Speedway: Daum claims magic moment at Magic Man 34

Zach Daum leads the field during the Magic Man 34. Picture: Peter Roebuck
Zach Daum leads the field during the Magic Man 34. Picture: Peter Roebuck

AMERICAN driver Zach Daum won one of WA’s most prestigious speedway races on Saturday night at the Magic Man 34.

Daum, from Illinois, was tailed closely by WA favourite Neville Lance but was able to hold on through the 34-lap epic.

He was brought to Australia by the Graham Racing Development outfit and was thankful that he was finally able to produce results.

“They’ve brought me over a couple of times and I hadn’t won a race yet, so I think I was gonna get fired if I didn’t win something soon,” he laughed.

“I’m honoured to win it and I can’t say enough about these guys and to be the last Magic Man.”

The Magic Man 34 race pays tribute to the late Speedcar legend Michael Figliomeni, who died in the pits of Perth Motorplex after a heart attack during a race event.

This year’s 10th anniversary will be the final running of the memorial.

While the AHG Sprintcar Series played a rare second fiddle to the Speedcars, Jason Kendrick was overjoyed to take the win in their own 34-lap ordeal.

David Priolo led the race early but blew a tyre late in the race, allowing Kendrick to take the lead and pass the chequered flag.

“This is an awesome race and it’s a race we always wanted to win,” he said.

“Being the last time the Magic Man 34 is being run, it is awesome to win this for the Figliomeni family who have put so much into the sport and for Michael Figliomeni who was a fantastic racer.”

The Late Models were drawn to an earlier conclusion that other divisions after multiple delays in the feature race, with Jamie Oldfield crowned the victor.