Dayne Kingshott has tonight gone through the best that WA has to offer and even one of the World’s best to once again grab the number one spot in WA Speedcar racing.
Kingshott would win both of his heats and set the fastest time to start the feature race alongside seven time WA Champion Neville Lance who also went through his heats undefeated.
All sixteen cars who started the night would come out for the feature race, with Kingshott getting the jump; cars going everywhere in the opening turns but Lance able to jump into second ahead of Glen Mears.
Nathan Chalmers would retire after just one lap, but the race would continue around him, all cars settling into a rhythm and Kingshott running around smoothly on the top ahead of Lance and Mears.
All looked to be going well until Keenan Fleming came to a stop on the circuit in the exit of turn three, bringing out the first and only caution light of the race.
The race would go green again with 25 to go and Pickens took his chance to pass Mears for third place on the restart.
The top three would pull away, with Lance slowly starting to peg back the difference on leader Kingshott.
However, by the half way point Kingshott had asserted his dominance and pulled away from Lance who in turn had pulled away from third placed Pickens until disaster on lap nineteen when Lance suddenly slowed and headed infield.
Travis White and Glen Mears suddenly found themselves battling for third after Lance’s demise: an exciting battle until White touched the turn four wall and allowed Mears to power away.
By lap twenty four Kingshott had half a lap lead on Pickens, then was lucky to survive a hairy moment as he lapped Travis White, the two touching but able to regain control.
White again hit the turn four wall and pulled a massive wheelstand a few laps later but again continued while further ahead Kingshott lapped third placed Mears, leaving just Kingshott and Pickens on the lead lap.
From here it was all elementary as Kingshott went on and claimed his fourth WA Speedcar Championship, over ten seconds ahead of second placed Kiwi Michael Pickens, while Glen Mears claimed his third podium in WA Titles with a third placed finish.
Courtesy of tonight’s results Mears now leads the Perth Motorplex Track Championship with one round remaining by thirty eight points ahead of second placed Lance while Keenen Fleming holds onto third.
Season 2017/18 will shortly come to a close with Powerpalooza II at the Perth Motorplex on the 7th of April, so there is just one more chance for race teams to assert their dominance this season!
Release by DTN Media.
Pics Courtesy Aidan Skraha.
Feature – 30 Laps: 1. Dayne Kingshott, 2. Michael Pickens, 3. Glen Mears (29), 4. Travis White (29), 5. Alfonso Guadagnino (29), 6. Daniel Golding (28), 7. Brett Ireland (28), 8. Ross Heywood (27), 9. Aaron North (25). DNF: Neville Lance (19), Joe Lostitch (8), Chris Telenta (7), Keenan Fleming (5), Lee Redmond (5), Shaun North (3), Nathan Chalmers (1). Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 10.084. Fastest Lap: 16.381 Neville Lance.