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Your 2018-19 Champion is Mark Caruso
All Stars Media posted Tuesday April 2, 2019.
On a bitterly cold night last Saturday night at Timmis Speedway Mark Caruso took out his second Series Championship. “What a well-deserved result for Mark & his team, they have been fast and consistent all season, their hard work has finally paid off and now they can claim two series championship’s to their resume.
Mark won his first series back in 2011 and now eight years later has done the same thing; what a true Champion. After the heartbreak they had last season running second after tying with Paul Solomon last year and forcing a tie break countback on A Main winners, they have managed to get it done this season with a 93 point lead. It’s still only a marginal lead but enough.” the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series Promoter Mandy Searle says.
Caruso stood on the podium 5 times during the season but only once as the winner. He won the Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award 5 times claiming the bragging rights to Quick Time for the season. He didn’t have it all easy though destroying his car on RD8 at Heartland Speedway, Moama.
The team took home a pile of bits and worked hard to return the following weekend at Sunline Speedway, Waikerie to have their hard work rewarded with the A Main victory. RD 10’s Spud Show also saw Caruso leading the early laps only to get swamped where Caruso decided wisely to ease up slightly and ensure he secured more points for the Championship. “Mark had all his family there to share his victory which was really nice and he also got to race against his brother Steven which was pretty cool also.” Searle said.
After starting the season off only planning to do a few shows SA96 Brendan Guerin ran second overall. Guerin was another to show speed and consistency throughout all the season and after strong results the first few shows decided to continue. This obviously worked out well for him in the end and he was very pleased with his final position. Brendan, Darryl and their small band of crew members travel out of Broken Hill, NSW every show which is an achievement on its own.
V29 Michael Tancredi placed third overall and was also pleased with his final result. Standing on the podium 4 times was an achievement but a couple of DNF’s hurt his points overall. Guru Crew Chief Tony Bartlett was on the tools for Tancredi and the pair worked well together settling Tancredi’s ‘hammer down’ driving style to make him more consistent.
7 contracted teams locked in the top 7 placings with 1st Mark Caruso -5963, 2nd Brendan Guerin- 5870, 3rd Michael Tancredi- 5763, 4th Phil Lock-5702, 5th James Wren-5652, 6th Dan Evans-5578 and 7th BJ Harris-4795.
After the Top 3 Podium on the night teams stayed for the End of Season Pit Party celebrations where awards and accolades were presented.
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