Pigdon wins Triple Crown Sprintcar Final

DESPITE only racing a few times this season Trent Pigdon won the final race of the AHG Easy As 123 Triple Crown series at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.
Pigdon only recently teamed up with Diamond Bay Motorsport and despite limited track time, has been very impressive in the W26 that was driven by for much of the season by South Australian Luke Dillon.
He won the final from Jason Kendrick, Brad Maiolo and Jamie Maiolo who collected enough points to win the season-ending mini-series.
Pigdon put himself in the best possible position from the start of the show, being the only driver to crack into the 12-second zone in qualifying.
He then took a second in his heat race and won the Top 8 Knockout series, to start from pole in the main event, on the inside of Carl Dowling who was the early leader and into lapped traffic after just three laps.
Five laps in Bradford got the #57 on its back wheels and lost a spot.
The race stopped on lap 12 when contact between Mitchell Wormall and Tim Van Ginneken saw the latter going over on the approach to the main straight.
There was a caution period after contact with Jake Beard-Miller and Robert Watson on lap 19.
On the restart Pigdon launched a challenge on Dowling but was unable to make it stick.
Unfortunately for Dowling it all came unstuck with nine laps remaining when he blew a left rear tyre on the back straight, and as he came to a stop, he was clipped at high-speed by Shaun Bradford who flipped hard.
The race was stopped again with four laps left after Robert Watson junior went into the pits bend.
On the race to the checkers Pigdon powered away for the win from Kendrick, who found a gap between the Maiolos to muscle from fourth to second in a spectacular move.
Brad Maiolo put in a stellar drive for his third after starting from P15 and earlier in the night dropped valuable points when the team was forced to change an engine.
Jamie Maiolo also dug deep after starting from P10 while Dillon started 14h and moved up to sixth.
Andrew Priolo yet again drove well at the business end of the night, this time coming from P17 to seven.
Kye Scroop (from P13) was eighth from Jason Pryde and Taylor Milling.
Feature: 1st Trent Pigdon, 2nd Jason Kendrick, 3rd Bradley Maiolo, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th David Priolo, 6th Luke Dillon, 7th Andrew Priolo, 8th Kye Scroop, 9th Jason Pryde, 10th Taylor Milling. DNF: Callum Williamson, Robert Watson junior, Carl Dowling, Shaun Bradford, Cameron Gessner, Jake Beard-Miller, Scott Chatwin, Tim Van Ginneken, Mitchell Wormall, Ben Ellement, Lee Nash, Daryl Clayden, Lee Redmond and AJ Nash. DNS: Michael Keen and Aldo De Paoli.


Oldfield Scorches to State Title Win

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

In a spectacular Hungry Jack’s Queensland Sprintcar Championship feature race on Sunday night (April 24), Luke Oldfield powered his Titan Garages Cool to a memorable win, having dominated the two nights of competition at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. It is Oldfield’s first state championship win in Sprintcar competition, a victory both hard earned and thoroughly deserved. David Murcott motored into second spot ahead of Peter Lack, with Bryan Mann and Andrew Scheuerle rounding out the first five in the 35-lap championship decider.

In the Australian Modlite Championship, Terry Leerentveld successfully defended his title, although his win certainly did not come as easy as many expected with several drivers throwing down a challenge at various stages of the 20-lap feature race. A late surge from Sean Butcher carried him into second spot, with Aaron Seton completing the podium ahead of Aaron Prosser and Paul Hovey.

It was an inauspicious start to the evening when a couple of showers swept over the complex just prior to Sprintcar hot laps, however the weather cleared quickly and racing got underway in rapid time.

The opening Sprintcar heat of the night saw Brad Ayers lead all the way from the front, downing a couple of interstaters in Jimmy Matchett and Jake Tranter, while heat two fell the way of Matthew Butler over Victoria’s Peter Milnes and Allan Woods.

Although battling the flu, Brandon Rawlings raced to victory in heat three over Brent Aprile and Kevin Titman.

Heat four saw Milnes secure himself a spot in the feature field when he led home Paul Morris and Robbie Farr, who advanced from the fourth row.

Aprile annexed heat five from Oldfield, who also advanced from row four, with Matchett third on this occasion.

The final heat saw Butler double up to finish ahead of Consol Racing teammates Rawlings and Mitchell Gee.

The Pole Shootout saw Lack and Richard Morgan eliminated in the first round as Mann and Brent Kratzmann progressed to take on Murcott and Scheuerle. It was Murcott and Mann who advanced from this stoush to fight it out against Farr and Oldfield in the final round. Leaving his best until the last possible moment, Oldfield snatched pole position from Farr, with Mann and Murcott confined to the second row of the feature race grid.

There were a few missteps getting the B Main underway before things settled down with Aprile in command. Butler, Matchett and Morris grabbed the final transfer spots into the main event.

At the drop of the green it was Farr who won the sprint into turn one and subsequently led the opening stanza. After an untidy opening lap, Oldfield settled into second spot and was able to reel in Farr; the pair swapping slide jobs before a moment in turn two on lap nine resulted in Farr’s Hi-Tec Oils #7 pirouetting on its tail tank before tipping over, effectively ending his bid for a fifth win in this event. Oldfield assumed control from the restart and never looked likely to lose the lead from this point, riding the cushion perched very high on the track in his charge to the chequer. Murcott likewise faced little resistance in second spot, but there was certainly movement aplenty further back with dices raging through the field. Mann held third until relegated by Lack on lap 13, with Kratzmann surging into the top five at this stage, only to relinquish two spots in the latter stages of the race. Scheuerle eventually finagled fifth ahead of Darren Jensen and Kratzmann, with Mark Pholi finishing strongly to nab eighth. Titman and Butler maxed out the top ten, with Milnes, Aprile, Morris, Woods and Matchett also going the distance and greeting the chequer in that order. Farr made some progress from the rear before striking trouble again on lap 26 to join Tranter, Rawlings, Morgan and Gee on the infield.

The final round of heats for the Australian Modlite Championship resulted in wins for Scott Lehfeldt, Troy Evans and Dirt Modified maestro Kevin Britten.

Aaron Prosser pressed his championship credentials when he took out the Dash to secure pole position for the finale, leaving Leerentveld, Seton, Nathan Politch, Lehfeldt and Butcher in his wake.

Whilst Leerentveld powered to the lead at the drop of the green as was expected given his form across the weekend and throughout the season, Prosser applied plenty of pressure and it looked like an upset might be on the cards. However, every time Prosser looked like he might have the move made, Leerentveld found a way to stay ahead and it was only on the final lap of the race that Prosser was bumped from the podium when Butcher and Seton slipped ahead. Paul Hovey and Ben walker were the best of the rest, followed by Evans, Jac Carnall, Robert Hardy and Lehfeldt, who was running fourth until he spun himself out of contention with five laps remaining.

Following heat wins to Kirsty Kelly (2) and Peter Campbell, it was Keith Blatch who trumped a depleted field to win the Lightning Sprint feature race. Jeremy Hassall was a distant second, followed by the only other finishers in Campbell and Jayden Fraser.

More championship action at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway next Saturday night (April 30) when the Queensland AMCA Nationals Title will be decided, along with Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and Dirt Modifieds.


Oldfield Leads Title Chase

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

Luke Oldfield emerged from the opening night of competition in the 2016/2017 Queensland Sprintcar Championship on Saturday night (April 23) with a 13-point lead over four-time champion Robbie Farr.  Having started the night with the fastest lap in qualifying, Oldfield then stormed from row five in each of his two heat races to finish inside the top three on both occasions and lock up pole position for the prelim. In a race that was saw several fancied runners strike trouble, Oldfield finished more than 1.5 seconds clear of Dave Murcott in the gruelling 20-lapper, with Farr third to the chequer ahead of Peter Lack and Brent Kratzmann.

Hitting the track late in the time trial session, Oldfield stopped the clock at 11.367 to edge out Andrew Scheuerle by a mere 0.006 and score maximum points. Farr, Murcott, Lack and Bryan Mann and Mark Pholi, sporting a special ANZAC-themed livery, were next best, with Mitchell Gee, Kratzmann and Paul Morris rounding out the top ten.

The opening heat saw young South Aussie Jake Tranter snare a win ahead of Oldfield, who started 10th, with rookie Rob Hamilton annexing third spot. Pholi and Scott Doyle struck trouble early with simultaneous somersaults in turn four on lap five.

Heat two went to Toowoomba’s David Whell from Gee and Darren Jensen, with Paul Rooks securing his first win since returning to competition when he downed Branden Rawlings and Kevin Titman in heat three.

Heat four saw Scheurele sizzle from position nine to win from Whell and Mann, with Trandter doubling up to win heat six in advance of Titman and Oldfield.

The final heat for the night saw Farr chase down Clem Hoffman to snare a win. Morgan finished second, with Hoffman hanging on for third in race that saw Rooks and Brent Aprile forced out with flat tyres.

The preliminary feature brought the top 16 qualifiers together and it was Scheuerle who shot to the front from the outside front row, leaving Oldfield in his wake. However, lapped traffic became a factor very early and Oldfield pounced with an outside run to the front through turn two. In the next corner, Scheuerle spun his Ausdeck Patios Cool and Oldfield went perilously close to doing the same, but recovered to lead the field at the ensuing restart. Oldfield’s next threat came from Mann who, having zoomed into contention, smacked the wall hard exiting turn four as he made his bid for the lead.  Mann’s exit elevated Murcott and Farr before the race was halted again when Titman crunched the concrete in the back straight and collected Tranter, putting both on the infield. Oldfield was untroubled from this point, charging to the chequer ahead of Murcott, Farr, Lack and Kratzmann. Morgan snared sixth, with Jensen seventh, Pholi eighth and Callum Walker ninth. Scheurele soldiered and climbed back to 10th despite a wicked wobble in the front end, while Whell and Woods completed the finishers.

Heading into night two, Oldfield has 139 points, leading Farr (126), Scheuerle (118), Murcott (110) and Kratzmann (104).

Dan Moes took out the Wingless Sprint feature, leading home Adam Butler, Brant Chandler, Mitch Gowland and Garry Thorne.

Racing continues at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway tonight (April 24) with more heats and the championship finals for Hungry Jack’s Queensland Sprintcar Championship and the Australian Modlite Championship, plus Monster Trucks, Fireworks and Lightning Sprints.  



Kevin Britten, Troy Ware and Keith Blatch have scribed their names in Queensland Speedway history by claiming victories in their respective blue ribbon events all on one night at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway.

Britten added the Queensland Title to his history making clean sweep of the national V8 Dirt Modified 5 Star Series over Lee McKinnel and Chris Corbett after a phenomenal battle with David Clark that ended with Clark spinning in turn 3.

Keith Blatch was untouchable in the Queensland Lightning Sprint Title to take a landmark career win over outgoing champion Sean Iacono and Dion Prowse, with hotly tipped favourite Kurt Wilson unable to make the A Main after sustaining damage in an earlier heat race.

Troy Ware finally put his unimpressive season behind him, winning the Danny Davidson Memorial for Speedcars after a great battle with former three-time winner Michael Kendall who held on for second over Darren Vine who deservedly filled out the podium after finally getting past a very impressive Mark George.

It was the final event of the season for the newly managed venue, which is now looking ahead to the 40th season beginning in September.

Veal wins second round of Triple Crown
WORLD Series Sprintcars champion Jamie Veal continued his stellar season when he won the second round of the AHG Easy As 123 Triple Crown at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.
The Victorian was hired to drive the WA-owned Monte Motorsport W17 for the event and he rewarded the team with a solid win from South Australian Luke Dillon and local ace Jamie Maiolo.
Veal set up the win in the 30-lap feature after he started from pole position on the back of being second overall in qualifying and fourth in his heat race.
He survived some advances in traffic at the business end of the race that proved to be one of attrition and brutal on some of the drivers chasing down a podium placing.
James Inglis was one of the first casualties, going over at the start of the race and being hit by Lee Redmond.
Mitchell Wormall was one of the first drivers to suffer from tyre failure when his left rear tyre expired on lap seven.
New WA champion Tim Van Ginneken was struggling in the W56 after he spun around early,  and despite getting a restart from the rear, spun around again after having a damaged front right end.
Jason Kendrick was the big mover in the race, starting from P13 and had stormed his way up to second when the car let  out a big puff of smoke and he quickly pulled up on the main straight with fire crews racing to the #11 machine.
Late in the race Daryl Clayden went over on the back straight but landed on his wheels on the infield.
With a huge number of rolling laps officials made the call to pause the race, allowing crews to top up fuel loads on the cars.
The track took its toll on left rear tyres late in the race on a handful of cars.
Dillon, driving the W53 Muir Motorsport entry, was very solid, after starting from P12 and claiming second.
Jamie Maiolo was also strong late to take third after starting from P9.
Cameron Gessner started and finished fourth while Jake Beard-Miller took fifth after started from P16.
Andrew Priolo claimed some credibility after starting from P23 and taking sixth, from Jason Pryde (from P15), Taylor Milling (from P20), Aldo De Paoli (from P17) and Scott Chatwin (from P22).
Feature: 1st Jamie Veal, 2nd Luke Dillon, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th Cameron Gessner, 5th Jake Beard-Miller, 6th Andrew Priolo, 7th Jason Pryde, 8th Taylor Milling, 9th Aldo De Paoli, 10th Scott Chatwin. DNF: Lee Nash, Bradley Maiolo, Jason Kendrick, Trent Pigdon, Daryl Clayden, Carl Dowling, Tim Van Ginneken, Lee Redmond, Mitchell Wormall, Ben Ellement, David Priolo, James Inglis and Kye Scroop.


Official release: Valvoline Raceway
April 16, 2016

It was appropriate really.

Ultimately the best driver in the country would become the Ultimate Sprintcar Champion, and last night at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway 26 year old Jamie Veal recorded his 16th main event success this season and in the process wrapped up the USC Chase Series.

Though he was only able to secure the point position late in the 35-lap Championship finale it looked inevitable much earlier in the race as the #35 SWI Engineering Maxim methodically picked its way through the traffic from the original fifth row starting spot.

Veal would pinch the #1 spot in the dying laps from the speedy James Thompson in the #22 Stahlwille Tools QT Chassis to prevent the previous season’s track champion from scoring his second main event win this season.

It wasn't an easy night for the WSS and Warrnambool Classic Champion as an exploding right rear tyre saw him miss the transfer and have to win a restart plagued B-Main.

Young’s Jackson Delamont began a late race charge to claim a potent third place finish in the Mad Harry’s Steel Maxim.

James McFadden began storming through the field from a deep starting position but a critical restart situation stole the momentum he had rolling and prevented what may have been a better finish than his eventual fourth place.

Robbie Farr controlled the feature for the majority in the #7 Hi-Tec Oils Cool but by his own admission the car was ‘free for most of the race’ and he was unable to hold on as the late race chargers stormed him – he would eventually finish 5th and claim second place in the USC overall.

Troy Little had perhaps his best night this season with a front row start and his share of the race lead in the Steve Lynch owned Pit Stop Autos entry before eventually finishing 7th.

Sam Walsh’s bogey corner at Valvoline Raceway appears to be turn one.

