Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Fan Appreciation Day 2015


Words and Images by Paul Griffin

The Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic is Australia’s most prestigious Sprintcar event. It attracts well over a 100 Sprintcar Entries from around the country and overseas.

Run over three nights of steroidal competition, the first and second night are punctuated by a support event that enjoys a cult following just like the racing itself at Sungold Stadium , Warrnambool, Victoria.

This support event is the Fan Appreciation day where fans flock to the car park of the Flying Horse Bar and Brewery in Warrnambool and hook up with a plethora of Team displays that not only showcase the brilliance of their racing machines, but also the Driver himself and the Team’s Merchandise.

The simple chance to meet and chat with their racing idols and marvel their prowess and bravery is a drawcard for all that attend.

Local Sungold stadium commentator Gavin “Silver Tongue” White was (and always is) the MC for the gathering and he arranges the “BIG SCREEN” from the Premier Speedway racing venue to relocate and provide a spectacular backdrop to the witty interviews and commentary that he conjures up.

Top drivers are interviewed, provide insight into what lays ahead in the quest for victory and join in with the giveaways of tee shirts, stubby holders, posters and the like.

Here is a quick glimpse at what out roving lensman Paul Griffin caught while attending the Fan Appreciation Day for the Lucas Oils 43rd Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic…….

Robbie Farr Q7 (L) and Trevor Green N11 are two drivers that have a great chance of taking out the Classic - Here they give us the thumbs up while hosting the "Wingnatures" stand. Greenie must have been close in all this as final one/two placings are either side of his head !!!!

USA's Terry McCarl (L) enjoys a chat with MC Gavin White in front of the BIG Screen

Nick Lacey's brilliant red racer V26

Yound impressionable fans were treated to not only the big Sprintcar displays, but some more down to earth and closer to home stuff for the budding Driver - Here Tyler Griffin studies the front end geometry of a JQM (Junior Quarter Midget). JQM's are a unique racing class to QLD and VIC - Contact Club President: Mark Charge, PO Box 3027, Caroline Springs, VIC , 3023 - email: race34@bigpond.com

The Whole Hog ! : TBB - Toby Bellbowen's Sprintacr and Hog's Breath naming rights mascot showcase what good gear they have

Brett Milburn - One of Victoria's favortite sons in Sprintcar racing

Ever Willing - Brett Milburn exemplifies his aproach to racing: Share the euphoria and involve everyone

It was a delight to see the Legendary Jac Haudenschild at the Fan Appreciation day - he was in for a big chat, signed heaps of autographs and sold truckloads of merhandise

Brett Milburn V68 has a new look colour scheme this season - most notably the frame has been powder coated blue ilo standard black - Torque Tube loves the new look - good call Brett !

Well you just knew this was going to happen - Tyler Griffin not only took a shine to the JQA's, but the chance to Rub Shoulders with and sit on Bruce Stephens owned V91 while Driver Liam Williams looked on was simply irresistable

Uh Oh ! - It got even better as Team Owner Bruce Stephens and Ace Driver Liam Williams let Tyler Griffin loose in the cockpit of the BSR V91

Liam Williams - Driver of BSR V91 and former Aust F500 Champ has set his sights on the "Classic Gold" this weekend - TOP looking car guys !

Current Asutralian Sprintcar Champion David Murcott was there also

aarh yes - Sprintcars are made of metal !!

A big crowd attended the fan Appreciation day at the "Flying Horse"

Toby Bellbowen from NSW is a Master at PR - here he chats with local aspiring fan Ian Woods

You got to admit, Toby Bellbowen's Sprintcar is a ripper - thanks for rocking up with it Toby ! Note TBB crew member "Skanks" is on his phone talking to Port Campbell fan "Trisha Bee" - how curious !

 

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Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Night 1 Results

Words by Paul Griffin
Images by Corey Gibson (www.gibsonphotography.com.au) and Paul Griffin

Brooke Tatnell driving the WA#2 Krikke Motorsport Cool took victory spoils on Night 1 (Fri 23 Jan) of the Lucas Oils Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic from pole sitter Ian Madsen and former Classic Champion Ian Loudoun.

Three-time Classic winner Brooke Tatnell got his Cool cranked right up, starting the race with a very tight set up but maturing to be the quickest rig on the Sungold Stadium Clayway when it counted – the last 5 laps.

During the race an entertaining battle raged between Ian Loudoun, Jamie Veal and local hero Darren Mollenoyux. Loudoun prevailed but both Molly’s and Veal’s efforst were herculean, particularly Jamie Veal coming for P17 after a B-Main transfer to be in the mix for a possible podium.

Podium N1: L to R - Ian Madsen (2nd), Brooke Tatnell (winner) and Ian Loudoun (3rd) - image by Corey Gibson (www.gibsonphotography.com.au)

Earlier in the program Robbie Farr signalled that his Classic intentions were serious when he cracked around Sungold Stadium and set quick time (10.961 sec) – the only driver into the 10 second bracket. American Terry McCarl was 2nd with 11.043 sec followed by Brooke Tatnell (11.150), Daniel Pestka (11.181) and Brad Keller (11.216).

Heat wins were taken out by Robbie Farr, Terry McCarl, Brooke Tatnell, Daniel Pestka, Ian Madsen, Matthew Dumesny, Danny Holtgraver, Darren Mollenoyux, Brendan Balcombe and Trevor Green.

