Words – Darren “The Digger” O’Dea
Images – Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
“THE car was pretty good, the track was pretty demanding and I was trying to hang on.”
That was Jamie “The Jet” Maiolo only moments after winning round three of the AHG Sprintcar Series at Quit Bunbury Speedway on Saturday night.
Jamie won the 30-lap final from younger brother Brad and Jason Kendrick for his second victory in three races.
Jamie started from P4 and was tucked in behind front runners Shaun Bradford, Luke Dillon and Ryan Farrell for two thirds of the journey until Bradford spun and was collected by the other two.
Bradford sustained too much damage but Dillon and Farrell were able to get a restart, albeit from the back of the pack.
After inhering the lead Jamie never looked back and powered away for the win.
“I think we were good for a podium and it came unfolded in front of us and I’ll take them anyway they come but it’s a great result for the LJM Racing team,” Jamie said.
This was on the back of the brothers starting on the front row for the feature race at the Perth Motorplex seven days earlier.
Jamie said the different track layout tested drivers and crews.
“We changed it a bit (the car set-up), we probably missed it a little bit in the Dash, after that track grade it was pretty smooth.
“We probably should have thrown a little bit more gear in it and tightened it up a bit for the track conditions.
“But yeah we ended up making a fair few changes for the feature and the car was pretty good, I think we were probably good for third but the other boys got tangled up.