Keneric Racing Shuts Down its American Racing Outfit – Kerry Madsen looking for a US ride

Words By Paul Griffin

Image of “Aus 1” car in America by Studio 92 Photography  ………

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All other images – Paul Griffin

DSC_0070Leading Sprintcar outfit Keneric Racing has made a decision to close its American Sprintcar Racing operations.

The tough decision was made official this week shortly after the American Racing Wheels sponsored team had competed in the Knoxville Nationals in IOWA (USA) and leaves star driver Kerry Madsen without a ride in the US.

Team Crew Chief Tyler Swank didn’t seem surprised the decision was made but admitted that he would never have expected it to be so soon. Swank has already had offers for re-employment but is yet to make a decision.

At this point there is no official explanation as to the reason for the closing of the American Operations and Kerry Madsen has been uncontactable.

Kerry Madsen

Kerry Madsen

Madsen is arguably the most successful Australian Sprintcar Driver in the history of the sport and given his experience and achievements is unlikely to be without an American ride for very long.

Given the 2016 American season is in its twilight days, Madsen who is the current Australian Sprintcar Champion may have to sit it out until 2017 to re-establish his racing quests in “The Big Apple”.

It is understood that the Australian leg of Keneric Operations will continue to actively race in Australia and possibly New Zealand with Madsen behind the wheel.

Keneric racing is a very successful racing Operation that was conceived by the enigmatic Bob Gavranich back in 2010/11. Its feats in the American Racing scene have been stunning in such a short space of time.

Probably the biggest win Keneric Racing has enjoyed was in 2014 when Madsen ripped the Eldora clay apart to take out the Kings Royal.

This year, less than one short week ago, the team fought hard at Knoxville and placed the Aust #1 American Racing Wheels/Keneric Health/Keneric Racing KPC on second row of the grid for the final (P3).

The US car as raced in the Knoxville Nationals paying homage to the Teams Australian Championship victory (AUS 1) - Photo by Studio 92 photography via facebook

The US car as raced in the Knoxville Nationals paying homage to the Team’s Australian Championship victory      (AUS 1) – Photo by Studio 92 photography via facebook (www.studio92photography.com)

It was the best shot the team had at taking out the biggest Sprintcar race in the world – the Knoxville Nationals.

Unfortunately while engaged in a spirited three car battle for the lead with only a handful of laps to go, the engine went off song and Madsen’s dream of victory vaporised on lap 47 with the power plant eventually succumbing.

Team Owner Bob Gavranich will keep the Australain racing operations alive

Team Owner Bob Gavranich will keep the Australain racing operations alive

Kerry Madsen

Kerry Madsen and Bob Gavranich accept the winner’s trophies at this year’s Australian Title

Keneric Racing

Keneric Racing always presents with the best possible equipment

Kerry Madsen

Kerry Madsen is arguably Australia’s best Sprintcar export – always calculating and on the look out for any small advantage – he won’t be seatless for very long in America

Madsen

Madsen in the #29 Australian Keneric Racing rig (front LHS) about to get a push off for one of his heats in the successful 2016 Aussie Title campaign

Aussie Madsen KPC

Top Car – The Aussie #29 (now Aus #1) will continue to race in Australia with Madsen behind the wheel

Ian Madsen and Kerry Madsen

Kerry Madsen deep in thought with Brother Ian on RHS

Torque Tube Media wishes all Crew members and driver Kerry Madsen all the best in securing equivalent quality positions in future Sprintcar Racing as soon as possible – let’s face it, guys like this are too damn good not to be immediately snapped up !

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Photographer Peter Roebuck Honoured for 50 years Service in Speedway

Peter Roebuck - Fine service in Speedway Photography for over 50 years

Peter Roebuck was recently honoured for his outstanding photographic contribution to the sport of Speedway.

Peter has been photographing Speedway events around the country for over 50 years.

Western Australia is where Peter resides and predominantly his photographic exploits involve not only the iconic Motorplex and Bunbury venue, but all WA’s country tracks like Collie, Shark Bay, Kalgoorlie and Ellenbrook just to name a few.

