Jewell, Sayer add more speedway success

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State champion Sam Jewell and brother and runner-up Braiden Jewell.
Camera IconState champion Sam Jewell and brother and runner-up Braiden Jewell. Credit: Zoe Jewell

Sam Jewell notched his fifth WA title victory in the formula 125 division and Kyle Sayer scored a hat-trick of Amazing Albany 5000 titles at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.

One of the leading formula 125 competitors for some years now, Jewell started alongside Jacinta Tester in the 15-lap final, where Jacinta Tester shot straight to the lead before retiring only two laps in.

Jewell inherited the lead and then had to fend off a strong challenge from his brother, Braiden Jewell, to claim a fifth senior 125 crown.

Sam Jewell crossed the line 1.699 seconds ahead of Braiden, while Albany’s Chris Pittaway rounded out a terrific night in third place. Former State champion Darren Cartwright and Geraldton’s Chris Berry rounded out the top five.

Sam Jewell claimed his fifth F125 State title on Saturday night.
Camera IconSam Jewell claimed his fifth F125 State title on Saturday night. Credit: SWB Photography

Earlier, Sam Jewell won three qualifying heat races were and the remaining events were taken out by Craig Tester, Jacinta Tester and last year’s State champ Nathen Tester. Kyle Sayer’s dominance of the Amazing Albany 5000 for production sedans continued, notching a third successive win in the fourth edition of the event.

Albany’s Aydan Trewern and Sayer started on the front row together in the 25-lap final and they had a cracking battle for the entire journey.

Sayer prevailed in a thrilling finish, as he edged Trewern by 0.945 seconds.

Kyle Sayer made it a hat-trick of Amazing Albany 5000 titles.
Camera IconKyle Sayer made it a hat-trick of Amazing Albany 5000 titles. Credit: SWB Photography

The pair cleared right out from the rest of their rivals, Albany driver Jason Batchelor finishing third 11.471 seconds behind the winner while Ron Belfield and Wayne Leviston rounded out the top five.

Trewern won the pole shuffle while Sayer won three of the six qualifying heats, Matt Noakes claimed two and the other went to Belfield. Geraldton youngster James Berry won the WA junior F125 title on the same night, as he defeated Isacc Benson and defending champion Jasmin Ellis.

James Berry became the new WA junior 125 champion.
Camera IconJames Berry became the new WA junior 125 champion. Credit: SWB Photography

Ellis briefly led the 12-lap final before Berry took control to cross the line 4.359 seconds in front.

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