Sam Walsh Endures an Action Packed Event at Valvoline Raceway

Words – VR & USC PR

Sam Walsh won a dramatic USC NSW sixth round main event at Valvoline Raceway after a frightening crash involving leader Robbie Farr and fourth placed Ben Atkinson – The final lap saw the race declared.

Robbie Farr led going into turn three for the final time and looked to have the event all but in his grasp before he unexpectedly jumped the cushion and spun the #7 ECP car into the path of the rapidly closing Atkinson.

The impact knocked the tough Territorian unconscious and completely destroyed the once pristine Aeroflow #2 GF1.

Atkinson was later able to climb out of the car unassisted but received treatment and observation in the pits with the medical team.

Robbie Farr was also able to climb clear from his badly damaged car though not without limping and ruing what might have been a certain USC victory.

“We’ve thrown a couple of these away so it was nice to get one back,” smiled Sam Walsh in the pits after the event, “I don’t think we really had much for Robbie on that last lap but anything can happen in these races. I’m proud of our team because we had a fast car all night, if it wasn’t for a tear off problem in our heat we’d have been on the money right the way through.

Naturally I hope Benny’s OK.”

vr26nov16-039bTroy Little led for most of the main event in the Steven Lynch owned #20 Pit Stop Autos Maxim but Farr then Walsh powered past him in the latter stages – not before a tremendous battle for podium ensued with Troy, Walsh, Atkinson, Jordyn Brazier and Max Dumesny.

With Farr and Atkinson’s cars both extensively damaged the results saw Walsh the winner from Little in second place and Max Dumesny third in what was a bruising affair for many teams.

Kyle Caunt flipped his #8 Fire Service Plus entry when he made contact with Robbie Farr as the pair entered turn one as Farr was lapping him.

Matt Geering flipped heavily in the #6 Cooldrive entry earlier in the race.

Max Johnston flipped as he was tagged by a half spun Marcus Dumesny at the start taking both young guns out of a great starting position (Marcus on the front, Johnston out of the second row) without even a start in the books.

The incident also took Darryl Campbell out with front-end damage on the Eagle Products #28.

It was unclear from the replay if Marcus Dumesny had received contact from the rear that caused him to half spin into the path of Johnston.

The final finishing positions were:

1. Sam Walsh (started 9th)
2. Troy Little (started on pole)
3. Max Dumesny (starting 13th)
4. James Thompson (starting 14th)
5. Jordyn Brazier (starting 7th)
6. Matt Smith (starting 12th)
7. Toby Bellbowen (starting 15th)
8. Jackson Delamont (starting 22nd)
9. Warren Ferguson (starting 21st)
10. Daniel Sayre
11. Mitchell Dumesny (starting 16th)
12. Chace Karpenko (starting 12th)
13. Grant Tunks
14. Mark Attard
15. Jimmy Matchett (starting 18th)
16. Brendan Scorgie (starting 23rd)
17. Ben Atkinson DNF
18. Robbie Farr DNF
19. Matthew Geering DNF
20. Kyle Caunt DNF
21. Matt Dumesny DNF
22. Darryl Campbell DNF
23. Max Johnston DNF
24. Marcus Dumesny DNF

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan (34) is the meat in the Matt Thomas
(45) and Blake Skipper (24) sandwich in the B Main

Matt Smith (11) and Max Dumesny (5) go head to head with Mitchell Dumesny (77) close behind

Matt Smith (11) and Max Dumesny (5) go head to head with Mitchell Dumesny (77) close behind

Marty Perovich

Marty Perovich (17) leads Mick Saller (56) and Mitchell Dumesny (77)

Tom Jeffrey

Hikin’ it – Tom Jeffrey

Damian Hart

Damian Hart goes sideways through turn 1

David Craft

David Craft (3) leads Matt Geering (6) and Tom Jeffrey
(12) through turn 4

Courtney O'Hehi

Courtney O’Hehir drives through turn 3

Scott Alexander

Plenty of wet clay as Scott Alexander (23) heads down the main straight in hot laps

Sammy Walsh

Sammy Walsh won the A Main

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Brad Maiolo Bags 2016 King of Wings

Well if there was any a time that images could speak for themselves……then this is it from Perth’s awesome Motorplex!!!!

