**Pinjar Park - State Solo Titles Wrap

It was a perfect summers night for speedway, a good sized crowd and some great on track action that made the 66th running of the WA State solo title something special. As previously mentioned it was an larger than normal program with four state titles on the bill.
Young Pee wee racer Luke Killeen became WA's first ever 50cc State Champion edging out Cuan Shirley (2nd) and the hard finishing Jack McDiarmid (3rd) in the kids events. From the amount of feedback the SMCWA has received this has been a very popular choice and decision to award the kids a WA title was spot on.
Young Matt Marson showed why he's highly rated with a good win in the WA 125cc title. Matt had the goods over Blake Russell (2nd), who will now move in senior ranks after the new year, a well deserved 3rd place to Kobe Ziedas and one of the most improved juniors at Pinjar Park young Declan Knowles (4th). Again some entertaining racing from the juniors with other riders such as Jack Smith, David Johnsen, Brad Gordon, Gaynor Scoble & Tessa McQueen all having good nights.
Another first was the WA Junior 250 Short Track title - the first state title for Intermediate class solo speedway in Australia saw 14yr old Pinjarra based racer Jett Muller go through the program undefeated in some exciting racing to take the silverware from Jaryd Ziedas (2nd) , Daniel Clemens (3rd) & newcomer Chris Bosnakis. This group of riders have certainly benefited from this new division another popular choice among the riders and parents alike.
Former multi WA junior champion Cam Heeps added the WA 500 senior title to his CV with a narrow win over the ageless veteran Frank Smart (2nd), English resident rider Joe Jacobs (3rd) and the fast improving Kale Ballantyne (4th). Both Heeps & Smart finished on 14 points each after the heats to set up a thrilling final show down in which the youngster gated well out of one to hold out Smart, who was coming home strong for the four lap journey. Both Jacobs & Kale Ballantyne had a ripper battle for the minor placings with both riders giving it their all.
Local star Dan Winchester failed to make the final after a earlier heat win over Heeps. Other riders that had good nights but unlucky in the end were Victorian's Ryan Sedgmen & Bob Stoneham, Perth based Brady Webb, Ethan Ballantyne & Doug Scoble who were all amongst the points earlier in the night. The new Pinjar track surface was in tip top condition which helped with some very lively racing.
Our best wishes to Sean Phillips who suffered a broken collar bone during the heats after a heavy fall, from everyone at the SMCWA we wish you a speedy recovery Sean.
John Lowe & long time passenger Andy Gajek dominated the sidecar events with another classy display at Pinjar Park. Others looking good were the Brown Boys, Ricky Wright/ Mike Bell and the Beagle Boys.
Brad Muller
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