NEXT MEETING: January 5/6 - Super Sedan State Title, Limited Sprintcars feature, local divisions

Reminder no speedway this Friday night

A reminder from the club to all our fans that we do not have a meeting on tonight, Friday February 17.

Originally we did have a meeting scheduled for tonight with a round of World Series Sprintcars but that was cancelled at the beginning of the 2016-17 season due to a number of factors including that show put on for the fans and how financially viable it was.

It was with regret that we had to cancel this major meet but it was a decision made well in advance.

As a result the club is also undertaking some major works on the track surface in readiness for the remainder of the season.

We just want to again remind everyone that we don't have a meeting tonight as we have had some inquiries this week about it and don't want our fans to have any confusion.

Our next meeting is going to be another huge one, set down for Saturday March 11 featuring a round of the Late Model Sedans Pro Dirt Series.

Tonight instead the club will hold and Race 'N' Games night at the club rooms from 7pm onwards, cost is just $10 per person.

Mortimer wins thrilling edition of Noel Pearson Memorial!

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.

State champ Davies too strong in final round

Current State champion and ex-Narrogin local Thomas Davies scored a dominant victory in the fifth and final round of the Formula 500 West Coast Series held at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.

A former Albany Speedway Club member, Davies made just his third appearance for the season amongst a small but competitive field of formula 500s.

Courtesy of winning the top six shootout Davies started from pole position in the 25-lap feature race and blasted straight to the lead at the drop of the green flag.

From there Davies powered away in a league of his own and was never headed as Brent Lockwood held down second place while an intriguing battle for third place developed behind them.

Thomas Davies after his heat race win at Attwell Park Speedway. Picture: Cameron Newbold

Matt Brown started from position three but fell back to fifth on the opening lap as Cam McKenzie who won the mid-pace race jumped to third.

Brown wrestled fourth spot back off Hayden Norman but struggled to close the gap to McKenzie, who was running strongly in third for the majority of the event.

With less than 10 laps to run trouble struck for McKenzie with his motor blowing up forcing him to retire and handing third to Brown.

Davies coasted through lap traffic and went on to record an emphatic victory, crossing the line 5.180 seconds ahead of Lockwood with Brown rounding out the podium.

Formula 500 West Coast Series winner Thomas Davies. Picture: Cameron Newbold

Hayden Norman and Ryan Higgs completed the top five on a night where Cody Turacchio damaged his engine in the top six shootout and Todd Broadwood hurt his motor in the first heat.

In the earlier heat races, Lockwood tasted success twice and Norman and Davies also won preliminary events.

It was a successful return for the formula 500 division to the Albany venue, in front of an impressive crowd.

Matt Brown prepares his car in Albany. Picture: Cameron Newbold

Davies thanked his team and also the spectators post-race and said both he and his fellow competitors were thrilled to be back racing at Attwell Park Speedway.

The talented racer now has his sights set on the upcoming WA title and Australian championship.