN Australian speedway legend trying three decades to win the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic held off a star-studded field to realise a life-long dream on Sunday night.
Queenslander Robbie Farr celebrated his win in the 24-car 40-lap A-Main with a series of burnouts at Premier Speedway.
Farr defeated past champions Jamie Veal, Kerry Madsen, Brooke Tatnell and James McFadden in an epic finale which highlighted the skill of the nation’s top drivers.
“It’s been 30 years, the longest apprenticship to win this race,” Farr said post race.
“I was walking up the hill to see my wife and kids tonight and found a $5 note and I thought ‘maybe me and this place have made up’.”
Farr, who started in fourth, led for 21 laps before a re-start with nine remaining after Allansford’s Tim Van Ginneken spun out.
He kept his composure to hold off his high-quality opponents.
“I have been doing this for 29 years and this race has been the worst race for us and we just won it and that's pretty cool,” Farr said.
"There is a lot of history here and a lot of legends have won this race and I’m proud to put my name near them.
"It was a thing missing off the resume and that completes that resume for me.
“I have dedicated my life to this sport and to win the biggest race in the country is pretty cool.”
American Cory Eliason was the heartbreak story of the night.
The Diamond Bay Motorsport driver started on pole and caught lapped traffic on lap five but his dream was crushed with 30 to run when he was involved in a crash on turn two.
He walked straight off the track into the pits to a round of applause.
It was a magical night for Timboon’s Luke Walker who started out of position five.
He finished seventh behind Albury’s Grant Anderson.
Tasmanian teenager Jock Goodyer won the B-Main 1 to advance along with Brad Keller, Ryan Jones and Van Ginneken.
Brayden Parr, Sammy Walsh, Terry Rankin and Jordyn Charge were the four to transfer to the main show from the B-Main 2.