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Oct 17, 2012

The Sun Shines At Wakefield As Swifts Turn On A Show

Wakefield Park raceway at Goulburn turned on another great day for the Hi-Tec Oils Australian Swift racing series ensuring great racing on a warming track. Sunday’s first race the ever popular reverse grid did not disappoint the spectators as the main players in the series found themselves mid field on the grid with Rob Jarvis (BVC racing #17) on pole and Mike Gore (Future Assist Accounting #47) in P2.

Damian Ward (Hi-Tec Oils #11) had the advantage out of P3 and by dint of a good start managed a breakaway leaving Allan Jarvis (Achilles radials #1) and Reece Murphy (Gen-Tech Performance #62) to fight their way into second and third positions. What followed was the dog fight of the season with the two points leaders not giving an inch highlighted by a run down the front straight where Murphy seemed glued to Jarvis’s rear bumper. As drivers fought and swapped each position Ward managed to increase his lead and Jarvis finally got the better of Murphy as the race wound down.

Fourth place went to Mike Gore from Scott Gore (Future Assist Group #99)

With Rob Jarvis, Ben Foessel (Motor School #7) and Jamie MacMaster (Macline group #9) rounding out the field.

Race three had the three series young guns lining up in the top three positions and was set to be a blinder with the fast improving Gore brothers showing their race pace was not far adrift. Ward managed his best series start to jump into the lead from P1 with Jarvis and Murphy resuming their tussle from race 2 and once again providing exciting racing. Jarvis finally won out and broke away to a one second lead over Murphy while closing in on Ward.

Then it happened Jarvis burst a brake line going into the Fish-Hook and speared off the track damaging his two near side wheels effectively handing second place to Murphy and extending Murphy’s lead in the series points race. With Allan Jarvis having to retire Scott Gore took it up to Murphy and did not let Murphy have it all his own way finally following Murphy home into third place.

As usual the other placings were hotly contested throughout the race with Mike Gore crossing in fourth place from Ben Foessel, Jamie MacMaster and Rob Jarvis.

The round win went to Damian Ward from Reece Murphy and Allan Jarvis. Murphy showed his sportsmanship during his acceptance interview acknowledging Allan Jarvis’s drive and the points won through mishap rather than race result.

The series heads to Sandown Park in November to fight out the final round and decide the CAMS national series.