Mortimer, Batchelor share memorial title

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Junior sedan driver Hayden Mortimer and returning production sedan competitor Jason Batchelor shared the honours on the opening night of the new Albany Speedway Club season, tying for the prestigious Noel Pearson Memorial.

The Noel Pearson Memorial has been contested on opening night at Attwell Park Speedway since 1989-90, and is awarded to the highest point-scoring ASC member across all divisions in recognition of long-time member and former driver Noel Pearson.

Mortimer won the crown last season and backed that effort up with an undefeated night in the junior ranks, scoring three dominant heat wins before claiming the 10-lap final by more than three seconds.

The young Esperance resident finished with 144 points and he was joined by Batchelor who made a welcome return to the driver’s seat. In a competitive production sedan field Batchelor was superb across the night, winning all three heats and then scoring a comfortable victory in the 15-lap final to finish unbeaten.

The two drivers were announced joint-winners of the memorial, and also topped their respective division point scores for the night.

Hayden Mortimer on his way to a second Noel Pearson Memorial title.
Camera IconHayden Mortimer on his way to a second Noel Pearson Memorial title.

Mortimer defeated Bianca Kennedy and Hope Batchelor in the juniors overall while Batchelor proved too strong for the impressive Shane Devonshire and Ron Belfield in his division.

Nathen Tester was undefeated in the formula 125s after the heat races but failed to finish the final; however, he still managed to win the overall points in his class.

Tester edged out Darren Cartwright by 23 points, with State champion Sam Jewell back in third.

Paul Bowman won the street stock points on a countback after he and Peter Herbert had two wins and two second placings apiece.

Nathen Tester leads Brandon Tester in the formula 125s.
Camera IconNathen Tester leads Brandon Tester in the formula 125s. Credit: SWB Photography

The new base stock division ran several displays at the season opener, which also included burnouts.

Albany’s next meeting will be on January 5 and 6 featuring the WA Super Sedan Title.

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