JAMIE Veal won the DiCandilo Steel City Australian 360 Sprintcar Championship at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night from defending champion Luke Dillon and Jason Kendrick.
Veal started on pole for the drama-packed 40-lap championship field and after getting the jump on fellow front-rower Kendrick at the start, he was never challenged for the lead.
The race was only a moment old when AJ Nash got crossed up on the main straight that saw Troy Lawson flipping and the front-end of the David Hall car damaged.
Ben Butcher, who was the reserve, was seeded into the field and Hall was allowed to change a tyre and resume from the rear.
Veal was into traffic on lap 12 while a lot of the machinations were going on behind him with Kaiden Manders, Kendrick, Ellement and Dillon all trading places and all being second at times.
The field regrouped on lap 24 after Michael Keen slowed up and couldn’t get off the track.
Manders was looking very strong after moving from fourth to second but his challenge was done when the front wheel spindle on the W60 broke on lap 25, for another restart.
Cameron Gessner put a move on Mitchell Wormall on lap 27 before his car washed up, hit the fence and went over.
Stewards called for an open right light at that stage to allow crews to top up fuel only.
Just after the restart Ben Ellement, who was third, pulled infield.
While Veal was running his own race out in front Kendrick was running a high line and Dillon a low line as they jockeyed for position.
On the last lap Kendrick went into the fence in pits bend and lost ground as Dillon snuck through and Kendrick spun around just as he crossed the line to take third.
It was a big effort for Dillon who dug deep after starting from P9 and changed an engine overnight.
Another former national champion Chad Ely took fourth after starting on the back row and qualifying for the main event after coming from the B Main.
Shaun Bradford took fifth after starting from P6 and crossed the line ahead of Tom Hooper (a big drive from P18), Mitchell Wormall, Ben Van Ryt, David Hall, Taylor Milling, Robert Watson junior, AJ Nash, Ben Butcher and Jason Pryde.
Non finishers were Daniel Keen, Ben Ellement, Cameron Gessner, Adrian Haywood, Kaiden Manders, Michael Keen and Troy Lawson.
Steven Ford got the holeshot in the first heat of the night after starting from P3.
Once he got to the lead he was never challenged, taking the win from Mitchell Wormall, Luke Dillon, Jamie Landrigan, Adrian Haywood, Daniel Keen, Ben Butcher, Jason Kendrick, David Hall and Cory Gilpin.
Tim Davis was the only non-finisher.
Kaiden Manders started from pole and led all the way to take the win in heat eight.
Jamie Veal, who started from P8, took second after moving forward early, just edging out James Inglis on the last lap.
They were followed by Taylor Milling, Michael Gronow, Chris Ackland, Ben Ellement, Tom Hooper, Paul Peet, Ben Van Ryt, Daniel Harding and Phil Waters.
Chad Ely won the third heat race with quite a margin back to AJ Nash, Troy Lawson, Jason Pryde, Shaun Bradford, Robert Watson Michael Keen and Tommy Britton,
Todd Davis out of the third heat in spectacular fashion, flipping hard after contact with Michael Keen in pits bend on lap two.
Cameron Gessner was a non-starter, pulling infield before the race started.
Jason Kendrick was too good in the fourth heat, winning from Adrian Haywood and David Hall.
Jamie Landrigan rode a Mitchell Wormall wheel at the start of the race and went into the fence.
Wormall was deemed the cause of the incident but as he was already at the rear, there was no further penalty.
Steven Ford pulled up with a couple of laps remaining, forcing the field to bunch up for the run to the flag.
At this point officials penalised Luke Dillon two spots for an infield pass.
Haywood ran third for most of the race but managed to get the pass on Hall in the latter stages.
Ben Butcher was fourth ahead of Dillon (who made up the two spots quickly) from Wormall, Daniel Keen, Cory Gilpin and Tim Davis.
He started from P5 but it was no bother for Jamie Veal who went on to win the fifth heat race from Paul Peet and Daniel Harding
Peet started from pole and led for much of the race until he was picked off by Veal on lap nine.