Peter Roebuck rocked up to “The Plex” Saturday night and was spun into a Winged Sprintcar frenzy.

It was a wild night of winged action at the Motorplex last night that saw many winners and grinners. Brad Maiolo W77 took out the 410 Bragging Rights for the evening.










































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Perth Motorplex Fast Friday – 25th November

Peter Roebuck went along to the Motorplex last night (Fri 25th Nov) and caught these images for us:

















a15The ultimate winner  was Mitchell Wormall, 2nd (L) James Ingliss and 3rd Taylor Milling.

So tonight (Sat 26 Nov) it’s King of Wings at Perth Motorplex.

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American Dominic Scelzi set to tear up Australian Clayways this Summer

Images: Peter Roebuck
Words: Paul Griffin

a4cThe Perth Motorplex and indeed many of Australian Clayways will be blessed with having American Dominic Scelzi race at their venues this season.

Dominic, son of high profiled professional drag racer Gary Scelzi, recently announced a partnership with the Perth-based Wormall Sprintcar Team to campaign the USA 1 car.

The intense racing program will kick off at the iconic Perth Motorplex after Dominic has completed the final few races on the teams USA calendar and will take in a host of blue ribbon races across the Australia, culminating in the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic on January 20, 21 and 22 2017.

Scelzi attended last nights Perth Motorplex practice session along with a handful of other Wormall Motorsport Sprintcars to get the feel of the unique high-banked “Downtown Kwinana Beach” complex.

USA Driver Dominic Sclezi will pilot the USA#1 Wormall Motorsport backed racecar

USA Driver Dominic Sclezi will pilot the USA#1 Wormall Motorsport backed racecar

The spectacular Perth Motorplex where Dominic Scelzi will be based

The spectacular Perth Motorplex where Dominic Scelzi will be based – Image by Richard Hathaway

Watching the USA #1 car circulate in the American livery brought back memories of Dean Jacob’s multi-season race stint in the early 2000’s.

If that was anything to go by, the Scelzi Sojourn to Australia is going to be something pretty special.

Here’s some of the other competitors that rocked up to the practice session:

Paul Flint exits turn 4

Paul Flint exits turn 4

Scott Chatwin

Scott Chatwin

Mitchell Wormall hikes the right front out of turn 4

Mitchell Wormall hikes the right front out of turn 4

Scott Chatwin

Scott Chatwin was also at last nights practice along with a few others

Mitchell "Sarge" Wormall throws the #97 entry into pits bend at the Perth Motorplex last night

Mitchell “Sarge” Wormall throws the #97 entry into pits bend at the Perth Motorplex last night

Paul Flint

Paul Flint down the “Plex” back straight

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Bunbury Speedway Qualifying – Nov 19th 2016 – Captured by Peter Roebuck

Peter Roebuck just flicked through these shots of Bunbury qualifying for your enjoyment.









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Peter Roebuck Pictorial – Wingless V6 Sprints at Bunbury

PETER Roebuck was on hand at Bunbury Saturday night (Nov 19) to see the V6 Wingless Sprints support the open 410’s.

The feature was an action packed affair to say the least.

Here’s how Peter Captured the action.

(Good work Pete !!)








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Cameron Gessner breaks drought at Bunbury Speedway

All Images by Peter Roebuck
Words by Darren O’Dea

CAMERON Gessner took full advantage of a front-row start to claim round three of the 2016-17 AHG Sprintcar Series at Quit Bunbury Speedway on Saturday night.

Gessner started on the outside of the front row with Brad Maiolo and shot to the lead on the first corner, never looking back for the 25-lap journey – a good thing because it’s been a while since the Big Fella has been at the pointy end.

He survived a late-race challenge from Maiolo who held on for second with Ben Ellement taking the final spot on the podium.

