Reed takes the Throne
Normally after an A Main win you see an ecstatic driver climb about his race car with sheer emotion but RD 4 of the Mainline Dynolog Dynamometers All Star series saw something a bit different last night. Ken Hutchins the car owner of the ACT49 Matthew Reed driven Modern Stainless Steel Eagle was obviously thrilled with Reed’s win. After congratulating his driver Hutchins climbed up on the car and punched the air with delight. The enjoyment still obvious at the trophy presentation as the team accepted the winner’s trophy, the Kings Crown and cape and celebrations that went with it. “This is pretty cool” said Reed. “Kenny first win and we get all added attention of wearing the crown which adds some more fun to the night.” Unfortunately Benissa Hutchins was not there to share it with them on the night.
ACT26 Tony Moule & ACT49 Matt Reed lined up on the front row with Moule getting the lead on the first start but having to do it all again after a yellow light in lap 1. Reed didn’t give Moule a second chance to grab the start and lead from second start till the checker. The race to watch was again between the top 8 cars with moves and passes amongst themselves and then having lap traffic to add to the excitement. V34 Brenten Farrer had a brilliant night locking into the Pole Shoot out in P6 and moved forward to advance his start position in the A, finishing finally 3rd. ACT15 Harley Bishop’s team were also rewarded for all their hard work over the past couple of weeks with a strong drive finishing 5th. Bishop moving up to 3rd at one stage but the dicing between himself, Farrer, Solomon & Barry changed the positions regularly. V7 Paul Solomon had a great dice in the feature to finish 4th but bypassed the night that he was looking for receiving front end damage in lap 1 of the A and ending his night on the infield but still manages to hold a narrow margin in the Series points.
Heat Wins: Chad Ely, Matt Reed, Brad Foster, Wayne Logue.
A Main – ACT49 Matt Reed, ACT26 Tony Moule, V34 Brenton Farrer, ACT15 Harley Bishop, V4 Phil Lock, V74 Michael Cunningham, V11 Brad Foster, SA83 Shannon Barry, NT30 Mark King, V83 Chris Solomon, V99 Zac Farrer, V66 Wayne Logue, V7 Paul Solomon, ACT8 Shaun Forrell – DNF, SA18 Jed Bell DNF,V8 Corey Lincoln DNF, V85 Colin Lincoln DNF, V96 Andy Caruana DNF, V23 Jimmy Gardiner, V15 Bill Fraser DNF, SA22 Chad Ely DNF.
Top 10 in points after last night:
1. SA22 Chad Ely - 1001
2. ACT49 Matt Reed - 993
3. SA83 Shannon Barry - 935
4. V74 Michael Cunningham- 930
5. V7 Paul Solomon - 915
6. V83 Chris Solomon - 906
7. V4 Phil Lock - 893
8. ACT26 Tony Moule - 884
9. V11 Brad Foster - 857
10. V66 Wayne Logue - 830
Brooke Tatnell wins WA Sprintcar Championship
BROOKE Tatnell is the new WA Sprintcar champion after winning the epic 30-lap feature race at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.
After a series of aborted attempts that sidelined some of the major contenders Tatnell held off a very fast finishing Cameron Gessner and Shaun Bradford.
In only his second drive back with the ‘old band’ – the professional Krikke Motorsport operation, Tatnell showed a cool head in heavy lapped traffic late in the race, surviving challenges from both Bradford and Gessner.
It took some time to get the race going with a handful of restarts.
Kye Scroop was the first casualty, not making it past the first corner and a few moments later Jake Beard-Miller, Damian Blacka and Lee Nash were all involved in an incident on the main straight.
The next restart was caused after Trent Pigdon and Daniel Harding came together on the back straight and on the next attempt David Priolo had contact with Jason Kendrick which then involved Carl Dowling for an open red light situation.
Luke Dillon, who had won the last three rounds of the WA series, finished fourth with Brad Maiolo taking fifth and was followed by Ian Loudoun, Jamie Maiolo, Shane Norris, Cale Sotiroff, Sheldon Brady, Matt Young, Ryan Lancaster, Daniel Harding, Jason Pryde and Kent Roberts.
“It was definitely a stop-start affair in the first few laps,” Tatnell said, relating it to constant stoppages of public transport.
While his rivals showed their intentions a few times Tatnell said he had a bit in reserve but admitted it was tough in heavy traffic.
