Like father, like son. That's the Hickman way.
Bendigo sprintcar racer Rusty Hickman has secured the 2021 Mainline Dynolog Dynamometers All Stars Series Championship title.
In doing so Hickman created history as he and his dad Darren are the only father-son combination to have both won the prestigious event.
"Until this year I didn't realise we were the only father and son to have won it. It's a great achievement," Hickman said.
"It especially was a proud moment for dad more than anything."
In addition to setting the family history in the competition, Hickman is the first champion to have finished on the podium in every round of the series.
Hickman headed into the final round with a small points buffer over two-time champion Mark Caruso.
His lead wasn't enough to have the series in the bag and it required Hickman to drive at his peak on the night at Mildura's Timmis Speedway.
Hickman clinched first and second place in his heats and nominated to start out of position two for the A Main.
Half way through the race Hickman managed to get the lead from pole-sitter Lisa Walker and took control to come away with the win.
Caruso in second and Daniels Evans in third rounded out the podium.
Hickman also took out the Methanol Moonshine Masters after finishing with the best A Main results (two firsts and one second) from the three rounds at Mildura.
Darren was also named as the Crew Chief of the Year award winner.
"I am proud as punch of Rusty, he drove really well all year and made minimal mistakes," Darren said.
"It's awesome to be the only father and son to have both won and I am sure we will be holding onto that accolade for many years to come."
Darren was the inaugural winner of the All Stars Series in 2007-08, back when Rusty was only an 8-year-old.
"Back when I won it was just as tough with fields of 30 plus racers," Darren said.
"The cars and the motors also haven't changed.
"You just need to have luck on your side, a good crew, equipment and ability behind the wheel
"That's the way to get it done."
Rusty has racing in his blood and has been behind the wheel for many years, but never did Darren think he would achieve such great feats at such a young age.
"I never thought that he would aspire to do what he's achieved, which includes winning the Open Series at the age of 17 and now to win the All Stars in addition to having driven in America at the world titles," Darren said.
Hickman's career is set to get even bigger in the not too distant future as an American team have their eyes set on Hickman to come over and race for them.
"They want him over there to race as soon as he can get there, so he might be heading overseas sooner rather than later."
Meanwhile, Hickman was in action again on the weekend for the 360 Easter Sprintcar Nationals also held at Mildura.
He recorded a quick time, in addition to first and second in his heats to secure the front row for the feature race.
The track had minor changes from Friday which set the stage for plenty of fast-paced action.
With speed comes tyre wear which ultimately decided the outcome of the race.
Hickman led the race up until the final corner when his rear right tyre blew out which allowed Phil Lock to slide past and take the win.
Hickman managed to hold onto to second position, followed by Steven Caruso in third. "What a great race and we're all so elated for Phil, a fantastic win for him," Hickman said.
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