The MMS Civil 360 Sprintcar Power Series got off to a flying start in fairly warm conditions at Narrogin’s Hillside Speedway on Saturday night.

In support of the newly Sponsored MMS Series , 18 cars rocked up to the picturesque Western Australian country track and competed in three rounds of heats run over 8 laps followed by a Feature race over 20 laps.

Rising Star Trent Pigdon shone in the feature, showing just how good he is in traffic, especially considering how new he is to the sport. Second across the line was Billy Stocks and third home for the final podium was Ben Ellement in what appeared to be an ailing car. Pigdon drove with maturity and in what I would define as calculating aggression – nothing risky, super-fast, foot to the floor, and great through racing congestion – a real driving clinic some would say.

Victorious - Trent Pigdon blasted to victory in the immaculate #19 PMS entry

Local conditions in the lead up to the race were very hot and this made track preparation for the first race of the series rather difficult. Under the circumstances Track Curators did a marvellous job, producing a track that was racy and relatively dust free. After the three rounds of heats, the race surface was given a light prep and water and this paved the way for a thrilling feature.

With 17 cars starting out in the feature, it was always going to be hard to keep the track up to the Drivers. Dust started to appear in volume with about 7 to go, a lot of it from cars taking infield excursions admittedly. Nevertheless the racing went ahead and provided a brilliant spectacle.

Pigdon was upbeat after his victory stating “The PMS Team is really working together in harmony and the car that Keith Giles and the boys gave me tonight was a dream to drive. It makes winning so much easier with a car like that.” Trent paid thanks to his family and sponsors Pigdon Portables, Coates Hire and Auto Smart Bunbury and added “The team plans to take in all the MMS 360 Power Series in addition to our 410 Open commitments. The MMS Series is a great concept and gets up to tracks that we ordinarily get a chance of racing at.”

Impressive - The PMS Team is all Class !

Drivers to encounter issues during the Feature included an impressive Cale Sotiroff who tagged the wall in the first lap and took not further part, and Jake Beard Miller together with Ryan Schalm got together in a tangle approaching half race distance – both sidelined and unable to continue.

Forever the Showman – Ian Woods was bullet quick – he started from the rear in all 3 heats and came an incredible 7th in the A-Main after starting out of P14

Ian Woods was a surprise entry to the event for some spectators, although Woodsy has made no secret of the fact that he has signed up to Texanne Racing Team for the season and is committed to running the MMS Civil Power Series.

Not having raced extensively for a couple of seasons, the Woodsy started off the rear in all heats. The Texanne Team had very tough heat draws with big names like Ben Ellement and in-form Trent Pigdon to run against to name just a couple.

Woodsy demonstrated that he has not lost the racing touch despite his recent racing hiatus. He moved from the rear of the field in all heats to pass several cars in each outing – pretty admirable considering the difficulty of starting up the rear and the jump that the front rows were getting on starts.

The Texanne Racing outfit were early to arrive and start setting up at Narrogin – Miss Brigitte Action Photography

Kent Roberts showcased his new car – the Chamberlain Auto Electrics sponsored #4 and like Woodsy, despite a recent racing hiatus looked very quick and signalled to the crowd was lies ahead in 2012.

Heat races were taken out as follows:

Heat 1 – Ben Ellement, Dean Terry, Billy Stocks

Heat 2 – Trent Pigdon, Tim Gardner, Cale Sotiroff

Heat 3 – Greg Fisher, Dean Terry, Billy Stocks

Heat 4 – Cale Sotiroff, Trent Pigdon, Corey “Rib Cage” Gilpin

Heat 5 – Jodi Waldron, Billy Stocks, Trent Pigdon

Heat 6 – Ben Ellement, Garry Bielby, Corey “Rib Cage” Gilpin

The next round of the MMS Civil 360 Sprintcar Power Series is set down for November 17 at the classic Manjimup Speedway.

Ben Ellement bagged 3rd with an off-song car

Woodsy (WX #2) had really hard heat draws but rose to the occasion in his typical approach to racing - Miss Brigitte Action Photography

Trent Pigdon - Good Gear

Heat Line Up at Narrogin's Hillside Speedway - Miss Brigitte Action Photography

And now for the awesome Brayden Miller suite of Narrogin Hillside Photos…………

Woodsy - Time of focus

Trent Pigdon - contemplating

Inside Line - Ben Ellement

REDLINE - Sweet Look !

The #64 Phil Blackman entry

Ian "Dizzy" Woods at full noise

The Texanne Team is all go

Sweet action from the SJC Crushing Boys

Mid-Track action - Ben Ellement

Green Machine - Jodi Waldron

Showcase - Kent Roberts telegraphed that he WAS BACK !! - a great set of drives after a hiatus

Trent Pigdon has aspirations to take out the MMS Civil 360 Sprintcar Series in 2012

Cale Sotiroff - "looking cool" and was quick in the #76 Wells entry

Jake Miller in earlier action before the tangle in the A-Main

Ian Woods - Harnessed into the Texanne Racing Bullet and about to engage action in Heat 1


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