Esperance resident and Albany Speedway Club member Hayden Mortimer has won a thrilling 2016-17 Noel Pearson Memorial by just two points, the junior sedan driver claiming his first prestigious memorial title at Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.
Run in conjunction with the Formula 500 West Coast Series, ASC held their Open Club Championships on the same night while the Noel Pearson Memorial was moved from the washed out opening meet to this date.
The memorial, awarded to the highest point scoring ASC driver across any division on the night, went to Mortimer in a tight finish after he enjoyed a super consistent run over the four events.
Mortimer won just one his four races but had two second places and a third to finish with 115 points.
That was enough to narrowly edge out production sedan competitor Mike Kinnear (113 points) and formula 125 driver Jacinta Tester (112).
Noel Pearson Memorial winner Hayden Mortimer. Picture: Cameron Newbold
It has been an extremely busy period for Mortimer travelling thousands of kilometres to race at recent events including the State title in Bunbury.
Karla Watson was on hand to present Mortimer with his Noel Pearson Memorial trophy on behalf of the Pearson family.
Mortimer defeated Brooke Watson (108) and Bianca Kennedy (102) with Josh Davis fourth in a tight junior sedan open championship while Jacinta Tester edged out close rival and State champion Sam Jewell by eight points in the formula 125s and Braiden Jewell filled third place.
Formula 125s (L-R) 3rd Braiden Jewell (absent), 1st Jacinta Tester, 2nd Sam Jewell. Picture: Cameron Newbold
Junior Sedans (L-R) 4th Josh Davis, 3rd Bianca Kennedy (absent), 1st Hayden Mortimer, 2nd Brooke Watson. Picture: Cameron Newbold
Mike Kinnear beat Ryan Penn (93) and Merv Penn (76) in the production sedans which lost fancies Laurie Dowsett and Nathan Penn during the evening.
Production Sedans (L-R), 3rd Merv Penn, 1st Mike Kinnear, 2nd Ryan Penn. Picture: Cameron Newbold
Russell Tulloch won the small car demo derby with one competitor requiring medical treatment for a back injury which brought an early end to the novelty event.
Burnouts also produced an impressive display in two sessions on the night.