Driver leads all the way

CHANGE: Simpson’s Tim Rankin stepped out of a sprintcar and into a Super Rod with success at the weekend.

A wet weekend proved an unexpected boon for Simpson sprintcar driver Tim Rankin for the first time this summer.
With rain washing out round seven of the SRA series at Moama, Rankin was able to put his name down for two Super Rod meetings, at Avalon and Warrnambool.
It ensured he met the two-meeting requirement to qualify for the Super Rod Victorian Title next month on his home track.
“We’d been talking about running in the Victorian Title, which is February 5 at Simpson Speedway,” Rankin said.
“They’ve brought in this rule that you have to do two meetings to be eligible to run,” he said.
“We’ve had to do two meetings last weekend to qualify. I was at Avalon on Saturday but it got rained out.
“But because we turned up and attempted to run, that qualifies as one meeting.
“Last night was their first run. It’s been very disappointing but you can’t help the weather.”
Despite not racing on Saturday at Avalon, Rankin reaped success from his first drive in a Super Rod this season, powering to victory at Warrnambool on Sunday.
The 23-year-old scored a win and a second in his two heats before leading from start to finish in the final.
It handed him the coveted Super Rod Cup, one of three main titles on offer in the class.
Rankin will jump in a two-seat sprintcar on Saturday night at Simpson before turning his attention to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic and Australian Title, both at Warrnambool.

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