The #92 Rocket Industries Maxim inexplicably spun on it’s own whilst leading the main comfortably, causing Walsh and Dad John to ponder just what had caused his third spin in the same corner whilst leading as many feature races.

Max Dumesny continued his superb run of top ten results with sixth place in the main event and a win in the USC NSW Championship in the process.

On the night that honoured his “Pa” Jordyn Brazier was certainly racy and determinedly aiming at a possible podium finish on the Steve Brazier legend night but a big flip in turn three after contact with Grant Anderson unfortunately ended that.

Both Brazier Jr and Anderson were retirements from the race in that incident.

A giant sized cushion in turn four and also in turn one claimed its share of cars with several right rear wheels packing full of clay and causing race-ending vibrations for their pilots.

Toby Bellbowen and Marcus Dumesny were two notable incidents.
Queensland teenager Lachlan McHugh was again impressive moving forward several positions in the main but an unfortunate flip in turn one after contact with Matt Dumesny ended the night on a disappointing note.

Sydney teenager Daniel Sayre too looked rapid in the #28 Maxim but he too crashed spectacularly on the main straight in a separate incident whilst having earlier impressed with his first appearance in the Pole Shootout.

A big crowd reveled in the Grand Final nature of the USC Chase Finale with some truly courageous racing and some fearless competition combining for a fitting conclusion to the historic USC.
Fans stood in ovation as Jamie Veal climbed to the top wing of his fearsome #35 Maxim and claimed the USC title.

The season ended with Veal as USC Champion followed by Robbie Farr in second and James McFadden third overall.

Farr’s win in the USC Queensland and runner up in USC overall was indeed a great result for the gritty Sydney veteran.

Max Dumesny’s win in USC NSW was a fitting result for the legendary throttle stomper who has at least committed to the next season and an assessment of what happens after that in terms of his racing future.

VR Managing Director was delighted with the inaugural year of the USC.

“I think it’s exceeded our expectations on many levels,” says Green, “the car counts, the TV exposure, the fan support, the USC merchandise sales and the general excitement surrounding the USC in Victoria, Queensland and here in NSW has been incredible. We’re already working on next season.”

Support racing for the USC final in the form of AMCA Nationals and Legend Cars was tremendous.

Legend Car racing was again dominated by the tremendously talented Reagan Angel who won his 6th consecutive main event in what must surely be a Legend Car record.

Angel led home a young rising star in 16 year old Tyson Williams driving the Trevor Hawkins owned #11 to come from outside the top five to a stirring second place finish.

Former Inex Champion Robbie Rawlings filled out the final position on the podium for third place.

The AMCA National main event saw a delighted Shane Cartwright finally end the winning streak of dominant Newcastle veteran Darrell Kime in second place and an in-form Terry Pankhurst third.

Next Saturday night at Valvoline Raceway (April 23) sees the final of the Speedcar Super Series with an historic A-Main paying $11,000 across the positions.


McKinnell Aces Archerfield Modified Main

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

In a race that produced action aplenty, young Lee McKinnell powered to victory in the Super Rooster Dirt Modified feature race at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (April 16). Fresh from an extended interstate campaign, McKinnell charged underneath veteran Ray Klarich on lap 18 to take control and then surged clear, finishing more than 3.5 seconds clear of Klarich despite a final restart with five laps to run.  Scott Conlin finished in third spot, while Mark Robinson’s late exit after a stellar run from 18th to fourth elevated David Ohl, with Andrew Firth rounding out the first five as the highest placed Sportsman runner.

The most spectacular exit came courtesy of national champ Kevin Britten when he finished upside down following contact from Victoria’s Dan Scott, bringing an unceremonious end to what had been a terrific scrap for the lead throughout the opening stages of the race. Scott got the best of the start from the outside front row and held the early advantage until Britten, who qualified on pole position, assumed the lead on lap 11. Finding themselves snookered behind a slower car exiting turn two on the next circulation, Britten was baulked momentarily and, with Scott unable to avoid contact, the two cars locked together. With both drivers desperate to retain their position as their pursuers pounced, the end result was Britten perched upside down at the end of the back straight. With Scott ordered to the rear for the restart, Klarich inherited the ascendancy and fought hard to keep his lead but ultimately had no answer when McKinnell made his move.

Despite the misfortunes that befell Britten and Scott, McKinnell was a worthy winner, having qualified in third spot and clocking the fastest lap of the race in the closing stages. He demonstrated patience and perseverance in his duel with Klarich before pouncing when the opportunity presented itself through turn two. Conlin closed in on Klarich on a couple of occasions but never got close enough to challenge the category stalwart, with Ohl and Firth followed home by Murray Flay, Joshua Rose, Nick Knott and Phil Roberts. Scott persevered for a few laps from the back before exiting to join the likes of Garry Wathen, Dallas Czerwinski, Andrew Pezzutti, Sam Bruggy, Jai Stephenson and Jeff Holland on the infield.   

The opening heat saw Scott set the early standard with a win over McKinnell and Stephenson.

Klarich cleand up in heat two, leading home Czerwinski and Ohl in a race that would see national title winners Pezzutti and Robinson strike trouble and fail to take the chequer.

Heat three featured a remarkable performance from Britten in a continuation of the form that carried him to three state title wins in recent weeks. Britten launched from the outside front row and was more than 10 seconds clear of the field when a late restart cruelled what seemed certain to be a record breaking run. Bruggy and McKinnell filled the minor placings.

The final heat was a much closer affair with Conlin edging out Scott, with Wathen and Klarich also in close formation.

The Top Six Dash went as expected with Britten clocking a new 6-lap track record in leading home Scott, McKinnell, Klarich, Conlin and Bruggy.

Other feature race winners on the night were Maddi McGee (Junior Sedans), Bob Ware (Open Sedans), Ben Robertson (Open Sedans Div. 2) and Bernie Wright (Ford vs Holden vs Sigma).

Next weekend at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, Hungry Jack’s presents the Queensland Sprintcar Championship over two big nights on Saturday and Sunday (April 23/24). The Australian Modlite Championship will also be decided, with Sunday night also featuring Monster Trucks and Fireworks.


Britten Back Home after Interstate Blitz

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

This Saturday night (April 16), the Kevin Britten show is coming to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway with the current Australian Dirt Modified Champion hitting his home track on the back of a remarkable run of success interstate that has seen him win the Western Australian, South Australian and Victorian state championships. As the current New South Wales champion, Britten how holds every state title in addition to his national crown. Returning to the track on which he clinched his Australian Championship win earlier this season, Britten will face off against a strong field of challengers, including two previous national championship winners in a field that comprises a fertile mix of experienced campaigners and talented youngsters.

Like Britten, Andrew Pezzutti and Mark Robinson have reached the pinnacle of success in Dirt Modified competition and continue to be at the forefront of the category in major events around the country, with this Saturday looming as another classic showdown from this triumvirate of throttle stompers. Whilst Britten has enjoyed an unprecedented season of success, Robinson and Pezzutti will not concede any advantage and will be primed to bring Britten’s winning streak to an end. With a field that also includes Victoria’s Dan Scott and Toowoomba-based veteran Ray Klarich, who finished on the podium alongside Britten in Western Australia, and the scene is set for a night of on-track action for which the Dirt Modifieds are renowned.

In recent weeks, young gun Lee McKinnell has enhanced his reputation with a string of good results in the various state championship events, including a third-place finish in the South Aussie title, and this weekend affords him the opportunity to continue his ascendancy as a star of the future. Likewise, NSW-based teenager Joshua Rose has enjoyed feature race success on his home track in Grafton and will see this weekend as a chance to test himself on the big stage against the best in the business.

With proven race winners such as Dallas Czerwinski, Garry Wathen, Scott Conlin and Sam Bruggy also in the field, the likes of Britten, Robinson and Pezzutti will need to bring their best form if they are to prevail. Also included in the 18-car field are David Ohl, Jeff Holland, Murray Flay, Kevin Stow, Andrew Firth, Anthony Ashen and Nick Knott.

The next crop of speedway stars will strut their stuff on Saturday night with a round of the SSA Junior Sedan Track Championship, with Open Sedans and Holden vs Ford vs Sigma sedans also on the program.

Early racing gets underway from 5.30pm and the V8 Dirt Modifieds will hit the track at 6.00pm, with adult tickets just $25.00. For more information about any event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, visit or like Archerfield Speedway on Facebook for news and updates in the lead-up to each race meeting.


Chris Solomon takes Out the Hickman’s Tree Maintenance 360 Sprintcar Challenge

By Ian Vale

Chris Solomon drove a steady race to take out the win in the Hickman Tree Maintenance 360 Sprintcar Challenge last night at Heartland Raceway from Brenten Farrer and a recovering Matthew Reed in the final racing event of the Sprintcar Racing Association of Victoria 2015-2016 season in front of a healthy crowd.

Group time trails opened the Sprintcar Action for the night with both Farrer and Reed setting the fastest times in their groups to give them a front row start in the first round of heats but neither driver converted that to a win.

Heat two saw both Matthew Reed and the event sponsor Darren Hickman line up on the front row for their first heat. At last season Hickman’s Tree Maintenance 360 Challenge A Main these two drivers fought it out all the way for Reed to just take the win in the final lap by three hundredths of a second.

Now Darren was having only his second drive for the season but he was not about to have Reed beat him again, at the drop of the flag for this heat Hickman won the start to open a handy gap before an engine problem looked to deny him the race win. Engine problem or not he was not going to be beaten on this occasion and took a narrow win from the fast finishing Reed.

Soon after the race was over word came thru from the pits that Hickman was out for the night with a dropped valve but added that he was happy as he was retiring and he did this with a win in his final race. The news was not all bad as Darren son Rusty was still there to fly the team’s flag.

Darren also had another win on the night when the Ambulance service officers voted  his car the V40 Sprintcar know as the Rusty Bucket due it colour scheme the best present car award sponsored Ascot Vale Sports & Trophies.

So with the heats race done and won by Paul Solomon, Darren Hickman, Eddie Lumbar and Chris Solomon it was time to head into the shootout to set the final field for the 360 Sprintcar Challenge.

As so often is the case the top six ends up with a few changes, sixth on points and the first car out was Rusty Hickman in the ACT 40 car setting the time to beat, now the wait to see if the time could be beaten was on, the next four challengers, Chris Campbell, Paul Solomon and Chris Solomon did not match Hickman’s time and with one driver Matthew Reed to go Rusty was guaranteed a front row start, well Reed was looking good all night and secured pole position for the Main event with the fastest time in the shootout.  

The order was set, on Pole would be Matthew Reed with Rusty Hickman alongside,row two would be the Solomon Brothers Paul and Chris, row three Brenten Farrer and Chris Campbell who would be followed by Jack Gartner, Eddie Lumbar, Brad Foster, Jordyn Charge, Anthony Foster, David Aldersley, Michael Holt and Andrew Thomson.

A repeat of last season event with Reed and Hickman on the front row but his time it was Rusty Hickman and he wanted what his father didn’t get last season, to win the Hickman Tree Maintenance 360 Sprintcar Challenge.

At the drop of the green Flag it was a drag race into the first corner with Hickman on the outside of Reed going into turn one and two to come out in front going down the back straight for the first time with Reed in pursuit followed by Chris Solomon. Lap three and the caution lights were on for a spinning Michael Holt.

Back under way and Hickman lead the way opening a gap on Reed and the pursuing pack, it was not long before the leaders were into lapped traffic that would see the gap between Hickman and Reed close down and then open up again as they worked thru the lapped cars. Chris Solomon was holding down third place ahead of his brother Paul who had Farrer hard on his tail leaving Campbell, Charge and Lumbar in their own three man dual.

Farrer found a way past Paul Solomon to take the challenge up to Chris for third place but up front the young rookie driver Hickman was driving like he has been racing for years lapping car after car up to fourth place when the next caution light came for Reed who made contact with Lumbar as he was lapping him that would damage to the front end of the Act49 car and spin to a stop. Reed was sent to the rear for the restart.

As the field rolled around for the restart with Hickman in the lead he showed a clean pair of rear tires and opened a gap back to the new second place man Chris Solomon on the restart. The order was now Hickman from Chris Solomon, Brenten Farrer then Paul Solomon in fourth place and then the rest of the field one lap down with the exception of Reed who was still on the lap.

Lumbar, Charge and Campbell were a little further back still duelling it out for fifth place, as the laps started to wind down Reed was working his way back thru the field with a damaged race car. Hickman was out by himself when disaster struck as he was lapping another competitor hitting the turn three wall that damaged the right rear wheel ending his night with a flat tyre bringing the caution lights on once.

With the chequered flag in sight the new race leader Chris Solomon made sure he would not make the same mistake driving a steady race to keep Farrer at bay, Reed had made his way back up to fourth place for the final restart to take third place from Paul Solomon who was driving an ill handling car with the top wing side board collapsed.

Four laps later and Chris Solomon greeted the Chequered flag in first place to take the Hickman’s Tree Maintenance 360 Sprintcar Challenge from second placed driver, Brenten Farrer, third home was Matthew Reed and Paul Solomon survived to take fourth place, round out the finishers were Eddie Lumbar in fifth place followed by Chris Campbell, Jordyn Charge, David Aldersley, Brad Foster and Andrew Thompson. The three cars of Anthony Foster, Michael Holt and Jack Gartner all pulled in field together on the last lap.



Official release: Valvoline Raceway

April 10, 2016

James McFadden put an end to his car-destroying streak to score victory at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway last night pocketing some valuable USC Chase points and $10,000 in the process.

After two consecutive weekends where his racecar was destroyed in respective crashes where he was battling for the lead McFadden was delighted to cross the line first in front of a crack VR field.

“I can’t tell you how good it is to finally get a win,” grinned the Westralian Diamond Drillers pilot, “it’s great for Moth, for Scott and Stephanie Milling, for our all our sponsors and everyone who believes in this team. It’s been a rough few weeks.”

McFadden took the win but he almost coughed it up on the final lap when he nearly spun the #25 Cool.

“I almost lost it there in turn one and two. That would’ve been difficult to swallow if I’d lost it completely.”

Trailing home in second and right on the tail tank of the leader was Jamie Veal who had come from the fifth row of the grid to nearly snaffle the win.

“After the run James and I have been having lately I wasn’t game to get too close,” Veal explained, “considering the way night started for us this second place was a good result.”

After setting quick time in his group for Qualifying the USC Chase leader (Veal) changed motors to attempt to solve a vibration in the car but in the process a steering box was also replaced and he missed his heat race.

This meant the Warrnambool whiz would have to come from the B-Main in order to chase his 17th main event success for the season. After winning the B-Main his qualifying time saw him elevated to position #9 in the A-Main.

Whilst Veal and McFadden were pleased with their end result Robbie Farr could hardly concur.

Going into the penultimate USC Chase round in second place behind Veal, and with the USC QLD title in his pocket, Farr had every reason to feel confident.

Winning the Pole Shootout and starting alongside McFadden for the 35-lap A-Main Farr took his #7 Hi-Tec Oils Cool into an early lead but when McFadden passed him on the outside on the exit to turn four the pair made contact going into turn one.

