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A blazing hot day, with temperatures going into the high 30s greeted racers for the first round of the Speed Adict Clothing NSW Championship at Sydney Dragway.

Around 150 racers started with a clean points slate ready to chase the new track championship on a tricky baking hot racing surface. In Top Sportsman it was gun Steven Fowler who has won just about everything there is too in the class with his GXP, and he added another win to the tally here, defeating final round debutant Lisa Sargent to take the early championship lead.

For Extreme Bike, Darren Foley and Brant Gilliver reached the final at the completion of their three round Chicago Shootout format. Unfortunate problems for Gilliver’s Suzuki saw Foley cruise to a 7.27 solo win in the final.

It was a dream start for Kelsey Walford-Leahy in Modified, she steered her gorgeous altered to a career first win against CJ Davies’ FED in the final. Walford-Leahy went .018 on the tree and 8.01 on a 7.97 at the stripe for a holeshot win over Davies’ 8.43 on a 8.40.

A couple of veterans duked it out in the Super Sedan final in Jim Denaro and David Gruber, but it was over early with Denaro’s picking a cherry off the tree with his Cortina, giving the Strip Rat Torana an easy win.

Defending champ Peter Strudwick went out in round one, and it was Chris Hocking who made the early statement in Modified Bike beating Bobbie Jo-Simmonds in the first final of the year,

Super Street delivered the biggest field of the event and yet another reigning champion succumbed in round one, with Richard Matosevic defeated by Chris Zammit. At the end of the night it was Craig Warren going home with the winner’s trophy, with his LJ Torana driving around David McGlinn’s HQ.

In a small field of Super Gassers, Joe Catanzariti in his relatively new Firebird out raced John Somoracz’s Cortina in the final 10.54 to a 10.66.

Complete with a borrowed motor from Alan White, Zayne Condello took it to a win in Junior Dragster, Condello grabbed the victory off a red lighting Daniella Axiak.

After winning the Street Fighter championship with daylight second, Don Zammit picked up where he left off, again leaving the field in his wake. Zammit’s VT Commodore wasn’t challenged in the final after opponent David Muscat went red with his Mini Cooper by 7 thousandths.

Stefan Stivala looking to go one step better in the Street Bike championship after finishing runner up after losing on countback, took his revenge by winning the first round of the series over Jessy Barnes in the final.

Round two of the Speed Adict Clothing NSW Championship is on Mar 4.

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