Krikke Boys Shootout 2015 Results: Brooke Tatnell Steams to Popular Victory

Images (incl header) by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck

Former Australian Sprintcar Champion won the 2015 Krikke Boys Shootout at Bunbury’s Quit Speedway last night (Sunday 1st March) in front of some heavy duty opposition and a monster crowd.

Second across the line was Kerry Madsen and third was Robbie Farr. As always the Krikke Boys Shootout provided drama, thrills, spills and the usual dose of Sprintcar excitement.

Full article and awesome photos from Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck to follow…..

 

 

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Valvoline Raceway Results: Sam Walsh bags his 2nd A-Main this season

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

Sam Walsh recorded his second main event win for the season last weekend (21st Feb) as he accounted for a strong field in Round Seventeen of the Valvoline Raceway Sprintcar Track Championship.

Walsh sped his #92 Fleck Earthmoving entry around the highline with spectacular effectiveness despite the best efforts of Toby Bellbowen and Ben Atkinson to run him down.

Atkinson’s podium finish now puts him within 50 points of championship points leader James Thompson as the final four rounds remain.

“We need the points and we got the win,” smiled Sammy in victory lane, “the top was good and the bottom was good too but most of the lapped cars were down low so that made it easier for me to get around the outside. We kept the car pretty free going into the race because we knew that the traffic would be pretty dense and I think that was probably the difference in the end.”

Walsh led home Toby Bellbowen in second place, Ben Atkinson third, Danny Reidy fourth, Grant Tunks fifth, Troy Little sixth, Jeremy Cross seventh, Warren Ferguson eighth, Matt Dumesny ninth and Jordyn Brazier rounding out the top ten.

Podium: Sammy Walsh (centre) won the A Main from Toby Bellbowen (left) and Ben Atkinson

Danny Reidy initially sat on the pole for the 30 lap main event after blitzing through the Pole Shootout from the fourth row but Walsh grabbed the highline and sped away from any potential captors as the frontrunners worked significant heavy traffic.

Track Championship leader James Thompson had a half lose in turn two early in the race and by the time he’d recovered had lost several track positions where he struggled to come back into contention and was eventually lapped by the leaders before coming home in fifteenth.

Trevor Green brought the #11 home in eleventh ahead of Craig Brady twelfth, Jackson Delamont thirteenth (who had to come from the B-Main win) Max Dumesny fourteenth (in his spare car) James Thompson fifteenth, Mark Attard sixteenth, Adrian Maher seventeenth, Steve Rowell eighteenth, Mick Saller nineteenth, Matt Jackson twentieth, Craig Morrison twenty first, Jason Gebert twenty second and Lachlan Abbott placed twenty third.

The only DNF of the field was Blake Skipper.

The B-Main went to Jackson Delamont from Jordyn Brazier in second, Craig Morrison third and Steve Rowell picking up the final transfer position.

The most spectacular moment of the B Main was when Matt Thomas flipped heavily in turn one ending what had been a disappointing night all evening for the Penrith based budget racer.

Quick time for Network Industry Qualifying also went to Sammy Walsh.

Matt Thomas (45) goes for a wild ride in the B Main while Thomas Jeffrey (12) searches for a safe space

Top Shot ! - Ace Photographer Gary Reid catches the lap where Sammy Walsh sets quick time. Walsh went on to win the A Main

Jackson Delamont (48), Mick Matchett (88) and Ben Atkinson (2) in heat race action

Jordyn Brazier was second fastest in time trials

Clayton Hart (67) and Michael Jordan (34) run toe to toe

Toby Bellbowen (70) leads Ben Atkinson (2) and Danny Reidy (5) in the A Main

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Kerry Madsen Wins Final Round of 2014/15 World Series Sprintcars While Brooke Tatnell Takes His 9th WSS Championship Crown

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

KERRY Madsen won 30-lap World Series Sprintcars Grand Final in front of a strong crowd at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night from Ryan Farrell and Brooke Tatnell.

Madsen was never challenged in the main event as he dominated in the Keneric Racing #29 in front of his Perth-based team owners.

