Cameron Gessner wins 2014 King of Wings at Perth Motorplex


All Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
Words by Darren “The Digger” O’Dea

CAMERON Gessner tall and lean is the “BIG” winner of the 33rd Annual Scardifields Smash Repairs King of Wings that was run and won at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.

Gessner won the 40-lap feature race from David Priolo, Brooke Tatnell, Shaun Bradford and Californian Kyle Hirst with the winning margin being 2.258 seconds.

He grabbed the lead in the dying stages as leader and polesitter David Priolo suffered front axle damage and was lucky to keep going, holding on for second place.

Victorious at 2014 King of Wings - Cameron Gessner

It was a good turnaround in form for the Cowara Motorsport crew that has been plagued with bad luck at the start of the season.

Gessner claimed a second in his heat race and then another second in the A Dash to start the main event from P3.

Priolo was quick all night and that started with the best lap in qualifying that was enough for him to win the Vortex Wings front wing for this round, despite tagging the wall only three laps into the session and finishing qualifying on the infield with a broken diff.

David Priolo helps change the rear end on his #8 Watsons Express Transport racer

The team replaced the car’s rear-end in time for Priolo’s heat race where he finished fourth before he won the A Dash, earning the right to start from pole.

Tatnell only arrived in Perth around 2pm on raceday after a long journey from America that was filled with dramas, taking the former national and WSS champion nearly 50 hours to get to his final destination.

But the dramas didn’t end with flights that were turned back and lengthy stopovers, as the Krikke Motorsport machine suffered engine problems in the first heat.

Tatnell pulled the car to the infield and when they returned to the pits the team replaced the engine.

They had to dig deep and qualify for the main event from the Midpack Madness where he finished third behind Hirst and Brad Maiolo with only the top six qualifying for the 40-lapper.

It was one hell of an effort to convert a P21 start into a podium finish.

There were plenty of incidents in the stop-start final that was punctuated by an infield pitstop at midrace distance.

Jeff Leisk and Kris Coyle were both out of the contest on the first lap, rolling over in separate incidents that saw Lee Nash lucky enough to have a front tyre changed after also being involved in the main straight incident with Leisk and Carl Dowling.

Gessner led the pack away for the second 20 laps from Priolo, Ken Sartori, Jason Kendrick and Shaun Bradford, but Sartori, who started from P2 in his first race in more than two years, didn’t take his position and parked the Watsons Express Transport #50 on the infield.

Ryan Farrell, who had been in sensational form in the first three rounds of the AHG Sprintcar Series, was a no-show in the 2nd half of the 40 lapper after spinning to the infield three laps prior to the mid race pitstop break.

There were some great moves throughout the pack with plenty of slide jobs and fierce side-by-side racing keeping everyone on their toes.

Hirst did a great job in heavy traffic to get into fifth after starting from P19.

Mark Wells started from P9 and finished sixth while the top 10 was rounded out by Daniel Harding (started from P13), Jason Kendrick (started P4), Shane Norris (from P12) and Bradley Maiolo (who rocketed through traffic from P20).

Winner Cameron Gessner gets a "Champagne Shower" from 2nd placed David Priolo

Scott Reilly (#18) leads Ryan Lancaster in heats

Shane Norris (#93) leads Kris Coyle

Jason Kendrick (#92) hugs the low line while Daniel Keen (#90) tries a run up high

Pit crews sprint to service the vehicles at the half way point (compulsory pitstop) of the 40 lapper

The Maiolo rigs (#77 and #99) and Brooke Tatnell (#2) during the complusory in-field pitstop

American Kyle Hirst (#17) just ahead of a determined Brook Tatnell

Cameron Gessner on the throttle

Ken Sartori (#50) locked in a great duel with Team Mate David Priolo in the #8 sister car

Jeff Leisk (#7) was a DNF while Scott "Komcat" Reilly finsished in P14

Ryan Jones from SA sustained front end damage that would sideline him

Brad Maiolo (77) blasts out of turn 2 with Callum Williamson right beside, Jamie Maiolo (#99) runs the fence in the background

Classic Shot: Peter Roebuck caught this one of David Priolo with two feet on the throttle

The Mash Motorsport Team took out best presented outfit

Brooke Tatnell preps his helmet

Brooke Tatnell thrives on his fans. Veteran Journalist Ken Brown who covers all WA Speedway racing in "The West" patiently hangs back for an autograph (Only joking ! - LOL)

The 2014 King of Wings Podium: L to R: David Priolo (2nd), Cameron Gessner (Winner), Brooke Tatnell (3rd)

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David Murcott Takes Victory at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

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

Words by Sydney Speedway

David Murcott doesn’t get to Valvoline Raceway very often but when he does, he sure makes it count.

