2016 Australian Sprintcar Championship Results – Kerry Madsen Blitzs Oposition and Rockets to Victory

Words and images by Paul Griffin



Kerry Madsen confirmed what a powerhouse Sprintcar Driver he is when he recently (Jan 31) charged to victory in the 2016 Australian Sprintcar Championship (Title) at Premier Speedway Sungold Stadium.

Madsen prevailed over 123 other hopefuls in a fantastic display of skilled driving. Following him across the line were a determined Brooke Tatnell and Warrnambool’s local star Jamie Veal.

Kerry Madsen

Kerry Madsen was simply too good on the night

Madsen had to fight hard for his victory in the 54th Lucas Oils Australian Sprintcar Championship, with a very keen Brooke Tatnell often only a few car lengths in arrears during the epic 40 lap final.

Likewise Jamie Veal was always in the equation, but in the end it was Madsen’s dogged determination and stunning ability to negotiate traffic that got him home first.

Brooke Tatnell’s 2nd place was a great effort too, as he was fighting a nasty case of gastro for the last two nights of racing. He had started off pole and lead the first quarter of the race until Madsen eventually broke through.

The victory for Madsen now makes him a dual Australian Champion, with his first crown being way back in 2003.

Apart from the privilege of wearing the #1 on the tailtank, Madsen walked away with a massive trophy and a cool $20,000 winner’s cheque.

Madsen was ecstatic with his victory and celebrated with an expression session of wild donuts that even included removing the steering wheel part way through the exhibition.

After 3rd placed Jamie Veal were Luke Dillon, defending Australian Champion David Murcott, Steven Lines, Grant Anderson, Sam Walsh, Ian Madsen and SA’s Matt Egel rounding out the top 10.

Kerry Madsen

Winning car : Kerry Madsen's #29

The Keneric Racing Outfit is nothing short of spectacular - A deserved victory to a powerhouse Team

Brook Tatnell

Brooke Tatnell crossed the line a close 2nd to Kerry Madsen

Jamie Veal and Brooke Tatnell

Ironically the 2nd and 3rd Place getters (Brooke Tatnell W2 and Jamie Veal V35) were pitted togther

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal won "he Classic" the week before, but was unable to back it up with Aus#1

David Anderson

David Anderson was strong all weekend and came home an impressive 7th Place

David Murcott

David Murcott came home in 5th while trying to defend his title

Kerry Madsen

Air of confidence: It's just over 6 hours before the Championship decider and Kerry Madsen is all smiles

Kerry Madsen

American Racing custom wheels is the Platinum Partner of the impressive Kenerick Racing outfit

Kristy Ellis

The left rear gets a "tickle up" on the Kristy Ellis #12

The track prep looked awesome at 3pm, despte having a lot of rain overnight and constant showers first thing in the morning

This is what we were faced with at 7:40am. It didnt look good !

Daren Mollenoyux

Hands on: Darren Mollenoyux works on his Parr Motorsport V77

Jason Kendrick

Extended Shockers were the order of the day for Jason Kendrick (W11)

Randy Hannagan

American Randy Hannagan (L) shares a light moment with Inaction's leading Photographer Rachel

Garry Brazier

Garry Brazier struggled to gain an ascendency for the majority of the weekend

Heat race action early on the final night

Heat race action early on the final night

James McFadden

James McFadden in the NQ25

Brad Maiolo

Brad Maiolo from WA

Ian Loudoun

Ian Loudoun from NSW tried hard but couldn't get a break

Chad Ely

Chad Ely takes time out on his mule

Toby Bellbowen

New South Welshman Toby Bellbowen

Stunning Car, Stunning Driver - Kerry Madsen drove the ring off the #29 Keneric Racing entry to take victory in a class field of 124 cars

James McFadden

James McFadden gets the race face on

Michael Cunningham

Victoria's Michael Cunningham

Marty Perovich

NSW Driver Marty Perovich gets pushed to the pit gate

Andrew Scheuerle

Queensland's Andrew Scheuerle in the brillaintly prepared Q25

Jamie Maiolo

Jamie Maiolo was having a real crack at things until this happened in the C-Main

Kerry Madsen

Kerry Madsen takes every opportunity to study the opposition

A massive crowd packed in for the final night

4-Wide

4-Wide salute: L to R - Kerry Madsen, Jamie Veal, surprise packet Danial Harding and Brooke Tatnell

Jamie Veal and Kerry Madsen

Time to get down to business as the 4-wide breaks formation

Tim Van Ginneken

Impressive looking car: V36 - Tim Van Ginneken

Kerry Madsen with Car Owner Bob Gavranich

Happy Campers: Kerry Madsen with Car Owner Bob Gavranich on the victory dais

The massive crowd enjoyed the pit presentations

Kenerick Racing owner Bob Gavranich

Kenerick Racing owner Bob Gavranich provides the best equipment in the world for Team Driver Kerry Madsen

The Sprintcar Flags fly proudly in the main street of Warrnambool

Warrnambool is a wonderful holiday destination and boasts one of the best clay tracks in the country

Well with the 2016 Australian Sprintcar Championship now done and dusted, the baton has now been passed to Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway who will host the 2017 Australian Sprintcar Championship Title next time around (final date TBA)

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Jamie Veal Storms to Victory – Night 2 of 2016 Australian Sprintcar Title

Words EX Premier Speedway Website/SCW
All Images: Paul Griffin

Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Champion Jamie Veal continued his golden run at Premier Speedway this evening when he claimed victory in the 30 lap Preliminary Feature event to cap off proceedings for night two of the 2016 Lucas Oil Australian Sprintcar Championship.

Veal was joined on the winners podium by fellow Warrnambool native Darren Mollenoyux while Simpson’s John Vogels was third.

A relaxed Jamie Veal well before he took the feature honours

Darren Moleneaux

Darren Mollenoyux drove an awesome race to bag a Podium finish on N2

With Chace Karpenko producing a career best qualifying performance throughout his two qualifying night heat races, the driver of the NT21 started from pole position for the 30 lap feature event.

Alongside Karpenko was the ACT18 of 2014 Knoxville Raceway Track Champion Ian Madsen and it was Madsen who stole the march in his rivals as he led the field after the opening lap and Veal began to move forward from his position four starting position.

On lap two, the S22 of Chad Ely was the first retirement after his front wing became dislodged.

With Ian Madsen trying to run and hide, the large crowd on hand were treated to multiple slide jobs as both Madsen and Veal traded blows and positions at the front of the field.

Ian Madsen

Ian Madsen studies the track

On lap 13 the yellow lights were thrown as Robbie Farr ground to a halt in the NQ7 entry after he too enjoyed a near faultless qualifying run which saw the 2004 Aussie Champ begin the race from position three.

The next major delay in proceedings came when the power plant on the Q36 entry of Luke Oldfield expired, depositing a large amount of oil on the racing surface, which resulted in a lengthy red light stoppage while the track was rectified.

At the resumption it was Madsen who again led the way while Veal continued to work the high side of the track as the gap closed. Then on lap 25 Veal managed to slide Madsen for the lead on the entry to turn one before Madsen spun the ACT18 on entry to turn three resulting in the demise of not only the one time race leader but also Chace Karpenko who had strode his way into podium contention, while Steven Lines dynamic run from position nine also was impeded slightly as he flipped the W3 machine resulting in severe top wing damage.