“When I went around the outside of Robbie and we got to turn one I could see Sam (Walsh) on the outside going into the corner so I dropped to the bottom. We must have made contact because the next thing I know we’re both spinning.”

McFadden kept his car going but Farr spun into the path of the hapless lapped car of Michael Jordan and the resultant impact tore the front end out of the Farr #7 ending his night on an extremely disappointing level.

The battle for the final podium positions behind McFadden were fought out in hectic fashion between Veal, Max Dumesny, James Thompson and Troy Little.

Dumesny would eventually claim third despite an ongoing painful neck injury that he’s played down over the last few weeks.

James Thompson claimed fourth with a powerhouse run to move forward and finish just ahead of the lively Troy Little in fifth, Jackson Delamont sixth, Toby Bellbowen seventh, Matt Smith eighth, Garry Brazier ninth and Grant Anderson rounding out the top ten after a huge pedal from the last row of the grid.

Sam Walsh brought the Rocket Maxim home in eleventh ahead of Matt Dumesny, Grant Tunks, Jay Waugh, Brian Czuzci and Peter Bourke as the last classified finishing car.

DNF’s were Ferguson, Atkinson, Linigen, Jordyn Brazier, Farr, Jordan, Reidy and Matt Thomas.

Highlight of the night was the historic battle in the Pole Shootout between Garry and Jordyn Brazier that Garry won.

A-Main Final Results
1. James McFadden
2. Jamie Veal
3. Max Dumesny
4. James Thompson
5. Troy Little
6. Jackson Delamont
7. Toby Bellbowen
8. Matt Smith
9. Garry Brazier
10. Grant Anderson
11. Sam Walsh
12. Matt Dumesny
13. Grant Tunks
14. Jay Waugh
15. Brian Czuczi
16. Peter Bourke
17. Warren Ferguson DNF
18. Ben Atkinson DNF
19. Kelly Linigen DNF
20. Jordyn Brazier DNF
21. Robbie Farr DNF
22. Michael Jordan DNF
23. Danny Reidy DNF
24. Matt Thomas DNF

Disappointment came in the form of Danny Reidy developing a vibration in the #5 Desert Palms Resort Maxim that saw him withdraw from the main event early and relinquish valuable USC Chase points.

The final round of the USC Chase is this Saturday, April 16 at Valvoline Raceway.


Victorian claims WA Sprintcar Championship

IN his first ever race at the Perth Motorplex, Victorian Tim Van Ginneken claimed the WA Sprintcar Championship on Saturday night from Jamie Maiolo and Daryl Clayden.
After only winning his first 410ci sprintcar feature race on the east coast only a few weeks earlier, Van Ginneken flew to WA to drive the W56 owned by Steve Crabbe from Mandurah.
He started from P3 for the 30-lap final that was scheduled earlier in the show than usual after the threat of rain.
Corey Hunter and Jason Pryde were the first casualties, out in the first lap after they came together when the field bunched up in front of them and they had nowhere to go.
Carl Dowling started on pole after he set quick time at the start of the night and also claimed a win in the heats.
Shaun Bradford started alongside Dowling for the main event after he also won a heat race.
Unfortunately for Bradford he struggled to get away on the start and fell back very quickly.
Jason Kendrick, who started P11, spun to the infield in high-speed fashion to avoid the carnage in front of him.
He managed to continue, albeit from the rear, on the restart.
Trent Pigdon, who was in his first drive in the Diamond Bay Motorsport W26, also headed infield as the field regrouped.
Ryan Farrell went into the fence in turn two on lap eight and as he tried to pull down to the infield and out of harm’s way, he was collected by Mitchell Wormall on the back straight.
Farrell then threw his steering wheel at Cameron Gessner who was rolling around in third.
Lee Redmond forced another restart with 10 laps remaining after he spun the #13, his first drive for the Wormall team.
Shaun Bradford attempted a massive slide job in pits bend soon afterwards but came up against slower cars that saw quite a few hit and damaged.
Dowling, who was still in a podium position, headed infield before the field raced away again.
Gessner was also out of the show after blowing a left-rear tyre with nine to go.
Ben Ellement was on a charge and back up to second, challenging Van Ginneken for the lead when he went into the fence hard, flipped and was out of the contest.
Jamie Maiolo, who started from P9, dug deep in the latter stages and crossed the line only 0.955 of a second behind Van Ginneken.
Clayden, who started from P12, did well to claim a podium position.
Callum Williamson put in a wormanlike effort, starting from P25 to get his way to fourth.
Taylor Milling started P8 and finished fifth, ahead of Aldo De Paoli (started from P24), Troy Lawson (from P19), Redmond  and Scott Chatwin.
Jacob Lucas didn’t even make it past the heats, pulling a massive wheelstand and as the care came back down, flipped violently.

Final: 1st Tim Van Ginneken, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Daryl Clayden, 4th Callum Williamson, 5th Taylor Milling, 6th Aldo De Paoli, 7th Troy Lawson, 8th Lee Redmond, 9th Scott Chatwin. DNF: Andrew Priolo, Kye Scroop, Ben Ellement, Cameron Gessner, Shaun Bradford, David Priolo, Lee Nash, Carl Dowling, James Inglis, Jason Kendrick, Mitchell Wormall, Ryan Farrell, Bradley Maiolo, Trent Pigdon, Jason Pryde and Corey Hunter.


Controversy, Action, Harley Davidson’s and Anderson Feature in Easter Trail Finale

Night number three of the Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail produced another action packed program of racing with Albury’s Grant Anderson claiming a hard fought and richly deserved A-Main victory.

At the commencement of the racing program as presented by Chemblast of Warrnambool, Steven Lines was in the box seat to claim the magnificent Geelong Harley Davidson Street 500 having secured wins at both Avalon Raceway on Good Friday and Borderline Speedway just 24 hours prior.

With the heat races draws randomly drawn ahead of the drivers qualifying against the clock in their heat race groups, Jamie Veal set the benchmark in the first of five qualifying groups with a best lap of 11.299 seconds.

Nick Lacey and Peter Milnes also laid down quality qualifying performances.

Group two saw James McFadden do as James McFadden does, producing a qualifying lap of 11.286 seconds to secure quick time in his group ahead of Ian Loudoun, Shaun Dobson and Jack Lee.

Time Trial specialist Luke Dillon threw his cards on the table with a group three best time of 11.565 seconds to pip 2015-16 Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series Champion Brett Milburn and South Australia’s Aidan Hall.
Group four produced the first heart in throat moment of the evening with Steven Lines ‘only’ able to produce a time of 11.809 seconds on an unusually dry late March Sungold Stadium surface.

Lines’ effort while damning to his charge for Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail success, by no means took anything away from Daniel Pestka who locked away quick time with an 11.679 second pass, to just eclipse John Vogels, Jye O’Keeffe and Lines.

The fifth and final qualifying group saw Warrnambool’s Darren Mollenoyux record an excellent time of 11.540 seconds to be fastest, thus claiming a crucial pole position start for his opening heat of the night.

Defending Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail Champion Grant Anderson did enough to be second fastest just ahead of the Schlam Racing entry of Ryan Jones.

With ten heat races on the program the action promised to be fast and furious with the track surface widening out to provide all competitors with every opportunity to race their way forward.

As expected the opening round of heats saw the fastest qualifiers to the fore with Veal, McFadden, Dillon and Pestka all adding to their points hauls for the evening by capturing heat race wins while Grant Anderson was able to turn the tables on Darren Mollenoyux in the fifth heat of the night.

Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail contenders Ian Loudoun (2nd in heat two), Shaun Dobson (3rd in heat two), Steven Lines (3rd in heat four) and Darren Mollenoyux 2nd in heat five) all did their chances no harm at all.

With a full inversion for the second round of heats, the fastest qualifiers would now have the job ahead of them.

Heat six saw Dion Bellman draw some high praise for his going away win at the wheel of the Jamie Stark S72 entry. Veal did enough to make his way through the field for second with Jake Smith running third.

Ian Loudoun like Veal was making his way from the rear and again showed some strong form to run fourth.

McFadden made it a perfect qualifying performance by again claiming maximum points from heat seven winning ahead of an impressive Marcus Dumesny and Shaun Dobson.

Heat eight would see Steven Lines make a statement that he wasn’t going to relinquish his right to the Harley Davidson Street 500 and a potential $10,000.00 bonus for sweeping the weekend as he chalked up the heat race victory ahead of the consistent John Vogels and Ryan Davis.

The penultimate heat of the night produced another strong performance for Darren Mollenoyux who seemed to be in the groove as he claimed the win from Brett Milburn ad Dennis Jones before Grant Anderson again showed the type of determination that has seen him attract a legion of fans.

Anderson produced a perfect drive to win his heat, out running Ashley Scott in the Ray Scott Racing V55 and Kris Lacey who had indicated that night three of the Easter Trail would be his last at the wheel of the V16 Siclids entry.

With the qualifying points all tallied the last chance C-Main was next on the program with the top set to transfer to the back of the last chance B-Main.

The 15-lap journey was punctuated by a number of stoppages with the likes of Chris Rodda (V14), Rusty Hickman (ACT40), Corey McCullagh (V90) and James Gardiner (V23) all failing to complete the journey as Adam King, Jordyn Brazier, Kris Lacey and Glen Sutherland made the transfer to the B-Main.

With 20 laps slated as the distance for the B-Main and again the top four set to transfer to the back of the all important Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail defining A-Main event, the pressure was on.

That pressure proved a bit much for a number of the combatants as racing incidents involving Jordyn Brazier, Jacob Smith, Kris Lacey, Tim Van Ginneken and Ryan Davis saw the field reduced to just 11 finishers as Murray Bridge’s Ryan Jones claimed the win and the first of four transfers to the A-Main.

Joining Jones in the feature event would be Aidan Hall, Luke Walker and Jack Lee who most definitely enjoying the experience of having Dave McFadden providing some set up advise on the Lee Contracting V25.

So with all of the qualifying events out of the way, it was time to determine the winner of the 2016 Easter Sprintcar Trail with the contenders all enjoying strong starting positions, with Lines facing a big task of making his way forward and giving up a start to the likes of Veal, McFadden and Co as he started from position eight.

With the first start re-called, the second produced a far better launch with McFadden (NQ25) who had qualified on pole, getting the better of the start with his fellow from row occupant Veal (V35).

As the race settled into somewhat of a rhythm it was McFadden who looked strongest as Veal appeared prepared to bide his time in second ahead of Darren Mollenoyux (V77), Grant Anderson (V37) and John Vogels (V70).

Despite his best efforts in the early going Steven Lines hopes of claiming an historic Easter Sprintcar Trail sweep were diminishing by the lap as circulated in eighth place.

However things were about to change on lap number nine when Brett Milburn  (V68) suffered component failure on the entry to turn three, which resulted in a spectacular wreck for the recently crowned SRA Champion.

The once pristine V68 Cool was now reduced to a mass of wrecked race parts as Milburn and Jye O’Keeffe found themselves reduced to spectators as the field assembled for a re-start.

The resumption of hostilities would only last two more laps before Daniel Pestka (V45) and Ryan Jones (W49) also became casualties of the battle before Lines in the Halls Haulage W3 became what many thought would be the major talking point of the 30 lap journey.

As the red lights came on it soon became apparent that Lines had major engine issues with power plant of the super quick W3 hemorrhaging as a result of a broken rocker thus ending the dream of a first ever Easter Trail Clean Sweep and also his hopes of claiming the Harley Davidson Street 500.

As another re-start ensued, it was still McFadden who was setting the pace with Veal begin to look ominous in second, while Mollenoyux, Anderson and Vogels still looked strong as did B-Main transferee Jack Lee (V25) who was beginning to find his groove.

On lap 14 the ACT21 of Dobson became sixth retirement of the race before on lap 17 the demise of Lines was relegated to page three news as Veal and McFadden made contact as Veal sought the race lead on the exit of turn two, after Veal had attempted to slide McFadden for the lead.

What resulted was not only spectacular but also divided opinion as McFadden flipped wildly, appearing somewhat winded upon exiting the car. Thankfully with time he was able to regain his composure as he spoke of the incident on the in field.

With McFadden explaining his version of events on the in field, the stewards deemed Veal to be the primary cause, thus creating even further discussion amongst punters, race teams and officials.

With McFadden out of the race, Veal was sent to the rear of the field, as the mathematicians went into overdrive to see who exactly was still in the mix for the overall Easter Trail honors.

As McFadden surveyed the damage and Veal circulated at the rear if the field, it was Anderson who accepted the tap on the shoulder from lady luck, being rewarded for his inspired run with the race lead on lap 18.

With the remainder of the feature event going flag to flag, Anderson was able to claim a career first Sungold Stadium A-Main win, throwing his name well and truly in the calculations for the keys to the Harley.

As Anderson took the win, Mollenoyux capped a great night of consistent racing with a stout second place finish just ahead of a hard charging Jack Lee, who had transferred from the B-Main to claim a podium finish in what was arguably a career best result.

Luke Dillon gained some reward for perseverance aboard the Matt Muir owned W53 entry with a fourth place finish just ahead of John Vogels who again showed his consistency around Sungold Stadium.

Aidan Hall (S15), Nick Lacey (V26), Veal, Ian Loudoun (V3), Luke Walker (V67) and Peter Milnes (V51) who again enjoyed a strong run at the Easter Sprintcar Trail followed them.

With the top three locked and loaded it was quickly determined that despite an eighth place finish that Jamie Veal had done enough to claim the Geelong Harley Davidson Street 500, just five points clear of Anderson in second and Lines who was ale to salvage something from the disappointment of not finishing the A-Main by claiming third place overall.

On another note, by simply by qualifying for the A-Main last night Jamie Veal also became the inaugural USC Victoria Parr Motorsports Premier Speedway Track Champion.

This means that Veal has now secured back-to-back Track Championships at Sungold Stadium, following his success in 2014-15.

Also on the program last night the Super Rods returned to the high banks of Premier Speedway for the annual Super Rod Cup.

The first of four heats saw veteran racer Darryl Nelson have a change of recent fortune as he took the heat win after starting from the pole position.

Shaun Walsh, the current Victorian Super Rod Champion, also impressed as he blasted his way from position seven on the grid to claim a runner-up finish, while Ewan McKenzie also shone as he made his way to third.

Heat two saw Howard Stansfield claim a wire-to-wire victory as he held off a determined Peter Duynhoven and Troy Gleeson.

Corey Deglaitis failed to finish after cutting down a left rear tyre.

In what was a heat race for the ages, ‘Gorgeous’ George Woolstencroft wound back the clock to take out heat race three, prevailing over original pole sitter Leigh Podger while the top three was rounded out by Michael McDonald.

The fourth and final heat went the way of Ewan McKenzie who battled Michael Coad, Shaun Walsh and a resurgent Corey Deglaitis in the run to the checkers.

The 20-lap final was an intriguing battle with McKenzie sharing the front row with Howard Stansfield and winning the early fight as he led the field from Stansfield and Shaun Walsh.

On lap nine, Amy Duynhoven was involved in an incident that saw her head for the in field to become the first casualty of the race.

