They all fired their best shots but Jain Stephenson had them covered in Saturday night’s V8 dirt modified national championship at Avalon Raceway.
The Grafton racer was the quiet achiever on the weekend and secured enough points to win pole position for the 35 lap title final.
From there he led out to lead with triple titlist Mark Robinson in hot pursuit.
He drew level with Jai, but did not have enough horsepower to out run Jai and his distinctive yellow Chevy modified.
Victorian Brett Clarke, who was as solid as a rock over the two night series and was rewarded with a creditable third in the final, one spot ahead of State champ Kevin Britten.
Track conditions turned decidedly slick for the final that made it more like Phillip Island, preventing any outside passing.
Stephenson realised this early and not even a howitzer would have moved him off the inside line.
“What a huge buzz this is for our small team to win the Australian title and we’ll be back the next time the championship comes this way,” said Jai at the podium presentation.
Podium men (from left) Mark Robinson (2nd), Jai Stephenson (winner), Brett Clarke (3rd) and Kevin Britten (4th). Photo’s By Ben Graham Images