Points after Night 1

Ian Madsen 512
2. Brooke Tatnell 500
3. Callum Zizek 484
4. Tim Rankin 478
5. Daniel Pestka 476
6. Ian Loudoun 476
7. Darren Mollenoyux 474
8. Robbie Farr 468
9. Lucas Wolfe 462
10. Trevor Green 458
11. Terry McCarl 454
12. Jackson Delamont 448
13. Jamie Veal 442
14. Christopher Bell 436
15. Bradley Keller 430
16. Brad Sweet 428
17. Chad Ely 422
18. John Vogels 416
19. Jordyn Brazier 406
20. Danny Holtgraver 402
21. Jamie Hennessy 392
22. Peter Lack 388
23. James McFadden 380
24. Glen Saville 380
25. Corey McCullagh 378
26. Matt Egel 378
27. Quentin Tanner 372
28. Matthew Dumensy 354
29. Ricky Maiolo 346
30. Bradley Warren 338
31. Brendan Balcombe 336
32. Stephen Bell 332
33. Kristy Ellis 326
34. Daryl Clayden 318
35. Keke Falland 308
36. Scott Reilly 306
37. Mark House 300
38. Adam King 292
39. Daniel Harding 290
40. Eddie Lumbar 286
41. Phil Lock 286
42. Tim Kaeding 280
43. Domain Ramsay 278
44. Kris Lacey 272
45. Peter Doukas 272
46. Ben Atkinson 268
47. Andy Caruana 266
48. Jay Waugh 262
49. Paul Morris 240
50. Rhiannon Burleigh 226
51. Scott Bogucki 194
52. Darren Hickman 118
53. Ron Dalton 112

Brooke Tatnell out in front in his 1st heat race - image by Corey Gibson (www.gibsonphotography.com.au)

4 Wide Salute to the massive crowd

USA's Sheldon Haudenschild - cool looking car !

Terry McCarl was 2nd quickest in time trials

The new lap counter on Mt Max gives the spectators a whole lot more info that just what lap the race is up to - Thanks guys !

The "Real Deal" Jamie Veal came for P17 to finish 6th

Anxious moments - Staging area at Sungold

Robbie Farr set Quick Time and gets the "Race Face" into place !

The pits were a hive of activity

SA's Daniel Pestka driving the Victory Lane V88 won a heat

Another shot of hidden Nervous Tension in staging

Good Mates: Robbie Farr (L) and Brad Sweet from USA

Sea of Wings

Former A1 James McFadden

Establishing the secrets to possible success - Brooke Tatnell keeps a close eye on the state of Sungold Stadium's clay surface prior to his 2nd heat

Little Grunter : Ian Madsen raced damn hard to bag 2nd for the night and top points score

Speaks for itself !!

And so ended Night 1 – The Classic was about to get a whole lot more interesting as the 107 car field was about to settle into its groove !

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Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic 2015

The 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic was run over the Australia Day long weekend and produced yet another sensational Champion – Californian Kyle Hirst in the #17 Milwaukee Tools/Monte Motorsport entry drove a superbly calculated race and took both victory and the $30,000 winner’s cheque.

Following Hirst across the line was a fast finishing Brooke Tatnell and Albury’s Grant Anderson.

Kyle Hirst and the Victorious Milwaukee Tools/Monte Motorsport Team - image by Corey Gibson Photography (www.gibsonphotography.com.au)

The Smooth Style of Kyle Hirst - image by Corey Gibson (www.gibsonphotography.com.au)

The Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic truly is the best Sprintcar race in the country. The weekend’s racing program promised and delivered so much. Run over three nights (Fri, Sat and Sun) the event also included a spectacular Fan Appreciation day on Saturday morning at the local Flying Horse Bistro and Brewery. Here Team’s displayed their cars, sold merchandise and had a good old chat with the spectators.

This year “The Classic” had it all – top looking cars, great racing, Driver theatrics and the influence of Mother Nature on the final night. There were some pretty significant challenges thrown at Premier Speedway Sungold Stadium Officials on the Champion night with a period of heavy rain occurring midway through the first B-Main that threatened to defer the racing to the following contingency night (Monday 26th Jan).

It was a credit to Premier Speedway Manager David Mills that he and his hard working Team were able to “get the track back”. Most in the crowd thought there was little hope of a resumption as the Sungold Clayway had taken the water, ponded in patches on the pole line and basically transformed itself into an unraceable surface. Needless to say, David Mills’ Team armed with expert knowledge manicured the surface with their suite of specialised prep equipment and to our amazement we got going again and crowned Kyle Hirst as the new GASC Champion.

Supporting David Mills was Chief Steward Gary Pendlebury and his loyal team of officials. Like all race meetings there were numerous challenges to overcome in terms proper rule enforcement, however the rain delay and wants of some Teams elevated the challenges to a whole new level. But in true unwavering adjudication, the Stewards delivered a sensible outcome that saw the 43rd Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic delivered as promised. Well done to all !

This year 107 Teams competed at the Blue Ribbon event – commonly referred to as Australia’s Knoxville Nationals. When you sit back and look at it, these Teams need a great Driver, a great car, a sweet set up and a bit of luck just to get through the vast amount of laps they complete to secure the privilege of being one of the twenty-four final starters for 40 lap “Classic”…… let alone winning the Race !

The Lucas Oils Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic lived up to its name – it was A CLASSIC !

Kyle Hirst - A Great Drive to take out The 43rd Classic - image by Paul Griffin

To do the event the justice it deserves, Torque Tube will report on the GASC in the order it was played out. This is a preliminary post to give you the result quickly, but over the next few days we will report separately Night 1, Fan Appreciation Day, Night 2 and Night 3.

We have a stack of great “Behind the Scenes” images to show you and some very special on-track images compliments of Victoria’s Corey Gibson from Corey Gibson Photography – www.gibsonphotography.com.au

So please come back and check out the updates – you want be disappointed !

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Jamie Maiolo ends AHG drought

Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
Words by Perth Motorplex Media

It’s been a long time between drinks but Jamie Maiolo finally got to stand on the top step of the podium when he won round 10 of the AHG Sprintcar Series at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night (Jan 24th).

Maiolo won the 25-lap final from Cameron Gessner and Shaun Bradford but up until the last lap it looked like he was going to finish second to polesitter David Priolo who led for most of the event.

Priolo blew a left rear tyre as he raced into turns 1-2 on the last lap, spinning around before being tagged by Maiolo who managed to keep the car going and claim the win.
It was a tough night on the track with some of the big guns leaving the venue with heavily-damaged cars.

Ryan Farrell didn’t even make the feature race after major contact with Callum Williamson in a heat race that saw the #26 machine heavily damaged and the driver limping to the ambulance for medical treatment.