Chase Karpenko

Chase Karpenko was a real surprise packet

At the resumption it was all Veal as the five laps passed by in the blink of an eye with the dominant V35 entry taking the win ahead of Darren Mollenoyux and the ever consistent John Vogels who again impressed having progressed to third from an eighth place starting position.

Rounding out the official top five were Jason Kendrick who also showed immense car speed as he sped from position 12 on the grid.

Tim Van Ginneken (V36), Dion Bellman (V40), Daniel Pestka (V88), Ian Loudoun (V3) and Max Dumesny (V5) rounded out the top ten.

They were followed by Luke Walker (V67), Darren Jensen (Q75), Lines (W3) and Keke Falland (S78).

The DNF’s consisted of Ian Madsen (ACT18), Chace Karpenko (NT21), Luke Oldfield (Q36), Matt Smith (N11), Robbie Farr (NQ7) and Chad Ely (S22).

Earlier in the program the B-Main was won by Luke Oldfield (Q36) ahead of Chad Ely (S22), Max Dumesny (V5) and Keke Falland (S78), while the last chance C-Main saw Jamie Bricknell (T55) and Dennis Jones (V17) tag onto the back of the B-Main.

The heat races were won by Steven Lines, John Vogels, Darren Jensen, Dion Bellman, Tim Van Ginneken, Luke Walker, Daniel Pestka and James Thompson.

Sammy Walsh had the night off and prepares his Rocket sponsored car back at Deacon University's carpark - just 2 km's from Premier Speedway

Preparing - Steven Lines in the Hall's Motorsport W3 before his 2nd heat on N2

Kris Lacey took a wild ride during one of his heats. He was OK and the car was rebuilt to fight out the final night

Steven Lines

The Steven Lines W3 is a very cool car !

Jason Kendrick

Jason Kendick - W11

Ian Madsen

Ian Madsen - N18

Ian Madsen

Ian Madsen again !

Jamie Veal

Mad Frenzy - Jamie Veal's crew go to it !

Steven Lines

Steven Lines prepares for battle

Ian Madsen's N18 was hard to resist phographing

The points standing after night two of the 54th Lucas Oil Australian Sprintcar Championship as presented by Red Ed’s Sheds is as follows:

1 V37 Grant Anderson 136.5 12.889
2 W2 Brooke Tatnell 132 12.995
3 W26 Luke Dillon 131 12.216
4 W12 Daniel Harding 129 12.315
5 N29 Kerry Madsen 127.5 12.954
6 W57 Shaun Bradford 126 12.935
7 V35 Jamie Veal 124 11.553
8 N92 Sam Walsh 124 12.888
9 A1 David Murcott 123 12.554
10 S19 Bradley Keller 122.5 12.307
11 V77 Darren Mollenoyux 119.5 11.28
12 S97 Matt Egel 119.5 13.088
13 V26 Nick Lacey 119.5 13.559
14 V88 Daniel Pestka 118.5 11.271
15 N7 Toby Bell-Bowen 118 11.627
16 V70 John Vogels 117 10.997
17 NT21 Chace Karpenko 117 11.338
18 Act18 Ian Madsen 116.5 11.387
19 V40 Dion Bellman 115 11.286
20 NQ7 Robbie Farr 115 11.481
21 W11 Jason Kendrick 114.5 11.266
22 Q75 Darren Jensen 112.5 11.279
23 W3 Steve Lines 112 11.025
24 V36 Tim Van Ginneken 109.5 11.566
25 W77 Brad Maiolo 109.5 12.922
26 V67 Luke Walker 109 11.488
27 V3 Ian Loudoun 108 11.372
28 S2 Craig Vanderstelt 108 13.287
29 N11 Matthew Smith 107.5 11.668
30 Act21 Shaun Dobson 104.5 13.138
31 V47 Tim Rankin 104 12.562
32 V5 Max Dumesny 103.5 11.933
33 N21 Garry Brazier 103 12.641
34 NQ5 Danny Reidy 103 13.257
35 N38 Max Johnson 102.5 13.298
36 W56 James Thompson 101.5 11.65
37 Q36 Luke Oldfield 100 11.627
38 Q25 Andrew Scheuerle 98.5 13.004
39 V55 Ashley Scott 97 13.706
40 S22 Chad Ely 96.5 11.433
41 S78 Keke Falland 95.5 11.781
42 V21 Jamie Hennessy 95.5 12.588
43 V48 Adam King 93.5 13.125
44 Q16 Bryan Mann 92 13.258
45 V19 Daniel Newnham 91.5 11.747
46 N47 Marcus Dumesny 90.5 12.251
47 NQ25 James McFadden 90 11.536
48 W99 Jamie Maiolo 90 13.344
49 V68 Brett Milburn 89 11.532
50 V42 Jye O’Keeffe 88.5 12.463
51 Q59 Kevin Titman 88 11.776
52 V74 Michael Cunningham 88 13.373
53 Act99 Jay Waugh 87.5 11.732
54 V98 Peter Doukas 87 11.667
55 N17 Marty Perovich 86.5 11.511
56 W45 Daryl Clayden 86.5 11.647
57 NT62 Ben Atkinson 86 11.524
58 V25 Jack Lee 85.5 13.828
59 S24 Ricky Maiolo 83.5 12.228
60 S20 Glen Sutherland 83.5 13.014
61 S86 Brendan Guerin 83 11.707
62 N48 Jackson Delamont 81.5 13.224
63 N75 Glen Saville 81 11.586
64 V57 Matthew Dumesny 81 12.851
65 T45 Kurt Luttrell 81 12.99
66 T55 Jamie Bricknell 80.5 11.639
67 Q6 Steven Rowell 80.5 12.656
68 V95 Ryan Davis 80 13.483
69 T14 Mark House 78 12.157
70 W14 Jason Pryde 76.5 13.197
71 V17 Dennis Jones 74 11.394
72 S37 Terry Kelly 73.5 11.664
73 V12 Kristy Ellis 72.5 13.138
74 N 20 Troy Little 71.5 11.859
75 NQ44 Brandon Rawlings 68.5 12.195
76 T7 Tim Hutchins 66 13.572
77 W49 Ryan Jones 65 14.157
78 V72 Jake Smith 63 11.585
79 N36 Eddie Lumbar 61.5 13.277
80 S72 Jamie Stark 61 12.921
81 W25 Taylor Millings 59 11.677
82 V96 Andy Caruana 59 13.364
83 S45 Jake Tranter 57 11.785
84 Q41 Mitchell Gee 56 14.095
85 V16 Kris Lacey 55 12.171
86 V60 Jordyn Charge 54.5 13.171
87 Act55 Brenten Farrer 54 11.783
88 N35 Peter O’Neill 53.5 14.371
89 S44 Daniel Evans 51 13.476
90 S4 Phil March 50.5 14.637
91 N79 Peter Bourke 48.5 11.895
92 T29 Robin Dawkins 48 12.258
93 N12 Thomas Jeffery 47.5 11.701
94 NQ9 Nathan McFarlane 47.5 14.374
95 V84 Sam Wren 46 14.813
96 N24 Blake Skipper 43 14.081
97 Q21 Jordyn Brazier 39 12.606
98 V64 David Aldersley 36.5 14.688
99 V51 Peter Milnes 33 12.636

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Brooke Tatnell Wins Night 1 Thriller – 2016 Australian Sprintcar Title

Words ex SCW
Images – Paul Griffin

Brooke Tatnell’s chances of claiming a sixth Australian Championship took a giant leap forward on Friday night at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool when he claimed victory after a race long battle with 2003 Champion Kerry Madsen and early pace-setter Grant Anderson.

