Melton’s Masterclass earns Victorian Khanacross round

Tuesday 30 April, 2019
Photos: Craig Hanson

Lachlan Melton has enjoyed a brilliant outing in the NKG CAMS Victorian Khanacross Championship to claim the second round for 2019 in style.

Behind the wheel of the Toyota Corolla, Melton was the only driver to finish all seven runs in the top three, posting the fastest time on four occasions. 

Melton’s consistency was second to none throughout the day as the Shepparton & District Car Club driver to claim a comfortable outright victory over fellow club members Gregory Melton and Rick Graves in outright second and third respectively.

Lachlan began the day with victories in the first two run, as both Graves and Gregory finished one of the runs in fourth spot, allowing Lachlan to build a nice lead.

Graves bounced back in the next two runs with two wins and managed to reduce the Lachlan’s lead to just under six tenths of a second in the process, setting up a thrilling second half of the event.

Unfortunately for Graves, it’s as good as it got for the Mitsubishi Lander pilot as Graves finished third in the remaining three runs of the day, while Lachlan ended the day with another two run wins.

Gregory grabbed his sole run win in the fifth to close in on the two leaders but he needed a lot go his way to claim top spot. Fortunately for both Meltons, Graves had a tough ending to the day and finished more than two seconds behind the duo in the final two runs.

Graves’ poor finish and Gregory’s resurgence saw the latter sneak into an outright runner-up finish by the smallest of margins, as only three tenths of a second separated he and Graves. 

Coming in at fourth was Ford Laser pilot Andrew McAuliffe thanks to his two top three finishes in the opening three runs, while Andrew Russell rounded out the top five after steering his Ford TX3 to a runner-up in the first run.

Melton’s solid win also saw him rewarded with the H class title and McAuliffe’s top five finish over Russell handed him the C class win.

Other class victories saw Nathan Graves win the J class, seventh placed Matt Webb take out the B class, Andrew Lau in 15th pick up the C class, Kerry Graves the L Class and Darryn King the J class. 

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The Victorian Mini Car Club of Victoria will host the next round of the NGK CAMS Victorian Khanacross Championship in Parwan on 23 June. 

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