Katanning young gun Kye Blight survived a war of attrition to win one of the most sensational WA Modified Sedan Title championship finals in history, when the cruel final was eventually completed at Albany’s Attwell Park in the early minutes of Monday morning.
The first 18 laps of the 35-lap final went according to plan with Blight working his way from third on the grid to the race lead inside eight laps before the title was turned on its head.
Blight spun while passing lapped cars which brought about the first stoppage of the event, but the drama that was about to unfold was unprecedented and simply staggering.
Blight was originally sent to the rear of the field after he was deemed the cause of the stoppage but after protesting his case was allowed resume his position at the race lead while Ray Clifton sent to the rear for the restart.
The stoppage had its casualties however as rotten luck once again hampered Peter Fraser, who retired with a destroyed front left wheel, Sam McAuley, Matt Kata and Michael Clark also limping to the infield.
Just six laps later Brendan Selleck rolled over spectacularly in the main straight, which ended his hopes along with Richard Nelson, Laurie Dowsett and Clint Noakes.
Noakes and Selleck nearly coming to blows after a heated exchange discussing the incident which crippled Noakes title hopes while in third position and Selleck who was on a charge through the field.
The very next lap Lindsay McAuley was the next to head infield, joined by Calon Ball who had made his way through the destruction and up to third.
The remaining laps thankfully went without incident, Blight racing away to win by a handy margin over Jason Pearce, who started on the front row, with Albany duo Aydan Trewern and Ryan Theyer filling third and fourth.
“This is pretty surreal,” Blight said.
“I almost hit the fence on the back straight at one stage…I am stoked to get it done.”
“I didn’t think we had anything for Jason Pearce but when I could hang with him early I knew the car would come on.”