Last Saturday night saw Wingless Sprints WA celebrate what has been a great 2016-17 season with their annual presentation night, which was held at Golden Ponds in Baldivis.
Along with operating raffles and auctions on the night, with all funds raised going towards the club’s 2020 Australian Championship campaign, Wingless Sprints WA also took the opportunity to honour a number of drivers and club people for their efforts and achievements throughout the season, with Greg Migro, Merv Lowther and Garry Walsh commencing the proceedings by receiving life memberships, sponsored by the club itself.
Photo: Peter Roebuck
It was current and three-time WA Champion Tom Payet who was awarded the first place trophy for the Perth Motorplex Fast Series (Wingless Sprints WA), ahead of Brendon Wedge and Daniel Hartigan, while the top three was mirrored in both the Club Championship (Adtech Computers) and the Country Series (Cutts Engineering), with Hartigan managing to get the edge over his competitors to take first place, with Brad Taylor and Ashley Pittard placing second and third respectively.
Perhaps one of the most prestigious honours, the Driver’s Driver Award (Fellowes Flooring) was presented to Matty Fellowes, as voted by his peers, for his outstanding comradery and likeability, while Dean Gittos was the pleased recipient of the Sportsmanship Award (Trophy West) for demonstrating similar traits.
After displaying strong form during his debut season, Brody Miller was named Rookie of the Year (Ultra Tune Cannington), with Fellowes doubling up, receiving the Most Improved Driver Award (Country Rugs).
In addition to receiving the trophy for the Fastest Lap of the Season (Wingless Sprints WA), with a 17.234 second lap, Hartigan also picked up the Most Feature-Race Wins Award (Wingless Sprints WA), having closed the season with an impressive six victories. At the other end of the spectrum, Dylan O’Connor received the Hard Luck Award (Adtech Computers), after what was a challenging season, while the Crash of the Year (Fellowes Flooring) went the way of Daran Humfrey, following a massive rollover back in April.
Best Presented Car (Wright Racing) was awarded to Taylor, with Garry Walsh picking up Best Presented Crew (Country Rugs), while Rob Trenaman was named Club Person of the Year (Munro Racing) and Wayne Fitzgerald was named Crewman of the Year (SOLO Resource Recovery) for their continued contributions.
The lucky winners of the Kerry Madsen and David Priolo framed photo collages, donated by Richard Hathaway Photography, along with Julie Thompson and Jason Jones, were Kaye Keen and Kenny Hillman.
Photo: Peter Roebuck
A number of other items that were generously donated and auctioned off included a full set of tyres from KeenQuip, a crate of vintage cabernet merlot from Carldenn Wineries and Daran Humfrey, a limited edition Jack Daniels merchandise pack from Brown-Forman, Tom Rogers and Brad Fitzgerald, two floor rugs from Country Rugs and Ewen Fellowes, an engine oil pack from Racin Tyres and Accessories, Brent Vosbergen and Brendon Wedge, shock, cleaning and can racks from Racemate, Peter and Blake Scarey, and Brendon Wedge, and a dinner for two and two family fishing packages from Tony at Golden Ponds.
Wingless Sprints WA would like to thank the owner of Golden Ponds, Tony, and function managers Chris and Jaz, along with all of the volunteers, committee members and sponsors involved for helping to make this season’s annual presentation night a huge success.
Following the Annual General Meeting for Wingless Sprints WA, which was also held over the June long weekend, the club is pleased to announce that the committee for the 2017-18 season will consist of: President Taylor, Secretary Julie Thompson, Vice Presidents Brad Fitzgerald and Fellowes, Treasurer Hayden O’Keefe, Technical Representative Hartigan, General Committee members Payet, Humfrey, Wedge and O’Connor, and Northwest Representatives Karen Matthews (Karratha) and Owen Deboni (Carnarvon).
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