In an epic race that produced some of the most intense Midget competition seen at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, American star Bryan Clauson emerged victorious to in the POWRi World Midget Championship feature race last night (Sunday, January 25) to continue his domination of the series. Combining oodles of talent with a little bit of luck, Clausen qualified on pole position for the 40-lap event but found himself trailing countryman Darren Hagen for the first half of the race. In fact, Clausen dropped to third at one stage but found himself back in second spot when a flat tyre befell Hagen, who persevered for a few laps before heading infield. Clausen assumed the lead upon Hagen’s demise and withstood the best efforts of Michael Pickens, who bounced back from a penalty early in the race to finish in second spot. Barnstorming through the field from position 14, Hayden Williams threw everything at Pickens in the closing stages in a stellar drive into third to complete an international shutout of the podium for the second night in a row.
New Zealand’s Brad Mosen has taken an early advantage in the battle for the POWRi World Midget Championship event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway with a faultless drive to victory in the preliminary feature last night (January 24). Starting from the outside front row alongside pre-race favourite and top qualifier Bryan Clauson, Mosen shot to the front from the outset and led the American throughout the 25-lap event. Clausen narrowed the margin at various times but was never close enough to launch a serious bid for the lead and has to settle for a runner-up finish on this occasion to consolidate his position atop the championship standings.
Last night Dayne Kingshott did what he has done three time previously, racing away to a strong victory in the New Year's Speedcar Derby and in the process equalled the late great Michael Figliomeni's record in winning four Derbies in a row!
World Midget Championship nominations have now grown to 42 with NSW Matt Smith and Queenslander Michael Harders now confirming they will be here. It will be the biggest Midget event held in Australia this year! The championship includes drivers and teams from the USA, New Zealand and Australia and is run under the World Midget Series rules, regulations and engine specifications - to ensure uniformity throughout the series. This Saturday and Sunday Nights!
The New Year's Speedcar Derby is one of the longest running and most prestigious events on the Western Australian Speedcar calendar. The event, the 43rd Annual running, which will be held at the Perth Motorplex this Saturday night, kicks off a big fortnight for Speedcars, with the annual Laurie Matthews Memorial to be conducted at QUIT Collie Speedway soon.
Whilst Sprintcars dominated the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway schedule over the Christmas/New Year period, this weekend it is the Midgets who take centre stage with the first Australian round of the World Midget Championship. Staged over a series of races in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, the POWRi World Midget Championship is the only series of its type that brings the top drivers from all three countries together. More than 40 competitors will take part in the two nights of competition, which will culminate with a $6000-to-win feature event on Sunday evening (January 25).