Article by Scott Beattie
Former WA Production Sedan Champion Barry Rose yesterday did what he has so often done before, climbing back atop the Production Sedan tree as he claimed a thrilling feature race at Kellerberrin Speedway for the PTQCC Production Sedan Championships, doubling as Round One of the SSD Four Crowns Series.…
Despite claiming the win, Rose certainly didn’t have it all his own way, with fierce rival Hayden Norman claiming three wins from three starts to Rose’s two wins in the heat races. This would set Norman up for pole position in the feature alongside Rose, with Norman leading twenty of the twenty one laps only to be pipped at the post.
As the race went green Norman and Rose would fight though the opening turns, Norman getting the nose in front and third place starting Josh Fraser moving straight under Rose to take over the second place running.
Fraser then moved high and looked for a way by Norman, but couldn’t make it work and settled into single file behind Norman while Rose then looked underneath Fraser but the move at that point didn’t work.
Again Fraser would go high but still couldn’t get the move done while Leon Wood made some ground and began to stalk the top three, waiting for an opportunity to pounce in fourth place.
As the laps wound down the top three continued to go at it despite no changes in position, the trio pulling away from Wood who would run a lonely race in fourth.
Lapped traffic then came into play, but would help Norman slightly and give him a small break on Fraser who was still under pressure from Rose.
Rose stuck the nose under Fraser but again he couldn’t make the move stick, the two then touching down the back straight.
The following lap the duo would do the same thing again coming onto the back straight, this time with Rose getting through while Fraser would eventually succumb to issues and head infield.
This elevated Wood to third while back up front Norman and Rose would continue the battle, Rose getting close on a number of occasions as Wood slowed with diff issues with only a few laps remaining and being forced infield.
As he was waved infield Norman and Rose came up to pass him, the duo very lucky not to make contact with the ailing car.
This again allowed Rose to close the gap, with Norman beginning to smoke with just two laps to go as his power steering blew.
The final lap was epic, Rose right on a heavily smoking Normans tail and lapped traffic well and truly coming into play. As the duo came to the line they were forced to split to avoid a lapped car and this, combined with Norman’s ailing car gave Rose the opportunity he needed to dive through and grab the win on the line by just 0.259 seconds. Rickie Nuccini ran a solid race to come home third while Warren Flavel and Mike Kinnear would round out the top five.
This rounded out a good day of racing with very few yellow light stoppages across the day. The biggest issues were Rob Trenaman breaking rear end components in his first heat while pre-race favourite Kane McDiarmid also blew an engine in the opening round.
The next round of the SSD Four Crowns Series is next weekend in Shark Bay for the annual Far Western Championships.
Feature, 21 laps: 1. W6 Hayden Norman, 2. W181 Barry Rose, 3. W5 Josh Fraser, 4. W53 Leon Wood, 5. W41 Rickie Nuccini, 6. W11 Ashley Baker 7. W9 Allan Barrow, 8. W112 Warren Flavel, 9. W172 Jim McGorman, 10. W522 Brayden Hobbs, 11. W27 Mike Kinnear, 12. W88 Hanna Stewart, 13. W59 Erika Vary, 14. W55 Murray Cleasby, 15. W23 Jayke Malcolm, 16. W8 Grant Hutchins, 17. W26 Rob Trenaman, 18. W31 Kane McDiarmid.
1. W181 Barry Rose, 2. W6 Hayden Norman, 3. W41 Rickie Nuccini, 4. W112 Warren Flavel, 5. W27 Mike Kinnear, 6. W55 Murray Cleasby, 7. W11 Ashley Baker, 8. W522 Brayden Hobbs (20), 9. W172 Jim McGorman (20), 10. W59 Erika Vary (18), 11. W88 Hanna Stewart (18). DNF: W53 Leon Wood (17), W9 Allan Barrow (12), W5 Josh Fraser (11). DNS: W8 Grant Hutchins, W23 Jayke Malcolm, W26 Rob Trenaman, W31 Kane McDiarmid. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 0.259. Fastest Lap: 20.091 W6 Hayden Norman.