Seventeen-year-old Brodie Minchin started on the front row for a heat race and only lasted one lap after getting out of control and being clipped by another car on the back straight, also ending his night early.

The Williamson crew thrashed hard to get the #73 machine repaired in time for the feature race only to crash out with contact with Jason Boland at the start of the feature race.

Mark Wells, who started from P9 and raced up to sixth in the early laps, ran too wide in pits bend before flipping on his own.

Maiolo looked very strong, particularly in the middle part of the feature race when he closed the gap on Priolo before the leader managed to stretch the lead again.
Contact between Shane Norris and Troy Beckingham in pits bend four laps from home saw the field bunch up again and put Maiolo on the back of Priolo for the dash to the flag.
After Priolo’s tyre expired Maiolo didn’t hesitate as he raced to the line for his first feature race win in a few years.

It was reward for the LJM Racing team that has been consistent over a long period of time but unable to get the #99 machine a major win.

QUALIFYING:
Group 1: Ryan Farrell 14.936, Shaun Bradford 15.248, Mark Wells 15.298, Steven Ford 15.305 and Rob Watson junior 15.377.
Group 2: Brad Maiolo 15.164, Shane Norris 15.294 Kye Scroop 15.380, Troy Beckingham 15.719, Rod Howe 17.236.
Group 3: Jake Beard-Miller 14.537, Jason Kendrick 14.576, David Priolo 14.702, Jason Boland 15.256, Brodie Minchin 15.262.
Group 4: Cameron Gessner 14.767, Jamie Maiolo 15.064, Callum Williamson 15.163, Troy Lawson 15.581.

Heat 1: 1st Brad Maiolo, 2nd Callum Williamson. 3rd Cameron Gessner, 4th Shaun Bradford, 5th Jason Boland, 6th Steven Ford, 7th Kye Scroop, 8th Rod Howe. DNF: Jason Kendrick.

Heat 2: 1st Ryan Farrell, 2nd David Priolo, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th Shane Norris, 5th Troy Beckingham, 6th Mark Wells, 7th Troy Lawson, 8th Brodie Minchin. DNF: Jake Beard-Miller, Robert Watson Junior.

Heat 3: 1st Troy Beckingham, 2nd Jason Kendrick, 3rd Cameron Gessner, 4th Mark Wells, 5th Shane Norris, 6th Jason Boland. DNF: Robert Watson junior, Callum Williamson and Ryan Farrell.

Heat 4: 1st David Priolo, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Kye Scroop, 4th Shaun Bradford, 5th Bradley Maiolo, 6th Steven Ford, 7th Rod Howe.

Feature: 1st Jamie Maiolo, 2nd Cameron Gessner, 3rd Shaun Bradford, 4th Jason Kendrick, 5th Bradley Maiolo, 6th Kye Scroop, 7th Troy Lawson, 8 Rod Howe. DNF: David Priolo, Shane Norris, Troy Beckingham, Steven Ford, Mark Wells, Jason Boland, Callum Williamson. DNS: Brodie Minchin, Ryan Farrell, Jake Beard-Miller and Rob Watson Junior.

Here’s how Master Lensman Peter Roebuck saw the Super Saturday Sprintcar meeting at Perth Motorplex: ………………..

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Trevor Green raises the standard of excellence at the Scott Darley Challenge

All Images by Gary “Raise the Titanic” Reid - greid@pacific.net.au
Words by Valvoline Raceway Media Inc.

South Aussie Grunter Trevor Green was a jubilant back-to-back winner of the Scott Darley Challenge after romping home with the $19,000 winner’s cheque at Valvoline Raceway in the 40 lap A-Main.

“Evergreen” led for much of the epic main event and almost succumbed to a sensational play for the top spot from Victorian Jamie Veal and NSW youngster Jackson Delamont in the last two laps.

Delamont had led for a large portion of the race in what was his best performance in his short career to date to hold off Brad Sweet, Green, Veal, Steven Lines and Brooke Tatnell.

Scott Darley Challenge Final podium: (l-r) Jackson Delamont (3rd) , Trevor Green (1st), Jamie Veal (2nd)

“It’s such an honour to win this race again,” grinned Green on the podium, “Barry (Lewis) and I are just about broke, so it’s great to get a good payday like this. We’ve had a shocking month so it’s good to get a bloody win!”

 

Final finishing positions were:

1. Trevor Green (SA)
2. Jamie Veal (VIC)
3. Jackson Delamont (NSW)
4. Danny Holtgraver (USA)
5. Brad Sweet (USA)
6. Steven Lines (SA)
7. Brooke Tatnell (NSW)
8. Andrew Wright (NSW)
9. Kyle Hirst (USA)
10. Matt Craft (NSW)
11. Ben Atkinson (NT)
12. Kerry Madsen (NSW)
13. Max Johnston (NSW)
14. Jeremy Cross (NSW)
15. Dylan Jenkin (SA)
16. Blake Skipper (NSW)
17. Sam Walsh (NSW)
18. Jason Sides (USA)
19. Jac Haudenschild (USA)
20. Garry Brazier (NSW)
21. Toby Bellbowen (NSW)
22. Brent Aprile DNF (QLD)
23. Grant Anderson DNF (NSW)
24. Robbie Farr DNF (NSW)

 

Torque Tube Chatter: PREDICTION : With the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic just around the corner, Robbie Farr needs a bit of luck to get back up to his usual form. James McFadden doesn’t seem to be in the groove at present and some other high end Drivers are running hot and cold.

In our opinion, the man that could present himself as a very real chance for the Classic is none other than Jamie Veal. Based on the Veal Racing Team’s purpose designed campaign in Sydney this season to sharpen and challenge the #35 outfit, he has local track knowledge and comes off the back of some stunningly consistent performances this season,

Tell us we are wrong !

Steve Johnson's hot laps ended early

Another Classic Image by Gary Reid: Ben Atkinson lights up the right rear

Daniel Harding inside Jason Sides - Gary Reid gets in really close !

