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Farrell earns place in sprintcar history
Ryan Farrell

Records tumbled at the QUIT Bunbury Speedway last Wednesday, with State champion Ryan Farrell taking his seventh WA title event.

The Boxing Day title win eclipsed six-time champion, speedway legend Alf Barbagallo’s long-standing record.

Speedway general manager Andrew Roberts said the record-breaking feat proved Farrell was one of the greatest sprintcar drivers in the State.

“To win a WA championship is no mean feat,” Mr Roberts said.

“To win it back to back is even bigger, but to take five titles in a row would prove you are hard to beat on any given day.

“The only thing left for Ryan Farrell to achieve was to spell out, once and for all, that he is the best ever product ever to win in WA sprintcar racing history,” he said.

The damp track caught several drivers off guard and ensured a gritty, knuckle-down race meet that impressed track promoter Ron Krikke, who said the elbows-up style of racing was a throwback to the Sprintcar championships of old.

The in-form David Priolo set the standard early in the time trials before defending champion Jason Kendrick produced the quickest time of the night, despite mechanical concerns surrounding his drive line.

After a torrid Wingless Sprint feature race, the A Main was a stoush between Farrell and Priolo, who entertained the 3000-strong crowd with a game of chase-the-ace for 30 laps.

Only stoppages from back runners slowed the charge down between the two front chargers.

Priolo had a chance to grab the lead on three separate occasions but Farrell held his line and sped away on the final re-start to claim line honours and write his name in the record books.

It was a clear and concise victory and one to savour for the Bunbury Autogroup team.

Kendrick brought his car home in third place and capped off a great night of racing.

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