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The Ballistics Performance Parts Masters series for Grand Prix Midgets latest round was held at Redline Raceway Ballarat & for the second meeting in succession it was Chris Fowler who came up trumps when he put his machine at the front of the field for the last ten laps of the twelve lap feature, Scott Laird who last meeting was airborne to coin the nickname ‘Air Laird or Fly Boy’ finished a fantastic second with Lisa ‘Harley Quinn’ Chalcraft in third.

Racing began on a track that was perfect with lots of bite in it with David Bacon (# 36 DB Cleaning & Kanga hire – Yamaha) alongside Sean Denning in his new Jim Phillips owned race car picked up from Greg Campbell from the front row. The very quick Travis Florimell moved to the lead on lap one & Jason Crawford (# 50 Pitstop Mowers – Yamaha) the Victorian champion settled in behind him having started from eighth place on the grid. Status quo on lap two with Chris Fowler in third place & Lisa Chalcraft in fourth.

Trevor Perry (# 55 Perry Bros Chassis – Suzuki) who began from seventh kicked it up a notch on the fourth lap passing Chalcraft however he couldn’t catch the top three. Florimell took the win from Crawford, Fowler, Perry, Chalcraft, Scott Laird, Bacon & then Denning with Marty Job making it on the track with throttle cable issues hampering him from starting whilst Campbell had the same problems & didn’t make it onto the track from the pits.

Fowler had the plumb pole position for the second heat with Job his team mate starting alongside him & Perry & Crawford right behind to give them both a hard time. Fowler led lap one with Perry boxed in behind. It took a couple laps for Perry to wind up, when he did though he passed Fowler on lap four for the lead.

Crawford in third was ahead of Florimell, Laird (# 6 Phantom Stickers & Signs – Suzuki) & Chalcraft. At the chequered on lap eight Perry was the winner from Fowler, Crawford, Florimell, Laird, Chalcraft, Denning, Job & Campbell. Bacon didn’t finish because he thought he had broken something in the front end, it didn’t happen to be the case, Fowler despite finishing second lost use of his power steering which would make things difficult for the rest of the night & Job (# 31, 147 Snooker Supplies – Suzuki)was still struggling to reach full throttle.

Crawford made the most of his pole position start in heat three when he led all the way to a win. Florimell challenged him early, Perry broke his chain when he hit a hole in turn two on the Speedway & he limped infield. Chalcraft gave Florimell (# 81 TM Lineboring – Yamaha) the slip on lap five moving into second whilst Fowler made a last lap pass on Florimell also after Florimell broke his drive shaft coming out of turn two and rolled the rest of the way around the lap to finish the race, he competed no more. Crawford took the win from Chalcraft, Fowler, Florimell, Laird, Denning (# 52 Parr Motorsports – Suzuki) & Job.

A twelve lap final awaited the Grand Prix Midgets & after some track preparation in the interval the Grand Prix Midgets got the best of track conditions for the final. Bacon started pole with Job alongside, then Denning, Perry, Chalcraft (# 15 Gulf Western Oils – Suzuki), Fowler, Crawford who was the top point scorer with Campbell and Laird the rookies behind him.

Perry made the most of being high up in the field courtesy of losing his last heat points by taking the lead on lap one. Fowler had a great start rocketing around the outside & into second place. On lap three Perry broke his chain again & his race was finished whilst one of the other Perry Bros Chassis cars with Laird at the wheel moved into second behind Fowler.

Bacon was having a great race, he was in third at up until lap four when he was passed by Chalcraft. Fowler still led Laird at the halfway mark with Chalcraft in fourth then Crawford & Denning. Fowler (# 13 Ballistic Performance Parts – Suzuki) was unstoppable and cruised on to a win appreciated by the Redline fans with Laird second, Chalcraft, Crawford, Denning, Campbell (# 44 Guardline Security – Suzuki), Bacon & Job the finishers.

"The club would like to thank Redline Raceway for preparing a track as racy as it was tonight, everyone had a fun night and the racing was close and exciting to watch" - John Fowler Club President.”

The Victorian Grand Prix Midgets association thank Club Supporters:

Ballistic Performance Parts Oil Hydraulics Automotive Super Balance Shepparton Pitstop Mowers Rock Solid Productions

Written by Dean Thompson DMT Sports Media for Victorian Grand Prix Midget Association

Chris Fowler the Winner at Redline (C) Rock Solid Productions

Lisa Chalcraft third at Redline with Travis Florimell up high (C) Rock Solid Productions

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