The feature race didn’t survive the first corner when Scott Chatwin went wide, tagged the fence and went over, forcing a full restart.

Chatwin said afterwards he was not sure what caused the crash and the team was still assessing the damage after the show had ended.

Andrew Priolo spun in pits bend on lap 11, bunching the field back up.

On the restart, Jason Kendrick, who started from P5 and had dropped to sixth, was the big mover, winning the battle with Jamie Maiolo, who started from P3 and then replacing Callum Williamson in fourth a few laps later.

Unfortunately it counted for little with Kendrick parking the car on the infield on lap 17 – a tough night for the team after they were forced to change an engine after qualifying.

Brad Maiolo looked strong with a handful of laps remaining but was unable to get enough momentum to slide under Gessner who held his nerve to take the win.

It was a good night for Gessner who set quick time at the start of the show and won his first heat race in the WA #41 APM Premix / Cowara Transport Entry.





Other heat race wins went to Brad Maiolo, Kendrick and Andrew Priolo.

Williamson started and finished fourth, ahead of Lee Nash (from P12), James Inglis (from P9), Lee Redmond (P7), Andrew Priolo (P9), Mitchell Wormall (P10) , Jamie Maiolo (P3) and Brodie Minchin (P13).

Round four of the AHG Sprintcar Series will be held at the Perth Motorplex next Saturday night – the running of the Scardifields Smash Repairs King of Wings, with the final to be a 40-lapper and including a mid-race pitstop.

Qualifying: Cameron Gesner 13.250, Brad Maiolo 13.371, Lee Nash 13.381, Jamie Maiolo 13.410, Callum Williamson 13.507, Ben Ellesent 13.571, Lee Redmond 13.598, Scott Chatwin 13.646, James Inglis 13.719, Andrew Priolo 13.820, Mitchell Wormall 14.307, Jason Kendrick 16.159. Brodie Minchin 13.816 – DQ for not going to scales.

Heat 1: 1st Cameron Gessner, 2nd Lee Nash, 3rd Callum Williamson, 4th Lee Redmond, 5th James Inglis, 6th Mitchell Wormall, 7th Brodie Minchin

Heat 2: 1st Brad Maiolo, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Ben Ellement, 4th Jason Kendrick, 5th Scott Chatwin, 6th Andrew Priolo.

Heat 3: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd James Inglis, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th Scott Chatwin, 5th Callum Williamson, 6th Cameron Gessner. DNF: Brodie Minchin.

Heat 4: 1st Andrew Priolo, 2nd Brad Maiolo, 3rd Mitchell Wormall, 4th Lee Redmond, 5th Ben Ellement. DNF: Lee Nash.

Feaure: 1st Cameron Gessner, 2nd Brad Maiolo, 3rd Ben Ellement, 4th Callum Williamson, 5th Lee Nash, 6th James Inglis, 7th Lee Redmond, 8th Andrew Priolo, 9th Mitchell Wormall, 10th Jamie Maiolo, 11th Brodie Minchin. DNF: Jason Kendrick (lap 17), Scott Chatwin (first lap).

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Jamie Veal Wins Thriller at Valvoline Raceway

Words – Valvoline Raceway PR
All Images by Gary

Saturday night (Nov 19) at Valvoline Raceway began with an emotional “Sydney goodbye to Shane Krikke” as the KMS #2 Cool led WSS champions Robbie Farr, Jamie Veal, Max Dumesny and James McFadden during the national anthem laps with Ryan and Jodie Krikke standing trackside.

5 World Series Sprintcars Champions pay tribute to the late Shane Krikke - Brook Tatnell (2), Robbie Farr (7), James McFadden (17), Jamie Veal (35), Max Dumesny (5)

Five World Series Sprintcars Champions pay tribute to the late Shane Krikke – Brook Tatnell (2), Robbie Farr (7), James McFadden (17), Jamie Veal (35), Max Dumesny (5)

At the other end of the night however, Jamie Veal won what was the second round of the 30th anniversary World Series Sprintcars at Valvoline Raceway and in the process picked up Round Five of the USC NSW in what was a spectacular race on many levels.

