Kaiden Manders started from position six for the 34-lap race and showed maturity to systematically pick off the cars in front of him to take the emotional win that pays tribute to former Speedcar and Sprintcar champion Michael Figliomeni.
In his first full season of racing he upstaged some of the biggest names in the sport, winning from Lee Redmond and Dayne Kingshott.
The former karting champion claimed only his second win in Speedcars, with the first victory being at Ellenbrook Speedway on Perth’s outskirts only a month earlier.
The second-generation racer (who was up against his father Vaughan in the race) looked very comfortable in the Keith McAllan-owned #21.
“I was just hoping for a top 10 to be honest, this is better than a top 10,” Manders said.
He paid full credit to the McAllans… “they provide me with a fantastic race car every time it hits the track”.
Redmond, who started from P2 and is only days away from getting married, struggled with the car in the second half of the contest.
“Unfortunately we ran out of brakes on lap five and we struggled from there on in.”
Redmond said he was spent and once he lost the brakes he struggled to keep control of the car.
Kingshott, who started from P1, also had dramas with the motor on the #24 but paid credit to Manders saying “ this kid is going to be an absolute superstar”.
American Jerry Coons junior started and finished fourth with Neville Lance (from P9) finishing fifth.
The race ran nine laps before Ben Hall spun, forcing a restart.
Redmond took the lead from Kingshott on lap 13 and seconds later Manders was showing his hand and slipped into second, relegating the polesitter one more spot.
On lap 24, defending Magic Man winner Alex Bright (USA) was out of the contest after suffering a flat left tyre.
The third American in the field, Casey Shuman, was also out of the contest on the next lap.
POOL SHOP GROUP SPEEDCARS
Qualifying: Lee Redmond 16.832, Dayne Kingshott 16.930, Ben Hall 16.936, Todd Waddell 17.031, Casey Shuman 17.058, Vaughan Manders 17.121, Brett Thomas 17.150, Brock Hallett 17.189, Phil Tremeer 17.198, Kaiden Manders 17.247, Dean Merrylees 17.341, Mark Brown 17.348, Scott Glazebrook 17.369, Jason Tremeer 17.423, Neville Lance 17.433, Paul Robinson 17.489, Lee Dillon 17.553, Glen Mears 17.636, Jerry Coons junior 17.652, Alfonso Guadagnino 17.685, Alex Bright 17.729, David Perry 17.764, Ryan Condren 17.801, Rob Golding 17.909, Daniel Golding 17.948, Chris Telenta 18.246, Phillip Jeffreys 19.232, Shaun North 20.205, Aaron North 23.469.
Heat 1: 1st Lee Redmond, 2nd Jerry Coons junior, 3rd Daniel Golding, 4th Kaiden Manders, 5th Todd Waddell, 6th Brett Thomas, 7th Paul Robinson, 8th Scott Glazebrook, 9th David Perry, 10th Shaun North.
Heat 2: 1st Ryan Condren, 2nd Alfonso Guadagnino, 3rd Casey Shuman, 4th Dayne Kingshott, 5th Dean Merrylees, 6th Lee Dillon, 7th Brock Hallett, 8th Jason Tremeer. DNF: Aaron North, Chris Telenta.
Heat 3: 1st Vaughan Manders, 2nd Mark Brown, 3rd Neville Lance, 4th Alex Bright, 5th Ben Hall, 6th Rob Golding, 7th Phil Tremeer. DNF: Phillip Jeffreys. DNS: Glen Mears.
Heat 4: 1st David Perry, 2nd Kaiden Manders, 3rd Dayne Kingshott, 4th Paul Robinson, 5th Alfonso Guadagnino, 6th Brock Hallett, 7th Todd Waddell, 8th Jason Tremeer. DNS: Chris Telenta and Shaun North.
Heat 5: 1st Daniel Golding, 2nd Jerry Coons junior, 3rd Lee Redmond, 4th Mark Brown, 5th Vaughan Manders, 6th Brett Thomas, 7th Rob Golding, 8th Scott Glazebrook. DNS: Glen Mears.
Heat 6: 1st Alex Bright, 2nd Neville Lance, 3rd Casey Shuman, 4th Ben Hall, 5th Dean Merrylees, 6th Lee Dillon, 7th Phil Tremeer. DNF: Ryan Condren.
B Main: 1st Alex Bright, 2nd Alfonso Guadagnino, 3rd Lee Dillon, 4th Daniel Golding, 5th Rob Golding, 6th Paul Robinson, 7th Jason Tremeer. DNF: Scott Glazebrook, Ryan Condren, David Perry.
A Main: 1st Kaiden Manders, 2nd Lee Redmond, 3rd Dayne Kingshott, 4th Jerry Coons junior, 5th Neville Lance, 6th Todd Waddell, 7th Brock Hallett, 8th Alfonso Guadagnino, 9th Dean Merrylees.