Sam Walsh Wins His Second GT Challenge at Valvoline Raceway

All Images compliments Gary Reid: greid@pacific.net.au
Words: Sprintcar Association of NSW (SANSW)

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Sam Walsh has become the first driver to double up on main event wins this season with an exciting win at Valvoline Raceway and in so doined claimed his second George Tatnell Challenge victory.

Walsh started the race from pole position and knew he would be in a dog fight with James Thompson starting right next to him.

After leading the first six laps, Walsh was pushed back to second as Thompson made his presence felt, taking the lead.

Thompson was beginning to edge away when disaster struck on lap thirteen when Matt Dumesny upended in a big way and third placed Robbie Farr had to take evasive action.

Sadly for Farr, he had to go to the work area and the rear of the field.

Dumesny luckily unhurt in the wild ride but out of the race.

At the restart Walsh took the lead back from Thompson and led the remaining seventeen laps without a stoppage.

Enter Marcus Dumesny……Marcus was making his way forward gradually throughout the race before pinching second place from Thompson with only a handful of laps remaining.

But no one had anything for Sam Walsh.

Sprintcar podium: (l-r) James Thompson (3rd), Sam Walsh (1st), Marcus Dumesny (2nd)

Sprintcar podium: (l-r) James Thompson (3rd), Sam Walsh (1st), Marcus Dumesny (2nd) and the late George Tatnell’s widow and daughters

Whilst all of this action was going on at the front of the field, one of the drives of the night had to go to Alex Orr. Starting from the back of the B-Main, he transferred to the A-Main by virtue of a win and slogged it out lap after lap to claim a well-deserved sixth place finish.

So at the chequered flag it was Walsh ahead of Marcus Dumesny, Thompson, Ben Atkinson finished a great fourth and equally as good was Andrew Wright in fifth. Alex Orr was sixth ahead of Daniel Sayre, Danny Reidy, Troy Little and Grant Tunks rounded out the top ten.

Eleventh home was Warren Ferguson ahead of Braydan Willmington, Matt Geering, Callum Williamson, Dean Thomas, Robbie Farr, Blake Skipper, Cameron Ware, Kim Becker, Courtney O’Hehir, Jason Gebert and Chris McInerney was the final on-track finisher. Non finishers were Matt Dumesny and Jordyn Brazier.

Earlier in the night, Robbie Farr set quick time in flight one with a blistering 11.562 second lap and Matt Dumesny was quickest in flight two with an 11.857 second lap.

Heat race wins went to Farr, Walsh, Matt Dumesny and Thompson.

There were some massive crashes in heat race action. Graham Lagerlow, Mitchell Dumesny, Chris Street and Michael Saller all took big rides. Happy to report that all were A-OK.

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Graham Lagerlow gets some serious air in a heat race crash as Kim Becker (55) and Luke Stirton (10) avoid the incident

4-wide salute: (l-r) Matt Dumesny (57), James Thompson (22), Robbie Farr (7)

4-wide salute: (l-r) Matt Dumesny (57), James Thompson (22), Robbie Farr (7), Sam Walsh (92)

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Luke Stirton (10) saved this bicycle in the B Main as Peter Gordon (14) stays low

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Marcus Dumesny showed his best form to run second in the Sprintcar A Main

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James Thompson continued his consistent form

Robbie Farr (7) leads a heat race field

Robbie Farr (7) leads a heat race field to the start line

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Andrew Wright searches for grip in time trials

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Sam Walsh time trials in front of his crew behind the fence at the left of the image

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Jason Gebert ventured down from the Northern Territory to contest the George Tatnell Challenge

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Time Standing Still – What a classic and superbly clear image of Matt Geering at full tilt in Qualifying – Great Shot Gary Reid !!!!

The next SANSW event at Valvoline Raceway is next Saturday night, December 16 for the  Development Series ahead of the 38th running of the Australian Sprintcar Grand Prix at on Boxing Day.

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Jamie Veal Takes Out Season 2017-18 Open WA Sprintcar Title at Perth Motorplex

Images: Peter Roebuck
Words: Darren O’Dea

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Great Win – Jamie Veal triumphed in the Krikke Motorsport Team #2 Cool

JAMIE ‘Captain Black Beard” Veal is the new WA Sprintcar champion after he won the hard-fought title decider from local young guns Kaiden Manders and Carl Dowling at the Perth Motorplex Speedway on Saturday (9th Dec) night.