Jamie Veal (35) versus Robbie Farr (7) in the Pole Shuffle - Veal is so good at present he is a big chance to take out the GAS Classic in a weeks time

B Main action for the final transfer spot with James McFadden (25), Danny Reidy (5) and eventual A Main starter Blake Skipper (24)

Trevor Green won his second Scott Darley Challenge - Great result for Trev

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Kerry Madsen unstoppable at Scott Darley Challenge night 1

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

Kerry Madsen was simply stunning in his come from behind win in the first night of the Scott Darley Challenge at Valvoline Raceway Friday night 16th Jan.

In front of his delighted hometown crowd Madsen put on a clinic to come from first the “C Main” then the “B Main” and eventually put his stamp on the 40 lap A-Main to pocket the $19,000 winner’s purse.

“I’ve seen Kerry do things like that all year,” smiled eventual second placed Brad Sweet, “he’s such a phenomenal driver when he’s on like that. That’s why he’s one of the best in the world.”

“I still can’t believe it,” glowed Madsen from victory lane, “it felt like we must have done 100 laps tonight and passed so many cars. I really enjoyed racing like that though, the car was fast and the track allowed me to come through. It’s a really satisfying feeling to win this for the Darley Family and for my team who gave me such a great car.”

A happy Kerry Madsen after his victory

Quizzed on emotion behind this race for Scott Darley the winner was instantly overcome.

“Of course you want to win a race because you’re a racer but then you stop and think about what this one means and it’s much more special. It’s an honour to win this.”

Sentimental favourite for the event was early leader and budget racer James Thompson as he bravely fought off the advances of some of the most talented racers on the planet in his family owned #22 Stahlwille Tools entry.

“I did my best to hold them out,” grinned the eventual third placed Sydneysider, “but when you’re racing with guys like these you can’t afford to put a wheel wrong. It’s such a buzz to race in this kind of competition.”

Sweet paid tribute to Thompson’s drive.

“I’ve been watching him (James) since we started racing here this year and he’s definitely fast. He did a great job to hold out some really impressive teams.”

Brad Sweet did his share of leading too in the #99 Ruhs Brothers entry but he bent the front end of the car when he got into the lapped Matt Dumesny’s rear and nearly spun.

In the end, he did spin across the finish line where only just registered the finish.

“I gotta apologise to the flagman if I scared him,” Sweet explained, “I didn’t have much car control in the end.”
Sam Walsh was another driver who starred in his #92 Fleck Earthmoving entry as the livewire Sydney youngster steered from a B-Main start to an eventual and gutsy fourth place finish just outside the podium result.

A Main podium (l-r): James Thompson (3rd), Kerry Madsen (1st), Brad Sweet (2nd)

For the race’s entirety it was a swashbuckling affair from second place to tenth as Jason Sides, Jamie Veal, Ben Atkinson, Tim Kaeding, Grant Anderson and Jac Haudenschild traded lines and positions.

American Jason Sides placed fifth ahead of Jamie Veal in sixth, Ben Atkinson seventh, Jac Haudenschild eighth, Jackson Delamont ninth and Tim Kaeding rounding out the top ten.

Brooke Tatnell was looking very fast in the KMS #2 entry until he was sent to the rear for tagging Davey Heskin and causing a yellow in turn two.

Tatnell charged back to an eventual eleventh by the fall of chequers to edge out James McFadden in twelfth, Grant Tunks thirteenth, Ian Madsen fourteenth, Peter Gordon fifteenth, Grant Anderson sixteenth, Max Dumesny seventeenth, Davey Heskin eighteenth, David Murcott nineteenth and Shaun Dobson rounding out the twenty.

Steven Lines was twenty first, Matt Dumesny twenty second and Dylan Jenkin was the last placed finisher in twenty third.

The only DNF of the event was Trevor Green with driveline issues.
The 12-car Pole Shootout was a huge hit with the large and vocal crowd as James Thompson edged out Jason Sides to start on pole position in the main event.

Within the Pole Shootout however was some truly inspired driving from Tim Kaeding, James McFadden and Jamie Veal that really got the place jumping.

The B-Main was won by Ben Atkinson (his eventual 7th place in the A-Main was excellent) from Kerry Madsen (who came from the back) Peter Gordon and Trevor Green listed as the four transferees to the A-Main.

Kerry Madsen won the C-Main convincingly from Roddy Bellbowen from Mick Saller and Darryl Campbell.

Matt Jackson won the D-Main from American Danny Holtgraver in second whilst the E-Main was claimed by Sebastian Johnston over Steve Johnson.

James Thompson claimed the Network Industry Quick Time whilst an emotional highlight for the night was the appearance of the Roddy Bellbowen #7 Scott Darley tribute car in the national anthem parade lap.

The crowd stood and cheered the huge effort invested by Bellbowen to turn out a stunning rolling masterpiece of images of Scotty.

Roddy Bellbowen's tribute to the late Scott Darley

Master Lensman Gary Reid does some pretty fancy stuff when it comes to capturing the highlights of Australian Sprintcar Racing - But this one takes the cake. If anyone doesnt think this is an awsome "Attitude Shot" then perhaps you would be better off watching table tennis. Good on you Gary - Top Shot Mate !!! - Sammy Walsh in time trials. SO GOOD !!

Tim Evans in trouble in his heat race

Kerry Madsen (29) makes his move on James Thompson (22) to take the lead in the A Main

Jac Haudenschild (71) in a close battle with Kerry Madsen (29)

Saturday Jan 17th sees the second and final night of the Scott Darley Challenge.

Report to follow.

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Ryan Farrell Romps to Victory in the WA 360 Championship at Collie

All Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck, Words by DTN Media - SAWA PR

Ryan Farrell last Saturday night (10th Jan) claimed one of the races that had thus far eluded him in his illustrious career as he raced away to win the WA 360 Sprintcar Championship at QUIT Collie Speedway.

