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

All Images by Gary Reidgreid@pacific.net.au

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kyle Caunt leads Steve Caunt though turn 1

Jamie Veal won the Brian Healey 410 Cup

Kelly Linigen leads Ben Atkinson in heat racing

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

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

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

The 4-wide salute

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come back for the full report later .

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

The Team Behind "The Man" Shaun Dobson

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

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