Albany Speedway Club drivers Paul Colmer and Peter Herbert were left to rue what could have been after the pair exited last night's 40-lap championship final in the Australian Street Stock Title at Kalgoorlie International Speedway with flat tyres.
In an epic final that claimed a large number of casualties, both Colmer and Herbert who were flying the ASC flag were forced to retire with flat tyres on their respective machines.
It was rotten luck for the duo who had done extremely well to make the 20 car field for the A-main at a national title that attracted 86 starters.
Colmer courtesy of his third place finish in his final qualifying heat would start from position 12 on the grid but his run came to an end after 21 laps.
Herbert started from position four in the 20-lap B-main but was immediately on the peddle as he shot his way to second place and importantly transferred onto the rear of the championship field after crossing the line behind Damon Lyall.
In the A-main Herbert started from 18th position and was on the move forward before a flat tyre forced him out of the race on lap 20.
Fellow ASC member Paul Bowman started the B-main from 12th position on the grid and had worked his way up the field nicely before a couple of incidents in the dying stages of the event pushed him back to ninth, missing a transfer spot into the final.
It was hard luck for Bowman who showed plenty of pace in his car across the two nights and he won his final heat race to help qualify in the B-main.
Unfortunately our other two drivers Freddy Kinsella and Brad 'Wombat' Pierce were unable to qualify for any of the three finals after mixed results across the weekend.
Well done to all five drivers who represented ASC at the national title, we are all very proud of your efforts and look forward to seeing you back at Attwell Park soon.
Congratulations from our club also go to the winner Anthony Beare and his team on the national crown, and to all the competitors who took part in the event.