From the re-start it was Stansfield who began to take control as he looked to emulate the feat of his son – Grant – who won the Super Rod feature at Avalon on Good Friday night.

From this point forward Stansfield made the Super Rod Cup his own as he managed to hang on to keep Shaun Walsh at bay while Michael McDonald rounded out the top three.

George Woolstencroft and Corey Deglaitis who salvaged a top five finish after dropping his opening heat followed them across the line.

Murcott Wins the Battle But Farr Wins the War at Toowoomba

Horrell Motorsport’s Dave Murcott has survived a last corner lunge from Robbie Farr to win the Clay Per View Triple Challenge Grand Final at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway.

However, Farr’s runner-up result was enough to secure the overall three-night series victory, after claiming the round one win at Toowoomba on Good Friday and claiming two heat wins at Archerfield before the meeting was abandoned to rain.

Farr began the final night by claiming Ian Boettcher Race Parts Quicktime, marginally quicker than Andrew Scheuerle and popular surprise packet, Andrew Wright, while Murcott was flying under the radar qualifying 7th.

Scheuerle, Lack, Bellbowen, Mann, Mark Pholi and Dean Thomas all recorded heats wins, however the B-dash made a huge impact on grid positions for the A-Main, with Mitch Gee and Peter Lack losing 4 and 8 spots on the grid respectively.

Taking a small break from preparations for the 50 lap A-Main, the top three qualifiers, Farr, Scheuerle and Kevin Titman assembled on the concrete pad for a right-rear change challenge for the chance to win $250 from Ian Boettcher Race Parts.

Despite an even start, Farr’s team of Nick Speed and Neil Kelly claimed the win, much to the delight of the crowd who enjoyed the break before the B Main, where Pholi, Thomas, Tranter and Dale Shilleto making the transfer to the feature race.

With the stage set for the main event, Farr qualified on pole alongside sparring partner, Andrew Scheuerle, and instantly, the multilane racetrack was super-fast yet still allowed great passing opportunities, until Dale Shiletto rode the wall through turn 3 in lap 12, bringing on an early open-red, and exposing the varying degrees of tyre wear though the field.

Jake Tranter, Dean Thomas and Peter Lack would also retire early, before Mark Pholi came to grief also in turn 3 to bring on the caution lights with 22 laps remaining.

The battle for second between Murcott and Scheuerle ended mildly with a light side by side collision in the front straight between the pair left Scheuerle out of the contest, and setting the stage for Murcott to have one last tilt at Farr who was within striking distance on the restart.

Finally with just 14 laps remaining Murcott discharged Farr of his front running duties with only one more restart to guard his spot.

With just four laps remaining, Farr fell back one last time, to wind up for a last ditch effort to lunge at Murcott on the last turn, to just fall short to the Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers #83 and give the Victorian his second win of the season.

The Wingless 40 lap feature was won by Jason Bates over Mark Blyton and Adam Butler, and ironically, the three night series was claimed by the same trio in the reverse order in a phenomenal battle that saw five different drivers lead the race.

The attention now turns to next Saturday’s USC QLD Grand Final on April 2, that will welcome the freshly crowned World Series Sprintcars champion Jamie Veal, and former two-time WSS and Australian champion, James McFadden.


Big Field Sets Sights On Harley Davidson Street 500 This Easter

The 2016 Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail is set to kick off tomorrow at Avalon Raceway Geelong with another large contingent of the Nation’s best Sprintcar pilots all eyeing off the magnificent Harley Davidson Street 500.

The sharp looking Harley, is on offer to the overall points winner over the three nights of competition, with Saturday night seeing the teams move across the border to Mt. Gambier before returning to the Garden State for the third and final night at Premier Speedway, Warrnambool.

With the likes of Jamie Veal, James McFadden, Steven Lines, Max Dumesny, defending Easter Trail winner Grant Anderson and a host of other three night combatants the action is sure to be fast and furious.

Add some spice into the mix, with the likes of Jordyn Brazier, Brad Keller and Matt Egel electing to only contest one or two of the rounds and the best of the best are going to have their hands full as they compete for $5000.00 each night as well as the overall prize of the Street 500!

A couple of drivers also have a little extra incentive to do well this weekend , with John Vogels and Brett Milburn locked in a tense battle for the Essendon Ford Track Championship at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway, with the battle for the Ford Fiesta looking like going to the wire!

On Sunday night, it now seems a mere formality that Jamie Veal will cap what has been a dominant season at his home venue, by securing the 2015-16 Parr Motorsports $10,000.00 to win Track Premiership.

Leading into the weekend Veal has an unassailable lead in the points battle.

With some huge Fireworks displays set to send the 2015-15 season off in fine style there is no better opportunity to get along to your nearest venue this weekend to catch some of the magnificent Easter Trail action.

All three venues will also conduct Open Pit Party’s between 3 and 4.00pm for those patrons that wish to get up close and personal with their favorite drivers and perhaps grab some Easter Trail Merchandise.

For a full list of entrant, please log on to for more info.
The 2016 Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail will be held on Friday March 25, 2016 at Avalon Raceway, Geelong, Borderline Speedway, Mt. Gambier on Saturday March 26, 2016 before the final night on Sunday March 27, 2016 at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool.


Easter Sprintcar Feast for Archerfield

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

This Saturday night (March 26) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, the big guns are coming to town to take on the local heroes in round two of the Clay-Per-View Sprintcar Easter Triple Challenge. Doubling as the opening round of the East Coast Logistics Crispy Memorial Series, the event has attracted a collection of interstate competitors looking to test themselves against the best in the business at Queensland’s premier speedway venue. There will be two Australian Championship winners in the field, along with numerous state titleholders, series winners and track champions amongst the 30+ entries.

Returning to Brisbane with plenty of incentive to win is two-time national titleholder Dave Murcott. Driving for Queensland-based car owner Dave Horrell, who also happens to be the Crispy Memorial Series sponsor, Murcott will be determined to score a hometown win for a man who continues to be a fantastic supporter of Sprintcar racing.

Also chasing the triple challenge cash is another former national champ in Robbie Farr. In what will be his first appearance at Archerfield this season, Farr brings some strong form into the event following a feature race win at Sydney Speedway last weekend.   

Other interstaters making the trek to take part on Saturday include NSW’s Michael Saller, Andrew Wright and Toby Bellbowen, young South Australian Jake Tranter and former Wingless Sprint standout Brendon Scorgie from the ACT.  Wright is one of the most improved drivers in the country over the last season or so, while Bellbowen is simply happy to be back on track after an extended layoff due to eye surgery. For the likes of Tranter, Saller and Scorgie, this weekend gives them the opportunity to gain experience away from home.

So far this season, Andrew Scheuerle, Luke Oldfield, Lachlan McHugh and Bryan Mann have scored feature race wins, with Scheuerle’s five such successes propelling him to victory in the Supercheap Auto Series which concluded last Saturday night. This quartet will no doubt be in the mix again this weekend, with McHugh looking to bounce back from a horror night last Saturday. The likes of Mitchell Gee, Kevin Titman, Peter Lack, Brandon Rawlings and Darren Jensen have featured on the podium throughout the season and will be confident of keeping the interstaters at bay, while a luckless Brent Kratzmann could also be a contender if he can somehow rid himself of the bad luck that has plagued his 2015/2016 campaign.

The fact that the only two drivers who have upstaged the locals to win feature races at Archerfield this season are American superstar Donny Schatz and current Australian champion Kerry Madsen is indicative of the depth of talent competing each week in these parts. As such, this Saturday will see Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Dale Shilleto, Clem Hoffmans, Dan Murray, Richard Morgan, Kristy Bonsey, Mark Pholi, Dylan Menz, Darren Silcock, Steve Rowell, David Whell, Steve Greer, Scott Doyle, Simon Jupe and V8 Supercar racer Garry Jacobson hit the track once again chasing the $4000 on offer to the winner of the 40-lap feature race.

Also featuring on another huge Archerfield program are a big field of more than 20 Wingless Sprints contesting round two of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Easter Series, along with 360 Sprintcars, Lightning Sprints and Formula 500’s, with newly crowned Australian Champion Liam Williams and championship runner-up Kaydon Iverson amongst the nominations. Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans are also on the card and there will be a kids pushbike race for all those youngsters looking to emulate their favourite drivers on the Archerfield track.
Early racing gets underway from 4.45pm and Sprintcars will hit the track at 6.00pm, with adult tickets just $25.00. For more information about any event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, visit or like Archerfield Speedway on Facebook for news and updates in the lead-up to each race meeting.


Farr wins USC Chase Round Three at Valvoline Raceway

Robbie Farr clinched a nail-biting USC Chase Round Three victory at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway last night, literally brushing aside James McFadden to score the $10,000 win by a matter of metres.

Farr and McFadden traded the lead position twice in the final lap with Farr’s Hi-Tec Oils #7 Cool eventually edging by on the inside groove in turn three where he was never headed.

It was a thrilling conclusion to what had been a gripping race where the heavyweights of USC Sprintcar action all staked their claims for the $10,000 payout including Chase Series leader Jamie Veal who led his share of laps as well.

Valvoline Raceway honoured Sprintcar and Speedway legend Brian Linigen who presented the winners their hardware on the dais and waved the chequered flags for the 4-wide formation.

“It means a lot to get this trophy from Brian,” Farr explained, “I’ve driven for him and so many other people have as well. He’s been a huge supporter of Speedway Racing and he deserves tonight.”

If the battle for the lead wasn’t enough the arm-wrestles for position continued well back through the back thrilling the huge crowd on hand, many of whom were knew to the sport to see Monster Trucks as well for the “Ultimate vs Monster” promotion.

“The boys gave me a great car,” grinned Farr who came from the fourth row of the grid, “that last lap was pretty hairy with James but when there’s ten grand on the line and a possible USC Chase overall win you have to go for it. I know he’d have done the same.”

McFadden relieved Farr of the lead going in turn one on the final lap and came out in front as the duo exited turn two.

Farr drew back alongside him going into turn three and there was contact between the cars with McFadden bouncing up over the cushion and coming out literally metres behind the new leader as the chequers fell.

“It is what it is,” McFadden grinned later after playfully rugby tackling Farr during his TV interview, “you race against each other maybe fifty times a year and you only hit each other once or twice. It was a great race. I just wish I’d been able to shut the door a little harder going into three.”

Jamie Veal may not have scored the main event win but it was an important third place for the USC Chase leader.

“We weren’t that good tonight to be honest, we need to go back and work out where we went wrong for next time. James and Robbie did a great job but I really struggled passing lapped cars. You can’t afford to be off your game in any way at this level.”

Jackson Delamont was rapid in the #48 Mad Harry’s Steel Maxim to place an excellent fourth.

Ian Loudoun made a welcome return to form in the Essendon Ford J&J with KMS crew chief Dylan Buswell spannering the car for the second week in a row. Loudoun moved from position #13 to his eventual fifth.

Max Dumesny and James Thompson were very quick in various parts of the race and certainly had their chances for a podium finish.

The revelation of the night was Canberra’s Jay Waugh who qualified into the Pole Shootout and ran inside the top four for many laps before fading brakes saw him fall back through the order.

An obviously satisfied Waugh grinned in the pits after the night had ended.

“It was great to run up towards the front like that. It’s a different kind of intensity when you run with those guys, you just can’t afford to let up. We lost the brakes and that made it impossible to stay on the pace but I learned a lot in the time I was in the top group.”

Grant Tunks drove more laps than most having to come from the C-Main, then the B-Main and finally the A-Main to eventually place 16th.

Another entertaining battle going on behind Tunks was between Mick Saller and Matt Thomas who finished 17th and 18th respectively after the pair raced side by side for many laps, much to the chagrin of James McFadden when he was trying to lap them.

Jack Lee was the only red light stoppage of the main event when he rolled the #25 Lilley Lane’s Quarries entry earlier in turn three.

A-Main finishing positions:
1. Robbie Farr
2. James McFadden
3. Jamie Veal
4. Jackson Delamont
5. Ian Loudoun
6. Max Dumesny
7. James Thompson
8. Danny Reidy
9. Jimmy Matchett
10. Andrew Wright
?11. Max Johnston
12. Jay Waugh
13. Grant Anderson
14. Matt Smith
15. Warren Ferguson
16. Grant Tunks
17. Michael Saller
18. Matthew Thomas

19. Toby Bellbowen
20. Kim Becker
21. Ben Atkinson
22. Sam Walsh
23. Jack Lee
24. Mitchell Dumesny

The Dumesny Dash Sprintcar race (featuring all six members of the Dumesny Family) was run and won by Michaela Dumesny who edged out younger brother Marcus and elder brother Mitchell to take the 8-lap win.

Matt Dumesny may well have been the victor after tearing up to second place before hurting a motor with a few laps to go and with his Mum Melinda and sister Michaela in his sights.

The USC Chase qualifying rounds continue this coming Easter weekend with Good Friday and Easter Sunday at Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Toowoomba and also at Premier Speedway Warrnambool on the Sunday.


Mann Takes Supercheap Series Final

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

Defending track champion Bryan Mann raced to his first feature race win for the season when he triumphed in the final round of the Supercheap Auto Sprintcar Series at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 19). Having started the 30-lap feature race from pole position by virtue of his win in the Lucas Oils Dash, Mann led every circulation on a superfast, but somewhat narrow, track to finish ahead of Kevin Titman and Peter Lack. Having already wrapped up the Supercheap Auto Series pointscore, Andrew Scheuerle finished fourth in advance of Scott Doyle, David Whell, Dan Murray and Andrew Marks, with Mitchell Gee and Callum Walker rounding out the top ten.

Rain swept across the complex just prior to the scheduled start of proceedings, resulting in a delayed start and changes to the race format. With time trials scrapped, the heat races became much more important, as several drivers discovered as the night progressed. Given the additional moisture in the track surface, it was no surprise to see a superfast racing line emerge on which passing was difficult at times.

As such, each heat was won from the front row with Lack, Scheuerle, Murray, Brent Kratzmann, Luke Oldfield and Steve Johnson sharing the spoils. Other standouts were Mann, Brandon Rawlings and Titman, all of whom made the dash.

It was Oldfield who emerged as the top qualifier before inverting the field in the Lucas Oils Dash, handing Mann pole position for the 6-lapper. Mann made no mistake, leading home Rawlings, Titman, Scheuerle, Oldfield and Lack.

Walker took out the East Coast Logistics B Main, with Paul Rooks, Brad Ayers and Anthony Lambert also making the transfer into the main event.

Come feature race time, Mann established a sizeable lead in rapid time as his front row partner Rawlings found himself swamped and had been shuffled back to fifth by the end of the opening lap. A couple of restarts proved little obstacle for Mann, with the battle for the minor placings between Titman and Lack intensifying. However, the final 10 laps livened things up when lapped traffic became a factor, enabling Titman and Lack to chase down Mann. Lack moved ahead of Titman on lap 24, only to surrender the position three laps later. Ultimately, a tangle between Kratzmann and Johnson with just three laps remaining proved pivotal, presenting Mann with a clear track again for a final flurry to the chequer.

