Motorplex Grand Opening for Summer Season all go for Tonight

The weather forecast for tonight’s re-scheduled Grand Super Speedway Opening couldn’t be better. Unlike last Saturday , conditions are expected to be fine and sunny during the day with a top temperature of 25 degrees. Those fine conditions are to continue right through the night.

There will be plenty of big names, new cars and new teams vying for victory in the first round of the AHG Sprintcar series.

Sprintcar sensation Ryan Farrell returns to racing tonight and is pumped at the prospect of taking the first A-Main of the season.

Peter Roebuck took a trip through the Kwinana pits last Saturday before the rain put an end to things – here’s a behind the scenes peek at what Peter captured………..

Ryan Farrell (RHS) returns to racing tonight at the Motorplex

David Priolo is confident of a great 2014/15 Season

Rob Watson Jnr has invested in a heap of new gear

All smiles - Jamie (RHS) and Bradley Maiolo

The Wormall Motorsport outfit is right up there

The rain is acomin'

Mark Wells has a new look car and here puts the final touches to his wing vinyl

"Son of a Gun" Shaun Bradford has a new look this year - a Ned Kelly beard !

David Priolo

LJM Racing has also secured a heap of new equipment this season

Jason Kendrick in the "Hot" staging area with the threatening clouds that would ultimately force the re-scheduling of the Saturday night racing program

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Perth Motorplex Sprintcar Grand Opener Washed Out

Well mother nature did end up taking command on Saturday night at the Perth Motorplex in Kwinana. Our intrepid photographer Peter Roebuck advised mid morning on Saturday (18th Oct) that the heavens were looking threatening and there was a high chance of rain.

Peter’s warning was indeed on the money. We saw a small amount of track action, but when the precipitation got really serious, the Motorplex Management had no option but to cancel the event.

The Radar shows how full-on the weather was

The Grand Opening has been rescheduled to Tuesday 21st October, with the same great nomination list and spectacular fireworks planned. For those that attended, hang onto your tickets as they are good for the Tuesday night, or any other Speedway event until Dec 6th.

 

So all those Ryan Farrell fans eagerly awaiting his return to racing won’t have to wait that long !

Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck caught these images on Saturday night before the meeting “got the can”.

Ryan Farrell fans will have to wait until Tuesday night (21st) to see his much anticipated return to Sprintcar racing

Jason Kendrick looked smooth early on

"The Man in Black" - Cameron Gessner

Callum Williamson is looking forward to a strong season

Rob Watson Junior in full flight

Daniel Haring in the #12

Jason Bowland attemped to set up a smoke screen in hot laps

Daniel Keen has the #90 positioned nicely through turns 3-4

Lee Nash - Always quick in hot laps

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Hot action in Perth Motorplex Curtain Raiser – Doubt on Weather for Super Speedway Opener Tonight

Saturday 18th Oct – 12 noon .

All images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck

As clouds and a threatening storm cell brews over the Kwinana region in Perth WA today, some doubt is being cast as to whether the Grand Opening of the Motorplex Super Speedway calendar will kick off tonight. Let’s hope Mother Nature settles sufficiently to get the meeting in.

We can report however that there was plenty of action last weekend in the curtain raiser event held at the Motorplex that saw Limited Sprintcars and 360′s race, plus a few of open 410 cars in a practice session.

In the Limited Sprintcar class, 19 year old Brayden Miller started from where he left off last year in a winning mode by easily taking out the 12 lap Limited feature race in the Muir Motorsport/Creative Elegance #1. The current Limited State Champion was a cut above the opposition all night and drove a beautifully calculated race with a deflating rear tyre at mid-race distance.

Coming home behind Miller were Kye Scroop driving the Peter Harvey-owned #83 and Justin Bell in the #29 entry.

Brayden Miller (CTR) imposed a crushing defeat on rivals Kye Scroop (RHS) and Justin Bell in the Limited Sprintcar Feature

 

In the 360′s Jake Beard-Miller in the TMG Fabrication #32 took the feature from Jason Priolo and Dean Terry.

