Official release: Valvoline Raceway
Stacy Galliford in action
November 26, 2014
By it’s very nature Speedway racing is loud, dirty and can be a very aggressive environment on the clay track.
Hardened individuals charge hard and take significant risks in their quest for racing glory.
There’s often no quarter given or taken and sometimes the twist of a wheel one foot the wrong direction can result in a huge race accident that can wreck your racecar and change your day significantly.
Some might boldly suggest, given the levels of testosterone, that it’s a man’s world.
But that would be unfair.
And, if you ask the six women competing in this Saturday night’s 2014 NSW Wingless Sprint Championship, completely inaccurate.
For a number of reasons, the Wingless Sprint ranks boast a very high incidence of lady racers, almost all of who are in their late teens or early twenties.
The type of young ladies you might expect to be frocking up in high heels and hitting the nightclubs rather than donning a fire retardant race suit, nomex full body underwear and crash helmet.
The reality is, that Nikki Briton, Mikaela Blyton, Courtney O’Hehir, Ashleigh Jack and Stacy Galliford do that too, but on Saturday night’s they’d rather be mixing it up with the boys on the Valvoline Raceway track then chasing drink specials in the city.
Realistically, most of them were born into the Speedway thing, each having a parent or sibling who raced or still currently races.
Even, yes, a boyfriend also races.
Mikaela Blyton for example has both her brother and her Dad racing against her each night and her boyfriend is rising Sydney Sprintcar hard charger Blake Skipper.
Courtney O’Hehir’s boyfriend Toby Bellbowen is one of the fastest Sprintcar drivers in NSW.
Nikki Briton’s boyfriend Cameron Ware (who used to race until he was injured in a crash) actually grades and prepares the track at Valvoline Raceway – her Dad used to race, her Uncle Brian still does and her granddad Dick Briton is one of the most celebrated champions in the sport’s history.
So it was no surprise to anyone with Nikki expressed a desire to do a little of her own racing.
The girls however are bonafide racers in their own right and any male competitors who treat with them with contempt do so at their own peril.
With 48 cars competing in total Saturday night almost 1/8th of the field are women and there’s a very good chance that one of them may end up either on the podium or with a win.
There won’t be any on-track concessions from the fellas you can be pretty well certain however.
Title favourites include Mark Blyton (Mikaela’s Dad) Adam Hourigan Michael Sammut, Damien Abbott, Sean Mayo, Sean Dicker, Clint McCorquodale, brothers Dean and Jeff Thomas and several others.
It’s a wide-open affair.
In addition to the Wingless Sprints the V8 Super Sedans make their 2014/2015 Valvoline Raceway debut with 16 cars nominated including Newcastle father and son team Bernie and Simon Roberts in their orange and black Carline Mufflers Holden Commodores.
Bernie has been around racing for almost four decades and his son Simon has always been an outstanding kart racer who branched into Speedway like his Dad several seasons ago.
Also on Saturday night’s program will be Litre Sprints, Street Stocks and Fender Benders.
Gates open at 2pm this Saturday afternoon with action starting from 6pm.
All Stars wide open at Sonic Speedway
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series have been clocking up the K’s recently and will add a few more travelling to Swan Hill this Saturday night. RD 3 will be held at Sonic Speedway and everyone is excited about visiting the venue again this season.
“The big 500mtr track will give our cars and another opportunity to run wide open again like they could at Heartland. “This is also the 2nd leg of our ‘King of the River’. Points for the 3 round $1000 bonus will start to take shape at Sonic Speedway.” Mandy Searle says. “We are also having a car display Saturday morning to give locals a chance to check out our race cars and promote the event. This should be pretty cool!”
Currently leading the Series points is Chris Solomon. He will want to increase his lead in the Championship. Sam Putland is running 2nd and will be looking to take out the feature win. 3rd is Scott Bogucki, 4th Harley Bishop and 5th is Brenten Farrer. All hard chargers and all will want to take out naming rights on the A Main.
The list of high profile names continues with Liam Williams, Wayne Logue, Cyclone Solomon, Jimmy Gardiner just to mention a few and they will also be trying to stand on the stage at the end of the night taking out the 1st place trophy.
Young Dion Bellman is again driving for talented car owner Darren Hickman in the ACT40. Bellman shows talent for such a young driver and with Hickman as his mentor will gain knowledge every time he hits the track. Another talented youngster is Corey Lincoln in the V8 Eagle. Lincoln raced most of the series last season after just stepping out of Junior Sedans and certainly has some talent in the winged division.
DAVID HITS THE TARGET
Official release: Valvoline Raceway
November 22, 2014
David Murcott doesn’t get to Valvoline Raceway much but when he does he sure makes it count.
The Australian Sprintcar Champion recorded his first ever win in New South Wales (and naturally Valvoline Raceway) in tonight leading home a stellar field in the 30 lap main event.
Murcott is the second Victorian to score victory in Sydney this season joining Jamie Veal with three successes.
Sam Walsh is the only Sydneysider to win at this point.
“We don’t come here a lot but I’ve always loved racing here and obviously now I love it even more,” grinned the affable Murcott, “the track had a few different options that you could take and fortunately I was able to move the car around a bit to take whatever line we needed.”
Murcott lead home the first of the Parramatta Posse in Troy Little for second, Darwin’s Sydney racing resident Ben Atkinson in third, South Aussie “evergreen” Trevor Green fourth and Sydney hard charger James Thompson rounding out the top five.
“There’s a reason why there’s a number one on that fuel tank,” said Troy Little pointing to Murcott’s car, “that’s why it’s a pretty cool deal for us to run second to him with such a great crowd here tonight.”
Ben Atkinson was disappointed overall even though he made the podium.
“I’m frustrated,” he conceded, “my guys are doing a great job to give me what I need to win and I just can’t get the job done at my end. I’m pleased for our team that we finished on the podium but I know that I should be doing better.”
The hard luck stories of the night came thick and fast, including then race leader Darryl Campbell and rapidly closing Jamie Veal.
Rookie Tom Jeffrey spun coming out of turn four leaving Campbell and Veal nowhere to go with Campbell rolling over and Veal taken out with front-end damage.
At the time Veal had been on a massive charge from the fifth row of the grid and looked almost certain to be headed into the lead.
“You take these things on the chin I guess,” said a dejected Campbell, “we’ll get back in and put on a show as best we can but the car’s pretty beaten up.”
World Series Sprintcars champion Steven Lines was at times lively in the Halls Motorsport #3 KPC and wound up sixth ahead of Robbie Farr in seventh, Sam Walsh eighth, Marty Perovich ninth and Toby Bellbowen tenth.
Bellbowen and his elder brother Roddy were in the wars throughout the night with both rolling over in spectacular fashion in an earlier heat (Toby) and the B-Main (Roddy).
Adrian Maher was eleventh ahead of Max Dumesny, Jackson Delamont, Warren Ferguson Matt Young, Paul Laskaseski and Darryl Campbell the last classified finisher.
DNF’s were Jordyn Brazier, Kelly Linigen, Jamie Veal, Thomas Jeffrey, Jimmy Matchett, Max Johnston (who unfortunately rolled over in turn two) and Bryan Mann.
Jamie Veal convincingly won the B-Main from Toby Bellbowen (who set quick time in the Network Industries Qualifying) Max Johnston and Adrian Maher.
Maher managed to escape a major melee in the B-Main when he made contact with Jack Lee that saw Lee spin up track into the path of the hapless Ryan Davis with numerous cars being involved and DNF as a result.