Despite the constant threat of rain and several light trickles during the C-Main and beyond right up into the A-Main line-up the weather Gods played nice and allowed a good crowd on hand to see one of the races of the season so far in Sydney.

It was nail biting 30-lap event from start to finish and after a couple of yellow light stoppages initially the race settled down to a rhythm where Veal took the #35 SWI Engineering Maxim to the front.

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal – Great Drive

Robbie Farr started on the front row in the ECP Cool alongside Brooke Tatnell’s TEH Cool with Veal and Shaun Dobson starting on the second row.

Dobson and Tatnell had both come from the Bronze Shootout to move through to the Gold Shootout and make their task significantly easier to run up the front in the main event.

James Thompson (always the quiet achiever) and James McFadden began their WSS/USC assaults from the third row of the grid whilst Alex Orr (who set quick time in his flight in qualifying) and Troy Little occupied row four and Brandon Rawlings and Max Johnston rounded out the top ten.

Veal led early but Farr ran him down and passed him, only for Veal to eventually move back into the top spot but not before some terrific lead swaps eventuated in lapped traffic.

Shaun Dobson looked ominous throughout the main in the Essendon Ford #21 and would eventually claim third place behind Veal and Farr in second place.

James McFadden’s set up came on gang busters with ten laps to go and the Milwaukee Maxim was on a major charge towards a possible win before he jumped the cushion in turn one late in the race and all but flipped.

In the end Veal won by several car lengths oblivious to the tumultuous battle going on behind him for the final step of the podium.

“Rookie mistakes,” was the furrowed brow response from Veal when asked why he’d given up the lead on a couple of occasions, “I had to settle down and get back to the bottom where the car was better. For a while there I simply struggled to get the cushion sorted and Robbie (Farr) got by me. When I eventually got back to the bottom I was able to get rolling.”

Veal was presented his WSS trophy by Sydney ambassador John Walsh who was honoured for his contribution to the sport over many years.

McFadden steamed back to fourth ahead of Brooke Tatnell in fifth, Troy Little sixth, James Thompson seventh, Alex Orr (solid all night) eighth, Grant Anderson ninth and Mick Saller a career best WSS result for tenth.

Jamie Veal

A Main podium (l-r): Shaun Dobson (3rd), Jamie Veal (1st), John Walsh (Grand Marshall), Robbie Farr (2nd)

Max Johnston placed eleventh ahead of Toby Bellbowen twelfth, Matt Dumesny thirteenth, Max Dumesny fourteenth and Sam Walsh fifteenth.

The battle between the three Dumesny men Matt, Max and Mitchell (who eventually had to settle for 17th) was epic to say the least and certainly had Mum (and wife) Melinda reaching for someone’s arm to grip.

“They don’t go easy on each other,” she smiled later, “that wasn’t easy to watch that’s for sure. They’re all so competitive.”

Ian Loudoun won the B-Main and came home in eighteenth, Matt Smith spun and came back to nineteenth, Mitchell Gee came the B-Main to make his first WSS Sydney A-Main and finish nineteenth, Ben Atkinson had a rough night for an eventual twentieth, with Brandon Rawlings breaking a front end to curtail what had been his best result to date in Sydney.

Danny Reidy survived a scary incident when he rode Jamie Veal’s right rear early in the night to be registered as twenty second with Jay Waugh and Daniel Harding being the last two DNF registered cars.

The B-Main was a clinic for Ian Loudoun to lead home fellow A-Main transferees Matt Dumesny, Mitchell Gee, Matt Smith and Max Dumesny sixth.

Dumesny barely squeezed into the A-Main with a last lap, last corner gasp pass on Grant Tunks to snatch away the final transfer position from the hapless budget Sydney racer.

The C-Main was won by West Aussie Jason Pryde from Queensland teenager Callum Walker in second place, Matt Geering in third, Braydan Willmington fourth and Luke Stirton rounding out the top five.

Four of the top five were in their late teens, once again showing the depth of the USC ‘nursery’ in Sydney.