He paid tribute to long-term family friend John Day who is still in hospital.
“I said I was going to come here and win this for him and hopefully we can get back to the hospital tomorrow and see him.”
Gessner said he really wanted to win the title race.
“I am happy and sad at the same time, it was a hell of a race.”
Bradford finally grabbed a podium in the Darren Allen-owned #67 machine.
“It was going really good at the start,” Bradford said.
“I was just waiting and biding my time and then all of a sudden I had sparks every time I hit the brake so I stopped using them as much as I could which made it hard.
“With the run I have been having I was just lucky to finish.”
Round seven of the AHG Sprintcar Series will be held at Quit Collie Speedway on December 14.
Qualifying: Group 1: Luke Dillon 14.093, Mark Wells 14.254, Daniel Harding, Ryan Lancaster 14.555, Jason Boland 14.892, Kent Roberts 14.899, Jason Pryde 14.987. Group 2: Shane Norris 14.488, Cameron Gessner 14.626, Trent Pigdon 14.884, Jamie Maiolo 14.982, Callum Williamson 15.070, Damian Blacka 15.501. Group 3: Brooke Tatnell 14.905, Brad Maiolo 14.964, David Priolo 14.965, Carl Dowling 15.177, Jake Beard-Miller 15.382, Sheldon Brady 15.447, Matt Young 15.591. Group 4: Shaun Bradford 14.681, Jason Kendrick 14.728, Troy Beckingham 14.867, Russell Taylor 14.895, Ian Loudoun 15.100, Kye Scroop 15.208, Cale Sotiroff 15.301.
Heat 1: 1st Jake Beard Miller, 2nd Cameron Gessner, 3rd Lee Nash, 4th Brooke Tatnell, 5th David Priolo, 6th Luke Dillon, 7th Jason Kendrick, 8th Daniel Harding, 9th Callum Williamson, 10th Kye Scroop, 11th Jason Pryde, 12th Russell Taylor. DNF: Jason Boland and Matt Young.
Heat 2: 1st Jamie Maiolo, 2nd Ian Loudoun, 3rd Shaun Bradford, 4th Carl Dowling, 5th Trent Pigdon, 6th Brad Maiolo, 7th Shane Norris, 8th Troy Beckingham, 9th Ryan Lancaster, 10th Kent Roberts, 11th Cale Sotiroff, 12th Sheldon Brady. DNF: Mark Wells and Damian Blacka.
Heat 3: 1st Luke Dillon, 2nd Shaun Bradford, 3rd Jason Kendrick, 4th Daniel Harding, 5th Kye Scroop, 6th Ryan Lancaster, 7th Cale Sotiroff, 8th Jason Pryde, 9th Kent Roberts. DNF: Ian Loudoun and Troy Beckingham.
Heat 4: 1st Brooke Tatnell, 2nd Cameron Gessner, 3rd Brad Maiolo, 4th David Priolo, 5th Shane Norris, 6th Trent Pigdon, 7th Carl Dowling, 8th Jamie Maiolo, 9th Lee Nash, 10th Jake Beard-Miller, 11th Sheldon Brady, 12th Callum Williamson, 13th Matt Young. DNF: Damian Blacka.
Bronze shootout: Brad Maiolo 14.119, Jason Kendrick 14.128, David Priolo 14.180, Shane Norris 14.535.
Silver shootout: Jason Kendrick 13.833, Cameron Gesner 14.039, LukeDillon 14.126, Brad Maiolo 14.380.
Gold shootout: Brooke Tatnell 13.883, Shaun Bradford 14.074, Cameron Gessner 14.099, Jason Kendrick 14.122.
Feature: 1st Brooke Tatnell, 2nd Cameron Gessner, 3rd Shaun Bradford, 4th Luke Dillon, 5th Brad Maiolo, 6th Ian Loudoun, 7th Jamie Maiolo, 8th Shane Norris, 9th Trent Pigdon, 10th Cale Sotiroff, 11th Sheldon Brady, 12th Matt Young, 13th Ryan Lancaster, 14th Daniel Harding, 15th Jason Pryde, 16th Kent Roberts.
Luke Dillon claims AHG Sprintcar Series hat-trick
LUKE Dillon came, saw and conquered Quit Bunbury Speedway on Saturday night to win round five of the AHG Sprintcar Series from Brooke Tatnell and Jamie Maiolo.
