Cody Maroske powers his way to victory in the Stony Point 5000 at Darlington on Monday. Picture: DANIEL BEARD, SPRINTCARZONETHE bounty from the richest formula 500 race in Victoria is headed to Queensland.
Gold Coast young gun Cody Maroske upstaged a talent-packed field to claim victory in the inaugural Stony Point 5000 at Darlington’s Mid-Western Speedway.
Maroske started 10th but charged through the field to beat Bannockburn’s James Aranyosi and Scotts Creek’s Matt Symons in the $5000-to-win feature.
The result, in front of a bumper crowd on Monday night, lifted him to sixth on the Speedweek standings. He ran 12th on night one at Hamilton.
Aranyosi leads with 309 points after back-to-back podium finishes, from Angelo Karoussis (290) and Andrew Priolo (268). But the night belonged to Maroske.
The 21-year-old, who is into his second season racing formula 500s, ranked the win alongside his 2010 Australian junior sedans title at Latrobe, Tasmania.
“I don’t think they were too impressed I came down and took the bacon (at Darlington),” he said.
“It was good to come all the way down from Queensland and get something for all the work we’ve put in.”
Maroske placed fourth in his two heats but rued a missed opportunity in the second to finish higher after stewards sent him to the rear after a mid-race collision.
The points tally earned him a spot out of position 10 in the A main, with Aranyosi off pole and Western Australian Andrew Priolo beside him.
“I knew we were quick but I wasn’t sure how we’d go. I know James is very, very quick, he’s been on fire. I thought he’d drive away with it,” Maroske said.
But Maroske improved to fifth after two laps and benefited from early-race restarts, which kept the frontrunners within sight.
He had climbed to third by a restart with about 15 laps to go, reeled in Priolo soon after and caught Aranyosi with 10 laps to race.
“This year we’ve been struggling. his is our first feature win. I guess it was a good first feature win,” he said.
Maroske placed fourth in Speedweek last summer but came down “to learn about the car and get a few more laps under the belt”.
He is chasing results in his second campaign but is aware consistency, not aggression, reaps the greater rewards.
“Definitely coming down here this year we had higher expectations of trying to get somewhere closer to the front,” he said.
“It’s all about consistency and keeping yourself level-headed. We can’t go for all the wins all week, we need to be consistent.
“I’m lucky a few cars last night didn’t get any points at all that were in front of me … I should be up to the top 10 at least.”
Speedweek continued with round three at Portland’s Southern 500 Speedway last night, with results unavailable by deadline.
The series heads to Allansford’s Premier Speedway tomorrow night, Simpson Speedway on Saturday and wraps up at Laang Speedway on Sunday.
Among other winners at Darlington Cobden’s Jason Grayland took the honours in the super rods.
In junior sedans Mailors Flat teenager Harry Ross claimed the A grade win while Camperdown’s Ben Micallef won B grade.
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