Gunnedah driver Matt Cobb returned in an old favourite to win the Shorty 40 memorial race at Gunnedah Speedway on Saturday.  

The fender bender race honours the late Anthony Rees – a Gunnedah clubman who was killed in a car crash in 2014.

Cobb said his car ran like a dream in the division’s feature event despite some months sitting idle.

“I’ve had this car for about four seasons now,” Cobb said.

“I ran the Australian title in it last year but had a crash and it was pretty bent up, so we set it aside for a while.

“The bender has been sitting on the sideline for the last year now but we spent the last two weeks to get it going.”

After a little friendly fire in the heats by clubmate, David Partridge, Cobb steered clear to win the final.

“I gave Dave a lap for the first heat, he seemed to hit the fence a few times for me,” Cobb said.

“Then we went out and spun a few cars – it’s all part of the fun.

“We ended up having a good feature, the car was going quick. After the restart we were in third and ended up holding it flat and finishing first – I had a ball.”

Now with a healthy tally of fender bender trophies to his name, Cobb is turning his attention to Street Stocker and aiming for a top-place finish in next season’s racing. 

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