In the Polar Ice Midget feature race, a relieved Brendan Palmer finally took the step to the top of the podium with a faultless drive from pole position. In his best ever result, Chris Singleton finished second, with Brock Dean third. The middle stages of the race saw Singleton loom large in pursuit of Palmer until the effects of deflating left rear tyre slowed him down and assured Palmer of victory. Dean advanced to third on lap 10 but could make little impression on the lead pair. Finishing fourth was Rodney Harders, followed by Mitch Haynes, Reid Mackay, Brad Young, Lance Towns, Doug Cavell and Gavin McDowall. Series leader and defending track champion Michael Kendall exited on lap 8, having scrambled to make the race after crashing out of his second heat.

Young, Singleton, Haynes and Palmer shared the spoils in the heat races and it was the latter who secured pole position for the 15-lap Polar Ice feature race.

The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is round two of the Clay-Per-View Easter Sprintcar Triple Challenge, which doubles as the opening round of the East Coast Logistics Crispy Memorial Series, on Saturday night (March 26). Lightning Sprints, 360 Sprintcars, Wingless Sprints and Formula 500’s are also on the program, along with the Ford v Holden v Sigma sedans.


Van Ginneken Demolishes the Opposition to take Eureka Series Final Win

By Ian Vale

Tim Van Ginneken demolished the opposition with an outstanding drive to take the win in the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series Grand Final at Simpson Speedway last night on a wild hooked up race track that tested all the drivers during the night giving the spectators plenty of action to watch and some of the best wheels stands seen for some time.

Such was Van Ginneken’s performance in the main event he lapped the field up to sixth place and took the win from second placed driver Darren Mollenoyux by over eleven seconds. While Van Ginneken was in a league of his own in the Eureka A Main the battle between Mollenoyux, Brett Milburn, Corey McCullagh and John Vogels raged all race long, such was the battle the commentator were struggling to keep up with the action.

Local driver Luke Walker was in form on the night to end up highest point scorer after the heat races while another local John Vogels was only one point behind him followed by Darren Mollenoyux, Tim Van Ginneken, Glen Sutherland and then the new 2015-2016 Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series Champion Brett Milburn would fill the top six spots for the A main but they were yet to run the top six shootout for their final starting positions.

Walker showed he was in form when he set the best time to start from pole position for the Main event, Mollenoyux advanced to the front row while both Milburn and Sutherland moved to the second row, and both Vogels and Van Ginneken were dropped back to the third row starting positions.

The other qualifier that would join the top six in starting order was Nick Lacey from position seven followed by Kristy Ellis, Eddie Lumbar, Corey McCullagh, Brayden Parr and Paul O’Shannassy followed by the six B Main qualifiers, Shaun Dobson, Jacob Smith, Charles Hunter, Phil Lock, Chris Campbell and Daniel Newnham.

The final Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main of the 2015-2016 season field assemble ready for action, Mollenoyux wasted no time to jump into the lead leaving Walker in second place but it was not long before the action heated up when Vogels had the save of the season, his ride stood up on the right front wheel in turn three on the first lap and he somehow saved the car from rolling but he would loose eight positions by the time he crossed the line for the first lap.

One lap completed and the caution lights were when Walker hooked up down the main straight into a big wheel stand only to come down and hit Sutherland that would put both drivers out of the race.

The attempted restart didn’t get a lap in when Dobson who was making an outside move on turn four was hit by another car sending into the wall and out of the race leaving fifteen sprintcars to complete the next twenty nine laps.

Mollenoyux lead the restart from Van Ginneken who had made ground on the first lap and with the demise of both Walker & Sutherland leaving him in the box seat to challenge Mollenoyux, Milburn was now into third with Lacey into fourth, Ellis in fifth place followed by McCullagh, Parr, Smith, Vogels and Lumbar in tenth place round out the other runners was O’Shannassy, Hunter, Lock, Newnham and Campbell.

Mollenoyux was in control trying to run a conservative pace that was suitable for the hooked up track conditions that was getting a little rough, Van Ginneken was closing on the leader but the real interest was Vogels who was on his way back through the field to catch the trio of Milburn, Lacey and McCullagh that were racing each other hard.

Just over one third race distance and Mollenoyux left a gap going into turn one and Van Ginneken didn’t require a written invitation to take to opportunity to go thru for the lead. Once in the lead Van Ginneken moved his car up track and poured the coals on then picked the pace up by over half a second per lap.

With Van Ginneken gone and lapping cars Mollenoyux was keeping his composure and holding a comfortable second place while the action between Milburn, McCullagh, Lacey and Vogels excited the crowd and commentators, with this battle going on Mollenoyux was keeping just out of reach of these drivers. McCullagh who won the previous round at Simpson wanted another podium finish when he moved past Milburn to take third place with twelve to go, Vogels was relentless in trying to take fifth place from Lacey while Jacob Smith was now moving into the picture.

As the laps wound down back up front and Van Ginneken was gone with over three quarters of a lap lead from Mollenoyux but Milburn was not done yet and wanted third place back from McCullagh, two to go and Milburn accomplished his mission to take third place back while Vogels demoted Lacey to sixth place.

But on the night the best man won with a brilliant drive, Tim Van Ginneken a clear winner who just happened to pick up $5000 for his efforts from Darren Mollenoyux in second, Brett Milburn third, Corey McCullagh fourth, John Vogels fifth and the last car on the lead lap Nick Lacey home in sixth place, rounding out the finishers in order was Jacob Smith, Brayden Parr with yet another outstanding drive followed by Kristy Ellis, Paul O’Shannassy, Eddie Lumbar, Charles Hunter, Daniel Newnham, Chris Campbell and Phil Lock.

With Darren Mollenoyux’s second place finish this gave him enough points on the night to deny fourth place finisher Corey McCullagh from take second place back in the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series, the top there order for the 2015-2016 Eureka Series is Brett Milburn 1st, Darren Mollenoyux 2nd & Corey McCullagh 3rd.

To top the night off Domenic Sabatino the proprietor of Eureka Garages & Sheds arrived in time to see the Grand Final and present the winners with their trophies for the night with the drivers all thanking Domenic and his Company Eureka Garages & Sheds for their amazing support of the Eureka Series over the past thirteen years.

Heat winners on the night went to Glen Sutherland, Brayden Parr, Nick Lacey, Tim Van Ginneken, Luke Walker and Darren Mollenoyux.

With the Eureka Series now over many of the Series sponsor awards have been won, the Metric Men, most heat win went to Brett Milburn, Essendon Mitsubishi most cars passed in the Series A Main was taken out by John Vogels and the Eliminator Race Wings award has be won by Jye Okeeffe.

Now while these awards are confirmed there are still other major awards to be decided, the KTM Top ten award thanks to Jeff Leisk and KTM Australian will be drawn at the SRA presentation dinner for the new KTM 250EXC Enduro Motor bike to be won.

Then we have the Essendon Ford Luxury accommodation package of five nights at Port Douglas that also includes the airfares for two that will be drawn at the dinner for the drivers that finished between eleventh and twentieth in the Series and meet the criteria.

One of the most prestigious awards that is to be voted on and handed out at the Dinner is the Parr Motorsports Drivers Driver award as voted on by the drivers in the Series.

Then thanks to Eureka Garages & Sheds that contribute a major amont of the Prize Poole money along with Hoosier Tire Australian and Camden Neon Signs there will be over $38,000 handed out to the top fifteen drivers that meet the Series Criteria at the presentation.

A special thanks to one of the Series new sponsor Steelpipes Pty Ltd and Lumbar Transport for putting money up for the first driver not to transfer from the B Main each night and some funds into the prize Poole as well.

The Sprintcar Racing Association of Victoria would like to thank all our Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series sponsors on behalf of the competitors for making the 2015-2016 Series the biggest it has been and the success it was.

Also to the venues that have supported the SRA and the Eureka Series this season thank you, Avalon Raceway, Borderline Speedway, Heartland Raceway, Premier Speedway, Simpson Speedway and Western Speedway.

Eureka Garages and Sheds Series nightly contingency awards:
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Brett Milburn - 4538
2nd – Darren Mollenoyux - 3634
3rd – Corey McCullagh – 3590
4th – Jye Okeeffe - 3321
5th – Shaun Dobson - 3181
6th – Glen Sutherland - 3076
7th – John Vogels -3057
8th – Adam King - 3024
9th – Luke Walker - 2786
10th – Dennis Jones - 2714

Essendon Ford – Trip to Port Douglas
(End of Series random draw between 11th & 20th place)
11th – Jacob Smith - 2690
12th – Tim Hutchins - 2661
13th – Daniel Pestka - 2445
14th – Nick Lacey - 2427
15th – Ian Loudoun - 2399
16th – Tim Van Ginneken - 2397
17th – Kristy Ellis - 2395
18th – Brayden Parr - 2291
19th – Eddie Lumbar - 2289
20th – Jordyn Charge - 2245



Official release: Toby Bellbowen Motorsport

March 18, 2016

In exciting news, Toby Bellbowen will return to the drivers’ seat tomorrow night at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway as the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Chase

Toby has been out for a number of weeks due to an operation he had on his eye but is relishing the chance to get back in the seat on Saturday night.

“It's a big relief to be back in the car from this weekend onwards,” he said. “I really didn't know when I would be back, but I feel better than ever and I'm really looking forward to finishing off the season strong. My doctor definitely didn't give me any false hopes from the start, but I wasn't surprised that he gave me the all clear. I feel as good as new. As much as it's been a bummer sitting out, I feel a little refreshed and very hungry which I think will work into my favour.”

Toby also continues to search for that first A-Main win and there would be nothing better than closing off the season with a win next to his name.

“I feel really confident that we'll have a strong end to the racing year. As we try to do every race, we'll be putting our best foot forward and hopefully things work in our favour.”

As this weekend approaches, there has also been a change to the team personnel. Crew Chief Chris Muir is no longer with the team.

“I would like to personally thank him for the last three years of service to the team and me personally and wish him all the best in the future,” Toby said.


The Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Heads to Simpson for the Grand Final.

By Ian Vale

The Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series returns to Simpson Speedway for the Series Grand Final this weekend, for the first time in four years the Series has been won at the previous round by Brett Milburn but from second right thru the next twenty places in the points standings it is still a very open affair.

Brett Millburn’s performance at Premier Speedway with a fifth place in the A Main put any challenge for the Eureka Series Crown beyond reach of his fellow competitors. Other changes in the points at that meeting in the KTM top ten had Darren Mollenoyux moved into second place demoting Corey McCullagh to third place leaving him with only sixty seven points ahead of Jye Okeeffe. So the battle for second and third in the Series is between Mollenoyux, McCullagh who won the earlier round here at Simpson Speedway and Okeeffe.

A few points further back is the 2013-2014 Series Champion Shaun Dobson who has Adam King, Glen Sutherland and five time Eureka Series winner John Vogels within striking distance for the minor placing’s.

While Dennis Jones and Luke Walker site in ninth and tenth place in the KTM Motorbike top ten there places are no secure as  both Tim Hutchins and Jacob Smith still have a chance to make the top ten in the Series.

$5000 to win will have the drivers working overtime at the unique Simpson Speedway to qualify for the A Main that will have six heat races, a C & B Main event plus the top six shootout before the all important Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series season Grand Final A Main event.

With a good mix of drivers coming from the western district Phil Lock, Luke Walker,  Tim Rankin, Jye Okeeffe and Jacob Smith to Challenge some of the drivers that have tasted victory in the Eureka Series, Mollenoyux, Vogels, Dobson, Lacey, Vogels, Milburn this all points to another strong field of competitors looking for glory.

Once again Eddie Lumbar will make the trip down from Deniliquin while Glen Sutherland will represent South Australia and Tim Hutchins along with Shaun Dobson will carry the flag for Tasmania.

Kristy Ellis sits fifteenth in the Series points and another good result similar to her recent run at Heartland Raceway will go a long way to locking here into the top fifteen to have a slice of the $40,000 prize poole money and chance to win the Essendon Ford trip to Port Douglas in Luxury accommodation for five days.

Two of the new drivers Jordyn Charge and Brayden Parr that were just sixteen at the beginning of the season have been impressive right throughout this Series and have a bright future in this sport, both drivers are capable of making the A Main event and if they do they could be the surprise drivers, a top ten would not be out of the question for either driver.

Other regular drivers nominated are Rod Matthews, Tim Van Ginneken, David Aldersley, Charles Hunter and David McKay that will be part of the thirty plus field of drivers nominated.

Grand Final time for the 2015-2016 Eureka Garages and Sheds Series at Simpson Speedway this weekend for the second night of Labour Day Clash which will also feature a $5,000.00 A-Main event plus a mini $3000 bonus for the top 4 Drivers from last week and this week’s A Main events on finishing points thanks to Premier Speedway and Simpson.

More information on this event may be found at
On track action will commence at approximately 6pm.
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Brett Milburn - 4167
2nd – Darren Mollenoyux - 3238
3rd – Corey McCullagh – 3224
4th – Jye Okeeffe - 3157
5th – Shaun Dobson - 2948
6th – Adam King - 2904
7th – Glen Sutherland - 2841
8th – John Vogels -2685
9th – Dennis Jones - 2567
10th – Luke Walker – 2538

Essendon Ford – Trip to Port Douglas
(End of Series random draw between 11th & 20th place)
11th – Tim Hutchins - 2479
12th – Daniel Pestka - 2445
13th – Ian Loudoun - 2399
14th – Jacob Smith - 2367
15th – Kristy Ellis - 2086
16th – Nick Lacey - 2086
17th – Jordyn Charge - 2075
18th – Peter Milnes - 2031
19th – David McKay - 2025
20th – Tim Van Ginneken - 2021


Congratulations to Brad Maiolo - AHG Sprintcar Series Champion

BRAD Maiolo, Jamie Maiolo and Jason Kendrick are the top three drivers in the 2015-16 AHG Sprintcar Series Championship that wrapped up at the Perth Motorplex last Saturday night.
Brad was the class act all year and is a deserving winner of his maiden championship, edging out Jamie who is the most successful driver in the series history.
All he had to do to win the series was to roll the car out for the Washpod Westernapolis Grand Final feature race but rather than just cruise and collect points, he pushed hard to finish a very strong fourth.
“I am very happy to get a good result for our team and everyone involved , all our sponsors and all our crew that is there every week, along with mum and dad and my wife,”  Brad said on the podium.
“I can’t thank them all enough to let me do what I love, thanks a lot.”
“I am happy to still run fourth but would have been good to be on the podium, but yeah, it is what it is and we had some good drivers here and that’s the best we could do.”
Brad was quick to acknowledge his crew, headed up by Brendan Telfer.
“He gives me a good car every night , I can’t thank him enough, he works very hard during the week  and puts in a lot of hours , so yeah can’t thank him enough  and also Kyran, Bailey and Glen for giving me a hand on the nights.”
His attention turns to the AHG123 Four Crown mini-series that will kick off at the Perth Motorplex on Easter Saturday.
“I am looking forward to these last four rounds and see if we can’t take that out as well.”
“In a short series like that you have got to finish every one and finish strongly in everyone to take that out, so we will do our best.”
AHG Sprintcar Series final points: Bradley Maiolo 2404, Jamie Maiolo 2332, Jason Kendrick 2260, Lee Nash 2168, Shaun Bradford 2164, Ryan Farrell 2116, Mitchell Wormall 2066, Daryl Clayden 1964, David Priolo 1932, Ben Ellement 1904, Scott Chatwin 1854, Callum Williamson 1740, Andrew Priolo 1552, Ryan Lancaster 1546, Kye Scroop 1470, Troy Lawson 1411, Jake Beard-Miller 1410, James Inglis 1340, Jason Pryde 1194, Ken Sartori 1126, Taylor Milling 1044, Luke Dillon 968, Robert Watson junior 860, Jacob Lucas 784, Corey Hunter 778, Carl Dowling 736, Aldo De Paioli 682, Darren Mewett 678, James McFadden 622, Steven Lines 582, Kyle Hirst 574, Jamie Veal 572, Brooke Tatnell 562, Dave Murcott 542, Daniel Harding 508, Brodie Minchin 484, , Sean Zemunik 420, Ian Madsen 386, Ryan Jones 364, Daniel Keen 272, Ben Butcher 260, Kerry Madsen 248, Lynton Jeffrey 232, Jamie Buszan 222, Terry Cutts, Trent Pigdon 150 each, Jason Boland 124, Michael Keen 122, Paul Peet 120 and Scott Reilly 50.


