Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0821 TDT Contents 12 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 21 AUGUST 2015
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FRIDAY 21 AUGUST
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Brumfield breaks NT Title drought
JUSTIN Brumfield has for nearly a decade been one
of Northern Territory’s leading racers in the Street
Stocks class, but he was yet to taste success in the
Northern Territory Title; however, last Saturday night
at Tennant Creek Speedway that changed, when he
drove to victory in the 2015 running of the event.
Brumfield made the 1,600km round trip down to Tennant Creek
Speedway from his home base of Darwin loaded with confidence
aboard his NT #5 Northern Engines/Smooth Suspension sup-
ported VX Holden Commodore driver having finished the past
two NT Titles in minor positions on the podium: second and third.
After strong heat-race performances – a third place and a pair
of wins, Brumfield was rewarded with a pole position start for
the 25-lap NT Title deciding feature race.
From the drop of the green flag, which took three attempts to
get underway – one that saw Brumfield turned around by another
competitor but he was able to escape damage and take his pole
position start at the restart – he powered to the lead immediately
and was never headed all the way through to the chequered flag.
Despite the best efforts of the likes of Victorian Matt Nelson and
Darwin’s Colin Menzies, Brumfield proved simply too strong for
his rivals and went on to score a comfortable win ahead of Nelson
and Menzies in second and third place respectively.
Rod Berry and Bradley Shadforth completed the top-five
The hard luck stories of the feature race included local Colin
Fry, Brett Brooks, Shaun Jones, Scott Bradbury, David Padmore
and Alan Spence, who all failed to finish.
Current Darwin Title holder and local favourite Brooks was
forced to retire with car damage due to coming off second best in
a chain reaction incident just before the halfway mark of the race.
The Western Australian-based Padmore was running strongly
in second in the early stages but was forced to retire on lap eight
due to mechanical woes.
Fry and Nelson made contact with one another while battling
over second, and it left Brooks, who was following closely be-
hind, had nowhere to go and collided with the back of Nelson
and it consequently damaged his steering.
Fry retired in the closing stages when he slowed due to mechani-
cal woes after running in podium contention for the first half of
the race. Spence hit the wall in the early laps and retired.
Jones, Bradbury and Brooks were involved in a three-car crash
and it forced both Jones and Bradbury out, while Brooks man-
aged to restart.
After spending recent seasons running a Ford Falcon, Brumfield
came back to the Holden Commodore brigade at the beginning
of this season, and he said that winning the NT Title has been a
“It has been tough both on and off the track in recent years,
but to finally win the Northern Territory Title is something very
satisfying for my family and I,” Brumfield expressed.
“I always enjoy coming down to Tennant Creek Speedway – it’s
like a second home track for me – and if I couldn’t do it at my
home track, Northline Speedway, I’m glad I was able to win my
maiden Northern Territory Title at Tennant Creek.”
Brumfield continued on by saying that this year’s NT Title
was where everything came together for him and rewarded him
“I couldn’t have asked for a better night,” he said.
“I had a great run through my heat races and I went into the
feature race confident of being able to come away with the win,
and that’s exactly how it worked out.”
The major NT Title sponsors were Motorsports NT and TC
Tyre Centre, while the heat races sponsors were Little Rippers
Lifestyle, Lonestar Service Station, Dexter Barnes Electrical,
Barkly Agencies, Lavery Plumbing, and Jacal Tint.
The Tennant Creek Speedway is proudly supported in the 2015
season by the following businesses: Katerina’s Café, Tennant
Creek Waste, Eva’s Place, Lavery Plumbing, Outback Outfitters,
TC Auto Pro, Little Rippers Lifestyles, TC Tyre Centre, Marlow
Canete & Associates, TC Post Office, TC Memorial Club, Dexter
Barnes Electrical, and United Service Station.
HOT COMPETITION: Street Stock drivers before the Titles (above). Justin Brumfield
drove his VX Holden Commodore to victory (right).
Photos by KAREN HARLAN.
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