Season off to bright start
Alan Couper has started off the 2016 Pilbara speedway season with a win after fending off champion stock car driver Matt Herbert in front of a packed house at the Nickol Bay Speedway.
Starting on pole after pipping Marty Coutts at the finish in heat 4, Couper fought hard to keep Herbert off his tail for several laps in the feature race.
Herbert managed to get an inside line on Couper on turn 1 with a few laps to go, but mechanical difficulties just after inching his nose in front forced him out of the race, handing the win in the valuable double points round to Couper.
In the wingless racing, Troy O’Keefe picked up where he left off last season, cleaning up the No. 1 position in every heat and cruising to victory in the feature race despite starting half a lap behind.
Chantelle Magerl provided resistance with some good defensive driving in the final but O’Keefe rose to the challenge.
The juniors competition looks like one to watch this year with several new cars on the track and some tight racing.
Kurtis Blackburn had the wood on Matt Magerl in the heats, but Magerl stepped up a gear to take out the feature race.
Jared Coutts came in third ahead of Shakira Moss, who shook off a heavy bump in an earlier heat to get out for the final race.
The night also included what the club hopes to be a regular feature, with four riders from the Karratha Enduro and Motocross Club taking their bikes out for some flat-track racing. Burnout cars also returned to the track after a disappointing 2015, with the public burnout car getting its first test run before the keys are handed over to whoever wants to have a go.
When it came to bloopers, Steve Griffo was the first one on the track this season, taking his stock car through the dirt on turn 4.
He was outdone, however, by Matt Robbo who hit the wall at the same turn, resulting in his car being the first to be towed off this season.
Karratha Motocross riders on the speedway track.
Chris Wilkins, Harley Jones and Alex Rudda on the burnout pad.