• Young Western Australian Kaiden Manders survived a torrid A-Main that lasted for over an hour to become the 2018 Australian 360ci Sprintcar Champion at the Perth Motorplex on Sunday night. After starting on the outside of the front row Manders took the lead from pole sitter and early leader Jason Kendrick on lap 17 and he then negated a late race charge from David Murcott to become only the second Western Australian to capture the 360ci crown.

    Second place in the 40-lap decider went to Adrian Haywood, who was extremely impressive all weekend, with Shaun Bradford and Ben Butcher completing the local domination. Throughout the final Bradford was great to watch as he charged from position 10 on the grid but he simply ran out of laps to progress any further up the order.

    Fifth place went to former National Champion Luke Dillon, but his position was a little flattering as he struggled for pace all weekend and he progressed up the field due to several late race casualties.

    Michael Keen, Jamie Oldfield, Brodie Minchin, Daniel Keen, Steven Ford, AJ Nash, Paul Peet, Greg Hall and Cory Galpin rounded the finishers from the initial 24 car field.

    In a race that was full of drama it all stated on lap 2 with Chad Ely hitting the turn four wall bringing on the first of many cautions.

    The next driver to strike issues would be Kalgoorlie racer Ray Leonard who inverted his immaculate #Wx12 in turn three. The red lights would soon be on again as Mitchell Wormall rolled in turn four before another lap could be completed.

    Shortly after the restart Renmark’s Dan Evans would retire from a top five run after his right rear tyre was cut after running over debris on the track.

    Pre-event favourite, and preliminary night winner, Jason Kendrick was the next driver to retire from the race. Just prior to his demise Kendrick had lost the lead to Manders and as the pair negotiated the lapped traffic Kendrick was left with nowhere to go as the slower car of Tom Hooper lost power right in front of Kendrick and Jason Pryde with both cars colliding with the slowing car, with Kendrick rolling in turn two.

    With Kendrick out of the race David Murcott was elevated into second and with 14 laps remaining he looked a real Title threat. But he too would crash out of the race with 8 laps remaining as he and Manders made contact while battling for the lead on the back straight. The contact sent Murcott into the wall and onto his side. The contact was deemed to have been a racing incident and Manders kept his spot at the front of the field.

    From that point Manders went on to record a memorable win over Haywood and Bradford in what was a great weekend of Sprintcar racing.

    The 2019 Australian 360ci Sprintcar Championship will be held next March at the Kalgoorlie Speedway, Western Australia.
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