Kaiden Manders and James Inglis were both relegated two spots after they both jumped at the start.
Ben Van Ryt was fourth, ahead of Ben Ellement, Tom Hooper, Taylor Milling, Manders, Michael Gronow, Inglis, Chris Ackland and Phil Waters.
Cameron Gessner dominated the final heat race of the night, taking a big win from Michael Keen, AJ Nash, Troy Lawson, Robert Watson, Shaun Bradford, Chad Ely, and Jason Pryde.
It was a good points recover for Gessner who dropped points after being a non-starter in the first round of heats.
Heat 7: 1st Steven Ford, 2nd Mitchell Wormall, 3rd Luke Dillon, 4th Jamie Landrigan, 5th Adrian Haywood, 6th Daniel Keen, 7th Ben Butcher, 8th Jason Kendrick, 9th David Hall, 10th Cory Gilpin.
Heat 8: 1st Kaiden Manders, 2nd Jamie Veal, 3rd James Inglis, 4th Taylor Millng, 5th Michael Gronow, 6th Chris Ackland, 7th Ben Ellement, 8th Tom Hooper, 9th Paul Peet, 10th Ben Van Ryt, 11th Daniel Harding and 12th Phil Waters.
Heat 9: 1st Chad Ely, 2nd AJ Nash, 3rd Troy Lawson, 4th Jason Pryde, 5th Shaun Bradford, 6th Robert Watson junior, 7th Michael Keen, 8th Tommy Britton. DNF: Todd Davis and Wayne Russell. DNS: Cameron Gessner.
Heat 10: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Adrian Haywood, 3rd David Hall, 4th Ben Butcher, 5th Luke Dillon, 6th Mitchell Wormall, 7th Daniel Keen, 8th Cory Gilpin, 9th Tim Davis. DNF: Steven Ford and Jamie Landrigan.
Heat 11: 1st Jamie Veal, 2nd Paul Peet 3rd Daniel Harding, 4th Ben Van Ryt, 5th Ben Ellement, 6th Tom Hooper, 7th Taylor Milling, 8th Kaiden Manders, 9th Michael Gronow, 10th James Inglis, 11th Chris Ackland, 12th Phil Waters.
Heat 12: 1st Cameron Gessner, 2nd Michael Keen, 3rd AJ Nash, 4th Troy Lawson, 5th Robert Watson junior, 6th Shaun Bradford, 7th Chad Ely, 8th Jason Pryde, DNF: Tommy Britton. DNS: Wayne Russell and Todd Davis.
B Main: 1st Chad Ely, 2nd Daniel Keen, 3rd Daniel Harding, 4th Ben Butcher, 5th Chris Ackland, 6th Cory Gilpin, 7th Tommy Britton, 8th Michael Gronow, 9th Tim Davis, 10th Phil Waters. DNF: James Inglis, Paul Peet. DNS: Jamie Landrigan, Wayne Russell, Todd Davis and Steve Ford.
A Main: 1st Jamie Veal, 2nd Luke Dillon, 3rd Jason Kendrick, 4th Chad Ely, 5th Shaun Bradford, 6th Tom Hooper, 7th Mitchell Wormall, 8th Ben Van Ryt, 9th David Hall, 10th Taylor Milling, 11th Robert Watson junior, 12th AJ Nash, 13th Ben Butcher, 14th Jason Pryde. DNF: Daniel Keen, Ben Ellement, Cameron Gessner, Adrian Haywood, Kaiden Manders, Michael Keen and Troy Lawson.
WA SPEEDCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
DAYNE Kingshott is the WA Speedcar Champion for the 2016-17 after he had a faultless night in the W24.
He won the final from Glen Mears and Sydneysider Darren Jenkins after starting from pole and being unchallenged in the non-stop 25 final.
Mears, who started on the outside of Kingshott on the front row, was second for the entire journey.
Travis White was third early on but headed infield with four laps remaining.
Keenan Fleming had mechanical issues where the car would go strong for a few laps and then struggle for a few and he was ordered infield by stewards.
After initially failing to do so he was credited with last place.
