Steven Lines scorched to a second consecutive World Series Sprintcars victory at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway, delivering the perfect possible result for the Albany-owned Halls Motorsport headed by team boss Brian Hall.
Lines delivered a hometown victory for the Halls Motorsport team in the Albany round of WSS last season and he was again on the pace in the small field of 16 cars, setting the third quickest time in qualifying which set up his strong run on the night.
Lines banked 54 points for his effort in time trials and then produced a third and fifth place finish in his two heat races to progress to the gold shootout.
The shootout which determined the first two rows on the grid for the 30-lap feature race, belonged to the adopted hometown hero as Lines blasted his way to pole position from WA driver Shaun Bradford.
Lines shot clear at the beginning of the final and was quickly into slower lapped traffic as the track became dusty.
Tatnell loomed large at one stage in lap traffic, getting right onto the back of the No.3 machine but Lines was patient in getting past them and eventually went on to claim victory by 2.074 seconds.
“Its always nice to go back in front of local sponsors and supporters and put on a really good show,” Lines said.
“Albany has been great to us, it puts a bit more pressure on next year having won twice there now.
“We definitely needed to be in the first couple of rows and sailing around in clear air.
“That shootout was so crucial and to be honest I thought we were in trouble to be honest, but I got that lap down the bottom and it was quick enough.”
Tatnell enjoyed a strong run in second place with Bradford filling third and James McFadden rounding out the top four.
WA star Ryan Farrell made up a few spots to grab fifth place while American Kyle Hirst finished sixth.
Victorian Jamie Veal had a night to forget, losing his championship lead after crossing the line in eighth place.
Troy Lawson, who was caught up in a heat race incident that saw Lines roll over softly, was the only car not to finish the final.
Despite the small field, thousands of spectators lined the terraces to watch all the action in a highly-successful event for the Albany Speedway Club.
Lines is still in contention to win the WSS championship but the South Australian star was realistic about his chances.
“We will do the best we can,” he said.
“We should have finished fourth in Bunbury and something major would need to happen to win (in Perth) but you never know until its over.”
The final round of the national series will be run this Friday and Saturday night at the Perth Motorplex.