Promising young WA driver Josh Martinelli survived a war of attrition to claim a dramatic $1000 to win street stock feature race at Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.
Martinelli qualified sixth on the grid for the 30-lap final, which was only two laps old when the first of a number of race stoppages occurred.
After starting on the front row Clint Udecz became involved in an incident with Daniel Ameduri with two laps completed, the pair both forced to retire from the event.
Local hard charger Tim Coxall was also sidelined at the same stoppage.
Highest qualifier Mathew Amato led the restart away with Martinelli shooting to second in the running order ahead of Peter Herbert but without a lap being completed another incident at the front of the field depleted the field even more.
Amato, Herbert, Paul Bowman and Peter Dowie all limped to the infield with damaged cars as Martinelli inherited the lead with a staggering 28 laps still to be run.
Only two more laps were completed before another stoppage, this time Damon Thompson getting sent to the rear of the fast dwindling field.
While running second and showing terrific pace in his machine, Albany’s Paul Colmer then joined the scrapheap on the infield bringing on another yellow light.
Martinelli led the field away again at the restart with Freddy Kinsella second from Ethan Genev and Hamish McAlpine, and 24 laps still to come.
The next to find his way to the infield was Marty Kelly whilst running fifth and Genev joined him moments later, the field reduced to 15.
Martinelli was still controlling the race up front and Kinsella was holding down second but Thompson had weaved his way back through the field to remain in contention.
As more cars retired, Kieran Norman followed by Liana and Jenna Freeland, Ricky Norman and Brad Watson, Thompson moved into fifth and in the space of two laps found himself in third spot.
Just 10 cars remained when Peter Bassett departed on lap 23 and Thompson passed Kinsella on the next circuit to set up an exciting finish.
With laps to run Scott Parry also retired by things were hotting up towards the front as Thompson reeled in Martinelli.
On the final lap Thompson got close enough to attempt a pass but on turn four he tagged the back of the race leader, spinning him out.
As Martinelli and Thompson got caught up, McAlpine swooped as he rounded turn four and crossed the line to take the chequered flag first ahead of Thompson and Kinsella.
Stewards intervened however, going back to the standings on lap 29 and handing Martinelli the official win from Kinsella and McAlpine while relegating Thompson to the rear once again.
Locals Brad Pierce and Shane Devonshire finished in the top five and Mark Dohnt, Myra Oborne and Laura Barras were the only other cars to complete the journey.
Josh Martinelli is all smiles after his win. Picture: Jody Shanhun
Earlier the action in the heat races was tremendous, Udecz beginning the night in terrific fashion with victory in heat 1.
Martinelli downed locals Colmer and Bowman in the second heat and Amato held out Coxall and Herbert to complete the first round.
Udecz and Amato made it two wins each when they claimed heat 4 and 5 respectively and Ameduri stormed to victory in the sixth qualifier.
In heat 7 it was all Ameduri as he sizzled to victory by more than four seconds over Udecz and the final two preliminaries went to Bowman and Herbert.
Meanwhile in the support divisions, Sam Jewell dominated the formula 125 ranks with three wins but had to be content with second in the final which was won by Braiden Jewell.
Jake Blight showed he will be a contender at the upcoming WA Production Sedan Title here in Albany with two wins, Beau Riley and Laura Byrnes also impressing
Visiting competitor Stefani Ameduri won the overall honours in the junior sedans courtesy of a win in the 10-lap final and the opening heat race.
The other races went to Brodie Dunn and Lincoln Coleman.
Full results from the meeting can be found at this link http://www.albanyspeedwayclub.com.au/results/111-january-24-results
Attention now turns to the massive meeting on Friday February 6 featuring World Series Sprintcars.
Josh Martinelli in action. Picture: Jody Shanhun
Damon Thompson on the inside on Marty Kelly. Picture: Jody Shanhun
Locals Tim Coxall and Peter Herbert do battle in the street stocks. Picture: Jody Shanhun