Kerry Madsen won the final WSS round at the Perth Motorplex

Tatnell’s third was enough to win the WSS championship (his 9th !) after his main rival David Murcott crashed out of the feature race late in the final.

Madsen started the night by qualifying 12th in the 31-car field before taking a pair of fourths in his heats.

He really hit his straps after qualifying in the Top 8 Dash, winning the Bronze, Silver and Gold Dashes to elevate himself to the front row.

Farrell put in a barnstorming drive after starting from 15th, methodically picking off the drivers in front of him to get himself onto the podium.

He did it the hard way after being forced to qualify from the B Main thanks to motor problems in qualifying that saw him 27th after time trials.

He managed to get some valuable points after winning both his heat races, albeit from the front.

Ryan Farrell would experience engine dramas after hot laps, transfer from the B-Main and storm through the quality WSS field to bag a podium 2nd place in the feature - RAW TALENT !

Tatnell qualified 11th at the start of the night and also had motor dramas but the Krikke team also put in a massive effort to get the W2 onto the third row of the grid for the final.

Brad Maiolo, who started from P14, lost valuable ground on the first corner, dropping back to last place.

Madsen only took four laps to get into lapped traffic and showed he was a class above his rivals.

The race went 12 laps before the field regrouped after Lee Nash spun on the back straight.

Murcott and Jason Kendrick had contact on the main straight with six laps remaining, forcing Kendrick out of the contest despite running in the top five.

Murcott was able to resume but is appears he suffered steering damage because moments later the A1 failed to turn at the end of the main straight and he ploughed into the fence – ending his chances of winning his maiden WSS crown.

On the final restart Farrell was third but pounced on Tatnell for second in a stirring drive from the Diamond Bay Motorsport pilot.

James McFadden, who started from P11, was fourth from Robbie Farr (P10), Cameron Gessner (P12), Kyle Hirst (P3), Steven Lines (P10), Shaun Bradford (P7), Matt Egel, David Priolo, Daniel Harding, Luke Dillon, Ryan Jones, Jamie Maiolo and Brad Maiolo.

Murcott and Kendrick were the only non-finishers in the main event.

Kerry Madsen (ctr) congratulates Brook Tatnell on his 9th WSS Championship as Ryan Farrell looks on

Final Round WSS Podium: 2nd Ryan Farrell, Winner Kerry Madsen, 3rd Brooke Tatnell

Brooke Tatnell and John Day

The Krikke Motorsport Team - On top of the world after taking out the 2014/15 WSS Championship

Happy Man : Brooke Tatnell holds the WSS Perpetual Trophy - his name is on it nine times !

Tatnell enjoys not only the victory spoils but some female company as well

There were heaps of displays at the Motorplex for the WSS final Round - Here an ex Steve Kinser Maxim sits proudly on the Plex Turf

Yesteryear Supermodifieds

Lacking Grunt: Brooke Tatnell did an engine change early in the program

The new Tatnell engine ready for transplanting

Peter Roebuck sniffed out where the WSS Perpetual trophy was hiding before qualifying

Robbie Farr (7), Taylor Milling (W25) and Ryan Lancaster (20) in heat action

Rolling around the Back Straight prior to heat action

Shaun Bradford enjoys a lighter moment

The final field prepares for The Green

The Krikke Motorsport Team - On top of the world after taking out the 2014/15 WSS Championship

Shaun Dobson unfortuanately wasn't in the WSS mix this time

David Murcott was leading the points going into the final round but hit the T1 wall in the A-Main and extinguished his chance to take his 1st WSS Championship

Taylor Milling with a Smoking Joe Motor in his qualifying run

Hyle Hirst sets Quick Time in the #17 Milwaulkee Tools/Monte Motorsport entry

Shaun Dobson leads Brooke Tatnell

The Big Crowd enjoyed the action

Daniel Keen gets into hot water

Brooke Tatnell keeps a close eye on the Big Screen

Robbie Farr leads Jamie Maiolo and Ryan Farrell

Steven Lines was unable to make any real impression on the front runners

Kerry Madsen won the final WSS Sprintcar race on the calender

Brooke Tatnell - 2014/15 WSS Champion

Qualifying:

