Scorgie finishes season on personal high

Scorgie competes in the last race of the 2017/18 season. Photo: Angryman Photography.
Scorgie competes in the last race of the 2017/18 season. Photo: Angryman Photography.

Brendan Scorgie has been consistently improving over the course of the last season, but he saved his best result for his most recent appearance at Valvoline Raceway on Saturday night. 

This year marks his third competing in the 410 Sprintcars, and it has been a good one for Scorgie, and it may have been even better had he not encountered mechanical issues in some of his races. 

Despite the difficulties, his consistency is greatly improved, which has allowed him to qualify in the feature race of his last eight meetings. 

As he travelled to Sydney for the final Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round, Scorgie hoped to finish the season on a strong note, which he subsequently did. 

He recorded the third-fastest qualifying time, and then came away with a comfortable win in his heat race. This allowed Scorgie to go into his first pole shuffle event in third place on points, however due to an oversight, Scorgie was penalised despite finishing second, he was forced to start from position eight. 

Scorgie sat in sixth place for the majority of the feature race, and decided to drive the high line around Danny Reidy and James Thompson after the final restart in an attempt to claim fourth. 

However, he was unsuccessful and fell to eighth place, where he stayed for the remainder of the race. 

Despite the unsuccessful manoeuvre, this was still Scorgie’s best result of the season, and it helped him finish 16th in the final USC NSW point standings.  

“I took a risk in the feature race which didn’t quite pay off, but the pace was definitely there and that a top-five finish was possible if I could pull it off, so overall I’m really pleased with the whole night,” Scorgie said.

“It’s been a fairly strong season for us, which is in no small part due to all of the work put in by my crew chief Dwayne Lawrence and the rest of the team.

“Our aim for this season was to consistently qualify for feature races, so to have done that in our last eight race meetings is really something to be proud of.

“Dwayne and I have a great relationship both at the track and away from it, which has made working with each other very beneficial, as evident in our results. I’m looking forward to seeing what next season delivers.”

Throughout the off season, Scorgie intends to focus on further developing his car and engine package, which he hopes will help continue his development as a driver next year.