Visiting the Perth Motorplex for the first time, Launceston teenager Jock Goodyer produced a stunning last-lap performance to claim victory.
Coming into the weekend off the back of stellar World Series Sprintcars form, the 18-year-old used the full width of the track to muscle past experienced driver Jason Kendrick in taking the chequered flag.
"It was cool to finally get a win on the mainland and to do it on the last lap," Goodyer told the circuit's website.
"Jason was on the bottom (line) so I needed to try something else to pass him. I thought I would get up there (the high line) and have a crack and it worked out.
"I was making a lot of ground out of turn two which was where I was gaining on Jason."
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Taking out the opening heat before backing it up in the main final, Goodyer travelled to Perth early - before the February 14 world series meet - to get a feel for the bigger tracks, such as the Motorplex and Bunbury.
"I approached this event as going out there and having fun; I knew it would be faster than I was used to."
Contracted as a World Series Sprintcars driver for the first time this season, he started off his campaign with two quicktime awards, soaking up the experience of new crew-chief Glen Beaton.
Having worked with some of Australia's leading drivers including past WSS champions James McFadden and Jamie Veal, Beaton believes Goodyer has some special talents.
"He's a combination of James and Jamie," Beaton said, "because he's relaxed like James out of the race car, and he's smooth like Jamie when he's in the car.
"He's an outstanding talent and I love being able to watch him develop every time he goes on the track, but he's got such a teachable attitude that you know he's constantly learning and listening."
Sitting third in the championship, 483 points behind McFadden and 370 behind Kerry Madsen, the former Riverside High School student holds a dominant 155-point lead in the rookie of the year standings.
Having taken up the sport as somewhat of a late bloomer at the age of 15 despite his family's team competing since he was born, Goodyer has always been thankful for his parents' involvements with father, Darren expressing his pride.
"He's quick... there's no doubt about that, but what makes me proud is how much room he gives other racers and how much respect he shows them," he said.
"He's quiet and doesn't promote himself - I do all his boasting for him.
"Since Glen has come to the team, Jock has been 100 per cent confident every time he hits the track and that's what's made a big difference."
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