He is officially the longest serving Speedway Photographer in WA (and possibly the country) and has stirred our senses with great images over the decades. Great Photographers, great cars, great teams and great venues – that’s WA for you !!!

Peter Roebuck (Left) proudly accepts his 50 year plaque from Motorplex Speedway Manager Gavin Migro

Peter was also awarded a commemorative plaque with two classic shots of his - one yesteryear image (48/215 Holden) and one current day image (Late Model at the Plex)

Peter is one of very few lens pros who have the skill, determination and capability to capture quality action Speedway shots using the technique called “Available Light”. (Huge lens and No Flash !)

I am sure you will agree Peter’s service to the industry is unparalled and the shots he gets for us ooze clarity and detail —– detail that would perhaps otherwise be lost in flash photography.

Well done Peter, and thanks sincerely for all your hard work and devotion to Speedway.

A well earned award mate !

Here’s a couple of Peter’s shots we love here at Torque Tube…..

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Farewell to “The General” John Day

Local Perth Speedway identity John Day sadly passed away earlier this week aged 79.

John has been battling the complications of diabetes for several years and was recently diagnosed with an inoperable cancer.

John has been associated with WA Speedway for well over 50 years and was known around the traps as “The General” John Day thanks to Claremont Promotor and now Motorplex Head Commentator Con Migro.

John’s involvement with Speedway started back at the now defunct Claremont Speedway decades ago and continued through to the Perth Motorplex when that facility was conceived in 2000.

John ran a very successful auto body repair business in Welshpool “John Day & Co” and he seized the marketing opportunity to promote his business in front of the massive crowds that Speedway attracts by supplying his very distinctive fleet of Orange utes as pushcars …and of course one pace car that was specially framed out to carry John in the back, facing the front row .

The utes always look stunning and just to give it that bit of extra pizazz, John would load them with strategically placed fireworks for the A-Mains.

john day

John has been associated with Speedway for over 50 years. When he clocked over that 50 milestone, the bonnet on the utes all got the special treatment !

John Day

John contolling the line up to an A-Main from the rear of the pacecar

John Day

John Day always presented his Orange Ute fleet superbly for our viewing pleasure

In fact the extravaganza that John conjured up was not limited to Claremont and the Motorplex…..John would actually roll up to any major state-wide event in WA Speedway with those magnificent utes and put on his theatrics.

To carry on the legacy of John Day, the Day Family and Speedway Manager at Perth Motorplex Gavin Migro have pledged that the iconic orange push utes and pace car will continue to be an integral part of the racing programs…. Speedway racing in Western Australia simply wouldn’t be the same without the familiar John Day utes parading around the track.

A true gentleman, and a man that gave it his everything for the betterment of the sport.

Good on you John, you will be sadly missed.

John is survived by his wife Janet and daughters Nadine, Kylie, Justine and Lisa.

It’s been a tragic week in Australian Speedway with John being the second iconic figure in the WA Speedway scene to leave us, the other being Shane Krikke.

RIP John !

Brooke Tatnell and John Day

John celebrates one of Brooke Tatnell's many wins for Shane Krikke's KMS Team. Shane sadly passed away 4 days prior to John in what has been a devastating time for WA Speedway

John Day and Fireworks

John Day was a showman for the sport - Here John plays up for the crowd with an electric mini wheel quad and fireworks

John Day and Perth Motorplex Speedway Manager Gavin Migro

John Day and Perth Motorplex Speedway Manager Gavin Migro

John Day

John was always in the thick of the action and loved every minute of it !

John Day - RIP Mate !

John Day - RIP Mate !

 

 

All Images – Peter Roebuck
Words – Paul Griffin

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Shane Krikke – A legend in Australian Speedway – Sadly Missed

Shane Krikke

RIP Shane Krikke

Last weekend Australian Speedway lost a true gentleman and an iconic legend in Sprintcar Racing.

It is with profound sadness and deep regret that we write that Shane Krikke passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Shane, as indeed they are with your Wife Jode, daughter Taylor and the entire Krikke family.

