This weekend will mark the 72nd running of the WA Speedcar Title and with defending (and five time) champion Dayne Kingshott not nominated, we have seventeen drivers who are desperate to grab the crown for themselves.
The only driver in this weekends field who has previously taken the WA Title win is Kaiden Manders, claiming his only victory back at the Bunbury Speedway some four years ago. Returning to Speedcar competition full time this season, Manders has already grabbed two wins this year (making a total of twelve career feature wins at the Perth Motorplex) and he will be one of the favourites coming into Saturday night’s show.
Delving further into the field, there are just three drivers who have come close (going by results!) to a WA Title win, with podium finishes across the years; Michael Pickens, Keenan Fleming and Vaughan Manders.
New Zealand Champion Pickens is back in the field this weekend aboard the Graham Jones Racing machine and after finally breaking his feature win hoodoo at the Motorplex earlier this season, comes in as another favourite this weekend. He was second in the event two seasons ago to Kingshott and after a solid attempt at the Australian Title recently didn’t quite finish the way he wanted, he will be out for revenge and look to become the first international driver to steal the WA Title crown.
He will be joined by another international superstar this weekend, with American Alex Bright again locking into the second Graham Jones Racing entry. Jones himself claimed two WA Title wins (some thirty years ago!) along with five other podiums finishes in the race, so now as a car owner he would love to see one of his two drivers claim the win. With Bright fresh off a massive victory in South Australia last week, plus an amazing fifth podium finish in the Australian Speedcar Title he too is a real chance to become the first non-Australian winner of the Title.
Going back to those who have previously podiumed in this race and Keenan Fleming did a great job last year to claim second behind Kingshott at the Manjimup Speedway. Although luck hasn’t always been on his side this season, Fleming has continued to work hard and the results are starting to show, including some solid finishers on his recent trip over East, so he could well go one better this weekend.
Vaughan Manders was third in the WA Title event some eight years ago and would love to emulate his sons winning efforts. With good equipment underneath him Manders could well surprise many and fare well in the WA Title finale.
Looking at those in the field who haven’t yet won a Title, Tom Payet could well lead the list of those with a potential first win this weekend. Payet is fresh off becoming Australia #4 after the recent Australian Speedcar Championship and with a number of wins here in WA this season, will be a tough nut to crack.
Former Australian Champion Kaidon Brown has unfinished business with the WA Title, running strongly last year at Manjimup before recording a DNF, so he will return this weekend, again aboard the Redmond Racing #52 machine. Now with some experience running at the Motorplex venue, Brown will look to become just the third interstater to claim the WA crown.
A whole pile of locals will be keen to make their presence felt, with brothers Dan and Rob Golding not only looking for a breakthrough feature win, but also to build on their equal third placing in the Perth Motorplex Pool Shop Group Track Championship. Both have shown considerable speed and could be dark horses this weekend.
Alfonso Guadagnino and Travis White have both tasted feature race success previously, but not in a Title event. Both have also recorded solid finishes, with a number of fourth, fifth and sixth places between them and judging by the raw speed they have each shown so far this season, could well grab some even better results in the Title race!
In an interesting turn of events, regular Sprintcar pilot Trevor Jolly will make his Speedcar debut in this weekend’s WA Title event. Driving the car that was raced by American Tyler Courtney, Jolly certainly has the equipment for the job and with many years if racing experience in a number of divisions, could well be a surprise packet this weekend.
Ross Heywood has shown some great form this year and will be looking to finish with a solid result, while Beau Doyle has also been impressing many with his consistent finishes and can be expected to improve on his finish from last years Title race. Gary Mann will also be looking to better his 2019 result after he ended up going upside down in the feature race, while Steven Henderson is also back in the field and keen to emulate his father Trevor’s State Title winning efforts.
It should be another great night of action and with the WA Title on the line in a thirty lap feature race, one can be assured that each and every driver will be giving it their all to grab that crown on Saturday night!
|2||Ross||Heywood||Huntingdale||WA Speedcar Title|
|4||Alex||Bright||Pennsylvania USA||WA Speedcar Title|
|4||Michael||Pickens||Auckland NZ||WA Speedcar Title|
|7||Tom||Payet||Kenwick||WA Speedcar Title|
|9||Vaughan||Manders||Medina||WA Speedcar Title|
|11||Kaiden||Mandes||Porth Kennedy||WA Speedcar Title|
|15||Rob||Golding||Beeliar||WA Speedcar Title|
|16||Alfonso||Guadagnino||Manjimup||WA Speedcar Title|
|17||Daniel||Golding||Welshpool||WA Speedcar Title|
|18||TBA||TBA||TBA||WA Speedcar Title|
|19||Steven||Henderson||Byford||WA Speedcar Title|
|22||Trevor||Jolly||Karratha||WA Speedcar Title|
|26||Keenan||Fleming||Wattle Grove||WA Speedcar Title|
|38||Travis||White||Oakford||WA Speedcar Title|
|51||Beau||Doyle||Dawesville||WA Speedcar Title|
|52||Kaidon||Brown||Sydney NSW||WA Speedcar Title|
|97||Gary||Mann||Bayswater||WA Speedcar Title|