Callum Williamson leads valiant recovery drive but falls further behind in championship standings

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Callum Williamson was running in the top three before a support bar failed at the rear of his car
Camera IconCallum Williamson was running in the top three before a support bar failed at the rear of his car Credit: Bailey O'Dea Photography

Callum Williamson is running out of time in his bid for a third consecutive Sprintcar trophy after championship leader James Inglis claimed victory in round 14 on Saturday.

The Perth Motorplex hosted the TD Granny Flats Silver Cup with Williamson hoping to make further inroads into Inglis’ lead after an impressive charge to third in the previous round.

He started the night strongly claiming third place in his heat before he improved to finish a solid second in the B dash, less than a second off winner Bradley Maiolo.

This qualified Williamson in fourth place starting ahead of Inglis in seventh with Mailo starting on pole.

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Williamson moved into the top three as Trent Pigdon fell backwards from the front row with the leaders already catching the rear of the field by lap four.

On lap seven, Daniel Harding got by Maiolo for the lead as Williamson encountered trouble when an axle support failed and he dropped to the back of the field after requiring repairs.

Luckily the red flag was out due to Kye Scroop and Jaydee Dack, who were involved in an incident on the back straight

At this stage Inglis was tucked back in fifth spot and was slowly moving his way forward.

On lap 22 Inglis moved into third and then on the next restart, he was up to second.

With just a few laps remaining Inglis took the lead over Harding and set up a solid win.

Heading into the round, Inglis had a 16-point series championship lead, but he has now extended that to 24 points.

Williamson led a solid recovery drive from the back of the field to claim 10th place to grab a handful of points and remain in third overall but his gap from the lead has stretched from 32 points to 52 points with just four rounds left.

The series has a two-week break before Round 15 when the Asphalt Recyclers Australia Sprintcar Gold Cup is held at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday, April 1.

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