FROM the get-go Jason Kendrick was on a mission in the 20-lap preliminary feature race at the DiCandilo Steel City Australian 360 Sprintcar Championship at the Perth Motorplex on Friday night.
He started on the outside of Jamie Veal for the final and after going very wide at the start of the race, set up a commanding lead, to win the final from Cameron Gessner and Jamie Veal.
The race was two laps old when Taylor Milling tagged the back of David Hall on the back straight before running across the front of him and flipping in pits bend, also putting Hall out.
Tom Hooper did well to avoid the incident by the same couldn’t be said for Jason Pryde who spun to avoid major contact – although he did get a restart from the rear.
Ben Van Ryt was one of the next to withdraw after banging the fence a couple of times and then parking the 75 after a few laps.
Kendrick was into lapped traffic after just seven laps and there were plenty of drivers banging the wall with the high line pretty close to the fence.
Veal’s night nearly came unstuck when he spun around on lap 15 but managed to keep the W17 going on the bike track, resuming in third spot, only dropping one spot.
Gessner, who started from P6, looked better as the race went on and after trailing team mate Kaiden Manders for a while, used his experience to get into a podium position.
Shaun Bradford, who started from P3, held on for fourth with Manders keeping himself in a good spot by taking fifth.
Mitchell Wormall, who started P4, finished sixth, ahead of Ben Ellement (from P11), Adrian Haywood (from P8), defending champion Luke Dillon (P15), Robert Watson junior (P9), Michael Keen (P10), Jason Pryde (P16), Todd Davis (P17), Tom Hooper (P15) and Daniel Keen (P18).
The only non-finishers were Van Ryt, Hall and Milling.
Before the race meeting got underway the field was down four cars with Daniel Salter and Rod Snellin out after practice on Wednesday night with engine issues.
After qualifying Gavin Davis and Fergie Donaldson were also withdrawals.
Robert Watson junior started from pole and led all the way to win the first heat race of the championship from Todd Davis, Kaiden Manders, Mitchell Wormall, Taylor Milling, Cameron Gessner, Corey Gilpin, Chris Ackland, Michael Gronow and Wayne Russell.
Daniel Harding, who started started from P5, slowed up with three laps remaining and caused a few tense moments for cars behind him as they closed in.
On the last lap Chad Ely also slowed up on the back straight to be the second non-finisher.
Gessner was one of the big movers in that heat, moving up six spots to sixth.
There was half a lap between first and second after the second 10-lap heat race was run and won.
Jamie Veal started from P2 and checked out, winning the race by 6.3 seconds from Michael Keen and they were followed by Paul Peet, Shaun Bradford, AJ Nash, David Hall, Steven Ford, Tom Hooper, Ben Butcher and Tim Davis.
Fergie Donaldson and Jamie Inglis were non starters – both being out for the night.
Keen was one of the big movers in this race, starting from P8 and taking second on lap six,
Bradford also looked strong for his fourth after starting from P10.
Jason Kendrick started from pole and was unchallenged as he took the third heat race of the night.
He crossed the line ahead of Jason Pryde who started from P2, Ben Ellement, Ben Van Ryt, Troy Lawson, Daniel Keen, Adrian Haywood, Luke Dillon, Phil Waters, Tommy Britton and Jamie Landrigan.
Defending national champion Luke Dillon, started from P10 and struggled at the back of the pack, making up only two spots.
Cameron Gessner started from P1 and finished P1 in the fourth heat race, taking the win from Mitchell Wormall who started from P6, and Kaiden Manders who looked very fast who came from P7.
Daniel Harding, who only just made it out in time after the team had to change a driveline, took fourth, ahead of Taylor Milling, Chad Ely, Robert Watson junior, Michael Gronow, Todd Davis, Chris Ackland and Wayne Russell.
Corey Gilpin was the only non-finisher, out after just two laps.
Shaun Bradford looked fast in the fifth heat, taking the win from Tom Hooper after they both started on the front row.
David Hall, who started on the second row, took third, from Jamie Veal who charged from the back of the field to take fourth, crossing the line ahead of Steven Ford, Michael Keen, Ben Butcher, AJ Nash, Paul Peet and Tim Davis.
James Inglis, who had engine issues at the start of the show, came back in this heat, but withdrew on lap five.
Luke Dillon led for most of the race but was rounded up by Adrian Haywood at the back end of the race with the defending champion holding on for second.
Haywood took the popular win by 2.045 seconds.
Ben Van Ryt was solid for third with Jason Kendrick and Ben Ellement took the next two places after coming through from the rear.
Heat 1: 1st Robert Watson junior, 2nd Todd Davis, 3rd Kaiden Manders, 4th Mitchell Wormall, 5th Taylor Milling, 6th Cameron Gessner, 7th Cameron Gessner, 8th Chris Ackland, 9th Michael Gronow, 10th Wayne Russell. DNF: Chad Ely and Daniel Harding.
