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  • In a gruelling 57 lap A Main at the Perth Motorplex, Cameron McKenzie, finished in a career high ninth place, in an event which took almost one hour to complete.

    The night honoured legends of Speedway, with the Sprintcars honouring the “Big Chap”, Noel Bradford, with his racing number being 57, the length of the Feature event, which had a compulsory pit stop at the half way mark.

    The night started as always with qualifying, with McKenzie first out on track, and despite posting a time of 14.509, it would only be good enough for ninth quickest, putting the Busselton based driver on the second back row in the one qualifying heat.

    In a stacked heat with drivers of the calibre of David Priolo, Shaun Bradford, Callum Williamson, Jason Kendrick, Daniel Harding, and State Champion Kaiden Manders, it was always going to be an uphill battle, but McKenzie did improve on track position to finish eighth.

    Starting from position seventeen in the marathon Feature event, McKenzie made an enterprising start, passing several cars in the early exchanges as the race settled down, with drivers getting into the groove of elongated race. McKenzie and Darren Mewett would have a great race mid pack, swapping positions multiple times.

    “Its good to run side by side like that, run wheel to wheel, be clean and have the respect that those guys do”, said McKenzie post race in reference to the battle with Mewett.

    McKenzie was the last car to be passed by the leader before the compulsory pit stop, which enabled him to remain on the lead lap.
    “The boys tightened the car up, I was probably a little bit loose in the rough stuff around the top, which made it easier to drive in the second half”, McKenzie added, as to what the crew did at the compulsory pit stop.

    After the stoppage where McKenzie was positioned in twelfth place, he would drop to sixteenth as some of the more credentialled drivers who were relegated to the rear of the field, for either taking too long at the four minute compulsory stop, or changed a tyre, passed McKenzie soon after the resumption.

    Despite that, McKenzie continued to be consistent with lap times, and continued his battle with Mewett, who started a row being him at the commencement of the race. At the front of the field, the battles were intensifying and led to several stoppages, keeping the field bunched.

    Notably, Andrew Priolo crashed into the back of a slowing George Eaton who spectacularly rolled on the back straight, with McKenzie and others having to take evasive action.

    Four laps from the finish, another spectacular rollover would see the demise of Brad Maiolo, leaving a four lap run to the flag, with McKenzie finishing ninth, his best result in Sprintcar competition in just his sixteenth show.

    After finishing 57 laps at the Motorplex, McKenzie will compete at Bunbury in twin Features this weekend, to wrap up the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series, where he has improved his position from twenty second leading into the Motorplex event, to nineteenth heading into the final round.

    “Its promising going into Bunbury next week, knowing that we can probably put sixty laps down, and still be there at the end, McKenzie added

    Cameron Mckenzie Racing Supported By
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    Photo courtesy of Jason Sutton Photography, Dirt Track Nutters



    Cam McKenzie in action at the Perth Motorplex

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