Shane was a great man in every sense. A top businessman, devoted family man, avid Blues supporter – the list goes on and on.

Shane raced Sprintcars in his earlier years with very good results, but it’s fair to say his achievements for many years as a car owner and bringing together the resources to create a mind-blowing car and Team were what he truly excelled in.

Shane Krikke

What can you say - Shane and his Team were a formidible force in Australian Sprintcar Racing for many seasons. Take a bow Shane !! - Image Peter Roebuck

The KMS Team that Shane created stands as one of the best prepared and formidable Teams in the country – a car and Team to be taken seriously at all times, and a car and team that won so many big races in the country. Many would go so far as to say “the benchmark Sprintcar Team in Australia.”

World Series Sprintcars will never be the same !

Shane fostered outstanding results. He was a perfectionist, strong willed, determined caring and influential – Shane had it all.

Just look at the way the car was always presented – day in, day out. Preparation was everything. Simply stunning !

Shane Krikke was a great car owner

The KMS (Krikke Motorsport Team) was an intimidating entity under the rule of Shane Krikke - Image Paul Griffin

Shane Krikke meant so much to so many and was always only too happy to participate in a worthy Speedway discussion. He called a spade a spade, was an inspiration to all and always gave you the time of day to acknowledge your presence – “G’day Mate” he would say with a nod of the head as we crossed paths in the pits.

Shane Krikke shares a light moment with Broooke Tatnell and USA star Tim Kaeding. Both Brooke and Tim raced for Shane - Image Paul Griffin

The amazing out-pouring of tributes on Facebook is testimony to the man he was. American Star Tim Kaeding who has raced for Shane signed off his tribute with “Love Ya Boss” – enough said !

Shane Krikke – RIP mate, you will be missed like no other.

Shane Krikke

One of Shane Krikke's blue ribbon successes - Shane and Broooke Tatnell are on top of the world after taking out the 2016 Kriike Boys Shootout - Image Peter Roebuck

Brooke Tatnell

This image was take by Paul Griffin at the 20016 GAS Classic - Brooke admires the Shane Krikke owned rig that he had the privilege to race. No shortcuts in the Shane Krikke camp ! - Image Paul Griffin

Shane was always available for a chat. Here Shane engages in a Mt Gambier pit discussion with US Toursit Paul McMahan

Shane was always available for a chat. Here Shane engages in a Mt Gambier pit discussion with US Tourist Paul McMahan and Robbie Farr (Just out of view RHS) - Image Paul Griffin

Shane Krikke was top businessman and top car ownner. The gear Shane put together was wold class - Image Paul Griffin

Shane Krikke knew all the tricks in Sprintcar Racing

Shane Krikke knew all the tricks in Sprintcar Racing and as a car owner enjoyed massive success - Image Paul Griffin

Post Script:
The Funeral Service to Celebrate and Honour the life of Shane Krikke will take place in the CREMATORIUM Chapel, Belcher Street, Bunbury commencing at 12.30pm SATURDAY (2.7.2016).

Words – Paul Griffin

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RIP Shane Krikke

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Perth Motorplex Dishes Up the Ultimate Action – Stunning Sprintcar Crash Sequence

All Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
Words : Paul Griffin

Last weekend Perth Motorplex ended its 2015/16 Sprintcar Season with a corker of a program – The Sprintcar Gold Cup. The action was fast and furious and even the best got caught up in some spectacular crashes.

Here you will see the action through Peter Roebuck’s Lens as he makes time stand still while firstly Shaun Bradford (W57) takes a wild ride, then followed by Rob Watson Junior (W66).

They were both massive crashes and luckily both Drivers emerged OK, reinforcing just how good the safety aspects are to these ferocious dirt track cars.

Shaun Bradford

Shaun Bradford starts a series of wild flips after contact with another car. From here Shaun is simply a passenger and can't do much about the outcome

Not to be outdone, Rob Watson Junior also got some airtime and attracted a lot of attention. Rob drives the Watson’s Express house car and anyone would think he was staging an advertising blitz given his car livery and the matching Watson’s Express Transport Signage in the background of the Motorplex fence.

