Speed­way son wins solo

Wanneroo Times - - Sport - Justin Bian­chini

TRIPLE world cham­pion Tai Woffinden thrilled a big crowd at the new track at Pin­jar Park Mo­tor­cy­cle Speed­way to win his maiden WA 500cc solo ti­tle on Satur­day night.

Woffinden, who left Perth as a young­ster to pur­sue a ca­reer in the UK and Europe, won each of his heats and the fi­nal in style to claim the same cham­pi­onship as his late fa­ther Rob.

“Ob­vi­ously I grew up here and my dad won the state ti­tle here, so for me and him to both win is a very spe­cial achieve­ment that not many peo­ple would be able to do,” Woffinden told race caller Grant Woodams.

“The track was re­ally tricky for solo rid­ers tonight. If it was a grand prix, it would have been off 100 per cent; they would have can­celled it.

“But I got the boys revved up as much I could and said ‘we’ve got to put on a show, there are peo­ple who have come to watch us’ and I think we did a good job.”

Woffinden thanked ev­ery­one in­volved in build­ing the new Pin­jar Park track and sta­dium, which was of­fi­cially opened be­fore the rac­ing.

“To fi­nally have it here is amaz­ing and I’m su­per stoked to win a ti­tle and be back rac­ing in Perth,” he said.

Run­ner-up Cameron Heeps said: “If any­one you want to lose to, it’s the world cham­pion”.

Track­side com­men­ta­tor Chris Fayle said see­ing Woffinden crowned WA 500cc solo cham­pion was “very, very poignant for me and most peo­ple”.

“Re­peat­ing the feat of his fa­ther and his fa­ther be­ing one of the men re­spon­si­ble for the track be­ing at Pin­jar Park in the first place,” he said.

“The pits area has al­ways been known as the Rob Woffinden Pits for very good rea­son. Rob, you used to spend day af­ter day af­ter day on the ma­chine build­ing that lit­tle ju­nior track on the hill.

“And this was his dream; a grand prix track and his son win­ning the state ti­tle.

“So that’s why, ladies and gen­tle­men, it is a lit­tle bit of an emo­tional night.”

Trent Hed­land and Dar­ryl Whet­stone won the 1000cc side­cars State ti­tle.

WA speed­way leg­ends Chum Tay­lor and Den­nis Nash joined Wan­neroo Mayor Tracey Roberts to of­fi­cially open the new venue.

Soil from Clare­mont Speed­way was sprin­kled on the track.

The cer­e­mony in­cluded the un­veil­ing of the Peter Muller Main Straight.

See the video at com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au.

Pic­ture: Woza’s Pho­tog­ra­phy

Tai Woffinden (sec­ond from left) with fel­low rid­ers Cameron Heeps, Kane Lawrence and Daniel Winch­ester.

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