Kyle Hirst 13.830, Jason Kendrick 13.837, David Murcott 13.840, Robbie Farr 13.877, David Priolo 13.981, Ryan Jones 13.993, Luke Dillon 13.999, James McFadden 14.004, Taylor Milling 14.022, Brad Maiolo 14.029, Brooke Tatnell 14.031, Kerry Madsen 14.043, Steven Lines 14.054, Shaun Bradford 14.075, Jamie Maiolo 14.098, Cameron Gessner 14.137, Shaun Dobson 14.156, Carl Dowling 14.182, Daniel Harding 14.230, Darren Jensen 14.238, Troy Lawson 14.322, Brent Aprile 14.366, Kye Scroop 14.389, Matt Egel 14.443, Daryl Clayden 14.448, Andrew Wright 14.512, Ryan Farrell 14.553, Lee Nash 14.637, Daniel Keen 14.957, Jason Boland 14.958, Jason Pryde 15.070.

Heat 1: 1st Daryl Clayden, 2nd Lee Nash, 3rd Daniel Harding, 4th Cameron Gessner, 5th Robbie Farr, 6th Steven Lines, 7th Kyle Hirst, 8th Luke Dillon, 9th Bradley Maiolo, 10th Brent Aprile, 11th Jason Pryde.

Heat 2: 1st Darren Jensen, 2nd Shaun Bradford, 3rd Andrew Wright, 4th James McFadden, 5th Brooke Tatnell, 6th Jason Kendricik, 7th Shaun Dobson, 8th Daniel Keen, 9th Kye Scroop, 10th David Priolo.

Heat 3: 1st 1st Ryan Farrell, 2nd Matt Egel, 3rd Jamie Maiolo 4th Kerry Madsen, 5th David Murcott, 6th Ryan Jones, 7th Troy Lawson, 8th Carl Dowling, 9th Jason Boland and 10th Taylor Milling.

Heat 4: 1st Lee Nash, 2nd Cameron Gessner, 3rd Bradley Maiolo 4th Shaun Bradford, 5th Andrew Wright, 6th Brent Aprile, 7th Jason Kendrick, 8th Darren Jensen, 9th James McFadden, 10th Jason Pryde DNF: Robbie Farr.

Heat 5: 1st Steven Lines, 2nd Daryl Clayden, 3rd Matt Egel, 4th Kerry Madsen, 5th Daniel Harding, 6th Luke Dillon, 7th Ryan Jones, 8th Kyle Hirst, 9th Carl Dowling. DNF: Jason Boland.

Heat 6: 1st Ryan Farrell, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Brooke Tatnell, 4th Kye Scroop, 5th Daniel Keen, 6th David Murcott, 7th Shaun Dobson, 8th David Priolo, 9th Troy Lawson, 10th Taylor Milling.

Final: 1st Kerry Madsen, 2nd Ryan Farrell, 3rd Brooke Tatnell, 4th James McFadden, 5th Robbie Farr, 6th Cameron Gesner, 7th Kyle Hirst, 8th Steven Lines, 9th Shaun Bradford, 10th Matt Egel, 11th David Priolo, 12th Daniel Harding, 13th Luke Dillon, 14th Ryan Jones, 15th Darren Jensen, 16th Lee Nash, 17th Jamie Maiolo, 18th Bradley Maiolo. DNF: David Murcott and Jason Kendrick.

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Brayden Miller Rockets to Victory in the 2015 WA Limited Sprintcar Title

Words by Paul Griffin
Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck and  Texanne Racing

Last Weekend (Sat 14 Feb) Brayden Miller came from the depths of motor racing adversity to rocket across the line and take honours in Western Australia’s Limited Sprintcar Title.

Held at Bunbury’s Quit Speedway, the Limited’s were supporting their bigger 410 Open brothers who were staging their National Title.

