Mathews seizes his op­por­tu­nity

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Pa­tience paid off for Kar­ratha wing­less driver Jayd Mathews af­ter tak­ing out the North West Wing­less meet on the fi­nal bend at the Nickol Bay Speed­way last weekend.

Fel­low lo­cal driver Peter By­wa­ters got the jump on Mathews from the out­set and a mas­ter­class in de­fen­sive driv­ing by the ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paigner kept young gun “J-boy” Mathews at bay as the duo ripped around the track.

Mathews made nu­mer­ous at­tempts to sneak past but By­wa­ters was up to the chal­lenge on ev­ery oc­ca­sion.

It came down to another driver to seal By­wa­ters’ fate. The pair had lapped the rest of the field and By­wa­ters found him­self stuck in traf­fic as he looked to lap a driver com­ing into the fi­nal turn.

Sens­ing an op­por­tu­nity, Mathews took an ag­gres­sive line down the in­side as By­wa­ters was forced to drift wide to avoid a col­li­sion.

It paid off as Mathews sailed through to claim the glory and rel­e­gate By­wa­ters to sec­ond place.

Troy O’Keefe rounded out the top three.

Mathews said hav­ing his car play ball all night held him in good stead.

“I just stuck with him, held my game, kept calm and ob­vi­ously lap traf­fic was the turn­ing point,” he said.

“I saw the door open, so I took it and it worked out well.” Nickol Bay Speed­way pres­i­dent Brett Arm­strong said the fi­nal race proved a show­stop­per for those left to watch it.

“The night was good, the cars were good, but un­for­tu­nately we had a few tech­ni­cal is­sues, which stretched the night out a bit, so we have to apol­o­gise to the crowd for that,” he said.

“The Carnar­von guys came up and put on a good show for ev­ery­one and it was good to see Mon­grel (John Magerl) get out of a winged car and step into a wing­less.”

At­ten­tion now turns to the third an­nual North West Sprint­car Stam­pede.

The stam­pede will be hosted at the Nickol Bay Speed­way on June 16 and 17.

Pictures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Jayd Mathews and Peter By­wa­ters go head-to-head on the Nickol Bay Speed­way track.

Jayd Mathews moves on Peter By­wa­ters on the fi­nal turn.

Jayd Mathews and Peter By­wa­ters.

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