The Bronze Shootout transferees were Brooke Tatnell and Shaun Dobson.

The Silver Shootout transferees were Shaun Dobson and Brooke Tatnell.
The Ian Boettcher Race Parts pole position was then won by Robbie Farr over Brooke Tatnell, Shaun Dobson and Jamie Veal.

Heat winners were Brandon Rawlings (2) Mitchell Gee (2) Matt Dumesny, Andrew Wright (2) and Darryl Campbell.

Jamie Veal scored Quick Time in qualifying overall whilst Central Coast racer Alex Orr claimed the quick time mantle in Flight One.

A total of 55 cars took time.

Top Ten Qualifying results:
Jamie Veal 11.848
Alex Orr 11.861
Troy Little 11.902
Toby Bellbowen 11.940
James McFadden 11.946
Ben Atkinson 11.956
Robbie Farr 11.957
Shaun Robson 11.972
Grant Anderson 11.986
Brooke Tatnell 11.988

Brandon Rawlings (44) and Warren Ferguson (32)

Brandon Rawlings (44) and Warren Ferguson (32) get cosy in heat race action

Shaun Dobson (21) inside Jeremy Cross (39)

Shaun Dobson (21) inside Jeremy Cross (39)

James McFadden

James McFadden in the Monte Motorsport Milwaukee Tools #17

Toby Bellbowen (7) leads Ben Atkinson (2), Mick Saller

Toby Bellbowen (7) leads Ben Atkinson (2), Mick Saller
(56) and Grant Anderson (37)

Brooke Tatnell (2) and Max Johnston (38) go side by side

Brooke Tatnell (2) and Max Johnston (38) go side by side

Matt Dumesny (57), Ian Loudoun (3), Sammy Walsh (92)

Matt Dumesny (57), Ian Loudoun (3), Sammy Walsh (92)

Robbie Farr (7), James McFadden (17), Shaun Dobson (21)

Robbie Farr (7), James McFadden (17), Shaun Dobson (21)

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Kerry Madsen Picks Up Ride With Big Game Motorsports

Kerry Madsen

Happy Man: Kerry Madsen is back in the seat for 2017 with a new deal involving Big Game Motorsport

Words and Images: Paul Griffin

Well it took a touch longer than we expected, but Sprintcar Champion Kerry Madsen has secured a ride with Big Game Motorsports driving the #2 Muddy Sprintcar for season 2017.

Madsen was left without a 2017 ride when the Australian-owned “KENERIC racing/American Racing Custom Wheels” Team called it a day in the latter part of the current American season. (see following link : )

Madsen’s appointment seems to have come at the expense of Danny Lasoski who was released from the Big Game Team the day prior.

Madsen will race all the Blue Ribbon Sprintcar events on the American Calendar commencing with the DIRTcar Nationals to be held in Florida in February. The Team will also race the majority of World of Outlaw races and many of the local Knoxville events.

We wish Kerry and the Big Game Team all the success for the 2017 season.

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Matt Dumesny Secures Maiden Victory at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

All Images: Gary Reid
Words: USC PR

Matt Dumesny gave it his all at Valvoline Raceway (Sat 5th Nov) to take his maiden USC and career victory in the Valvoline Synpower #57 Maxim.

An elated Dumesny was delighted to learn when he got to the podium, that his legendary father Max was also in the top three with a third place finish behind Max Johnston.

“I can’t thank my boys enough, they worked their butts off on this car so far this season, we time trialed fastest in our group and gave ourselves the best possible chance. It’s a dream to get the win for them”

A Main podium: (l-r) Max Dumesny (3rd), Matt Dumesny (1st), Max Johnston (2nd)

A Main podium: (l-r) Max Dumesny (3rd), Matt Dumesny (1st), Max Johnston (2nd)

Max Johnston stormed home in second place for the second time in as many weeks in USC NSW in the Airplant Services #38 Triple X.

“We blew the power steering unit in the heat race and the boys thrashed really hard to get us back into this whole deal,” Johnston explained on the podium, “I’m pleased for Airplant Services and our team to get second but I’d really like to get a win.”

