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Rookie steals show at Calder, Thomas takes TA2 title

YOUNG gun Jarrod Hughes has raised eyebrows at Calder Park with a stunning performance in his first start in the TA2 Muscle Car Series.

With the title fight on the line at a historic venue, and Nash Morris winning Race 1 on Friday, there was plenty to focus on but it was Hughes who stole the show.

Stepping up from Toyota 86s, the Norwell Motorplex prodigy swept all three races yesterday to seal the round win.

“We were not expecting any of this at all, I am speechless, it is awesome,” said Hughes.

“I can’t thank everyone who has supported me enough. The TA2 team has given me the opportunity to do this, it is very cool.

“I have to thank Tony Sewell he has been the brains behind it all, I can’t thank him enough as well as all the people from AC Delco as well as all my other supporters, this is pretty cool.”

Dylan Thomas is crowned champion. Pic: Supplied

As for the bigger picture, Dylan Thomas survived a scare to win the 2023 title, ultimately with an 18-point buffer over nearest rival Josh Haynes.

“This is definitely pretty special. Ever since I put it in the wall this morning in that warm-up session in the wet, the guts have been pretty tight,” said Thomas.

“We had a pretty cruisy weekend, we didn’t have to do a lot so when I put it in the wall it actually brought the intensity up.

“We put the championship together throughout the whole year and Josh Haynes and Jackson Rice were awesome all year, credit to those guys.”

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