Dillon started from pole but in the early part of the 30-lap feature race he was chasing Cameron Gessner who eventually pulled out with suspected throttle problems, seeing Dillon’s dominance in the WA season continue.
He started the night with a seventh in his opening heat before blasting away for a win in the next qualifier.
The Diamond Bay Motorsport driver then set himself for pole position after progressing from the Bronze to the Silver and ultimately to the Gold Shootout, starting alongside Gessner who also progressed from the Silver Shootout.
It was Dillon’s third win of the season after claiming the previous Bunbury round on November 9 and then the King of Wings at the Perth Motorplex on November 23.
Tatnell, who flew into Western Australia the day before and only sat in the new Krikke Motorsports hotrod for the first time on raceday, looked comfortable with his ‘old’ team, moving forward after starting from position three.
He was a very convincing winner in the first heat race and also hustled his way into fourth after starting at the back of the pack in the next heat race.
Jamie Maiolo missed the Top 8 Shootout and had to do it the hard way after starting from position 11 and to get on the podium was a remarkable effort.
Earlier in the night he didn’t set the world on fire with a second and seventh in the heats but put it altogether when it counted.
Younger brother Jamie, who started from position four, missed out on his second successive podium finish but banked some good points with his fourth.
Jason Kendrick also used plenty of track craft to finish fifth after starting from ninth – a good effort after earlier in the night he clouted the fence in hot laps on a very slippery race surface thanks to a shower of rain.
David Priolo, Carl Dowling, Kye Scroop, Daniel Harding and Callum Williamson rounded out the top 10.
Heat 1: 1st Brooke Tatnell, 2nd Callum Williamson, 3rd Cameron Gessner, 4th Kye Scroop, 5th Brad Maiolo, 6th Trent Pigdon, 7th Luke Dillon, 8th Sheldon Brady. DNF: Cale Sotiroff.
Heat 2: 1ST Jason Kendrick, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Ryan Lancaster, 4th Daniel Harding, 5th Carl Dowling, 6th David Priolo, 7th Jason Pryde, 8th Lee Nash, 9th Troy Beckingham.
Heat 3: 1st Brad Maiolo, 2nd David Priolo, 3rd Cameron Gessner, 4th Brooke Tatnell, 5th Daniel Harding, 6th Callum Williamson, 7th Jamie Maiolo, 8th Jason Kendrick, 9th Jason Pryde.
Heat 4: 1st Luke Dillon, 2nd Carl Dowling, 3rd Sheldon Brady, 4th Kye Scroop, 5th Lee Nash 6th Cale Sotiroff, 7th Troy Beckingham. DNF: Trent Pigdon and Ryan Lancaster.
Feature: 1st Luke Dillon, 2nd Brooke Tatnell, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th Brad Maiolo, 5th Jason Kendrick, 6th David Priolo, 7th Carl Dowling, 8th Kye Scroop, 9th Daniel Harding, 10th Callum Williamson, 11th Jason Pryde, 12th Troy Beckingham. DNF: Cameron Gessner, Sheldon Brady, Ryan Lancaster, Trent Pigdon, Lee Nash and Cale Sotiroff.
KMS Seeing Double
After announcing that Brooke Tatnell will once again be hopping into the cockpit of the WA2 Toyota Parts & Accessories Cool car for the upcoming 2013/14 racing season, now team boss Shane Krikke has sealed the coup of the year and will be putting together a two car team to run the final round of the World Series Sprintcar event at the Perth Motorplex PLUS the Krikke Boys Shootout to be held at Bunbury Speedway in March. That’s right folks, Krikke MotorSport and Brooke Tatnell are going to be teaming up with Tim ‘Clay Dragon’ Kaeding and they’ll be putting on a show for the West Australian speedway fans.
With Kaeding unable to race the full KMS schedule of events and his airfares had already been paid for, a last ditched attempt by Krikke to have the ‘Clay Dragon’ make use of those tickets became a golden opportunity for Krikke MotorSport and the WA fans.