Rob Watson

Rob Watson commences a sequence of violent flips at Perth Motorplex last weekend

Rob Watson Junior

Rob Watson emerged unscathed from this monumental crash at Perth Motorplex - Good news and a fabulous testament to his car and the Team's Preparation!

And so now we Sprintcar tragics are now faced with the sombre experience of a winter Sprintcar Hiatus as Australia’s Showcase Speedway – Perth Motorplex – now has a well deserved rest.

What a top season it was –  we are already after one short week longing for the start of the Perth Motorplex 2016/17 season!!!

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Trent Pigdon Wins Motorplex Sprintcar Gold Cup

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

DESPITE only racing a few times this season Trent Pigdon won the final race of the AHG Easy As 123 Triple Crown series at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night (30th April).

Pigdon only recently teamed up with Diamond Bay Motorsport and despite limited track time, has been very impressive in the W26 that was driven by for much of the season by South Australian Luke Dillon.

He won the final from Jason Kendrick, Brad Maiolo and Jamie Maiolo who collected enough points to win the season-ending mini-series.

Trent Pigdon

Trent Pigdon hasn't had much seat time this season but pulled of a big victory in the final 410 race of the year at Perth Motorplex

Trent Pigdon

Trent Pigdon down low on Carl Dowling

Pigdon put himself in the best possible position from the start of the show, being the only driver to crack into the 12-second zone in qualifying.

He then took a second in his heat race and won the Top 8 Knockout series, to start from pole in the main event, on the inside of Carl Dowling who was the early leader and into lapped traffic after just three laps.

Five laps in Bradford got the #57 on its back wheels and lost a spot.

The race stopped on lap 12 when contact between Mitchell Wormall and Tim Van Ginneken saw the latter going over on the approach to the main straight.

Tim Van Ginneken and Mitchell Wormall come together on the main straight

There was also a caution period after contact with Jake Beard-Miller and Robert Watson on lap 19.

On the restart Pigdon launched a challenge on Dowling but was unable to make it stick.

Unfortunately for Dowling it all came unstuck with nine laps remaining when he blew a left rear tyre on the back straight, and as he came to a stop, he was clipped at high-speed by Shaun Bradford who flipped hard.

Shaun Bradford had a wild ride

Shaun Bradford had a wild ride

The race was stopped again with four laps left after Robert Watson junior went into the pits bend wall.

On the race to the checkers Pigdon powered away for the win from Kendrick, who found a gap between the Maiolos to muscle from fourth to second in a spectacular move.

Brad Maiolo put in a stellar drive for his third after starting from P15 and earlier in the night dropped valuable points when the team was forced to change an engine.

Jamie Maiolo also dug deep after starting from P10 while Dillon started 14h and moved up to sixth.

Andrew Priolo yet again drove well at the business end of the night, this time coming from P17 to seven.

Kye Scroop (from P13) was eighth from Jason Pryde and Taylor Milling.

Qualifying: Trent Pigdon 12.992, Tim Van Ginneken 13.096, Callum Williamson 13.160, Cameron Gessner 13.168, Ben Ellement 13.211, Daryl Clayden 13.217, Taylor Milling 13.220, Lee Nash 13.287, Carl Dowling 13.310, Shaun Bradford 13.319, David Priolo 13.331, Jason Kendrick 13.454, Jamie Maiolo 13.369, Andrew Priolo 13.399, Mitchell Wormall 13.436, Robert Watson junior 13.447, Brad Maiolo 13.464, Scott Chatwin 13.465, Luke Dillon 13.517, Jason Pryde 13.579, Kye Scroop 13.609, Michael Keen 13.622, Lee Redmond 13.657, Aldo De Paoli 13.677, AJ Nash 13.893, Jake Beard-Miller 15.155.

Heat 1: 1st Carl Dowling, 2nd Trent Pigdon, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th David Priolo, 5th Mitchell Wormall, 6th Luke Dillon, 7th Callum Williamson, 8th Kye Scroop, 9th AJ Nash. DNF: Taylor Milling, Ben Ellement and Lee Redmond. DNS: Brad Maiolo.

