Triumph and heartache for Ceduna drivers at dirt circuit state titles in Port Augusta

The Ceduna Dirt Circuit Club was involved as Port Augusta hosted the second round of the dirt circuit state titles over the long weekend.

Ceduna hosted the first round of the state titles back in June and with improved weather conditions 80 cars started the second round.

First up were the street stocks, with Ceduna ace David Carr passing cars from the back of the field to win.

Tyson Carr was also hard-charging from the rear, but could not quite catch David.

Adelaide-based Ceduna driver Travis Nielsen had some luck when a re-run of a race was called after he had sustained a flat tyre, to ensure he scored points.

David Carr drove magnificently as he reigned supreme to win the day and also claim his sixth state title in this class.

He also set the fastest time for the day.

Tyson Carr finished third for the day which was good enough to be the state title runner-up to his father, with Nielsen's second place for the day seeing him secure the third and an all-Ceduna podium.

In the open wheel class veteran throttle-stomper Alan Woollatt was leading going into the round and with his new engine bolted in was expected to be the man to beat.

With the increased horsepower wheel-spinning was a major problem and coupled with the marbles on the track saw him slip back to fourth place.

On the other hand, Darren Coote had the marble god on his side and took full advantage to win the day, setting the fastest time in the process.

However, he had to settle for being state championship runner-up, behind Port Pirie's Dale Johnson.

Ceduna's Jason Irvine and Slade Petry of Port Augusta were tied at the start of the day in the super open wheeler class and both had good runs leading into the final heat.

With Irvine leading by a point it came down to the last race, with the pair in opposing heats.

Irvine drew a back row starting spot and charged through the field to duel for second spot, but he then spun to send his hopes up in the Port Augusta dirt.

Petry just had to finish and then he drew pole position and took home the title, with Irvine having to settle for second.

The Dunn Brothers teams event saw Ceduna lose its lead to Arno Bay after fielding only six cars instead of the maximum of 10, with Arno Bay running out winners by 25 points.