Pro Mod newbie nabs third
Kevin Bell, dubbed the Busselton Bullet, came third in the final round of the WA Pro Modified State Title on Saturday at Kellerberrin Speedway.
Matt Bosveld, driving the Kalgoorlie Miner, won the race and Damien Birch was second.
Birch had accumulated enough points over the first two rounds to win the State Championship but it was debutant Bell who impressed the crowd.
It was the first time the veteran Super Sedan racer, Bell, had driven a Pro Modified car, made famous in the US.
The cars have no mud flaps or wheel protection with dirt and rocks from the rough Kellerberrin Speedway kicking up into the unprepared Bell’s face under his helmet visor and causing the veteran driver’s eye to bleed.
“We had a stoppage with two laps to go and I thought, toughen up and stay in here and I’ll get a placing,” he said. “When the race was finished I had a rough time trying to get out of the car but the emergency services were there to help and they were great.”
People came from far and wide to compete in the 15-car race with the small town turning out in force for the show.
WA Pro Modified Racing president Greg Ludlow said it was the tyres that made the class so good for traction on the dirt speedways.
“The cars average 100km/h around the speedway, doing 18 second laps on the Kellerberrin dirt track which is pretty tidy for what the cars are,” he said. “We put a Chevy motor in this one last week for Kevin and he jumped in and did really well.”
In an inclusive event aimed at getting more drivers racing safely 17-year-old female racer Jade Mckeagg was named rookie of the day finishing sixth.
“These particular cars are easier to race because you can buy them from America and import it to Australia, we want to grow and develop the sport for future years,” Ludlow said. “There are a lot of categories around Australia, especially in speedway, which are based around Commodores and Falcons which unfortunately aren’t manufactured in Australia any more.”
Pro-modified cars only cost $20,000-25,000 to turn into a complete race car with thousands available from America.
“It’s a very cost-effective car with controlled tyres, controlled ignition boxes and we’re easy on the engine rules with Fords or Chevys or Chryslers legal — it’s really up to you.” Ludlow said.
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