Happy Camper: Ryan Farrell

The Diamond Bay Racing Team

Ryan Farrell with his Tophy spoils

Victorious: Ryan Farrell

Farrell started from pole position in the feature and survived a number of restarts, plus an early race battle with Rob Watson Jnr, to go on and claim the title, the twenty third annual running.

The A-Main begun with the first reserve Tyron Herbert joining the field after Gavin Davis, who dominated the B-Main, was unable to fire. Take one at a start saw the red lights after a number of cars came together on the front straight, leaving defending champion Chris Ackland upside down and ending his quest for a second straight title. The second start almost got a lap complete before Corey Hunter spun in turn three, bringing out the yellow lights.

Planty of Humpo-Bumpo on the opening lap of the A-Main

Next time around we got a start and completed a lap before the luckless Hunter found himself going upside down in turn one, destroying the front of his chassis in an incident that also saw Steven Ford and Sheldon Haudenschild stuck together and eliminating all three cars.

Coery Hunter rides out this wild one

Coery Hunter was forced to watch from the infield

The race resumed and we recorded a number of laps with Rob Watson Jnr, the other front row starter, leading early while Farrell chased hard in second. Danny Porter was in third while Ben Van Ryt was having a fantastic time in fourth until it all came undone. Porter’s car lost a front tyre, sending him spinning across the track and leaving Van Ryt no choice but to spin his machine also to bring out the yellows lights. Porters race was done, while Van Ryt was forced to restart at the rear.

Watson led away the restart again but this time Farrell didn’t let him get away, sticking his nose alongside Watson and then pulling clear. The situation was identical to a few years earlier at Collie, with Watson and Farrell fighting hard over the lead, but this time Watson over cooked it in turn two and spun the #66 machine, bringing out the yellow lights once again.

This would be the final restart and Farrell went on to record the win from a hard finishing David Hall and the impressive youngster Jake Beard-Miller. Rod Snellin and Todd Davis rounded out the top five while Limited Sprintcar convert Brayden Miller raced from an incredible position nineteen to finish in sixth place !

Amazing Result: Young Limited Sprintcar Gun Brayden Miller tried his hand at the 360's at Collie and time trialled in at a very respectable 9th. Brayden finished the Championship Race in 6th after starting P19 - KOOL !!!!!!!!!!!! Brayden Miller is Torque Tube's WA Rising Star pick. This guy has one helluva future in Sprintcar Racing

 

Earlier in the night, the opening heat began with the front row of Farrell and fast qualifier Beard-Miller touching, seeing young Jake have a half lose in front of the field, somehow being avoided by the rest of the drivers and rejoining the field, albeit a few positions behind. From here the race continued, Farrell besting Corey Hunter and Rod Snellin.

Heat two took a number of starts to get underway, ending with pole sitter Ken Sartori being sent to the rear. The third start saw Sartori spin infield in turn two, continue and pull back out on the track only to stop abruptly in turn three. This bought out the yellows yet again, and the race was to restart once more. Sartori passed before the cone this time around and was penalised at the next start when the yellows came out again for Danny Attwood who stopped in turn two. The final start saw Sartori pass before the cone again, being relegated at the end of the race, but up front it was Northen Territory visitor Danny Porter who recorded a good win from Ben Van Ryt and Todd Davis.

The final heat of the round saw yet another false start, when a number of cars came together, leaving Jamie Buszan infield with a broken machine, while Limited Sprintcar State Champion Brayden Miller, in his first 360 Sprintcar meeting, had his top wing ripped clean off his car. The race got underway again, this time with Sean Zemunik and David Hall having a side by side battle for the lead. Just as Hall got around Zemunik for the lead, the yellows came on for a stranded Chris Ackland, handing Zemunik the lead for the restart. The race resumed once more and Hall piled the pressure on Zemunik before spinning and continuing on back in fifth place, while Zemunik went on to defeat Sheldon Haudenschild (who started in eighth) and another Northern Territorian, Troy David.

Round two of the heats began with Ken Sartori on a charge on the outside line before he rode a wheel and cannoned into the turn two wall. He was ok, but the damage was enough to end his night early. The race resumed and Tyron Herbert, from the front row, ran away with the win, surviving a late race restart to take the win from Dan Salter and Aldo De Paoli.

Heat five was the simplest race of the night, with Jamie Buszan leading the entire distance and crossing the line first ahead of Jason Priolo and Todd Davis. The final heat of the evening however was a different story and saw the first red light after Sean Zemunik found himself spinning in turn one before rolling over. He emerged unhurt and left with the task of repairing his #27 machine. As the field lined up for the restart front row starters Darren Mewett and American import Sheldon Haudenschild had a disagreement over starting positions. The duo made contact under the yellow lights a number of times and it ended with Haudenschild controversially being sent to the rear. The race restarted and Haudenschild and Rob Watson Jnr raced their way through the field, Watson in particular using the highline to great effect to race into second place, behind winner Darren Mewett and in front of third placed Steven Ford.

The B Main was a flag to flag affair with Gavin Davis recording a dominant win over Sean Zemunik and Brayden Miller. Darren Mewett rounded out the transferees. Ryan Farrell was the fastest car in the Shootouts as he won the Gold Dash ahead of Rob Watson Jnr (who came from the Bronze Shootout!), time trial winner Jake Beard-Miller and Corey Hunter.

Despite last nights hectic action, the 360 Sprintcars have no rest now , as they head back to QUIT Bunbury Speedway next weekend, Saturday the 17th of January, for round two of the Bunbury Auto One Track Championship!

Well done to all tonight’s drivers and a huge congratulations to Ryan Farrell on his win.

