Ray Ferrari has kept his Motorsport Australia WA State Speed Series title hopes alive after beating series leader Jonathan Webb in both rounds over the weekend.
With more than 40 competitors contesting the supersprint double-header at Collie Motorplex, it was a fierce battle at the top of the timesheets as Ferrari and Webb were neck-and-neck for much of the weekend.
Although all eyes were on the series’ title rivals, the return of Cosi Sorgiovanni also added to the drama with the Dallara F3 pilot enjoying success of his own.
Sorgiovanni’s impact on the title race started early as he celebrated his grand return in style with a victory in Saturday’s round on the circuit's long course.
Clocking in 18 laps for the day, the second highest out of all competitors, it took Sorgiovanni just four to stamp his authority on the competition as his 1:10.327 lap time remained unbeaten.
Webb also posted his best time of the day on the fourth attempt and looked set on securing second place with a 1:11.0223 until Ferrari pulled out a shock result on his 14th and final lap, piping Webb for second place by six tenths in the process, as well as being the only other driver apart from Sorgiovanni to go sub one minute and 11 seconds.
On Sunday, the competition moved to the short course and the same top three were at it again, only this time it didn’t take as long for Ferrari to produce his best.
On his eighth lap of the afternoon, Ferrari steered his Speads RM07 to a 44.3618 second lap, while Webb was more than a second off with a 45.442 second lap time.
Both drivers were unable to beat their respective times for the rest of the day with the only change being Sorgiovanni, who managed to secure a runner-up finish, beating Webb by just four hundredths of a second.
Former champion Marcel Every also enjoyed his return to the top with fourth place on Sunday having finished 11th on Saturday.
Heading into the Collie double round, series leader Webb was on 173 points and had a 58-point buffer over Ferrari who was on 115 points.
Following on from the weekend, Webb kept his commanding lead over Ferrari and the rest of the competition, however the latter was able to slightly reduce the gap to 49 points with just three rounds to go.
The battle for the title continues next month with the annual visit to Jack’s Hillclimb on 24 October.