Redheads pick up another win in Whiteline Rallysprint

Friday 15 December, 2023
Photos: Roy Meuronen Photography
Josh and Matt Redhead have secured their second Whiteline Rallysprint Series win of the season after a dominant performance in what was a hot and windy evening at Sydney Dragway.
Having not scored any points in November’s round, the Redheads were on a mission in this month’s event. Having gone fastest out of the entire 50-car field on all five runs.
With the event cumulating crews’ top three times, the Redheads were the only team to complete a run under two minutes and 40 seconds, eventually claiming the win by nine seconds. 
Finishing in second place was Phil Heafey and Brian Rusten in their first appearance for the year, the duo comfortably notching up a runner-up finish 20 seconds ahead of the next best crew, series leaders Tim Weston and Jake Hancock.

Coming into the round fresh from a victory in November, Weston and Hancock found themselves in an extremely tough battle with David Isaacs and Paul Pritchard – the latter crew having had a stronger start.
Although Isaacs raced out to a five second gap after the first two runs, Weston responded with a two-second faster run on his third attempt before sealing third place with a brilliant effort on the final run where he went one second faster – thus ending the event eight tenths ahead.
Rounding out the top five was the Toyota GR Yaris of Josh Muggleton and Blake Stokes, who was the first non-Mitsubishi Evo – the duo eventually finishing four seconds off Isaacs and Pritchard. 
While there were plenty of entertaining battles throughout the top five – Redhead’s victory was the major talking point, as he overcame any brief challenges from the other top contenders. 
“It was definitely hot this afternoon. It's certainly a struggle. But now it’s starting to cool down. We're starting to come back to grips with it, we'll go from there.
“The TME guys are pretty spicy together. It's awesome to see Phil come back here again, the top four cars its just a hell of a battle between the top four when everyone can put together a good run. 

“There's a few little changes from the last time we were here. The flow of tonight is actually really nice. Yes, there's some tight chicanes in there, but the flow behind the whole track is rather nice.”
View the full round results here.
As a result of his second win of the year, Redhead moves to third place overall and seven points of leading Weston, while Isaacs remains in second overall and just two points ahead of Redhead.

The Whiteline Rallysprint Series will now have a one month break before the fourth round takes place on 8 February. 
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