On a race track that provided many passing options the race craft of both Tatnell and Madsen was on show for all to see, while New South Welshman Sam Walsh also provided many highlights with his charge up the pecking order from position eight until a late race caution all but sealed his fate.

Brooke Tatnell

Brooke Tatnell gazes at the #2 and ponders will he greet the chequers before anyone else. As it turns out he did ! A big effort considering he was fighting a bout of Gastro as well as 19 other hard chargers

Anderson was the early pace setter, managing to stay abreast of pole sitter Luke Dillon in the early laps, until Tatnell and Madsen along with defending Aussie Champ David Murcott began to stamp their authority on proceedings.

It took Tatnell, who was battling illness, until lap 23 to get by Anderson for the lead as Madsen continued to pepper away at the new race leader.

Anderson did all he could to try to maintain a podium finish before Murcott slipped by in the shadows of the finish line on lap 26.

David Anderson

David Anderson drove a hard race

David Murcott

David Murcott came third on Night !

Kerry Madsen's N29 came 2nd after an epic slide job battel with ultimate winner Brooke Tatnell

A late race caution bunched the field together with five to run but there was to be no denying Tatnell who claimed opening night honors from Kerry Madsen and David Murcott with Anderson hanging on for fourth just ahead of Sam Walsh.

 

Rounding out the top ten were Nick Lacey 6th (started 11th), Daniel Harding 7th (started 3rd), Brad Keller 8th (started 7th), Shaun Bradford 9th (started 5th) and Matt Egel 10th (started 10th).

The remaining finishers were Danny Reidy 11th (started 18th), Andrew Scheuerle 12th (started 19th), Tim Rankin 13th (started 17th) and Jamie Hennessy 14th (started 20th).

Those classed as non-finishers were the ACT21 of Shaun Dobson, the S2 of Craig Venderstelt along with Luke Dillon, Bradley Maiolo, Garry Brazier and Max Johnston.

Earlier in the program the B-Main was won by Tim Rankin, from Danny Reidy, Andrew Scheuerle and Jamie Hennessy, while the last chance C-Main saw Ryan Jones and Kristy Ellis tag onto the back of the B-Main.

The heat races, of which there were eight in total were won by Bradley Keller, Sam Walsh, Luke Dillon, Tim Rankin, Brad Maiolo, Grant Anderson, Shaun Bradford and Nick Lacey.

"Pryde" of the fleet: WA's Jason Pryde's tailtank reflects back in the side panel of his support mule

Mitchell Gee

Mitchell Gee (Q41) has a unique forward fixing location for his top wing hydraulic ram. It comes off a wing mount extension supposedly to place the ram in a more horizontal attitude to optimise the direct force available

David Murcott

David Murcott will defend his Championship in this car

Nick Lacey

The Lacey Outfit spares no expense

Brad Keller

South Australia's Brad Keller

Shaun Bradford

Shaun Bradford WA57

Matt Dumesny

Matt Dumesny (V57) and Phil March (S4)

Sea of Wings

Sea of Tanks

N21 of Garry Brazier

Winning Car: Brooke Tatnell's WA2 Cool

Jamie Maiolo

The two car Team of Jamie and Brad Maiolo heralds from WA

Gary Brazier

Garry Braziers' rear arms are tubular formed chrome moly - Shock not fitted at this point

The USC Big Screen was place on the T3 fence

Heat race action

Kerry Madsen (N29) leads Luke Dillion (W26) and Mitchell Gee (Q41)

Brooke Tatnell (rear) cahes down Nick Lacey (V26) and Ashley Scott (V55)

Gary Brazier

Gary Brazier (N21) chases Jake Smith (V72) through turns 3-4

Heat race action

Plenty of action coming into Turn 3

Gary Brazier

Gary Brazier in high spirits during the heats

Sam Walsh

Sam Walsh was quick all night

Jordan Charge

Big future: Jordyn Charge

kerry madsen

Brothers Kerry (L) and Ian Madsen engage in intense discussion

Luke Dillon

Luke Dillon (W26)

Brad Keller

Brad Keller (S19)

Different Stuff: Kerry Madsen's bird cages are wide !!

Steven Lines

Happy Man - Steven Lines will race Night 2

Brad Maiolo

Brad Maiolo keeping an eye on everthing

4-Wide salute

Calm before the storm

The points standing after night one of the 54th Lucas Oil Australian Sprintcar Championship as presented by Red Ed’s Sheds are as follows:

1 V37 Grant Anderson 136.5 12.889
2 W2 Brooke Tatnell 132 12.995
3 W26 Luke Dillon 131 12.216
4 W12 Daniel Harding 129 12.315
5 N29 Kerry Madsen 127.5 12.954
6 W57 Shaun Bradford 126 12.935
7 N92 Sam Walsh 124 12.888
8 A1 David Murcott 123 12.554
9 S19 Bradley Keller 122.5 12.307
10 S97 Matt Egel 119.5 13.088
11 V26 Nick Lacey 119.5 13.559
12 W77 Brad Maiolo 109.5 12.922
13 S2 Craig Vanderstelt 108 13.287
14 Act21 Shaun Dobson 104.5 13.138
15 V47 Tim Rankin 104 12.562
16 N21 Garry Brazier 103 12.641
17 NQ5 Danny Reidy 103 13.257
18 N38 Max Johnson 102.5 13.298
19 Q25 Andrew Scheuerle 98.5 13.004
20 V55 Ashley Scott 97 13.706
21 V21 Jamie Hennessy 95.5 12.588
22 V48 Adam King 93.5 13.125
23 Q16 Bryan Mann 92 13.258
24 W99 Jamie Maiolo 90 13.344
25 V42 Jye O’Keeffe 88.5 12.463
26 V74 Michael Cunningham 88 13.373
27 V25 Jack Lee 85.5 13.828
28 S20 Glen Sutherland 83.5 13.014
29 N48 Jackson Delamont 81.5 13.224
30 V57 Matthew Dumesny 81 12.851
31 T45 Kurt Luttrell 81 12.99
32 Q6 Steven Rowell 80.5 12.656
33 V95 Ryan Davis 80 13.483
34 W14 Jason Pryde 76.5 13.197
35 V12 Kristy Ellis 72.5 13.138
36 T7 Tim Hutchins 66 13.572
37 W49 Ryan Jones 65 14.157
38 N36 Eddie Lumbar 61.5 13.277
39 S72 Jamie Stark 61 12.921
40 V96 Andy Caruana 59 13.364
41 Q41 Mitchell Gee 56 14.095
42 V60 Jordyn Charge 54.5 13.171
43 N35 Peter O’Neill 53.5 14.371
44 S44 Daniel Evans 51 13.476
45 S4 Phil March 50.5 14.637
46 NQ9 Nathan McFarlane 47.5 14.374
47 V84 Sam Wren 46 14.813
48 N24 Blake Skipper 43 14.081
49 V64 David Aldersley 36.5 14.688

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Jamie Veal Takes 2016 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

All on-track Photos Courtesy Corey Gibson (corey@gibsonphotography.com.au)
Behind the scenes photos – Paul Griffin
Words by SCW Media

From Junior Sedans, to Formula 500’s, to Sprintcars, to Classic Champion! That was the case tonight for local resident Jamie Veal as he claimed the 2016 Lucas Oils Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at the Sungold Stadium. After starting from the front row Veal defeated one of the toughest fields in Australian Sprintcar history as he finished in front of Kerry Madsen in a dramatic two lap sprint to the end.