Danny Reidy was desperately unlucky too being tagged by Lachlan Abbott in turn two of the opening lap, which saw Reidy spin into the path of a rapidly closing in Matt Thomas and Michael Matchett.
Thomas rolled heavily in the #45 car was fortunately unhurt.
Heat wins went to Ben Atkinson, Kelly Linigen (who qualified on the second tow for the A-Main) Steven Lines and Troy Little.
The Pole Shuffle was again a popular affair with some tremendous wing-to-wing action and Darryl Campbell emerging victorious to take pole position in the 30-lap main event.
Mark Attard claimed the C-Main from fellow transferee Guy Stanshall in second place.
The Time Target Late Model main event was a hum-dinger with Todd Bayley putting together a sizzling drive in the #19 car to claim a strong win over Ryan Fenech in second place and Nathan Disney rounding out the podium.
Finishing fourth in his first race back in several years was “The Cisco Kid” Clayton Pyne in Dad Ron’s #9 ahead of fellow second generation racer David Robertson in fifth.
Jeff Searle’s wild green machine was sixth ahead of 17 year old Daniel Cassidy in seventh, Ed Borg eighth, David Doherty ninth, Robert Carrig tenth and Michael Hickey the last placed finishing car.
DNF’s were Katelyn Hickey (who had a bruising night) Scott Haynes, Wade Carter (who was really in the wars tonight) Barry Kelleher and Liam Heaton.
The Late Models put on some stirring racing throughout the night and despite some big crashes entertained the fans with their unique combination of wild cornering and thunderous V8 sounds.
The Mittagong Smash Repairs Legend Car main event was one of the best races in any category in recent memory.
Consistently one of the most entertaining classes on the program each night at Valvoline Raceway the little pocket rockets raced their way into everyone’s hearts with a six-car battle for the lead that lasted for most of the 20-lap final.
James Duckworth brilliantly took out the nail-biting affair from a vastly improved Harley Smee over the always fast Mark Heaton in third, Rob Rawlings fourth, Glen Philpott fifth, Brett Mitchell sixth, Glen Arnold seventh, Warren Maybury eighth, Scott Keane ninth and Clinton McKenzie rounding out the top ten.
The biggest crowd of the season so far packed into the venue to see 59 Sprintcars, 24 Legend Cars, 17 Late Models and a Demolition Derby amongst an atmosphere that was festive to say the very least.
Next Saturday night at Valvoline Raceway the attention turns to the return of V8 Super Sedans and the NSW Wingless Championship, Litre Sprints, Street Stocks and Fender Benders.
Vine and Britten Share the Spoils
Dirt Modified feature race winner Kevin Britten. Photo copyright Chris Metcalf.
Archerfield Speedway Media Releas
In what was a sensational night of racing at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (November 22), Darren Vine (Midgets) and Kevin Britten (Dirt Modifieds) emerged victorious in a pair of thrilling feature races on a track that provided both challenges and opportunities in equal measure. In the Polar Ice Midget Series feature race, Darren Vine withstood a gung-ho charge from Brock Dean that fell short by the barest of margins as the pair raced under the chequer. Michael Harders continued his run of podium results to finish third ahead of Scott Wilson and Troy Ware.
Meanwhile, the Dirt Modified feature was a drama-charged affair in which a frenetic five-car scrap for the lead ultimately resulted in Britten emerging victorious over David Clark and Mark Robinson, but not before Jai Stephenson had put in one hell of drive that ultimately went unrewarded. Veteran Ray Klarich finished in fourth spot, with Steve Verboort again finishing as the best placed Sportsman competitor in fifth position.
Back behind the wheel of his familiar #89, defending Polar Ice Series champion and current points leader Michael Kendall proved too quick in time trials with a best lap of 13.717. Ware, Harders, Vine and Dean were next best.
Vine provided evidence of what was to come when he romped home in the opening heat race before Kendall upped the ante by taking out the next two preliminaries. The final heat race was won by Harders.
The Dash mixed things up a bit when top qualifier Kendall drew a four inversion and handed the front row to Vine and Dean; the latter racing away to take the win and secure pole position for the main event. Vine finished second ahead of Kendall, Harders and Matt Hefford, with Palmer unfortunately flipping out of contention. Despite the best efforts of his crew in getting the car back on track for the feature, Palmer ultimately failed to make the start.
Both Vine and Kendall outpaced Dean at the drop of the green to get the 20-lap feature underway, with Harders consolidating fourth ahead of a fast starting Wilson. Kendall’s challenge ended on lap six when the Kiwi headed infield, giving Vine a momentary respite until Dean closed in. As the race continued, their duel intensified as Dean persisted with an outside run that saw him draw alongside Vine on numerous occasions, unable to make the pass stick. The duo raced wheel-to-wheel for the duration with Vine ultimately holding on for a narrow win. Harders finished almost five seconds clear of Wilson in third, with Ware charging hard to secure a top five finish. Brad Young, Brett Foreman, Reid Mackay and Hefford completed the finishers.
Dirt Modified heat race wins were shared around with Britten, Stephenson, Klarich and Geoff Phillips visiting victory lane. Clark was consistent with runner-up results in his two outings, while Robinson and Andrew Pezzutti also finished inside the top three in each of their starts.
The feature race proved to be something special with no less than four different leaders. Klarich was the early pacesetter until Clark took control on lap three. Stephenson was on a charge though and he quickly zoomed into second and set his sights on the top spot. In his efforts to reel in Clark, Stephenson planted his Big River Steel #45 on the high side of the track and refused to compromise as he slowly but surely edged ever closer to the lead. After a dozen laps, some contact between the pair and several more near misses, Stephenson made the pass stick and assumed control. Just when he looked on track to secure a hard earned victory, Stephenson jumped the cushion in turn four and allowed Clark to surge underneath. With neither driver willing to give an inch, the pair became entangled and brought the race to a halt, with officials relegating Stephenson to the rear and handing the lead back to Clark. However, there was plenty more action to come with Britten pouncing at the restart to depose Clark, who suddenly found himself under pressure from Robinson and Klarich. At the end of a spectacular 25 laps of racing it was Britten, who described the race as “one of the best Dirt Modified races I have seen”, who stood atop the podium, flanked by Clark and Robinson. Klarich was a gallant fourth ahead of Verboort, with Stephenson salvaging a sixth-place finish after deserving a much better result for his efforts. Dallas Czerwinski, Barry Ashen, Paul Crossley and Brian Scott rounded out the top ten.
In the 360 Sprintcar feature, an overly ambitious move from Anthony Vanderreyden on the opening lap left the front row starting Luke Manttan stricken against the fence and out of action. From the ensuing restart, Steve Johnson proved too strong and raced to victory with minimal fuss, his second such success in as many outings. Wayne Lemon snared second spot, while a late race spin by Nelson Reddacliffe ensured Kristy Bonsey secured her first podium finish in third spot. Vanderreyden, Brandon Burrows and Scott Johnson were the only others to go the distance.
Next week at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway will see an open wheel extravaganza featuring round five of the Supercheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship, along with Formula 500’s, Wingless Sprints, Compact Speedcars and Lightning Sprints.
Midgets Set to Thrill Again
Scott Wilson in action at BIS. Photo Copyright Chris Metcalf
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Just two weeks after a fantastic feature race that is still no doubt resonating in the memories of those who witnessed it, the mighty Midgets return to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this weekend for another exhibition of open wheel excitement. Round three of the Polar Ice Midget Series will be decided on Saturday night (November 22), with 18 drivers nominated for the event.
