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)

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

William Thompson

William Thompson

Darren Saillard

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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2017 King of Wings 4 – Wide salute for 410 opens

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McFadden in the new Monte Motorsport racecar

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Always immaculate - The Maiolo Outfit

Always immaculate – The Maiolo outfit

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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 took out 2017 KOW’s for Limiteds

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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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Sam Walsh takes Round 4 USC – Sid Hopping Shootout at Valvoline Raceway

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

Words: VR PR

Sam Walsh scored his third Sid Hopping Shootout main event success at Valvoline Raceway to narrowly lead home James Thompson in second place and Jordyn Brazier third in a thrilling 30-lap final.

A huge crowd witnessed a nail biting finish to the USC Round Four main event as Thompson passed Walsh on the final lap only to see the Rocket #92 repass for the point position just in time for the chequers

“That was heart attack stuff,” Walsh grinned after the race, “I saw someone down there (on the low line) and so I had to get down there quick to shut the door. I didn’t realise it was James. I can always race hard with him.”

A Main Podium 2017 Sid Hopping Shootout

Donny Schatz’s daughter Savanna was a surprise guest at Valvoline Raceway on 11 November, helping with the trophy presentations for the Sid Hopping Shootout which saw Sammy Walsh (centre) defeat James Thompson (right) and Jordyn Brazier (left). Sid Hopping is pictured second from right.

Early in the night during the national anthem parade drivers Danny Reidy, James Thompson and Kiwi Dean Brindle carried the Australian, NZ and American flags to commemorate Remembrance Day and also to celebrate the memories of American legend Bob Kinser and much-loved Broken Hill car owner and identity Peter Ruhs.

USC Sprintcars Sid Hopping Shootout A-Main results:
1 Sam Walsh
2 James Thompson
3 Jordyn Brazier
4 Matt Dumesny
5 Max Dumesny
6 Daniel Sayre
7 Warren Ferguson
8 Jackson Delamont
9 Ben Atkinson
10 Michael Saller
11 Marcus Dumesny
12 Callum Williamson
13 Jessie Attard
14 Steve Rowell
15 Danny Reidy
16 Grant Tunks
17 Troy Little

USC Sprintcar B-Main
1 Marcus Dumesny
2 Robbie Farr
3 Alex Orr
4 Blake Skipper
5 Jackson Delamont
6 Matt Jackson
7 Brendan Scorgie
8 Matt Thomas
9 Chris McInerney
10 Mick Matchett
11 Courtney O’Hehir
12 Daniel Cassidy
13 Andrew Wright
14 Luke Stirton
15 Peter O’Neill

USC Sprintcar C-Main
1 Robbie Farr
2 Daniel Cassidy
3 Robert Seton
4 Jess Cassidy
5 Kaitlyn Anthony

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Sammy Walsh won the Sid Hopping Shootout

The flag parade on Remembrance Day contained Danny Reidy (5), Dean Brindle (22NZ) and James Thompson (22N)

The flag parade on Remembrance Day contained Danny Reidy (5), Dean Brindle (22NZ) and James Thompson (22N)

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James Thompson in time trials

Blake Skipper (24) leads Danny Reidy

Blake Skipper (24) leads Danny Reidy in time trials

Mitchell Dumesny

Mitchell Dumesny, in his grandfather Sid Moore’s car, had a few obvious issues in his heat

Jordyn Brazier

Jordyn Brazier on the gas

Alex Orr (43) and Jackson Delamont (48) drive away from a luckless Kim Becker

Alex Orr (43) and Jackson Delamont (48) drive away from a luckless Kim Becker who got upside down at a restart of the A Main.

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Pictorial Post – Jason Pryde Claims First 410 Feature at Perth Motorplex while Jamie Oldfield Took out the 360 Feature

Images – Peter Roebuck

Jason Pryde claimed his maiden 410 A-Main victory in round 2 of the AHG Sprintcar Series at Perth Motorplex last weekend.

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First 410 A-Main win went to Jason Pryde

Following Pryde across the line was Jason Kendrick and Jamie Oldfield running the open event in his 360 powered racecar.

Oldfield had an incredible night winning the 360 A-Main from Troy Lawson and Tom Hooper while also qualifying on the front row of the 410 A-Main.

Andrew Priolo took a wild ride in the event and was Ok, although the same couldn’t be said about his car.

Jamie Oldfield (1st)

360 Podium L to R: Troy Lawson (2nd), Jamie Oldfield (1st) and Tom Hooper (3rd)

Jason Pryde was ecstatic with his maiden A-Main win in a 410

Jason Pryde was ecstatic with his maiden A-Main win in a 410

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Andrew Priolo endured a series of nasty flips

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Round 3 of the AHG Series kicks off at Perth Motorplex on Sat Nov 18th,

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Shaun Bradford Shines at Perth Motorplex

All images – Peter Roebuck
Words: Paul Griffin

Perth Motorplex opened its 2017/18 racing season last Saturday night in fine style despite a major threat of weather cancelling the event. Local ace Shaun Bradford triumphed in front of a huge crowd and drove one of his best-ever races.

