Build it and they will come – and they have
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series are proud of what they have achieved since the series kicked off in 2007-08. The series has completed many goals over this short period and continually increases in popularity, always promoting itself in a positive manner.
“At the end of each season I record all our statics and when completed can see in black & white just how much we have achieved. Small steps each year make for big achievements for 360’s overall. It shows just how popular 360 racing has become since drivers have been given an opportunity to promote themselves.” Series Promoter, Mandy Searle says.
Created history by being the first travelling 360 Series in Australia and are pleased to see other States following suit.
140 drivers have competed in the Series over the 46 rounds held to date, with 17 new competitors this past season alone.
62 drivers competed last season in comparison to 28 back in 2007/08.
Teams from every state in Australia have now run with the Series as well as drivers from the United States.
The average car count this season was 22 which was an increase on the previous year.
12 different race tracks have held rounds with another 2 new venues for the oncoming season.
3 x $5000 to win All Star Challenges have been run & won.
3 x Tyson Perez Memorial events have also been run & won.
19 different drivers have won A Main events. With only 46 A Mains run this highlights how competitive the racing is.
2 events have been highlighted by a 30 mtr Pro Video Big Screen
Live Audio at all events and results published live on Twitter, Facebook, Sprintcar World and the Sprintcar All Star web site as they happen on race nights.
“When we compare the population in Australia that we have to draw from as opposed to America we see a similar trend taking place to the popularity of 360’s there.
What is the old saying used in the Field of Dreams movie – ‘Build it and they will come’ – well I think that also applies with us. We have built it and they are coming!”
Mark Brown Wins The 50 Lap Classic
Mark Brown claimed victory in the 50 Lap Classic after a race long duel with Adam Clarke and surviving a last lap lunge from West Aussie Dayne Kingshott with Michael Stewart claiming third.
It was the backmarkers – Mark Brown and Adam Clarke –whom started from the tenth row that carved through the field and were the stars of the show - swapping the lead seven times before Adam Clarke tragically tangled with a spun lapped car with four laps remaining, breaking the right-front suspension.
Whilst still circulating, officials issued Clarke with the mechanical defect flag sending the race leader to the pits.
In what many may have thought would have been an easy run home for Brown to claim victory, that was up until Bunbury-based Dayne Kingshott came onto the scene with a lap to go and nearly snared victory.
“It’s great to win,” expressed a jubilant Brown in victory lane. “I’ve been trying to win one of these 50 lappers for ten years.
“I think it’s time to party on in the Fox camp after the meeting,” noted Brown in thanking his car owner Brendan Fox.
When asked about Adam Clarke receiving the mechanical defect flag, Brown replied: “It was a shame what happened with Clarkey breaking the right-front suspension, but his car probably would have dived in nose first into the corner and could have ended pretty ugly.”
It’s a long way from WA but no wasted trip for Kingshott who took some time getting used to the heavy clay surrounds of Sydney Speedway, whom struggled early on in the night but came alive in the A-Main.
“We finally got hold of the set up by the A-Main,” explained Kingshott.
“This result is huge for us to run at Sydney Speedway and be so successful. I didn’t know it was the last lap otherwise I would have tried to slide Brown in that last corner and have a do-or-die effort,” he said.
Michael Stewart claimed third in the Berco Engineering machine after starting from position ten.
“It’s an awesome result; I have never done anything like that before,” stated an elated Stewart whilst receiving his trophy. “Those fifty laps were well and truly pushing my fitness.”
If there was ever to be a hard luck story – it has to go to Adam Clarke. Many jeers were issued from the crowd when the mechanical defect flag was issued after they had witnessed the race long epic battle between Clarke and Brown – leaving the patrons in awe.
The crowd didn’t like it, but what did Clarke think of receiving the mechanical defect flag?
“It was a safety call. The right-front shock was broken. It’s a bitter pill to swallow with four to go when you are leading and driving away, but I had no complaints with the call. We had a good car; we just got caught up with a lapped car. That’s racing, and we’ll fix it up and go again next week,” Clarke elaborated.
“A lapped car just spun right in front of me, I got on the brakes but I had nowhere to go. I hit the car and did the suspension damage,” Clarke explained of the incident that cost him the race.