“We’ve got four new cars and three new motors here (at the moment) so I’m hoping that we won’t be needing all four of them this year. So if all the stars align and we’re still looking the goods towards the end of the season, TK will be coming back down here to race with us, which puts all those naysayers and keyboard warriors who have taken to the internet to denigrate our team and friendship with both of these drivers in a rather awkward position don’t ya think.” stated the KMS team boss “Everyone knows exactly what the Krikke Boys Shootout means to me, my family and the KMS family and with TK putting on a clinic last year we thought it only fitting he get the chance to come back and try his hand at winning it back to back. But that by no-means means that we won’t expect Brooke to win it either. Just as long as one of them takes out the prize and the other one runs second, yeah that’d make me the happiest man on Earth, so long as they don’t crash each other. That will be the only team order!! And I’m sure TK would love to put on another expression session after the race as well. The fans all over the world loved it last year and the YouTube vision proved that. It has always been a desire of ours to put 2 cars out there on the track and to be able to do it 2 drivers the quality of Brooke and TK is a real luxury for us and a heck of a treat for all our fans and supporters. I really can’t wait for this to all to become reality.”
So racefans, if you’ve ever toyed with the idea to coming to WA to watch the Krikke Boys Shootout, this is the one you’ll want to be at.
Tim can be seen racing in WA at the Perth Motorplex on February 21st & 22nd, 2014 and then at the KBS at Bunbury City Speedway on the WA long weekend of March 1st & 2nd, 2014.
Polar Ice Round 3 A-wash By a Wall of Water
So close to a result yet so far; only the AMCA, V8 Dirt Modified and the Midget Car Features remained on the schedule at Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway when the super-sized drops started to fall at 8pm. Promoters made every effort to achieve a result for Round 3 of the Polar Ice Midget Car Series, speeding through the program, but the super-cell that stretched hundreds of kilometres, engulfed the region; quite literally a wall of water.
There will be no official result for Round 3 of the Polar Ice Series and the individual clubs from the three divisions will determine if any points are to be awarded from the heat racing that was completed.
It was evident from the get-go (Midget Time Trials) that the racing was going to be something pretty special. Current Queesland Champion Adam Clarke decided to make a late nomination and run the new engine again ahead of his New Zealand commitments next weekend. The move was worthwhile. He and a handful of others were very closely matched, clocking laps in the high 13 second mark (no official times available).
The heat racing was thrilling to watch, the second heat in particular. Michael Kendall and Adam Clarke started from positions 7 and 8 respectively. The pair made efficient use of the multi-lane track, carving their way to the front; Clarke repeated his tutorial again in Heat 4 when he started from position 7 and was the first to meet the checker. Chris Singleton was in great form; quick too were Grant Draney, Darren Vine and Brett Thomas but eventually heat wins went to Ashley Jarvis, Michael Kendall, Michael Harders and Adam Clarke. It was such a shame that Mother Nature robbed everyone of what was shaping up to be a great Dash and Feature race.
V8 Dirt Modifieds went wide and loud as always and though small in number, there were some quality drives and some close battles throughout the heats. David Clark took first blood and displayed great race craft by taking the Heat 1 win on a track that was still coming to the racer. Kevin Britten showed just why he’s the current QLD and NSW champion by winning heat 2. Andrew Pezzutti was quick to win the third heat and Brandon Rawlings the fourth. Several others were right in the mix including rookie Mitchell Gee and his stable mate Brandon Rawlings as well as Scott Conlin, Geoff Phillips and veteran racer Ray Klarich.
Next week Sprintcar fans are in for something special as Ian Madsen ends his American season and returns to Australia to race; fortunately for us Archerfield is his first stop on the map. He’ll line up alongside Robbie Farr and David Murcott who are also early nominations for Round 5 of the KRE Race Series but current point’s leader Andrew Scheuerle will be doing everything he can to hold onto his lead. Super Sedans make their first appearance next weekend (Nov 30) and they’ll be joined by Modlites, Wingless Sprints, SSA Juniors and FordVHoldenVSigma
Check Facebook or brisbanespeedway.com.au for tickets and times.
Dillion Wins King of Wings at Perth
"Cool Hand" LUKE Dillon is the Scardifield Smash Repairs King of Wings, winning the 40-lapper from Jamie Maiolo and Bradley Maiolo at the Perth Motorplex Speedway on Saturday night.
Dillon started from pole and survived a couple of challenges from Shaun Bradford to take time-honoured race that included a mid-race pit stop.
Jamie Maiolo started from seventh while Brad Maiolo started from third in the fourth round of the AHG Sprintcar Championship.
