Brent Vosbergen drove the race of his life to take out the WA Late Model State Title on Saturday night at Perth Motorplex, just weeks after the passing of his grandfather, speedway legend Bert Vosbergen.
With a feature race win having eluded Brent so far in his career, everything came together on the night to see him take the chequered flag by two seconds from Marc Giancola and Warren Oldfield. He became the third member of his family to earn a State title, joining Bert’s seven Super Sedan championships and father Craig’s two Late Model championships.
“Everything just went our way,” the youngest Vosbergen said. “I seemed to have my Pop on board with me – it was the best feeling I’ve had. The car was unreal and the track was awesome.
“Nothing went wrong at all. They all say when it’s your night it’s your night and it definitely went our way.
Vosbergen had built a big lead when a crash resulted in a caution flag, bringing his rivals back into contention with just five laps to go.
“That was the biggest challenge of the night,” he said. “I think my heart stopped. I’ve seen my father lose a lot of races with cautions right at the end while leading by a big margin.”
While overjoyed to take out the title, Vosbergen said he would have loved his grandfather there to see it.
“It feels unreal but at the same time emotional. Pop would have been screaming. I think we could hear him from here. It was worth it to see my family, crew and my father’s emotions after the race. The feeling has not sunk in yet.”
The Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series saw Daniel Harding return to form, completing his comeback from a crash earlier in the season.
Harding ended up a comfortable winner by three seconds from Andrew Priolo and AJ Nash.
“It’s good to be back in the car,” he said. “I’ve had a good car for a long time but haven’t been able to use it.
“We weren’t too bad of the start (of the feature), probably better than I expected. We had a car that was capable, I just had to not do something stupid.”
Other winners for the night included Keenan Fleming in the Pool Shop Group Speedcars, Luke Storer in the Wingless Sprints and Ryan Higgs in the Telf Promotional Products Formula 500s.
The Motorplex speedway season wraps up on April 13 with the running of the Gold Cup Grand Final, with a $10,000-to-win Demolition Derby.