The Australian Sprintcar Champion recorded his first ever win in New South Wales (and naturally Valvoline Raceway) in last Saturday nights A-Main by leading home a stellar field in the 30 lap main event.

Murcott is the second Victorian to score victory in Sydney this season joining Jamie Veal with three successes.

Sam Walsh is the only Sydneysider to win at this point.

“We don’t come here a lot but I’ve always loved racing here and obviously now I love it even more,” grinned the affable Murcott, “the track had a few different options that you could take and fortunately I was able to move the car around a bit to take whatever line we needed.”

Murcott lead home the first of the Parramatta Posse in Troy Little for second, Darwin’s Sydney racing resident Ben Atkinson in third, South Aussie “evergreen” Trevor Green fourth and Sydney hard charger James Thompson rounding out the top five.

A Main podium: (l-r) Ben Atkinson (3rd), Dave Murcott (1st), Troy Little (2nd)

“There’s a reason why there’s a number one on that fuel tank,” said Troy Little pointing to Murcott’s car, “that’s why it’s a pretty cool deal for us to run second to him with such a great crowd here tonight.”

Ben Atkinson was disappointed overall even though he made the podium.

“I’m frustrated,” he conceded, “my guys are doing a great job to give me what I need to win and I just can’t get the job done at my end. I’m pleased for our team that we finished on the podium but I know that I should be doing better.”

The hard luck stories of the night came thick and fast, including then race leader Darryl Campbell and rapidly closing Jamie Veal.

Rookie Tom Jeffrey spun coming out of turn four leaving Campbell and Veal nowhere to go with Campbell rolling over and Veal taken out with front-end damage.

At the time Veal had been on a massive charge from the fifth row of the grid and looked almost certain to be headed into the lead.

“You take these things on the chin I guess,” said a dejected Campbell, “we’ll get back in and put on a show as best we can but the car’s pretty beaten up.”

World Series Sprintcars champion Steven Lines was at times lively in the Halls Motorsport #3 KPC and wound up sixth ahead of Robbie Farr in seventh, Sam Walsh eighth, Marty Perovich ninth and Toby Bellbowen tenth.

Bellbowen and his elder brother Roddy were in the wars throughout the night with both rolling over in spectacular fashion in an earlier heat (Toby) and the B-Main (Roddy).

Adrian Maher was eleventh ahead of Max Dumesny, Jackson Delamont, Warren Ferguson Matt Young, Paul Laskaseski and Darryl Campbell the last classified finisher.

DNF’s were Jordyn Brazier, Kelly Linigen, Jamie Veal, Thomas Jeffrey, Jimmy Matchett, Max Johnston (who unfortunately rolled over in turn two) and Bryan Mann.

Jamie Veal convincingly won the B-Main from Toby Bellbowen (who set quick time in the Network Industries Qualifying) Max Johnston and Adrian Maher.

Maher managed to escape a major melee in the B-Main when he made contact with Jack Lee that saw Lee spin up track into the path of the hapless Ryan Davis with numerous cars being involved and DNF as a result.

Danny Reidy was desperately unlucky too being tagged by Lachlan Abbott in turn two of the opening lap, which saw Reidy spin into the path of a rapidly closing in Matt Thomas and Michael Matchett.
Thomas rolled heavily in the #45 car was fortunately unhurt.

Heat wins went to Ben Atkinson, Kelly Linigen (who qualified on the second tow for the A-Main) Steven Lines and Troy Little.

The Pole Shuffle was again a popular affair with some tremendous wing-to-wing action and Darryl Campbell emerging victorious to take pole position in the 30-lap main event.

