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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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