Current State champion and ex-Narrogin local Thomas Davies scored a dominant victory in the fifth and final round of the Formula 500 West Coast Series held at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.
A former Albany Speedway Club member, Davies made just his third appearance for the season amongst a small but competitive field of formula 500s.
Courtesy of winning the top six shootout Davies started from pole position in the 25-lap feature race and blasted straight to the lead at the drop of the green flag.
From there Davies powered away in a league of his own and was never headed as Brent Lockwood held down second place while an intriguing battle for third place developed behind them.
Thomas Davies after his heat race win at Attwell Park Speedway. Picture: Cameron Newbold
Matt Brown started from position three but fell back to fifth on the opening lap as Cam McKenzie who won the mid-pace race jumped to third.
Brown wrestled fourth spot back off Hayden Norman but struggled to close the gap to McKenzie, who was running strongly in third for the majority of the event.
With less than 10 laps to run trouble struck for McKenzie with his motor blowing up forcing him to retire and handing third to Brown.
Davies coasted through lap traffic and went on to record an emphatic victory, crossing the line 5.180 seconds ahead of Lockwood with Brown rounding out the podium.
Formula 500 West Coast Series winner Thomas Davies. Picture: Cameron Newbold
Hayden Norman and Ryan Higgs completed the top five on a night where Cody Turacchio damaged his engine in the top six shootout and Todd Broadwood hurt his motor in the first heat.
In the earlier heat races, Lockwood tasted success twice and Norman and Davies also won preliminary events.
It was a successful return for the formula 500 division to the Albany venue, in front of an impressive crowd.
Matt Brown prepares his car in Albany. Picture: Cameron Newbold
Davies thanked his team and also the spectators post-race and said both he and his fellow competitors were thrilled to be back racing at Attwell Park Speedway.
The talented racer now has his sights set on the upcoming WA title and Australian championship.