Heat 2: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Shaun Bradford, 3rd Lee Nash, 4th Daryl Clayden, 5th Cameron Gessner, 6th Cameron Gessner, 7th Jake Beard-Miller, 8th Andrew Priolo, 9th Robert Watson, 10th Jason Pryde, 11th Scott Chatwin. DNF: Aldo De Paoli.

Midpack Madness 1: 1st David Priolo, 2nd Robert Watson junior, 3rd Kye Scroop, 4th Bradley Maiolo, 5th Andrew Priolo, 6th Scott Chatwin, 7th Jake Beard-Miller. DNF: Lee Redmond and Callum Williamson.

Midpack Madness 2: 1st Jamie Maiolo, 2nd Mitchell Wormall, 3rd Luke Dillon, 4th Taylor Milling, 5th Jason Pryde, 6th AJ Nash, DNF: Ben Ellement.

Feature: 1st Trent Pigdon, 2nd Jason Kendrick, 3rd Bradley Maiolo, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th David Priolo, 6th Luke Dillon, 7th Andrew Priolo, 8th Kye Scroop, 9th Jason Pryde, 10th Taylor Milling. DNF: Callum Williamson, Robert Watson junior, Carl Dowling, Shaun Bradford, Cameron Gessner, Jake Beard-Miller, Scott Chatwin, Tim Van Ginneken, Mitchell Wormall, Ben Ellement, Lee Nash, Daryl Clayden, Lee Redmond and AJ Nash. DNS: Michael Keen and Aldo De Paoli.

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Michael Keen – 2016 WA 360 Sprintcar Champion

Words by DTN Media / SAWA PR
All Images: Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck

After three attempts, the 2016 WA 360 Sprintcar Title finally got underway and completed last night at the Perth Motorplex, with Michael Keen continuing his great year to grab his maiden 360 Sprintcar State Title.

Keen was all class as he started from position four in the final to race his way into the lead on lap twenty two, then raced away to take a strong win ahead of Ben Ellement and Steven Ford.

Michael Keen

Victorious: 2016 WA 360 Sprintcar Champion Michael Keen

The final got off to a rough start as a number of cars came together on the front straight, with Jamie Landrigan and Mitchell Wormall initially involved, Landrigan rolling and landing on top of a hapless Rod Snellin as he went through, sending both Landrigan and Snellin into a series of flips.

All three drivers were unhurt, but only Wormall was able to restart after his crew made hasty repairs during the ensuing open red light stoppage, replacing the front end.

The race went under a complete restart and this time we got away without a drama, pole sitter Ben Ellement grabbing the early lead from fellow front row starter Jake Beard-Miller and Keen.

Keen put pressure on Beard-Miller and grabbed second on lap four, then set about chasing down Ellement, a task he achieved when he was on the back bumper by lap eight.

The two continued to battle, but Keen couldn’t find a way past Ellement who was still leading at half race distance, while behind them Steven Ford had moved into third place.

As the leading duo worked their way through lapped traffic, Keen was able to take advantage of the situation and grab the lead with eight laps remaining in the thirty lap race. From here he began to pull away from Ellement, with Ford still in third while Ben Van Ryt made his way into fourth as Beard-Miller retired infield.

Ellement had a moment as he touched a lapped car and had a half spin, but this just allowed Keen to get further away, and let Ford get right on Ellements tail.

Despite the pressure Ellement was able to hold on, but up front it made no difference as Keen went on to claim the State Title from Ellement, Ford, Van Ryt and Luch Monte.

Courtesy of his feature win, Michael Keen should also have done enough to win the 360 Sprintcar Power Series, with official dividends to be released later in the week.

This brings the 360 Sprintcar Power Series and season to a close, so a huge thankyou to all drivers, their crews and families and of course the officials for all their efforts this season.

