Bunbury driver Ash Pittard has blasted his way to opening round honours in the Wingless Sprints WA country series held at Albany’s Attwell Park on Saturday night.
Pittard started from pole position in the 25-lap feature race and was never headed despite several challenges during the distance.
There was one restart in the race after the race stopped with 16 laps remaining but Pittard again pulled away from his rivals.
From that point on Pittard negated his way through heavy lap traffic late in the race to score victory by 3.329 seconds.
Brendon Wedge closed the gap on Pittard several times but was never able to get close enough to pass for the lead and finished second while Rick Iwanow charged from sixth place to cross the line in third place.
WA champion Tom Payet filled fourth place while Tyson Bryden rounded out the top five.
Bryden was super impressive during the heat races, with his win in heat 3 over Pittard and Iwanow one of the best performances of the evening, but after starting on the front row of the final he fell back through the pack.
After the race was completed Bryden made contact with another car and rolled over in turn two but was thankfully okay.
Brad Fitzgerald ended a consistent night in sixth place, Kyle Beard crossed the line in seventh ahead of Brad Taylor, Mitchell White and Travis Southwell.
The other drivers to finish the journey were Dylan O’Connor, Chris Barrie, Blair Goodall and Kyle Cutts.
Justin Wragg (19 laps), Russell Seery (16) and Tim Zapantis (14) were the non-finishers while Sam Borlini failed to make it out for the feature race.
Earlier in the night the heat races were shared between Fitzgerald, Pittard, Bryden, Beard, Wedge and Payet.
As a result of his second placing in the feature race, Wedge now leads the Wingless Sprints championship series and Payet is the country series leader after one round.