In his first outing as the new full-time driver for Krikke Motorsport, Veal looked solid in the feature race, starting from P6, hitting the lead on lap 23 of the 30-lap feature race and then going on to win by 0.863 of a second.

The race was not even a lap old when Kye ‘Hot Foot’ Scroop crashed out on the first lap – in pits bend.

Two laps later Shaun “Son Of A Gun” Bradford, who admitted to pushing too hard with a heavy fuel load, got the car sideways before rolling hard, also ending his campaign (see crash sequence below).

Manders, who started from P2, was the early leader but after a handful of laps, he was under immense pressure from Darren Mollenoyux who was looking for a way through.

The latter looked challenging on many occasions but he was out of the contest on lap 21, limping to the infield.

National champion Kerry Madsen, who started from P4, was locked in a great battle with Dowling early on but his run ended after seven laps, blowing a right rear tyre.

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Kerry Madsen jetted back from America to compete in the WA Sprintcar Title

In the latter stages of the race Veal slid into third over Dowling before he then disposed of Mollenoyux (before the latter retired) and then with seven laps remaining, blasted by Manders.

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Jamie Veal waves the chequered flag in jubilation

After the race Manders said he was physically struggling and also said he had no match for Veal’s car speed.

Leading into the feature race Veal was sixth in qualifying before taking a sixth and a third in the heat races.

Manders was third quickest at the start of the show and enjoyed a pair of seconds in the heat races.

Dowling was fifth in qualifying before claiming a win and a third in the heat races.

Jason Pryde was fourth (starting from P7) and was followed over the line by James Inglis (from P12), Brad Maiolo (P9), Jason Kendrick (P11), defending WA champion Tim Van Ginneken (P17), Andrew Prioloi (P8) and Daniel Harding (P10) who rounded out the top 10.

Kendrick won the Victory 1 Performance Quick Time award with heat wins going to Kendrick, Dowling, Bradford, Ben Ellement, Darren Mewett and Harding.

It was a tough night for a few of the drivers – Sean Zemunik was forced to use a back-up motor after hurting his main motor at practice on Wednesday night – Adrian Haywood suffered some pretty serious motor issues before qualifying and didn’t go too far beyond that – Jamie Maiolo also suffered some pretty serious engine failure in the first round of heats and was a spectator for the rest of the night.

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The John Day pace ute makes local track Hawk “Hawkeye” scurry for position

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Hawkeye establishes his vantage point on the infield

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Shaun Bradford admitted to pushing too hard with a full fuel load and started this incredible crash sequence only 2 laps into the main – Bradford emerged without injury

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Jamie Veal won the 2017-18 WA Sprintcar Title in fine style. He was out of tear-offs 3 laps from home !!!!    …the vision through his helmet must have been ordinary to say the least

RESULTS
Qualifying: Jason Kendrick 13.993, Darren Mollenoyux 14.017, Kaiden Manders 14.092, Shaun Bradford 14.104, Carl Dowling 14.120, Jamie Veal 14.134, Kerry Madsen 14.213, Bradley Maiolo 14.255, Jason Pryde 14.275, Andrew Priolo 14.294, Jamie Maiolo 14.333, Tim Van Ginneken 14.352, James Inglis 14.357, AJ Nash 14.368, Daniel Harding 14.383, Jamie Oldfield 14.412, Sean Zemunik 14.425, Kye Scroop 14.458, Mitchell Wormall 14.467, Darren Mewett 14.471, Ryan Lancaster 14.493, Ben Ellemenet 14.506, Corey Hunter 14.817, Troy Beckingham 15.201, Scott Chatwin 14.214, Matthew Cross 16.050, Adrian Haywood – NTT.

Heat 1: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Kerry Madsen, 3rd Jamie Veal, 4th Kye Scroop, 5th James Inglis, 6th Tim Van Ginneken, 7th Mitchell Wormall 8th Scott Chatwin, 9th Troy Beckingham.