Expatriate New Zealander Michael Kendall, a five-time national champion in his home country and the defending Polar Ice champion, currently leads the series having won both of the opening two rounds in emphatic fashion. Whilst Kendall, back behind the wheel of his familiar Neilson Motorsport #89, will be a very firm favourite when hostilities get underway, there are plenty of others in the field with the experience and equipment to upstage the Kiwi ace.
Look for Michael Harders to execute something special after a great run of results thus far this season. Podium results in the opening two Polar Ice rounds and a sensational drive from 12th to fourth in the Super Series event two weeks ago make Harders a red hot chance this weekend and a feature race win would be a fitting reward.
Of course, his brilliant drive into second spot in the Super Series aboard a brand new car makes Brendan Palmer a massive threat, while Brock Dean, Ken Stanaway and Matt Greenwood, who is making his first appearance for the season, have proven themselves capable of running at the front of the field. However, with the likes of Troy Ware, Darren Vine and Scott Wilson in the field, picking a winner is not easy and the only certainty seems to be that the racing will be sensational
Also on the program this Saturday are the thundering V8 Dirt Modifieds, with Australian champion David Clark on a mission to win back-to-back feature wins at Archerfield. Amongst those seeking to prevent Clark from doubling up are a couple of former national titleholders in Mark Robinson and Andrew Pezzutti. In their first night of racing last month, Pezzutti finished second behind Clark in the feature event, while Lismore-based Robinson is a traditional late starter to the season and will be making his first Archerfield appearance of the season. Other contenders include Kevin Britten, Jai Stephenson, Toowoomba veteran Ray Klarich and former New South Wales titleholder Geoff Phillips, who will also be on track at Archerfield for the first time this season.
After a wild finish to the feature race at their last appearance, look for several drivers in the AMCA National ranks to be hell bent on making amends. Thomas Vickery and Russ Hardy were amongst those involved in the shenanigans that ultimately saw Matt Hardy gifted a win and all three drivers are back to do battle once again. Second generation AMCA pilot Lee McKinnell returns to the fold this weekend, with Steve Price hoping that his engines dramas are finally behind him.
Also on Saturday night’s program are Limited (360ci) Sprintcars, Open Sedans and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.
Polar Ice Midget Series round 3 nominations: Reid Mackay, Jason Bell, Michael Harders, Ken Stanaway, Brock Dean, Troy Ware, Matt Hefford, Darren Vine, Brad Young, Brett Foreman, Brendan Palmer, Corey Stothard, Lance Towns, Matt Greenwood, Michael Kendall, Scott Wilson, Tony Michelle, Wade Hawley
Dirt Modified nominations: David Clark, Murray Flay, Mark Robinson, Kevin Britten, Andrew Pezzutti, Jai Stephenson, Paul Booker, Brian Scott, Dallas Czerwinski, Barry Ashen, Ray Klarich, Paul Crossley, Geoff Phillips, Steve Verboort
For event information and updates visit www.brisbanespeedway.com.au or follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook.
Parr Motorsports Sprintcar Track Championship Grows At Premier Speedway
Having been a part of the Premier Speedway landscape for a number of seasons as the naming rights sponsors of the track championship, in conjunction with GF1 Chassis, Parr Motorsports have once again stepped up to the plate ahead of the 2014-15 season.
In seasons past Adrian and Kim Parr have provided the Sprintcar Track Champion with a magnificent GF1Chassis and Panel Kit. For the 2014-15 season that prize will now consist of a $10,000.00 voucher to Parr Motorsports for the lucky winner of the Premier Speedway Sprintcar Track Championship.
This prize will most definitely go a long way to reducing one teams inventory bill at the completion of the season!
The Premier Speedway Parr Motorsports Sprintcar Track Championship will kick off with the opening night of Sprintcar competition on Saturday November 29, 2014.
In a slight twist to previous years, the Championship will be fought out over 10 nights of competition including the two preliminary nights of the Lucas Oil Grand
Annual Sprintcar Classic.
The final night of competition will be on Sunday April 5, 2015 as part of night three of the Easter Sprintcar Trail as presented by GJ Gardner Homes.
Adrian Parr from Parr Motorsports was excited to once again be a part of the what is shaping up to be a great season of racing at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool this summer.
“Parr Motorsports is thrilled to be able to continue their association with Premier Speedway again supporting the Sprintcar Track Championship for this coming 2014-15 season”, Parr said. “We have found that supporting the Sprintcar Track Championship over the past couple of years has certainly helped promote our name and associated Speedway brands, thus increasing sales”, he added.
“Premier Speedway has for a long time now been the standout track in Australia and it’s on and off track professionalism with the Club’s ongoing facility and track
improvements. Parr Motorsports is again honored and excited to be in some way involved with this great venue”, Parr concluded.
Premier Speedway General Manager David Mills was also excited to be able to announce the increased Track Championship prize.
“To have Adrian and Kim back on board is great for us. To be able to offer a prize to the value of $10,000.00 to our Sprintcar Track Champion will hopefully create plenty of interest and really give the guys and girls who choose to come and race with us something to chase”, Mills said.
So with the formalities in place it is time for business with the Sprintcars set to kick things off on Saturday November 29 when 3YB, Coast FM and McDonald’s
Warrnambool present the opening night of the season.
Tickets for this meeting are available, on-line or they can be purchased from the gate at 4.00pm, on race day. The Modified Production Traders Derby will also be a part of the action.
Lack Races to Round Four Win
Peter Lack races down the backstretch at BIS. Photo Copyright Chris Metcalf
In his first appearance for the season at Archerfield Speedway, Peter Lack stormed to victory in round four of the Supercheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship on Saturday night (November 15). Having qualified on pole position for the main event by virtue of his win in the Lucas Oils Dash, Lack led all 30 laps to finish ahead of David Murcott and Luke Oldfield, both of whom had their chances to snatch the lead in the closing stages.
After a slow start that saw him drop a couple of spots in the early laps, Murcott produced a whirlwind finish to move ahead of Oldfield in the closing stages and secure his second runner-up result in as many weeks. Despite finishing third when a win looked a real possibility at one stage, Oldfield was upbeat during post-race presentations, perhaps quietly confident that a feature race win isn’t too far away given his form so far this season.
The final laps were a blur of cutthroat manoeuvres as Murcott surged forward to relegate Oldfield and loom large in pursuit of Lack; the leaders also having to negotiate lapped traffic on a multi-lane track that remained pacey until the end despite the hot conditions.
Behind the top three came Robbie Farr and Andrew Scheuerle, with young American Cap Henry finishing sixth. Driving David Whell’s Toowoomba Car Wreckers #23, Henry was impressive from the moment he hit the track, timing inside the top five and moving forward in both of his heat races to secure a spot in the Dash and ultimately start the feature alongside Lack on the front row.
Bryan Mann was again showing the pace that carried him from 15th to fourth in the previous round and was running in second spot until a mistake with just eight laps to run saw him shuffled back to seventh ahead of Jame Bricknell, Brent Kratzmann and Mark Pholi. Completing the finishers were Mick Sauer, Matthew Butler, Richard Morgan, Steven Johnson and Dan Murray.
The only interruption came on lap three when Paul Rooks and Kevin Titman both got upside down in turn one, the incident also involving Ben Hilder and confining all three cars to the grass.