“I can’t believe it. The guys gave me a great car and I was able to hang on. I looked up at the big screen and I saw the 29 coming so I knew he was there. I couldn’t believe the caution came out on the last lap I was so close to the finish line. I just had to take a few deep breaths and get ready for the last two laps. I can’t thank my parents enough and the fans for coming out tonight” added Veal shortly after completing a series of do-nuts on the infield.

Sweet Victory - Jamie Veal with his Team after taking out The Classic (Photo courtesy Corey Gibson)

After leading the race for almost 30 laps Veal had the challenge thrown to him by Madsen who tried everything he could to make the pass but he couldn’t get it done.

The caution came out for Steven Lines who melted down his powerplant and slowed dramatically catching out Ryan Jones and John Vogels.

Third place across the line was Robbie Farr, who got the better of Kyle Hirst in what was a great battle for the final podium position. Hirst actually led the race at one point until the yellow light came on negating the pass and handing the lead back to Veal.

Brad Sweet, who started from position 16, charged his way to position five with Brooke Tatnell, Randy Hannagan, James McFadden, Jason Sides and Terry McCarl rounding out the top 10.

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal - Great Victory for the home town hero (Photo courtesy Corey Gibson)

Kyle Hirst

Kyle Hirst won the Ian Sheppard Trophy for best overall performance at Avalon, Mout Gambier and The Classic (Photo Courtesy Corey Gibson)

Kerry Madsen

Kerry Madsen tried eveything to get around Jamie Veal but had to settle for 2nd place (Photo Courtesy Corey Gibson)

Steven Lines

Steven Lines was a DNF with engine dramas (Photo Courtesy Corey Gibson)

Brooke Tatnell and James McFadden

Brooke Tatnell and James McFadden chat in the pits during heat action

The final night saw a massive crowd

Mark came all the way from Perth to catch the racing and eat those great Chitticks Pies

Premier Speedway is one of the best venues in Australia

Sea of Wings

Andy Caruana's V96

Pondering what lies ahead - Team member for Brock Hallet's S13 - "Mitcho"

Double shocks on the Bartlett's Auto Centre entry

Danny Dietrich

Danny Dietrich drove the WA56 entry

Tim Van Ginneken

Tim Van Ginneken - V36

Mitchell Gee's car (Q41) looked cool - so did his supporters !

96 cars competed on the final night of the 2016 Classic

WA 56 Support Team member ("Spinner") enjoying The Classic

Steve Crabbe (L) car owner for SJC Crushing's WA56 and crew member Gavin Davis

Sam Walsh

Sam Walsh

Peter Morris - Principal of Maxwill Engines

Peter Morris - Principal of Maxwill Engines

Victorian farmer Phil Lock

Rocket Man - Victorian farmer Phil Lock always enjoys a skid in the V4

Steven Lines

Brian Hall and Steven Lines (W3)

Brad Maiolo (W77)

Brad Maiolo (W77) and Marty Perovich share a joke in the pits

Ben Atkinson

Ben Atkinson (R) chats with dual WA Limited Sprintcar Champion Brayden Miller

Sprintcars often connect old buddies - L to R: Jackson, Lambie, Steve, Steph, Matt and Geoff take time out for a photo

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal poised for action and his ultimate Classic Victory

4-Wide salute

After Jamie Veal won The Classic, fans headed in droves to the presentation area in the pits

Jamie Veal, Kerry Madsen and Robbie Farr

From top to Bottom: Jamie Veal (V35 - Winner), Kerry Madsen (N29 - 2nd), Robbie Farr (Q7 - 3rd)

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal and The 2016 Classic Trophy

Mutual Admiration: Robbie Farr 3rd (L) and Jamie Veal 1st

Kerry Madsen

L to R: Kerry Madsen (2nd), Robbie Farr (3rd) and winner of the Ian Sheppard Trophy Kyle Hirst

Kyle Hirst

Kyle Hirst with the Ian Sheppard Trophy

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal was interviewed by WIN TV shortly after the official presentations

Job Done! : Gavin White (L) congatulates local Warrnambool driver Jamie Veal on his "Classic" Victory

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Jamie Veal Wins Night 2 of Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

Words by SCW Media
Images by Paul Griffin

Local hero Jamie Veal made the perfect start to his 2016 Lucas Oils Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic by dominating the A-Main on night 2 at the Sungold Stadium at Warrnambool. After starting on the pole Veal jumped straight into the lead and never looked like being headed as he defeated defending race Champion Kyle Hirst and Randy Hannagan.

That feels pretty good. We struggled a bit during time trials but we got the car rolling around pretty good in the heats and then the final. Glen and Juddy gave me a great car in the final” added Jamie after the event.

The opening lap of the A-Main saw a multi car accident in turn two as Bryan Mann spun in front of the field causing a train wreck like incident that involved Mitchell Gee, Dave Murcott, Luke Walker, Cory McCallugh and Toby Bellbowen, who rolled onto his side but was able to continue.

On the restart it was all Veal who opened up a sizeable gap on the field, a gap that would only be reduced due to a late race caution involving Chad Ely and Brendan Guerin.

Fourth across the line was an extremely impressive Jamie Maiolo with Kraig Kinser, who transferred from the B-Main completing the top five. Robbie Farr, Jason Sides, dual Champion Steven Lines, Dave Murcott and Garry Brazier rounded out the top 10.

Earlier Chad Ely and Toby Bellbowen set the fastest times in their time trial groups.

Heat winners were Bryan Mann, Dave Murcott, Shaun Bradford, Chad Ely, Randy Hannagan, Kyle Hirst, Brendan Quinn, Andrew Wright, Ricky Maiolo, Jamie Maiolo, Jamie Veal and Darren Jensen.

Chris Soloman won the C-Main while Mitchell Gee, Luke Walker, Kraig Kinser and Corey McCullagh transferred to the A-Main via the B Main.

