Robbie Farr took a fitting Sprintcar victory at the AAA Metal Recycling Krikke Boys Shootout on Saturday night at the Perth Motorplex, in what was the first time the event has been run outside of Bunbury Speedway.
Farr, a former driver for the Krikke family who now steers for Jason Pryde Motorsports, claimed the victory ahead of Jason Kendrick and recently crowned Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series champion Callum Williamson.
“I’ve done more racing in Perth this year than anywhere, so it is good to get a win here; it isn’t easy with these guys,” he said.
“For Jason to put two cars on the race track and come out with two cars in the top four (at this event) is a credit to him for what he has done.
“It is good to get a win with a new team. And then the history with the Krikkes I have had over the years, driving for the Krikke family, both our histories are entrenched in speedway. I have a lot of respect for that family.”
Farr recognised the quality of the WA locals, who have established themselves as the premier domestic competition in the country this season.
“I love the competition here and these two guys (Kendrick and Williamson) are the class acts around here. To run with them in my twilight years is pretty cool.”
After watching Williamson lead the race in the early stages, Farr said he was gaining knowledge on the track conditions until it was time to make his move.
“I could see Callum ahead and judge off him,” Farr explained. “Then we chased him down in the second half.
“We’ve done a lot of work this week and a lot of head scratching. You can’t buy an advantage anymore in this sport, it is a pretty fair playing field. It is all about the combination and getting your package sorted. It took us a few shows to get a handle on it and hopefully we are getting closer to the package that we want.”
After a lacklustre season, former state champion Kendrick said it was an honour to finish on the podium next to Farr – as much as he would have liked the win.
“I can remember getting photos with Robbie when I was a little kid and he would come over for the Krikke Boys races,” Kendrick said. “We had some really good speed towards the end of the feature, but the lapped cars cost us a fair bit.”
It was a busy night at Perth Motorplex, with the Pool Shop Group Speedcars and BGC Late Models both running state title races alongside a track championship round of Formula 500s.
Tom Payet scored a rare back-to-back state title win in the Speedcars, holding off New South Wales invader Kaidon Brown.
Warren Oldfield had to wait nine years for his second Late Model championship, but he proved successful from his brother Jamie Oldfield and Kye Blight, while Steve Ellement earned the trophy in the Formula 500s.
Speedway returns to Perth Motorplex on March 27 with the Asphalt Recycler Sprintcar Gold Cup and $10,000-to-win Demo Derby. For more information, visit www.motorplex.com.au
Words: Luke Nieuwhof
Pics: (both of Robbie Farr) Peter Roebuck