WA 360 Championship Podium: L to R David Hall (2nd), Ryan Farrell (1st), Jake Beard-Miller (3rd)

Ryan Farrell gets hounded by Rob Watson Jnr in the early stages of the action packed A-Main

A Classic shot from Peter Roebuck as the Sun dipps behind the Collie Trees

Another Classic Shot by Peter Roebuck: Jason Priolo

Danny Attwood stands on the gas in an attempt to recover this spin - The new Wild Man in WA

Jason Priolo leads a pack of snarling competitors in heats

Veteran Terry Cutts made an appearance at the 360 Title - "Good one Tez"

Ryan Farrell in Qualifying

Danny Attwood - Very Handy when it comes to speed

Sheldon Haudenschild was sadly a DNF in the final after tangling with Steven Ford

Defending Champ Chris Ackland crashed out in the A-Main

Rob Watson Jnr in Time Trials

Official Results

Time Trials – 1. Jake Beard-Miller 14.598, 2. Ken Sartori 14.669, 3. David Hall 14.687, 4. Ryan Farrell 14.734, 5. Danny Porter 14.781, 6. Sean Zemunik 14.804, 7. Rod Snellin 14.805, 8. Ben Van Ryt 14.808, 9. Brayden Miller 14.867, 10. Corey Hunter 14.915, 11. Todd Davis 14.956, 12. Chris Ackland 15.011, 13. Rob Watson Jnr 15.031, 14. Aldo De Paoli 15.081, 15. Troy David 15.082, 16. Gavin Davis 15.093, 17. Jason Priolo 15.142, 18. Steven Ford 15.179, 19. Terry Cutts 15.201, 20. Daniel Salter 15.506, 21. Jamie Buszan 15.547, 22. Tyron Herbert 15.592, 23. Danny Attwood 15.616, 24. Sheldon Haudenschild 15.620, 25. Darren Mewett 15.682.

Heat One – 1. Ryan Farrell, 2. Corey Hunter, 3. Rod Snellin, 4. Rob Watson Jnr, 5. Gavin Davis, 6. Jake Beard-Miller, 7. Terry Cutts, 8.Darren Mewett, 9. Tyron Herbert.

Heat Two – 1. Danny Porter, 2. Ben Van Ryt, 3. Todd Davis, 4. Jason Priolo, 5. Aldo De Paoli, 6. Dan Salter, 7. Danny Attwood, 8. Ken Sartori.

Heat Three – 1. Sean Zemunik, 2. Sheldon Haudenschild, 3. Troy David, 4. Steven Ford, 5. David Hall, 6. Chris Ackland. DNF: Brayden Miller, Jamie Buszan.

Heat Four – 1. Tyron Herbert, 2. Daniel Salter, 3. Aldo De Paoli, 4. Ben Van Ryt, 5. Ryan Farrell, 6. Corey Hunter, 7. Gavin Davis. DNF: Ken Sartori.

Heat Five – 1. Jamie Buszan, 2. Jason Priolo, 3. Todd Davis, 4. Troy David, 5. Danny Porter, 6. Brayden Miller, 7. David Hall. DNS: Danny Attwood.

Heat Six – 1. Darren Mewett, 2. Rob Watson Jnr, 3. Steven Ford, 4. Sheldon Haudenschild, 5. Terry Cutts, 6. Chris Ackland, 7. Rod Snellin, 8. Jake Beard-Miller. DNF: Sean Zemunik.

Bronze Dash – 1. Rob Watson Jnr 15.326, 2. David Hall 15.375, 3. Jake Beard-Miller 15.514, 4. Corey Hunter 16.290.

Silver Shootout – 1. Rob Watson Jnr 15.392, 2. Ben Van Ryt 15.678, 3. David Hall 15.742, 4. Todd Davis 16.258.

Gold Shootout – 1. Ryan Farrell 15.057, 2. Rob Watson Jnr 15.178, 3. Danny Porter 15.309, 4. Ben Van Ryt 15.623.

B-Main – 1. Gavin Davis, 2. Sean Zemunik, 3. Brayden Miller, 4. Darren Mewett, 5. Tyron Herbert, 6. Jamie Buszan, 7. Terry Cutts. DNS: Danny Attwood, Ken Sartori.

A-Main – 1. Ryan Farrell, 2. David Hall, 3. Jake Beard-Miller, 4. Rod Snellin, 5. Todd Davis, 6. Brayden Miller, 7. Rob Watson Jnr, 8. Jason Priolo, 9. Ben Van Ryt, 10. Tyron Herbert, 11. Daniel Salter, 12. Troy David. DNF: Danny Porter, Sean Zemunik, Aldo De Paoli, Sheldon Haudenschild, Steven Ford, Corey Hunter, Chris Ackland, Darren Mewett. DNS: Gavin Davis

 

Corey Hunter with two feet on the throttle

You couldn't get a cigarette paper between these guys - that is how close the racing was !!!

The Calm before the storm

Sean Zemunick #27 leads Albany's David Hall

David Hall #5 races the high line around NT's Troy David

The Classic Smooth Style of Ryan Farrell - There is no substitute !

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Ian Madsen storms to victory at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

All Images by Gary Reid greid@pacific.net.au
Words by Sydney Speedway

Ian Madsen was in a seemingly invincible frame of mind tonight as he annexed the 35 lap Sprintcar Summer Showdown at Valvoline Raceway on a ‘methanol Monday night” with a convincing drive in the D&B Goodyer Developments #10 Maxim.

Madsen, who moved forward from an original #8 starting position in the Pole Shootout to the front row for the main event was able to put his car wherever he chose at most points on the track.

“We’ve got an awesome team, an awesome racecar, an awesome crew chief and it’s showing,” grinned the happy winner, “the cushion was fun, I love it when it’s like that, it nearly caught me out a couple of times but I really enjoy getting up there and bashing against it.”
Brad Sweet, who was in a class of his own on Saturday night, paid tribute to Madsen’s win.

“Ian definitely ran some lines that we just couldn’t seem to nail tonight,” the Californian explained, “full credit to him and his team they had a real handle on this place and he can really run this cushion.”

Jamie Veal sealed his second consecutive podium finish with third place.

“I’m happy to get on the podium in this kind of company,” he explained, “the track really slowed up tonight and so it was a bit of a challenge but I hope it’s like this on Scotty Darley night in two weeks when we’re back.”

A Main podium (l-r): Brad Sweet (2nd), Ian Madsen (1st), Jamie Veal (3rd)

Tim Kaeding put in his best drive to date in the International Series by powering forward to an eventual fourth place after smashing the cushion in typical Kaeding style to edge out James Thompson back in fifth place as the chequers flew.

