Consistent Connole wins the Western Plains Cup

Scotty wins first major Formula 500 title on Saturday night

Scott Connole

Local speedway driver Scott Connole travelled to Gilgandra and Dubbo on Friday and Saturday respectively, to compete in the two-meeting Formula 500 series.

Just 21 days after claiming his first win on his home track at a North West Speedway race night, Connole scored his first major Formula 500 title.

Following two nights of consistent racing, Connole was crowned the Western Plains champion on Saturday, bringing the Cup home with him to Narrabri.

Scott Connole with the Western Plains Cup in Dubbo on Saturday.

In Gilgandra on Friday night Connole finished second in heat one, third in heat two and second in heat three.

That saw him qualify for the feature race, where he placed second.

Luca Cox won the event, while Brady Argles placed third.

The following night in Dubbo he finished second in heat one, then third in heat two.

He had a did not finish in heat three, following contact upon entering the main straight which saw him flip then roll.

He was able to overcome that, and lined up in the feature later that evening, and just like the previous night finished second.

Chase Norman won that, and Kent McDonald placed third.

Those results saw Connole win the title by a single point.

He said that he was relieved and proud with his win.

“It was a relief,” he said.

“It’s our first major title in the 500s.

“We’ve sort of always been knocking on the door, but it was good to actually get across the line and get a win.

“We ran at the front all night and only had the one DNF which was good.

“It was a relief, it paid back all the hard work the pit crew put in, and my supporters who always hang in there and listen to me.”

Connole also thanked his sponsors, who had stood by him and supported him.