Sportsman racers sizzle in Perth

Race fans at the Perth Motorplex were treated to a sizzling sportsman show alongside the Nitro Funny Cars, Top Doorslammers, Top Fuel Motorcycles and Pro Alcohol at the weekend’s Goldenstates.

Fighting it out for Aeroflow National Sportsman Championship Western Conference and ANDRA Series points were more than 120 sportsman racers across 10 brackets, delivering no shortage of exciting runs across the two days.

Kasey McClure took an impressive third-straight Goldenstates win with victory in Supercharged Outlaws over Brodie Zappia – backing up her win in Modified in 2021 and in SCO last year.

At top: Rocco Salvo. Above: Kasely McClure (both images credit High Octane Photos)

“It is unreal to win a meeting like the Goldenstates once, let alone three times in a row. It is not something I ever thought I would accomplish, but I am so lucky to have such a consistent race car and thorough team behind me to let me focus on my job of driving,” McClure said.

Taking his first Christmas Tree after four decades of trying was Neil Gannaway, who took the Modified victory over Nicholas Wroe.

Neil Gannaway (High Octane Photos)

“I have been trying for about 40 years to win a Christmas Tree, and I am absolutely ecstatic. I can’t put words to it. These are not easy to come by, you can win championships, but winning of these is something different,” Gannaway said.

In Super Street, Ashleigh Wroe was another to claim her first Christmas Tree trophy, emerging victorious from the final over Gavin Donnelly.

Ashleigh Wroe (High Octane Photos)

“I am pretty happy with the win; it was a great event. We couldn’t have done it all without the track staff here this weekend. They put on an incredible weekend together, that is for sure,” Wroe said.

In Modified Bike, Simon Garbutt took another Goldenstates win for his collection with victory over Luke Seaton, while for the Ferguson family there was plenty of smiles – youngster Brock Ferguson took the Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster win over Seth Jarvis while his dad Jon was victorious in Competition Eliminator over Moreno Gullotto.

In Super Sedan, Nick Puglia took the win over former champion Martin Mirco in a double break-out final, while in Super Stock, Steve Norman backed up his Top Qualifier result with the event win over fellow former champ, Graeme Simms.

In Top Sportsman, Rocco Salvo (pictured at top) – who also top qualified – took the victory over Yvette Gregg, who made it to the line first but broke-out. Another to do the TQ/Win double was Competition Bike’s Daniel Natalotto, who took the Christmas Tree trophy over Chris Allen.

The NDRC Western Conference now heads to South Coast Raceway for the South Coast Nationals this coming weekend across December 2 and 3, while the Eastern Conference will fire up as part of the Sydney Top Fuel Xmas Showdown on the same weekend with a one-day spectacular on Saturday December 2. For info, go to ndrc.tv

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