Even bigger crowd on Night 2

Even bigger crowd on Night 2

Steven Lines discusses the racing surface with Robbie Farr (ctr

Steven Lines (R) discusses the racing surface with Robbie Farr (ctr) and Halls Motorsport Crew Chief Craig Bennett

Kyle Hirst

The brilliantly prepared #17 of Kyle Hirst

Robbie Farr

Robbie Farr's (Q7) "stack hat" hangs on the side panel awaiting the battle

Gary Brazier

Gary Brazier assesses the situation from the door of his transporter

Steven Lines

Steven Lines' #3 Halls Motorsport Entry

Brett Milburn

Local Victorian hero Brett Milburn

Visting American Jason Sides

Visting American Jason Sides

Nick Lacey

Nick Lacey - All Smiles

Gary Rooke N4

Love those pipes on the Gary Rooke N42

Kraig Kinser

Kraig Kinser (R) inspects the rear end with car owner Trevor Green (L) and a member of the N4 crew

Bellbowen

Focused: Toby Bellbowen in the N7

Track Announcer Wade Aunger chats with Toby Bellbowen prior to the push off for the A-Main

Track Announcer Wade Aunger chats with Toby Bellbowen prior to a push off

Line up for a heat

All prepared for the action - Tyler Griffin from Victoria is ready to go !

Crew and Drivers await the pit whiteboard update

Bryan Mann

Always Happy - Bryan Mann

Randy Hannagan

American Randy Hannagan put the SA55 on 2nd pole in the N2 A-Main

Terry McCarl and Brooke Tatnell enjoy a lighter moment at Premier Speedway

Kyle Hirst (L) and Carson Mercedo rush to the pit gate to watch the next heat

No need for words !

"All roads lead to Knoxville" !

"All roads lead to Knoxville" !

A great Night 2 crowd

Gary Brazier started out of P8 and crossed the line in P10 in the N2 A-Main

Night 2 Four-Wide Salute (Randy Hannagan #55)

Jason Sides

Jason Sides after the A-Main with "The Boys" - Riley and Jye

Randy Hannagan

Randy Hannagan and Riley Miller

Chad Ely

Chad Ely signs a helmet for a passionate fan - Riley Miller

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Grand Annual Classic Fan Appreciation Day – 2016

Words and Images by Paul Griffin

The Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic is Australia’s most prestigious Sprintcar event. This year is its 44th running and a stunning 124 Sprintcars from around the country and overseas nominated.

The iconic event is run over three nights , the first and second night being qualification nights for the two halves of the total field (62 + 62) and the final and 3rd Night being the Champion decider.  The Classic weekend enjoys a key support event that enjoys a cult following just like the racing itself at Sungold Stadium.

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 themselves and of course the Team’s Merchandise.

There are give-aways, the chance of autographs and chatting with Drivers and a great stage show where Driver’s are introduced to the public

Local Sungold stadium commentator Gavin White was the MC for the gathering and he arranges the “BIG SCREEN” from the Premier Speedway racing venue to relocate and provide a spectacular backdrop.

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

Here is a quick glimpse of the Fan Appreciation Day for the 2016 Lucas Oils 44th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic…….

WA's Jason Pryde - awesome outfit

Ryan Jones (49)

Ryan Jones (49)

Terry McCarl - Always happy to meet the fans

Terry McCarl's #2 is flanked Kirsty Ellis's #12 and Chris Rodda's #14

Darren Jensen from QLD

Darren Jensen from QLD

Dirt Track Cowboy - Jordyn Charge

Dirt Track Cowboy - Jordyn Charge

Top wing of Jordyn Charge's V60 - showing images of Wade Aunger & Adam Brand

Brad Sweet's immaculate #99

Brad Sweet's immaculate #99

USA's Kyle Hirst signing a fan's helmet

The Luch Monte owned #17 Milwaukee Tools display was particularly popular - Kyle Hirst drove the #17 Maxim

The Luch Monte owned #17 Milwaukee Tools display was particularly popular - Kyle Hirst drove the #17 Maxim

Jamie Veal and James McFadden sign autographs for adoring fans

Sprintcar Models were in abundance

Sprintcar Models were in abundance

The car that Danny Smith campaigned in 1985 and 1986 - the #4 Nance. Note the helmet has a "Mud Eater" attached to the side

The car that Danny Smith campaigned in 1985 and 1986 - the #4 Nance. Note the helmet has a "Mud Eater" attached to the side

Danny Smith

The Danny Smith Nance again - Danny raced his last race in Australia at this year's Classic

Big Crowd !

Keen Fans: Zara and Dad Brett get into the spirit of things

View from the Big Screen Stage

The ladies were accommodated for as well in the fashion stakes

The Danny Smith 2016 car as used in The Classic

Gavin White interviews Kraig Kinser (L)

Gavin White interviews Kraig Kinser (L)

Tyler Griffin tries out a Quarter Midget at Fan Appreciation Day

Tyler Griffin tries out a Quarter Midget at Fan Appreciation Day

David Murcott showed off his Aust #1 car

David Murcott showed off his Aust #1 car

David Murcott's Australian Title trophy - Murcott will be defending his Title the week after The Classic at Premier Speedway

David Murcott's Australian Title trophy - Murcott will be defending his Title the week after The Classic at Premier Speedway

The Victory Lane V88 looks so COOL - Young SA Driver Daniel Pestka is the Pilot in the 2016 Classic

The Victory Lane V88 looks so COOL - Young SA Driver Daniel Pestka is the Pilot in the 2016 Classic

Not only the cars on display had wings !

Daniel Pestka shows off his V88

Something for everyone: Cousins Tracey (L) and Jodie (R) with Tyler at the Fan Appreciation Day were blown away with the cars on display

Terry McCarl shares a moment with young WA fan Riley Miller

Jye is a local Victorian fan and was rapt to bag this $10 Adam King (V48) Tee Shirt

WA fan Riley Miller did the rounds and didn't miss a trick. Here we see Riley and Jye O'Keeffe (V42) "rubbing shoulders"

Brad Sweet's #99

Brad Sweet's #99

USA Star Brad Sweet signs a shirt for local fan Jye

Family Spin: Tracey & Tyler Griffin get their picture with Tim Van Ginneken - Tyler is proudly showing off his newly purchased Tim Van Ginneken Tee Shirt

Tim Van Ginneken

Tim Van Ginneken's V36 Sprintcar looked pretty cool on display, and the Tee Shirts were even better !

David Murcott

David Murcott - Current Australian #1 Champion

Torque Tube editor Paul Griffin catches up with Tasmanian sensation Shaun Dobson

Sean Dobson

Sean Dobson poses for the camera

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James McFadden Scores Night 1 Honours – 2016 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

Words and Images : Paul Griffin

Former Australian Sprintcar Champion James McFadden scorched around the high banks of Premier Speedway last Friday night (22nd Jan) to take Night 1 hours in the 2016 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

It was is the 44th running of the Classic and McFadden did it in spectacular style, literally millimetres from the wall lap after lap. It was a stunning clinic in car placement.

Following him across the line was Kerry Madsen and Ben Atkinson. All in all 124 cars had nominated for the event. Night 1 would see 62 run off against one another, with N2 also consisting of 62 hopefuls.

Let the Show Begin

The Winning Car - James McFadden's NQ25 before he "drove the ring out of it" on the wall

The 30 lap A-Main suffered an aborted start when NSW’s Jordan Brazier came together with Max Johnston into turn 1. (Exit Brazier).