 

360 Podium: Jake Beard-Miller (1st - CTR), Jason Priolo (RHS) and Justin Bell

Current Limited Sprintcar State Champion Brayden Miller was brilliant all night

The Priolo Machine cut down a left rear earlier in the night

Kye Scroop drove the Peter Harvey-owned #83 Limited

Kye Scroop runs on the inside of Justin Bell

Brayden Miller is frequently a proponent of the Kwinana High line - Here Miller positions himself for his signature "Butterfly Net" move where he simply gathers up the opposition on the outside

Jake Beard-Miller won the 360 feature

The Harding Team cars in practice

Jamie Maiolo just hikes the left front of the #99 in pits bend during practice

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Jamie Veal bags 2nd A-Main at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

All Images by Gary Reid greid@pacific.net.au

 

Warrnambool’s Jamie Veal claimed his second A-Main victory in the space of a week when he streaked to the lead and crossed the line ahead of “Top Enders” Ben Atkinson and Danny Reidy.

Jamie Veal (centre) won the A Main from Ben Atkinson (left) and Danny Reidy

It was a dominating performance from Veal in the #35 SWI Engineering Maxim and further cemented by his blistering Quick Time of 12.381 sec. Second quickest in qualifying was young gun Jordon Brazier with 12.391.

Jordan Brazier started the race on the front row but after 16 laps went a little high and slammed into the wall. That was the end of the night for the #21 Driver.

High profile drivers Max Dumesny and Robbie Farr finished 5th and 6th. The B-Main was taken put by Daryl Campbell from Ryan Davis, Andrew Wright and WA’s Daniel Harding.

Brendan Scorgie (57) leads Daniel Sayre (3) in hot laps

WA's rising star Daniel Harding gave the main straight crowd something to cheer about

Matt Dumesny

Danny Reidy in time trials

Jamie Veal set quick time and won his second A Main at Valvoline Raceway on 11 October

Matt Jackson gets pushed away under the bridge

Ben Atkinson leads Trevor Green

Max Dumesny gets the #5 nicely crossed up

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Jamie Veal Strikes Gold at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway Opening Meeting for 2014/15 Summer Season

All Images by Gary Reidgreid@pacific.net.au

Well the East Coast of Australia has finally awoken from its Winter Sprint Car hibernation with Sydney Speedway hosting the first round of the 2014 Summer Sprint Car Series.

It’s been a long off-season with Torque Tube taking a bit of a break, but back again with a fresh approach for 2014. Much of the off season feedback we have received was very complimentary.

Interestingly, viewers are now dialled in on the great bunch of photographers that support Torque Tube and look forward to seeing those great weekly images. So much so, that many viewers indicated a brief overview of the meeting with detailed pictures is what they would prefer. So having said that, let’s get on with it – Images will be the focus in 2014.

Jamie Veal took out the Brian Healey Cup last Saturday night (4th Oct) at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway ahead of local brothers Roddy and Toby Bellbowen.

Jamie Veal (centre) won the Brian Healey 410 Cup from Roddy Bellbowen (left) and Toby Bellbowen

The race was marred by a massive crash just seconds into the 30 lap final when Robbie Farr spun in front of the field. Farr was sent to the rear and fought back to finish ninth.

Earlier in the evening Max Johnson set quick time with a 12.314 sec lap just a whisker ahead of Robbie Farr (12.353) and Toby Bell Bowen (12.367).

The B-Main was won by Daryl Campbell form Dubbo’s Jeremey Cross and Matt Dumesny.

Kyle Caunt leads Steve Caunt though turn 1

Jamie Veal won the Brian Healey 410 Cup

Kelly Linigen leads Ben Atkinson in heat racing

Toby Bellbowen (70) and Roddy Bellbowen (7) on their way to podium finishes

The new commentary team at Valvoline Raceway on the huge infield screen - (l-r) Wade Aunger, Michaela Dumesny and Stu McCarthy

The flag Parade: Max Dumesny (5), Matt Dumesny (57) and James Thompson (22)

The 4-wide salute

The race only got to turn 2 on lap 1 when about 8 cars were involved in a huge crash. Jeremy Cross (39) and Darryl Campbell

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Shaun Dobson is 2013/14 Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series Champion

Victoria’s premier Sprintcar competition SRA (Sprintcar Racing Association) officially wound up the best season it has ever had with a Gala Dinner and Presentation function at Geelong’s Mecure Hotel last night (Sat 31st May).

It was the icing on the SRA Cake as over 200 racers, teams and dignitaries rocked up to partake in an extravaganza involving special guests, award presentations, story telling, reflections and great food & beverages.

Tasmania’s Shaun Dobson was a shining star taking out the SRA Eureka Garages and Sheds Series Champion Award ahead of local hero Brett Milburn and NSW’s Jeremy Cross.

Shaun Dobson with Dad Andrew after taking out the SRA Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series Award

MC for the night was the ubiquitous Gavin White who did his usual fantastic job – he’s gotta be the best in the nation at this stuff.

