Herbert recovers to sit inside top 10 after opening day of State title

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Albany driver Peter Herbert has produced a sensational performance at the WA Street Stock Title in Ellenbrook, recovering from an issue in his first heat this afternoon to sit inside the top 10 on points after the opening day of the event.

Herbert, who finished on the podium at the title last season, set the quickest time in official practice on Friday to strengthen his claims as a contender this weekend.

His time of 20.082 seconds late in the two-hour practice session edged out Hayden Norman (23.482 seconds).

The first three rounds of qualifying heats were held this afternoon but Herbert’s joy from yesterday was short-lived when he completed just two laps in his opening heat race.

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Herbert recovered however from the non-finish, starting from seventh and blasting his way to victory in heat 10 before winning heat 14 in the third round after starting from the front row of the grid.

His two heat race wins have Herbert extremely well placed to qualify directly into tomorrow’s A-main, sitting seventh in the points standings with 76 points.

Herbert has a tough final heat though, lining-up from position nine and comes up against leading contenders Anthony Beare, Matt Amato, Jamie Oldfield and Jason DeGoldi.

Fellow Albany competitor Tracey Saunders sits in 45th place overall with 24 points.

Ex-Albany resident Freddy Kinsella is also in a strong position currently sitting in 12th place with 68 points and starts alongside Herbert in heat 22 tomorrow.

Another former Albany resident Ryan Penfold sits in 38th position after day one.

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