Once underway NT’s Ben Atkinson took the early lead, with SA’s Ryan Jones in hot pursuit. Johnny Vogels was also travelling well after qualifying on the 2nd row with Daniel Pestka.

McFadden who had qualified on the 3rd row started working his magic 4 laps into the race and closed in on both Vogels and Jones. With 10 laps down McFadden would find himself in 2nd and sights set firmly on Ben Atkinson.

Johhny Vogels had a great first night and ended up 3rd in points behind Ben Atkinson (2nd) and top scorer Ryan Jones

At half race distance McFadden shot past Atkinson for the lead and kept that momentum up until the chequers fell. In the latter third of the race Kerry Madsen and Brad Sweet fought a titanic struggle with Madsen winning out and snatching 2nd place from a determined Ben Atkinson. Madsen had come from P8 while Sweet had started mid pack in P10.

Ryan Jones surprised many with a super consistent performance eventually coming home in 5th and taking top points score of 566 from Ben Atkinson (558), Johnny Vogels (522), James McFadden (510) and Kerry Madsen (508).

Early Arrivals: Keen fans Jye Price (L), Tyler Griffin (ctr) and Riley Miller rock up to the venue early to bag a good seat

Premier Tribute: "Through these gates walk the Greatest Fans of All of Motorsports"

Premier Tribute: "Through these gates walk the Greatest Fans in All of Motorsports"

The grounds of Deakin UNI serves as a maintenance area for some teams - Here the Kraig Kinser team go about their routine before race night #1

Brad Maiolo set QT in the 2nd group

Brad Maiolo set QT in the 2nd group

Luche Monte (Owner of the Milwaukee #17) chats to USA's Paul McMahan

Luch Monte (Owner of the Milwaukee #17) chats to USA's Paul McMahan

Sea of Wings

Daniel Pestka prepares for battle

Daniel Pestka prepares for battle

Kerry Madsen

Kerry Madsen's #29 - he came 2nd in the A-Main

Brad Sweet

Brad Sweet

Sam Walsh

NSW's Sam Walsh being pushed out for his 2nd heat on N1

Kristy Ellis

Kristy Ellis (V12) always presents with a clean looking car - at the conclusion of N1, she dialed in at 49th out of 62 cars

Aptly named "Ego Alley" in the pits

Brad Sweet

The Brad Sweet camp

Danny Reidy was somewhat down the list - 24th in points on the first night

A section of the pits facing the east

A big crowd for Night 1

The relatively new Premier Lap Board is a ripper. It highlights green when racing is underway, red when there is a red light stoppage, yellow for a caution and black & white when the chequers are thrown. It even counts the duration of a red and yellow and tells you the top four drivers at any point in the race -- COOL !

Jack Lee ended up 29th in points on N1

Jack Lee ended up 29th in points on N1

Jamie Maiolo (W99) always presents with a top looking car

The skies looked threatening but produced little rain luckily

The calm before the storm

Andrew Scheuerle won the biggest top wing number award !

Brooke Tatnell

All quiet in the Tatnell pits

Danny Smith is retiring from Aussie Racing and competed in his last GAS Classic

Danny Smith is retiring from Aussie Racing and competed in his last GAS Classic

Cars wait to be pushed out

4-Wide salute for night 1

James McFadden ran within millimetres of the Premier wall in a daring exhibition of power driving.

The track took rubber

Game Over - The empty back straight grandstand well after McFadden screamed to victory

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MADSEN ACCEPTS THE CHALLENGE BUT VEAL MAKES IT PAY

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

Night One feature winner Kerry Madsen took the bold challenge but Jamie Veal made it pay in the second and final night of the 2015/2016 Scott Darley Challenge at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.

After storming to victory and pocketing the first $19,000 on Friday night the driver of the Keneric Racing #29 looked destined to double his money with a powerhouse run through the preliminaries on Saturday night culminating in a victory in the Aussie Forklift Repairs Pole Shootout.

The Sydneysider had earlier accepted “the Scotty Challenge” to start the second 40-lap A-Main from position #19 in order to make him eligible for a 200% prize-money increase if he could win the race.

After dispatching the field in the Pole Shootout and earning himself right to begin the feature race from the front row Madsen laughed, “If I’d known we were going to be this good tonight I’d never have agreed to the challenge. We’ve already given our word that we would though and that’s what we’ll do.”

The huge crowd on hand bayed its approval at the prospect of Kerry beginning from the tenth row of the grid.

Asked if he was now concerned that this might give Jamie Veal (whom he raced in the final pole shootout) a huge advantage Madsen quipped “It’s not just him, it’s my brother Ian, Sides, Tatnell, Dumesny, Brazier, Hirst and all those guys. This is a quality field.”

Kerry’s words would wind up being eerily prophetic as, try as he may, he was unable to get beyond 13th position despite trying every conceivable line on the track to get through in the remarkable non-stop feature.

Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth Jamie Veal simply dominated the race and collected $19,000 on top of both the $1,900 winner’s cheques for Network Industry on both nights in the SWI Engineering Maxim.

The dual Quick Time $1900 payouts are the richest qualifying incentives anywhere on the planet.

“There’s nowhere in the world that I’m aware of where the fast time award pays almost two grand on consecutive nights,” explained American Jason Sides, “Marty (Perovich) is to be congratulated for what he’s done this weekend.”

Jamie Veal simply ripped away at the start and stayed there in a race that created history as the first 40-lap affair to ever run without a stoppage at Valvoline Raceway.

Night 2 A Main podium: (l-r) Max Duemsy (3rd), Max Freeman (representing Darley family), Jamie Veal (1st), Kyle Hirst (2nd)

Night 2 A Main podium: (l-r) Max Duemsy (3rd), Max Freeman (representing Darley family), Jamie Veal (1st), Kyle Hirst (2nd)

“We’ve won a few USC rounds and weekly races here but this is another thing entirely. It’s a huge honour to win this race in Scott Darley’s memory and a result I’ll never forget. I can’t thank my boys enough for giving me a great racecar to get this done.”

 

When the greens came on Veal simply drove away but the battles beyond his tail tank were epic, particularly between American Kyle Hirst, Victorian legend Max Dumesny, WSS champion Brooke Tatnell. Toby Bellbowen and Brad Sweet to name a few.

Kyle Hirst took the Monte Motorsport Milwaukee Motorsport Maxim to a strong second place that the Californian later admitted was like a win for the team.

“We really got rolling tonight. Hats off to Jamie for the win but a podium finish for us on a night like this is a win any other time. This is a great result for Milwaukee and our own Luch Monte and all the supporters. I’m thrilled that we can get second in the Scott Darley.”

Veteran Max Dumesny was his typical consistent self and endured a significant battle for second before having to concede the runner up spot to Hirst.

“Everyone knows how much this race means to people. It’s great that we can be up here with these guys. Full credit to Jamie and congratulations to Kerry for taking the challenge.” said Max

There were two disappointments in the main event with Kraig Kinser melting down a motor in the Natrad Maxim late in the race and James McFadden breaking off two spark plugs after smashing the sizeable cushion one too many times.

