Webb continues winning ways for WA speed title

Wednesday 30 November, 2022
Photos: Barnsies Photos and Jonathan Gladstone
John Webb has secured the 2022 WA State Speed Series after a double win in the final weekend for the year.

With five classes up for grabs, as well as the minor outright podiums, there was plenty for play over the course of the weekend as 67 cars were entered in the two rounds at Collie Motorplex.

Heading into the round with a comfortable lead, Webb was essentially champion before the event had even begun, but two emphatic victories saw him claim the title in style.

Holding that big gap gave Webb the chance to enter the event with a Radical SR8 in preparation for next year and although he had oil pressure issues on Saturday, he still took out a two second win for the first round. 
 
Finishing in second place for the day was Laine Brandis in what was an impressive result for the R32 skyline time attack car driver as it was just his second appearance for the season, while Brad Scriviner guided his GoGear Rx7 Sports Sedan to third outright.

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Although Webb temporarily fixed the oil issues for his Radical, he still had problems on Sunday’s final round as he overcame them to win the final round of the year.

It did end up being a little less comfortable for Webb though, as Scrivener finished seven tenths behind him, while Cosi Sorgiovani rounded out the podium a further four tenths slower.

Outside of Webb, neither driver finishing on the podium for the final rounds were able to challenge for the outright series title, with Brent Matthews’ two top five positions sealing second overall. Andy Thomas finished the year in third place after a P6 and fifth on the final weekend.

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As for other classes, the most entertaining battle of the weekend came in the Production Sports Cars as Richard Cox and Kevin Blackwood were separated by just eight points heading into the weekend.

The duo was neck and neck all weekend and traded times, however it was Blackwood who ultimately came out on top to win the round after his efforts on Sunday’s short course.

Click here to view the standings from the year.
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Series organiser Phil Morley was pleased with how the final round for the year went.

“With so much up for grabs during the event, we had a bumper entry list of 67 cars and Collie turned on perfect weather with mid 20’s on both days leading to fantastic track conditions,” Morley said.

“The Saturday wasn’t incident free though with quite a lot of cars getting very tired and breaking, which caused a few delays to the schedule meaning we only got three timed sessions.

“However, it was a fantastic effort by all the Collie volunteers to keep the day running as well as it did, especially when they had to deal with all the problems that happened.

“Sunday was more relaxing in comparison with minimal down time and all competitors who wanted them got five runs in total.

“Congratulations to John for winning the title in another brilliant weekend. I am sure he went away happy knowing that once his Radical issues are sorted, he will have a weapon for next season.”

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