Miller drove an inspiring race and took the State Title making it two years in a row – Just like Dave Murcott in the Opens……the only difference was that Murcott started from pole while Brayden Miller started 2nd row off the rear !

It was a mind blowing performance by 19 year old Miller who in the qualifying lead-up hadn’t accumulated the points the Team was hoping for thanks to a DNF in his 2nd heat after a massive roll over.

Brayden Miller proudly retained his state Title in WA Limited Sprintcars

The wild ride going into turn 2 resulted in major damage to the car with a severely bent frame, destroyed front axle, “totalled” top wing and crushed front torsion bar tubes being just some of the more serious outcomes.

Brayden Miller takes a big tumble in his 2nd heat - His Title defence looked all but over at that point

After that ill fated heat, the car was towed back to the pits and the Texanne Racing outfit sponsored by Lee’s Transport/Western Fleet Services/Creative Elegance  went to work. The pace was frantic as the Team rushed to rebuild the car in an attempt to at least salvage a start in the Championship A-Main.

As the minutes ticked away, the dedicated crew managed to get the car back into some vague assemblence of a race car. It was a top effort as the car rolled to the staging area, albeit in a “Rough Diamond” configuration.

Miller was about to defend his title with a wildly bent frame, seized front suspension, no power steering, major panel damage, marginal brakes and the list goes on.

As Miller entered the clayway, his Team advised the young gun pilot “This is the best we can do with the old girl. It’s going to be a handful ….just drive it as best as you can. Find out where it sort of works and just stay there.”

And that is exactly what Miller did !

It was an ill handling dog of a car, but astonishingly, Miller started at the back, made the most of any vague opportunities and dialled in on where his beast would return the best lap times.

To his credit, Brayden chipped away and with a yellow displayed with just 6 laps remaining, he had incredibly worked himself into first place.

From that point Brayden simply cleared out and despite another yellow with 4 to go, he rocketed across the line a quarter of a lap ahead of Brad Cox and Gavin Davis.

A simply stunning performance and it really does remind us all once again of that old sporting adage…..never give up !

At the Victory presentations Miller was ecstatic with his victory and freely admitted that the charge through the field was one of his best drives of all time – especially with the injured car he had.

He thanked his Family, Crew and Sponsors including Lee’s Transport, Western Fleet Services and Creative Elegance Wedding Décor.

Miller expressed a personal tribute to Korey Lee from Lee’s Transport and underscored the fact that Korey was 100% behind the Team.

Miller went on the say “that racing and the fantastic results that the Team have enjoyed this season would not be possible without the awesome assistance from Lee’s Transport.

Well done Brayden “Highside Hammer” Miller !

Podium: L to R - 2nd Brad Cox, Winner Brayden Miller, 3rd Gavin Davis

Brayden Miller celebrates his stunning victory on the WA1 tailtank in front of an admiring and very vocal crowd

Brayden Miller and Father/Car Owner Mark are on top of the world moments after taking the 2015 WA Limited Sprintcar Title

Justin Bell kissed the dirt

Early action : Anthony Gaudio (43), Sam Miller (3), Gavin Davis (8)

Mick Doble (40) and Matthew Peaker (28) race wheel to wheel

Brayden Miller early in the evening

After his wild ride in his 2nd heat, Brayden Miller and Team amazingly rebuilt his car as best they could, slappped on a spare #2 wing and proceeded to demolish the opposition - the tailtank still bears the #1 which he was defending

Matthew Peaker gets into a spot of trouble

The following day and the Miller Team are busy stripping the car down to salvage what they can

That top wing was a write off

Miller hit the wall so hard in his heat rollover that it crushed the torsion bar tubes and rendered the front suspension inoperative

The front axle was cactus and changed before the A-Main

10 am the next day and the Brayden Miller Team have the WA1 car comepletely stripped - nice work !

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Australian Sprintcar Title Results 2015 – Dave Murcott Successfully Defends his Title

Dave Murcott drove a superb race to secure his 2nd Australian Sprintcar Title at Bunbury’s Quit Speedway last Sat 14th Feb. It was a dominating performance that has seen the Victorian racer win two National Titles in succession.