Official Results

WA 360 Sprintcar Title Feature Race – 30 laps: 1. Michael Keen, 2. Ben Ellement, 3. Steven Ford, 4. Ben Van Ryt, 5. Luch Monte, 6. Rob Watson Jnr, 7. Terry Cutts, 8. Jason Priolo, 9. Aldo De Paoli, 10. Luke Hughes, 11. Mitchell Wormall, 12. Rob Mould, 13. Michael Gronow. DNF: Jake Beard-Miller (21), Ed Trutwin (10), Jamie Landrigan (0), Rod Snellin (0). DNS: David Hall, Fergie Donaldson, Phil Waters, Owen Ahchee. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 5.957. Fastest Lap: 13.754 Michael Keen.

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Jamie Veals Wins Round 2 of Triple Crown Series at Perth Motorplex

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

WORLD Series Sprintcars champion Jamie Veal continued his stellar season when he won the second round of the AHG Easy As 123 Triple Crown at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal: Unbelievable successes this season

The Victorian was hired to drive the WA-owned Monte Motorsport W17 for the event and he rewarded the team with a solid win from South Australian Luke Dillon and local ace Jamie Maiolo.

 

Veal set up the win in the 30-lap feature after he started from pole position on the back of being second overall in qualifying and fourth in his heat race.

He survived some advances in traffic at the business end of the race that proved to be one of attrition and brutal on some of the drivers chasing down a podium placing.

James Inglis was one of the first casualties, going over at the start of the race and being hit by Lee Redmond.

Mitchell Wormall was one of the first drivers to suffer from tyre failure when his left rear tyre expired on lap seven.

New WA champion Tim Van Ginneken was struggling in the W56 (W1) after he spun around early, and despite getting a restart from the rear, spun around again after having a damaged front right end.

Jason Kendrick was the big mover in the race, starting from P13 and had stormed his way up to second when the car let out a big puff of smoke and he quickly pulled up on the main straight with fire crews racing to the #11 machine.

Tim Van Gennekan

Victorian hotshoe and newly crowned WA State Champion Tim Van Gennekan

Jason Kendrick

Jason Kendrick ended up with a ball of fall under his WA11

Late in the race Daryl Clayden went over on the back straight but landed on his wheels on the infield.

With a huge number of rolling laps officials made the call to pause the race, allowing crews to top up fuel loads on the cars.

The track took its toll on left rear tyres late in the race on a handful of cars.

Dillon, driving the W53 Muir Motorsport entry, was very solid, after starting from P12 and claiming second.

Jamie Maiolo was also strong late to take third after starting from P9.

Jame Veal - Winner

A-Main Podium: L to R: 2nd Luke Dillon, Winner Jamie Veal, 3rd Jamie Maiolo

Cameron Gessner started and finished fourth while Jake Beard-Miller took fifth after started from P16.

Andrew Priolo claimed some credibility after starting from P23 and taking sixth, from Jason Pryde (from P15), Taylor Milling (from P20), Aldo De Paoli (from P17) and Scott Chatwin (from P22).

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal took over the Monte Motorsport WA17 and won Round 2 of the Triple Crown Mini-Series

Jason Kendrick

Jason Kendrick in action

Happy Racer: Jamie Veal has risen to the top of Australian Sprintcar Racing and is soon to start an aggressive American Campaign

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal with Crew Chief Kim "Buzzy" Buswell and Monte Motorsport/Milwaukee Tools Team Owner Luch Monte

Qualifying: Carl Dowling 13.150, Jamie Veal 13.292, Luke Dillon 13.412, David Priolo 14.435, Cameron Gessner 13.440, Jamie Maiolo 13.480, Jason Kendrick 13.484, Tim Van Ginneken 13.515, Bradley Maiolo 13.551, Lee Nash 13.565, Trent Pigdon 13.569, Daryl Clayden 13.606, Kye Scroop 13.659, Jake Beard-Miller 13.710, Ben Ellement 13.723, Mitchell Wormall 13.762, Andrew Priolo 13.762, Andrew Priolo 13.766, Jason Pryde 13.806, Taylor Milling 13.809, Aldo De Paoli 13.850, Scott Chatwin 14.011, Lee Redmond 14.032, James Inglis 14.094

Heat 1: 1st Trent Pigdon, 2nd Bradley Maiolo, 3rd Cameron Gessner, 4th Jason Kendrick, 5th Carl Dowling, 6th Kye Scroop, 7th Luke Dillon, 8th Ben Ellement, 9th Taylor Milling, 10th Andrew Priolo, DNF: James Inglis and Scott Chatwin.