Thirty cars fronted for competition and there were surprises in qualifying with Robbie Farr stopping the clock at 11.702 to collect the $100 bonus for KRE Quick Time. Murcott was next quickest ahead of Mann, with Henry, Oldfield and Bricknell rounding out the top six.
The opening heat of the night went to Dan Moes ahead of Rooks and Scheuerle, with Morgan making his first race of the season a winning one when he downed Butler and Lack in heat two.
Heat three went to Brad Ayers in advance of Mann and Johnson, while Pholi outpaced Lack and Scheuerle in heat four.
Kratzmann was on track for an easy win in heat five until headed infield with just two laps remaining, enabling Dave Fanning to collect his first win since making the step up from Lightning Sprints. Murray and Bricknell filled the minor placings.
The final heat of the night went to Titman in advance of Johnson and Murcott.
The draw for the starting order in the Lucas Oils Dash proved fruitful for Lack, who selected pole and subsequently led throughout to defeat Henry, Murcott, Mann, Farr and Oldfield.
Having narrowly avoided heavy contact with the concrete when squeezed for room whilst launching his first bid for the lead in the East Coast Logistics B Main, Kratzmann surged around the outside of Morgan in the same spot on the next lap to take control and clear away from the field. Morgan remained in second spot while the battle for the final transfer spots heated up as the laps wound down. In the end it was Murray and Johnson who advanced, denying Anthony Lambert, Moes and the rest a place in the main event.
At the start of the feature event, Lack shot to the front as both Mann and Oldfield quickly moved ahead of Henry. The only interruption came on lap three when Paul Rooks and Kevin Titman both got upside down in turn one, the incident also involving Ben Hilder and confining all three cars to the grass. The only interruption came on lap three when Paul Rooks and Kevin Titman both got upside down in turn one, the incident also involving Ben Hilder and confining all three cars to the grass. Having slipped back to fifth spot at the start, The only interruption came on lap three when Paul Rooks and Kevin Titman both got upside down in turn one, the incident also involving Ben Hilder and confining all three cars to the grass. The only interruption came on lap three when Paul Rooks and Kevin Titman both got upside down in turn one, the incident also involving Ben Hilder and confining all three cars to the grass. it wasn’t until lap 21 that Murcott started to regain lost ground, moving ahead of Henry. When Mann erred on the following lap, Murcott was now back to third and closing in on Oldfield, who had actually edged ahead of Lack for one brief moment. As the trio hit turn one for the final lap, Murcott surged underneath Oldfield and looked like he might go to the front. However, Lack held firm and charged to the chequer for an impressive win.
When pre-race favourite and opening round winner Kurt Wilson headed infield after just two laps, Jim Kennedy was untroubled in winning round two of the CRS Electric Lightning Sprint Series. Sean Hill filled the runner-up berth ahead of Michael Gollagher, with Kirsty Kelly bouncing back strongly from a rollover earlier in the night to snare fourth ahead of Wade Pascoe.
Neil Howard encountered little resistance in the 15-lap Wingless Sprint feature, leading throughout to defeat Gary Thorne, Adam Butler, Brant Chandler and Mitch Gowland.
NATHAN NOTCHES UP ANOTHER ONE
Official release: Valvoline Raceway
November 15, 2014
Nathan Smee’s dominance of the Speedcar racing at Valvoline Raceway continued tonight with another stirring victory in the 25-lap main event.
Driving his lethal #7 Race Safety Equipment Spike Smee quickly blazed his way through from the back of the field to be literally unchallenged for the majority of the feature.
“I blew it in qualifying,” he conceded from the podium, “it was my fault entirely with a gearing choice that didn’t work but we were able to get the set up right just now and I’m pleased for everyone that works on this deal that we could get another win.”
Trailing home Smee in second was a disappointed yet determined Matt Smith.
“We were fast all night but missed the set up in the feature,” he mused, “I gave Nathan too much of a head start and he got through and drove a good race. It was always going to be tough to catch him.”
Smith endured a titanic struggle with Sydneysider Troy Jenkins before eventually claiming second over Jenkins’ third.
“The track was fast tonight, you could really run it in there on the cushion or even run the low line and be quick. I had a good battle with Smithy just then and a podium finish is a good result for our team. I can’t wait for the Pro Series here in December.”
Smee too, although originally planning to race in NZ in early December, is keen to hang around for the Pro Series event on December 6.
“Originally we were going to be away but we’ve postponed the New Zealand trip for a week so we can run against the Pro Series guys. It seems like Dayne Kingshott is the guy to beat so I’m keen to take him on around here.”
Goulburn teenager Brayden Wilmington put together his best VR drive to date with a strong fourth place (he led early) ahead of West Aussie Dean Merrylees in fifth, Dean Meadows sixth, Reid Mackay seventh, Cam Restall eighth and Alan Day rounding out the finishing nine.
DNF’s were recorded by Michael Stewart, Rob Mackay, Aidan Corish, Pierce Lehane, Richard Malouf, Gavin Gay, Bob Jackson and Andy Hassan.
Earlier in the night Newcastle racer Matt Hunter rolled his car in turn three when he rode the wheel of another car on the back straight and ended up cage down.
Hunter was OK but his night was ended.
The Litre Sprint main event was won by AJ McTaggert in a commanding performance to lead home Paul Freeman in second place and Shane Cooper third ahead of Robert Taylor in fourth, sixteen year old Matt Geering fifth, Matt Reed sixth and Richard Meyers rounding out the finishers in seventh.
DNF results were Jordan Binskin, David Atwood, Sean Barnett and Stephen Broadley.
The AMCA Nationals main event was a tense affair marred by a spectacular rollover crash with a difference.
Robert Chant wound up upside down with Greg Deahm launching off him into a spiral with cars spraying in all directions to avoid the carnage.
On first inspection it appeared that Chant’s car was a complete write-off but fortunately Chant himself was not injured.
Charismatic Darwin racer Rafael “Spano” Gutierrez went on to collect the hard fought win but not without a serious amount of pressure from Darrell Kime in second and James Deahm third.
Pete Markulin came home fourth ahead of Joe Batch in fifth, John Markulin sixth, Malcolm Driscoll seventh, Peter Allen eighth, Wayne Simpson ninth and Tania Craig rounding out the finishing ten.
A long list of DNF’s included John Upston, Raymond Kime, Chris Griffith, Wes Rose, Nathan Monkhouse, Glen Kenny, Robert Chant and Greg Deahm.
Bradley Giffen dominated the Legend Car competition and scored the 20 lap main event win for the second consecutive occasion over a spirited Glen Philpott in second place, Rob Rawlings third, Brett Mitchell fourth and Mark Heaton fifth.
Stuart Bond was a lively sixth place over Steve Mclintock seventh, Greg Morris eighth, Warren Maybury ninth, Bruce Alderson tenth, Clinton McKenzie eleventh, Paul Jones twelfth, Brad Mock thirteenth, Chris Peterson fourteenth, Linden Martin fifteenth, Shane Chippendale sixteenth and Greg Davis seventeenth.
DNF’s were Scott Keane, Harley Smee and Glen Arnold.
The Legend Cars ran a 10-lap post final race with Mark Heaton collecting the win.
Rhys Marchant was a jubilant victor in the 20 lap Micro Sprint main event having been the form driver all night over Mitch Isaacs in second place, Michael Cassar third, Graeme Porter fourth and Brett Sainsbury fifth.
Jason Summers came home in sixth over Lachlan Isaacs seventh, Marcus Gibbins eighth and DNF’s being registered by Jake Marchant and Paul Curran.
