Doblo and Bussey down the ladder

SPEEDWAY: It was the curse of the DNF for local racers in the Carline Mufflers Super Sedan series at Avalon on Saturday.

The series has not been a good one for local speedway star, and previous winner, Michael Doblo, as he has been unable to put together a serious challenge in any of the eight meetings that have been completed so far.

His cause was not helped by two meetings being washed out but it is the alarming number of DNFs (Did Not Finish) recorded against his name that has really hurt.

It was a similar story for Doblo’s Ocean Tyres team mate Chris Bussey, of Gladstone, who was another who failed to finish the Main Feature.

Not that Doblo and Bussey were the only contenders who failed to take the chequered flag.

It was that sort of night as the Feature resulted in just 12 of the 20-car field finishing the 35 laps.

Little consolation could be gained by Bussey or Doblo in the fact both have retained their places on the overall points ladder with Bussey still at number 17th while Doblo is three places below him.

With two rounds of the series next weekend at Adelaide and Murray Bridge there is no chance of either Bussey or Doblo coming away a series winner this year.

In fact, all drivers were placed on notice by Queenslander Matt Pascoe as he was a winner again at Avalon and has established a clear lead in the series.

The big showdown between Pascoe and Darren “The Dominator” Kane never eventuated with Kane’s night ending early in the heats when his car developed an engine problem.

Kane remains in second place but now trails Pascoe by 500 points.

On Saturday it was Jamie McHugh who took the second placing for the night while South Australia’s Dave Gartner was third, a result that has him in fifth place overall.

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