Cameron Gessner breaks drought at Bunbury Speedway

All Images by Peter Roebuck
Words by Darren O’Dea

CAMERON Gessner took full advantage of a front-row start to claim round three of the 2016-17 AHG Sprintcar Series at Quit Bunbury Speedway on Saturday night.

Gessner started on the outside of the front row with Brad Maiolo and shot to the lead on the first corner, never looking back for the 25-lap journey – a good thing because it’s been a while since the Big Fella has been at the pointy end.

He survived a late-race challenge from Maiolo who held on for second with Ben Ellement taking the final spot on the podium.

The feature race didn’t survive the first corner when Scott Chatwin went wide, tagged the fence and went over, forcing a full restart.

Chatwin said afterwards he was not sure what caused the crash and the team was still assessing the damage after the show had ended.

Andrew Priolo spun in pits bend on lap 11, bunching the field back up.

On the restart, Jason Kendrick, who started from P5 and had dropped to sixth, was the big mover, winning the battle with Jamie Maiolo, who started from P3 and then replacing Callum Williamson in fourth a few laps later.

Unfortunately it counted for little with Kendrick parking the car on the infield on lap 17 – a tough night for the team after they were forced to change an engine after qualifying.

Brad Maiolo looked strong with a handful of laps remaining but was unable to get enough momentum to slide under Gessner who held his nerve to take the win.

It was a good night for Gessner who set quick time at the start of the show and won his first heat race in the WA #41 APM Premix / Cowara Transport Entry.

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Other heat race wins went to Brad Maiolo, Kendrick and Andrew Priolo.

Williamson started and finished fourth, ahead of Lee Nash (from P12), James Inglis (from P9), Lee Redmond (P7), Andrew Priolo (P9), Mitchell Wormall (P10) , Jamie Maiolo (P3) and Brodie Minchin (P13).

Round four of the AHG Sprintcar Series will be held at the Perth Motorplex next Saturday night – the running of the Scardifields Smash Repairs King of Wings, with the final to be a 40-lapper and including a mid-race pitstop.

Qualifying: Cameron Gesner 13.250, Brad Maiolo 13.371, Lee Nash 13.381, Jamie Maiolo 13.410, Callum Williamson 13.507, Ben Ellesent 13.571, Lee Redmond 13.598, Scott Chatwin 13.646, James Inglis 13.719, Andrew Priolo 13.820, Mitchell Wormall 14.307, Jason Kendrick 16.159. Brodie Minchin 13.816 – DQ for not going to scales.

Heat 1: 1st Cameron Gessner, 2nd Lee Nash, 3rd Callum Williamson, 4th Lee Redmond, 5th James Inglis, 6th Mitchell Wormall, 7th Brodie Minchin

Heat 2: 1st Brad Maiolo, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Ben Ellement, 4th Jason Kendrick, 5th Scott Chatwin, 6th Andrew Priolo.

Heat 3: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd James Inglis, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th Scott Chatwin, 5th Callum Williamson, 6th Cameron Gessner. DNF: Brodie Minchin.

Heat 4: 1st Andrew Priolo, 2nd Brad Maiolo, 3rd Mitchell Wormall, 4th Lee Redmond, 5th Ben Ellement. DNF: Lee Nash.

Feaure: 1st Cameron Gessner, 2nd Brad Maiolo, 3rd Ben Ellement, 4th Callum Williamson, 5th Lee Nash, 6th James Inglis, 7th Lee Redmond, 8th Andrew Priolo, 9th Mitchell Wormall, 10th Jamie Maiolo, 11th Brodie Minchin. DNF: Jason Kendrick (lap 17), Scott Chatwin (first lap).

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