Massive Night of Racing for Archerfield

Archerfield Speedway Media Release  

Racing resumes at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (March 19) with a massive show featuring four huge events on the one program. In addition to the final round of the Supercheap Auto Sprintcar Championship,

Midgets will contest their Polar Ice Track Championship, Modified Sedans will make their only appearance for the season in the Firecracker 1000 and Microsprint competitors will contest their 2015/2016 Australian Championship. To have four events of this stature on the one program is a huge undertaking and this show is certainly shaping as something very special.

In Sprintcar competition, although Andrew Scheuerle has wrapped up the Supercheap Auto pointscore, rest assured he will be determined to expand his lead further in the chase for the overall track championship, which continues through until the end of the season with the Crispy Memorial Series. With five feature race wins at Archerfield this season, Scheuerle has been the dominant driver, but recent weeks have seen both Luke Oldfield and Lachlan McHugh find their way to victory lane as Scheuerle has struggled to reproduce his early season form. Can Oldfield
or McHugh win again, or will Scheuerle bounce back to his best? Maybe Mitchell Gee can break through for his maiden win, or will it be Kevin Titman who poses proudly atop the podium at the conclusion of the 30-lap feature event? Of course, predictions are pointless because there are so many possible permutations with more than 25 cars taking to the track.

Young Callum Walker is due a change in fortunes to secure a result that reflects the talent and temperament he has demonstrated thus far in his rookie season, while defending track champion Bryan Mann is no doubt determined to reacquaint himself with the spoils of victory. Throw in the likes of Brent Kratzmann, Steve Johnson, Richard Morgan, Brandon Rawlings, Dave Fanning and Peter Lack and the scene is set for another spectacular night of Sprintcar competition. Also amongst the nominations are Brad Ayers, Andrew Marks, Clem Hoffmans, Anthony Lambert,
Dale Shilleto, Dan Murray, David Whell, Nelson Reddacliff, Rob Hamilton, Mark Pholi, Scott Doyle, Paul Rooks and Simon Jupe, with V8 Supercar racer Garry Jacobson making his second appearance for the season.

Whilst Scheuerle enjoys a 246 point lead in the Supecheap standings, there are only 14 points separating the next three drivers. Titman currently sits second just 11 points clear of Gee, with Kratzmann three points adrift in fourth overall. Pholi is next in line ahead of McHugh, Andrew Leibke, Rawlings, Lack and Johnson.

In the absence of previous round winner Matt Hefford, it is Brendan Palmer, Brock Dean and Queensland champion Michael Harders who seem the drivers most likely to challenge defending champion Michael Kendall in the Polar Ice Midget track championship feature race. Having been relegated to third at the previous round two weeks ago, Kendall will be primed to reclaim his regular position at the front of the field. However, despite beating Kendall in their previous encounter, Palmer was very frustrated at having finished second once again, so expect him to unleash his
full arsenal this week in his bid to again defeat Kendall and procure that elusive feature race win in the process.

Rodney Harders has been the biggest improver this season and has produced some strong results in recent outings, Ken Stanaway is always a threat given his wealth of experience and Lance Towns has finished on the podium this season, ensuring there will be plenty of close competition through the field. Also nominated are Doug Cavell, Tony Michelle, Mitch Haynes, Chris Singleton, Brad Young, Reid Mackay, Gavin McDowell and Corey Stothard.



Official release: Valvoline Raceway

March 13, 2016

Nathan Smee survived the impressive advances of Michael Stewart to win his second NSW Speedcar Championship at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway tonight, leading home Stewart in second place and defending champion Matt Jackson in third.

Smee dominated the 30-lap Championship race until Stewart began running him down and even effected a brief pass for the lead before Smee regained the advantage and was rarely troubled after that.

“Michael took me off cruise mode,” Smee admitted on the podium, “I was having a bit of a snooze and when he went past it woke me up and I got going again. You can’t afford to give these kids a sniff, especially someone like him.”

Stewart paid tribute to his more experienced rival.

“Nathan’s a great racer,” he conceded, “I’ve always looked up to him as a racer so it was cool to race him like that. I knew he wasn’t going to let me have it easily so when he got back past me I didn’t think I’d get another chance and I was right.”

Darren Jenkins was rapid but a poor start saw him drop several positions and then fight hard to regain them before engine gremlins saw him head to the pits prematurely after showing significant speed.

Reid Mackay continued to show considerable potential in the #76 entry and his eventual sixth spot ahead of the also improving Cam Restall was a great result for both those combatants.

Official placings Speedcars:
1. Nathan Smee
2. Michael Stewart
3. Matt Jackson
4. Troy Jenkins
5. Jamie McKinlay
6. Reid Mackay
7. Cameron Restall
8. Bob Jackson
9. Gary Rooke
10. Aidan Corish
11. Braydan Willmington
12. Trevor Malouf
13. Paul Murphy
14. Dean Meadows
15. Michael Harders
16. Courtney O’Hehir
17. Jack Black
18. Don Mackay
19. Jordan Mackay
20. Anthony Chaffey DNF
21. Darren Jenkins DNF
22. Jeremy Evans DNF
23. Kaitlyn Anthony DNF
24. Michael Paice DNF


Milburn Claims the Eureka Crown while Veal Cleans Up

By Premier Speedway & SRA

Brett Milburn claimed his first Eureka Garages and Sheds Series Championship Crown with a strong run in the round twelve A Main final last night at Premier Speedway while the 2014-2015 Eureka Series Champion Jamie Veal continued his dominating season with another feature race win in a star studded field to also take top points in the USC Chase for a second week in a row.
Veal was made to fight all the way to take the win in the 30 lap Eureka Garages & Sheds final that saw three different race leaders and was punctuated by a number of caution flag situations, including a couple within six laps of the race being completed.

At the drop of the Green it was Veal and Robbie Farr, who diced for the ascendancy before Veal took the lead from Farr just a over one third race distance with the hard charging duo of Steven Lines and James McFadden also providing more than a handful as they traded slide jobs consistently lap after lap.

McFadden, who would eventually wind up with a second place finish, provided one of the highlights of the night, perfecting a monster slide job in turn three that set up the battle between he and Veal. Lap twenty three and McFadden made the pass to take the lead only for Veal to return serve on the next tour around the well prepared race track that was allowing the racing from top to bottom all feature long.

Behind the leading trio of Veal, McFadden and the persistent Farr, Lines and Eureka Garages and Sheds Series Leader Brett Milburn were also coming on strong while John Vogels who was involved in a first lap incident had found his niche on the Premier Speedway high banks after having transferred from the B-Main earlier in the program.

With a number of mid-pack battles, the race fans were spoilt for choice throughout the 30 lap final, with the likes of Daniel Pestka, Tim Hutchins, Ian Loudoun and Ryan Jones all battling for position.

 The hard luck stories of the race began on the first lap when contact with another car resulted in Luke Dillon coming to rest precariously against the catch fence, thus putting an end to his night. Also falling victim as a casualty of this incident was Cameron Gessner who had prior to that looked strong all night long.

David Murcott was moving through the field and had made his way up to sixth place and was looking to engage into the battle with the leading bunch when on lap sixteen Murcott was forced to watch the second half of the race from the infield after he too made contact with the turn one concrete fence.

Late race casualties were Ben Atkinson, Tim Rankin and the unfortunate Daniel Pestka whose hard charging night at the office came to a close while running in fifth place as he slowed dramatically and retired to the in-field.
 The end result was Veal winning from James McFadden with Robbie Farr home in third and Steven Lines taking forth place.

Brett Milburn was the next across the line to take a well deserved fifth place and take out the 2015-2016 Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series Championship with John Vogels who passed the most cars on the night again in sixth place followed by Ryan Jones, Tim Hutchins, Ian Loudoun and Jye O’Keeffe rounding out the top ten.

Danny Reidy and Darren Mollenoyux were the remaining cars to complete the journey, while Mollenoyux’s twelfth place finish was disappointing it gave him enough points to move onto second place in the Eureka Series points standings.
 Earlier in the night the heat wins went to Steven Lines, Brett Milburn, Ian Loudoun, James Gardiner, Ben Atkinson, Cameron Gessner, Jake Smith, Danny Reidy, Robbie Farr and Jack Lee.

The last chance C-Main was won by Brad Warren from Brayden Parr, Max Dumesny and Dion Bellman.

 The B-Main saw victory go to Cameron Gessner from the newly crowned Australian 360 Sprintcar Champion – Luke Dillon, Danny Reidy, Darren Mollenoyux, Jye O’Keeffe while John Vogels claimed the sixth and final transfer spot.
The top six-shootout saw Robbie Farr record a lap of 11.580 to claim pole-position from Jamie Veal (11.596), Steven Lines (11.666), James McFadden (11.778), Brett Milburn (11.858) and Daniel Pestka (11.930).

The Eureka Garages and Sheds Series now moves onto Simpson Speedway next weekend for the Series Finale and Night Two of the Labour Clash which will also feature a $5,000.00 A-Main event.

Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Brett Milburn - 4167
2nd – Darren Mollenoyux - 3238
3rd – Corey McCullagh – 3224
4th – Jye Okeeffe - 3157
5th – Shaun Dobson - 2948
6th – Adam King - 2904
7th – Glen Sutherland - 2841
8th – John Vogels -2685
9th – Dennis Jones - 2567
10th – Luke Walker - 2538

Essendon Ford – Trip to Port Douglas
(End of Series random draw between 11th & 20th place)
11th – Tim Hutchins - 2479
12th – Daniel Pestka - 2445
13th – Ian Loudoun - 2399
14th – Jacob Smith - 2367
15th – Kristy Ellis - 2086
16th – Nick Lacey - 2086
17th – Jordyn Charge - 2075
18th – Peter Milnes - 2031
19th – David McKay - 2025
20th – Tim Van Ginneken - 2021


The Penultimate Round of the Eureka Series Heads to Premier Speedway.

By Ian Vale

Sunday the 13th of March will see the penultimate round of the 2015-2016 Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series conducted at Premier Speedway where the current Series point leader Brett Milburn could claim him first Eureka Series Championship.

This round of the Eureka Series has attracted a massive field with drivers from every state and territory in the country on hand with sixty six nominations received that include Eureka Series Champions, Australian and World Series Champions and many state Champions.

Why has the event attracted so many drivers you may ask, well for a variety of reasons other than there is some forty plus drivers that are regular Eureka Garages & Sheds Series drivers that are battling it out to be in the top twenty of the Series in the points heading into the final round of the Series.

Now add the $5,000 to win on the night which adds more incentive plus the local track points score sponsored by Parr Motorsports at the end of season, $10,000 pay day, then this round of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series also doubles as round two of the Parramatta USC Series, to top all that the Sprintcar Control Council of Australia and SRA of Vic inc is conducting the Australian 360 Sprintcar Champions at Mt Gambier on the Friday and Saturday nights prior to this event and many of the drivers that have made the trip from interstate for that event have chosen to stay on for a third night of racing action.

It is a who’s who of the best, Max Dumesny John Vogels, James McFadden, Darren Mollenoyux, Luke Dillon, Ben Atkinson, Brett Milburn, Robbie Farr, the 2016 Classic winner Jamie Veal, Shaun Dobson, Grant Anderson, Ian Loudoun, David Murcott and Steven Lines is hoping to be back fresh from his Krikke Boys race win last weekend, this goes on.

With the likely hood of Brett Milburn wrapping up the Eureka Garages and Sheds Series by just finishing in front of his nearest rival Corey McCullagh on the night that should give him the Championship but the battle between the next nine drivers is on with only seven hundred points and two round of the Series to be completed it is still an open affair.

The Battle to finish in the top ten is very important for chance to win the KTM Motorbike at the end of the Series and a major share of the prize poole money but the minor placing’s 2nd  and 3rd is on in earnest between Corey McCullagh, Darren Mollenoyux, Jye Okeeffe and Shaun Dobson.

With over $40,000 points fund money going out to the top fifteen drivers that meet the criteria the drivers that finish between 11th and 20th are in with a chance of taking some of that money and the chance for the luxury Port Douglas trip thanks to Essendon Ford.

Again there is only three hundred and ten points separating these drivers where some drivers can advance to the top ten and others sitting outside the twenty can still make it in.

To Pick a winner for this round of the Eureka Series is a tough call or just qualify for the Eureka Garages and Sheds A Main will be a feat in itself. The ten heat race will be done with a random draw for this round of the Series which should present some very hard close racing on the night before that all important Main events.

For more information on this penultimate round of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series event go to the Premier Speedway web site on track action will commence at approximately 5.30pm
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Brett Milburn - 3807
2nd – Corey McCullagh – 3067
3rd – Darren Mollenoyux - 2974
4th – Jye Okeeffe - 2864
5th – Shaun Dobson - 2785
6th – Adam King - 2753
7th – Glen Sutherland - 2680
8th – Dennis Jones - 2418
9th – Luke Walker - 2369
10th – John Vogels -2365

Essendon Ford – Trip to Port Douglas
(End of Series random draw between 11th & 20th place)
11th – Daniel Pestka - 2161
12th – Jacob Smith - 2161
13th – Tim Hutchins - 2158
14th – Ian Loudoun - 2091
15th – Jordyn Charge - 1926
16th – Kristy Ellis - 1925
17th – Nick Lacey - 1917
18th – Peter Milnes - 1912
19th – Eddie Lumbar - 1880
20th – David McKay - 1851




Official release: Valvoline Raceway

March 8, 2015

In the build up to this Saturday night’s NSW Speedcar Championship organisers of the 2015/2016 Speedcar Super Series are delighted to announce that the series final scheduled for Valvoline Raceway on Saturday night April 23 will be the richest yet in terms of SSS A-Main prize-money on offer.

Series director Ken Jenkins was thrilled to unveil the lucrative payout today that will see some $11,000 paid out over the 20-car A-Main field.