Next Saturday night sees the Sprintcars return for the fifth round of the Sydney Premiership with Late Models, Legend Cars and a Demolition Derby also on the program.
All Stars geared up and ready to rock the Bridge
“Finally we are about to kick off the 8th season of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series at Murray Bridge Speedway this Sat night – Nov 8th.” says Mandy Searle Series Promoter. “I have been counting the sleeps this week and can’t wait to see all our old teams, meet our new teams and be back at Murray Bridge again for our opening night.”
With a star studded field of top 360 competitors and a few top 410 competitors joining forces the crowd are guaranteed exciting racing. Defending Series Champ & reining Australian 360 Champion Chad Ely will be looking for a win to kick off the start of the series. Tony Bartlett has joined forces with Scott Bogucki this season to run the Series in the Bartlett’s Auto SA75. Bartlett is returning s to the Series as a contracted car after a couple of seasons off and joining forces with the young hard charger of Bogucki will be a great addition to the series. Bogucki confidence will be high after winning the Masters last Saturday night in Adelaide.
Throw in hard charger SA14 Brendan Quinn who has been swapping engines between a 360 & 410 for the start of this season, V7 Paul Solomon & V83 Chris Solomon are back on board the Series for the season after Paul raced in the States for 3 months during the offseason.
SA83 Shannon Barry has also locked into the Series and after sorting out some engine gremlins at his opening show in Adelaide the other weekend will be keen for a confidence boost at Round 1. The ACT15 team of Harley Bishop & John Butler will also make the trip over. Bishop ran only selected shows last season and is hoping for a positive start to the Series.
Young gun Sam Putland is another to lock into the Series as a contracted car in the #SA71. Putland spend some time in the States during the off season crewing on the Brady Bacon team and is sure to bring some expertise to the team from the experience he has gained.
‘Farmer’ Phil Lock is backing up for his 8th season with the Series. Locks dedication to the series has to be admired with the team only missing 1 show since the Series started. Another youngster and much improved Daniel Evans’s SA44 will want to take out the A Main win after leading the Mayor’s Cup recently for the majority of the race only to have driveline issues take the win from him. Brenten Farrer, Craig Vandersteldt, Shane Hendry , Wayne Logue, Rory Button - the list goes on it really is an All Star studded field of racers geared up for Round 1.
With the usual All Star, posters, driver autograph signing it will be lots a family fun.
On track action starts from 5.00pm – Murray Bridge Speedway, S.A
Australian Champion, Dave Murcott, to set the field alight during 2014/15 WSS
Nov 6, 2014
World Series Sprintcars management is pleased to announce that the Australian Sprintcar Champion, Dave Murcott, will be a contracted driver in this season’s World Series Sprintcars.
The timing is perfect for Murcott to throw his hat into the World Series Sprintcars ring, following an impressive 2013/14 season.
Driving for Horrell Motorsport, both Murcott and Horrell are raring for the season to kick-off.
“We’re extremely excited about the opportunity of being a contracted team this season,” said Horrell Motorsport owner, Dave Horrell.
“Racing against the top sprintcar drivers around Australia is something we’re really looking forward to.
“Dave Murcott has been driving for Horrell Motorsport for 5 years now, and it’s great that he’s representing the team in the upcoming World Series Sprintcars season.”
Recently, the reigning Australian Sprintcar Champion took out the opening round of the Sprintcar Track Championship at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway – Murcott will be looking to carry his current extraordinary form into the upcoming World Series Sprintcars season.
“Without the fantastic support of our sponsors - Mainline, Dynolog, Dynamometer, Vortex Express, Sprint Shack, Eastcoast Logistics, Oval Express, and Power Plus Fuels – this would not be possible,” continued Horrell.
“Both Dave Murcott and I are looking forward to representing our sponsors this season, and we hope to have a great WSS campaign battling the best drivers around the nation.”
The announcement of the Australian National Sprintcar Champion is a major coup for World Series Sprintcars 2014/15.
The 28th annual World Series Sprintcars Championship kicks-off on Friday 26 December at Speedway City in South Australia. Stay tuned to www.worldseriessprintcars.com.au for all the latest news regarding the series - including the full roster of contracted drivers, as they are announced.
PEZZUTTI STEALS LISMORE WIN
LISMORE, NSW (November 2, 2014): Andrew Pezzutti may have only lead 2 laps in the V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayors Cup at the Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway on Saturday night (Nov 1), but they were the 2 laps that counted, with the former Byron Bay local recording a popular win in the traditional Lismore season opener.
After hounding long-time race leader Kevin Britten for the previous 23 laps, a lapped car presented Pezzutti with the opportunity he needed, making a decisive move for the race lead with just a pair of laps remaining.
"That racetrack tonight you just had to hang in there" offered Pezzutti post-race. "Kevin was driving a good race out front there and I knew my only chance was going to be lapped traffic. I just sat there, sat there, sat there and I could see the lapped car coming up. I actually set myself up to round Kev up on the outside but I went backwards, that was about 3 laps to go. Fortunately for me, Kevin tried the same move (going high) and it worked to my benefit. Sometimes you are better off running second in those occasions"
A disappointed Britten held on for second, after moving past early race leader Mark Robinson with five laps in the books and dominating the race for all but the final two laps.
"To be honest the car was awesome" said Britten. " It was driving around wherever I wanted to put it but then we came up to a lapped car at the end and I go to go high and the lapped car slides up, but what can you do. We'll just come back next time and try a bit harder"
Reigning Australian Champion David Clark completed out the podium, with Dallas Czerwinski & Phil McNamara rounding out the top five. Murray Flay was the first Sportsman competitor home in ninth.
It was a tough night for a number of competitors, with tyre choice seeing pole-sitter Mark Robinson fading to an uncharacteristic eighth place finish in the 30-lap main event, while rookie Trent Scofield (engine), Jai Stephenson (engine) and Grafton's Andrew Firth (major front end damage) unable to take their place in the final.
In earlier action, Stephenson, Pezzutti, Clark & Britten all took out heat race wins, with David Clark taking out the Dash.
V8 Dirt Modifieds make their next appearance at the Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway on Boxing Night (Dec 26) for the annual Mr Modified event.
2014/2015 LORD MAYORS CUP FEATURE (30 LAPS) 1ST Andrew Pezzutti, 2nd Kevin Britten, 3rd David Clark, 4th Phil McNamara, 5th Tony Dunn, 6th Ray Eggins, 7th Brent Hall, 8th Mark Robinson, 9th Murray Flay, 10th Dallas Czerwinski, 11th Steve Verboort, DNF: Paul Booker, Barry Ashen, Ray Klarich.
Bradford wins the battle
Shaun Bradford survived the carnage and drama to win round two of the AHG Sprintcar Series at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.
He won the 25-lap race from Ryan Farrell and Trent Pigdon in a feature race that had an abnormally high number of red-light stoppages and a power outage that delayed the racing for some time.
Turn 1-2 became a bit of a Bermuda triangle with car after car going over in the same spot.
Jake Beard-Miller was the first casualty on the first lap, two laps later it was Troy Lawson and the third victim was Lee Nash.
Out in front the racing was intense between David Priolo and Farrell with neither prepared to give an inch before Farrell got the upper hand.
Mark Wells rode a rut in pits bend and went over for another stoppage and seconds later the venue was in darkness with a major power outage.
After the lights came back on Scott Reilly was the next victim in turn 1-2 before major contact between Jeff Leisk and Carl Dowling.