“I said to Moth (Gleeson – crew chief) after the race that I could have just rolled around on the bottom with everyone else or I could get up there and have a crack. Running the bottom’s not really my deal so I had to give it a go.”

Toby Bellbowen had a solid night in the Hog’s Breath Café Maxim to run a strong fourth place after a titanic battle with Brooke Tatnell that lasted several laps.

Brad Sweet was always one to watch after starting deep in the pack and sliding into an eventual top five finish in the Ruhs Brothers #99 KKR whilst fellow American Jason Sides was a lively proposition in the Horrell Motorsport #7 Maxim.

“I love coming to this race and I love this place,” the charismatic Tennessee native conceded prior to the A-Main, “I’m pleased that we can run here this weekend in Sydney and the Classic week next week thanks to Dave Horrell.”

The race presented several season-best so far results including Brisbane gasser Steven Rowell who placed 19th and although he would have been hoping for a higher overall finish Matt Dumesny’s 10th was a just result for a dig-deep weekend in the Valvoline Synpower Maxim.

The historic non-stop affair took a shade under ten minutes fifty-six seconds to run at 10.55.638.

Darwin’s Ben Atkinson claimed the B-Main over fellow transferees Matt Dumesny in second, James Thompson third and Mitchell Dumesny finishing fourth but eventually hurting the motor after the chequers in a situation that presented dual Australian champion David Murcott with a berth in the A-Main.

Valvoline Raceway re-worked the track twice on the night to prevent a rubber down racing surface and to keep what was becoming a ‘monster cushion’ particularly in turns one and two.

“You never want to change the track on the night,” conceded VR Managing Director Steven Green, “because you know that teams are chasing their set ups all night and you want a night that builds to the A-main, but when there’s an obvious danger of rubber going down early in the race and the guys also tearing up tyres it’s a decision you need to make. It’s a balance between something that the guys can race on and still provide a spectacle for the fans.”

Final A-main results:

1. Jamie Veal
2. Kyle Hirst
3. Max Dumesny
4. Toby Bellbowen
5. Brad Sweet
6. Jason Sides
7. James Thompson
8. Ian Madsen
9. Brooke Tatnell
10. Matt Dumesny
11. Randy Hannagan
12. Steven Lines
13. Kerry Madsen
14. Robbie Farr
15. Grant Anderson
16. David Murcott
17. Ben Atkinson
18. Sam Walsh
19. Steven Rowell
20. Matt Smith
21. Jordyn Brazier
22. Kraig Kinser (DNF motor)
23. James McFadden (spark plug damage)
24. Garry Brazier

A huge crowd turned out despite yet again intermittent rain and threatening skies to see a nation’s best field and six Americans compete in the honour of Scott Darley’s memory.
The two-night spectacular concludes the International Series for Valvoline Raceway that saw Kraig Kinser, Carson Macedo, Brad Sweet and Kasey Kahne compete at the circuit since December 26.
Kahne, who was competing at the Chilli Bowl event in Oklahoma, tuned into watch the “Clayperview” live video streaming of the Darley action.

Kyle Hirst tries the low line in time trials

Kyle Hirst tries the low line in time trials

Mitch Dumesny

Mitch Dumesny at full throttle

Jamie Veal leads Brad Sweet in heat racing

Jamie Veal leads Brad Sweet in heat racing

Marcus Dumesny inside Alex Orr

Marcus Dumesny inside Alex Orr

Stacey Galliford (46) leads Brandon Rawlings (44) and Dave Murcott (A1 obscured)

Stacey Galliford (46) leads Brandon Rawlings (44) and Dave Murcott (A1 obscured)

Kerry Madsen leads Garry Brazier in the Pole Shuffle

Kerry Madsen leads Garry Brazier in the Pole Shuffle

Adam Wray (26) and Blake Skipper (24) battle for the lead in the D Main

Adam Wray (26) and Blake Skipper (24) battle for the lead in the D Main on Night 2

Kerry Madsen and Toby Bellbowen get close in the Pole Shuffle

Kerry Madsen and Toby Bellbowen get close in the Pole Shuffle

Alex Orr is ready to go on Night 1

Alex Orr is ready to go on Night 1

Plenty of blue in the Night 1 flag parade: Max Dumesny (5), Matt Smith (11) and Kerry Madsen (29

Plenty of blue in the flag parade: Max Dumesny (5), Matt Smith (11) and Kerry Madsen (29

Marty Perovich and the makings of a stunning Sydney sunset

Marty Perovich and the makings of a stunning Sydney sunset on the first Night

Carson Macedo gets some air time above Darryl Campbell (28)

Carson Macedo gets some Night 1 air time above Darryl Campbell (28)

Steve Lines ran third in the A Main

Steve Lines ran third in the Night 1 A Main

Night 1 A Main podium: (l-r) Steve Lines (3rd), Kerry Madsen (1st), Jamie Veal (2nd)

Night 1 A Main podium: (l-r) Steve Lines (3rd), Kerry Madsen (1st), Jamie Veal (2nd)

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Brad Maiolo Cleans Up at Perth Motorplex

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

BRAD Maiolo’s dominance in the 2015-16 AHG Sprintcar Series continued when he took another feature race win at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.

Maiolo won the 30-lap feature race from the fast-finishing Ryan Farrell and big brother Jamie.

It was a great drive from the younger of the two Maiolos who started round 10 of the series from outside of the third row.

Brad Maiolo (L) won the freature. Older brother Jamie drove hard to bag 3rd place

Brad Maiolo (L) won the freature. Older brother Jamie drove hard to bag 3rd place

Farrell also put in a gutsy effort after starting from P11 and getting his best result of the season in the #90 entry.

Jamie Maiolo finished third – the same spot as he started.

David Priolo and Jason Kendrick started on the front row and it was Priolo that won the start with Kendrick hitting the back of his rival, damaging his front wing and dropping back a few spots early on.

Jamie Maiolo led briefly before Brad got to the front and set the pace.

Troy Lawson went over on the main straight on lap five after contact with Ryan Lancaster, putting them both out of the show.

Kendrick was starting to look better in the #11 machine but then went off the pace before the rear axle broke and he spun around in pits bend on lap 7.

Lee Nash, who started from P4, looked threatening and challenged Maiolo for the lead soon afterwards but then lost ground with a couple of brushes with the wall before he eventually spun to the infield on lap 22.

Brad Maiolo was lucky to keep going after he ran into the rear of backmarker Ben Butcher with officials sending the latter to the rear on the restart as the primary cause.

Farrell got better as the race wore on and the margin between him and Maiolo at the end of the contest was only just over three seconds.

Polesitter Priolo finished fourth ahead of Callum Williamson (from P7), Mitchell Wormall (P13), Daryl Clayden (P9), Andrew Priolo (P10), Jacob Lucas (P16), Ben Butcher (P14)and Darren Mewett (P17).

