Speedway News

Watson claims first Noel Pearson Memorial

BLAKE Watson swept all before him to claim an emotion-charged Noel Pearson Memorial at Attwell Park Speedway in front of a bumper crowd at Albany Speedway Club’s opening meet last month.

The Pearson family have been synonymous with speedway racing at the Albany Speedway Club since its inception and Watson created his very own history by placing his name on the prestigious family shield with an undefeated opening night of racing.

The 16-year-old won all three of his junior sedan heats and then dominated their 10-lap final to finish with four victories and won the memorial for the highest point scorer across all divisions with 144 points in his undefeated night of racing.

“It’s quite special to win such a prestigious family (memorial),” Watson said.

“Everything went to plan, nothing went wrong with the car.”

Watson finished 13 points ahead of his nearest rival, formula 125 driver Braiden Jewell (131 points) who notched three wins on the night, while Super Sedan pilot Colin Knox (128), Street Stock competitors Clint Udecz (123) and Peter Herbert (109) and formula 125’s Sam Jewell (109) rounded out the top five.

Multiple national and state champion Ron Belfield failed to complete the first production sedan heat and despite winning the next three production events could only manage 108 points while Calon Ball won all four modified sedan events but was ineligible due to just four modified sedans racing.

The large crowd that gathered were treated to a memorable 4 Cylinder Little Car Demolition Derby with an impressive 39 cars greeting the starter.

Perth driver Wayne Fanderline was official the last car standing, surviving an event filled with mayhem in his Ford Laser, including the spectacular rollover of Leon Langdon.

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Watson wins prestigeous Noel Pearson Memorial!

Blake Watson has won his first Noel Pearson Memorial at Attwell Park on Saturday night in front of a bumper crowd on the Albany Speedway Club’s opening night of the season.

Watson won all four of his junior sedan races to finish the top point scorer across all divisions, and was presented the prestigeous shield from an emotional grandfather Russell Pearson.

Wanye Fanderline won the 4 Cylinder Little Car Demo Derby, which attracted a staggering 39 cars and was a major highlight on a very successful night of racing.

Full results are now available on the results page.

Thankyou to all the fans for coming out in droves.

Full race report to follow here shortly.

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Registration and inspection day for the Little Car Demo Derby this Thursday at Rainbow Coast Wreckers from 5pm to 8pm.

Last chance to pay a cheaper nomination fee of $50 and a chance for the guys to look over the cars and let you know any changes that need to be made.

Almost 30 Demo Derby cars have already been confirmed!!

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FOLLOWING the success of hosting a round of World Series Sprintcars last season the Albany Speedway Club has been announced as a venue that will host a round of the upcoming 2012-2013 series.

The news comes as a major boost for the Albany Speedway Club who held a round of the series for the very first time in February this year.

The decision by WSS management to bring the series back to Albany is a massive coup for the local club, who attracted more than 4000 people to last year’s event.

WSS significantly shortened their schedule this season, which comprises of just 12 rounds, the Western Swing of the series will visit Manjimup, Albany, Bunbury and Perth spanning three weeks.

The news came in conjunction with the Albany Speedway Club announcing their racing calendar for the 2012-2013 season, which comprises of eight meetings including two-night events for the 2012-2013 WA Modified Sedan title and the annual Bill Gibbings Memorial for Super Sedans.

Albany’s bursting calendar begins on November 17 with the annual Noel Pearson Memorial and a brand new 4-Cylinder Demolition Derby.

Rounds of the Production Sedan 10,000 series, the Super Sedan Summer series and the JSRA series will also be held at AttwellPark in another bumper season.

WSS will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013, and will be supported by the popular GWN7 Modified Sedan series while the final meeting of the season on April 20, 2013, will involve the regular Demolition Derby and the return of the historic Southern 100 for Production Sedans.

Club president Kevin Theyer, who was re-appointed at the recent Annual General Meeting, said the club had once again assembled a quality calendar to provide the best possible racing for fans.

In a further boost, the Albany Speedway Club received a $2,500 grant from Speedway Australia’s QBE Risk Management Track Grant Scheme in June.

The money will be used to upgrade grandstands around the venue and help facilitate the large crowds expected at the club’s major events.

Modified driver Graeme McSweeney was named the 2011-2012 senior fairest and best driver back in June at the club’s presentation night while teenager Jordan McDonald won the junior fairest and best award, Street Stock competitor Clint Udecz was awarded the Club Champion trophy for the highest points scorer driver across all divisions.

Cameron Newbold

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Membership And Insurance Reminder

It won’t be long and the Albany Speedway club will be back in full swing!

Have you all insured yourselves and licensed your cars? Have you paid your club fees?

We will be having a membership draw again this season, plus some other great benefits for members.

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