Heat 2: 1st Carl Dowling, 2nd Darren Mollenoyux. 3rd Bradley Maiolo, 4th Sean Zemunik, 5th Corey Hunter, 6th Darren Mewett, 7th AJ Nash, 8th Matthew Cross. DNF: Jamie Maiolo.
Heat 3: 1st Shaun Bradford, 2nd Kaiden Manders, 3rd Jason Pryde, 4th Jamie Oldfield, 5th Ben Ellement, 6th Andrew Priolo, 7th Daniel Harding, 8th Ryan Lancaster. DNS: Adrian Haywood.

Heat 4: 1st Ben Ellement, 2nd Andrew Priolo, 3rd Shaun Bradford, 4th Kerry Madsen, 5th James Inglis, 6th Mitchell Wormall. DNF: Jamie Oldfield, Jason Kendrick and Scott Chatwin.

Heat 5: 1st Darren Mewett, 2nd Darren Mollenoyux 3rd AJ Nash, 4th Kye Scroop, 5th Jamie Veal, 6th Troy Beckingham, 7th Bradley Maiolo, 8th Tim Van Ginneken, 9th Matthew Cross.

Heat 6: 1st Daniel Harding, 2nd Kaiden Manders, 3rd Carl Dowling, 4th Corey Hunter, 5th Jason Pryde. DNF: Ryan Lancaster, Sean Zemunik. DNS: Adrian Haywood and Jamie Maiolo.

Feature : 1st Jamie Veal, 2nd Kaiden Manders, 3rd Carl Dowling 4th Jason Pryde, 5th James Inglis, 6th Bradley Maiolo, 7th Jason Kendrickk, 8th Tim Van Ginneken, 9th Andrew Priolo, 10th Daniel Harding, 11th Mitchell Wormall, 12th Troy Beckingham, 13th Darren Mewett, 14th Matthew Cross, 15th AJ Nash, 16th Jamie Oldfield and 17th Scott Chatwin. DNF: Darren Mollenoyux (21 laps), Ben Ellement (15 laps), Corey Hunter (10 laps), Kerry Madsen (7 laps), Shaun Bradford (2 laps), Kye Scroop (first lap).

The next round (Round 6) of the AHG Sprintcar Series will be held at the Perth Motorplex on December 26

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Perth Motorplex Practice Night Ahead of 2017 WA Sprintcar Championship

All Images: Peter Roebuck
Words: Paul Griffin

This Saturday night sees the running of the WA 410 CI Sprintcar Championship at Perth’s magnificent Motorplex facility at downtown Kwinana Beach and all the Teams are frantically preparing.

A large contingent of teams rolled in to the Motorplex last night (Wed 6th Dec) to participate in a shakedown practice session at the high-banked Clayway.

The usual locals were there in force as was the “Warrnambool Wiz” Jamie Veal driving for the KMS Team.

Also expected to make the haul to the Motorplex are Kerry Madsen who will jet-in from the US and Victorian Hot Shoes Darren Mollenoyux and Tim Van Ginneken just to name a few.

Its going to be quite a night !!!!!!!!!!

Here’s how Peter Roebuck saw the practice night:

Jamie Veal will drive one of the best prepared cars in the WA Sprintcar Championship

Jamie Veal will drive one of the best prepared cars in the WA Sprintcar Championship

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Jamie Veal has been tasked to race the KMS #2 Cool at this weekends WA Sprintcar Championship

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Fancied driver Jason Kendrick leads Jamie Veal out of turn 4 at the Perth Motorplex in last nights practice session

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Manders Tames Manjimup – 2017/18 WA 360 Sprintcar Title

All Images : Peter Roebuck

Last weekend saw Kaiden Manders stormed to victory in the 2017/18 WA 360 CI Sprintcar Title at Manjimup Speedway.

Adrian “Hollywood” Haywood was ultimately awarded 2nd while 3rd went to Michael Keen after a perceived in-field pass by Keen.

Manjimup is a top setting and is unique in that it is the only track in WA that is not set on a pure horizontal surface…believe it or not, the straights have a shallow incline….. and the clay is a non-traditional light grey colour.

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Winner of the 2017/18 WA 360 Sprintcar Title was Kaiden Manders (centre), flanked by 3rd place Michael Keen (LH) and 2nd place Adrian Haywood (RH)

Manders showed maturity beyond his age by setting Quick Time (14.512 sec) then winning his first heat by over 3.5 seconds in the J&S Drilling Team W60 entry.

