WAGGA speedway driver Charlie Ball is looking to leave the sport on a high following his state title win.
Ball claimed the Goulburn Ovens Sedan Association Victorian title at Brobenah Speedway last weekend.
It’s an accomplishment he rates as his best achievement since taking up the sport in 1998.
“This is the biggest one I’ve won in speedway,” Ball said.
“It’s the best thing I’ve done.”
Following his win, Ball wants to hang up his helmet and call it a day.
However, his retirement plans are facing some opposition from wife Laurel.
“I want to but my wife won’t let me,” Ball said.
“As far as I’m concerned I’m retiring.”
The 46-year-old defeated a quality field to take out the title, but it wasn't without some luck.
After starting second in the 25-lap race Ball managed to maintain his position for the majority of the race until there was four laps to complete when be was the beneficiary of some of misfortune from Daniel McCarten.
McCarten had dominated the race from the start, but an battery fault proved costly.
With McCarten out of the running Ball assumed ascendancy, but it wasn’t all plain sailing in front.
The 46-year-old held off a late challenge from Justin Brockley, who got within half a car’s length on the line.
However Ball couldn’t see or hear his challenger coming, with the sedan mirror-less and after he lost his muffler during the race.
Being able to hear your rival is the best way to judge the distance between rivals, but Ball was driving blind.
“I didn’t know what was going on behind me, but it was tense for everyone watching,” he said.
“There wasn’t a lot in it.”
The speedway circuit continues at Wahgunyah this long weekend and will the winning car will be in action, Ball will be on the sidelines watching Paul Barklem go around instead.
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