Landrigan wins Karratha’s sprintcar stampede

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VideoPort Hedland's Jamie Landrigan has become the first Pilbara driver to win the City of Karratha Sprintcar Stampede at the Nickol Bay Speedway

Jamie Landrigan has put a few years of bad luck behind him to notch up the biggest win of his career, lifting the trophy at the 2018 City of Karratha Stampede.

After blowing a motor in training before the event, the Port Hedland driver led from the front all weekend and never looked in any doubt in the feature race on Saturday night.

Landrigan started from poll and quickly put clean air between himself and the rest of the drivers.

Geraldton's Matt Davis finished third at the City of Karratha Sprintcar Stampede.
Camera IconGeraldton's Matt Davis finished third at the City of Karratha Sprintcar Stampede. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

A restart on the first lap saw two of 12 drivers retire, and two more left the field around the half way mark.

While Landrigan was cruising up front, Glenn Dickinson was driving hard through the field.

He came unstuck while trying to pip Anthony Gaudio for second place, leaving six drivers on the track to finish the race.

Jamie Landrigan leads the way in the poll shootout.
Camera IconJamie Landrigan leads the way in the poll shootout. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

Landrigan said the track had been faultless all weekend.

“Yeah, definitely nice to come here and get the win,” he said.

“I can’t thank the boys enough for giving me the car.

Jamie Landrigan flies through the home straight.
Camera IconJamie Landrigan flies through the home straight. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

“We blew our main motor at practice, changed it out, came back the next night and here we are.

“The track was brilliant — couldn’t fault it all weekend.”

Geraldton pair Gaudio and Matt Davis rounded out the top three.

Fireworks drew a bumper crowd to the Nickol Bay Speedway.
Camera IconFireworks drew a bumper crowd to the Nickol Bay Speedway. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

Rod Snellin was the best of the Karratha drivers, finishing fourth behind State champion Dylan Sexton.

Despite several big events being hosted in town last weekend, more than 6000 spectators were estimated to have come through the gates over the two-night event.

Nickol Bay Speedway president Brett Armstrong said he was rapt with the turnout.

Fireworks drew a bumper crowd to the Nickol Bay Speedway.
Camera IconFireworks drew a bumper crowd to the Nickol Bay Speedway. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

“One of the best ones we have ever had,” he said.

“We restricted it to limited sprintcars this year and the calibre of driving has been absolutely magnificent.

“This is our fifth year running the stampede and it is great to finally have a Pilbara car win it.”

Attention now turns to the Brett Johnson memorial race in mid-July and FeNaClNG meet over the August long weekend.

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