“I’m really proud to announce this,” says the fiercely Speedcar loyal Jenkins who has been the mainstay of this competition since its inception, “there’s almost $10,000 in the top ten alone. I’m excited about the line-up that this will attract.”

The Diamond Air-conditioning main event winner will pocket a cool $3,000 from the 30-lap feature race on April 23.

“It’s great prize-money right down the line,” agrees Valvoline Raceway Managing Director Steven Green, “Kenny (Jenkins) puts his heart and soul into this series every year and we’re proud that the final is held here. When you add the 50-lapper the following weekend on April 30 it’s a tremendous week for Speedcar racers and fans.”

Over $8,000 is a juicy carrot for anyone who finishes in the top five.

One driver who will be keen to continue his hot form of late is Sydney racer Matt Jackson. Jackson defends his NSW State Championship belt this weekend at VR after scoring victory two years ago at Nowra (last year’s event was washed out).

He was superb in the recent Australian Speedcar Championship at Valvoline Raceway backing up a stellar run in last year’s 50-lapper as well.

“I think I’m definitely suited to the longer races,” Jackson admits, “I seem to really get going in the later stages of those events.”

Jackson was seemingly headed to main event success on February 27 at Valvoline Raceway when he tangled with a lapped car whilst leading and had to go to the rear.

“I don’t think anyone would have caught him,” says Ken Jenkins, “he’s very quick. He’s probably the most underrated driver in NSW.”

The next six weeks is a feast of blue-ribbon Speedcar events in Sydney with the NSW State Championship locked in for this Saturday night (March 12), the SSS final on April 23 and the 50-lapper on April 30.

“It’s been a season for the ages this year already for Speedcar fans with the Australian title and some of the racing we’ve had. The NSW title, the Super Series and the 50-lapper will really put the gold seal on a fantastic year for the category.”

The SSS will record its 63rd career event on April 23 and boast a whopping $650,000 payout over those events PLUS points fund monies.

Nathan Smee is the points leader and cannot be beaten going into the April 23 event - before that however he'll work on snaring NSW Championship honours this Saturday night.

The Speedcar Super Series on April 23 is proudly supported by Diamond Air-conditioning, IGA Liquor Plus Racing, The Speedway Shop, American Tire & Racing Services and Speedcars Australia.

March 12     NSW Speedcar Championship
April 23        Speedcar Super Series Finale
April 30        Carline Automotive Speedcar 50-Lapper



Recently crowned ENZED World Series Sprintcars Champion Jamie Veal will return to Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool this Sunday night to tackle the penultimate night of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcars Series which has a little added spice this season, doubling as the second round of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Chase.

Veal, will not have everything his own way however, with the likes of Robbie Farr, Ben Atkinson, Grant Anderson, Luke Dillon, David Murcott and Cameron Gessner all among the preliminary list of nominations as forwarded to Premier Speedway this morning.

Having all but secured the 2015-16 Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series courtesy of his A-Main victory at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway on Saturday night, Brett Milburn will be another keen to serve it up to Chase Drivers in particular, while the likes of Corey McCullagh, Darren Mollenoyux, Jye O’Keeffe and Shaun Dobson will also be looking to fly the Eureka Series flag.

Add to that mix the likes of 2012 Classic Champion Ian Loudoun, multi-time Eureka Series Champion John Vogels and talented South Aussie Daniel Pestka and the ingredients are all there for the perfect storm as the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series and the USC Chase collide as one this weekend.

Adding to the intrigue is the fact no time trials will be held this Sunday night, meaning the format is sure to play a hand in determining who walks away with the $5,000.00 pay day as a part of the two night Labour Day Clash, with the second leg of this appealing event to be held at Simpson Speedway on Saturday March 19.

With the Eureka Garages and Sheds Series points up for grabs, the $30,000 to win USC Chase also on in earnest as well as the $10,000 to win Parr Motorsports USC Victoria Premier Speedway Track Premiership – there is more than just a little on the line this Sunday!

Joining the Sprintcars at Sungold Stadium on Sunday will be the Late Models with a classy field set-to-be headed up by current Australian Championship Runner Up Paul Stubber who will make the tow from Western Australia!

The Late Models will be looking for a good strong showing at Sungold Stadium this weekend on the back of the news that the same venue will host their 2017 Australian Championship in February.

With a solid list of drivers from Victoria including Danny Amato, Zak Calderwood, Fiona Verhoeven and Brendan Hucker being joined by the likes of Tasmania’s Brad Smith, Sydney’s David Doherty and Todd Bayley, Queenslander Brett Watson and a host of South Aussie’s the Late Model Racing Promises to be something special.

The popular V8 Dirt Modified’s will also be on the program.

The pubic gates will open at 4.00pm with Hot Laps for the Sprintcars from 5.00pm.

Public admission is Adults $25.00; Concession $20.00; Children 12-15 $10.00; Children 6-11 $5.00.

While you have that Diary and Pen out – also mark in Sunday March 27, 2016 for Night 3 of the Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail which will also feature the Super Rod Cup and a massive season ending Fireworks display as engineered by our good friends at Profire Pyrotechnics.

Tickets for both events can be pre-purchased via the Premier Speedway website or at the gate.


Brad Maiolo in AHG Sprintcar Series box seat

BRAD Maiolo is in the box seat to win the 2015-16 AHG Sprintcar Series championship that wraps up at the Perth Motorplex next Saturday night.
Maiolo leads the series on 2262 points, 70 better than big brother Jamie on 2912 and 122 ahead of Jason Kendrick on 2140.
The points for the series are only allocated on where drivers finish in the feature races at the end of each show, paying 150 for a win, 146 for second , 144 for third and two-point buffers further down the line.
Technically Brad could still surrender his championship lead but that would only happen if he failed to start the feature race and would only get 50 points.
That would then open the door for Jamie to claim another AHG series win but the LJM Racing crew would be pulling out all stops to prevent that from happening.
Even if Brad took to the grid for the final and was out of the contest on the first lap he would still have enough points to win.
Similarly Jamie has second placed wrapped up unless he also fails to get a start in the main event and if that was the case then Jason Kendrick could move up a spot, but again, only if he was at the front of pack.
Lee Nash is currently fourth, and along with Shaun Bradford, Ryan Farrell, Daryl Clayden, Mitchell Wormall, David Priolo and Ben Ellement, will all be looking to improve on their rankings and points in the top 10.
Washpod Westernapolis nominations: David Priolo, Andrew Priolo, Jason Kendrick, Jason Pryde, Jake Beard-Miler, Jacob Lucas, Ben Ellement, Daryl Clayden, Lee Nash, Shaun Bradford, Bradley Maiolo, Scott Chatwin, Troy Lawson, Carl Dowling, Kye Scroop, Ryan Farrell, Mitchell Wormall and Jamie Maiolo.
AHG points: Brad Maiolo 2262, Jamie Maiolo 2192, Jason Kendrick 2140, Lee Nash 2050, Shaun Bradford 2040, Ryan Farrell 1980, Daryl Clayden 1964, Mitchell Wormall 1950, David Priolo 1800, Ben Ellement 1758, Callum Williamson 1740, Scott Chatwin 1726, Ryan Lancaster 1546, Andrew Priolo 1422, Jake Beard-Miller 1410, James Inglis 1340, Troy Lawson 1336, Kye Scroop 1332, Ken Sartori 1126, Jason Pryde 1068, Luke Dillon 968, Taylor Milling 910, Robert Watson junior 860, Corey Hunter 778, Aldo De Paoli 682, Darren Mewett 678, Jacob Lucas 662, Carl Dowling 592, Steven Lines 582, Kyle Hirst 574, Jamie Veal 572, Brooke Tatnell 562, Dave Murcott 542, Daniel Harding 508, Brodie Minchin 484, James McFadden 472, Sean Zemunik 420, Ian Madsen 386, Ryan Jones 364, Daniel Keen 272, Ben Butcher 260, Kerry Madsen 248, Lynton Jeffrey 232, Jamie Buszan 222, Terry Cutts, Trent Pigdon 150 each, Jason Boland 124, Michael Keen 122, Paul Peet 120 and Scott Reilly 50.



Official release: Valvoline Raceway

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Round One of the historic Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Chase has gone to the seemingly unstoppable Jamie Veal.

Veal powered the #35 SWI Engineering Maxim to the $10,000 victory to lead home a lively Danny Reidy in second and Max Dumesny filling out the final position on the podium in the 35 lap A-Main.

“I struggled a bit early in the race,” Veal conceded, “the track was really different tonight and it took me a while to get some clear track and find where my car was best. Danny did a great job for most of the race and I was lucky we had a restart to get a chance to run him down.”

Reidy was pleased with the runner up spot.

“From what they tell me we were pretty fast, it’s always hard to gauge how effective your set up when you’re in front but the boys told me we had a good little lead there for a while,” explained the Alice Springs born Queenslander.

Max Dumesny was loving the slick nature of the track and helping himself to some monster slide jobs in the Valvoline Maxim.

“Congratulations to Jamie for another great win, he really is the guy to beat these days. Danny and I had a great race going on behind him but neither one of us had much for him I don’t think.”

The battles within the pack were legendary with at one point a four wide battle erupting into turn one between Garry Brazier, Robbie Farr, Max Dumesny and James McFadden.

Grant Anderson was rapid in the Bandag Latrobe Valley #37, as was Sam Walsh’s #92 Rocket Maxim, Darryl Campbell really got going late in the race in the #28 Villtruck entry, Max Johnston came from back beyond the tenth row to claim a strong seventh, Matt Smith finished strongly in the #11 Barry Lewis KPC and the Dumesny brothers Matt and Marcus rounded out the top ten with ninth and tenth respectively.

Tenth for Marcus was his career best result in the Valvoline #47.

James McFadden had a frustrating night in the Westralian Diamond Drillers #25 with a mystery vibration that took him out of contention for an immediate A-Main transfer despite timing in 6th fastest in qualifying.

McFadden came out several times behind other races to try and trace the vibration but had to battle through to win the B-Main and then get as high as fourth before a mechanical gremlin reared its head again and he pulled into the pits with not long left in the race.

Until that point he was barnstorming, as is the norm.

Jordyn Brazier had moved up into fourth position in the #21 Capalaba Wreckers entry only to blow a right rear tyre when pushing forward towards a possible podium finish.

Earlier in the night Jamie Veal set Quick Time in qualifying and heat wins went to Garry Brazier, Max Dumesny, Grant Anderson and Darryl Campbell.

The Pole Shootout was won by Sammy Walsh and he started alongside Robbie Farr for the A-Main.

Farr was hectic in the A-Main and certainly in contention for a podium finish when he made contact with Max Johnston’s car heading into turn three and the Hi-Tec Oils #7 Cool rolled bringing on the red lights and ending Farr’s charge prematurely.

Final positions were:
1.    Jamie Veal
2.    Danny Reidy
3.    Max Dumesny
4.    Grant Anderson
5.    Sam Walsh
6.    Darryl Campbell
7.    Max Johnston
8.    Matt Smith
9.    Matt Dumesny
10.   Marcus Dumesny
11.   Roddy Bellbowen
12.   Jackson Delamont
13.   Jimmy Matchett
14.   Mitchell Dumesny
15.   Ben Atkinson
16.   Lachlan Abbott
17.   Warren Ferguson
18.   Michael Saller
19.   Robbie Farr DNF
20.   Jay Waugh DNF
21.   Jordyn Brazier DNF
22.   Garry Brazier DNF
23.   James McFadden DNF
24.   Jack Lee


Milburn Tightens Grip on Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Crown

By Ian Vale

Brett Milburn has tightened his grip on the 2015-2016 Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series Crown after taking a convincing win in round eleven of the Series at Avalon Raceway last night in front of a healthy crowd and the Series Sponsors.

The night looked good right from the outset for Milburn when he drew a front row start in his first heat race that he converted to a win then added a fourth place in his next heat race that was enough to give third highest points going into the top six shootout for the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main starting positions.

Still Milburn had some stiff competition with a few new face at the top of the points table after the heat races were won and done, Top the points scorer was the V67 driver Luke Walker with Brad Warren second on points, the excitement machine Ryan Davis was fourth from both Shaun Dobson and Darren Mollenoyux who were equal on points but separated by the their best heat lap times.

With the Shootout over the front row of the Eureka Main event would see Shaun Dobson in pole position and Brett Milburn from position two, row two was Darren Mollenoyux and Luke Walker, row three had Ryan Davis and Brad Warren followed by the other automatic qualifiers, David Mackay, Dennis Jones, Domain Ramsay, Ian Loudoun, Glen Sutherland and Adam King. The six drivers that transferred to the rear of the A Main from the B Main were Daniel Pestka, Jye Okeeffe, Rod Matthews, Brock Hallett, John Vogels and Jamie Hennessy.

When the Green flag dropped for the Eureka Garages and Sheds A Main Milburn wasted no time to snatch the lead from Dobson, a lead that he would hold for the entire duration of the race but it would not come too easy with three caution periods that would give Milburn’s competitors the chance to deny him the feature race win.  While Dobson was keeping in striking distance of Milburn he also had Walker, Mollenoyux and Warren to keep him honest.

One third race distance and Walker was out after contact between himself and Mollenoyux, the stewards deemed that Mollenoyux was the primary cause for the incident that would see him sent to the rear of the field for the restart.

Under way once more and the order was now Milburn from Dobson and the fast moving Warren,  Davis and the man in a hurry John Vogels who had made up twelve positions from his starting spot to be in fifth place. Rounding out the running order at half race distance was now Jones in sixth place followed by Pestka, Loudoun, Sutherland, Okeeffe, Ramsay, Mollenoyux, Hallett and Matthews.

As the laps wound down the pace was fast with all car still on the lead lap, while Milburn continued to lead with a comfortable margin Mollenoyux was working hard to move pack through the field but would run out of laps to advance any further
than tenth place when the chequered flag fell for Milburn to capture his second Eureka Garages & Sheds Series round feature win for this season, Dobson put in a strong drive to take second place ahead of a very happy Brad Warren in third.

Ryan Davis put in one of his best performance of the season to take fourth place from John Vogels in fifth place who also passed the most cars in the feature, Dennis Jones took sixth from Daniel Pestka, Ian Loudoun, Glen Sutherland and Darren Mollenoyux rounding out the top ten. Other finishers in order were Jye Okeeffe, Domain Ramsay, Brock Hallett and Rod Matthews.

The heat wins on the night went to Darren Mollenoyux, Adam King, Glen Sutherland, Brett Milburn, David McKay, Brad Warren, Luke Walker and Dennis Jones.

The C Main transferring drivers to the B Main were Michael Cunningham, Chris Campbell, Harley Bishop and Jacob Smith.

The top six finishers in the B Main that would advance to the back of the A Main were Daniel Pestka, Jye Okeeffe, Rod Matthews, Brock Hallett, John Vogels and Jamie Hennessy.

The penultimate round of the 2015-2016 Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series heads to Premier Speedway next Sunday night the 13th of March for another $5000 to win feature race.

(Due to the SCCA 360 Sprintcar Championships being run at Mt Gambier next Friday and Saturday night Round 12 of the Eureka Series is on the Sunday night the 13th) and this event has some big names entered already.