Priolo tried a daring move on the back straight on Farrell at midrace distance but it didn’t stick and he rode up the back of Callum Williamson’s 73 before sliding infield. Williamson was lucky to keep going.
Bradford was working his way forward and once he got the job done on Farrell he was able to pull away to claim the win by 1.654 seconds.
Cameron Gessner and Jamie Maiolo were sent to the rear during one of the restarts for illegal passing but Maiolo refused and was disqualified from the event.
Feature: 1st Shaun Bradford, 2nd Ryan Farrell, 3rd Trent Pigdon, 4th Callum Williamson, 5th Daniel Harding, 6th Daryl Clayden, 7th Kye Scroo, 8th Jason Kendrick, 9th Ryan Lancaster, 10th Robert Watson junior, 11th Daniel Keen, 12th Cameron Gessner. DNF: Shane Norris, David Priolo, Jeff Leisk, Carl Dowling, Scot Reilly, Mark Wells, Lee Nash, Troy Lawson, Bradley Maiolo, Jake Beard-Miller. DNS: Sean Zemunik. DQ Jamie Maiolo.
American Engine given green light by V8 dirt modifieds
BRISBANE, QLD (October 30, 2014): Dirt Modifieds Australia have taken another step towards aligning with their American counterparts, announcing that a 358-cubic inch 'spec head' engine has been approved for competition. The engine will be identical to those sanctioned by DIRTcar, the premier Dirt Modified sanctioning body in the United States.
While the new engine will not replace the current engine specifications, Dirt Modifieds Australia (DMA) President Garry Wathen expects that it will become a popular choice amongst competitors.
"What we have tried to do is to identify an engine that is cost-effective, readily available and suitable for V8 Dirt Modified competition and the 358 'spec head' engine exactly as they race in America is the logical choice" said Wathen. " I know there are current V8 Dirt Modified competitors and people from other divisions who have been waiting for us to make a decision and I really think that we have made a very smart choice for the future of the division.
The engine feature's a controlled Brodix cylinder head, controlled intake manifold, wet sump and are rev-limited to 7,600 RPM.
"We are in the process of finalising a technical update which will contain the specifications" confirmed Wathen. " I am expecting that to be complete in the coming fortnight and then it's a matter of waiting for them to hit the track"
"I would like to acknowledge the work of the 358-committee, and in particular Rob McNamara, who has done alot of work over the past two years to get to this point. We certainly know alot more now than we did when we started, there have been some disagreements along the way, but aligning ourselves with the most popular 358 engine specification in American Dirt Modified competition is a sound move".
Competitors interested in learning more about the 358 engine option are asked to contact the Chairperson of the National Committee Jane Britten on 0412 773 029 or email email@example.com.
For more information on V8 Dirt Modifieds, check out www.v8dirtmodifieds.com.au
VEAL CREATES HISTORY AT VALVOLINE RACEWAY
Jamie Veal tonight became the first Victorian to ever win three consecutive Sprintcar main events at Valvoline Raceway.
The 26 year old started his SWI Engineering / Lucas Oils Maxim from the front row alongside Max Dumesny in the 30 lap main event and waged a spectacular battle with the wily veteran for much of the race.
It was only when the two almost made contact in turn three and Dumesny looped the Valvoline #5 Maxim that the energy went out of what was an absorbing battle.
The win was far from easy for the Warrnambool tear-away however as Sydney hard charger Troy Little stepped up to the plate and made his own play for the number one position.
Little would eventually, and ironically, run over his own exhaust and cut down a tyre within sight of the chequered flag but Veal’s victory was sealed even with a motor that was slightly down on horsepower.
“It’s great to get the win tonight but we’ve been chasing some problems all night and we never really got on top of them. The boys hardly saw a race because we were trying to get this thing sorted. We’ll be back on November 22 and try and get our fourth in a row.”
Darryl Campbell was thrilled to run second after being top four for most of the race.
“Anytime you can get on the podium with Jamie Veal and Robbie Farr you’re doing well I guess. We’ll take it. I’m pleased for our guys and I hope the fans enjoyed the show,” Campbell smiled.
For Robbie Farr third place was not what he had originally intended but still a significant result all things considered.
“When we crashed in the dash I was sure we were going to get upside down,” he conceded, “any time you get into trouble like that and somehow get away with it and then come away with top three in the main event it’s not so bad I guess.”
Marty Perovich recorded his best result for the season with a strong fourth place ahead of the consistent Danny Reidy, the improved Kelly Linigen, James Thompson, Toby Bellbowen (who was in the motor wars all night and even caught fire in the Dash) the improved Sam Walsh, Ben Atkinson (who came from well back on the grid) Warren Ferguson, Grant Tunks, Max Dumesny (who pedaled back to thirteenth from the rear on the restart) Jordyn Brazier, Matt Dumesny, Jackson Delamont, Troy Little, Garry Rooke, Max Johnston, Alex Orr and Jack Lee.
DNF’s for the main event were Paul Jeffrey, Jeremy Cross and Luke Nash.
The B-Main was won by Jeremy Cross over fellow transferees Warren Ferguson, Grant Tunks and Garry Rooke.
The C-Main saw victory for Guy Stanshall.
Jamie Veal scored another Network Industry Quick Time award with a 12.436s lap over Warren Ferguson, Marty Perovich, Toby Bellbowen and Jordyn Brazier rounding out the fifth quickest cars.
Jamie Veal won the A-Dash and Max Dumesny the B-Dash.
The Legend Car racing was extremely entertaining with Country Music star Adam Brand once again showing his versatility in swapping the microphone for a race suit and surprising many of his more experienced rivals.
Though he crashed out in the A-Main whilst pushing for a top ten result the loveable recording artist won the respect of the fans and his rivals in a triumphant return to his roots at Valvoline Raceway.
The main event was fantastic with Bradley Giffen scoring victory in the 20-lap affair over a snarling pack of Robbie Rawlings in second, Brett Mitchell third, Greg Farrugia fourth, Brayden Willmington fifth, Todd Davey sixth, Paul Jones seventh, Michael Cook eighth, Bruce Alderson ninth and Warren Maybury rounding out the top ten.
Darrell and Raymond Kime celebrated a father-son 1-2 result in the AMCA National main event over a determined drive from Mitch Randall (who led most of the race) in third, John Upston fourth, Nathan Monkhouse fifth, Peter Hall sixth, Glen Kenny seventh, Greg Deahm eighth, Wayne Simpson ninth and Tania Craig tenth.
Next Saturday night, November 1, sees the running of the prestigious Speedcar Gold Cup where Nathan Smee seeks a rare hat trick of consecutive main event wins.
Late Models, Wingless Sprints, Street Stocks and Formula 500’s will also be on the program.
Farrell scores win in sprint car return
RYAN Farrell’s return to sprintcar racing has been a triumphant one, claiming the opening round of the 2014-15 AHG Sprintcar Series from Jamie Maiolo, Cameron Gessner, Mark Wells and Carl Dowling at the Perth Motorplex on Tuesday night.
Farrell started on pole for the 25-lap feature race and was the early leader from Jason Kendrick and Shaun Bradford before Troy Lawson went over in pits bend for the first red light situation of the season.
Five laps further in Callum Williamson rolled in a similar spot.
Bradford, who was hovering around fourth place, dropped back a few spots midrace distance as Daniel Keen slowed up, forcing a restart around the same time.
Bradford eventually dropped back to finish 11th.
The pace for the top six drivers for much of the race was unbelievable, particularly as they muscled around lapped traffic in the latter stages.
