KYABRAM's Louis Rodriguez has started his season in style by securing his fist ever Victorian title in Grand Prix Midgets. Rodriguez secured the victory last weekend at the Rod Quarrell Victorian Grand Prix Midget title held at Wangaratta. After six heats the field was set for the 20-lap title race. Janelle Saville secured pole position while Rodriguez was next followed by Gary Bowyer and Chris Carr on row two. The race started in tatters for the pole sitter as her car had early mechanical issues and was out of the title before the race proper had even began. Rodriguez was then able to take control of the race early on with his competitors jostling for the remaining potions. Despite the hard-fought efforts no one could pass Rodriguez and he was able to secure his first Victorian title in the class with Bowyer, Alex Myers, Terry Brown, Mark Blackeby and Jack Ward the final result. "It was a tough day jumping in and out of two race cars all night however our team pulled together and got the result," Rodriguez said after the race. "It is a proud moment that is for sure. I really feel sorry for Janelle, she can hold her head up, she did so well, what a tough racer she is. "Bowyer gave us a run for our money also and this class is continuing to develop strong car counts. "Well done to all and thank you so very much to my family and my supporters for everything they do." Have you signed up to the Bendigo Advertiser's daily newsletter and breaking news emails? You can register below and make sure you are up to date with everything that's happening in central Victoria.