A flight across the world and a two week stint in quarantine paid off for the USA’s Brock Zearfoss after he wrapped up the WA Sprintcar Speedweek series honours on Saturday night at Perth Motorplex.
Zearfoss was rarely challenged at the Speedweek Grand Final, where he backed up a victory at Ellenbrook the previous weekend. The Pennsylvanian driver said ever since the first event of the series on Boxing Day, he knew the Sean Carren-owned team had what it took.
“We had a good start (on Boxing Day) with a podium and I knew we had something there,” he said. “I knew what we needed to change to get the car to where we could compete for a win. You come over to win but you don’t know what to expect and you don’t know what equipment you have until you see it. Sean provides good race cars. The confidence was there right away and carried throughout the week.”
Saturday night hosted a rare double feature after Wednesday night’s event was cancelled, due to bushfires cutting power to the Motorplex. Zearfoss won both Saturday features and was never off the podium for the entire six-event series.
“The car was great every night,” he said. “From never seeing the Motorplex to just going straight into hot laps, I felt comfortable right off the bat.”
Zearfoss was hopeful he would get an invite back to Western Australia in the future.
“Hopefully I impressed everybody here enough. If not, I cherished this opportunity.”
South Australia’s Scott Bogucki finished second, with Queensland’s Robbie Farr claiming third. Bogucki finally turned around what had been a disappointing series.
“We struggled most of the week, and we changed everything, from where I had the pedals in the car to the shock mounts,” Bogucki said. “I was just struggling and a lot of it was on me. I just wasn’t comfortable in the car, but (the team) didn’t give up on me and anything I wanted to change they changed. It’s a confidence game, and you have some nights where you feel like a legless crab and you start to wonder why you are even here.”
The jam-packed night at the Motorplex also featured the BGC Late Model Nationals, which Kye Blight won for the second year in a row.
Starting tenth on the grid and driving a borrowed car, Blight’s chances of the repeat did not look good, but he cut his way through the field at a steady pace. It wasn’t until midway through the feature that Blight reached the top three, where he swapped positions with Warren Oldfield and Brad Blake. Traffic kept the contest tight until a caution with three laps to go gave Blight the opportunity he needed as he took advantage of the clear race track and brought home the win.
Also leaving the Motorplex with trophies in hand on Saturday were Tom Payet (Pool Shop Group Speedcars) and Michael Keen (Limited Sprintcars).
Speedway returns to Perth Motorplex on January 30 for the City of Kwinana Cup.
Words: Luke Nieuwhof
Pic: Richard Hathaway