THERE’S a saying: “If you can’t beat them, join them”.
Mildura speedway driver Taleah Dolic didn’t have to worry about this in Round Two of the VMPA held at Blue Ribbon Raceway last Saturday night, mixing it with the absolute best the class has to offer, to record her best result of the series yet in the feature.
Dolic was in form from the very first heat, when she charged from the back of the field to claim the heat win.
In her second heat Dolic’s biggest threat was fellow Mildura racer Jarod Waters, who was also on the pace throughout the entire night.
The pair started off the front row, with Dolic coming home in second place behind Waters.
Dolic earned herself a place in the pole shuffle with the best, fastest and most experienced drivers within the class, including current Australian champion Kye Walters and fellow Mildura racers Waters and Wade McCarthy.
Dolic started the feature race from position five and drove 30 clean and consistent laps to finish in second, behind Portland driver Brock Atkins. Avalon racer Matt Gerlach finished third.
For Dolic, who has been racing Modified Sedans for eight years intermittently, she was ecstatic with her results.
“I’m really happy with both my performance and the car,” Dolic said.
“We have spent the last six or so months going right over the car, and we changed a lot of the suspension components and fixed a few other issues with steering and
“It was good to get it out of the shed and see how it went.
“The car was quick and handled really good, I’m happy as.”
The Blue Ribbon Raceway is very different to the track in Mildura at Timmis Speedway, and Dolic said it can be a tricky track to tackle.
“My crew were spot on with the setup and tyre choices,” she said.
“We knew the tyres would take a few laps to come on, from the start of the race we went back a couple positions but the car got better and better each lap and then we started to pick a few positions back.”
– ZOEY ANDREWS
Photo: Liam Aunger