Mark Attard claimed the C-Main from fellow transferee Guy Stanshall in second place.

Toby Bellbowen set quick time

Robbie Farr (7) leads Darryl Campbell (28) and Paul Lazkazeski (9) in heat racing

Ben Atkinson (2) went on to defeat Steve Lines (3) in their pole shuffle match-up

- Interstate chaos as Ryan Davis (95) and Jack Lee (25) go over while Callum Zizek (10) has nowhere to go. In the midst is Kyle Caunt (8) who is about to take a wild ride

Warren Ferguson (32) tries to hold off Troy Little (98)

Current Aussie Champion Dave Murcott won the A Main with a great drive

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Ryan Farrell Storms to Victory at Bunbury

All Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck

Ryan Farrell dominated proceedings last weekend at Bunbury Speedway by taking out an action packed 25 lap feature in front of a modest crowd.

In taking victory Farrell has now claimed two firsts and a second for the Diamond Bay Motorsport Team in the three rounds run so far in the AHG Sprintcar series. David Priolo raced into some welcome form taking 2nd from Jason Kendrick in 3rd and Jamie Maiolo rounding out the top 4.

Podium: L to R - David Priolo (2nd), Ryan Farrell (1st), Jason Kendrick (3rd)

Proud Man - Ryan Farrell has not been off the podium in the three rounds of the AHG Series run so far

Last weeks winner at the Motorplex Shaun Bradford looked reasonably strong throughout the night and started from position 4. An ill-handling car saw him drift back and finish a disappointing 7th.

Cameron Gessner set quick time but struggled through the heats with the Cowara Motorsport Team making the call to change an engine. Poor points meant Cameron started from position 13. He drove a hard fought race to cross the line in 6th position.

Cameron Gessner was Quick Timer

Daniel Harding looked spectacular and dropped a massive wheelie only to come a cropper in turn 2 early in the race.

Hard Luck award went to Mark Wells who didn’t get a start in his first heat and was not sighted again for the remainder of the meeting.

Mark Wells - Dramas forced him out before his first heat

Daniel Harding came a cropper after a massive wheelie in Turn 2

David Priolo ran a good night and bagged 2nd in the feature

Ryan Farrell is in for a stellar season

Classic Stuff from Peter Roebuck as Brad Maiolo gets things nicely hooked up

Shaun Bradford - a picture of concentration

Big Scott Reilly and Daniel Keeen going wheel to wheel

Ryan Farrell (#26) and Jason Kendrick size things up in a heat

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Shaun Bradford wins round 2 of AHG Sprintcar Series

All Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck

Last Saturday night (1st Nov) saw Shaun Bradford take the honours in the 2nd AHG Sprintcar round at the Perth Motorplex.

Bradford won in an incident packed race which saw many racers come unstuck in Pits Bend – the worst being the unlucky Mark Wells. Following Bradford across the line in the 25 lap final were Ryan Farrrell amd Trent Pigdon.

Shaun Bradford won the A-Main at Perth Motorplex

Shaun Bradford in the #57 entry also set Quick Time in qualifying with a respectable 14.819 sec.
The race had everything with Cameron Gessner and Jamie Maiolo being sent to the rear for illegal passing. Maiolo refused to drop back to the rear and was disqualified.

 

Officials had there hands full with loads of incidents in the A-Main and even had to contend with a major power outage just after the Mark Wells “big lose”.

The John Day Ute

Big Dazza Clayden

Rob Watson Junior Has had better nights

Lee Nash leads Jeff Leisk

Daniel Keen leads Cameron Gessner

Jamie Maiolo was disqualified for ignoring a ROF instruction

Trent Pigdon in full race mode

Jeff Leisk in the #7

Kye Scroop in Qualifying

Podium: L to R: Ryan Farrell (2nd), Shaun Bradford (1st), Trent Pigdon

Cameron Gessner minus a front wing

Lee Nash leads Daryl Clayden in the 2nd team car

The crowd made their own lights !

Mark Wells goes over

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Jamie Veal wins 3rd A-Main in a row at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway


All Images by Gary Reidgreid@pacific.net.au

Warrnambool’s Jamie Veal has won an incredible three Sprintcar A-Mains in a row at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway. Following Veal across the flagstand after the 30 Laps in a great drive was Darryl Campbell and veteran Robbie Farr. Marty “Muscles” Perovich was impressive in 4th.

