Jacinta Tester creates history while sharing title with Langdon

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
Jacinta Tester was a joint winner of the Noel Pearson Memorial.
Camera IconJacinta Tester was a joint winner of the Noel Pearson Memorial. Credit: Pictures: SWB Photography, SWB Photography

Jacinta Tester has created history, becoming the first female winner of the Noel Pearson Memorial on Saturday night at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway.

Tester shared the prestigious memorial, awarded to the highest point scoring Albany Speedway Club member across any division at the selected meeting, with limited sprintcar driver Jamie Langdon.

Both Langdon and Tester went through the meeting undefeated, winning their three heats and respective finals to share the memorial.

Jamie Langdon was a joint winner of the Noel Pearson Memorial.
Camera IconJamie Langdon was a joint winner of the Noel Pearson Memorial. Credit: SWB Photography

The memorial has been shared on a number of occasions but Tester’s dominant night in the formula 125 division helped her become the first female drive to go on to the honour roll since the event began in 1989-90.

Langdon beat home Grant Chisholm and Shayne Langdon in the limited sprintcars final, capping a strong night on his home track.

Tester was the one to beat from the very start of the night in the formula 125s and edged out Craig Tester and Sam Jewell in the final.

In the support divisions Jasmin Kennedy took home the junior sedan spoils, winning the final from Hope Batchelor and Chesta Grinham.

Glen Rees upside down after rolling his limited sprintcar.
Camera IconGlen Rees upside down after rolling his limited sprintcar. Credit: SWB Photography

Jason Batchelor, who was shooting for a third successive memorial victory, could manage only two wins in the street stock category.

He took out the final and heat three but was not able to match the points of Tester and Langdon.

The modified sedans produced terrific racing in their return to the Albany venue as Sean Theyer downed visitor Paul Stevens and Albany’s Calon Ball in the final.

Matt Kata battles with Paul Stevens on Saturday night.
Camera IconMatt Kata battles with Paul Stevens on Saturday night. Credit: SWB Photography

Veteran competitor Darren Blight won the production sedans top division from Paul Colmer and Shane Devonshire while division 2 production final went the way of Tyler Fulcher.

Albany’s next meeting is on January 4, featuring the popular USA v WA Sprintcar Speedweek series.

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