Kristin Brown has a reputation of not being afraid to mix it with her male rivals, and last Saturday night at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway, she lived up to that reputation by making a triumphant Lightning Sprint debut.
Taking part in the Women in Speedway event (doubling as the fifth CRS Electric Queensland Series round), which supported Ovarian Cancer Research Australia, Brown made a sensational Lightning Sprint debut after she came away with the feature-race spoils aboard the Qld # 22 Peter Campbell-owned car.
Due to the bad weather, the two-night Women in Speedway event (scheduled for December 27 at Archerfield Speedway and December 28 at the Toowoomba Speedbowl), was moved to early in the New Year at Archerfield Speedway for a one-night event.
Originally, the Women in Speedway event was going to feature four women competitors, but following the bad weather, that number was reduced to three. Tasmanian April Pitt was unable to contest the rescheduled date, so it left Brown, Emma Harris and Kirsty Kelly to battle it out with their male rivals.
After a mixed run in her heat races, which was highlighted by a victory in the second heat race, Brown started from pole position (due to the Queensland club’s season-average finishing position system), but she didn’t let the perfect starting opportunity go to waste. From the outset, she rocketed to the lead, and from there, she went on to pace the field for the entire 20-lap distance.
Queensland Champion Scott Genrich, who had started from the fifth row in the field, worked his way to the pointy end of the field but was unable to deny Brown of the win and had to settle for second.
Youngster Sean Iacono continued to impress in his rookie season by rounding out the podium in third.
Last-start winner Tony Norton finished in fourth ahead of Jim Kennedy, Sean Hill, Michael Gollagher, Wade Pascoe, newcomer Hamish Redman and the final finisher Logan Sparks.
Guest driving aboard the Kurt Wilson NSW # 16x car, the Queensland-based Redman, who currently races in the Four Cylinder Sedan class and also has previous experience in Formula Fords on the tar circuits and Junior Sedans on the speedway, grew in confidence every time he hit the track throughout his Lightning Sprint debut.
Aside from Brown’s success, it was a tough night for the other two women competitors. Harris retired in the closing stages of the feature race while sitting strongly in podium contention after she spun to the infield and sustained damage, while Kelly was unable to take her place in the feature-race field due to dramas encountered in an earlier heat race.
In the heat-race action, the wins went to Genrich, Brown and Norton.
The Queensland club would like to thank everyone for their wonderful support towards raising funds for Ovarian Cancer Research Australia throughout the running of the inaugural Women in Speedway event.
The sixth round of the CRS Electric Queensland Series will be held on the Sunday night of January 25 at Archerfield Speedway.
The Queensland Lightning Sprints are proudly supported by CRS Electric, Gladrock Transport, Everyday Finance Solutions, Henchcraft Racing Products Australia, HIP Pocket Workwear & Safety, Maid to Perfection Cleaning Services, MBM Accessories, Radical Racegear, Rage Race & General Engineering, S&S Genrich Painting Contractors, Titan Garages & Sheds, Toowoomba Trophy Centre, and Ian Boettcher Race Parts.