Lines Narrowly Misses Triple Treat

After scoring victory last Friday night at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway, followed by another win at Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway on Saturday night, Steven Lines missed the triple-treat after a mechanical issue ended his race at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway on Sunday night for the Easter Sprintcar Trail.

The WA # 3 Bridgestone Tyre Centre Albany / Halls Haulage backed KPC racer started the Easter Long Weekend on top of the table. After racing in the top three for the majority of the 30-lap feature race at Avalon Raceway, a crash for then-leader James McFadden allowed Lines to race for the lead with Jamie Veal, which he nabbed in the closing stages and took away the $5000 to win bonus.

Last Saturday night at home track – Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway – Lines continued the winning streak. Starting from second for the next 30-lap feature race, the local was able to maximise his home-track knowledge and move into the lead within the opening lap, and from there went on to greet the chequered flag as the winner and pick up another $5000.

For the third and final night of the Easter Trail at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway, Lines only had to finish in the top 10 of the feature race to win the event overall. After starting eighth and moving into seventh, a broken rocker in his engine ended his night prematurely around mid-race distance.

30 3 2016 Steven LinesPhoto: Corey Gibson Photography

Despite the engine woes bringing his weekend to a close, Lines could still see some positives, which saw him still end up third in the final Easter Trail point standings.

“To win the first two rounds and bring out season-winning tally to 13 was great,” explained Lines, who was pleased about his maiden feature-race victory on home soil for the 2015-16 season.

“However, to have the overall Easter Trail win taken away we were so close hurts, not only for me, but for all of my hard-working team.”

Lines will now have his first weekend off racing since November, before heading to Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway in NSW for the penultimate round of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Chase on the Saturday night of April 9.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to Valvoline Raceway,” he enthused.

“We’ve had a good run there this season, and I’m hoping to continue that and contend for a spot on the podium.”

Don’t forget to pick up your Halls Motorsport merchandise from the team’s transporter after the race meeting. They have a wide range of t-shirts and hoodies available.

Halls Motorsport is proudly supported in the 2015-16 season by the following sponsors: Bridgestone Tyre Centre Albany, Halls Haulage, Clarend Transport, Holla Fresh, Valvoline Oils, Carlin & Gazzard, CJD Equipment, South East Conveyors, JIG-G-AG Contracting, Morrison Racing Engines, Skwid Signs, Revolution Racegear, Steve Rice Photography, and GKR Transport.

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