Albany Speedway Club member Laurie Dowsett has won the inaugural Amazing Albany 5000 after producing a terrific drive in the 20-lap feature race at Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.
Dowsett started on the front row of the grid after batting out with fellow Albany speedster Nathan Penn in the top 8 shootout but it was Penn who claimed the coveted pole position.
The pair wowed the healthy crowd in the early stages of the final as they race side by side for several laps until Penn slowed after seven laps and was forced to retire with a gearbox failure.
This left Dowsett out in front but he had to hold off strong challenges from Anthony King and Paul Stevens, who both closed in the closing few laps but could not reel in the popular local.
Dowsett crossed the line first to claim his maiden feature race since switching to production sedans from modified sedans, and was 0.741 seconds ahead of the second placed King.
Stevens, who set the quickest lap in the final, took home third place and the top five was rounded out by Nuno Mendes and Kyle Sayer.
Frank Does, Mick Reynolds, Mike Kinnear, Garry Sutton and Tienne Claybrook were the other cars to complete the full 20-lap journey.
Earlier in the event the preliminary heat races went the way of King, Stevens, Dowsett and Penn before the entertaining top 8 shootout where Penn beat Dowsett in the 1v2 race while Stevens and King both improved their starting positions.
The final heat race was won by the evergreen Kinnear, who drove a superb race to down Claybrook and Coby Stevens.
Meanwhile the formula 125 feature was also contested on the night, with a large field of local and visiting drivers in attendance.
WA champion Sam Jewell started a warm favourite to take out the event and he won the first two heat races narrowly from close rival Jacinta Tester.
Jacinta Tester exacted revenge however in heat 3 as she held off the fast-finishing Jewell by a mere 0.100 seconds on the line.
Sam Jewell started from pole position in the 15-laps feature race and proved too strong as he cleared out from his rivals and crossed the line 5.839 seconds in front of Bill Beeck.
Chris Pittaway achieved a career best feature race result with third place and Nathen Tester was fourth home while Jacinta Tester slipped back through the field to round out the top five.
Junior sedans were the support division at the meeting and got plenty of racing with six heats races and a final.
Bianca Kennedy and Nui Andrews shared the heat race honours before Andrews took the win in the feature race from Kennedy and Hayden Mortimer.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all our visiting drivers in both feature divisions.
The inaugural Amazing Albany 5000 has been hailed a huge success and we look forward to a bigger and better event next season.
The membership draw was won by life member Tania Hanbury who wasn’t present and will now jackpot to $400 at our next meeting.
Racing will resume at Attwell Park Speedway in the new year with the GWN7 WA Modified Sedan Series and the Super Sedan Summer Series on Saturday, January 7.
Pictures courtesy of Jody Shanhun Photos.