Continuing the strong performance Manders started form P6 in his second outing and was able to fight through to come a very creditable 3rd.

In the 25 lap feature Manders started on the front row. He was jumped as the green dropped by Adrian Haywood who lead for 2/3rds on the race.

It was then Manders made his move and shot past Haywood in a brilliant thrusting move.

Manders continued to maintain his lead and crossed the line to a massive ovation from the good sized crowd.

The J&S Drilling Team now head to Perth Motorplex this Saturday night for the WA Open (410 CI) Sprintcar Title. Can Manders make it two championships in essentially one week????

Peter Roebuck got some awesome photographs at Manjimup – a unique track set in rural WA around 3.5 hours south of Perth. Here they are for you:

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Wingless Sprints Go Wild at Bunbury

Images by Peter Roebuck

Last weekend the Wingless Sprints supported the AHG Series Sprintcars at Quit Bunbury Speedway.

There was plenty of action and Peter Roebuck caught this little fracas over track position:

 

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Action Aplenty: Blue car #97 Russell Steery, #28 Jake Condren,
and the Black car leading the fracas and ready to go over is Mitchell White. Check out his “circle polished” ally sump !!

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Robbie Farr Takes Victory at Valvoline Raceway as Wade Aunger Steps Back From Full Time VR Commitments

All Images: Gary Reidgreid@pacific.net.au
Words – Paul Griffin

logoRobbie Farr finally broke through and bagged the Sat Nov 25th A-Main at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.

Robbie Farr did it in that typical gritty Farr fashion ahead of a very popular barnstorming effort by local Matt Dumesny and Top Ender Ben Atkinson.

It was also  Pink Night to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation and a huge crowd was on hand to support the great cause.

An announcement that caught some by complete surprise was that Wade Aunger was leaving fulltime employment at Valvoline Raceway. More on this later.

Check out the image of Matt Dumesny in Qualifying – on the gas and hooked up or what !! (Good one Gary !!)

Matt Dumesny was on fire all night, setting quick time in his flight (12.002sec) and winning his heat race.

Robbie Farr played second fiddle to Matt Dumesny for most of the A-Main, but with 5 laps to go jumped on the loud pedal on a restart that saw him catapult to the lead and go on to take the chequers ahead of Matt Dumesny and Ben Atkinson.

Sam Walsh set the VR Clay on fire in flight 2 qualifying with a scintillating 11.966 sec lap. He also won his heat and was fancied for the feature. Unfortunately while running in 3rd in the A-Main, an uncharacteristic spin cost Walsh any chance of victory. He was sent to the rear of the field and battled back to finish P11.

Grant Anderson won the hard charger award starting out in P15 and crossing the line in 4th.

The C-Main was taken out by Michael Saller while Troy Little won the B-Main.

 

Here’s how local ace photographer Gary Reid saw the event:

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A Main podium: (l-r) Matt Dumesny (2nd), Robbie Farr (1st), Ben Atkinson (3rd)

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Robbie Farr back in the winner’s circle – check out the “3 PSI” in the left rear !

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Matt Dumesny in time trials – Stunning shot Gary Reid. This is what Sprintcar racing is all about !! What an attitude shot !!!!!!!!!

 

 

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Father Max Dumesny (5) races hard against son Marcus Dumesny (47) through turn 1 in the A Main

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4-wide salute before the A Main: (l-r) Robbie Farr (7), Jordyn Brazier (21), Sammy Walsh (92), Matt Dumesny (57)

Mother Kim Becker (55) and son Jessie Attard (53) battle it out in the B Main

Mother Kim Becker (55) and son Jessie Attard (53) battle it out in the B Main

Three wide in the B Main: Matt Thomas (45) and Shane Sheedy (64)

Three wide in the B Main: Matt Thomas (45), Shane Sheedy (64), Kaitlyn Anthony (35), Matt Geering (6)

The Pink flag parade

The Pink flag parade: (l-r) Jessie Attard (53), Courney O’Hehir (71), Nathan Dicker (82)

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There were 2 noteworthy events at Valvoline Raceway on
25 November: Wade Aunger was leaving fulltime employment at the track and it was Pink Night to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Wade Aunger (centre of inspirational flag) joined the track’s crash crew to show their support.

