BLAKE Watson swept all before him to claim an emotion-charged Noel Pearson Memorial at Attwell Park Speedway in front of a bumper crowd at Albany Speedway Club's opening meet last month.
The Pearson family have been synonymous with speedway racing at the Albany Speedway Club since its inception and Watson created his very own history by placing his name on the prestigious family shield with an undefeated opening night of racing.
The 16-year-old won all three of his junior sedan heats and then dominated their 10-lap final to finish with four victories and won the memorial for the highest point scorer across all divisions with 144 points in his undefeated night of racing.
“It’s quite special to win such a prestigious family (memorial),” Watson said.
“Everything went to plan, nothing went wrong with the car.”
Watson finished 13 points ahead of his nearest rival, formula 125 driver Braiden Jewell (131 points) who notched three wins on the night, while Super Sedan pilot Colin Knox (128), Street Stock competitors Clint Udecz (123) and Peter Herbert (109) and formula 125’s Sam Jewell (109) rounded out the top five.
Multiple national and state champion Ron Belfield failed to complete the first production sedan heat and despite winning the next three production events could only manage 108 points while Calon Ball won all four modified sedan events but was ineligible due to just four modified sedans racing.
The large crowd that gathered were treated to a memorable 4 Cylinder Little Car Demolition Derby with an impressive 39 cars greeting the starter.
Perth driver Wayne Fanderline was official the last car standing, surviving an event filled with mayhem in his Ford Laser, including the spectacular rollover of Leon Langdon.