RYAN Farrell capped off a successful return to racing after he was crowned the Perth Motorplex Speedway Driver of the Year on Friday night.
The multiple WA Sprintcar champion, who had a two-year break from the sport, was announced the winner of the prestigious award in front of a big crowd at the Motorplex awards night at the picturesque Burswood on Swan.
Farrell won the award from Speedcar standout Dayne Kingshott and fellow Sprintcar racer Cameron Gessner.
He polled well in the votes all summer and a win in the season opener back in October put him on the right track.
The record books show Farrell claimed four of the 13 Motorplex Wormall Civil Sprintcar races against strong fields.
Improving his chances of victory were another three runner up trophies.
One of Farrell’s many season highlights was at the World Series Sprintcars Grand Final where he fought hard to win the B Main and then after starting well back against a world-class field, he was second in the A Main.
Kingshott laid a strong claim for the Speedway Driver of the Year honours after being the driver to watch in the Pool Shop Group Speedcars.
He won an incredible five feature race wins in a row, part of a record-breaking 10 feature race wins in a row.
This eclipsed the previous records from Speedcar legends Johnny Fenton, Graham Jones and Bill Jost.
Unfortunately Kingshott didn’t do a full season in Perth, also contesting big races against an international field around the country that saw him win back-to-back Australian Speedcar Pro Series championships.
Gessner, who wrapped up his second AHG Sprintcar Series after a consistent season both here in Perth and at Quit Bunbury Speedway.
He enjoyed victory in the Scardifield Smash Repairs King of Wings but missed the last round here in Perth that potentially robbed him of a few votes.
There were plenty of other drivers who collected solid votes over the 2014-15 season, including….
Kaiden Manders: In only his second season of racing the second-generation racer drew plenty of attention and attracted plenty of headlines when he upstaged some of the sport’s biggest names to win the prestigious Magic Man 34.
He also won the Christmas Cup in a breakout season that also saw him contest races on the east coast.
Troy Johnson: One of the most professional teams in the AJ Cochrane and Sons Master Painters Formula 500 ranks was rewarded with three feature race wins.
Against one of the strongest Formula 500 fields in the country Johnson also enjoyed several podium finishes.
Lee Redmond: The Former WA Solo Champion, who has tried his hand in a number of Speedway divisions over the years, has found his calling in the Wild and Wingless Speedcar ranks.
He started off in positive fashion by winning the first round of the season and looked very fast every time he took to the track.
Redmond’s attention to details and presentation of the car also attracted a lot of interest.
Jamie Maiolo: There’s not much the Myalup Missile hasn’t achieved in WA Sprintcar racing, being a seven-time WA champion.
After being agonizingly close to winning a feature race for a few seasons he broke the drought in front of a huge Australia Day weekend crowd.
Maiolo stood on the podium on four occasions and probably would have claimed more points if he wasn’t hampered by a few DNFs, including a feature race he was leading before heavy contact from another car.
David Priolo: This second-generation sprintcar racer will never die wondering and his go-hard or go-home attitude certainly produced some spectacular results in 2014-15.
Unfortunately it also resulted in a few DNFs when being in a commanding position in feature races as well.
Priolo’s report card shows three podium results with the high point being a victory in The Sprintcar Westernapolis.
Warren Oldfield: Any victory in WA’s Late Model field is going to be hard-earned, something Warren Oldield managed to do on two ccasions.
He is always fast and along with brother Jamie, was usually at the front of the field.
Jason Kendrick: Another win in the WA Sprintcar Championship (his second win) put Jason Kendrick on the right track for a good season.
Kendrick defeated a tough international field in the state title that included American Kyle Hirst and World Series Sprintcar Champion Brooke Tatnell.
He polled good results in half a dozen race meetings and topped the season off with overall victory in the AHG Easy as 1,2,3 Triple Crown at the end of the season.