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Automotive student wins speedway title

By Patrick Nelson

Centralian Street Stock champion Rowan Prudham Centralian Street Stock champion Rowan Prudham

Automotive student Rowan Prudham is the Centralian Street Stock champion having steered the CDU project car to victory at Arunga Park Speedway in Alice Springs recently.

That his car was the “last car standing” in a final which featured just two vehicles is beside the point as far as Rowan is concerned.

“A win is a win,” said the heavy diesel apprentice, holding a championship trophy for the first time.

“A championship event is open to anyone who qualifies.

There were three of us at the start of the night but one car sustained mechanical problems during the heats.

“It would have been nicer to have raced against a few more drivers but there’s not much I could do about that.”

The 12-lap final featured a moment of drama when the vehicle behind Rowan hit the wall, eliminating it from the race.

Rowan said at the start of the speedway season that he had hoped to achieve a few placings and a couple of wins this year.

“You could say I’ve exceeded expectations,” he said.

Rowan said he was grateful to automotive lecturer Rob Tucker and the apprentices at Alice Springs campus who built the car.

“I think it’s fair to say that mechanically, it was the better car on the night,” he said.