Magic Milthorpe wins Qld V8 Dirt Mods title; eyes NSW
THE disappointment of missing out on an Australian title could have been the secret drive that pushed Steve Milthorpe to victory at Maryborough Speedway.
Milthorpe won the first night of competition at the V8 Dirt Modifieds Australian titles in Rockhampton last week, and came to Maryborough on a mission to win the state crown.
"I came here wanting to win,” Milthorpe said.
"Sitting on the line, I just kept thinking that I wanted to win this race.”
The Queensland title is the latest accolade in a 20-year career that started when he was 15-years-old.
He started as a Super Mods driver, and won "about 30 straight races” before he graduated to the more powerful Dirt Modifieds within three years.
He's previously won a Summer Slam series and the Victorian title, but he can now call himself Queensland's champion.
David Clarke got the jump on Milthorpe at the start, but the 38-year-old Victorian reclaimed the lead by the end of the third lap.
"There was a bit of lap traffic that brought him closer but once we got through it I started to put more time on him,” Milthorpe said.
He maintained his position to win ahead of Clarke and Chris Corbett.
"It feels bloody great,” he said. "It's always good to win in a highly competitive class.
"I was confident before the race. I've been pushing and pushing but have had a bit of engine trouble.”
Milthorpe will shift his focus to Lismore Speedway's New South Wales titles next week.
He sits second behind Australian champion Kevin Britten in the Five Star Dirt Series, which culminates at Lismore.