On two occasions, Bradford, who also started on the front row, hit the lead twice only to have the position negated when the caution lights came on both times.
Then late in the race on a red-light stop he withdrew with a broken left header.
“I got a lucky break, I have had bad luck before so I will take that,” Dillon said.
“We were good all night.”
Dillon was happy with the car, saying the Diamond Bay Motorsport team has tested all three cars prepared for World Series Sprintcars that starts in Adelaide in December.
Jamie Maiolo said he struggled early on but said he was fired up after fellow racer Trent Pigdon jumped one of the starts and was later penalised four positions.
“We got back in there, I think we were ok, I just needed a bit of lapped traffic to do something with Luke…congratulations to him.”
Brad Maiolo was also smiling with his podium finish.
“I knew we just had to hang in there and that there was going to be a bit of carnage.”
Troy Beckingham was the first casualty when he had a flat right rear tyre with the next to surrender being Jason Boland who ran out of power on the main straight eight laps in, for the first restart.
Dillon was the early leader and up into lapped traffic again within a few laps.
Bradford was on his tail on lap 15 in heavy traffic and they were joined in the battle by Cameron Gessner and David Priolo.
He then hit the lead on lap 19 and not long afterwards as officials called the mid-race stop Priolo hit the turn 1-2 fence and was lucky to spin around and keep rolling.
Jake Beard Miller hit the fence hard, collapsing the car’s rear end on lap 25 just as Bradford hit the lead again and the latter was clearly unhappy, remonstrating as the field regrouped and he moved back into second.
On lap 28 Callum Williamson spun around forcing another restart and on lap 32 Priolo went over in turn 1-2, Kendrick pulled up behind him and Mark Wells had nowhere to go, rolling over.
The driver of the 21 was able to get a restart, albeit with damaged front and top wings.
Qualifying: Jason Kendrick 14.196, Luke Dillon 14.204, Shaun Bradford 14.269, Bradley Maiolo 14.469, Lee Nash 14.503, Cameron Gessner 14.569, Trent Pigdon 14.569, Mark Wells 14.591, Ian Loudoun 14.680, David Priolo 14.685, Daniel Harding 14.797, Jamie Maiolo 14.801, Sheldon Brady 14.899, Jake Beard-Miller 14.910, Shane Norris 14.958, Kye Scroop 14.983, Troy Beckingham 15.030, Callum Williamson 15.046, Ryan Lancaster 15.080, Jason Pryde 15.129, Carl Dowling 15.172, Jason Boland 15.240, Damian Blacka 15.587, Cale Sotiroff 15.732, Russell Taylor 15.380, David Scofield 17.093. Brodie Minchin NTT.
Heat 1: 1st Sheldon Brady, 2nd Mark Wells, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th Troy Beckingham, 5th Lee Nash, 6th Carl Dowling, 7th Brad Maiolo, 8th Russell Taylor, 9th Daniel Harding, 10th Jason Pryde, 11th Cale Sotiroff, 12th Brodie Minchin: DNF: Kye Scroop and Jason Kendrick.
Heat 2: 1st David Priolo, 2nd Shaun Bradford, 3rd Trent Pigdon, 4th Luke Dillon, 5th Jake Beard-Miller, 6th Cameron Gessner, 7th Shane Norris, 8th Callum Williamson, 9th Jason Boland, 10th Ryan Lancaster, 11th Damian Blacka, 12th David Scofield. DNF: Ian Loudoun.
A Dash: 1st Luke Dillon, 2nd Brad Maiolo, 3rd Cameron Gessner, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th Mark Wells, 6th Troy Beckingham, 7th Carl Dowling, 8th Jake Beard-Miller.
B Dash: 1st Shaun Bradford, 2nd Lee Nash, 3rd David Priolo, 4th Shane Norris, 5th Trent Pigdon, 6th Russell Taylor, 7th Sheldon Brady. DNF: Callum Williamson.
Midpack Madness: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Ian Loudoun, 3rd Daniel Harding, 4th Kye Scroop, 5th Ryan Lancaster, 6th Jason Pryde, 7th Jason Boland, 8th Cale Sotiroff, 9th Brodie Minchin. DNF: Damian Blacka.
