IT MIGHT have been his first demolition derby, but it is certain not to be his last, with Jarrod Burns being crowned the last man standing at the Griffith Show on Sunday night.
One of the highlights of the annual show, five drivers set their sights on mechanical malevolence with the first shunt setting the tone, as all competitors collided in the centre of the field of battle.
However, the field was trimmed to just four soon after and not because of a driver’s car being sent to its death.
“Shane Foster hurt his neck early on, he copped a bit of whiplash and his head and jaw hit the side of the roll-cage and he decided to play it safe and pull out, but he’d said he’ll be next year,” organiser Brett Brown said.
However, as cars were sent to their untimely demise, Burns was crowned the winner, but not before being turned onto his roof by the vanquished drivers, something that is quickly becoming custom.
“He was a newbie in the event, and he said he’ll be back for sure next year to try and win it again, even his mum said he would be back for sure, she was excited for him,” Brown said of Burns.
Despite the lower than expected number of entries, Brown had high hopes the 2013 event will feature upwards of 10 cars.
“But it was good to see some new blood in there with Jarrod and another driver who did his first derby here in Griffith but has been doing them for the past 10 years in Canberra,” he said.