It must have been a worry for Motorplex officials as inclement weather during much of the day played havoc with event planning.

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Shaun Bradford in Victory Lane

However, in the true spirit of “The Plex” Gavin Migro and his Team of tireless experts worked hard and presented one of the best tracks seen at the Kwinana Beach venue in many seasons.

Shaun Bradford was spectacular in taking a hugely popular win for the first round of the AHG Series, avenging the disappointment of seven days ago where steering issues precluded him for winning the Bonza Bradford Memorial – the annual race at Pithara Speedway that honours his Dad.

Bradford started a lowly 12th on the grid and not many in the crowd gave him a chance.

But embellished with that true determination that is simply a “Bradford Trait”, Shaun steered his immaculate W57 across the finish line to score a convincing win ahead of up and coming Andrew Priolo and former AHG Champion Jamie Maiolo.

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A-Main Podium: L to R – Andrew Priolo (2nd), Shaun Bradford (1st), Jamie Maiolo (3rd)

Interestingly Priolo had come from P7 on the grid, but the hard charger award had to go to Maiolo who started out of position sixteen.

Here’s how Peter Roebuck caught the action of the event:

 

Jason Kendrick

Jason Kendrick out in front

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Jason Kendrick and Jason Pryde tangle

Kaiden Manders

Kaiden Manders

Shaun Bradford

Shaun Bradford is back to his best

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Brad Maiolo gets down to business

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Jamie Maiolo on the highline

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Andrew Priolo leads Daniel Harding who rolled up with a virgin white car

Kye Scroop

Kye Scroop sits out a race

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Close encounters of the 3rd kind

Kaiden Manders

Kaiden Manders in a spot of trouble

Jason Kendrick shows his smooth style

Jason Kendrick

The opening night saw a host of new livery

The opening night saw a host of new livery

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James Thompson Scores 2nd Career A-Main at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

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

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An elated James Thompson driving the #22 Global Speedway Tours entry took out an action packed Ultimate Sprintcar Challenge (USC) A-Main at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway last Saturday night 28th Oct.

It was Thompson’s second career A-Main at the Parramatta Clayway, which seems incredible as he’s always in the mix and the number of times he was on the podium last year is more than you can count of two hands.

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James Thompson acknowledges the crowd after being interviewed by Stu McCarthy – it was a great and very popular USC victory

Following Thompson across the line was a fast finishing Grant Tunks and local young gun Sam Walsh.

It was a torrid affair in the final with countless yellow light stoppages.

In fact there were so many cautions and associated rolling laps that many teams were looking down the gun barrel of running low on fuel.

Robbie Farr in his ECP #7 actually fell foul of the extended rolling laps and actually ran out of fuel having led the race and looking good for victory.

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James Thompson had has his car set up beautifully all night and took out the USC feature race

Grant Tunks

Grant Tunks finished second in the A Main

Warren Ferguson

Warren Ferguson has had better nights

Blake Skipper

Blake Skipper recorded his best ever A Main result coming home in 7th place

Matt Jackson

Speedcar star Matt Jackson tried his hand at 410 Sprintcars and “hikes” the front left wheel

Main straight B Main action sees Luke Stirton leading Kiwi Dean Brindle (22) and Troy Little (20)

Main straight B Main action sees Luke Stirton leading Kiwi Dean Brindle (22) and Troy Little (20)

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Steve Rowell at full noise on the VR clay

Final Placing’s were:
1 James Thompson
2 Grant Tunks
3 Sam Walsh
4 Max Dumesny
5 Mick Saller
6 Kim Becker
7 Blake Skipper
8 Marcus Dumesny
9 Brendan Scorgie
10 Matt Dumesny
11 Daniel Sayre
12 Ben Atkinson
13 Kaitlyn Anthony

The next USC event will double as the Syd Hopping Shootout on November 11.

Here’s how Gary Reid caught all the action:

 

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2017/18 Sprintcar Development Series Kicks Off At Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

All Images Compliments of Gary Reid: greid@pacific.net.au
Words: Paul Griffin
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Valvoline Raceway kicked off a new concept of Sprintcar Racing last weekend called the Development Series.

It’s a series reserved for Sprintcar Drivers who have never filled a podium in an A-Main at Valvoline Raceway.

As the car counts at VR are massive nowadays and not everyone can win or at least get to the podium, potentially the driver pool is pretty large.

There is a limited number of  entries for the night and at this point the series will run on alternate USC weekends:

Nov 18, Dec 16, Feb 17, Mar 10 and April 14.

We understand that the final will include 16 racecars and grid positions are determined by points accumulated in two rounds of heats.

Drivers qualifying for participation in the Development Series, can still nominate in the Blue Ribbon USC events.

The first ever Development Series A-Main was unfortunately marred by a frightening accident eleven laps into the race.

At the time Chris Street was leading the race when Adam Hourigan had no where to go as Darren Salmon’s car ground to a complete halt on the main straight not far from the flagstand.

Hourigan was unable to avoid colliding with Salmon at full throttle which sent his car on a series of wild flips.

The crash crews were quick to respond and carefully extricate Hourigan and transfer him to the local Westmead Hospital, were it was announced Adam had sustained two fractured vertebrae.

