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Port Hedland’s Daniel Oreo flips twice during the titles at Broome Speedway Club on Saturday. Photo: Robert Dougherty
Camera IconPort Hedland’s Daniel Oreo flips twice during the titles at Broome Speedway Club on Saturday. Photo: Robert Dougherty Credit: Robert Dougherty

Motoring enthusiasts raced to Broome Speedway Club for the Roadline Civil Contracting Production Sedan State Titles held on the weekend.

Track-side parking was a scarce commodity with spectators lining the outside of the track to catch a glimpse of about 20 Statewide competitors last Saturday and Sunday.

Manjimup’s Drew Ogle claimed the fastest practice lap, the overall victory and was crowned the new WA champion, as he made his way by qualifying fourth in the 35-lap final.

The former WA Junior Sedan Champion consistently set the fastest laps of the event and took the lead in lap two by gliding around the outside of Beau Riley.

At times Ogle led by a full 10 seconds and set the fastest lap at 20.919 seconds — he would finish the race a clear 6.8 seconds ahead of Rick Musarra and Beau Riley.

Shayne Doust was the first retiree in the feature race on Sunday after spinning out of control on lap five and collecting a large infield tractor tyre; however, the carnage continued in lap 11 with Jack McAuley rolling his car and several other racers suffering flat tyres throughout.

Jack McAuley skids around the Broome Speedway Club track during the WA Production Sedan Titles.
Camera IconJack McAuley skids around the Broome Speedway Club track during the WA Production Sedan Titles. Credit: Robert Dougherty

There were some big crashes during Saturday’s races, with Port Hedland’s Daniel Oreo flipping twice.

“Had a bit of bad luck — we are not 100 per cent (sure what happened), but it looks like it just hit a rut and have gone over, it’s a part of racing,” Oreo said.

“It all happened too quick, it was over and done with before I knew what happened, one moment I was looking forward and the next I was on the roof — probably the biggest (crash) I’ve had, without a doubt.”

Glenn Marsden also surprised spectators after his car lost its back axle mid-race.

Graeme Rafferty, Shayne Doust and Rod Musarra collide during a race during the Production Sedan title on Saturday.
Camera IconGraeme Rafferty, Shayne Doust and Rod Musarra collide during a race during the Production Sedan title on Saturday. Credit: Robert Dougherty

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