Murcott was pretty much in a league of his own and in the lead up to the Big Race also took out the preliminary night honours.

Dave Murcott signals two in a row for the camera

The 53rd Running of the SJ Crushing Australian Title saw Murcott start from pole alongside local Myalup Driver Brad Maiolo in very very cool conditions. It was an incredible effort from young Maiolo in the face of a stack of heavy hitters and interstate invaders.

The top 8 starting grid was:

  1. Dave Murcott
  2. Brad Maiolo
  3. Ryan Farrell
  4. Ian Madsen
  5. Robbie Farr
  6. Steven Lines
  7. Danny Reidy
  8. Jamie Veal

Darren Jensen and Daniel Pestka were the two reserves for the 40 lap A-Main and were delighted to get a start as Ian Loudoun and Callum Williamson tangled in turn 1 on the first lap and eliminated themselves from further competition.

Ian Loudoun in the Kenerick Racing #29 goes over in spectacular fashion before one lap is entered in the book

A second attempt to get the Championship underway was successful while Robbie Farr retired to the in field with mechanical dramas after just 6 laps.

Murcott was quick to shoot to the lead and Steven Lines in the W3 signalled he was serious moving into P3 from P6 after just 7 laps. Stalwart Trevor Green was another in field casualty and exited the #11 Natrad entry after 9 laps.

Farrell was looking threatening having displaced Brad Maiolo and set his sights on Murcott. The current Australian Champion just seemed to have Farrell’s measure when it counted, in fact as the lapped slowly ticked away Lines was determined to work to the front and mounted several challenges on Farrell’s P2.

With 13 laps down a pronounced cushion had developed into turns 3 and 4. Drivers were have difficulty with this and those that made better headway were steering away from the intimidating step.

Farrell continued to apply pressure on Murcott and was eating into the leader’s margin. pegging Murcott back slowly. Not to be outdone, Lines was going with Farrell and stayed in touch. At half race distance local driver Carl Dowling spun on turns 3/4 and brought on the yellows.

Underway again and not to be outdone Jamie Maiolo had come from deep in the pack to be P6 and former Australian Champion James McFadden had moved up 10 spots into P9.

Ian Madsen arrived on the scene within a lap of the Dowling restart and went wide on Farrell to take 2nd spot. The next time around Madsen snuck the nose of the #10 entry in front of Murcott, but Murcott was up to the challenge and took back what he had momentarily lost.

This signalled the start of a titanic battle between Murcott and Madsen, each Driver refusing to give in. Madsen was able to shoot to the lead but this was again short lived as with 14 to go Murcott snatched the lead back – all this while Steven Lines rounded up Ryan Farrell for 3rd. After Farrell was the fast finishing Jamie Veal, Cameron Gessner and James McFadden in 7th.

Then with 13 laps to go disaster struck as Shaun Bradford was attempting to limp off the track, Ian Madsen had nowhere to go and clipped the back of his car despite an almighty attempt at evasive action. Madsen spun around on turn 4 and stuck the boot into his rig to keep it going.

He was facing oncoming traffic as the #10 lifted into a massive static wheelie. The attempt to keep fire in the engine was a ripper but the big 410 succumbed and stalled out – what a bummer – Madsen was sent to the rear as a result !

On the restart Tatnell was slowly moving forward but still way off the lead group. Veal and Farrell engaged in a personal battle for 3rd with the two swapping places and Veal finally clearing out.

With 8 laps to go the placings were Murcott, Lines, Veal, Farrell, McFadden, Gessner, Tatnell and Daniel Pestka who had snuck under the radar from a rear start. Jamie Maiolo brought on the yellows with a spin at the exit of turn 2.

Gessner’s LH rear blew on the back straight with a couple of laps to go and he pulled in field.

