Callum Williamson’s amazing season start came to a crashing end on Saturday at Perth Motorplex, allowing Jason Kendrick to pick up his second win of the 2019/20 Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series.
Williamson had just made the pass for the lead when he got into the unforgiving concrete walls, ending his race just six laps shy of the chequered flag and allowing Kendrick to take victory for the City of Kwinana Cup.
Kendrick had much of the attention early in the race as he lead from the green flag, despite an issue with the exhaust headers on his engine. While the car sounded strange, the performance was not much affected and Kendrick was able to bring the Hit 92.9 Sprintcar home.
“It started making a funny noise at the start so I was checking the oil pressure, then it (the noise) got worse but it didn’t lose power, so I knew it was a muffler or a header,” he said. “It didn’t impact the car at all, it was just louder than normal.”
Though Kendrick took home the glory, he said he was taking the race easy in the early stages with a focus on being prepared for the closing laps.
“I was doing risk mitigation, there was no point trying to bin the thing in the first 20 laps, you need to race at the last lap. It sucked Callum crashed because I was looking forward to racing him.”
Paul Stubber brought home the Carbusters Late Model win in a near perfect performance across the night. Stubber won all of the heats and the feature after what has been a frustrating season.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it to be honest,” he said. “I got a rhythm down (on the low line), I could come off the kerb a bit and keep the momentum going. I must admit some friends of mine in the USA have been shaking their heads at me lately, I have probably made it hard for everyone with a couple of mistakes. But what a night, three out of three.”
The Poolshop Group Speedcars honours went to Tom Payet, who went from third to first position in the first laps and never looked back, leading all the way. He said he had to battle race fitness in the closing laps.
“I was getting pretty knackered keeping it flat out, then I saw Dayne (Kingshott) show his nose and I thought I had to give it a crack,” he said.
Chad Pittard emerged victorious in the Red Pepper Promotions Wingless Sprints, while Blake Iwanow took home the trophy in the Junior Sedans.
Speedway returns to Perth Motorplex on December 7 for the huge John Day Speedcar Classic and WA Sprintcar Title double header.
Story Credit – Luke Nieuwhof
Photo Credit – Richard Hathaway & Peter Roebuck