The Late Model Nationals are underway and among those looking to make an impression as the series heads to Perth Motorplex is Bullsbrook racer Ken Macpherson.
Macpherson imported a new Barry Wright ICON race car from the USA and the fresh machine proved quick in its first laps at Perth Motorplex on Boxing Day, earning a heat race win. Unfortunately it all went wrong for Macpherson in the feature when a spin and subsequent collision saw the car flipped on to its roof.
The team put in a huge effort to repair the car for the first night of the Late Model Nationals in Ellenbrook on Saturday, where Macpherson managed a 12th place finish.
“The season started off great and I was very happy with how I was competing,” he said. “Purchasing a new car mid-season and rolling the car over at Kwinana has put us back a little. We are hoping our luck can improve now with the future events.”
Macpherson made the transition from spectator to racer when he was 18 years old, beginning in the Street Stock class.
“I loved racing Street Stocks, and still do, but I wanted to race in a division that was a lot faster but still affordable.”
That’s where the BGC Late Model Series came in. Macpherson started racing Late Models in 2013, earning a Development Series title in his first year, and he has since continued to work his way up the ranks. He has enjoyed a solid season and currently sits fourth in the BGC Late Model Series, well within striking distance of third-placed Veronica McCann.
“It’s a feeling like no other to race a Late Model. When these cars are working correctly nothing else compares to the rush.
“My goal is to finish as high as I possibly can and finish all meetings (of the Late Model Nationals).”
The Late Model Nationals takes place alongside the final round of the WA Sprintcar Speedweek this Saturday night at Perth Motorplex. For more information, visit www.motorplex.com.au
Words: Luke Nieuwhof
Pic: Peter Roebuck