End of Series awards:

Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Brett Milburn - 3807
2nd – Corey McCullagh – 3067
3rd – Darren Mollenoyux - 2974
4th – Jye Okeeffe - 2864
5th – Shaun Dobson - 2785
6th – Adam King - 2753
7th – Glen Sutherland - 2680
8th – Dennis Jones - 2418
9th – Luke Walker - 2369
10th – John Vogels -2365

Essendon Ford – Trip to Port Douglas
(End of Series random draw between 11th & 20th place)
11th – Daniel Pestka - 2161
12th – Jacob Smith - 2161
13th – Tim Hutchins - 2158
14th – Ian Loudoun - 2091
15th – Jordyn Charge - 1926
16th – Kristy Ellis - 1925
17th – Nick Lacey - 1917
18th – Peter Milnes - 1912
19th – Eddie Lumbar - 1880
20th – David McKay - 1851


Hefford Pips Palmer in Archerfield Midget Main

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

After 20 laps of close combat, Matt Hefford emerged triumphant in the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship feature race at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 5). It was a perfectly paced drive from Hefford, seeing off the advances of series leader Michael Kendall before surging underneath leader Brendan Palmer with just five laps remaining to score a surprise win. Palmer was disappointed to finish second after qualifying on pole position and leading so much of the race, while Kendall was satisfied with third after problems earlier in the night. Brock Dean finished the feature in fourth spot, followed by Darren Vine, Michael Harders, Brad Young and Lance Towns.

With several drivers beset with problems from the outset, just 13 of the 17 cars in attendance took on the clock and it was Kendall who set the benchmark with a 13.495 lap. Dean, Palmer, Vine and Chris Singleton were next quickest, with Hefford timing tenth best.

Despite starting from the outside of row three, Kendall had zoomed into second spot after just one lap of the opening heat and then moved ahead of Mark George on lap three to take control. Hefford finished second ahead of Vine as George slipped to fourth.

Heat two saw Rodney Harders keep Palmer at bay to score a good win, with Ken Stanaway securing third. Vine downed Dean and Michael Harders in heat three.

The final preliminary saw Palmer secure pole position for the main event when he led home Hefford and George.

Palmer pounced to lead the field away in the feature race as his front row partner Vine found himself shuffled back to fifth by the end of the opening lap at the hands of Hefford, Kendall and Dean. The sixth-starting Kendall deposed Hefford from second on lap five and there was an air of expectation that the defending track champion would also reel in Palmer. However, Hefford had other ideas and regained the runner-up spot two laps later. Palmer held sway through the only restart on lap 11 despite the very close attentions of both Hefford and Kendall. Through turn one on lap 16 though and Hefford seized the opportunity that presented itself and slipped inside Palmer to emerge with the lead.

Dean and Vine weren’t too far adrift as the best of the rest, with Michael Harders, Young and Towns next in line. Ken Stanaway and Mark George completed the top ten, followed by Grant Draney, Tony Michelle and Gavin McDowell. After running inside the top five for more than half the race, Rodney Harders was classified 14th a lap in arrears, as was Singleton, with Stothard the only casualty.   


Who Can Catch Kendall?

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

With only a handful of rounds remaining to decide the 2015/2016 Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, defending champion, current series leader and previous round winner Michael Kendall is undeniably the man to beat. For the 15 other drivers contesting round the Saturday night (March 6) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, finishing ahead of Kendall is essential if they are to stop the five-time New Zealand champion from securing another championship. Even though, by his standards, Kendall hasn’t enjoyed his best season, nobody else has been able to step up consistently in the rounds contested thus far. With Kendall’s most likely conqueror in Rusty Whittaker not amongst the entries this weekend, can anybody emerge from the pack to keep Kendall from the top spot on the podium?

In theory, Queensland Champion Michael Harders should be the man most likely to  upstage Kendall in the fight for feature race honours. At his best, Harders can most certainly take the challenge to Kendall, however he has thus far struggled to reproduce the form he carried though last season that saw him keep Kendall under plenty of pressure through to the final rounds. If this Michael gets his mojo back, the other Michael will certainly find himself under plenty of pressure.

It’s a similar story for the likes of Brendan Palmer, Darren Vine and Brock Dean, all of whom have proven themselves front runners against the best in the business but, like Harders, have struggled to find the consistently good form needed to curtail Kendall’s charge to another championship. Ken Stanaway and Grant Draney bring a wealth of experience into the mix, with former Queensland champ Mark George back again after making his season debut just two weeks ago.

The racing from the Midgets throughout the season has been terrific and there have been plenty of highlights, such as Lance Towns breaking through for his first podium result and superb racing on display at the World Championship event in January. Interestingly, Dean was the best of the locals in the international fixture, with Palmer and Vine also scoring excellent results against some of the best in the world. Furthermore, Palmer and Vine shared the podium with Kendall at the previous round and should be very confident of their chances of denting Kendall’s domination.

Also in the field this weekend are Brad Young, Chris Singleton, Corey Stothard, Jordan Mackay, Matt Hefford, Tony Michelle and Rodney Harders who, along with Towns, has been the big improver this season.

Also on the program this weekend are AMCA Nationals, with Steve Potts making his first home track appearance since winning the Victorian Championship in Mildura last month. Look for Steve Price, Jason Dreaver and Matt Enders as the most likely challengers.

Current national champion Terry Leerentveld has utterly dominated every Modlite event contested in Brisbane so far this season and he is back in action against a big field again this week, with only one more outing before he defends his Australian Title here in April.

Completing another big program of events are Open Sedans and Ford v Holden v Sigma sedans, with early racing from 4.45pm. Midgets will hit the track from 6.00pm with adult tickets just $25.00. For more information about any event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, visit or like Archerfield Speedway on Facebook for news and updates in the lead-up to each race meeting.



Grab your diary, grab you pen and lock in Sunday March 13, 2016 as it promises to be a massive night of Speedway action at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool with the penultimate round of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series hitting the high banks which also doubles as Round 2 of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship $30,000 to win Chase!

The Sprintcar A-Main will also pay $5,000 to win as a part of the two night Labour Day Clash, which will see Simpson Speedway host the final night of this lucrative mini series on Saturday March 19.

Joining the some of the best Sprintcar drivers in the country, including some of the regular Sydney Speedway heavy hitters, in Warrnambool on the night will be a healthy field of Late Models while the V8 Dirt Modified’s will also be involved in what promises to be an action packed night of racing.

With no qualifying for the Sprintcars, on track action will kick off at 5.00pm with Hot Laps, with the public gates opening at 4.00pm.

Adult admission is just $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for Concession (Aged & Disability), Children 12-15 are $10.00 and Children 6-11 are $5.00.
For those Race Fans looking to attend a night at the Sprintcar Races doing it in style? Then this great offer might be for you.

This is your chance to take in all the action of a massive night of Sprintcar Racing at Sungold Stadium along with the Late Models and V8 Dirt Modifieds, from the comfort of the Premier Speedway VIP suite.

This offer is open to any business or group of people that would like to cater for up to 25 of their staff, clients or perhaps you are a race team that needs to reward some of your loyal sponsors and supporters, this is open to anyone!  The offer includes entry to the venue on race night, VIP parking (limited), in-field tours and a food and beverage package!

If you are a business, advertising opportunities can be value added to the package at no additional cost, including your logo on the Premier Speedway scoreboard!

If you are a smaller group of race fans, why not express your interest in a smaller package that may well be your ticket to the best night you have ever had at the races!

Five packages for five people will be made available should demand exceed that of the sponsorship offer! These packages will sell for $125.00 per person!

The investment required for the full 25-person package is available by contacting the Speedway.

With both offers to be on a first come first served basis and with both offers very reasonably priced…. Be sure to get in quick.

Please call David Mills at Premier Speedway during office hours on (03) 5565 1789 for pricing and more information!

While you have that Diary and Pen out – also mark in Sunday March 27, 2016 for Night 3 of the Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail which will also feature the Super Rod Cup and a massive season ending Fireworks display as engineered by our good friends at Profire Pyrotechnics.

Tickets for both events can be pre-purchased via the Premier Speedway website or at the gate.


McHugh Breaks Through

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

Having scored his best ever result with a runner-up finish in the previous round two weeks earlier, rookie Sprintcar racer Lachlan McHugh took the final step up at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (February 27) with a superb drive to victory in round 13 of the Supercheap Auto Track Championship. After trailing Luke Oldfield home in the first instalment of the twin 20-lap feature format, McHugh advanced his Castrol Cool from position seven in the second segment to score his maiden Sprintcar feature win.

Fellow teenager Mitchell Gee was also super impressive in finishing second, engaging in a spirited stoush with Oldfield in the closing laps on a track that provided plentiful passing opportunities. Toowoomba’s David Whell finished fourth ahead of Bryan Mann, who bounced back after a rollover in the first feature, with Andrew Liebke scoring sixth in his best result since his podium appearance in the opening round. Brad Ayers, Paul Morris, Andrew Scheuerle and Simon Jupe rounded out the top ten, followed by Darren Silcock, Mark Pholi, Steven White, Dan Murray and Dave Fanning.

Backing up from his feature win in the previous round two weeks ago, Oldfield set a scorcher in time trials, stopping the clock at 11.644 to clock KRE Fast Time. Mann, Scheuerle, and McHugh were the only others to go under 12 seconds, with less than a second covering the next 21 cars.

The first heat saw Pholi take maximum advantage of a starting infringement from Scott Doyle to collect a comfortable win. Doyle finished second ahead of Kevin Titman.

Brad Ayers was victorious in heat two by a narrow margin over Gee and Mann before McHugh served notice in heat three with a charge from position seven to win in advance of Fanning and Dale Shilletto.

Wayne Iacono scored his first ever race win when he triumphed in heat four ahead of Fanning and Kratzmann.

Gee trumped Titman and Oldfield in heat five and then Brandon Rawlings emulated his Consol Racing team-mates effort when he took the final heat from Scheuerle and Murray.

The East Coast Logistics B Main was a typically torrid affair with so much at stake and it was Liebke who led the parade after 15 laps. Anthony Lambert, Silcock and Ayers also transferred to the first of the features, which had Oldfield and Scheuerle on the front row, separated by just one point at the completion of qualifying. Another solitary point behind were Mann and McHugh, who shared row two ahead of Titman and Gee.

The first attempted start only got as far as turn three before a melee materialised that left Lambert, Pholi, Rawlings and Callum Walker with varying degrees of damage and no further part to play in proceedings. Underway successfully next time, Scheuerle bolted to the front until he inexplicably lost a muffler and subsequently headed infield during the restart that ensued whilst the errant item was removed from the track. Oldfield inherited the front running and remained in control through to the chequer, despite a scare on the final corner. Mann occupied second spot until lap 14 when McHugh pounced and then, as the pair approached the lapped car of Jupe, McHugh was able to slip through while Mann, unfortunately, rode a wheel and tipped over. Titman took over fourth but also found himself upside down a lap later when he wiped out in turn four, advancing Gee another position. McHugh made a last-gasp lunge on Oldfield through the final turn, but there were no further changes to the top three. Kratzmann was solid in fourth ahead of Morris, Ayers, Liebke, Whell, Silcock and Jupe.

The pre-race inversion for the second Supercheap Auto feature race resulted in Oldfield inverting the top eight, putting himself and McHugh on row four and handing pole position to Whell with Liebke alongside, while Murray and White joined the field with Walker, Titman, Rawlings and Lambert unable to back up Whell made the most of his good fortune in the early laps, skipping clear of Liebke and third-starting Ayers. However, Gee and McHugh were on the move and had slipped into second and third respectively by lap seven when proceedings were halted following a rare spin from Scheuerle. On a track surface that produced passing opportunities aplenty, McHugh gobbled up Gee on lap 10 and then swept to the front a lap later. Gee then found himself under attack from Oldfield, who assumed the position momentarily before Gee countered in the final laps to reclaim runner-up. Oldfield was gallant in third, Whell held fourth and Mann advanced five positions to salvage sixth. In contrast to the first chapter, the only casualty on this occasion was Kratzmann, who rode the wall through turn four and then scampered to the infield.

The overall placings from the combined results of the two feature events saw McHugh finish ahead of Oldfield and Gee.

Next Saturday night (March 5) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, Midgets return for the latest round of the Polar Ice Track Championship, along with AMCA Nationals, Modlites, Open Sedans and Ford v Holden v Sigma sedans.


Steven Lines wins World Series Final, Jamie Veal wins championship

SOUTH Australian Steven Lines won the Enzed World Series Sprintcars Grand Final at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night and Victorian Jamie Veal, who finished second, wrapped up the national championship in an entertaining night of Super Speedway action.
Lines claimed the 30-lap final from Veal, Californian Kyle Hirst and local drivers Brad Maiolo and Daniel Harding.
The championship went down to the final between Veal and defending champion Brooke Tatnell who finished eighth.
Polesitter Luke Dillon was out of the race before it started, pulling infield with an ill-sounding engine, promoting Harding to the front row with Lines.
Harding took advantage of this to be the early leader until he was passed by Lines on lap 15.
James McFadden forced a restart only four laps in after he pulled up on the main straight, before resuming from the rear.
Jason Kendrick, who started from P4, was running third until he withdrew to the infield on lap 10.
After Harding surrendered the lead he was under immense pressure from Veal, then Hirst and then Brad Maiolo as they ran deep into lapped traffic.
Maiolo finished fourth after starting from P8, putting in another solid drive and banking some serious points in the AHG Sprintcar Championship that has one round to run.
Dave Murcott finished sixth (after starting fifth), ahead of national champion Kerry Madsen (who charged through from 15th), Tatnell, Shaun Bradford (from ninth), Ryan Farrell (from P16), Jamie Maiolo (from P12), Lee Nash, Ryan Jones, McFadden, Carl Dowling, Kye Scroop and Lynton Jeffery.
Earlier in the night heat race wins went to Dillon, Kendrick, Lines, McFadden, Milling and David Priolo.
Madsen recovered some ground after his Friday night crash by winning the B Main and getting the transfer to the final, along with Farrell, Scroop, Jones, Jeffery and Milling.
David Priolo suffered heartbreak after his motor let go with one lap remaining in the B Final when he was in a transfer spot.
Saturday night results:
A Main: 1st Steven Lines, 2nd Jamie Veal, 3rd Kyle Hirst, 4th Bradley Maiolo, 5th Daniel Harding, 6th Dave Murcott, 7th Kerry Madsen, 8th Brooke Tatnell, 9th Shaun Bradford, 10th Ryan Farrell, 11th Jamie Maiolo, 12th Lee Nash, 13th Ryan Jones, 14th James McFadden, 15th Carl Dowling, 16th Kye Scroop, 17th Lynton Jeffery: DNF: Taylor Milling, Jason Kendrick. DNS: Luke Dillon.

























15-16 WSS points
Feb. 20
1. Brooke Tatnell 3220
2. Jamie Veal  3190
3. Steven Lines 3066
4. Kyle Hirst  2740
5. J.McFadden 2738
6. Luke Dillon  2696
7. Dave Murcott 2685
8. Ryan Jones  1771
9. Daniel Harding 1633
10. Jason Pryde 1495
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