Brisbane’s Darren Kane raced to victory in the opening round of the Queensland Championship Series for V8 Super Sedans.
Brisbane’s Darren Kane raced to victory in the opening round of the Queensland Championship Series for V8 Super Sedans. Nat Bromhead

Kane powers to win

DARREN Kane has been crowned an Australian V8 Super Sedan champion twice in his career.

He showed why at Maryborough Speedway in Tinana on Saturday night.

The Brisbane-based flyer raced home to win the opening round of the Queensland Championship Series for V8 Super Sedans in front of a small, but vocal, crowd of just more than 1000 fans.

Kane showed his class after starting the final in sixth position before he weaved his magic and worked his way through traffic.

He also stayed well out of the carnage, including the massive pile-up on lap three in which a number of cars were destroyed including Maryborough’s Ashley Peall.

Luckily, all the drivers walked away unhurt – the same cannot be said of their cars with the repair bill sure to run into thousands of dollars.

With Kane staying out of danger, he took full advantage and he passed Steve Jordan around the outside to take the chequered flag from Jordan and Des Korn.

The victory means Kane has now won back-to-back titles in Maryborough after he won the inaugural $12,000 Fraser Coast Classic earlier this year.

Before the meeting started, Kane said he was keen to get a good result – he kept his word.

“With it being the first meeting of a new season, everyone was out to impress,” Kane said.

“We (he and his team) wanted to do that (impress) and I think you can say we did.

“It’s always a great feeling to get a win under your belt first up – it sets you up for a big season.”

Maryborough Speedway general manager and race commentator Ryan Harris said the V8 Super Sedan final had been a fitting way to end the action on the season opener.

“One word can describe it (the final) – epic,” Harris said.

“It had everything – it was full of action.

“We couldn’t have wished for a better climax to the meeting.”

In other racing on the night, Charlie Brown won the Formula 500 final ahead of his older sister Kristin while Bundaberg’s Mick Pronger finished third.

Jayden Peacock won the Junior Sedan final from Cody Maroske and Kayla Barron.

Scott Thomsen won the Street Sedan final from Neil Keldoulis and Neil Harm while Geoff Moller beat John Watson and Tony Gablonski in the Nostalgia Sedans.



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