 

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Brad Maiolo Wins Bunbury AHG 4th Round

Images : Peter Roebuck
Words : SEG Media

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Brad Maiolo, Round 4 AHG Series Winner with Ron Krikke

BRAD Maiolo claimed his first victory of the season when he won the fourth round of the AHG Sprintcar Series at Quit Bunbury Speedway on Saturday night.

And in doing so it was Maiolo’s first sprintcar feature race win at his home track – something that has eluded him up until now.

He won the 30-lapper from Jason Kendrick and Daniel Harding – with all three drivers having to work their way to the front as the race unfolded.

It was a solid night for Maiolo who claimed the Victory 1 Performance Quick Time Award at the start of the night with a 13.587 second lap to edge out big brother Jamie’s 13.596, Jason Kendrick’s 13.896 and Jason Pryde’s 13.973 – the only four drivers to dip into the 13-second zone.

Maiolo then took a win in his first heat and posted a fifth in his next qualifying round, setting up a start from P8.

The feature race was not even a lap old when Scott Chatwin went wide in pits bend and flipped hard after the right rear tyre tagged the fence when he got caught off the racing line.

Jamie Oldfield, who started on the front row with Michael Keen – both campaigning 360ci-powered cars – was the early leader but had the field come back to him when AJ Nash spun around with three laps in the book for the first restart.

After the race got going again Brad Maiolo bolted into second and on lap seven he went around the outside of Oldfield for the lead.

Just after 10 laps were completed Nash spun again with Maiolo leading away Oldfield, Keen, Mewett and Scroop.

Kendrick and Harding were still lurking further back in the pack but were starting to gain some serious momentum.

Jamie Maiolo headed infield on the unlucky lap 13 and one circulation later he was also joined as an infield spectator by Nash.

By midrace distance it was Brad Maiolo from Scroop and Oldfield with Kendrick and Harding rounding out the top five.

Kendrick then started to make the moves, with Harding running in close quarters.

He passed Maiolo for the lead with seven laps remaining but it was to no avail as Mitchell Wormall went over in the turns 1-2, seeing the red lights come on.

After the restart Kendrick was not able to get the heat into his tyres and by this stage Maiolo knew where the quick part of the track was and raced hard to the finish line and the win.

Kendrick took second after starting from P12, with Harding coming from P11.

Scroop banked some solid points after taking fourth with Oldfield holding on for fifth from Darren Mewett, Robert Mould, Keen and Pryde.

Corey Hunter hasn’t enjoyed a good start to the season, recently suffering major engine damage at the Perth Motorplex – and on this occasion, with a different car and motor package, he crashed hard on the back straight in the first heat and took no further part in the night’s action.

Pryde backed up a solid time trial result with a win in the second heat while Mould and Mewett then claimed well-deserved heat race wins.

The series takes a break next week before round 5 is held at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday, December 9 – it will also be the WA Sprintcar Championship and a solid field is expected to nominate.

Results
Qualifying: Brad Maiolo 13.587, Jamie Maiolo 13.596, Jason Kendrick 13.896, Jason Pryde 13.973, Kye Scroop 14.032, Mitchell Wormall 14.147, Daniel Harding 14.232, AJ Nash 14.267, Jamie Oldfield 14.360, Scott Chatwin 14.513, Mitchell Keen 14.525, Darren Mewett 14.565, Corey Hunter 14.725, Robert Mould 14.898 and Vince Rosenthal 16.314.

Heat 1: 1st Brad Maiolo, 2nd Jason Kendrick, 3rd Daniel Harding, 4th Kye Scroop, 5th Jamie Oldfield, 6th Michael Keen, 7th Vince Rosenthal. DNF: Corey Hunter.

Heat 2: 1st Jason Pryde, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Mitchell Wormall, 4th AJ Nash, 5th Darren Mewett, 6th Scott Chatwin, 7th Robert Mould.

Heat 3: 1st Robert Mould, 2nd Daniel Harding, 3rd Michael Keen, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th Mitchell Wormall, 6th Jason Kendrick, 7th Scott Chatwin. DNF: Vince Rosenthal.

Heat 4: 1st Darren Mewett, 2nd AJ Nash, 3rd Jamie Oldfield, 4th Jason Pryde, 5th Brad Maiolo. DNF: Kye Scroop.

