MEETING PREVIEW: 360 Sprintcars set to rock Esperance


Where: Esperance Speedway

Event Starting Time: 6.00pm

Gates Open to Public: 4.00pm

Pit Gates Open to Drivers: 3.00pm

Proudly Supported by:

South Coast Foodservice, Star Transport, Esperance Toyota, Esperance Ford, Tyrepower Esperance, Esperance Earthworks, Southern Ports Authority, Greg Fisher, Backman Transport, Luck Bay Brewing, Florissons Autos, Darren's A1 Autos & Feature Paints

Admission Prices:

Adults $20.00 | Concession - Students/Pensioners $15 | Kids Under 12 FREE

Full EFTPOS payment facilities now available at the Bar & Canteen. NO BYO Alcohol.

Weather & Conditions:

Min 17° | Max 26° Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming south to southeasterly 20 to 25 km/h during the day.

Meeting Preview (SAWA 360 Sprintcar Power Series Facebook Page)

A big crowd is expected at the Esperance Speedway this Saturday night for round 9 of the SAWA 360 Power Series. And with good reason.

A stellar field of cars will be making their way to the Esperance track, keen to build on a solid show that was held there 12 months ago. The good news is the field is bigger and there are some heavy-hitters in the field who are expecting to take home the trophies.

Plenty of attention will be on former local Steven Ford who will return to the track after the 82 machine has been rebuilt. Ford was involved in a big crash in the start of the feature race at the Perth Motorplex on January 1, forcing a few repairs to be done to the car. The good news is Ford is back and he is looking forward to a big result in Esperance.

One driver who is likely to challenge for the outright win is Shaun Bradford - one of the hardest charging 360 or 410 sprintcar drivers in the country. The Bradford Racing 57 has been mixing it up in both divisions this season and he is the only driver in the AHG Sprintcar Series (for 410s) who has won two feature races so far this season. Expect a big showing from this team.

Michael Keen and Daniel Keen are two drivers you can never underestimate The brothers were at Esperance last year and know how to get around this track fast. They will also be keen to build on the knowledge they gained when racing in America in our last off-season.

One driver who is likely to impress is Tom Payet who has had very limited sprintcar racing experience - but has plenty of speedway experience. He gained plenty of attention when he raced the #23 at the Perth Motorplex last week and a top five result is definitely not out the question. Add in Troy Lawson, Ray Leonard, Jamie Landrigan, series points leader Ben Butcher, Darren Mewett, Cory Gilpin and the rest of the field, and it is going to be a show you don't wanna miss!

Drivers Form

TWO things came out of round 7 of the 360 Power Series at the Perth Motorplex on the 14th January.

Troy Lawson continues to have a consistent year behind the wheel of the 21 machine and Tom Payet proved , that despite only his second night behind the wheel of a 360 sprintcar, he can drive just about anything.

Lawson won the 20-lap final from Payet in the Sunday night show with Tom Hooper taking third.

Ben Van Rytwas the early leader in the feature race and opened up a handy lead over Ben Butcher Racing - Sprintcar w42, Lawson, Payet and Murray Iwanow.

There were some spirited battles back in the back early, particularly between Hooper and Ray Leonard Six laps in, the race was over for Van Ryt who was chasing his second feature race victory in a row, until smoke puffed out of the 75 machine and he headed infield.

Lawson took the lead and opened up a sizeable gap – that was almost the length of the straight over Payet who had moved into second by just over mid-race distance.

The field bunched on with five laps remaining after Michael Keenslammed the fence on the main straight.

It didn’t bother Lawson who again bolted away from Payet on the restart and cruised to a comfortable win.

Payet was comfortably in second with Hooper surviving a late-race challenge from Jamie Landrigan for third. Jamie Landrigan has been doing the hard yards again this season in the #30 machine.Next Friday night he will be contesting Rd 8 360 Power Series at Kalgoorlie International Speedway, followed by Rd 9 360 Power Series - Esperance on Saturday night.Landrigan heads into the double header with strong results.

On January 1 at the Perth Motorplex he was fourth in the final after taking a second and a fifth in the heat races.

Then at the Motorplex on January 14, he was fourth in the final again - on the back of a third and fifth in the heat races.Landrigan is fourth overall in the season points on 874 points - behind Ben Butcher's 1116, Ray Leonard's 1106 and Tom Hooper's 886

They were followed over the line by Ray Leonard, Daniel Keen, Steve Adley and Vince Rosenthal.

Michael Keen started from P2 and won the first heat of the night from polesitter Hooper and Landrigan.

Van Ryt got off to a good start in heat two and led early to take the win from Butcher and Leonard.

Butcher started from P5 and stretched the leg on the new-look 42 in the third heat, powering on to take the win from Daniel Keen and Payet.

Van Ryt crossed the line first in the final heat but was penalised for jumping the start, relegated two spots, handing the win to Lawson from Iwanow.

Official full Nominations list:

#9 Stephen Adley

#12 Ray Leonard

#15 Michael Keen

#21 Troy Lawson

#23 Tom Payet

#25 Casey Johannson

#27 Robert Watson junior

#29 Thomas Davies

#30 Jamie Landrigan

#40 Jacob Potts

#42 Ben Butcher

#50 Cory Gilpin

#55 Darren Mewett

#57 Shaun Bradfiord

#82 Steven Gord

#90 Daniel Keen

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