A spirited charge along the high line for the final laps of the Sprintcar Westernapolis feature race on Saturday saw Tasmania’s Jock Goodyer take home a surprise win in his first ever visit to Perth Motorplex.
Goodyer had to pass tough Perth driver Jason Kendrick in order to take the chequered flag, but while Kendrick chose a line hugging the inside of the turns Goodyer found all the speed he needed against the safety barriers.
“Jason was on the bottom (line) so I needed to try something else to pass him. I thought I would get up there (the high line) and have a crack and it worked out. I was making a lot of ground out of turn two which was where I was gaining on Jason.”
Goodyer is one of the contracted drivers of World Series Sprintcars and arrived in Western Australia early to get some big track experience at Bunbury and Perth Motorplex during the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series.
“I approached this event as going out there and having fun; I knew it would be faster than I was used to,” he said.
Kendrick felt his lower line had the speed but it required delicate driving to get the pace needed and he confessed that a couple of small errors in the last laps cost him the lead.
“There was so much moisture, but as long as you got the entry and the exit right you carried a lot of speed,” he said. “Once I got to the lead I got really careful because I thought that as long as I didn’t miss the entry nobody was going to get by me, but if the car wasn’t straight you could kill massive momentum and in (turns) three and four I was just too careful.”
While an interstate invader took the honours in the Sprintcars, the WA Late Model Title was all about the talented locals with Kye Blight holding off a fast finishing Warren Oldfield.
It was the latest victory in a season full of highlights for Blight, including the national title a few weeks ago.
“We hadn’t been in those track conditions all year so we were reluctant to get away from what worked,” he said. “In the end we put the big boy pants on and I abused the crap out of my stuff. There was no letting it breathe. The temp light was on for a couple of laps and I thought if we want to win the race that is what we need to do.”
The feature race was attrition filled, with just eight cars finishing of the 24 that started.
“We are not really sure right now (about our plans); our car is fantastic and my Dad said I was an idiot for selling it! It’s a good way to go out.”
Kaiden Manders showed his talents once again in winning the Speedcar division, while Ash Hounsfield took home the trophy in the Wingless Sprints.