Veal further cemented his authority on the Saturday night meeting by taking out the Network Industry Quick Time Award in qualifying with a swift 12.436 sec, and also the A-Dash.

Jamie Veal and crew after the big win

The B-Dash winner was Max Dumesny who had a spirited race with Veal over many laps in the main event only to surrender his battle when he looped the #5 in the 30 Lap feature.

 

Dubbo’s Jeremy Cross won the B-Main from Warren Ferguson while the C-Main was taken out easily by Guy Stanshaw.

Jamie Veal on his way to winning his third straight A Main at Valvoline Raceway

Close racing as Jason Pryde (51) tries to hold out Kim Becker (55), Michael Jordan (34) and Shane Sheedy (64)

Kelly Linigen (25) leads Danny Reidy (5), Toby Bellbowen(70) and Sam Walsh (92)

Darryl Campbell was thrilled to run second in the A Main

Max Dumesny in time trials

James Thompson

Sean Dyson

Jack Lee (left) and Jeremy Cross share their thoughts on the upcoming racing

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Ryan Farrell Rocks the Perth Motorplex in Grand Opening Blitz

All Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck, Words by ‘The Digger” Darren O’Dea

RYAN Farrell’s return to Sprintcar racing has been a triumphant one, claiming the opening round of the 2014-15 AHG Sprintcar Series from Jamie Maiolo, Cameron Gessner, Mark Wells and Carl Dowling at the Perth Motorplex Speedway last night.

On Top of the World - Ryan Farrell was triumphant in his return to racing

Farrell started on pole for the 25-lap feature race and was the early leader from Jason Kendrick and Shaun Bradford before Troy Lawson went over in pits bend for the first red light situation of the season.

Five laps further in Callum Williamson rolled in a similar spot.

Bradford, who was hovering around fourth place, dropped back a few spots midrace distance as Daniel Keen slowed up, forcing a restart around the same time. Bradford eventually dropped back to finish 11th.

The pace for the top six drivers for much of the race was unbelievable, particularly as they muscled around lapped traffic in the latter stages. Kendrick dipped his nose under Farrell to signal his intentions with five laps remaining but Farrell was up for the challenge.

On the last lap Kendrick powered around the outside of Farrell on the back straight on the last lap but as they approached pits bend they made contact, ripping the front left wheel off the #92 entry (see image below).

The field regrouped for a Green-White-Chequer showdown and Farrell held on to take the popular win.

Dowling, who started ninth, attempted a move on Wells for fourth in the dying stages but had to settle for fifth.

Podium: L to R: Jamie Maiolo (2nd), Ryan Farrell (1st), Cameron Gessner (3rd)

Ryan Farrell hard on the gas

Ryan Farrell and Jason Kendrick make racing contact with a couple of laps to go in the 25 lap A-Main - sadly Kendrick in the #92 machine was sidelined with damage to the left front wheel

There is no doubting the smooth style of Ryan Farrell

The night was packed with action - This time it was Troy Lawson

Mark Wells (21) in the new look Murphy tucks in under David Priolo

Shaun Bradford flexes his muscles in a dual with Jamie Maiolo (99)

Jake Beard-Miller gets the #32 up on two wheels

The field assembles for the action packed A-Main

Daniel Keen in the #90

Cameron Gessner ended up coming 3rd behind Ryan Farrell

The new Livery of the #21 Mark Wells Murphy

David Priolo in the #8 Watsons Express Transport rig in action

Thrills and Spills provided some entertainment for the good sized crowd as Daniel Harding's #12 is removed from "The Plex" - see next image for how it happened

A novel way around Kwinana, but not the quickest way around - Daniel Harding finds the fence as the Steward behind the fence heads South !

Lee Nash (#45) escapes the demolition involving Daniel Harding

The speed and experience of Ryan Farrell saw him bag victory in the Perth Motorplex Grand Opening Night

The evening was capped of with an awesome fireworks display

There were green lights, yellow lights and red lights in the sky as well as on the track

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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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