Third placed Max Dumesny was thrilled to see son Matt take the win, and also have all four Dumesny men (Max, Matt, Marcus and Mitchell) directly making it into the A-Main.

Max Dumesny

Family Affair: Local Champion Max Dumesny crossed the line in 3rd while son Matt won the feature. Other sons Marcus and Mitchell were also in the A-Main !!

Troy Little was left to ponder what might have been when he spun whilst leading after starting on the front row with Dumesny.

Little salvaged fourth place however in the Pit Stop Autos Maxim when the chequers flew ahead of a huge drive from Alex Orr from 14th to 5th in the Meander Village #43.

Marty Perovich enjoyed one of his best runs this season moving the #17 Intext ART from 10th to 6th place after being as high as fourth place whilst Robbie Farr had a quiet night by his own standards with sixth place in the ECP Racing Cool for seventh.

Marcus Dumesny pedaled from 12th to eighth, Michael Saller moved smoothly from 16th to a strong top ten with 9th whilst Jay Waugh’s excellent start on the second row eventually netted him tenth.

Warren Ferguson advanced slightly from 13th to 11th in the Fruitwheels #32 entry, Mitchell Gee took the Titan Garages Cool from the ninth row to a solid 12th, Jeremy Cross started the Eliminator Wings SPIKE from 9th and wound up 13th ahead of Shaun Dobson’s Essendon Ford #21 entry in 14th (started strongly in 5th) Grant Tunks 15th (after winning his B-Main) Darryl Campbell 16th (started 20th) Daniel Sayre 17th (came from winning his B-Main) Braydan Wilmington 18th (started 19th) Blake Skipper 20th (started 18th) Matthew Geering 21st (started 20th) Mark Attard 21st (started 23rd) Matt Smith 22nd, Mitchell Dumesny 23rd and Michael Jordan 24th.

Troy Little

Troy Little speeds through a corner at Valvoline Raceway

Matt Dumesny

Matt Dumesny has the #57 well poised

Max Johnston

Max Johnston came home second in the A-Main

Shane Sheedy (64), Brandon Rawlings (44) and Mick Saller

Shane Sheedy (64), Brandon Rawlings (44) and Mick Saller (56) in heat race action

Troy Little (20), Jay Waugh (99), Matt Smith (11) and Matt Dumesny (47) share the front row of the 4-wide salute

Troy Little (20), Jay Waugh (99), Matt Smith (11) and Matt Dumesny (47) share the front row of the 4-wide salute

Daniel Sayre (16) and Braydan Willmington (89)

Going Green : Daniel Sayre (16) and Braydan Willmington (89)

Quick time for the overall Ian Boettcher Race Parts Qualifying was Troy Little.

Heat race wins went to Jay Waugh (OSA #99) Troy Little (Pit Stop Autos Maxim) Matt Smith (Australia Wide Towing KPC) and Matt Dumesny (Valvoline Synpower Maxim).

The Pole Shootout was cancelled due to time constraints.

Top Twenty in qualifying were:

Troy Little 11.908
Warren Ferguson 11.992
Shaun Dobson 12.014
Jeremy Cross 12.037
Mitchell Gee 12.089
Blake Skipper 12.099
Grant Tunks 12.140
Matthew Dumesny 12.156
Jay Waugh 12.197
Mark Blyton 12.255
Kyle Caunt 12.265
Mark Attard 12.324
Robbie Farr 12.364
Alex Orr 12.387
Matt Geering 12.420
Thomas Jeffrey 12.421
Matt Smith 12.452
Max Johnston 12.502
Paul Freeman 12.518
Michael Jordan 12.521

Non-racing highlight of the night was the 24-car national anthem parade featuring the 24 drivers under the age of 24 years old contesting tonight’s USC NSW Round 4.

Hard luck story of the night was Queensland youngster Brandon Rawlings who was crashed out by the spun Antony Jeffrey whilst Rawlings was convincingly leading the B-Main and headed towards certain A-Main advancement.

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