Feature: 1st Luke Dillon, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Brad Maiolo, 4th Cameron Gessner, 5th Ian Loudoun, 6th Jason Kendrick, 7th Trent Pigdon, 8th Carl Dowling, 9th Mark Wells, 10th Callum Williamson, 11th Lee Nash, 12th Ryan Lancaster, 13th Shane Norris, 14th Jason Pryde, 15th Cale Sotiroff, 16th Brodie Minchin. DNF: Daniel Harding, Sheldon Brady, Kye Scroop, Shaun Bradford, David Priolo, Jake Beard-Miller, Jason Boland.
Round 5 of the AHG Sprintcar Series will be held at Quit Bunbury Speedway next Saturday night.
Brooke Tatnell to pilot KMS sprint car (listen to Brooke's interview)
If anyone ever thought that this racing business was easy then they haven’t experienced a day in the life of owning a raceteam that’s for sure and Krikke MotorSport have had a week of torment to prove that.
After a shock conversation with Tim Kaeding saying he would no longer be able to come out and drive the KMS Cool Deuce this season in Australia due to his American team owner announcing to him that he’d be taking him on the road fulltime next season to compete in the World Of Outlaws Championship, it left KMS team boss Shane Krikke scrambling to find someone to fill the racing duties just 24days out from the start of their season opener.
Krikke had this to say when asked about the events that have unfolded over the past week or so. “I’m gutted to be honest that we’ve spent so much time, effort and money building this year’s campaign around TK and just days out from our first hit out on the track to be told he wouldn’t be coming was devastating. I’ve been left short with trying to find the calibre of driver that we and racefans have come to expect to be in out hotrod. I cannot tell you though, when this all came to light, how much support we have had and how many sprintcar drivers resumes have come into my office, my email inbox and also via twitter and facebook messages. The calibre of talent and high profile names from all over the world that have thrown their hat in the ring to drive for us; it’s truly been very humbling. But look, we understand that this is the nature of the racing beast! It can be cut throat and at times, quite ruthless and brutal, but in reality it is everyman for himself and TK has an opportunity to run with the Outlaws full time and a few of the dates overlapped so it didn’t work for either of us. Let me go on the record to say there was nothing personal about it and we remain very good friends and I can assure you we will race together sometime but just not for now. I have read and heard about some of the rubbish on some chat rooms and other public forums and social media etc and it really couldn’t be further from the truth about us nor ‘The Clay Dragon’. TK is family...and he will be back!”
As most of you may know KMS is not just a hobby for the Krikke family, it’s part of who they are and a very professional business, so when it came time to decide on their options the whole team as a family had input into the decision making. And there was one name that they just couldn’t look past... Brooke Tatnell. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, After a year hiatus with another raceteam Krikke MotorSport is pleased to announce that the ‘Band’ is getting back together and if you thought that up until now the team was looking at this year as their ‘Year of Redemption’ then the competitors and racefans had better watch out as they’ve just upped the ante.
Krikke further added, “To have BT back in the car is exciting! We are practically family and to have him back and being able to contest the full World Series schedule again and the other major dates on the calendar is great and I think after the past 12 months we all have something to prove and I can tell you when Brooke has his mind set on something like this and his back to the wall THAT is when he is at his best! I am looking forward to getting racing... it has been a long winter and now it is time for redemption.”
It would also be remiss of Krikke MotorSport to not send a big thanks to Vivian & Barry Lewis for allowing Brooke to come onboard as he chases another World Series Championship in the ‘Black Deuce Hotrod’. The Lewis’ had a deal in place for Tatnell to come out and race for a month in January but they kindly allowed Brooke to come across to race again for KMS as he chases yet another World Series Championship, another Warrnambool Classic and Aussie Title and a dream to win his first Krikke Boys Shootout.
“I was very excited to receive Shane's phone call and be offered the seat in the KMS Hot Rod and I’m appreciative of the time Shane has given me to make the right decision as I know his phone has been running hot.’ commented Tatnell ‘It is going to be very busy next couple of months for me, what with flying back and forth to the USA taking care of everything but it will be well worth it in the long run as KMS is ultra professional.” “Despite this being a homecoming of sorts with rejoining the team, I am excited to be working with young KMS crew chief Dylan Buswell on a regular basis. I just hope they warned him that most of my racing stories happened before he was born. And having Finchy (Shane Finch) around will make the transition pretty smooth as well. I am not here as a substitute driver but here to redeem what was a bad season last year by our standards for both KMS and myself in the SCR deal. I did however point out to Shane and Ryan that I hate the number two on the tail tank so we will be gunning to change that number.” Tatnell went on to say “ It should have been an easy decision to say yes to the offer from Shane to rejoin the KMS team, after the success we have shared together over the seven years of teaming up previously, but it has been an emotional roller coaster week before I could commit to the team; The reason it has been so tough to say yes is that we had agreed to come and run for Barry and Vivian Lewis and the Australia Wide Towing Team at Sydney Speedway over January and anyone that knows Baz knows that he is a great guy and great car owner and I did not want to let him down.” “Over a week of phone conversations with Barry, Vivian and Shane I had to make the best decision for my team, my family and our future.
