Warren Minshull made the long treck to Albany's Attwell Park Speedway worthwhile as he claimed a thrilling first victory in the Bill Gibbings Memorial for super sedans over the Easter long weekend.
The prestigious memorial which is awarded to the highest point scorer in the super sedan division across the two nights of racing was once again hotly contested with former winners Kemble Aylett, Dustin Higgs and Damon Trouchet all lining up.
Minshull was a welcomed addition to the field but came as an unknown quantity until his first heat race that was.
Gary Higgs won the opening heat of the weekend in dominate style but Minshull was not about to be outdone as he held off the hard-charging Dustin Higgs to win heat 2.
Minshull went on to win two more qualifying races during the event to set up a cracking 50-lap final on night two, where he would start off the front row.
He went into the gruelling feature race eight points ahead of Dustin Higgs with Kemble Aylett in third position.
After two messy starts Minshull was sent to the rear of the field promoting Kemble Aylett to the front row and he took full advantage to lead the first few laps.
Gary Higgs quickly worked his way through the field, passing Adyme Harvey and then Kemble Aylett for the lead.
At the halfway point in the race Dustin Higgs made the move on Kemble Aylett for second place and a classic Higgs battle was brewing as further back Minshull had charged back to fourth.
But with 10 laps to go Dustin Higgs spun and went to the rear of the field, allowing Minshull to pass Kemble Aylett and take over second place in the next couple of laps.
Minshull threw everything at Gary Higgs in the dying stages but it was not to be as Gary Higgs prevailed over Minshull and Mt Barker's Chris Pavlovich.
Nathan Masson finished fourth in the epic race while Trouchet rounded out the top five.
Harvey retired to the infield after 46 laps and Kemble Aylett completed 45 laps but hit the wall and also failed to finish while Dustin Higgs was disqualified with five to run.
Gary Higgs win was not enough to overhaul Minshull in the Bill Gibbings Memorial standings however as the likeable peddler won the blue ribbon event for the first time.
The event was soured by a huge crash involving Bert Vosbergen and Tristan Green at the end of night one which damaged the safety fence in turn one, forcing an early end to the nights racing.
Thankfully both drivers walked away uninjured.
Albany Speedway Club thanks all the participating drivers and teams for their support of the Bill Gibbings Memorial.
Full results from the event can be found on this link http://www.albanyspeedwayclub.com.au/results/133-april-4-5-results
Bill Gibbings Memorial standings:
Warren Minshull 176 points
Gary Higgs 147
Dustin Higgs 140
Kemble Aylett 125
Nathan Masson 116
Adyme Harvey 108
Chris Pavlovich 96
Warren Hambley 85
Damon Trouchet 81
Darren Larson 80
2001-02 Michael Nicola (VIC)
2002-03 Frank Does (WA)
2003-04 Marc Giancola (WA)
2004-05 Marc Giancola (WA)
2005-06 Frank Does (WA)
2006-07 Kemble Aylett (WA)
2007-08 Ash Bergmeier (VIC)
2008-09 Keith Higgs (WA)
2009-10 Marc Giancola (WA)
2010-11 Marc Giancola (WA)
2011-12 Marc Giancola (WA)
2012-13 Dustin Higgs (WA)
2013-14 Damon Trouchet (WA) & Kemble Aylett (WA)
2014-15 Warren Minshull (WA)