APRIL 23 2022
Geelong’s Michael Tancredi puts on a spectacle at Avalon Raceway for the final race meeting of the season at the Place for Pace. Taking out the Diggers Cup and in doing so won the A Plus Powdercoating Tripe Crown as well.
Jordan Abbott would kick-start his race day with a QuickTime effort for the C&H Trucking Sprintcar Limited series in flight number one with a 12.614 second lap time.
Andy Hibbert would go slightly better again, going QuickTime in flight number two with a 12.608 second flyer.
Mr Speed Matthew Reed would lay down an overall QuickTime effort with his blistering 12.570 lap time in the third and final flight of time trials.
Mildura’s Corey Sandow found supreme speed in the opening heat race getting up over Jordan Abbott who followed through for second.
Brett Milburn would drive the VA29 away on the front row to win heat 2 by over a second distance to Andy Hibbert.
Michael Tancredi put the pieces together to a fast racecar In heat 3 to dominate by over 2 seconds back to Matthew Reed.
Ben Micallef was the fastest man on track in heat race 4, getting the win over fast Eddie Lumbar in second place.
Dan Scott would win by a staggering 4 second gap over Brett Smith and Matthew Reed In heat race number four.
Michael Tancredi would continue the fast paced effort with a convincing win over Mitchell Sutej who was home in second for the final heat race.
Sprintcar rookie Jordan Rae would turn heads when winning the B Main driving the Domain Ramsay VA2 machine. David McKay, Travis Millar and Sam Wren would qualify into the 25 Lap Main Event for the C&H Trucking Series and Diggers Cup.
Consistently lapping at 3 tenths faster than the nearest opposition, Michael Tancredi never really looked like losing the main event. Tancredi was the first car over the line on lap 25 with a strong 1.5 second victory over Matthew Reed and Brett Smith.
Andy Hibbert and Sam Wren after an epic charge from the B Main would make up the tight knit top five. In one of his better Main event finishes would be Jordan Abbott in sixth with Paul Solomon, Dan Scott, Mitchell Sutej and Jordan Rae staggeringly standing inside the top ten.
Speedcars would also compete for their own Diggers Cup seeing Dillon Ghent claim the first honours of the day in heat race one with Louis Rodriguez and Travis Mills in second and third.
Mitch Whiting would control heat two with a narrow victory from a lurking Nick Parker and Daniel Timberlake.
Luke Storer was the best at the flags in heat race three, with Nick Parker claiming another top two effort.
Matt Jackson was solid in the final heat race, winning in the 97N over Mitch Whiting and DJ Raw.
Nick Parker would be the man standing tall at the end of the 17 laps recorded with his V39 the fastest car on the raceway. Travis Squizzy Mills was the second car home with Dillon Ghent sharing a spot on the podium.
Mitch Whiting and Matt Jackson both worked themselves inside top five positions. Luke Storer, Fred Freeman, Louis Rodriguez, Caleb Mills and DJ Raw would be the final man to make it inside the top ten finishers.
With the highly regarded Diggers Cup paying tribute to our nation’s ANZAC heroes the final race meeting of the regular Avalon Raceway Season it was a bitter-sweet end knowing that a scheduled off season break would separate the next race meeting to take place in late 2022.
Michael Tancredi and Nick Parker would be the two men able to take home the renowned Diggers Cup across Sprintcars and Speedcars respectively.