Veal breaks through for first series win

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

Krikke Motorsport’s Jamie Veal claimed his first World Series Sprintcars win of the season when he was first to pass the chequered flag in round nine at Gulf Western Independent Oils Raceway in Latrobe, Tasmania on Saturday night.

After a fourth place finish at last month’s Australian Championship, Veal found his groove during the heats to start the A-Main in pole position.

Veal won the first heat of the night after passing four cars in one fancy move and then finished the gold shootout in first by less than a 10th of a second.

The Warrnambool driver never surrendered his lead in the 30-lap feature, finishing ahead of Darren Mollenoyux and Adelaide’s Brad Keller.

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The victory is made even more remarkable considering Veal crashed out in the fourth heat on Friday night.

He returned to the features later that night and was on a mission, running from 17th to finish ninth in the Friday night feature, which doubled as round eight of the series.

Veal now sits just 28 points behind series leader and defending champion James McFadden, who was forced to settle for 10th in Saturday night’s feature after having to come from the B-Main.

The World Series Sprintcars championship continues on Saturday night when the drivers head to the Solo Hobart Speedway, before they head to WA on February 16.

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