Cameron Gessner blew a left rear tyre on the back straight in the dying stages of the 2015 Title

Local hero Jamie Maiolo over-cooks the W99 at Bunbury

Murcott kept his head down and despite extreme pressure from Steven Lines he crossed the line to the roar and cheers from the capacity crowd to take his 2nd Australian Title in a row.

 

Final placings:

  1. Dave Murcott
  2. Steven Lines
  3. Jamie Veal
  4. James McFadden

Dave Murcott parades the Aussie Flag on the final night - there was no need to change the A1 sticker on the car as he took the championship for another year

Veteran Max Dumesny started the A-Main out of P20 - just too far back to make any in-roads

Shaun Dobson the Bunbury surface

Long way from home - Queenslander Brent Aprile

Cameron Gessner was a fancied local

Ben Atkinson drove the Ex Sheldon Haudenschild Keens Motorsport #90 car

Trevor Green thumps his rig around the Bunbury clayway

Cameron Gessner in the W41 Cowara Motorsport entry

Luke Dillion in more trouble while Jason Kemdrick (92) does a wheelie to high tail it out of trouble

Daniel Keen went over earlier in the program

Dave Murcott - All Style

Trevor Green (11) and Brooke Tatnell (2) do battle

Callum Williamson did well to qualify withn the A-Main top 10

Jason Kendrick in action

Dave Mucott mashes the gas pedal and just lifts the front left

In field line-up before the A-Main

4-Wide salute

Safety Crews and Fire Marshalls are key to a successful meeting - Thanks for your support Guys !!!!!!

David Priolo (W8) races hard while his front wing has collapsed

Luke Dillion gets in a spin

Truckload of Trophys - Newly Crowned Aussie Champ Dave Murcott

2015 Australian Title Podium: L to R Steve Lines 2nd, Dave Murcott winner, Jamie Veal 3rd

Happy Man - Dave Murcott

New Australian Champ Dave Murcott celebrates his great vistory with a wing dance and Aussie Flag

Dave Murcott proved his worth in taking out A1 two years in a row

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

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David Murcott takes Round 10 World Series Sprintcars at Perth Motorplex

All images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
Words by Perth Motorplex/Darren O’Dea

AUSTRALIAN champion David Murcott claimed round 10 of ENZED World Series Sprintcars at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night (Feb 7) from Robbie Farr and Cameron Gessner.

The margin in the 30 lap final was just 0.679 of a second.

Murcott started from P3 and was running second towards the business end of the race before leader Jamie Veal blew a tyre and spun around in pits bend with six laps remaining.
Up until then Veal was driving a commanding race at the front of the pack and was eyeing off a podium finish on the Perth track.

Veal was quick and had signalled his intentions very early on, by claiming a 13.842 second lap to be the best in qualifying from David Murcott and Ryan Farrell.

Murcott’s win will no doubt give him plenty of confidence heading into the next round at Quit Bunbury Speedway next Wednesday night and his national title defence at the same venue later in the week.

David Murcott - All smiles after winning WSS RD10

Murcott set up a strong position in the feature race after being the second quickest qualifier in the Bronze Shootout, the quickest in the Silver Shootout and then third in the Gold Shootout to start on the second row.

Veal and Farr started on the front row after Veal was quickest in the Gold Shootout and demonstrated plenty of speed early on in the A Main.

The race was only a lap old when there was contact on the main straight between Daryl Clayden, Ian Madsen and Daniel Harding with only Harding getting a restart after an open-red light stop.

Only one lap into the A-Main and Ian Madsen (L), Daniel Harding (12) and Daryl Clayden get caught up

Californian Kyle Hirst pulled infield after just four laps with mechanical gremlins.

James McFadden was looking for something down low in the corners early on with some success.After starting from P13 he ultimately finished fifth behind Steven Lines who won the previous night in Albany and started from P7.

Local hotshot Shaun Bradford, who started from P8, withdrew and headed infield on lap 10.

Gessner was the big mover in the latter stages and after starting from P5 the Cowara Motorsport team can be proud of their podium finish.

Queenslander Brent Aprile also had a strong finish after a mixed night where he spun out in a heat race and then finished fifth in the B Main before showing plenty of pace in the A Main to finish sixth.

