Photo by Jessica Joldescu
The Boyes Motorsport team made it a night to remember, knocking off defending champion, Murray Parsons Jnr to claim his first AMCA Flyin' 40 at the McD Contracting Esperance Speedway on an eventful night of racing.
The Kalgoorlie and Esperance clubman completed his maiden Flyin' 40 win in style after many close finishes in previous years of the popular annual AMCA Nationals event.
Favourable racing conditions greeted all drivers to Esperance's first meeting of 2019 and it was the current West Australian AMCA Champion, Matt L'Hullier who began the new year and the night in fine form. L'Huillier completed Heat 1 with a win over in-form driver and last round Bunbury winner, Sean Mazzuchelli while Horan rounded out the top 3 in third place.
The WA champ made things look easy with a dominant display in the first, leading by 3-4 car lengths for most of the race while a cluster of cars towards the rear of the field entertained the crowd with a show of competitive racing for most of the night in a tight tussle for final spots.
Boyes lead Heat 2 for a resounding win, overcoming some pressure from current Country Tri-Series holder, Horan who finished in second place.
Defending Flyin' 40 title holder, Parsons began to make his mark on the night with a top 3 finish after claiming third in the second heat.
L'Hullier however, did not finish Heat 2 and would then be absent from the Top 6 shootout with car troubles.
The Top 6 Shootout ended with Horan, Boyes and Mazzuchelli in first, second and third respectively while competitive showings from Shaun Cubbage, Parsons, Brett Morrison and Ajay Hammer instilled plenty of belief for the 40 lap feature.
The Final began with Horan and Mazzuchelli locked into poll grid positions while Boyes and Parsons lined-up behind them in positions 3 and 4.
Boyes however was too good for the rest of the field, clawing the number 91 back into a winning position passing Horan to claim a memorable win for him and his team. Horan would narrowly finish behind him in second while Parsons would again finish on the final winners podium in third
L'Hullier returned for the final with a fourth position finish as the remaining spots belonged to Morrison and Cubbage in fifth and sixth respectively. Mazzuchelli and Hammer however would not finish the final.
The Esperance Outdoor Power Equipment Street Stocks put on a fine show for the local crowd with plenty of heat on a fast track. Linton Dickerson continued his great start to the season with another first on points win as newcomer Wade Rigney showed immense improvement in just his third meeting behind the wheel of his Falcon finishing the night in second position. It was a case of new faces on the podium this meeting as Dylan Williams would also end up in the winners circle, finishing in third place on points.
However, a heavy crash in the final soured things for Dickerson and Rigney as Dickerson's street stock collected the wall, pushing in most of the right front end. The impact of the wall hit meant Linton's car came to an abrupt halt while Rigney who was trailing the rear of the field had no where to go but into the back end of Dickerson's commodore, all in just a split second. The collision between the cars became very serious as the passenger in the #83, Shannon Miller had to be attended to by paramedics. Thankfully, Shannon has been given the all clear and both Linton and Shannon are doing well at this moment of time.
It's going to be a late few nights in the sheds for Rigney and Dickerson to rebuild their cars ahead of the Street Stock State Title in Collie in just a few weeks time.
Josh Macalpine continued his dominance in the #00 Ford Cortina finishing clear first on points for the J & N Dickerson Fabrication Productions. Tim Green and Reece Parton had a good night out as they tasted success with second and third place on points respectively.
Another strong field for the New Era Shearing Juniors division once again made for a great show of racing. Hayden Mortimer made a great start to his 2019 with a second consecutive night's win, backing up his top of the table finish from last meeting. The Brown brothers in Kaden and Logan made the use of great conditions as they cranked up the Charades to finish on the podium in second and third.
Zak Swann & Sheehan Varney made their presense felt in the Esperance Combined Tyres & Mechanical Burnouts Division, burning plenty of rubber to runaway as the top point getters for the night. It was Swann who just edged out Varney for first place in the end as Shannon Anthony and Jake Cracknell were terrific all night as they finished in third place.
AMCA Nationals Country Tri-Series Round 2 & Flyin' 40
#91 David Boyes 1st
#4 Greg Horan 2nd
#69 Murray Parsons jnr 3rd
#1 Matt L'Hullier 4th
#57 Brett Morrison 5th
#7 Shaun Cubbage 6th
#48 Sean Mazzuchelli DNF
#46 Ajay Hammer DNF
Street Stocks - proudly sponsored by Esperance Outdoor Power Equipment
#83 Linton Dickerson (108 pts)
#14 Wade Rigney (104 pts)
#4 Dylan Williams (92 pts)
#39 Zane Humphrys (83 pts)
#38 Bob Wakefield (81 pts)
Burnouts - proudly sponsored by Esperance Combined Tyres and Mechanical
#88 Zak Swann (234 pts)
#29 Sheehan Varney (225 pts)
#69 Shannon Anthony/Jake Cracknell (220 pts)
#8 Ryan Anthony/Chad Anderson (214 pts)
#96 Jaydon Hurst (200 pts)
#36 Neil Parry (117 pts)
#666 Shaun Folvig/Steven Folvig (38 pts)
Juniors - proudly sponsored by New Era Shearing
#18 Hayden Mortimer (136 pts)
#16 Kaden Brown (100 pts)
#21 Logan Brown (97 pts)
#87 Chris Dickerson (70 pts)
#99 Haylee Dickerson (60 pts)
#88 Tyler Scott (43 pts)
#8 Kurtis Mayfield (18 pts)
#80 Bryce Fisher (14 pts)
#11 Cameron Brown (6 pts)
Productions - proudly sponsored by J & N Dickerson Fabrication
#00 Josh Macalpine (116 pts)
#10 Tim Green (100 pts)
#33 Reece Parton (82 pts)
#19 Josh Stewart (74 pts)
#13 Blake Fletcher (61 pts)
#24 Jeff Pahl (53 pts)
#81 Tye Tyrrell (44 pts)
#44 Kevin Brewster (35 pts)
Cardy Award - #WA1 Matt L’Hullier