As the Perth Motorplex speedway season winds down, Callum Williamson has only continued to add to his list of victories by winning the Asphalt Recyclers Australia Sprintcar Gold Cup.
Williamson, who was invited to drive for Monte Motorsport in the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Triple Crown mini-series, spent the first part of the race watching early leader Dayne Kingshott and calculating his move.
“I managed to get a bit of momentum and find a happy place,” he said. “Dayne was in front so I could see where the good part of the track was and where I was catching him. The track was quick everywhere – so long as your car was set up for where you wanted to drive it.”
The only hiccup for Williamson came on lap 11, when he was trying to overtake a lapped car and almost spun, opening the door for Kingshott.
“I decided to follow him and he came under the brakes early and I had to try and avoid him and I nearly looped it. That gave Dayne a chance as I gathered it back, and then I tapped Dayne’s car on the back straight which was pretty scary.”
The transition away from his own team to the Monte Motorsport stable has been almost seamless for Williamson. He believed a productive test session before the Asphalt Recyclers Australia Sprintcar Gold Cup was vital, helping him find his sweet spot in the car.
“We tried a new engine that KRE built and we got comfy with it,” he said. “Coming into their team it was a different chassis and different shocks. It’s a credit to the Monte team to get me out there and get me so comfortable at Wednesday practice. They’ve got different perspectives on how the car should feel out on the track.”
Kingshott finished second, as a feature race win once again eluded him in the Krikke Motorsport entry. With his future with the team next season uncertain as speedway returns to normal nationally, Kingshott was frustrated by another missed chance.
“I’d like to get a win, we have one race left now and I don’t know what is happening next year,” he said. “I thought I had a shot tonight but I was a bit of a sitting duck.”
Kingshott broke a torsion bar early in the night but proved strong in the first laps of the feature until Williamson made his pass. Kingshott thought he had a narrow window to reclaim the lead when Williamson nearly spun in lapped traffic.
“I probably baulked a little bit and I was worried he was going to loop in front of me,” he said. “I should have stayed in it. It’s so competitive, and you need to be ruthless. We just missed that little opportunity.”
Other winners on the night included Jamie Oldfield (BGC Late Models), Kaiden Manders (Pool Shop Group Speedcars), and Matt Iwanow (Red Pepper Promotions Wingless Sprints).
Speedway returns one last time to Perth Motorplex to finish the season with the Super Speedway Grand Final on April 17.
Words: Luke Nieuwhof
Pics: Peter Roebuck