I cannot say thank you enough for Barry and Vivian's support on what has been a tough week and look forward to being back behind the wheel of the Australia Wide Towing Sprintcar for the 2014 USA season.”
Obviously, there are still a few logistics to work out; new racesuits, new merchandise designs, more airfares etc. but you can guarantee when this team hit the track for their first night they won’t be there just to make up numbers and they haven’t joined forces out of sheer desperation; This team has proven time and time again that they have been Australia’s #1 team and you can bet your bottom dollar they’re determined to prove that again in 2013/14. WA fans will get to see Tatnell in his first race back in the Toyota Parts & Accessories Cool car on December 7th when they compete at Perth Motorplex in the WA State Title.
Ely conquers Heartland
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series ticked another box last night running their first show in NSW at Heartland Raceway and what a show it was! Action packed with a brilliant race between #SA22 Chad Ely & #ACT26 Tony Moule. With the pair lined up beside each other on the front row of the A Main, Moule getting the start to take out the lead lap. Ely made an awesome move to pass Moule in lap 2 and lead the race till the checker. Ely didn’t have it easy thou as Moule was all over him lap after lap. The pair put on a spectacle for the crowd. #V74 Michael Cunningham, #ACT49 Matthew Reed & #NSW20 Troy Little were hot on the heels of 1 & 2 and if either of them had made the slightest error they were waiting to pounce.
Lap 1 was marred by a red light as #Q77 Brent Kratzmann, #V96 Andy Caruana & #SA83 Shannon Barry tangling in turn 2. Unfortunately ending the night for both Caruana & Barry. Kratzmann changed a rear tyre and was good to go again. Kratzmann drove a skilled race to finish 6th from the rear. The Caruana team would have been disappointed sitting on the infield after a great night till that point. Caruana is really starting to show great form over the past couple of shows. Barry was also obviously disappointed also to finish another night infield. The team worked hard thru the week to repair the car from RD1 but didn’t have their efforts rewarded.
Early in the night #V23 Jimmy Gardiner took a bone jarring tumble in turn 4 and parking up in the catch fence. The crew rebuilt the car in time for the A. Gardiner lined up at the rear and was cautious in the first few laps only to pull infield after 7 laps.
#ACT15 Harley Bishop, Corey MCCullagh’s V90 & SA18 Jed Bell tangled in Heat 2 with Bishop & McCullagh getting enough damage to end their nights.
The Pole Shoot out had the crowd on their toes with #ACT26 Tony Moule putting on a clinic. Starting the Shoot Out in P5 and finished in P1. Lining up against Kratzmann, Reed, Cunningham & Ely, Moule certainly put on a show. Quote of the night came from Heartland staff “Best racing every - that was worth the price of admission alone!.”
Heat Wins: Chad Ely, Tony Moule, Brent Kratzmann, Shaun Forrell
A Main – Chad Ely, Tony Moule, Matthew Reed, Troy Little, Michael Cunningham, Brent Kratzmann,
Paul Solomon, Wayne Logue, Brad Foster, Colin Lincoln,, Jed Bell, Shaun Forrell-DNF, Phil Lock-DNF, Shane Hendry-DNF, Jimmy Gardiner-DNF, Chris Solomon-DNF, Zac Farrer-DNF, Shannon Barry-DNF, Andy Caruana-DNF
Chad Ely 518
Brent Kratzmann 501
Matthew Reed 489
Paul Solomon 463
Phil Lock 462
Michael Cunningham 459
Shane Hendry 454
Chris Solomon 448
Shannon Barry 436
Wayne Logue 404
Charge Set for Round 4 of the KRE Series
The charges are set for Round 4 of the KRE Race Engines Series. Not a drop of rain has fallen at Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway at the time of this release (9pm Tuesday November 12). Areas south and west of Brisbane have experienced downpours and severe storms, which are forecast to continue for the next couple of days but should dry up Friday and Saturday.
