Bunbury’s Dayne Kingshott was simply sensational as he clean swept the evening in his way to claiming the 70th edition of the Western Australian Speedcar Championship last Saturday night at the Perth Motorplex. In what was a totally dominant performance in the 30-lap final the defending race Champion won by over 10 seconds as he lapped all but the runner-up finisher, New Zealand’s Michael Pickens.
After winning both of his heat races Kingshott started the final alongside Neville Lance with Kingshott immediately jumping into the lead. Lance settled into second ahead of Pickens, who was driving the Graeme Jones #4, and had the speed to keep the New Zealander at bay until lap 19 when he retired from the race with an engine issue.
This put Pickens into a distant second with Glen Mears, who was lapped by the leader with two laps remaining, in third. At the competition of the race Mears was confused why he was called to podium not knowing that Lance had retired and that he had finished third. For Mears it was his third podium result in the WA Speedcar Title without a win.
Pickens runner-up finish in the main event was his best A-Main finish at the Perth Motorplex and on the podium, he said he would return in the future in an attempt to add a Motorplex victory to his resume.
Fourth across the line was Travis White, with Alfie Guadagnino rounding out the top five. The only other finishers out of the original 16 car field were Murray Bridge’s Brett Ireland, Dan Golding, Ross Heywood and Aaron North.
Dayne Kingshott and Neville Lance shared the heat victories.