USA vs WA Speedweek has begun with a thrilling opener at Perth Motorplex on Boxing Day where the Maiolo brothers held their own against American Parker Price-Miller.
Brad Maiolo took out the victory in a feature race that came to an early finish when AJ Nash had a big crash in turn three, damaging the safety fence and forcing officials to call the race.
Maiolo said a fast track allowed him to take advantage of his front row start in the feature, earning his second feature race win of the season.
“On a fast race track it is hard to make up ground, so when you have that clean air out in front it is hard not to win,” he said.
“The only thing I was looking at was the time board, a quick glance now and then, then tryingt o find a good, smooth line you are comfortable on.
“We started off the front and didn’t see anything of anyone.”
Price-Miller finished in second place, with Jamie Maiolo a close third. Price-Miller said he was hoping to make some gains in the later part of the race, until the premature finish.
“I wasn’t very happy with my heat race so I did what I normally do back home and made some changes,” he said. “I really found a strong package for the feature.
“Lapped traffic was definitely slowing down and while it was definitely going to be a challenge to get by him (Brad Maiolo), I thought I had a shot.”
Jamie Maiolo also fancied himself a chance at being first to take the chequered flag.
“It came on real good there when the first yellow came out on lap ten,” he said.
“In the later stages when we came up on the lapped cars I was starting to get pretty hungry. The car felt pretty good all night, we didn’t change it a lot for the final.”
American visitor Harli White had a less positive night, with parts failures hounding the Oklahoma-based driver. A power steering problem in hot laps and gear problems in qualifying and the first heat race were bad enough,
before an ignition failure in the feature saw White’s early retirement from the night.
“We are just trying to get all the bugs worked out,” she said. “I’m just looking forward to the rest of the week and getting some laps in.”
The Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series now heads to Collie for round two of USA vs WA Speedweek tonight, before coming back to Perth Motorplex on December 29 and then heading to Bunbury for the final on January 1.
In the Pool Shop Group Speedcars, Travis White emerged victorious, taking the chequered flag by over two seconds from Daniel Golding and Glen Mears.
The Wingless Sprints turned on the entertainment through the night at the Motorplex, with 26 teams vying for the win. Ash Hounsfield came out on top, followed by Daran Humfrey and Chad Pittard.
Be sure to return to Perth Motorplex this Saturday for more USA vs WA Sprintcar action as well as the Telf Promotional Products Formula 500s, TW Mechanical 360 Sprintcars and Limited Sprintcars.
Heats begin from 5pm with the main show from 6pm.
Photo by Bruce Russell