In Heat 1, Slater took his first victory of the day after gaining 6 places from his P7 start. Bart Harrison had a strong heat after some disappointing results recently, coming home in 10th, whilst Vinnie Phillips (13th), Oliver Wright (14th) and William McLean (27th), all had made up positions from they’re starting grids.
William Macintyre reminded everyone that he’s a contender for this years championship honours, as he took the win in Heat 2, ahead of Brandon Carr and another strong result for Slater – climbing 15 places throughout. Aiden Neate was 6th, collecting fastest lap along the way, again having a good race through from 6th, whilst Wright (7th), another good performance from Harrison (9th), Phillips (20th) and McLean (22nd) rounded off the results of the second qualifying heat.
Arvid Lindblad secured a ORM 1,2,3 in Heat 3 ahead of team mates Maxwell Dodds and Brandon Carr. Neate gained 6 places to finish 5th, ahead of Wright (6th) and Phillips (7th). Harrison started down in 21st, yet still gained 3 places to finish 18th, however a mistake from Macintyre on the last lap cost him a decent result, after clashing with Neate at the final corner. A 10 second penalty demoted him to 21st after originally crossing the line in 5th. Will McLean continued to take the novice honours, after gaining 1 position to 29th.
Macintyre made amends for his Heat 3 result, winning the final heat of the day, ahead of Harley Keeble and Charlie Rippin. Neate rounded off his strong heat results with 4th, ahead of Slater in 5th – meaning he would start the final from Pole Position, gaining 3 valuable extra points.
With a 15 minute race ahead, and temperatures continuing to rise, it would be a battle of who was the fittest around the tight and twisty challenging Rowrah circuit. Slater immediately lead from the start, followed by Carr and Dodds, however it was Macintyre who was on a charge, eventually making his way up from 7th to 2nd by lap 3. As the race progressed, the leaders of Slater and Macintyre worked together and stretched out a lead over Lindblad, Carr and Dodds. Slightly further down, Neate was suffering from a brake issue, and was doing well to hold off the attack of Keeble, Wright and Harley Haughton. A disappointing first lap incident saw Harrison drop to the back of the order after starting 17th, however Phillips was making strong progress throughout the race, laying in 12th at the half way point. As the final laps came to a close, the two leaders started to battle it out for victory, however this allowed the closing ORM trio to catch up. On the last lap it looked as though Macintyre had done enough with 2 corners to go, but as he ran wide, Slater managed to get the ‘under cut’ and hold on to a well deserved victory. Macintyre crossed the line in 2nd with Lindblad rounding off the podium positions in 3rd. Further down, Neate did well to hold on to 8th, followed by a charging Phillips in 11th, Wright in 12th and the unlucky Harrison down in 31st.
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