Blight returns to the seat after engine woes

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Cameron NewboldGreat Southern Herald
Kye Blight races in Bunbury last month.
Camera IconKye Blight races in Bunbury last month. Credit: Richard Hathaway Photography

Katanning speedway star Kye Blight is keen to return to the driver’s seat after the opening part of his racing season was plagued by engine dramas.

Racing in America during the off-season on a trip with WA’s Paul Stubber, Blight returned to Australian shores but has been unable to make his presence felt on the State scene.

Blight blew the motor in his late model back in October at the Ray Tulk Memorial in Ellenbrook and then worked hard to get back for round 4 of the Late Model Pro Dirt Series in Bunbury on November 9.

The engine woes continued for Blight and his team, blowing the motor up once again.

The 26-year-old is preparing for a busy next couple of months, back racing at the John Day Classic at the Perth Motorplex this Saturday before venturing to the same venue again on Boxing Day for the Christmas Cup.

January will be a crazy month for Blight as he competes in the Late Model National Championship at the Perth Motorplex and vies with a host of Americans in the four-leg USA Invasion Tour as well.

“We have got both motors fixed, so we have an arsenal now,” Blight said.

“We are running two shows at the Motorplex and then it gets real as it’s the USA Invasion Tour and Australian title time.

“We’ve had a really fast car but just haven’t finished the job off with our mechanical issues.

“Really, really want to get us a win at Albany for our sponsors and I love that joint, so that’s our focus.”

The Australian title will be run over two nights on January 8 and 11, which also doubles as the first two rounds of the USA Invasion Tour.

The final two rounds of the USA Invasion Tour will be held at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway on January 18 and 19.

Blight said he had learnt plenty from the trip to the US, where he spent time crewing for Stubber and getting his US racing experience.

He became the first Australian to win a heat at the World 100 event at the famous Eldora Speedway.

“Racing at Eldora was a bucket-list item, but then winning a race at the World 100 there was just something dreams are made of,” he said.

“There are so many really good Aussies have been over and competed, but for me to be the first one to win a race at Eldora was just amazing.”

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