HEYWOOD’S Darren Pumpa secured back-to-back Production Sedans Victorian Titles after a dominant performance in Rushworth.
“They called me the underdog last year and I won it … I don’t think they called me the underdog this time,” the Victorian number one said.
A strong performance in the title’s three 10-lap heats set Pumpa on the path to victory, qualifying him for the 35-lap final with a starting position of second.
In the 28-car final, Pumpa followed race leader Steven Laidlaw for the first lap before a blown tyre forced Laidlaw to retire.
“I then took the lead, but after we had a restart (due to Laidlaw’s retirement) another bloke (Jake Mills) got past me … I followed him for a couple of laps and then his wheel fell off,” Pumpa said.
After Mills’ retirement, Pumpa was passed by Andrew Cunningham on lap 13, but was able to regain the lead on lap 17.
Read more in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.