Esperance to host final round of sprintcar series

A big crowd is expected at Esperance Speedway this Saturday night for the final round of the 360 Sprintcar Power Series.

Esperance will host the final for the division, on the back of the penultimate round of the series being held at Kalgoorlie Speedway.

The good news is the field is bigger and there are some heavy-hitters in the field who are expecting to take home the trophies. Plenty of attention will be on former local Steven Ford who will return to the track after the 82 machine has been rebuilt.

Ford was involved in a big crash in the start of the feature race at the Perth Motorplex on January 1, forcing a few repairs to be done to the car.

The good news is Ford is back and he is looking forward to a big result in Esperance.

One driver who is likely to challenge for the outright win is Shaun Bradford - one of the hardest charging 360 or 410 sprintcar drivers in the country.

The Bradford Racing 57 has been mixing it up in both divisions this season and he is the only driver in the AHG Sprintcar Series (for 410s) who has won two feature races so far this season.

Expect a big showing from this team. Michael Keen and Daniel Keen are two drivers you can never underestimate

The brothers were at Esperance last year and know how to get around this track fast. They will also be keen to build on the knowledge they gained when racing in America in our last off-season.

One driver who is likely to impress is Tom Payet who has had very limited sprintcar racing experience - but has plenty of speedway experience.

He gained plenty of attention when he raced the #23 at the Perth Motorplex last week and a top five result is definitely not out the question. Jamie Landrigan has been doing the hard yards again this season in the #30 machine and heads in the two nights of racing with strong results.

On January 1 at the Perth Motorplex he was fourth in the final after taking a second and a fifth in the heat races.

Then at the Motorplex on January 14, he was fourth in the final again - on the back of a third and fifth in the heat races.

Landrigan is fourth overall in the season points on 874 points - behind Ben Butcher's 1116, Ray Leonard's 1106 and Tom Hooper's 886.

Butcher and Leonard, from Kalgoorlie have also nominated for the Esperance show.

Esperance nominations:

9 Stephen Adley, 12 Ray Leonard, 15 Michael Keen, 21 Troy Lawson, 23 Tom Payet, 25 Casey Johannson, 27 Robert Watson junior, 29 Thomas Davies, 30 Jamie Landrigan, 40 Jacob Potts, 42 Ben Butcher, 50 Cory Gilpin, 55 Darren Mewett, 57 Shaun Bradfiord, 82 Steven Gord, 90 Daniel Keen