A crash on the final corner of the feature race ended a sure event win for Dayne Kingshott at Saturday night’s City of Kwinana Cup at Perth Motorplex.
Kingshott, driving the Krikke Motorsport #2, was charging towards his first race win for the team when disaster struck. His Sprintcar got into the wall and flipped within sight of the finish line.
The accident handed the lead to Jason Kendrick, who took full advantage on the race restart and took the chequered flag in his Triple M ride from Bradley Maiolo and Kaiden Manders.
It was an event full of drama for the Sprintcars, with more cars ending up parked on the infield than finishing the race. Points leader Callum Williamson was another to find the hard concrete walls, as did Jaydee Dack in an incident that saw Kris Coyle and Aldo De Paoli also taken out. Daniel Harding was leading the race until lap 21, when he crashed, while contact between David Priolo and Shaun Bradford eliminated both drivers from contention.
The Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series has seen a subsequent shake-up in the points, with Manders now taking over the lead (1648 points) from Kingshott (1634), Williamson (1620) and Coyle (1608). Kendrick’s second victory of an inconsistent season moved him into fifth (1598).
The Speedcars saw not one but two feature races, each consisting of 14 laps to honour division legend Neville Lance, who raced under the #14 throughout his driving career. The man himself even took some exhibition laps of the track one more time. The features themselves both went to Tom Payet, who turned in a dominating performance that saw him win each race by almost half a lap.
The BGC Late Models saw Brent Vosbergen return to form, and like Payet he left the competition well behind with a 4.5sec. margin to second-placed Clint Noakes.
Matt Brown took home the trophy for the Formula 500s, while Jye McKenzie scored a big win in the Wingless Sprints by less than a second from Brendon Wedge.
Speedway returns to Perth Motorplex on February 6 with the running of the 24th annual AAA Metal Recycling Krikke Boys Shootout. For more information, visit www.motorplex.com.au
NOTE: In light of the lockdown announced by the WA Premier on Sunday 31 January, at this stage we hope to proceed with this event pending further guidance from the WA Government. We will provide ongoing updates when possible. Current lockdown information as of 9.00am Monday 1 February: http://bit.ly/3agZB6x
Words: Luke Nieuwhof
Pics: Image one by Peter Roebuck (Dayne Kingshott) and Image two by Richard Hathaway (Jason Kendrick)