Fast car and clean air helps clinch 20-lap victory

The 20-lap Sprint Car feature race gets underway with eventual winner James Dahm (6) lined up alongside younger brother Keaton (88). Supplied photo.

The fastest class of dirt track racing is a family affair at Baypark Speedway this summer with James Dahm racing to victory in the 20-lap Sprint Car feature race.

Tokoroa-based Dahm matched the opening night feature race success of his younger brother Keaton to claim a convincing main event victory.

A win and a fourth in the heat races qualified Dahm on the front row for the feature race and he dived into the first corner to gain a lead he never surrendered during the Wednesday night race.

"I had a pretty fast car and being in clean air helps," says Dahm.

"It was a good track; smooth and it as easy to control the car and to make your moves."

It was the third feature win at three tracks this season for Dahm who has also tasted success at Palmerston North and Kihikihi.

The only disappointment was not having a chance to duel with his brother who started alongside on the front row but fell back with a brake problem.

"I was just a bit gutted to not have a battle with Keaton," says Dahm.

A close battle for the podium saw Aucklander Dean Shadbolt holding off Tauranga’s Colin Entwisle with Greg Pickerill (Hamilton) and Keaton Dahm completing the top-five.

Former national champ Sam Waddell (Tauranga) continues to set the pace in the Super Saloon cars.  

He won the opening heat race and the 20-lap feature which gives him an impressive scorecard of six wins from nine starts at his home track this summer.

Chris Cowling (Tauranga) was the second heat winner and chased Waddell for the first 12 laps of the feature until he was sidelined with a flat right front tyre. Waddell led home Steve Cowling and Scott Hayward.

The first 2021-22 season appearance by the Formula 2 Midget Cars saw Matamata racer Benjamin Mathews win both heat races but it was Cole Robertson (Auckland) who had the feature winning pace to lead home Mathews and Leyton Kendall (Auckland).

The third event of Baypark Speedway’s “Summer Slam” holiday series is on Saturday night (January 8) with Super Saloons, Saloons, Stock Cars, Six Shooters and Youth Mini Stocks on the programme. Racing starts at 6.30pm.

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