“I’m happy to run up the front with these guys,” smiled Thompson in the pits later, “it’s an honour to race with drivers of this caliber. We can’t really afford to take the chances that some of them do but good luck to them. I’m pretty happy with where we’re at.”

Jackson Delamont drove brilliantly to finish in sixth place ahead of Max Dumesny in seventh, James McFadden in eighth, Trevor Green in ninth and Sam Walsh rounding out the top ten.

Marty Perovich ran eleventh from Kerry Madsen (who set Network Industry Quick Time) in twelfth, Robbie Farr (who came from #24) in thirteenth, Lynton Jeffrey fourteenth, Danny Reidy fifteenth and Ben Atkinson sixteenth.

Aktinson was dead unlucky.

The Darwin racer was powering around on the cushion and with a lap to go looked like he might vault from fourth to second in the final two corners but he jumped the cushion in turn three and spun to a stop in sight of the chequers.

Jac Haudenschild was challenging for a top five result but spun to miss contact with Kerry Madsen and had to begin from the rear where he eventually soldiered back to seventeenth whilst Grant Tunks also spun to miss contact in a separate incident and worked his way back to eighteenth by the chequers.

Toby Bellbowen was caught up in two incidents, one which involved Grant Anderson and unfortunately took Grant out with damage and the other later in the race saw him spin after contact from behind coming out of turn four.

“I apologise to Grant for that,” Toby explained later about the Anderson incident, “I didn’t mean to take him out like that.”

Matt Dumesny and Carl Dowling were the last registered cars for twentieth and twenty first position whilst DNF’s went to Grant Anderson (damage), Steven Lines and Jimmy Matchett.

Plenty of heat race action as Mick Saller drives past a crashing Jack Lee

Ian Madsen won the A Main

The 4-wide salute: Ian Madsen (10), Grant Anderson (37), Jackson Delamont (48), James Thompson (22)

James McFadden (25) drives underneath Danny Reidy (5) and Jac Haudenschild (71)

Toby Bellbowen (70) and Carl Dowling (87) battle it out in the A Main

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Brad Sweet does it again at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

All Images by Gary Reid greid@pacific.net.au
Words by Sydney Speedway

In one of the most dominant performances seen at Valvoline Raceway in recent memory, Californian Brad Sweet simply drove away from any and all contenders in the 35 lap Peter Murphy Appreciation main event Saturday night 3rd Jan.

And they didn’t see which way he went !!!

The #99 Highrace Towing / Ruhs Brothers Motorsport entry cleared out and lapped most of the field, leaving many of the sport’s biggest guns without an answer.

“It’s pretty hard when Brad drives like that,” second placed Kerry Madsen lamented, “he was really on his game tonight. We didn’t have anything for him.”

Sweet was quick to praise his crew for giving him a very fast racecar.

“It was unbelievable to be honest. I couldn’t believe how good the car was. We knew that we had a little bit more competition tonight and we wanted to see how we stacked up and apparently we nailed it right on the head and we were able to beat them.”

Sweet simply tore off into the distance and unbelievably lapped up to sixth place in the 24-car field.

Kerry Madsen placed second ahead of Jamie Veal (who was the Network Industry “Quick Time” earlier in qualifying) in third who narrowly came out on top after a torrid late race battle with Ian Madsen for the final step of the podium.

Podium: Brad Sweet (centre) won the A Main from Kerry Madsen (left) and Jamie Veal. Peter Murphy presented the trophies

“I don’t think anyone had anything for Brad tonight,” he conceded, “but it’s still a good result for our team when you consider the standard of competition here tonight. We really enjoy racing here in Sydney and tonight’s main was a real challenge.”

Ian Madsen was as usual very quick to come home in fourth ahead of Sam Walsh (another solid performance after coming from the B-Main and getting his time from qualifying back) in fifth, Brooke Tatnell in sixth, Ben Atkinson in seventh (after destroying his car on Thursday night and having to build another one for tonight) Toby Bellbowen (who started on the second row) in eighth, Danny Reidy a solid job in ninth and Robbie Farr rounding out the top ten.

Eleventh was the Mad Harry’s Steel Hard Charger Jac Haudenschild who came from position #24 with a barnstorming drive ahead of Troy Little in twelfth, Tim Kaeding in thirteenth after spinning earlier in the race, Darryl Campbell (who built a new car after destroying his on Thursday night) fourteenth, Max Johnston fifteenth, Grant Tunks sixteenth (who wore out a previously worn right rear tyre due to budget constraints) Jeremy Cross seventeenth, Grant Anderson eighteenth, James Thompson nineteenth, James McFadden twentieth, Marty Perovich twenty first, Shaun Dobson twenty second and Jordyn Brazier being placed as the last official finisher.

Warren Ferguson was race’s only DNF with mechanical problems.

Transferees from the B-Main were Danny Reidy (who stole the win in the last two laps) James Thompson in second, Jac Haudenschild in third and Sam Walsh rounding out the four.

Peter Gordon received $200 from Mad Harry’s Steel for being the first car to miss the transfer.

Matt Thomas drove very smoothly to collect the C-Main win and transfer along with Trevor Green whilst Matt Dumesny received $100 from Mad Harry’s Steel for being the first car to miss the transfer to the B-Main.

Jason Bates showed plenty of car speed coupled with maturity and a cool head to literally blitz the field in the Wingless Sprint 20 lap main event.

Trailing Jason home in second place Daniel Sayre in second place with Daniel Flood in third place followed by Scott Rowe in fourth and Jeff Thomas rounding out the top five.

Nigel O’Neill dominated the Street Stock feature race (and winning both of his heats) ahead of Jay Davey in second place followed by Andrew Espener in third, Brendan Wakeman fourth and David Giffin fifth.

The Peter Murphy Appreciation Night was a huge success from an emotional standpoint with Pete’s 13 year old son Tyler singing the American national anthem to kick off the night along with Max Dumesny’s son Marcus singing the Australian anthem.