Brooke Tatnell (who was third in the B Main) finished seventh, ahead of Jamie Maiolo, Daniel Harding (who did well despite restarting the race with a damaged car and a missing side panel on his top wing), Jason Kendrick, Darren Jensen, Bradley Maiolo, Kye Scroop and Ryan Jones.

Madsen showed plenty of promise in the B Main, starting seventh and winning from Harding and Tatnell who both started on the front row.

It was a tough night for some of the local drivers including Ryan Farrell who rode a wheel and crashed out in a heat race and was unable to restart.

It was not Ryan Farrell's night - he rode a wheel in heats and went over and was not able to compete any further

Dissapointment for fancied local Ryan Farrell

Mark Wells was due to start on pole in the B Main but withdrew after his second heat race with a vibration in the motor and David Priolo was to start from P4 in the feature race but was also a no show in the main event after the car appeared to have diff problems in the shootouts.

WSS Round 10 Podium L to R: 2nd Robbie Farr, 1st David Murcott, 3rd Cameron Gessner

Perth Motorplex Speedway Manager Gavin Migro (R) with The General John Day

Fresh from a WSS victory at Albany, Stephen Lines watches and sizes up the opposition

Smooth Style: Current Australian Champion David Murcott

Matt Muir fired up the BBQ but forgot the sausages!

Ken Sartori rode out this wild one earlier in the program

Cameron Gessner leads Daniel Harding in heats

Rob Watson Junior had a great dual in their 2nd heat with former National Champ James McFadden

David Priolo down low on James McFadden

4-Wide salute

James McFadden feeling heat from Californian Kyle Hirst and Lee Nash

Travelling Queenslander Brent Aprile

Stephen Lines leading James McFadden

FULL RESULTS

Qualifying: Jamie Veal 13.842, David Murcott 13.878, Ryan Farrell 13.952, Jamie Maiolo 13.967, Jason Kendrick 13.975, David Priolo 14.015, James McFadden 14.033, Robbie Farr 14.043, Cameron Gessner 14.049, Ken Sartori 14.062, Steven Lines 14.121, Ryan Jones 14.156, Brooke Tatnell 14.183, Brad Maiolo 14.222, Daniel Harding 14.229, Robert Watson junior 14.239 Kyle Hirst 14.273, Mark Wells 14.316, Shaun Bradford 14.321, Kye Scroop 14.331, Brent Aprille 14.343, Ian Madsen 14.425, Jason Boland 14.477, Taylor Milling 14.519, Daniel Pestka 14.468, Daryl Clayden 14.558, Darren Jensen 14.565, Matt Muir 14.615, Lee Nash 14.674, Troy Lawson 14.695, Jason Pryde 14.718, Andrew Wright 14.765, Daniel Keen 15.033, Jacob Lucas 15.395

Heat 1: 1st Matt Egel, 2nd Taylor Milling, 3rd Shaun Bradford, 4th Jamie Veal, 5th Jamie Maiolo, 6th Ian Madsen, 7th James McFadden, 8th Brooke Tatnell, 9th Rob Watson junior, 10th Jason Pryde, 11th Jacob Lucas. DNF: Ken Sartori.

Heat 2:
1st Daryl Clayden, 2nd Lee Nash, 3rd Kye Scroop, 4th Robbie Farr, 5th Steven Lines, 6th Bradley Maiolo, 7th Daniel Pestka, 8th Kyle Hirst, 9th Jason Kendrick, 10th Dave Murcott, 11th Andrew Wright.

Heat 3: 1st Darren Jensen, 2nd Brent Aprile, 3rd Troy Lawson 4th Ryan Jones, 5th David Priolo, 6th Cameron Gessner, 7th Daniel Harding, 8th Mark Wells, 9th Daniel Keen. DNF: Jason Boland and Ryan Farrell.