RESULTS

Qualifying: Jason Kendrick 13.905, David Priolo 14.003, Bradley Maiolo 14.011, Jamie Maiolo 14.081, Daryl Clayden 14.196, Jake Beard-Miller 14.202, Lee Nash 14.233, James Inglis 14.281, Ryan Lancaster 14.338, Ryan Farrell 14.445, Troy Lawson 14.590, Andrew Priolo 14.603, Corey Hunter 14.610, Jacob Lucas 14.721, Callum Williamson 14.751, Scott Chatwin 14.835, Ben Butcher 14.859, Mitchell Wormall 14.899, Darren Mewett 15.606.

Heat 1: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Bradley Maiolo, 3rd Lee Nash, 4th Callum Williamson, 5th Ryan Lancaster, 6th Daryl Clayden, 7th Ben Butcher, 8th Troy Lawson, 9th Corey Hunter, 10th Darren Mewett.

Heat 2: 1st Jamie Maiolo, 2nd David Priolo, 3rd Andrew Priolo, 4th James Inglis, 5th Ryan Farrell, 6th Jake Beard-Miller, 7th Mitchell Wormall, 8th Jacob Lucas, 9th Scott Chatwin.

Heat 3: 1st Ryan Lancaster, 2nd Ben Butcher, 3rd James Inglis, 4th Andrew Priolo, 5th Daryl Clayden, 6th Jamie Maiolo, 7th Jason Kendrick, 8th Corey Hunter. DNF: Scott Chatwin.

Heat 4: 1st Callum Williamson, 2nd Mitchell Wormall, 3rd Lee Nash, 4th David Priolo, 5th Ryan Farrell, 6th Jacob Lucas, 7th Bradley Maiolo, 8th Jake Beard-Miller, 9th Troy Lawson and 10th Darren Mewett.

Feature: 1st Bradley Maiolo, 2nd Ryan Farrell, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th David Priolo, 5th Callum Williamson 6th Mitchell Wormall, 7th Daryl Clayden, 8th Andrew Priolo, 9th Jacob Lucas, 10th Ben Butcher, 11th Darren Mewett. DNF: Lee Nash, Jake Beard-Miller, Corey Hunter, Jason Kendrick, Troy Lawson, Ryan Lancaster, Scott Chatwin and James Inglis.

Jason Kendrick

Jason Kendrick

 

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Brad Sweet Bags Back to Back Victories at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

All Images Courtesy of Gary Reid – greid@pacific.net.au
Words by Valvoline Raceway PR

Brad Sweet made it back-to-back Peter Murphy Appreciation Night wins at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway last night with a stirring win in the 35 lap A-Main to add to his 2014/2015 success.

“I’m so happy to win this race,” grinned the Californian, “Pete’s a real good friend of mine and this is his home town. It doesn’t get any better than winning someone’s race in their hometown, especially someone like Pete who is so loved down here. It’s an honour to win this race again.”

Sweet’s eventual 5.09-second winning margin over Kerry Madsen in second place was not a true measure of the entertainment value of the race that many regarded as the best of the season so far.

Madsen brought the #29 Keneric Racing KPC home in second after leading early and made no secret of why the race played it out like it did.

“It was my mistake. I messed around with the lapped traffic too much. I should have been more aggressive earlier and then I might have got a break. Brad did what I needed to do.”

James McFadden filled the last spot on the podium with third place in the Westralian Diamond Drillers #25 and certainly had his moments in the non-stop race.

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

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

“I just couldn’t get through the lapped cars, some of those guys seem to want to race you. I needed to get running better through them, you can’t ease off at all at this level.”

The battles for second place through to at least tenth were breathtaking.

The position swapping between Madsen, Tatnell, Max Dumesny, Sam Walsh, Ian Madsen, Kyle Hirst and Jackson Delamont in particular was worth the price of admission alone.

James Thompson was fourth with a fine drive in the end with Brooke Tatnell right on his hammer and Max Dumesny following the same path.
“I’ve never had to drive my butt off so hard to pass one car,” quipped Dumesny in the pit area after the main event.

Several drivers had to dig deep to come back from the brink including Ian Madsen who had power steering pump issues in his heat that forced a DNF, Sam Walsh who changed a motor after his heat win when an oil leak was detected, Jamie Veal who missed the direct transfer to the A-Main and had to come from the B-Main, Alex Orr (who timed in fastest for his group in Qualifying but missed the direct transfer) and Carson Macedo (driving the Sean Dyson KPC) who cut a right rear tyre down in his heat and had to just sneak into the A-Main through the B-Main with a last twenty metre pass on Mitchell Dumesny.

Sam Walsh was electric in the Pole Shootout advancing five positions in the Rocket #92 Maxim but faded later in the A-Main to an eventual tenth place.

Teams take a quick break now and regroup for the biggest race in NSW Sprintcar Racing with the 2015/2016 Scott Darley Challenge this Friday January 15 and Saturday, January 16.

The Wingless Sprint main event was won by veteran Dubbo hard charger Mark Blyton who took the lead from Jason Bates (who got a flat tyre eventually) and was never headed to win from Sean Mayo in second place and Geoff Piekar in third.

Raymond Terrace racer Shane Carlson completed a hat trick of main event wins this season to put the Carline Automotive Falcon into victory lane over Dungog racer Brendan Wakeman in second and Andrew Fuller rounding out the top three.

2016 Peter Murphy Appreciation Race A-Main results
1. Brad Sweet 2. Kerry Madsen 3. James McFadden 4. James Thompson 5. Brooke Tatnell 6. Max Dumesny 7. Jamie Veal 8. Robbie Farr 9. Ian Madsen 10. Sam Walsh 11. Kraig Kinser 12. Warren Ferguson 13. Kyle Hirst 14. Matt Dumesny 15. Ben Aktinson 16. Jackson Delamont 17. Carson Macedo 18. Grant Anderson 19. Alex Orr 20. Grant Tunks 21. Danny Reidy 22. Matt Smith 23. Toby Bellbowen 24. Jack Lee

B-Main
1. Ian Madsen 2. Jamie Veal 3. Alex Orr 4. Carson Macedo 5. Mitchell Dumesny 6. Jordyn Brazier 7. Thomas Jeffery 8. Darryl Campbell 9. Daniel Needham 10. Marcus Dumesny 11. Michael Saller 12. Glen Saville 13. Brendan Scorgie 14. Michael Matchett 15. Jeff Lawler 16. Steven Rowell (DNF) 17. Troy Little (DNF) 18. Matt Craft (DNF) 19. Kim Becker (DNF) 20. Lachlan Abbott (DNF)

Brooke Tatnell

Brooke Tatnell shows his smooth driving style at Valvoline Raceway

Jamie Veal in time trials

Jamie Veal in time trials

Peter Murphy was honoured at Valvoline Raceway on 10 January

Peter Murphy was honoured at Valvoline Raceway on 10 January

Brooke Tatnell (2), Jordyn Brazier (21) and Mitchell Dumesny (77) in heat race action

Brooke Tatnell (2), Jordyn Brazier (21) and Mitchell Dumesny (77) in heat race action

4-wide salute: Robbie Farr (7) , Brad Sweet (99), Sam Walsh (92), Kerry Madsen (29)

4-wide salute: Robbie Farr (7) , Brad Sweet (99), Sam Walsh (92), Kerry Madsen (29)

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