Dual national production sedan champion Ron Belfield cruised to victory in the opening round of the Southern Production 10,000 series at Attwell Park Speedway on December 8, setting up an assault on the lucrative three round series.
Belfield won two preliminary heat races and started the 25-lap feature race on pole position alongside Shane Whild, who took up the early running, only for the classy Albany peddler to slip by on the main straight just a handful of laps into the event.
The two-times national and five-times state champion delivered yet another master class on his home track, winning by almost half a lap from Matt Amato and Barry Rose, who were locked in an entertaining duel for the minor placegetters.
Jason Batchelor enjoyed a impressive night and finished fourth while Graeme Rafferty rounded out the top five, heat two winner Wayne Bird failed to start the final while WA champion Matt Noakes did not make the trip.
Albany Speedway Club’s second meeting of the season also doubled as round two of the Junior Sedan Racing Association Country Super Series.
Collie’s Alec Melvin fought off a gallant charge from local teenager Blake Watson to win the 20-lap top star final in a sensational race.
Round one winner Johnny Terriaca had a disastrous night debuting his new car and did not start the final.
Watson threw everything at Melvin in the dying stages, drawing level on a number of occasions but could not make the move stick, finishing second ahead of Matthew Iwanow, Josh Martinelli, Jordan Daniel, Rhys Lenegan and Jordan McDonald, who charged back through the field after being sent to the rear.
Carnarvon’s Jace Kempton reached the race lead with eight laps to go, but lasted only two in front when his axel snapped forcing him to retire.
Local competitor Lincoln Coleman won the 10-lap new star final, after an impressive night in the division.
Watson jumped to the top of the Country Super Series standings with his gutsy performance, ahead of Melvin and Jordan Daniel.
Sam Jewll claimed the formula 125 final from Darren Cartwright and Nathan Tester, Braiden Jewell flipped his machine in the opening heat race but walked away uninjured.