Heat 2: 1st Jamie Veal, 2nd Michael Keen, 3rd Paul Peet, 4th Shaun Bradford, 5th AJ Nash, 6th David Hall, 7th Steven Ford, 8th Tom Hooper, 9th Ben Butcher, 10th Tim Davis. DNS: Fergie Donaldson and James Inglis.
Heat 3: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Jason Pryde, 3rd Ben Ellement, 4th Ben Van Ryt, 5th Troy Lawson, 6th Daniel Keen, 7th Adrian Haywood, 8th Luke Dillon, 9th Phil Waters, 10th Tommy Britton, 11th Jamie Landrigan. DNS: Gavin Davis.
Heat 4: 1st Cameron Gessner, 2nd Mitchell Wormall, 3rd Kaiden Manders, 4th Daniel Harding, 5th Taylor Milling, 6th Chad Ely, 7th Robert Watson junior, 8th Michael Gronow, 9th Todd Davis, 10th Chris Ackland, 11th Wayne Russell. DNF: Corey Gilpin.
Heat 5: 1st Shaun Bradford, 2nd Tom Hooper, 3rd David Hall, 4th Jamie Veal, 5th Steven Ford, 6th Michael Keen, 7th Ben Butcher, 8th AJ Nash, 9th Paul Peet, 10th Tim Davis. DNF: James Inglis.
Heat 6: 1St Adrian Haywood, 2nd Luke Dillon, 3rd Ben Van Ryt, 4th Jason Kendrick, 5th Ben Ellement, 6th Daniel Keen, 7th Jamie Landrigan, 8th Tommy Britton, 9th Jason Pryde, 10th Troy Lawson, 11th Phil Waters. DNS: Gavin Davis.
Preliminary A Main: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Cameron Gessner, 3rd Jamie Veal, 4th Shaun Bradford, 5th Kaiden Manders, 6th Mitchell Wormall, 7th Ben Ellement, 8th Adrian Haywood, 9th Luke Dillon, 10th Robert Watson junior, 11th Michael Keen, 12th Jason Pryde, 13th Todd Davis, 14th Tom Hooper, 15th Daniel Keen. DNF: Ben Van Ryt, David Hall and Taylor Milling.
After taking a fourth in the first race Troy Johnson didn’t put a foot wrong in the next two races, winning heat two and then the feature race.
Luke Nardini, who won the first heat race, was fourth in the next heat and then followed Johnson across the line in the 15-lap final.
Glenn Carstairs had a second and a third in the qualifiers and then a third in the final.
Heat 1: 1st Luke Nardini, 2nd Glenn Carstairs, 3rd Jamie Nardini, 4th Troy Johnson, 5th Jamie Pages, 6th Matt Higgs, 7th Jeff Ross, 8th Jeff Hedington, 9th Glenn Holdaway. DNF: Trystan Caley.
Heat 2: 1st Troy Johnson, 2nd Matt Higgs, 3rd Glenn Carstairs, 4th Luke Nardini, 5th Jamie Nardini, 6th Jeff Ross, 7th Jamie Pages, 8th Jeff Hedington, 9th Glenn Holdaway. DNS: Trystan Caley.
Feature: 1st Troy Johnson, 2nd Luke Nardini, 3rd Glenn Carstairs, 4th Jamie Nardini, 5th Matt Higgs, 6th Jamie Pages, 7th Jeff Ross, 8th Jeff Hedington, 9th Glenn Holdaway. DNS Trystan Caley.
HARRIS ENGINES WINGLESS SPRINTS
FORMER national champion Daniel Hartigan won the 15-lap feature race, rounding out a good night for the driver of the #77.
He took the final from Mitchell Harris by just 1.106 of a second, with Brad Taylor taking third.
Daran Humfrey, who spun out in the final and had to resume from the rear on a restart, pushed hard on the low line for fourth.
Adrian La Machia damaged the front end of the WA4 after he hit the fence on the approach to the back straight on lap 11.
Heat 1: 1st Daniel Hartigan, 2nd Mitchell Harris, 3rd Dean Gittos, 4th Brad Taylor, 5th Ashley Pittard, 6th Justin Wragg, 7th Daran Humfrey, 8th Melissa Hartigan. DNF: Bradley Fitzgerald. DNS: Katelyn Wright.
Heat 2: 1st Bradley Fitzgerald, 2nd Mitchell Harris, 3rd Daniel Hartigan, 4th Adrian La Macchia, 5th Daran Humfrey, 6th Brad Taylor, 7th Ashley Pittard, 8th Justin Wragg, 9th Melissa Hartigan. DNS: Katelyn Wright.
Feature: 1st Daniel Hartigan, 2nd Mitchell Harris, 3rd Brad Taylor, 4th Daran Humfrey, 5th Ashley Pittard, 6th Melissa Hartigan, 7th Justin Wragg. DNF: Adrian La Macchia and Bradley Fitzgerald.