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The 8th Annual Street Stock 20/20 Challenge

Jack Barnewall and Dean Shore from Kalgoorlie have once again won the annual Street Stock 20/20 challenge at the Esperance Holden Speedway last Saturday night. Together they have won the event 4 times, with Barnewall scoring his 6th victory in the event.

Fourteen Street Stocks competed in the 8th Annual Street Stock 20/20 challenge which has been proudly supported by the Jetty Resort and Bay of Isles Furniture for the past 3 seasons.

The on track action was spectacular with local Bridges Brothers of Jared & Brenton having a dominant run throughout the heats to secure pole position for the 40 lap feature. Defending champs of Barnewall and Shore drove well during the heat races and would start the final from position 2.

Jared Bridges perfomed like a champion, driving away from the field to complete the first 20 laps. The Dark Horse of Tristan Stroet rose to the challenge, securing a heat win and finishing in 2nd place after the first twenty. Wade Rigney proved to be a front runner before retiring the Falcon after the first 20 lap instalment due to steering damage. Hamish Macalpine in the Luke Barnewall commodore was charging hard through the opening 20 laps before contact with the fence while a solid performance was put forward by Lachie Dellar in his Holden Commodore. Josh Martinelli in the Dylan Williams Falcon would see his Bonnet fly open in the early stages before repairs at the driver change would see Williams continue on.

Brenton Bridges would lead the field away after the driver change and continued the pace put down by brother Jared. It didn't take long for the Champion of Jack Barnewall to move into 2nd place and start applying pressure to Bridges. With 8 laps remaining Barnewall would hit the lead while the Bridges Falcon would have smoke billowing after suffering power steering failure. Bridges pushed on with the rest of the pack edging closer on the ailing Falcon.

Hard Charger of Zane Humphrys drove from the back of the pack to grab 2nd place from Bridges with 1 lap to go. The fierce battle in the final corner would see Humphrys and Bridges coming together, the latter relegated 2 positions in the final placings. Damian Amato with a solid drive in the Stroet Falcon would inherit the final place on the podium, Jeff Pahl enjoyed every moment securing 4th place in the Deller Commodore.

The Natrad Esperance Production sedans saw three drivers of Gary Leeson, Jeff Dickersen and Hamish Macalpine with double duties co-driving in the street stock 20/20. Gary Leeson would grab the win in Heat 1 before Hamish Macalpine would dominate for the remainder of the night. Jeff Dickersen had a strong run with Blake Fletcher retiring with differential failure.

The New Era Shearing Junior sedans had clean fast racing throughout the evening. All star drivers of Hayden Mortimer and Kayne Dellar battled for the top spot before a spectacular suspension failure on the rear of Mortimer's Hyundai would see Dellar taking the chequered flag. Rookie Junior drivers of Charlie Tate, Chris Dickersen, Hayley Dickersen and Amber Shore would drive well however could not halt the continued dominant run of Cam Aldrick.

The Esperance Combined Tyre & Mechanical Burnout division had a large field with extremely close competition all evening. Coloured tyre smoke and wall taps in the tight entry shoot would test driver skills. The final was reduced to the top 6 point scorers, Sheehan Varney taking the top step over Luke O'Shannessy and Jamie Goodwin.

Credit- Bronty Humphrys.

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