Sprintcar nominations are strong and the field shows great depth; both up the front and mid-pack; 28 cars in all will converge to fight it out.
Defending KRE Series champion and current points leader Q25 Andrew Scheuerle would like to see the track go dry and slick, given the quality of cars coming on Saturday night. “We’ll just wait and see what the weather does first of all; rain will dictate the track. Regardless, it will come down to the same four of five cars that will battle it out.”
The Brisbane based Q7 East Coast Pipeline Racing team will be packing some punch this Saturday night having achieved their first win of the season, weekend before last, at the 28th Annual Sprintcar Masters in Adelaide. Robbie Farr agreed it felt good to end the string of successive second place finishes, “Yes definitely, although it was nothing to be ashamed of. We’ll aim to finish this one like we finished the Masters; every game plan is the same - try and win the race.”
The team regrouped last weekend and continue to work on the car in the lead-up to Saturday. “You don’t stop learning, we believe that we learnt some things from the Masters that we hope to take this weekend,” said Robbie.
David Murcott made the podium at Round 1 of the KRE Series but hasn’t really showed his usual form since then. He crashed at the Masters but is quite likely to come out of nowhere and finish at the front.
Scheuerle notes, “Out of the locals David Muir is the main guy that’s throwing at us.” Muir took the KRE Round 2 win and made the podium elsewhere last weekend. David currently sits third in the points standings on 124 below Kevin Titman who’s accrued 132. Besides Kevin there are a number of top ten contenders who have sealed heat wins during the first three rounds. If their early pace is any indication, the Lucas Oils Dash should be thrilling.
The format for the Dash will be a Bronze–Silver–Gold Shootout. At the conclusion of the heats, point scorers 5, 6, 7 & 8 head out first for the Bronze Shootout, the slowest two disappear. The remaining two are joined by 3 & 4 for the Silver Shootout; again the slowest two disappear. The top two point scorers join the two left standing in a four-car Gold Shootout; their finishing order determining the start of the Feature race.
Support divisions include the Lightning Sprints and previous podium finishers Q18 Scott Genrich, Q15 Jason Busk and Q77 Keith Blatch are all nominated. The Brisbane Sedans are back and grass-roots racing divisions will be there too when the Stock Cars along with the FordvHoldenvSigma take to the clay-way.
Ticket sales are only available at the gate for this race meet; spectator gate opens at 4pm. No EFTPOS or credit card facilities at the venue. Check the website for details.
Tim Kaeding vacates Krikke Motorsports Seat
With a text message received yesterday from Tim Kaeding two scenarios played out at once.
Tim Kaeding was uncomfortable with what he had to announce to his ‘Boss’ Shane Krikke but the reasons were a life-long dream for him; TK was leaving Krikke MotorSport just 24 days out from their 2013/14 racing campaign with news from his American team owner that he would be contesting the full World Of Outlaws schedule and would be unable to commit to a full race season here in Australia. To say that Krikke was gutted is a huge understatement. Airfares had been paid for, race suits had been made, merchandise had been created, hotrods had been signed, races had been confirmed, contracts had been signed and now the team had been left in the wake of the news and with very little time to find a new pilot before the start of race season.
“To say I am gutted is a huge understatement. TK and I have talked about this scenario of him doing the full World Of Outlaws all our off season, but he and his owner both said that it wouldn’t happen’ said KMS team owner, Shane Krikke ‘So yesterday when I got the message I wasn’t surprised to be honest, I was just majorly disappointed that we’d wasted so much time and
money when we could have been working on a deal with someone else. And now we’re faced with the prospect of being just 24 days out from hitting the road and we’ve got the best of the best in terms of crew and race gear and no pilot to drive the hotrod.” “Of course I’m happy for TK that he’s getting to live his lifelong dream and become a WoO driver and he gets to chase the Championship, but it’s with a bitter pill to swallow as well.”
So now the race is on for Krikke to find someone with the calibre of driver that racefans have learned to expect to sit in the KMS Cool car. They may have hit a snag but you can guarantee that KMS are still looking at this race season as their ‘Year of Redemption’… Now probably more so than ever!