Maitland teenage driver Zak Blanch has upstaged his older brother David and some of Australia's best by finishing seventh at the Australian V8 Dirt Modified titles.
To be fair Zak, 17, was driving the Blanch Motorsports team's more powerful Open class vehicle than David, 19, whose Sportsman class vehicle was also plagued with mechanical problems.
"To pull up and there only be four cars in front of me was a really good feeling," Zak said.
"Towards the end of race the car went off but to finish seventh in my first Aussie titles, I am very happy with that."
It was a hugely successful meeting for Maitland drivers with 2001 Australian V8 Dirt Modified champion Scott Cannon fifth and Blake Eveleigh ninth overall and first in the Sportsman category.
Racing is a family affair for the Blanch brothers, who were the youngest competitors in the event, and David chose to retire his car and "spin spanners" for his younger brother when their efforts to right the wrongs didn't work
"It just isn't worth spoiling someone else's night if my car is playing up," David said.
"I'm just disappointed and baffled as to what it could be as we had this thing flying in Grafton at the NSW titles only last month."
Being the youngest in the field Zak knew that other competitor's had not only age but invaluable racing experience over him, but stuck to his guns and the team goals for the weekend which was to keep the cars as damage free as possible and hopefully make the 24-car main event.
On the first night's racing Zak picked up a win in the second heat after passing one of the favourites Mitchell Randall on the top side of the track.
In the first Silver Dollar feature Zak was strong making it up to third position until slipping back to fourth for the final result.
Going into night two Zak was sixth in the points alongside fellow Maitland driver Cannon.
The young driver continued to show impressive results including a second setting him up for the final to start from 10th position and finish seventh overall..
Kevin Britten won his fifth Australian title, Mark Robinson was second and Brett Clarke third.
It was an emotional weekend for Blanch Motorsports as the brothers race in the honour of their grandfather Graeme Gillespie, who was a famous driver from the Heddon Greta and Motordrome Days and inspired the team's motto Living His Legacy.
Zak and David said they would like to thank their sponsors Mick Bone Brick Laying and Scorpion Racewear as well as their hardworking team.
Kurri Kurri's Kiona Sunerton won the RSA Street Stockers support event for the V8 Modifieds with a record-breaking four wins on the night.