Amazingly, it was an Adam Clarke grinning from ear-to-ear post race.
“I love to win races and we were winning. It was fun running side-by-side with Mark Brown, but our car was getting better the further it went on and there was a time to crank it up. We could have gone even harder if we needed to. It’s just bad luck how it ended up.”
Earlier, the race took three starts to get a lap in the books, with Andrew Wright and Troy Jenkins going over in separate incidents on the first two attempted starts.
The Wingless Sprint A-Main was claimed by Geoff Piekar from Daniel Flood and Aiden Corrish. Piekar’s victory sealing his 2012/13 Wingless Sprint Track Championship.
The NSW Legend Car Championship was won by Brett Morris who had to survive a late race scare due to a broken oil line in the final two laps from Brett Mitchell and Chris Aird.
The tenth annual Karavan, Boat and Dunny Derby was carnage galore bringing a comical conclusion to the huge crowd in at Sydney Seedway for the 2012/13 season finale.
Feature (50 laps): 1. Mark Brown, 2. Dayne Kingshott, 3. Michael Stewart, 4. Tony Abson, 5. Matthew Jackson, 6. Adam Wallis, 7. Travis Mills, 8. Bob Jackson, 9. Dean Meadows, 10. Lee Redmond, 11. Jaimie Mckinlay, 12. Matt Hinton, 13. Rod Francis, 14. Adam Clarke. DNF: Jason Bell, Rick Geneve, Darren Jenkins, Brett Thomas, Dave Lambert, Anthony Chaffey, Ian Black, Andrew Wright, Andrew Whitticker, Anthony Brien, Troy Jenkins.
Robinson Races To Third Australian Championship
Lismore V8 Dirt Modified racer Mark Robinson took out his third Australian Championship on Saturday night (Apr 27) at Brisbane's Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway.
Robinson, who won previous Australian Championships in 2005 and 2012, held out Queensland's Kevin Britten and Victorian charge Mick Kiraly in a hard-fought 35-lap Championship final.
" Man I didn't think that was possible" said a very happy Robinson post-race. " We thought it would have went alot slicker than it did and the car was really tight for those first few laps and after that it really started coming on."
A number of early decisive moves proved critical for Robinson, who advanced from his second-row (fourth) starting position and into second behind race-leader Britten inside of five laps.
" I said to the guys that we really needed to put pressure on and be aggressive early on and that's what we did" offered Robinson. " And when the opportunities arose we were right there, momentum was happening and we were able to make the pass."
For the next half dozen laps, the Troyer duo pulled away from the ensuing pack, before Britten drifted high into turn one, allowing Robinson to power past.
Once in the race lead, Robinson was never seriously challenged, with his Castrol Edge-backed Troyer the class of the field.
A number of late-race restarts gave Britten an opportunity to challenge for the race lead, however Robinson was too strong and went on to record a popular and emotional victory.
Third-placed Kiraly was the surprise packet of the weekend, having rebuilt his engine in the week prior to the Championship. Finishing fourth behind Kiraly was fellow Victorian Daniel Scott, with David Clark, winner of the inaugural Steve Robinson Silver Fox Award for Pole Position, rounding out the top five.
Western Australian Champion Travis Kennedy performed strongly throughout the weekend, racing from 16th to 8th in the Championship final, while Late Model convert Geoff Phillips was credited with 7th in his maiden Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship.
Hard luck stories were many, with Ray Klarich retiring with fuel and power steering problems on the opening lap, while a broken axle halted Scott Conlin's charge with just a handful of laps remaining. Misadventure also claimed Jai Stephenson (differential) and Steve Milthorpe (accident).
The final two rounds of qualifying heats were contested on the second night of competition, with Kiraly, Scott, Brandon Rawlings, Klarich, Kennedy and Clark taking heat race wins.
Rawlings, Rob Scofield, Scott Ellis and Rian Collier all raced their way into the main event via the last-chance B-Main, with Brian Scott unlucky not to qualify, suffering a late-race front-end failure while leading comfortably.
