Musarra Magic In Kalgoorlie

by | Dec 15, 2019 | SSA Modified Sedans, WA


Speedway Sedans Australia News

Author : Allan Smallwood SSA Media

Round 2 of the 2019/2020 Civil Hirings WA Modified Sedan Series has been won by Rick Musarra in a thrilling twenty lap feature race at Watson’s Express Kalgoorlie International Speedway last night.

The event which was proudly sponsored by Cranecorp Australia attracted good numbers to the Goldfields venue that will hold this season’s WA Modified Sedan State Title.

The heat racing showed how even Modified Sedan racing can be, with four different drivers recording heat race victories in the first two rounds of racing. Anthony King was the first driver to taste heat racing success, claiming heat one of the night before Branden Fraser would take out heat two from brother Luke.

Rick Musarra added his name to the winners list in heat three, before Hamish Macalpine scored his first heat race win in his old school Cortina. Brendan Selleck would also win a race in the final round of heat racing, while Anthony King would be the only driver to record two separate heat race victories.

Next on the program was the Southern Stump and Mulching Services Shootout. With tricky track conditions greeting the drivers, there were dramas from the beginning, with Luke Fraser’s night coming to a premature end with a clutch issue on board his FG Falcon. From this point, it was one man who stole the show, as Hamish Macalpine wheeled his Cortina around the slippery Kalgoorlie track to defeat Branden Fraser, Brendan Selleck, Rick Musarra and Anthony King. As a result, he earned himself pole position for the final, plus a cash bonus courtesy of Bill and Linda Gibbs from Southern Stump and Mulching Services.

Eleven cars would face green flag for the twenty lap feature race, with Luke Fraser, Blake Jackson and Sam McAuley all coming across mechanical issues throughout the night. Macalpine and King would start from the front row, however it was Rick Musarra that made the first move, as the Modified Sedans went two and three wide around the Kalgoorlie track.

Branden Fraser started to make his charge through the field, as he chased the leader Hamish Macalpine, before the first stoppage of the race saw Sean Theyer spin his Holden Commodore. At this point, Anthony King and Sean Theyer would retire from the event, after just one lap.

When the green lights came back on, Fraser again launched an attack on Rick Musarra for second, as Brendan Selleck made his way into this battle of three. Hamish Macalpine continued to the lead the race, while Paul Stevens battled it out with Allan Mortimer for sixth. The next stoppage would soon come, as Hamish Macalpine clipped the front straight wall, damaging his car and ending his night.

Rick Musarra inherited the race lead and from this point the race was certainly on, with six drivers all battling it out for the lead, including Shane Dubberlin who was applying the pressure to Brendan Selleck for third.

Branden Fraser looked hungry for a feature race win, as he poked the nose on the inside of Musarra on numerous occasions. Brendan Selleck, Shane Dubberlin and Paul Stevens weren’t out of the race, as Allan Mortimer watched on not far behind. Jayke Malcolm and Coby Stevens continued to circulate, having their own battle for the minor places.

With the laps winding down, Fraser continued to harass the back of Musarra’s Holden Commodore, but couldn’t quite find a way past. Paul Stevens now started to make his charge, as he moved into third on the inside of Selleck before making slight contact with Branden Fraser. This allowed Selleck to skip away slightly, as the white flag was on display.

The final lap of the race was a thriller, with six drivers all with a chance of victory. As Musarra, Selleck and Stevens went three wide down the back straight, Paul Stevens and Brendan Selleck would make contact, with the two running wide, leaving the door open for Musarra, Fraser and Allan Mortimer to sneak through and fill the podium positions. Jayke Malcolm found himself in the right position at the right time to finish fourth ahead of Shane Dubberlin, Paul and Coby Stevens and Brendan Selleck.

There is no rest for the WA Modified Sedan Series, as Round 3 of the Series moves to Make Smoking History Collie Speedway next Saturday night, for the round which will be proudly sponsored by Civil Hirings.

A massive thank you must go to Rick and Sara Musarra of Cranecorp Australia, who sponsored Round 2 of the Civil Hirings WA Modified Sedan Series. If you’re in the need for crane hire or any lifting requirements, don’t look past the team at Cranecorp Australia to get your job done right the first time.

Official Result, Twenty Laps- 1. 21 Rick Musarra, 2. 2 Branden Fraser, 3. 74 Allan Mortimer, 4. 23 Jayke Malcolm, 5. 13 Shane Dubberlin, 6. 6 Paul Stevens, 7. 7 Coby Stevens, 8. 3 Brendan Selleck, DNF 00 Hamish Macalpine (8), 51 Anthony King (1), 11 Sean Theyer (1), DNS 41 Blake Jackson, 29 Sam McAuley

The West Australian Modified Drivers Association would like to thank our valued 2019/2020 sponsors for their ongoing support of the WA Modified Sedan Series.

Civil Hirings
Southern Stump and Mulching Services
Blackman Fabrication
Cranecorp Australia
Stevens Ceilings
Performance Lubricants
Albany Truck Hire
Tritech Lubricants
LF Graphics
Speedway Sedans Australia
Cajed Racewear

Article by Mitch Berliner, Photo by Blake Jones Photography