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Garden State Shield to Kiraly

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    Garden State Shield to Kiraly

    Despite a disappointing finish on the second and final night, Mick Kiraly did enough to snare the overall winning spoils in the annual Garden State Shield for V8 Dirt Modifieds.

    Over the two–night Garden State Shield, the opening night at Redline Raceway in Ballarat was claimed by current Victorian Champion Steve Milthorpe and the second and final night at Avalon Raceway in Geelong resulted in former Victorian Champion Dave May picking up the win.

    Mick Kiraly, whom earlier this season claimed the Grand in the Hand event and finished second in the Victorian Title, might have failed to win either of the night, but it was his consistency that rewarded him with the overall win. On the opening night, Kiraly finished the feature race in second behind Milthorpe, and on the second night, the going was a little tougher. Kiraly was running strongly in second place in the feature race, but suffered a flat tyre in the closing laps and limped across the finish line in seventh.

    The opening night at Redline Raceway was dominated by Milthorpe, who led the feature race from start to finish. Despite their best efforts, Kiraly and budget racer Trevor Perry were unable to match the pace of Milthorpe and finished on the podium in second and third place respectively. Brett Clarke and Steve Reddecliffe rounded out the top–five finishers. Two of the leading contenders in defending Garden State Shield champion, Dan Scott and Dave May, collided in the feature race, and it saw them retire to the infield.

    Dave May proved too strong for his rivals on the second and final night at Avalon Raceway. He paced the field in the feature race for the entire distance and scored a comfortable win ahead of surprise packets George Napier and Steve Reddecliffe who joined him on the podium. The performances of Napier and Reddecliffe were without a doubt their best since joining the V8 Dirt Modified ranks. Trevor Perry finished just off the podium in fourth ahead of veteran Murray Atkin, Brett Clarke and the final finisher Kiraly.

    Earlier in the night at Avalon Raceway, the previous night’s winner Steve Milthorpe had his Garden State Shield overall winning hopes dashed. In the opening heat race, Perry and Milthorpe collided, after Perry had drifted up track into the path of a hapless Milthorpe. The collision caused enough damage to sideline Milthorpe for the remainder of the night, while Perry managed to fix his car in time to continue on for the rest of the night.

    The second and final night also saw the V8 Dirt Modified debut of Speedway Kart racer Ebony Hobson. The teenage daughter of V8 Dirt Modified veteran Lloyd Hobson stepped behind the wheel of the Vic # 36 car owned by Tony Moore and gained more confidence with every lap.

    Prior to the Garden State Shield, recent race meetings have seen feature races won by Steve Milthorpe. He took out the win at Premier Speedway defeating Dave May and Brett Clarke, and at Rushworth Speedway, Milthorpe was too strong for Trevor Perry and Dave May.

    The Victorian season proper has now wrapped up. The Victorian club is currently negotiating with a number of tracks to have demonstration runs, and they are also working on a date and venue for their presentation night. These details will be announced shortly.


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