Stam­pede proves to be wheel draw­card

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

Some of WA’s best sprint­car driv­ers were in town at the week­end for a rac­ing show­down at the 2016 City of Kar­ratha North­west Sprint­car Stam­pede. Driver Trent Pig­don took top hon­ours af­ter a dom­i­nant run over the four-night event.

Ace driver Trent Pig­don has been de­clared king of the North­west City of Kar­ratha Sprint­car Stam­pede, with an em­phatic vic­tory over some of WA’s top rac­ers.

This year’s event was held over four nights rather than two in a bid to at­tract more top driv­ers to the race. It paid off, with 18 of the 22 com­pet­ing teams trav­el­ling for the event, in­clud­ing the WA 410, 360 and lim­ited sprint­car cham­pi­ons.

The event at­tracted about 2500 peo­ple to watch the ac­tion each night.

The first night at Port Hed­land Speed­way saw Bun­bury driver Michael Keen get out on the front foot, be­fore Car 26 driver Trent Pig­don out­paced him and moved into top spot on the sec­ond meet.

The com­pe­ti­tion moved to Nickol Bay Speed­way in Dampier for the fi­nal two nights.

Tay­lor Milling won the fea­ture race on night three, but Pig­don re­mained the over­all leader on points.

It went so smoothly there was time for an ex­tra fea­ture purely for en­ter­tain­ment rather than points, though un­for­tu­nately it fin­ished with a crash be­tween three cars which put the car of one of NBS’ own, Gra­ham Wil­son, out of the run­ning. The fi­nal night of ac­tion was held up for an hour-and-a-half be­cause there was too much wa­ter on the track and NBS pres­i­dent John Magerl’s car, owned by his wife, was one of the ca­su­al­ties, spin­ning out dur­ing an early hot lap.

But or­gan­is­ers still man­aged to pack in the key heats be­fore fire­works started at 9pm.

Pig­don won the night’s pole shuf­fle, and kept the mo­men­tum go­ing to storm home in the fi­nal 25-lap fea­ture race.

Rod Snellin came in sec­ond and Brent Barn­don was third over­all.

Magerl said the Sprint­car Stam­pede had been a big suc­cess.

He thanked the NBS com­mit­tee, sup­port staff and vol­un­teers for their work.

WA Open Sprint­car State Cham­pion and Car 56 SJ Crush­ing driver Tim Van Gin­neken saID driv­ing one of the only lim­ited sprint­cars in the race against higher-pow­ered 360s had been chal­leng­ing, but had been a good ex­pe­ri­ence to “have some fun and have some beers”.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Sprint­cars off and rac­ing at the 2016 City of Kar­ratha North­west Sprint­car Stam­pede.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Car 56 driver and WA Open Sprint­car State Cham­pion Tim Van Gin­neken.

Pic­ture: Dirt Track Nut­ters

Trent Pig­don was the win­ner of the 2016 Sprint­car Stam­pede.

Sprint­cars rac­ing dur­ing heat 11.

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