Kendrick dipped his nose under Farrell to signal his intentions with five laps remaining but Farrell was up for the challenge.
On the last lap Kendrick powered around the outside of Farrell on the back straight on the last lap but as they approached the arc they made contact, ripping the front left wheel off the #92 entry.
The field regroup for a two-lap showdown and Farrell held on to take the popular win.
Dowling, who started ninth, attempted a move on Wells for fourth in the dying stages but had to settle for fifth.
AHG SPRINTCAR SERIES RESULTS, Rd 1 Perth Motorplex, October 21:
Qualifying 1: Shane Norris 15.315, Mark Wells 15.696, Daniel Harding 15.839, Jason Boland 16.041, Callum Williamson 16.539. Qualifying 2: Ryan Farrell 14.980, Jamie Maiolo 15.018, Cameron Gessner 15.099, Lee Nash 15.182, Carl Dowling 15.223, Jake Beard-Miller 15.517. Qualifying 3: Shaun Bradford 14.567, Ryan Lancaster 14.779, Bradley Maiolo 14.924, Daniel Keen 15.004, Scot Reilly 15.214, Troy Lawson 15.604. Qualifying 4: Jason Kendrick 14.396, Jeff Leisk 14.499, David Priolo 14.534, Kye Scroop 14.750, Daryl Clayden 14.833.
Heat 1: Carl Dowling, 2nd David Priolo, 3rd Daryl Clayden, 4th Cameron Gessner, 5th Daniel Keen, 6th Ryan Farrell, 7th Mark Wells, 8th Ryan Lancaster, 9th Jason Kendrick, 10th Troy Lawson, 11th Jason Boland.
Heat 2: 1st Scott Reilly, 2nd Callum Williamson, 3rd Kye Scroop, 4th Lee Nash, 5th Bradley Maiolo, 6th Shaun Bradford, 7th Daniel Harding, 8th Jamie Maiolo, 9th Jake Beard-Miller, 10th Shane Norris, 11th Jeff Leisk.
Heat 3: 1st Ryan Farrell, 2nd Shaun Bradford, 3rd Mark Wells, 4th Cameron Gessner, 5th Jeff Leisk, 6th Bradley Maiolo, 7th Carl Dowling, 8th Scott Reily, 9th Kye Scroop, 10th Jason Boland.
Heat 4: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Shane Norris, 4th David Priolo, 5th Callum Williamson, 6th Ryan Lancaster, 7th Troy Lawson, 8th Jake Beard-Miller, 9th Lee Nash, 10th Daniel Keen. DNF: Daryl Clayden and Daniel Harding.
Feature: 1st Ryan Farrell, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Cameron Gessner, 4th Mark Wells, 5th Carl Dowling, 6th Bradley Maiolo, 7th Jake Beard-Miller, 8th Scott Reilly, 9th Ryan Lancaster, 10th Lee Nash, 11th Shaun Bradford, 12th Jeff Leisk, 13th Daniel Harding.
Rd2: Magic Man 34 – Perth Motorplex, Saturday, November 2, 2014.
BRAND RETURNS TO HIS RACING ROOTS
October 21, 2014
Before he became a celebrated country music recording artist with a dozen Golden Guitar awards and over 500,000 album sales, Adam Brand raced a Speedway car.
And loved it.
Brand raced his tiny quarter midget car around the dirt ovals in WA wherever he could drag it to, and spent most of his youth (as thousands of West Aussies also did) watching in awe on Friday nights at the now defunct Claremont Speedway.
It’s not unfair to suggest that he dreamed of motor racing greatness, but the burning desire to write and perform music for a living pulled him in a slightly different direction.
To a different, but not a remotely different, location.
Moving to Sydney in 1997 where he began working on his debut self titled album (that would ultimately net him three Golden Guitars) Brand rediscovered his love of Speedway with regular visits to Parramatta Speedway.
He also made a connection with a fellow West Australian in Wade Aunger who was announcing at the Speedway and the pair collaborated on a song that would become the most recognized anthem in the sport’s history throughout many corners of the world – Dirt Track Cowboys.
It remains as one of Brand’s most popular live songs.
Over the years Adam has raced in the V8 Ute Series, the Suzuki Swift Series in The Shannon’s Nationals and driven many and varied Speedway cars at the insistence of fan/racers at the time.
“I get in and have a skid whenever I can,” he grins, “there’s nothing like it. If my music career hadn’t taken me on this path I’d definitely be out there somewhere racing something. Speedway is in my blood and it’ll never go away.”
It might not ever have to.
As long as there are people like Valvoline Raceway and the Speedway Legend Car Association to coerce him (not too hard mind you) into having a blast around the Speedway this Saturday night.
“I drove a legend car in 2012 and it was amazing,” recalls Brand, “they’re so light, so nimble and so quick. I was hooked from the minute I drove into the first corner. It’s been two years since then and I’m just as excited about racing this Saturday night. I can’t wait.”
This Saturday is by no means his only foray on the clay either, with the possibility of several other drives this season.
“I’m definitely talking with the Legend Car people about racing more often,” he promises, “this is far too much fun not to do it as often as my touring will allow.”
Brand will be plunged directly into the field of regular Legend Car racers at Valvoline Raceway in Parramatta when they support the third round of the Sydney Sprintcar Track Championship where Victorian racer Jamie Veal is attempting to make history.
Veal, if he wins, will become the first Victorian to ever win three consecutive main events at the Parramatta venue that has been regarded as the national home of Sprintcars in Australia since the 1980’s.
“I think we can do it,” explains Veal, “we have a good handle on the track right now and the car is running beautifully. I feel confident that we can give the hat trick a real shot. It’d be cool to have that kind of record on your resume for sure.”
History is by no means assured however with a crack field of NSW and visiting interstate stars desperate to prevent the 26 year old from breaking the record.
Currently the top 20 in points for the Track Championship is as follows:
Driver State Points
Jamie Veal VIC 508
Danny Reidy QLD 486
Ben Atkinson NT 482
Matt Dumesny NSW 472
Max Dumesny NSW 472
Robbie Farr NSW 472
Toby Bellbowen NSW 472
James Thompson NSW 464
Marty Perovich NSW 452
Roddy Bellbowen NSW 448
Max Johnston NSW 446
Andrew Wright NSW 442
Trevor Green SA 442
Jeremy Cross NSW 439
Ryan Davis VIC 438
Kelly Linigen NSW 434
Darryl Campbell NSW 431
Steve Caunt NSW 418
Sam Walsh NSW 416
Jordyn Brazier NSW 411
SMEE SMOKES TO SPEEDCAR MAIN EVENT WIN AT VALVOLINE RACEWAY
Official release: Valvoline Raceway
October 18, 2014
Nathan Smee was a dominant victor for the second week in succession as he cleared out and won the 20-lap Speedcar main event at Valvoline Raceway tonight.
Smee took the American Tyre and Racer #7 SPIKE to almost every square centimeter of the hooky VR surface as he put on a racing clinic to lead home exciting Newcastle newcomer Matt Hunter in second place and Jamie McKinlay third.
“We tried a few really different things with our set-up tonight and most of them worked pretty well,” he conceded from victory lane, “some of the changes we might not try again but the track was really hooky tonight and we were able to race the car pretty well anywhere. Full credit to the track team for a great track.”
The main event was marred by a spectacular rollover for Matt Jackson as he rode McKinlay’s wheel with two laps to go and flipped numerous times into turn three.
A remarkably composed Jackson emerged from the wreckage to thank the fans, thank his team and take responsibility for a ‘move that wasn’t going to work’.
