Brad Maiolo Rockets to Victory at Perth Motorplex

ALL IMAGES BY PETER “STRAIGHT SHOOTER” ROEBUCK
WORDS BY DARREN “THE DIGGER” O’DEA

BRAD Maiolo’s name has been added to an illustrious list after he won the 34th Annual Scardifields Smash Repairs King of Wings at the Perth Motorplex Speedway on Saturday night.

Not only did his win cement his name in the history books but it was also part of another LJM Racing 1-2 finish after big brother Jamie was second, reversing the result from the previous round at Quit Bunbury Speedway the week prior.

Ben Ellement was third for his third podium finish from four rounds in the 2015-16 AHG Sprintcar Series.

The 40-lap feature race was highlighted with a midrace infield pitstop that was called on lap 18 after Jake Beard-Miller slammed into the pits bend fence hard when eyeing off a top five result.

Drivers and crews knew the pit window would be open sometime between laps 15 and 25 and once officials were able to get Beard-Miller out of the car and clear the debris, the pitstop was called.

Going into the break Jamie was leading from Brad with Ken Sartori just ahead of Kendrick and Ellement.

A handful of drivers didn’t even make it to this point.

On the first start Andrew Priolo ran high and then cut down low in front of a bunch of cars that took evasive action that ultimately saw them tangle and be out of the contest, including Taylor Milling, Troy Lawson, Carl Dowling and Kye Scroop.

Priolo managed to get a restart but officials sent him to the rear as he was deemed to be cause.

Kendrick, who started from P2, was the early leader but was then passed by both the Maiolos with Jamie stretching the legs on the #99 machine.

After the pit stop the crew on the Luke Dillon machine were not able to get the car ready in time and he was forced to drop out of his mid-pack start and to go the rear, but in the end it didn’t matter as the car failed to start.

In the final section most of the cars were running mid to low track in the first turns and up high near the fence in pits bend.

Brad Maiolo was working the high line better than most and clawed the gap to Jamie before striking with about seven laps to go.

After the siblings argued the spot for a lap it was Brad who had the better car set-up and went on to take the win.

David Priolo (from P8) finished fifth, ahead of Shaun Bradford (from P6), Daryl Clayden (a great recovery after starting P15), Callum Williamson (who started P13 and moved up five spots), Lee Nash (from P10) and Jason Pryde (who started 18th and completed the top 10).

Results:

Qualifying: Brad Maiolo 13.990, Jason Kendrick 14.261, Jake Beard-Miller 14.364, David Priolo 14.376, Ben Ellement 14.429, Lee Nash 14.448, Ken Sartori 14.457, Jamie Maiolo 14.447, Kye Scroop 14.479, Taylor Milling 14.517, Shaun Bradford 14.523, Luke Dillon 14.534, Ryan Farrell 14.600, Daryl Clayden 14.677, Troy Lawson 14.690, Callum Williamson 14.728, Andrew Priolo 14.794, Scott Chatwin 14.909, James Inglis 14.947, Ryan Lancaster 14.966, Jason Pryde 15.049, Robert Watson 15.053, Carl Dowling 15.102, Mitchell Wormall 15.600, Jason Boland 15.786.

Heat 1: 1st Luke Dillon, 2nd Ken Sartori, 3rd Lee Nash, 4th Bradley Maiolo, 5th Mitchell Wormall, 6th James Inglis, 7th Scott Chatwin, 8th Jason Boland. DNF: Ryan Farrell.

Heat 2:
1st Daryl Clayden, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Shaun Bradford, 4th Jason Kendrick, 5th Ben Ellement, 6th Andrew Priolo, 7th Carl Dowling. DNF: Ryan Lancaster.

Heat 3: 1st Callum Williamson, 2nd Troy Lawson. 3rd Jake Beard-Miller, 4th David Priolo, 5th Robert Watson junior, 6th Jason Pryde, 7th Kye Scroop. DNF: Taylor Milling.

A Dash: 1st Bradley Maiolo, 2nd Ken Sartori, 3rd Ben Ellement 4th Jake Beard-Miller, 5th Shaun Bradford, 6th Robert Watson junior, 7th Callum Williamson, 8th Daryl Clayden, 9th James Inglis.

B Dash: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Luke Dillon, 4th David Priolo, 5th Lee Nash, 6th Andrew Priolo, 7th Troy Lawson, 8th Mitchell Wormall, 9th Jason Pryde.

Midpack Madness: 1st Kye Scroop, 2nd Carl Dowling, 3rd Taylor Milling, 4th Jason Boland, 5th Scott Chatwin.

Feature race: 1st Brad Maiolo, 2nd Jamie “The Jet” Maiolo 3rd Ben Ellement, 4th Jason Kendrick, 5th David ‘TOP SHELF’ Priolo, 6th Shaun “Son Of ‘A’ Gun” Bradford, 7th Daryl Clayden, 8th Callum Williamson, 9th Lee Nash, 10th Jason Pryde, 11th Andrew Priolo, 12th Mitchell Wormall, 13th Jason Boland, 14th Scott Chatwin.

Our roving cameraman Peter Roebuck was on hand to capture ALL the SPrintcar action from the King of Wings – including the fabulous support classes of 360’s and Limiteds. David Hall took out the 360 feature while Gavin Davis bagged the Limited Sprintcar A-Main.

These great images of the entire “Winged Night” from Peter Roebuck – Thanks Mate !!

Brad Maiolo leads the AHG Series comfortably now after his victory

 

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