Kingshott also won both his heat races.
The start of the first heat was marred with a few cars coming together on the main straight with the 15 of Rob Golding unlucky not to go over
Neville Lance was running up the front of the pack before he pulled infield with four laps to go
Lance, who was holding down a top three spot for much of the race, withdrew on lap seven.
Lance and Jenkins were both relegated for infield passes in this heat.
Heat 1: 1st Dayne Kingshott, 2nd Darren Jenkins, 3rd Alfonso Guadagnino, 4th Todd Waddell, 5th Chris Telenta, 6th Glen Mears, 7th Travis White, 8th Steven Henderson. DNF: Keenan Fleming, Neville Lance, Lee Redmond and Rob Golding.
Heat 2: 1st Dayne Kingshott, 2nd Glen Mears, 3rd Travis White, 4th Lee Redmond, 5th Neville Lance, 6th Todd Waddell, 7th Rob Golding, 8th Darren Jenkins, 9th Alfonso Gaudagnino, 10th Keenan Fleming, 11th Chris Telenta. DNF: Steven Henderson.
Feature: 1st Dayne Kingshott, 2nd Glen Mears, 3rd Darren Jenkins, 4th Neville Lance, 5th Todd Waddell, 6th Alfonso Guadagnino, 7th Chris Telenta, 8th Rob Golding. DNF: Travis White, Lee Redmond, Keenan Fleming. DNS: Steven Henderson.
Warren Oldfield made his pole start count when he claimed the Late Model feature race from Paul Stubber and Marc Giancola.
The final proved to be a race of attrition with only seven cars finishing the gruelling final that saw the infield resembling a parking lot with damaged cars.
Stubber looked good at the business end of the race, starting from P5 to claw his way up to second for a well-deserved podium result.
Paul Joss took fourth after starting from P8 while Kye Blight took fifth after starting from 11.
Earlier in the night Ryan Halliday made his move late to win the first the first heat from Matt Goodlad and Giancola.
Joss, who led for much of the battle, dropped back in the latter stages to take fourth.
Warren Oldfield won the second heat from Cardy and Stubber who charged through from the back of the pack.
Brad Blake was out of the second bout early one when the 0 car spun around after something broke and the car left the track on the tractor forks.
Heat 1: 1st Ryan Halliday, 2nd Matt Goodlad, 3rd Marc Giancola, 4th Paul Joss, 5th Kye Blight, 6th Ryan Ludlow, 7th Hayden Norman, 8th Simon McNab, 9th Veronica McCann. DNF: Lee Watt and Jamie Oldfield.
Heat 2: 1st Warren Oldfield, 2nd Jay Cardy, 3rd Paul Stubber, 4th Michael Holmes, 5th Brent Vosbergen, 6th Jeremy Hale, 7th Jason Bond, 8th Jai Mazzini. DNF: James Batley, David Nylander and Brad Blake.
Heat 3: 1st Warren Oldfield, 2nd Paul Stubber, 3rd Jamie Oldfield, 4th Ryan Ludlow, 5th Michael Holmes, 6th Kye Blight, 7th Matt Goodlad, 8th Lee Watt, 9th James Batley, 10th Hayden Norma, 11th Jason Bond. DNS: Brad Blake.
Heat 4: 1st Marc Giancola, 2nd Ryan Halliday, 3rd Jay Cardy, 4th Brent Vosbergen, 5th Veronica McCann, 6th Paul Joss, 7th Jeremy Hale, 8th Simon McNab, 9th Jai Mazzini. DNS: David Nylander.
Final: 1st Warren Oldfield, 2nd Paul Stubber, 3rd Marc Giancola, 4th Paul Joss, 5th Kye Blight, 6th Hayden Norma, 7th Jay Cardy. DNF: Michael Holmes, James Batley, Simon McNamb, Ryan Halliday, Jai Mazzini, Jason Bond, Ryan Ludlow, Veronica McCann, Jamie Oldfield. DNS: Lee Watt, Brent Vosbergen, Matt Goodlad, Jeremy Hale, Brad Blake and David Nylander.