MC for the night was Gavin White - A great job !

Corey Gibson (Corey Gibson Photography) also did a great job with visual big screen support and official photography for the award recipients.

BSR (Bruce Stephens Racing) house car Driver Liam Williams took out the Essendon Ford Trip to America draw and Brett Milburn finally “won” a major by taking out the draw for the KTM 450 EXC Motocrosser compliments of KTM Australia and Jeff Leisk.

Liam Williams racing for Bruce Stephens Racing took out the Essendon Ford Trip to America draw

It was a stunning night and a credit to all those that played a part in its execution. This is a quickee release which will be followed up with a detailed report, award listing and behind the scenes photos. All in all there were a grand total of 17 awards presented.

Eureka Garages and Sheds have been the naming rights sponsor to the Open Series for  11 years ! – an amazing commitment from Company owner Domenic Sabatino and one that every person involved in SRA competition salutes.

Come back for the full report later .

Brett Milburn put an end to his run of 2nd places when he won the Top Ten Draw-down. His prize was this awesome KTM 450 Motorcrosser compliments of KTM Australia and Jeff Leisk

The Team Behind "The Man" Shaun Dobson

Dubbo's Proud Son - Jeremy Cross was 3rd in the SRA Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series

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Brayden Miller 2014 Limited Sprintcar Champion – Quick out of the Blocks

Well if you thought 18 year old Brayden Miller was quick out of the blocks when he took the Western Australian Limited Sprintcar Title by a 2/3rds of a lap at the Perth Motorplex last Saturday, then just listen to this…………….

Brayden celebrated his awesome victory infield during trophy presentations, returned home in the early hours of Sunday Morning, got some well deserved “shut-eye” then arose to participate in another celebration – his 19th Birthday.

Brayden Miller celebates his State Title victory on the Motorplex infield - Pic by Peter Roebuck

In amongst all this the J&J Racecar was thoroughly cleaned and serviced and then here comes the best part…… stickered with W1 - the coveted right that a Sprintcar State Title Holder has in recognition of his or her great achievement.

 

Quick Reaction - Not even 24 hours had passed and Brayden Miller had arranged the W1 on his racecar - Pic by Texanne Racing

Reacting quickly both on and off the track is clearly “the Norm” for Brayden Miller.

Congrats to you Brayden and your Team !

 

 

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Brayden Miller Wins 2014 WA Limited Sprintcar State Title

Words – Paul Griffin
Images – Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck

Brayden Miller won the 2014 WA Limited Sprintcar State title in spectacular fashion at Perth Motorplex last night – Saturday 3rd May. In a strong field of over twenty cars, 18 year old Miller was able to race hard to the chequer in the feature and secure the coveted State Title.

Big Future - 18 Year old Brayden Miller won the 2014 WA Limited Sprintcar Title at the Motorplex last Saturday

Miller has concentrated heavily on his driving technique through the season and loves to run up high on the fence. After his stunning victory in the Title Championship, he paid tribute to his Crew, Sponsors, Father Mark, Mother Annaliese and the mentoring and great assistance he has received from Ian Woods and Rob Watson. Miller crossed the line a massive 8.4 sec ahead of 2nd placed Jacob Lucas and Mick Dobel in 3rd.

Not a bad result for an 18 YO amongst some heavy duty competition …..this guy has a big future in Sprintcar Racing and is making a lot of people sit up and take notice in the higher ranks of 360 and 410.

The Limited class in WA has flourished over recent seasons, attracting great drivers and showcasing some of the best equipment in the Country. There are cars in the Limited ranks that would be well at home in a 360 and even 410 field – they’re that good.

2014 WA Limited Sprintcar Title Podium

Smooth Operator - Brayden Miller

The Sparks flew in the run to the Championship

4-Wide salute

Fancied Driver Ben Migro was unable to stop the flying Brayden Miller

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Ian Loudoun takes Gold Cup – Luke Dillion is AHG Champion in Grand Final Round at Perth Motorplex

Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
Words by Darren “The Digger”


SOUTH Australian Luke Dillon is the 2013-14 AHG Sprintcar Series champion after wrapping up the series at the Perth Motorplex last Saturday night.

He finished third in the Gold Cup Grand final behind Sydney driver Ian Loudoun and Perth young gun Daniel Harding but it was enough for him to seal the deal for the ultra-professional Diamond Bay Motorsport crew.

