Brad Taylor enjoyed a trip down south, winning the Wingless Sprintcar Country Series Esperance Round while Jacky Moroney took first place in the Esperance Holden Production Sedan South East Open.
It was an eventful night at the McD Contracting Esperance Speedway for the first meeting of Autumn and it proved to be a busy night for the infield officials with plenty of carnage around the track in all divisions.
Taylor made the most of favourable conditions winning the Esperance Round in front of a good local crowd. The return of the Wingless Sprintcars brought some of the best WA drivers from abroad and it was Daran Humfrey followed by Brendon Wedge who finished the night in second and third respectively. Humfrey continues his great form as he sits in the top 5 for the series.
Local, Hamish Macalpine was involved in a serious rollover in the Wingless Sprintcars between the first and second corner in Heat 3. Macalpine had a busy night as he was also behind the wheel of the #00 Cortina in the productions. However, It didn't seem to be his night when he also blew a tyre in the final feature.
Dean Shore ran into some mechanical problems in Heat 3 before the final and several blown tyres to drivers meant the final of the Esperance Holden Production Sedan Open became more of 'survival of the fittest'.
In the end, it was Moroney in the Esperance McDonald's Commodore who was best on the night with a first place followed by Sean Barrett and an impressive show from Josh Stewart who would be the last three cars standing in a bruising encounter. Even Sean Barrett was lucky to finish with a blown tyre on the checkered flag.
Hayden Mortimer was the best amongst the Junior Sedans as he continued to build on an impressive season. Mortimer in fact heads to New Zealand with 5 other JSRA Members and their families as they will represent Australia and our club, racing against New Zealand’s best Ministock drivers on foreign soil. We wish Hayden all the best for what will be an unforgettable experience! Cameron Brown and Tilly Leonard also finished off strong to finish in the winners circle with a second and third place respectively.
Dylan Williams enjoyed his first night's win of the season and it came in style finished ahead of a competitive Street Stock field. Linton Dickerson kept the pressure on all night and was awarded second place for his troubles while the ever reliable Zane Humphrys had a good night in third on points.
It was a tight finish in the Burnouts division as the rubber-burning boys in Zak Swann & Shannon Anthony/Jack Cracknell tied for equal first points for the night. Luke O'Shannessy showed great support too with a third place finish.
We now move onto our second last meeting of the season - The Esperance V Kalgoorlie Challenge at the end of this month on March 30th. Can we claim a whitewash against the drivers from Kal? Join us then for plenty more action from the Esperance clay!
Wingless Sprintcar Country Series
#17 Brad Taylor (113 pts)
#84 Daran Humfrey (102 pts)
#56 Brendan Wedge (97 pts)
#80 Hamish Macalpine (63 pts)
#50 Tom Callaghan (60 pts)
#58 Travis Sharpe (50 pts)
Esperance Holden Production Sedan South East Open
#78 Jacky Moroney (1st)
#9 Sean Barrett (2nd)
#19 Josh Stewart (3rd)
#00 Hamish Macalpine (4th)
#13 Blake Fletcher (DNF)
#44 Dean Shore (DNS)
#81 Tye Tyrrell (DNS)
Juniors - proudly sponsored by New Era Shearing
#18 Hayden Mortimer (136 pts)
#11 Cameron Brown (120 pts)
#10 Tilly Leonard (82 pts)
#16 Kaden Brown (63 pts)
#99 Hayley Dickerson (57 pts)
#14 Cam Aldrick (33 pts)
#21 Logan Brown (30 pts)
#24 Charlie Tate (27 pts)
#87 Chris Dickerson (26 pts)
#2 Sean Kirwan (18 pts)
Junior Encouragement Award
#87 Chris Dickerson
Street Stocks - proudly sponsored by Esperance Outdoor Power Equipment
#4 Dylan Williams (117 pts)
#83 Linton Dickerson (107 pts)
#39 Zane Humphrys (89 pts)
#14 Wade Rigney (86 pts)
Burnouts - proudly sponsored by Esperance Combined Tyres and Mechanical
#69 Shannon Anthony/Jake Cracknell (222 pts)
#88 Zak Swann (222 pts)
#80 Luke O'Shannessy (210 pts)
#29 Sheehan Varney (208 pts)
#96 Jaydon Hurst (207 pts)
#8 Ryan Anthony/Chad Anderson (203 pts)
#26 Gary Nazar (174 pts)