Feature: 1st Brad Maiolo, 2nd Jason Kendrick, 3rd Daniel Harding, 4th Kye Scroop, 5th Jamie Oldfield, 6th Darren Mewett, 7th Robert Mould, 8th Michael Keen, 9th Jason Pryde. DNF: Mitchell Wormall (23 laps), AJ Nash (14 laps), Jamie Maiolo (13 laps), Scott Chatwin (0 laps).

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Kiwi Dean Brindle Scores An A-Main Win in the Valvoline Raceway Sprintcar Development Series

All images compliments of Gary Reid : greid@pacific.net.au
Words – VR PR

logoLast Saturday night (18th Nov) Valvoline Raceway hosted another round of the popular Sprintcar Development Series.

The A-Main was won by New Zealander Dean Brindle from Brendan Scorgie in second and James Duckworth rounding out the podium in third.

Following the lead trio home were Daniel Cassidy in fourth, Jess Cassidy in fifth, Courtney O’Hehir sixth, Blake Darcy seventh, Graham Lagerlow eighth, Darren Saillard ninth and Ben Hart rounding out the top ten.

Heat wins went to Brendan Scorgie, James Duckworth, Daniel Cassidy and Dean Brindle.

A Main Sprintcar Development Results:

1. Dean Brindle
2. Brendan Scorgie
3. James Duckworth
4. Daniel Cassidy
5. Jess Cassidy
6. Courtney O’Hehir
7. Blake Darcy
8. Graham Lagerlow
9. Darren Saillard
10. Ben Hart
11. Mark Hinchelwood

Gary Reid was there to catch all the action. Here’s how Gary saw the night:

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Development Sprintcar Final podium: (l-r) Brendan Scorgie (2nd), Dean Brindle (1st), James Duckworth (3rd)

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Jess Cassidy (22), Graham Lagerlow (81) and Nikki Briton (6) drive through turn 2 at Valvoline Raceway

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Dean Brindle (22) and James Duckworth (68) battle it out in a heat

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Darren Saillard early in the evening

Brendan Scorgie leads Dean Brindle in a heat race

Brendan Scorgie leads Dean Brindle in a heat race

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James McFadden Storms to 410 King Of Wings Victory at Perth Motorplex and Smashes 30 lap record by 30 seconds

Images – Peter Roebuck
Words – SEG PR

JAMES McFadden had the perfect start for his 2017-18 Australian season when he won the Scardifields Smash Repairs King of Wings at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night – round 3 of the AHG Sprintcar Series.

In the stunning new-look Milwaukee-backed W17, McFadden started from P7 and gradually made his way forward to take the win from Shaun Bradford and two-time defending series champion Brad Maiolo.

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James McFadden – “Smoked ’em all” !! In the process of securing the KOW’s crown, McFadden sliced an amazing 30 seconds off the lap record !!!!!!!!!!

The race ran non-stop for 30 laps on a track that was heavily watered the day before and even early on race day, helping McFadden shave more than 30 seconds off the track record that has stood for some time.

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James McFadden celebrates with Mote Motorsport crew chief Kim “Buzzy” Buswell

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410 KOW Podium L to R: 2nd Shaun Bradford, Winner James McFadden, 3rd Brad Maiolo

It was a strong finish after a tough start that saw McFadden claiming the 17th quickest time in qualifying.

He then started from pole in his heat race and romped away to a win, setting up a feature race start from the inside of the fourth row.

As the field formed following the four-wide salute to the fans Jason Kendrick was experiencing engine issues in the W11 and opted to start at the rear in a short-lived campaign that saw him parked after just a few laps.

Carl Dowling, who started from P4, also dropped back early in the race.

Bradford on the other hand, was the early bolter and keen to capitalise on his win in the season-opener at the Motorplex back in late October.

He was up into lapped traffic after just four laps with Kye Scroop, who started from P2, looking strong in the early stages

Brad Maiolo, who started P3 slid under Scroop in lap eight, with McFadden putting a similar move on Scroop not long afterwards to take third.

McFadden then disposed of Maiolo and set his eyes on Bradford who had set a cracking pace out in front in the W57.

Bradford claimed the quickest lap of the race, on lap two, with a solid 13.633 second effort.

McFadden opted to run a lower line than Bradford as he reeled him in and after planning his move for a couple of laps, made the telling slide down low on lap 20, before shutting the gate on any counter attack and setting up the win.

