Perth Motorplex recently celebrated its great drivers and riders with honours bestowed on Speedway, Drag Racing and Burnout competitors at end of season presentations.
It began with Speedway’s night of nights which saw Jason Kendrick taking out the lion’s share of honours. He was announced as the Perth Motorplex Speedway Driver of the Year, the Sprintcar Track Champion and the Magic Man Champion of Champions for the most feature race wins at Super Speedway events.
Kendrick polled the most votes over the season by a record margin. The voting panel comes from a variety of sources including officials, industry media and independent observers.
Other nominees for Driver of Year were Warren Oldfield and brother Jamie, Brad Maiolo and Troy Johnson.
In total Perth Motorplex hosted 19 nights of Super Speedway and Shannons Fast Series racing. 96 feature races were held across 14 divisions. 61 drivers won a feature race and for 19 of these drivers it was their first ever feature race win at Perth Motorplex
There has now been a total of 447 different people who have won a feature race at the Perth Motorplex.
38 drivers participated in the Wormall Civil Perth Motorplex Sprintcar Championship over 10 rounds. Jason Kendrick took the win, followed by Brad Maiolo and Ben Ellement. Kendrick has finished in the top three for the past four seasons in a row, but this year marked the first time in eight years that Jamie Maiolo was not inside the overall top three.
In the Quest Apartments Late Model Championship, 35 drivers raced in the track championship
and six drivers claimed a round win over nine rounds. Jamie Oldfield claimed the title over Michael Holmes and Kye Blight. This was the first ever track championship win or podium for Jamie and the first time in six years that either Jay Cardy or Warren Oldfield haven’t been in the top three.
The Pool Shop Group Perth Motorplex Speedcar Championship had 29 drivers race during the season. Keenan Fleming won in his rookie season, with Alfonso Guadagnino in second and Travis White in third.
Forty six cars took part in the TW Mechanical Perth Motorplex 360 Sprintcar Championship. Jamie Landrigan held on to win the overall series despite not winning a round all season! Ben Van Ryt and Tommy Hooper took the minor placings.
The Formula 500 Championship saw 35 racers and five different winners. It was the third season in a row that Troy Johnson and Luke Nardini finished in 2nd and 3rd – with Glenn Carstairs sneaking past them for the win, going down to the last feature race of the summer.
In the Ellement Produce Perth Motorplex Top Stars Junior Sedan Championship Blake Webb took victory from Jackson Derrick and Mitchell Bosveld.
For the Harris Engines Perth Motorplex Wingless Sprints Championship Daniel Hartigan proved too good, winning from Daran Humfrey and Brad Taylor.
Moving on to the Shannons Fast Series, and the Shannons Insurance Limited Sprintcar Championship saw 22 cars participate across four rounds. Kevan Grant, Ben Migro and Tim Davis earned the honours on the podium.
The Ellement Produce New Stars Junior Sedan Championship saw Bryden Southwell go home with the big trophy as Jade McKegg and Luke Malcolm took the minor placings.
The Shannons Insurance Production Sedan Championship went to John Triplett from Sean Oldham and Brad Mitchell, while the Shannons Insurance V8 Dirt Modified Championship went the way of Peter Forbes from Bianca Smith and Kristen Falconbridge.
Despite only 12 cars racing through the season in the Shannons Insurance Street Stock Championship the racing was tough never the less. Round victories were shared by four drivers across all rounds with Brendan McKeagg winning over Grant Hinkley and Nic Marshall.
The Shannons Insurance Legend Car Championship went to Jake Alfirevich from Bob Goddard and Todd Davey.
The Shannons Insurance Formula 500 Fast Racing Series Championship featured Jamie Pages on the podium with Jeff Ross and Jeff Hedington, while the Shannons Insurance AMCA Nationals Championship had Brad Wright taking the gold from Brendan McKeagg and Trevor Bosveld.
The Carbusters WA Demolition Derby Championship saw over 100 cars participate with Wayne Fanderlinden winning from Adam Fanderlinden and Jack Alfirevich, who earned his third place with the help of two best themed awards.
Speedway also sought to honour two of its most dedicated fans, with the Metro Trophy Super Fan Awards presented to Dave Eames, who has been the unofficial international and interstate ambassador of Perth Motorplex, and 36 year Speedway fan and always season member Ray Miskiewicz (above) for their wonderful and amazing support of the venue.
Everyone at Perth Motorplex would like to take this opportunity to thank all those behind the scenes people who make the sport happen. From the administration to the management team, our tireless officials who are second to none, the scrutineers, the track staff, those on the gates, the division marshals, safety fire crew, the production crew and more.
We acknowledge the efforts of Perth Motorplex magazine editor Darren O’Dea for a great job in producing the event magazines that are without doubt the best in Australian Motorsport and have certainly sets the standards for Speedway in the nation. Darren started with us 21 years ago and has done a brilliant job with writing stories about the sport of Speedway.
Special thanks to the Speedway track prep team of Mikey Rimmer, Jason Marlow, Jordan Stewart and Rod Bottrell for a job that sometimes may appear thankless, however some excellent tracks have been provided for the racers to strut their stuff.
Thanks to the Speedway media and Speedway Area Managers including Martin “ET” Chircop, Scott Beattie, Fab Martinelli, Peter Cox, the Stewards Jerome Sutton, Rod Bottrell and Darren Sutton, plus the nation’s best commentary team in Con Migro, Karl Langdon, Jason Crowe, J-Mac and Nitro Nic plus Shannons Fast Series announcer Mitch Berliner.
A final huge thanks to Dirt Track Nutter Scotty Beattie for putting together the stats featured above and to Peter Roebuck for his great photos on the night and all season.
Check out the speedway wrap video that was shown on the night highlighting the fantastic season we enjoyed at Perth Motorplex: