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Words by Darren O’Dea
DESPITE only racing a few times this season Trent Pigdon won the final race of the AHG Easy As 123 Triple Crown series at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night (30th April).
Pigdon only recently teamed up with Diamond Bay Motorsport and despite limited track time, has been very impressive in the W26 that was driven by for much of the season by South Australian Luke Dillon.
He won the final from Jason Kendrick, Brad Maiolo and Jamie Maiolo who collected enough points to win the season-ending mini-series.
Pigdon put himself in the best possible position from the start of the show, being the only driver to crack into the 12-second zone in qualifying.
He then took a second in his heat race and won the Top 8 Knockout series, to start from pole in the main event, on the inside of Carl Dowling who was the early leader and into lapped traffic after just three laps.
Five laps in Bradford got the #57 on its back wheels and lost a spot.
The race stopped on lap 12 when contact between Mitchell Wormall and Tim Van Ginneken saw the latter going over on the approach to the main straight.
On the restart Pigdon launched a challenge on Dowling but was unable to make it stick.
Unfortunately for Dowling it all came unstuck with nine laps remaining when he blew a left rear tyre on the back straight, and as he came to a stop, he was clipped at high-speed by Shaun Bradford who flipped hard.
The race was stopped again with four laps left after Robert Watson junior went into the pits bend wall.
On the race to the checkers Pigdon powered away for the win from Kendrick, who found a gap between the Maiolos to muscle from fourth to second in a spectacular move.
Brad Maiolo put in a stellar drive for his third after starting from P15 and earlier in the night dropped valuable points when the team was forced to change an engine.
Jamie Maiolo also dug deep after starting from P10 while Dillon started 14h and moved up to sixth.
Andrew Priolo yet again drove well at the business end of the night, this time coming from P17 to seven.
Kye Scroop (from P13) was eighth from Jason Pryde and Taylor Milling.
Qualifying: Trent Pigdon 12.992, Tim Van Ginneken 13.096, Callum Williamson 13.160, Cameron Gessner 13.168, Ben Ellement 13.211, Daryl Clayden 13.217, Taylor Milling 13.220, Lee Nash 13.287, Carl Dowling 13.310, Shaun Bradford 13.319, David Priolo 13.331, Jason Kendrick 13.454, Jamie Maiolo 13.369, Andrew Priolo 13.399, Mitchell Wormall 13.436, Robert Watson junior 13.447, Brad Maiolo 13.464, Scott Chatwin 13.465, Luke Dillon 13.517, Jason Pryde 13.579, Kye Scroop 13.609, Michael Keen 13.622, Lee Redmond 13.657, Aldo De Paoli 13.677, AJ Nash 13.893, Jake Beard-Miller 15.155.
Heat 1: 1st Carl Dowling, 2nd Trent Pigdon, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th David Priolo, 5th Mitchell Wormall, 6th Luke Dillon, 7th Callum Williamson, 8th Kye Scroop, 9th AJ Nash. DNF: Taylor Milling, Ben Ellement and Lee Redmond. DNS: Brad Maiolo.
Heat 2: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Shaun Bradford, 3rd Lee Nash, 4th Daryl Clayden, 5th Cameron Gessner, 6th Cameron Gessner, 7th Jake Beard-Miller, 8th Andrew Priolo, 9th Robert Watson, 10th Jason Pryde, 11th Scott Chatwin. DNF: Aldo De Paoli.
Midpack Madness 1: 1st David Priolo, 2nd Robert Watson junior, 3rd Kye Scroop, 4th Bradley Maiolo, 5th Andrew Priolo, 6th Scott Chatwin, 7th Jake Beard-Miller. DNF: Lee Redmond and Callum Williamson.
Midpack Madness 2: 1st Jamie Maiolo, 2nd Mitchell Wormall, 3rd Luke Dillon, 4th Taylor Milling, 5th Jason Pryde, 6th AJ Nash, DNF: Ben Ellement.
Feature: 1st Trent Pigdon, 2nd Jason Kendrick, 3rd Bradley Maiolo, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th David Priolo, 6th Luke Dillon, 7th Andrew Priolo, 8th Kye Scroop, 9th Jason Pryde, 10th Taylor Milling. DNF: Callum Williamson, Robert Watson junior, Carl Dowling, Shaun Bradford, Cameron Gessner, Jake Beard-Miller, Scott Chatwin, Tim Van Ginneken, Mitchell Wormall, Ben Ellement, Lee Nash, Daryl Clayden, Lee Redmond and AJ Nash. DNS: Michael Keen and Aldo De Paoli.