Bright young talent Kaiden Manders blasted his way to an impressive victory in round 3 of the Speedcar Grand Prix Series at Albany’s Attwell Park on Saturday night.
Manders, one of Australia’s most promising speedcar drivers, started from the back row of the 30-lap feature race alongside Dayne Kingshott who through the time trials and heat races had collected the most points.
As the highest point scorer Kingshott elected for Manders to start at the rear of the field with him but the pair quickly began to weave their way through the small field.
Chris Griffiths led the early stages of the race before he spun after six laps with Todd Waddell making contact and rolling over in pits bend.
Waddell’s car was put back on its wheels and remarkably he re-joined the race with Griffiths retiring to the infield as Manders inherited the lead of the race.
From there the young gun was never headed, surviving two restarts on lap 9 and 19 to eventually cross the line 3.098 seconds ahead of Lee Redmond.
Kingshott appeared the only driver likely to challenge Kingshott for the feature race win and was running strongly in second when he spun by himself with 11 laps remaining and as a result went to the rear of the field at the restart.
However Kingshott was able to blast back through the field and claim third with Nick Rowe and Chris Telenta rounding out the top five while Waddell finally succumbed to the infield after 23 laps in his wounded car.
Albany’s Ryan Condren failed to finish the final after a flat tyre ended his night just 9 laps in.
Earlier Kingshott set the quickest lap in time trials with a 14.762 second circuit before he and Manders won two heat races each.
The formula 125 feature was also held on the night with Perth driver Darren Cartwright prevailing in the 10 lap final over Albany’s Bill Beeck and Sam Jewell.
Cartwright started off the front row and led the entire journey to down veteran competitor Beeck by 2.157 seconds.
Earlier Cartwright claimed three heat race wins, Beeck won two and the other preliminary went to Craig Tester in spectacular fashion.
Tester was leading the opening heat when he rolled several times in the main straight, causing extensive damage to his machine.
The race was declared giving Tester the win and he was able to walk away from the nasty crash.
Support divisions put on some terrific action throughout the evening also.
Full results from the night can be found at this link