Round 8 of the JSRA Country Super Series, proudly supported by Cranecorp Australia has last night been won by Luke Malcolm and Jake Avins at Augusta-Margaret River Speedway,
After Friday night’s racing was abandoned due to significant damage to the pit gates, the third heat of the Top Star Juniors was re-run as the first event of the evening, with Jake Avins prevailing from Blake Webb and Jackson Derrick.
The Top Star Junior Sedans then had another three heat race events, all of which were hard fought to the checkered flag. Jackson Derrick would win the fourth heat of the weekend, while Jake Avins would work hard to win the last two heat races of the night.
Blake Fletcher who was caught up in the incident on Friday night, would once again suffer significant damage, colliding with the concrete wall in his last heat, ending his weekend. Tanika Webb would also retire from the weekend after the heat races concluded.
With the 10 o’clock time curfew fast approaching, the Top Star Junior Sedan feature was slightly reduced in laps, however the racing was of the highest quality as we have come to expect. The initial start would be short lived, with a number of cars making contact, forcing the yellow lights to come on.
When the race did get back underway, Jackson Derrick made the best of the jump and led the opening couple of laps, before Jake Avins applied immense pressure, forcing Derrick to make a small mistake. From here, Jake Avins would not be headed, though Izzac Delaporte soon worked his way passed Jackson Derrick to take second position.
With the laps winding down, the leading trio continued to race in close proximity, with Blake Webb and Peter Katona jostling for the minor positions. As the checkered flag flew, Jake Avins would not be headed and would take the victory ahead of Izzac Delaporte and Jackson Derrick.
In the New Star division, the racing lived up to its recent standard and was of the highest standard, with many drivers fighting to take heat race victories on the night. Luke Malcolm would take the first of the night, however Matthew Thomson would prove to be one of the hardest chargers of the weekend to take the remaining two heat races.
The final over 15 laps, would be an absolute cracker, with Luke Malcolm taking the lead early, though Matthew Thomson, Bryden Southwell and Aidan Doak were all in with a chance. As the laps continued to wind down, the spectators were gifted a real treat, with the leading half dozen all jostling for position.
The first stoppage would see Montana Pack facing the concrete wall, which closed the entire field up for the rest of the race. Luke Malcolm would make the best of the jump and continued to lead, as Southwell, Thomson and Jhy Pack resumed their battle.
With a green-white-checkered finish soon called for after another stoppage. The battle continued once again, with the leaders all in close proximity, though it would be too late as Luke Malcolm cruised away to take the round victory, as Matthew Thomson made a late charge to take second place on the last corner from Bryden Southwell and Jhy Pack.
The attention for the JSRA now turns to the final round of the JSRA Metropolitan Series, which once again heads to the Perth Motorplex next Saturday night, with all drivers looking to earn some last minute points in the series.
The JSRA must thank our valued sponsors of the 2016/2017 Season for their support of Junior Sedan Racing in WA:
Hamon Tyre and Exhaust Centre (HTEC)
Callcott and Downey
True Value Hardware, Moora
Ultra Tune Malaga
Torque Wear Australia
Sean McManus Web Development