It appears that Adam has full body movement which is great news.

Hang in there Adam and get well quickly – everyone is thinking of you mate !!

The A-Main and rest of the racing programme was abandoned due to VR noise curfew rules.

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Damien Hart has the N75 beautifully poised

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Chris Street was the highest pointscorer after 2 heats and was leading the Final when the race was abandoned.

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Robbie Seton on the throttle at VR in the newly conceived Development Series

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Brenden Rallings (N65)

Kaitlyn Anthony (35) leads Daniel Cassidy

Kaitlyn Anthony (35) leads Daniel Cassidy

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Adam Hourigan was injured in a crash on the home straight that stopped the Sprintcar Development Series Final

Glenn Kenny (62) inside Adam Hourigan

Glenn Kenny (62) inside Adam Hourigan

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Ben Butcher wins thrilling 2017 Bonza Bradford Memorial at WA’s Pithara Speedway

All Images – Peter Roebuck
Words – Paul Griffin

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Last Saturday 21st October saw the running of the 2017 Bonza Bradford Memorial (BBM) at WA’s Pithara Speedway.

The race honours one of WA’s finest young drivers (Ian “Bonza” Bradford) who was taken from us way too early in life.

Bonza, a former West Aussie State Champ, and one of five sons of Noel Bradford, epitomized tenacity with his approach to racing Sprintcars and his personal battle with cancer.

He was renowned for not giving up and embraced a reputation as a hard-charging and skilled dirt-track chauffeur. He was a natural !!

Nowadays the BBM is a 360 ci race.

A healthy field of 16 cars rolled into Country Pithara 2.5 hrs North of Perth to honour Bonza and to have a go at taking out A-Main honours at the prestigious event.

A big crowd was in attendance to see young lead foot and son of Alan Nash, AJ Nash, set quick time (13.850 sec) followed by Shaun Bradford (13.908 sec) and Kaiden Manders (13.944 sec)

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Ben Butcher was all smiles with his 2017 BBM victory

At the conclusion of the evening, first across the line was Kaiden Manders, however after returning an underweight car after the final, the win ultimately went to Ben Butcher from son of Bonza Shaun Bradford and Tom Hooper filling the final podium position.

Shaun Bradford looked to have the race wrapped up, however a mechanical gremlin associated with his steering caused him to surrender the lead and take runner up position.

Here’s how Peter Roebuck caught the action.

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Perth Motorplex Practice 18th Oct 2017

 

Images – Peter Roebuck
Aerial drone shot (Header) – Richard Hathaway
Words – Paul Griffin

 

Peter Roebuck rocked up to the Perth Motorplex Practice this week and caught these images of the LJM (Maiolo) Racing Team cars and the Wormall #79 car of Ross Chatwin.

The cars looked a treat and so they should !! – brand new livery to kick off the season, no war wounds or rock dents.

Check these images out and how awsome the cars looked at the brilliant Perth Motorplex.

If the practice session is anything to go by, the 2017/18 season is going to be mindblowing.

The new season cranks up in just one weeks time ….Oct~28 – not long to go.

So all you Sprintcar fans that have suffered withdrawal through the long winter hibernation …FEAR NOT….your Clayway fix is just around the corner at Australia’s Premier Speedway Venue – The Perth Motorplex at downtown Kwinana Beach WA.

As we understand it, there are plenty of surprises in store this year. The action is going to be red hot with a suite of brand new cars, some new faces and of course the old stalwarts as well!

You had better bring someone to hold on to !!!!

 

Brad Maiolo

Sticking with tradition Brad Maiolo (#77) has elected to go for white #77 on the top wing, white secondary body highlights and a white-on-red “MAIOLO” on the top wing leading edge – looks cool !!

Multiple AHG Series winner Jamie Maiolo has gone for A sky blue secondary colour and red on sky blue for the top wing leading edge

Multiple AHG Series winner Jamie Maiolo has gone for a sky blue secondary colour, a red-on-sky blue “MAIOLO”  for the top wing leading edge, and red #99 on the top wing – we love it !!

What a great shot of Brad Maiolo at full noise as he exits T$ at the Perth Motorplex and thunders down the main straight

What a great shot of Brad Maiolo at full noise as he exits T4 at the Perth Motorplex and thunders down the main straight

The track was in superb condition for the practice session - note the flat multi-when roller marks under the accelerating Jamie Maiolo car - SMMMOTH as a baby's bottom !

The track was in superb condition for the practice session – note the flat multi-wheel roller marks under the accelerating Jamie Maiolo car – SMOOTH as a baby’s bottom !

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As always ……The 2017/18 LJM Racing outfit is a stunning set up

Scott Chatwin and the immaculate #79 - The sleak bonnet line is very cool

Scott Chatwin and the immaculate #79 – The sleek bonnet line is very cool !!

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Scott Chatwin sets sail for the flagstand at the Perth Motorplex practice session this week. Scott was right up there on the lap time list.

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Gassing through turns 3-4, Scott Chatwin has the #79 Wormall Civil racecar beautifully balanced

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