HAMILTON’S Chris Kennett has won the principal event of this year’s Ararat 40th Classic Track Carnival.
Kennett claimed line honours in the final of the Ararat Business Houses 2000 Metre Wheelrace on Saturday night.
In a field of 21 riders, the 23-year-old narrowly edged out 17-year-old Bendigo junior Robert Oakenfull to claim victory.
Also among the placegetters were last weekend’s GMHBA 2000 Metre Wheelrace winner, Warrnambool’s Sam Lane (third) and Ararat’s Greg Hogan (fourth).
“I felt pretty good,” Kennett told the Hamilton Spectator of his preparation for the Ararat carnival.
“In the carnival at Hamilton last weekend I went okay there and had some pretty good form.”
In fact, Kennett has enjoyed an outstanding track season.
“The track has been pretty good, the last few Opens and such,” he said.
His form-line on Saturday night read: fourth, second and first.
He opened the program with a fourth placing in the Men’s B Grade 4000 Metre Motorpace.
Kennett then ran second to Oakenfull in the 1500 Metre Frontmarkers Handicap before he turned the tables on his Bendigo rival in the 2000 Metre Wheelrace final.
Former Hamilton rider Brendan Schultz qualified as the backmarker for the final, but the task proved just too great.
“I got a second in the 1500 Meter Wheelrace final and won the 2000 Metre Wheelrace,” Kennett said.
“I turned the tables on him (Oakenfull) in the big one.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday February12, 2013