Gold Cup Podium L to R: Daniel Harding 2nd, Ian Loudoun 1st, Luke Dillion 3rd. That was enough for Dillon to secure the AHG Championship

Happy Man: Luke Dillon

Dillon finished on 2567 points, seven clear of former series champion Jamie Maiolo on 2560 after Maiolo powered from P17 to finish fourth in a very strong drive.

 

Mark Wells nailed down third overall with 2540 points after holding down fourth in the feature race for some time before dropping back to finish.

Jason Kendrick, who claimed a DNF in round one of The Chase series and then banked two podium finishes, earned enough points last night to fourth on 2530 with Brad Maiolo struggling in the last show but ultimately he finished fifth on 2525.

Dillon started the night in the best possible fashion setting quick time but he blistered his right rear tyre in the process and due to the two tyre per night rule he had to run it in the heats.

He claimed a fourth and a win in the heats before finishing fourth in the Gold Dash to start from P4 in the all-important 30-lap final.

At the completion of the series Dillon had a bit of time to reflect on his commitments to the AHG Series, along with World Series Sprintcars.

“It’s been a hard season…the whole team has put in a huge effort,” Dillon said.

“We knew it was going to be hard to win this but we managed to win three rounds early in the year (to qualify for The Chase), but it is always hard to come here and do well and I am just happy.”

Dillon said he enjoyed racing at the Motorplex.

“I love the way you can just drive and dive under someone flat out and still not make a pass.

“It’s got so many different varieties and it (the track) was so different to last night…I love it…it’s great.”

Now that the season is over Dillon said they would start negotiations and make plans for the 2014-15 season.

Given their strong performance this season it is a combination worth maintaining that could prove a thorn in the side of many of their rivals.

Congratulations to Luke Dillon!

Overall points: Luke Dillon 2567, Jamie Maiolo 2560, Mark Wells 2540, Jason Kendrick 2530, Brad Maiolo 2525, Lee Nash 2524, Callum Williamson 2492, Kye Scroop 2462, Jason Pryde 2446, Ryan Lancaster 2442, Cameron Gessner 2372, Trent Pigdon 2367, Cale Sotiroff 2018, Sheldon Brady 1970, Daniel Harding 1674, David Priolo 1656, Shaun Bradford 1468, Carl Dowling 1196, Jason Boland 1184, Troy Beckingham 1088, Brodie Minchin 1026, Matt Young 252.

Luke Dillon in action during Friday Prelim Night

Cameron Gessner

Jason Boland runs the high banks at Kwinana on Prelim Night

General John Day and Speedway Manager Gavin Migro

Ian Loudoun snapping at the heals of Luke Dillon

Luke Dillon took preliminary night honours

Prelim night Podium L to R: Ian Loudoun, Luke Dillon and Jason Kendrick

Callum Williamson struck trouble on Final night of the Gold Cup

Jason Boland takes a tumble

Carl Dowling also landed in trouble

Daniel Harding had a great battle with Luke Dillon

The Motorplex Fireworks capped off the season finale


 

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Robbie Farr wins in rain at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway Track Championship Final


All Images by Gary Reid – greid@pacific.net.au
Words by Valvoline Raceway

Superstar Robbie Farr was just that in the 30 lap track championship grand final in between the showers at Valvoline Raceway last Saturday night (12th Aug). While Farr took race honours for the night, it was Max Dumesny who secured the 2013/14 Track Championship.

Robbie Farr (7) drives under Ben Atkinson to take the lead in the A Main

The meeting was interrupted by three bouts of showers, but the drivers managed to pack down the racing surface and keep it useable.

The 30 lap Championship Grand Final produced a stellar field and it was top end Ben Atkinson who took off from the front row and ran away with the opening 10 laps. Atkinson, Max Dumesny and Farr all used the high line to great effect and as the race hit the halfway point, a shower swept over the track and caused several more laps of wheel packing until chief steward Gary Winterbottom turned them loose again.

Atkinson went to the front while Dumesny was gathered in by Farr who then dived inside Atkinson for the lead.

As an aggressive driver with class to burn, Farr never let off the throttle and crossed clear of Dumesny, the track series champion and Atkinson and James Thompson.

Robbie Farr (centre) won the A Main from Max Dumesny (RHS) and Ben Atkinson

Ben Atkinson set quick time in time trials

Brad Stacey enters turn 3 in time trials

Warren Ferguson in the black N32

Hayley Sayers gets the throttle down in the brilliantly prepared N87

Seb Johnston gets tangled up with Hayley Sayers who went over

Fireworks in the 4-wide parade

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