WA formula 500 champion Andrew Priolo shot back into the winners circle after claiming an epic 25-lap final in round 5 of the West Coast Series at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway last Saturday night.
Andrew Priolo played second fiddle to pole sitter and runaway leader Thomas Davies for much of the race.
However, Davies weaving his way through lapped traffic with two laps remaining in the feature race was left with nowhere to go after a slower car spun in front of him.
Davies crashed into the side of the slower car and was consequently sent to rear of the field for his part in the incident.
Andrew Priolo inherited the lead of the race and had no trouble negating the two remaining laps as he won the final from Troy Johnson and the impressive Luke Nardini.
Jason Priolo finished fourth ahead of David Sinagra, Brock Nanovich and Aaron Fulgrabe who charged home from 11th position on the gird to finish seventh.
Davies was clearly fuming about the incident but managed to drive his way back to eighth spot in two laps and was the last car to finish on the lead lap.
Earlier in the event Sinagra won the opening heat race from Andrew Priolo while Davies dominated heat two, downing Jason Priolo by more than two seconds.
Heat three went to Jason Priolo over Nardini before Andrew Priolo was a convincing victor in the final heat over Johnson and Davies.
Davies was getting better as the night wore on however, defeating Johnson then Jason Priolo and finally Andrew Priolo in two-lap shootouts to win the top-six shootout and earn pole position.
Davies set the quickest lap in the final with a 15.081 second lap and also had the fastest lap throughout the night after his 15.032 second circuit in heat two.
Nanovich won the mid-pack scramble from former Albany resident Brendan Condren who would later retire from the final with engine dramas.
Albany’s Jai Dillon had a night to forget after recently joining the formula 500 ranks, failing to finish both his preliminary heats and didn’t appear in the final.
Andrew Priolo, who took out round 1 in Geraldton, now leads the series with 440 points ahead of Johnson (377 points) and Davies (376).
In the support divisions, Sam Jewell took the overall honours in the formula 125s in a countback from Jacinta Tester, Jordan McDonald dominated the junior sedans, Clint Udecz won the street stocks and Aydan Trewern took out the modified sedans.