Shaun Dobson at full noise

Brad Sweet's performance at Sydney's Valvoline Raceway over the summer has been sensational

Another ripper from Gary Reid : Brendan Rallings is ready for action

Gary Reid Freezes the moment: Pete Murphy watches Danny Holtgraver get upside down

Brooke Tatnell is hanging out for a victory - It wasn't to be at Valvoline Raceway last Saturday night

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Perth Motorplex turns on BIG action at Annual Sprintcar Muster

Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
Words by Darren O’Dea with Paul Griffin minor edit

410 SPRINTCARS
RYAN Farrell’s strong run continued when he claimed round nine of the 2014-15 AHG Sprintcar Series at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night (3rd Jan).

Farrell won the 11th Annual Sprintcar Muster from Jason Kendrick and Cameron Gessner in an entertaining battle that was decided over 30 laps.

410 Podium: L to R - Jason Kendrick 2nd, Ryan Farrell 1st, Cameron Gessner 3rd

The winner started from P3 and didn’t look overly strong in the opening laps, dropping back as far as fourth when he was passed for third by Gessner on lap 12.

He was a fair way off leaders Kendrick and Priolo before a red light stoppage on lap 20.

When the battle resumed Farrell showed how much he wanted the win and was right on Kendrick’s tail on the restart.

He pitched the front end of the #26 machine inside Kendrick for several laps before he eventually got the ascendancy and opened up a handy lead.

The margin to Kendrick was 2.589 seconds when Farrell crossed the line.

In form : Ryan Farrell

The big mover in the pack was Shaun Bradford who started from P18 and motored is way to fourth and was only 4.536 seconds behind Farrell at the end of the night while Callum Williamson provided some descent entertainment on the back straight when he rolled the #77 machine on lap 20.

Cameron Gessner’s 3rd place and Joker play was enough to take him into the AHG pointscore lead (1394) with David Priolo 30 points behind and Brad Maiolo 3rd on 1318.

Ryan Farrell leads Jason Kendrick

Frantic engine work on the Robert Watson Jnr #66 - Even Team Mate David Priolo (2nd left) pitches in to get it right

A good sized crowd was in attendance to watch the Sprintcar Muster

Daniel Keen in action

Young American Sheldon Haudenschild campaigned the Keens Motorsport USA90 House car while his father Jac is racing at Sydney Speedway on the other side of Australia

Jason Kendrick was 3rd quickest in Qualifying with a 14.098 sec

Ryan Farrell set quick time of 14.023 sec

Sheldon Haudenschild takes a keen interest in what his rivals are up to

Sheldon Haudenschild was unable to complete the A-Main in USA90 and was forced infield on lap 15

Troy Beckingham was also a DNF in the feature

Kye Scroop was looking like a podium finish until he kissed the wall late in the race and lost 3 places - coming home in 6th

Callum Williamson took a wild ride in the A-Main on lap 20

LIMITED SPRINTCARS
BRAYDEN Miller proved yet again he is a gifted Sprintcar Driver with a big future when he cruised to more than a nine-second win over Ben Migro and Merv Woolford.

Miller driving the WA1 Lee’s Transport entry was simply too good for his rivals when it mattered and took a win and a 2nd in his heats.

Robbie Stephens also won a heat as did Gavin Davis.

Limited Sprintcar Podium L to R: 2nd Ben Migro, 1st Brayden Miller, 3rd Merv Woolford

On Top of the World: Brayden Miller - First in the Limited Muster driving the "Lee's Transport" W1

360 SPRINTCARS
JAKE Beard-Miller went into the final of the TW Mechanical Sprintcars as one of the favourites and he didn’t disappoint, winning the feature race from Chris Ackland and Dean Terry.

Beard-Miller won the 20-lap final by 1.435 seconds.

He took a third and a fifth in the early heat races and that was over and above him “car hopping” and running a 410ci car in the AHG Sprintcar Series events as well.

Unfortunately in the 410 AHG feature race Jake posted a DNF after completing 24 of the 30 laps.

360 Muster Podium L to R: 3rd Dean Terry, 1st Jake Beard-Miller, 2nd Chris Ackland

WINGLESS SPRINTS
Heat 1: 1st Daniel Hartigan, 2nd Tyson Bryden, 3rd Matt Vincent, 4th Nick Bishop, 5th Chad Gordon, 6th Matthew Iwanow, 7th Jason Jones, 8th Steve Bergin, 9th Travis Southwell, 10th Ashley Pittard, 11th Melissa Hartigan, 12th Brendon Raynor, 13th Dean Gittos.

Heat 2: 1st Bradley Fitzgerald, 2nd Daniel Coleman, 3rd Phil Moylan, 4th Chad Gordon, 5th Brad Taylor, 6th Kyle Beard, 7th Tyson Bryden, 8th Ashley Pittard, 9th Brendon Raynor. DNF: Nick Bishop, Darren Humfrey, Mitchell White and Dean Gittos.

Heat 3: 1st Daniel Coleman, 2nd Matthew Iwanow, 3rd Bradley Fitzgerald, 4th Steve Bergin, 5th Kyle Beard, 6th Phil Moylan, 7th Darren Humfrey, 8th Melissa Hartigan, 9th Matt Vincent. DNF: Daniel Hartigan, Jason Jones, Travis Southwell, Brad Taylor. Mitchell White.

Final: 1st Matthew Kane, 2nd Daniel Coleman, 3rd Kyle Beard, 4th Daniel Hartigan, 5th Bradley Fitzgerald, 6th Tyson Bryden, 7th Brad Taylor, 8th Darren Humfrey, 9th Matt Vincent, 10th Chad Gordon, 11th Ashley Pittard, 12th Jason Jones, 13th Steve Bergin, 14th Phil Moylan, 15th Mitchell White, 16th Travis Southwell, 17th Melissa Hartigan, 18th Brendon Raynor.
DNS: Dean Gittos and Nick Bishop

Winner of the Wingless Sprints - Matthew Kane

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