Bradford held on for a solid second to be 0.554 of a second behind the winner, with Brad Maiolo 3.5 seconds behind McFadden for third.

Daniel Harding, who started from P6, looked strong, particularly in the latter stages, to take fourth, while Jamie Maiolo took fifth- after starting fifth.

Sixth was Mitchell Wormall who was doing double duty (also racing a 360 car) and followed over the line by James Inglis, Andrew Priolo, Carl Dowling, last round winner Jason Pryde, Scroop, Adrian Haywood, Jamie Oldfield, AJ Nash, Scott Chatwin, Robert Mould and Matthew Cross.

Kendrick was the only DNF with Kaiden Manders and Darren Mewett being non-starters.

Dowling was the latest winner of the Victory 1 Performance Quick Time, with a 13.402-second lap being the benchmark in qualifying, ahead of Bradford’s 13.632 and Wormall’s 13.767.

McFadden won the first heat of the night from Inglis, Jamie Maiolo, Pryde, Dowling, Priolo, Nash, Wormall and Cross, with Kendrick posting a DNF.

Heat two went to Bradford from Brad Maiolo, Scroop, Harding, Oldfield, Mould, Mewett and Chatwin, with Manders being a DNF.

Round four of the series will be held at Quit Bunbury Speedway next Saturday night.

Results:

Heat 1: 1st James McFadden, 2nd James Inglis, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th Jason Pryde, 5th Carl Dowling, 6th Andrew Priolo, 7th AJ Nash, 8th Mitchell Wormall, 9th Matthew Cross. DNF: Jason Kendrick.

Heat 2: 1st Shaun Bradford, 2nd Brad Maiolo, 3rd Kye Scroop, 4th Daniel Harding, 5th Jamie Oldfield, 6th Rob Mould, 7th Darren Mewett, 8th Scott Chatwin. DNF: Kaiden Manders.

Feature: 1st James McFadden, 2nd Shaun Bradford, 3rd Brad Maiolo, 4th Daniel Harding, 5th Jamie Maiolo, 6th Mitchell Wormall, 7th James Inglis, 8th Andrew Priolo, 9th Carl Dowling, 10th Jason Pryde, 11th Kye Scroop, 12th Adrian Haywood, 13th Jamie Oldfield, 14th AJ Nash, 15th Scott Chatwin, 16th Robert Mould, 17th Matthew Cross. DNF: Jason Kendrick, DNS: Kaiden Manders, Darren Mewett.

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Happy Camper – Iwanow after his 360 CI KOW victory

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360 KOW Podium – L to R: 2nd Adrian Hawood, 1st Murray Iwanow, 3rd Ben Butcher

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Murray Iwanow – Flag in hand, gold in pocket

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Marshall McDiarmid

Marshall McDiarmid took out 2017 KOW’s for Limiteds

Marshall McDiarmid

Limited KOW Podium L to R: 2nd Brett Barndon, 1st Marshall McDiarmid, 3rd Ben Migro

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King of Wings Perth Motorplex Practice – Wed Nov 15th

All images: Peter Roebuck

Words: Paul Griffin

Peter Roebuck attended Perth Motorplex Practice last night ahead of this Saturday’s KOW (King of Wings) Blue Ribbon Event and witnessed some awesome action.

Teams in attendance were frantically tuning engine and chassis set-ups, determining what tyres and pressures to use, what wheel offset gave the best result on the Kwinana Clay and what wing angles worked the best to get that tiny fraction of an advantage over their rivals.

Lap times were quick as a result and despite the track ageing through the session, times actually got quicker.

So far based on last nights showing, Jason Kendrick is certainly going to be towards the pointy end come 10 o’clock Saturday night – he’s in form, determined to take the gold, has a great car, killer engine and dialled in on a set-up last night that is going to make him hard to beat.

Having said that, there is no absolute guarantee the track and weather conditions will be the same this Saturday night, although the forecast is indicating similar conditions.

It’s going to a great event and something to really look forward to.

The Motorplex always turns on great racing and the KOW event is always one of the best !

CAN’T WAIT !!!!!!!!!

Here’s what Peter Roebuck caught through the eye of his lens:

Big Chance - Jason Kendrick

Big Chance – Jason Kendrick

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