Photo by Jessica Joldescu
Jack Barnewall & Dean Shore have won their third Street Stock 20/20 Challenge together in a high quality night of racing at the McD Contracting Esperance Speedway on December 1st.
The pair from Kalgoorlie made a trip to Esperance worthwhile as they once again walked away as victors of the popular Street Stock event, placing first ahead of the fast finishing Macalpine Brothers (Josh & Hamish) in second. Things got better for some more Kalgoorlie visitors as Street Stock veterans, Bob Wakefield & Peter Walker made their way onto the podium in third.
Esperance was looking picturesque early for the start of summer and the quality of racing certainly reflected a perfect night of racing ahead.
Heat 1 started with 8 laps and first out of the blocks early with a fast start was Hamish Macalpine, taking out the first heat ahead of Kody Kelman in #39 & Sean Barrett in #9.
Podium finisher, Peter Walker got his night underway in a flash with a win in Heat 2 over Brenton Bridges and Barnewall, setting the pace early for the #38 car.
Josh Macalpine capitalised on his brother's good start by winning Heat 3 in the #00 VZ Commodore. The win would help propel the Macalpine brother's to a good starting positon for the final. Rounding out Heat 3 were Zane Humphrys and Tristan Stroet as they looked strong for their respective teams early.
Dean Shore got the #16 Bridgestone Commodore into a good position with a win in Heat 4 as the Barrett brothers began to announce themselves as an early contender with Todd Barrett finishing in second. Another pair of brothers in the Avins' boys closed out a good race with a third place for Jake Avins in car #11.
A mixed range of results meant there were no clear favourites heading into the final round of heats as Heat 5 belonged to Brenton Bridges. Jack Barnewall and Jake Avins placed second and third respectively.
The experience of multi club champion, Zane Humphrys began to show as he comfortably took out Heat 6 ahead of Street Stock aces, Ben Strautins and Peter Walker.
The temperature began to rise for the final round of heats as contenders started to state their case for 20/20 Champion. Heat 7 and 8 proved to be good omens for eventual podium finishers, Dean Shore & Bob Wakefield as they finished strongly to secure strong starting positions for the final by winning the final heats respectively.
All eleven nominations made it to the final feature but it would prove costly for Wade Rigney and Sean Barrett as they had a hard hit between them, taking them to the infield. Zane Humphrys also had a greeting with the wall with a last ditch effort to go on the outside of the final placers to try and secure a podium finish. Car #31 & #4 also didn't manage to finish the final race.
Dean Shore set the pace early for the #16 team as he cruised through the first 20 laps of the final, giving Barnewall a great advantage leading the field into the final 20. What would eventuate however would be a battle of the 20/20 ages as Hamish Macalpine and Jack Barnewall fought bumper to bumper in a tight two-horse race out at the front.
It was any one's race as Macalpine and Barnewall stuck side by side for a number of laps in which Macalpine eventually took the lead. Half way through the 20 laps though, the class of Barnewall pushed past the #00 Commodore and Barnewall would then go on to claim a famous victory and keep his team's dominant record in Esperance intact.
Three wins with Shore & 2 wins with Aaron Murphy makes Jack Barnewall a 5-time top of the podium winner in Esperance for the first seven annual Street Stock 20/20 events. A big Congratulations to Jack & Dean for a high quality display of sedan racing.
The AMCA's returned to Esperance for the first time this season. It was a smaller field but it didn't stop Greg Horan from getting in some important local form ahead of next month's AMCA Flyin' 40 on January 5th. Shaun Cubbage placed in second on points while former WA #1, David Boyes finished the night in third.
Josh Macalpine had a busy night behind the wheel, jumping between the #00 Commodore and the Cortina all night for the Street Stock 20/20. It didn't phase Macalpine though as he took top honours in the Productions. Josh Stewart earnt second spot with a good body work of racing while last year's Junior, Blake Fletcher impressed hanging onto third.
Hayden Mortimer in the Hyundai excel proved to be too good in the Juniors as he returned to the top of the podium edging out Cameron Brown and brother Kaden Brown on points in second and third respectively.
Zak Swann continued his dominance in the ever-growing Burnout division as he was rewarded with first place for the night. Newcomers Luke O’Shannessy & Jaydon Hurst claimed a podium position giving them some momentum for the rest of the season.
7th Annual Street Stock 20/20 Challenge - proudly sponsored by The Jetty Resort & Bay of isles Furniture (ComfortStyle Esperance)
#16 Jack Barnewall / Dean Shore
#00 Hamish Macalpine / Josh Macalpine
#38 Bob Wakefield / Peter Walker
#83 Linton Dickerson / Jeff Dickerson
#11 Cody Avins / Jake Avins
#71 Tanya Kemp / Lance McGregor
#31 Tristan Stroet / Brenton Bridges
#39 Zane Humphrys / Kody Kelman
#4 Dylan Williams / Ben Strautins
#14 Wade Rigney / Greg Fisher
#9 Sean Barrett / Todd Barrett
Burnouts - proudly sponsored by Esperance Combined Tyres and Mechanical
#88 Zak Swann
#80 Luke O’Shannessy
#96 Jaydon Hurst
Juniors - proudly sponsored by New Era Shearing
#18 Hayden Mortimer (144 pts)
#11 Cameron Brown (107 pts)
#16 Kaden Brown (97 pts)
#21 Logan Brown (64 pts)
#3 Summer Shore (41 pts)
#4 Amber Shore (35 pts)
#87 Chris Dickerson (34 pts)
#99 Hayley Dickerson (30 pts)
#14 Cam Aldrick (26 pts)
#8 Kurtis Mayfield (9 pts)
#4 Greg Horan (131 pts)
#7 Shaun Cubbage (107 pts)
#91 David Boyes (93 pts)
#48 Sean Mazzuchelli (85 pts)
#00 Josh Macalpine (144 pts)
#19 Josh Stewart (102 pts)
#13 Blake Fletcher (85 pts)
#9 Sean Barrett (78 pts)
#81 Tye Tyrrell (43 pts)
#33 Paul Eather (34 pts)
#72 Steven Reeves (38 pts)
Hard Luck Award - #39 Zane Humphrys / Kody Kelman
Hard Charger Award – Donated by Tyrepower Esperance
#11 Cody Avins / Jake Avins
Peoples Choice Hard Charger Award – Donated by Tyrepower Esperance
#4 Dylan Williams / Ben Strautins