Heat 2: 1st Tim Van Ginneken, 2nd Lee Nash, 3rd David Priolo, 4th Jamie Veal, 5th Daryl Clayden, 6th Jason Pryde, 7th Mitchell Wormall, 8th Jamie Maiolo, 9th Lee Redmond. DNF: Jake Beard-Miller, Aldo De Paoli.

Midpack 1: 1st Jamie Maiolo, 2nd Jason Kendrick, 3rd Kye Scroop, 4th Jason Pryde, 5th Aldo De Paoli, 6th James Inglis, 7th Lee Redmond. DNF: Andrew Priolo.

Midpack 2: 1st Daryl Clayden,2nd Luke Dillon, 3rd Ben Ellement, 4th Jake Beard-Miller, 5th Mitchell Wormall. DNF: Taylor Milling and Scott Chatwin.

Feature: 1st Jamie Veal, 2nd Luke Dillon, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th Cameron Gessner, 5th Jake Beard-Miller, 6th Andrew Priolo, 7th Jason Pryde, 8th Taylor Milling, 9th Aldo De Paoli, 10th Scott Chatwin. DNF: Lee Nash, Bradley Maiolo, Jason Kendrick, Trent Pigdon, Daryl Clayden, Carl Dowling, Tim Van Ginneken, Lee Redmond, Mitchell Wormall, Ben Ellement, David Priolo, James Inglis and Kye Scroop.

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Jamie Veal Seals The Deal at Valvoline Raceway

Words : Valvoline Raceway PR
All images: Gary Reid greid@pacific.net.au

It was appropriate really….Ultimately the best driver in the country would become the Ultimate Sprintcar Champion, and last Saturday night (16th April) at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway 26 year old Jamie Veal recorded his 16th main event success this season and in the process wrapped up the USC Chase Series.

Though he was only able to secure the point position late in the 35-lap Championship finale, it looked inevitable much earlier in the race as the #35 SWI Engineering Maxim methodically picked its way through the traffic from the original fifth row starting spot.

Veal would pinch the #1 spot in the dying laps from the speedy James Thompson in the #22 Stahlwille Tools QT Chassis to prevent the previous season’s track champion from scoring his second main event win this season.

Jamie Veal has had a simply outstanding season and in the process took the A-Main for the night and the overall USC Championship for 2016

It wasn’t an easy night for the WSS and Warrnambool Classic Champion as an exploding right rear tyre saw him miss the transfer and have to win a restart plagued B-Main.

Young Jackson Delamont began a late race charge to claim a potent third place finish in the Mad Harry’s Steel Maxim.

Jamie Veal

A Main podium: (l-r) Jackson Delamont (3rd), Jamie Veal (1st), James Thompson (2nd)

James McFadden began storming through the field from a deep starting position but a critical restart situation stole the momentum he had rolling and prevented what may have been a better finish than his eventual fourth place.

Robbie Farr controlled the feature for the majority in the #7 Hi-Tec Oils Cool but by his own admission the car was ‘free for most of the race’ and he was unable to hold on as the late race chargers stormed him – he would eventually finish 5th and claim second place in the USC overall.

Troy Little had perhaps his best night this season with a front row start and his share of the race lead in the Steve Lynch owned Pit Stop Autos entry before eventually finishing 7th.

Sam Walsh’s bogey corner at Valvoline Raceway appears to be turn one.

The #92 Rocket Industries Maxim inexplicably spun on it’s own whilst leading the main comfortably, causing Walsh and Dad John to ponder just what had caused his third spin in the same corner whilst leading in as many feature races.

Max Dumesny continued his superb run of top ten results with sixth place in the main event and a win in the USC NSW Championship in the process.

On the night that honoured his “Pa” (Steve) Jordyn Brazier was certainly racy and determinedly aiming at a possible podium finish on the Steve Brazier legend night but a big flip in turn three after contact with Grant Anderson unfortunately ended that.

