Collie’s Joss goes back-to-back at Karratha stock car meet

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VideoCollie driver Paul Joss has travelled to Karratha to win the Nickol Bay Speedway's Brett Johnson Memorial for the second year in a row.

Collie driver Paul Joss has gone back-to-back at the Nickol Bay Speedway, winning the Brett Johnson Memorial for the second year in a row.

Now in its fifth year, the annual stock car event is run in honour of the late Brett Johnson, a Karratha teenager who fell in love with speedway after doing a lap with Al Couper in 2013.

Paul Joss leads Matt Herbert down the final straight of the Nickol Bay Speedway.
Camera IconPaul Joss leads Matt Herbert down the final straight of the Nickol Bay Speedway. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

Karratha resident Matthew Herbert and Joss led the 30-strong pack all weekend, but after engine issues crippled his car it looked like the hometown hero may not make the final race.

Spurred on by a desire to win the race “fair and square”, Joss lent Herbert the parts he needed to get the car back on the track for the feature race.

Port Hedland's Lourens Lamprecht prepares to pounce around the final corner after engine troubles cripple Matt Herbert's car in the final heat.
Camera IconPort Hedland's Lourens Lamprecht prepares to pounce around the final corner after engine troubles cripple Matt Herbert's car in the final heat. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

The pair had a good fight at the front of the pack.

Joss led the whole way but with Herbert, also a two-time champion, breathing down his neck, there was no room for error.

Steve Griffiths from Nickol Bay Speedway.
Camera IconSteve Griffiths from Nickol Bay Speedway. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

“I just wanted to stay in front, keep the car straight and hold my line but I could feel someone right behind me,” Joss said.

“You can’t see but you can feel someone there.

Derby's Clint Waldron and Ben Ridley from Manjimup tussle around the final turn.
Camera IconDerby's Clint Waldron and Ben Ridley from Manjimup tussle around the final turn. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

“Every time there was a restart I would pull up in the dirt and try to cool the tyres down so I think that may have helped me out.”

Joss said the quality of the track kept him coming back to race the event.

Clint Marks takes the inside lane down the home straight.
Camera IconClint Marks takes the inside lane down the home straight. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

Nickol Bay Speedway president Brett Armstrong said the event had become a staple of the speedway calendar.

“Out of the five years that was the closest race we have had,” he said.

Albany's Paul Bowman comes around the outside.
Camera IconAlbany's Paul Bowman comes around the outside. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

It was Al and Leanne Couper’s passion to put this event together and it has grown and grown over the past five years.”

A donation was made to Empowering People In Communities at the end 5of the meet.

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