Words by Darren O’Dea, Images by Peter Roebuck
While a lot of us were fixated on the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic on the East Coast, Sydney Speedway had a washout and Ryan Farrell’s unbelievable run continued when he won another feature race at the Perth Motorplex (Sat Jan 26), taking the 25-lapper from Ben Ellement and Carl Dowling.
Farrell started on the outside of Ellement and watched on as the #44 machine powered away early.
There was plenty of drama early on as Jason Kendrick’s crew was forced to change an engine and ran out of time to get onto the track.
An incident on the back straight forced a restart allowing Kendrick to resume in a full restart but his challenge proved to be over quickly as he crashed out with Jamie Oldfield.
Farrell showed plenty of patience, marking his time and running a slightly higher line than Ellement but as they were fighting for position Jamie Maiolo, who started from the back of the pack, had raced through and grabbed the lead.
Not long after Maiolo lost ground to Farrell who set sail for home and wasn’t challenged from that point. The battle for second was on in earnest between Ellement, Dowling and Maiolo until Maiolo blew a left rear tyre. Ben Ellement crossed the line in 2nd and Carl Dowling came 3rd.
“Ben was really strong, he was good early and we were bad early,” Farrell said.
“It was good to lose the start tonight and have to chase.”
Ellement said he was getting sick and tired of finishing second.
“We are persevering each week and it doesn’t count yet, the money races are yet to come,” Ellement said. “It’s great to race with guys like that, we could have been a little better there. We will come back and have another crack.”
Dowling said the car was going strong but said due to work commitments they were not able to do enough shows to qualify for The Chase.
Qualifying: Group A: Jason Kendrick 14.182, Lee Nash 14.358, Jeff Leisk 14.425, Robert Watson junior 14.658, Jamie Maiolo 14.733, Jason Boland 15.111, Jamie Oldfield 15.418.
Group B: Ryan Farrell 14.657, Carl Dowling 14.663, Mark Wells 14.720, Todd Waddell 14.797, Sheldon Brady 15.265 and Kye Scroop 15.269.
Group C: Ben Ellement 14.139, Bradley Maiolo 14.797, Callum Williamson 14.812, Nathan Brady 15.004 and Allan Nash 15.140.
Heat 1: 1st Ben Ellement, 2nd Jason Kendrick, 3rd Sheldon Brady, 4th Carl Dowling, 5th Jamie Oldfield, 6th Todd Waddell, 7th Allan Nash, 8th Jeff Leisk.
DNF: Jamie Maiolo, Callum Williamson.
Heat 2: 1st Kye Scroop, 2nd Jason Boland, 3rd Robert Watson junior, 4th Ryan Farrell, 5th Bradley Maiolo, 6th Nathan Brady, 7th Daniel Harding, 8th Lee Nash.
Heat 3: 1st Lee Nash, 2nd Callum Williamson, 3rd Carl Dowling, 4th Jason Boland, 5th Sheldon Brady, 6th Allan Nash. DNF: Jason Kendrick and Nathan Brady.
Heat 4: 1st Ryan Farrell, 2nd Ben Ellement, 3rd Bradley Maiolo, 4th Jeff Leisk, 5th Daniel Harding, 6th Jamie Maiolo, 7th Robert Watson junior, 8th Todd Waddell, 9th Jamie Oldfield and 10th Kye Scroop.
Feature: 1st Ryan Farrell, 2nd Ben Ellement, 3rd Carl Dowling, 4th Lee Nash, 5th Callum Williamson, 6th Jeff Leisk, 7th Daniel Harding, 8th Kye Scroop, 9th Bradley Maiolo, 10th Sheldon Brady, 11th Todd Waddell. DNF: Jamie Maiolo, Jamie Oldfield, Allan Nash, Jason Kendrick, Jason Boland, Robert Watson junior, Nathan Brady. DNS: Mark Wells.
There was plenty of carnage at the motorplex on Jan 26. Peter Roebuck caught these graphic images of the action.