AUSTRALIAN V8 DIRT MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP
CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL (35-LAPS) 1st Mark Robinson, 2nd Kevin Britten, 3rd Mick Kiraly, 4th Daniel Scott, 5th David Clark, 6th Keith Muller, 7th Geoff Phillips, 8th Mathew Kennedy, 9th Scott Cannon, 10th Phil McNamara, 11th Brent Hall, DNF: Brandon Rawlings, Scott Conlin, Jai Stephenson, Rian Collier, Steven Milthorpe, Scott Ellis, Rob Scofield, Barry Ashen, Ray Klarich.
Britten & Clark Share Opening Night Spoils
Leading Queensland duo Kevin Britten and David Clark have dominated the first night of the Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship at the Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway.
The pair each won their respective 15-lap 'Silver Dollar' mini-features, cementing their spot atop the points standings.
Clark got the jump on top qualifier Scott Conlin in the first of the mini-features and raced to a handy lead. Fading brakes cost Conlin dearly in the latter stages of the race, dropping to fourth and allowing both Mick Kiraly and Scott Cannon to sneak past, although they had no answer for the runaway-race leader Clark.
In the second of the mini-features, it was Kevin Britten who raced to a flag-to-flag victory, holding out defending Australian Champion Mark Robinson and a resurgent Jai Stephenson. Victorian racer Daniel Scott started alongside Britten on the front-row, only to drift high in turn one on the opening lap and allowing Robinson past.
Scott would ultimately finish fourth, just ahead of Geoff Phillips and Steve Milthorpe.
Two-rounds of qualifying preceded the mini-features, with heat race wins going to Mick Kiraly, Kevin Britten, Brent Hall, Jai Stephenson, David Clark and Scott Conlin.
The Australian Championship will conclude tomorrow night, with one round of heat races to be contested before the last-chance B-Main and the all-important Australian Championship.
Unofficial Top Ten After Night One
1st Kevin Britten, 2nd David Clark, 3rd Scott Conlin, 4th Mick Kiraly, 5th Mark Robinson, 6th Jai Stephenson, 7th Daniel Scott, 8th Scott Cannon, 9th Geoff Phillips, 10th Brent Hall.
Stellar Field For Australian Championship
30 of Australia's most competitive V8 Dirt Modifieds have nominated for the 2013 Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship at the Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway.
Led by defending champ Lismore's Mark Robinson the field boasts a high level of experience plus a good dose of gung-ho from a high number of young guns.
Travis Kennedy, the West Australian Champ leads the new generation in his BTP No. 56 who is intent on taking it to the big boys throughout the Championship.
Add to the mix Brisbane's Brandon Rawlings, Victoria's Daniel Scott, and rookie Geoff Phillips and we4 are sure to experience an exciting 2 day event.
Missing from the Line-up will Fan Favourite Andrew Pezzutti. Pezzutti required further surgery yesterday to a hand injury and is disappointed its not his year again. "At last Seasons event we were sidelined in Round 1 of Qualifying with Engine woes and this year I don't even get to Start." Pezzutti said from his hospital bed. "Its disappointing for all the Hard work the crew have done to make next weeks competition."
The Vanderfield No. 25 Troyer will still take to the track although it will be a tense time in making the Grid. "Wes Suffolk is working hard to get our engine in top shape for the grueling event and Car Owner Keith Muller will take the seat in Andrews place." Nev Pezzutti said.
Keith Muller is among the many very experienced racers and was runner up in last seasons very competitive Season Long Points Championship to the Rocket David Clark.
The field includes:
Trevor Blanch N2, John Jones Q6, Murray Flay Q7, Barry Ashen Q10, Paul Booker N53, Brian Scott Q61, Brad Eckhart Q67, Scott Quirk N73, Brandon Rawlings Q21, Phil McNamara N39, Rian Collier Q46, Daniel Rowlands N47, Dallas Czerwinski Q66, Scott Conlin Q72, Geoff Phillips Q303, Brent Hall N8, Daryl Hickson V16, Mick Kiraly V48, Travis Kennedy W56, Scott Ellis V74, Daniel Scott V91, Rob Scofield N128, Mark Robinson A1, David Clark Q5, Kevin Britten Q12, Steve Milthorpe V19, Keith Muller N25, Jai Stephenson N45, Scott Cannon N79, and Ray Klarich Q95.