FORMER Australian Super Sedan Series champion Matt Pascoe has edged out Darren Kane to win Round 1 of the 2014-15 Queensland Super Sedans Series.
Ipswich-based driver Pascoe claimed the biggest share of the $12,000 up for grabs, winning the super sedans feature race at Rockhampton Showgrounds on Saturday night as part of the Rockhampton Beef City Challenge.
Pascoe finished second behind Ian Brimms in the first heat of the night while Matty Williams showed he would be a force this season with a blistering win in the second heat, in the process delivering the fastest lap of the night.
On a dry track, Pascoe delivered the quickest lap of the final on his way to winning the 40-lap feature race, finishing 1.828 seconds ahead of Kane , and third-place finisher Wayne Randall crossed the line 7.39 seconds later. Local bloke Craig Torr qualified for the final but electrical problems hampered his chances of competing.
Nathan Battersby dominated the AMCA Nationals racing, winning two of the three heats.
After he was upstaged by Glenn Boulter in the first eight-lap heat, Battersby turned the tables on his rival, winning the second and third heats.
North Rockhampton High School student Daniel Johnson continued on his winning ways by winning the 15-lap feature race in the Junior Sedans.
Rival Brooke Etherden landed the first blow when she won the opening heat, but Johnson responded in style.
Rockhampton BEEF City Challenge
Saturday night at Rockhampton Showgrounds
Super Stockers: Geoff Scott
Super Sedans: Matt Pascoe
AMCA Nationals: Nathan Battersby
Junior Sedans: Daniel Johnson
Fender Benders: Steven Hogan
The youngster won three straight races, winning the final two heats before the feature race.
In the final, Johnson finished nearly four seconds ahead of Etherden and third place finisher Ardie Jonic.
After a promising start Fender Benders driver Nathan Reynolds ended his season on Saturday when he hit the wall.
Reynolds was injured and walked from his vehicle as Steven Hogan went on to win the Fender Benders feature race.
The fastest qualifier Hogan bounced back after his sixth place in the first heat to win the second heat and the feature.
Geoff Scott won the Super Stockers feature race convincingly, finishing just over four seconds ahead of Lee Briskey.
Scott delivered only the fourth fastest qualifying lap time during the three heats, but finished in front when it counted.
Racing action returns to Rockhampton Speedway on October 25.