Both Brazier Jr and Anderson were retirements from the race in that incident.

flag parade: Steve Brazier (front 58), Jordyn Brazier (58), Garry Brazier (21)

Flag parade: Steve Brazier (front 58), Jordyn Brazier (58), Garry Brazier (21)

A giant sized cushion in turn four and also in turn one claimed its share of cars with several right rear wheels packing full of clay and causing race-ending vibrations for their pilots.

Toby Bellbowen and Marcus Dumesny were two notable incidents.

Queensland teenager Lachlan McHugh was again impressive moving forward several positions in the main but an unfortunate flip in turn one after contact with Matt Dumesny ended the night on a disappointing note.

Lachlan McHugh

Queenslander Lachlan McHugh was impressive until contact with another car caused him to flip

Sydney teenager Daniel Sayre too looked rapid in the #28 Maxim but he too crashed spectacularly on the main straight in a separate incident whilst having earlier impressed with his first appearance in the Pole Shootout.

A big crowd reveled in the Grand Final nature of the USC Chase Finale with some truly courageous racing and some fearless competition combining for a fitting conclusion to the historic USC.

Fans stood in ovation as Jamie Veal climbed to the top wing of his fearsome #35 Maxim and claimed the USC title.

The season ended with Veal as USC Champion followed by Robbie Farr in second and James McFadden third overall.

USC Chase Championship podium: (l-r) Robbie Farr (2nd), Jamie Veal (1st), James McFadden (3rd)

USC Chase Championship podium: (l-r) Robbie Farr (2nd), Jamie Veal (1st), James McFadden (3rd)

Farr’s win in the USC Queensland and runner up in USC overall was indeed a great result for the gritty Sydney veteran.

Max Dumesny’s win in USC NSW was a fitting result for the legendary throttle stomper who has at least committed to the next season and an assessment of what happens after that in terms of his racing future.

Max Dumesny

Max Dumesny

VR Managing Director was delighted with the inaugural year of the USC.

“I think it’s exceeded our expectations on many levels,” says Green, “the car counts, the TV exposure, the fan support, the USC merchandise sales and the general excitement surrounding the USC in Victoria, Queensland and here in NSW has been incredible. We’re already working on next season.”

Midfield B Main: (l-r) Peter Bourke (79), Marcus Dumesny (47), Dion Bellman (72), Jay Waugh (99), Michael Jordan (34), Blake Skipper (24), Damien Hart (75), Mick Matchett (61)

Midfield B Main: (l-r) Peter Bourke (79), Marcus Dumesny (47), Dion Bellman (72), Jay Waugh (99), Michael Jordan (34), Blake Skipper (24), Damien Hart (75), Mick Matchett (61)

Thomas Jeffrey

Thomas Jeffrey (12) upends in front of Blake Skipper (24)

4-wide: (l-r) Troy Little (21), Jordyn Brazier (58), Robbie Farr (7), Sammy Walsh (92)

4-wide: (l-r) Troy Little (21), Jordyn Brazier (58), Robbie Farr (7), Sammy Walsh (92)

Sammy Walsh (92), Troy Little (20) Marcus Dumesny (47)

Sammy Walsh (92), Troy Little (20) Marcus Dumesny (47) early in A Main

Jack Lee

Jack Lee in action at Valvoline Raceway

Fireworks as Jamie Veal crosses the line to finish season 1 of the USC

Fireworks rocket into the night sky as Jamie Veal crosses the line to finish season 1 of the USC

 

Footnote: Words – Paul Griffin
And so with his spectacular victory in the USC Championship under his belt, Jamie Veal is heading from Valvoline Raceway to WA Perth Motorplex to complete in the 2nd Round of the Triple Crown Mini Series this Saturday night.

He will drive for Monte Motorsport in the #17 Milwaukee Tools Entry that American Kyle Hirst campaigned for Team Owner Luch Monte.

Despite the talent in the field, with his stunning performances this season and driving the cutting edge gear that Monte Motorsport dishes up, I feel that Jamie Veal is going to be very very hard to beat.

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