Rounding out the remaining finishers in the Speedcar main event were Aiden Corish in fourth, Dean Meadows fifth, Brayden Willmington sixth, Brett Morris seventh, Anthony Collins eighth and Alan Day ninth.
DNF’s were Matthew Jackson, Troy Jenkins, Pierce Lehane and Bob Jackson.
The Wingless Sprint main event went the entire 20-lap distance without a stoppage and saw Dean Thomas collect a hard-fought win in one of the most entertaining races of the night.
“It’s great to get a win here after we wrecked the open Sprintcar on opening night,” Thomas grinned from the podium, “we were able to get past Clint (McCorquodale) with a couple of laps to go and never looked back. You’ve got to take these wins any way you can get them.”
Thomas took the win from Sean Mayo in second place, McCorquodale (who hooked the cushion in turn three and ran wide after leading for most of the race) third, Mark Blyton fourth, Damian Abbott fifth, Nathan Dicker sixth, Jeff Thomas seventh after winning the B-Main, Brian Briton eighth, Marshall Blyton ninth and Jason Bates tenth.
In all 22 finished the main event with the only DNF’s being Mark Garey and Michael Sammut.
Eleventh was Mikaela Blyton followed by Daniel Sayre, Adam Hourigan, Peter Granger, Ashleigh Jack, Courtney O’Hehir, Michael Gray, Sean Dicker, Nikki Briton. Rachel Neve, Graham Flood and Troy Carey.
The Street Stock main event was a nailbiter with Newcastle mum of two Kiona Sunerton almost stealing the win from dominant leader Brett Cotton.
The pair raced neck and neck for the last two laps with Cotton only just getting the nod as the chequers flew on the 20 lap A-Main.
“I saw her (Sunerton) on the outside of me in turn two and again in turn four and I thought you’re going to have to earn this if you want it girl,” laughed Cotton with his winner’s trophy.
Third place in a hotly contested podium was Ian Harris ahead of Denis Pana in fourth, Lindsay Cornwall fifth, Joel Carrington sixth, Michael Butt seventh, Charlie Dodson eighth, Rob Vide ninth, Max Cotton tenth and Kevin Birch eleventh.
DNF’s were Andrew Espener, Stephen Sharpe, Braydon Ford and Troy Dawes.
The next night of the season is next Saturday night October 25 with the third round of the Sydney Sprintcar Premiership as Victorian Jamie Veal seeks to win a hat trick of main events.
Country Music star Adam Brand will race a legend car in a big field of cars from the category and AMCA Nationals will also be on the program.
LEADFOOT LOVERS LINE UP FOR SPEEDWAY BATTLES
Sydney Speedway drivers Toby Bellbowen and Courtney O’Hehir share more than one thing in common, but it’s their need for speed that binds the two lovebirds together each summer.
The twenty year old thrill seekers, who have known each other since they first met at the Speedway as 9 year olds, have been ‘on again and off’ again partners for the last four years.
“It’s hard sometimes,” admits Bellbowen, “because there’s so much time you need to spend just preparing and maintaining Sprintcars that it doesn’t leave much time for socializing. If you want to succeed in this sport you really need to make as much effort as you can on keeping your racecar in the best condition. And that takes a lot of hours each night after work. Courtney finds that part of my commitment to Speedway a bit hard to take sometimes, and I can understand that, but I want to make this my living one day and I’m determined to achieve that goal. She’s lucky enough to have her stepdad Cam Burnham work on her car whereas I’m pretty much hands on with my team on the mechanical aspect.”
O’Hehir, a hairdresser from Wilberforce, is in her third season racing in the hectic ‘Wingless Sprint’ category – a class that features an enormous field each week, very competitive racing and some spectacular race incidents that can bring unsuspecting drivers undone.
“Courtney had a huge crash a couple of seasons ago where she injured her vertebrae,” recalls Toby, “and it knocked her around a bit. To her credit she’s come back and she’s racing really well. Racing is a confidence thing. If your confidence gets knocked around it affects your results. She’s got a good season ahead of her I’m sure.”
For Bellbowen, now in his fifth season in Sprintcars, the new summer promises plenty as well.
In last Saturday night’s opening event of the season at Valvoline Raceway the apprentice fitter and turner for UGL in Auburn led many laps of the feature race before eventually finishing third behind eventual winner Victorian Jamie Veal and Toby’s older brother Roddy Bellbowen.
“Any time you can lead a race at Valvoline Raceway it’s a good night,” he smiles, “I’ve just got to learn how to finish off and get the win. This year I want our first big win and I hope a few more will follow after that happens.”
Bellbowen is the son of former Compact Speedcar, Speedcar and Sprintcar hard charger Rod Bowen – a man who also spent time as a part owner of the Sydney Speedway until late this year when a new group purchased it.
“Dad raced for eleven years on and off,” says Toby, “and in that time he scored some significant results both in Australia and in New Zealand. He had a reputation for always charging hard and for preparing an immaculate racecar. Its things like that I hope have been instilled in me as well.”
This Saturday the 900hp winged monsters return for the second night of the Valvoline Raceway Track Championship with a stellar field including the Warrnambool Victoria based Jamie Veal who won the feature race last weekend.
Veal outclassed a 54-strong car field including interstaters Jaaon Pryde (WA) Daniel Harding (WA) Trevor Green (SA) Ryan Davis (VIC) Danny Reidy (QLD) Ben Atkinson (NT) Jack Lee (VIC) and many others.
Bellbowen, who qualified on the front row for last Saturday night’s 30-lap Brian Healey Cup, knows that his work is cut out for him to score the victory this time around.
“We don’t come here to make up the numbers, we’re always out there to win, but it’s not easy to win here in Sydney. There are always top drivers and anything can happen on the night.”
Top 20 in Points for the Track Championship this Saturday night are:
Jamie Veal Warrnambool VIC 254
Roddy Bellbowen Cranebrook NSW 246
Toby Bellbowen Cranebrook NSW 244
Danny Reidy Gold Coast QLD 242
Jack Lee Terang VIC 240
Max Johnston Picton NSW 238
Ben Atkinson Darwin NT 236
Matt Dumesny Nelson NSW 234
Robbie Farr Iluka WA 232
Max Dumesny Nelson NSW 230
James Thompson Guildford NSW 228
Ryan Davis Winchelsea VIC 226
Jimmy Matchett Londonderry NSW 224
Steve Caunt Albion Park Rail NSW 222
Marty Perovich Denham Court NSW 220
Andrew Wright Muswellbrook NSW 218
Kelly Linigen Londonderry NSW 216
Peter Gordon Auburn NSW 214
Trevor Green Two Wells SA 212
Jackson Delamont Young NSW 210
Courtney O’Hehir faces a similar fate to that of her boyfriend in her wingless sprint as she attempts to get her career first A-Main win this Saturday night.
With strong fields in the wingless category, Sprintcars and also the brutishly powerful 400 plus cubic inch motor powered Late Model Sedans; fans will be treated to some hectic racing this Saturday night.
Gates open at 2pm this Saturday
Action on track starts 6pm
Valvoline Raceway – located at 21 Wentworth Street Granville.
Phone: (02) 9637 0411
Check out www.valvolineraceway.com.au or www.facebook.com/pages/Valvoline-Raceway
Adults - $30
Pensions - $20
Juniors (13-15yrs) $15
Kids 12 and under free – accompanied by an adult
Family Pass (2 adults and 2 juniors) $70