2013 Kennards Hire ''King of Pinjar'' & Gordon Rowland Memorial.

2013 Kennards Hire ''King of Pinjar'' & Gordon Rowland Memorial.
Another fantastic Perth night for speedway with warm weather and a great crowd in that put a real buzz around the venue. The punters left Pinjar Park Saturday night with more than their monies worth after another awesome display of racing from all divisions. Congratulations to the SMCWA on another very well run event with some 50 events on the main program and finishing well on time.
The long running Gordon Rowland Memorial event for the junior 125cc solo riders was dominated by WA#1 Matt Marson who gave a faultless display of riding throughout the event. Young Marson was pushed hard at times during the night by Jack Smith, Declan Knowles, Jarrayd Ziedas & the pint sized Brad Gordon (10 yrs old). The final was a ripper with Matt Marson, Jack Smith, Jarryd Ziedas and Brad Gordon all facing the starter. Marson got the jump and was never headed with Smith, Gordon & Ziedas all battling it out for the minor placing's, all these boys put on some very spirited racing as did the fast improving Tessa McQueen & young Connor Bailey. Well done to all the junior riders on a great nights racing.
The junior 250cc solos were again dominated by Jett Muller who went through the card undefeated from his 4 rides. Some early carnage saw Jarryd Ziedas and Mitchell Gill tangle in heat one with Ziedas's machine flipping high and long into turn three and parking itself upside down into Daniel Clements. All riders involved were all ok with only Jarryd's machine unusable for the rest of the meeting. Two of the 250cc heats were absolute gems with Gill & Clements pushing Muller to the limit with all three riders not giving an inch.
Big Russell Mitchell & Josh O'Bryan again took the honours in the sidecar heats with some super exciting racing with all teams putting on a fantastic show. How good is it when these these guys lock horns three wide into turn one, crowd favourites for sure.
The main event on the program was the 2103 Kennards Hire ''King of Pinjar'' solo title. A full 16 rider field which included Victorian international Ty Proctor, WA Champion Cam Heeps, English riders Joe Jacobs & Lewis Blackbird, former title holder Kale Ballantyne and local ace Dan Winchester.
The heats where ''red hot'' with Proctor going through undefeated, Heeps, Winchester, Blackbird, Jacobs, Doug Scoble & Brady Webb all in the mix throughout the event. There was action in every heat with some of the best solo racing see at the tiny Pinjar venue. Again the crowd were well treated with the fancied Proctor riding lines that weren't even there. Controversy was to follow with Winchester being awarded the win in the B final after Joe Jacobs crossed the line thinking it was the final lap and cheque flag. After some discussion referee Paul Foster stood firm and awarded the last chance qualifier to Winchester over Jacobs.
Gate positions were chosen trackside with Proctor taking gate one from Blackbird, Winchester & Heeps on the pickets. When the tapes flew it was Blackbird & Proctor elbow to elbow fighting each other giving Winchester a clear run into turn one, from there the rest is history. To Proctors credit he used every inch of track he could to catch the fast riding west aussie but to no avail. It was a well deserved win to Winchester who rode a blinder to hold out Proctor, Heeps & Blackbird in a epic final. Again well done to all 16 riders on putting on a fantastic show for the punters, great effort.
Results -
Kennards Hire ''King of Pinjar'' solo title - 1st Dan Winchester, 2nd Ty Proctor, 3rd Cam Heeps, 4th Lewis Blackbird.
Gordon Rowland Memorial - 1st Matt Marson, 2nd Jack Smith, 3rd Brad Gordon, 4th Jarryd Ziedas.


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