GRASSROOTS: State Speed Event Series WA Returns for 2022 with Two Day Event at Collie Motorplex

Held over two days with a spread of cars ranging from Dallara F3’s to Hyundai Excels the State Speed Event Series WA is an event to check out if you’re wanting to see a variety of cars on track giving it their all to top the charts.

50 competitors hit the track on Saturday with Collie unusually experiencing hot weather around the 40 degrees centigrade mark and not even the usual Collie Motorplex weather system made a dent on this.

Topping the charts on the Saturday was the Radical SR3 RSX of John Webb with a 1:10.829 around the track with Ray Ferrari in his Spreads F1000 nipping at his heels 0.055 seconds behind. Cosi Sorgiovanni brought his Dallara F3 out to play and was the final podium step with a 1:12.796.

John Webb also set a new personal best over the weekend and had this to say after his win on Saturday “I have recently fitted pneumatically controlled DRS to the rear ring to reduce the drag that the Radicals aero produces on the long straights and have changed to the updated Halo type rollbar the Radical are now producing.”

“The competition was great this weekend with just 5/100’s seperating Ray and myself in P1 and P2.”

Sunday brought about a nice change of weather for the officials and drivers with weather in the low 30’s and a beautiful breeze settling in for the day. 40 competitors made it to the second day but the racing kept tight with 6 of the classes decided by less than 1 second.

Andy Thomas provided something to cheer a little extra for during the day in his budget built K24 swapped Civic. He was up against the big budget WRX of Max Whiting and slowly took out 1/10th of a second on every lap to catch the WRX and on the final lap Andy ended up 0.126 seconds ahead of Max to take out the class win.

This spectacle is what really defines events such as the Speed Event Series as it doesn’t necessarily rely on big budget to win the category, but determination and track skill plays a huge part too.

Overall honours for the day went to Peter Morley in his OMS CF10 with a lap time of 43.7, Ray Ferrari again joined the podium with a 45.31 and Day 1 winner John Webb took out the final step with a 45.72 in his Radical SR3 RSX.

The win on Sunday was a bit special for Peter Morley who had spent the Saturday celebrating his Grandson’s 18th Birthday.

“My grandson is also my number 1 pit crew, so couldn’t miss that. As for the car we have a few little bugs to iron out after a full tear down and rebuild that started last year.”

“I feel bad for both Ray Ferrari and Marcel Every who had engine failures and are normally strong competition. No doubt they will get them fixed for the next round.”

Round 3 of the State Speed Event Series WA takes place on March 19th at Wanneroo Raceway. Check out the State Speed Event Series WA website for details.



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