Heat 4: 1st Daryl Clayden, 2nd Matt Egel, 3rd Ian Madsen, 4th Robbie Farr, 5th Dave Murcott, 6th Kye Scroop, 7th Jamie Maiolo, 8th Bradley Maiolo, 9th Robert Watson, 10th Jason Pryde.

Heat 5: 1st Jason Boland, 2nd Mark Wells, 3rd Shaun Bradford, 4th Taylor Milling, 5th Ryan Jones, 6th Brooke Tatnell, 7th David Priolo, 8th Jamie Veal, 9th Daniel Keen, 10th James McFadden, 11th Jacob Lucas. DNS: Troy Lawson.

Heat 6: 1st Darren Jensen, 2nd Kyle Hirst, 3rd Lee Nash, 4th Daniel Pestka, 5th Steven Lines, 6th Daniel Harding, 7th Cameron Gessner, 8th Jason Kendrick, 9th Brent Aprile, 10th Andrew Wright.

B Main: 1st Ian Madsen, 2nd Daniel Harding, 3rd Brooke Tatnell, 4th Bradley Maiolo, 5th Brent Aprile, 6th Kye Scroop, 7th Lee Nash, 8th Taylor Milling, 9th Daniel Keen, 10th Rob Watson junior, 11th Daniel Pestka, 12th Jason Pryde, 13th Andrew Wright, 14th Jason Boland. DNF: Matt Egel and Jacob Lucas.

A Main: 1st Dave Murcott, 2nd Robbie Farr, 3rd Cameron Gessner, 4th Steven Lines, 5th James McFadden, 6th Brent Aprile, 7th Brooke Tatnell, 8th Jamie Maiolo, 9th Daniel Harding, 10th Jason Kendrick, 11th Darren Jensen, 12th Bradley Maiolo, 13th Kye Scroop and 14th Ryan Jones. DNF: Jamie Veal, Shaun Bradford, Kyle Hirst, Daryl Clayden and Ian Madsen.

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Ben Atkinson Steals Victory on last lap at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway – 7th Feb

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

Ben Atkinson pickpocketed one of the best main events in Valvoline Raceway history last Saturday night (7th Feb) to score victory in the 30 lap Sprintcar A-Main In doing so he narrowly denied James Thompson his career-first feature success.

Thompson led the greater majority of the main event (except for sporadic occasions when Sam Walsh relieved him of the point position) but Atkinson lurked with intent around the leaders and pounced coming off turn four with the chequers in sight.

“I snoozed on the last corner,” conceded an obviously deflated Thompson, “Ben’s a top caliber driver and he made me pay. You can’t afford to ever give up the intensity at this place but it can bite you, like it did with me just then.”

Some consolation for track championship leading Thompson is that he earned more prize money than the winner with the lap-leader sponsorships in place for tonight’s racing.

Atkinson was jubilant in victory regardless.

Ben Atkinson won the A Main in spectacular style

“I’m so glad I can give my team this moment,” he grinned, “I’ve made plenty of mistakes this season that cost us a chance to win races like this but tonight we were able to transfer straight into the A-Main and be close enough to snare a win when the chance came up. That had to be a great race from where I was sitting and I hope that the fans enjoyed it.”

It’s unlikely that they didn’t.

Thompson and Walsh ran side by side for most of the race with Walsh on the cushion and Thompson the low line as they sliced through lapped traffic and somehow came out unscathed.

“It’s amazing how many times James and I seem to race for the lead like we did tonight,” admitted Walsh, “I think that race really was mine to win tonight but I think I made a few too many mistakes. We’ll take the week off next week (Sprintcars aren’t programmed) and come back fresh in a fortnight and take another shot at it.”

Max Dumesny motored up to fourth place in the V5 whilst Jackson Delamont put in a strong drive also to round out the top five ahead of Danny Reidy in sixth, Marty Perovich seventh, Jordyn Brazier eighth, Grant Tunks in ninth and Toby Bellbowen rounding out the top ten after coming from the B-Main (win) transfer.

Max Dumesny (5V) battles with Danny Reidy

Eleventh home was the ever improving Kyle Caunt over Matt Dumesny in twelfth, Warren Ferguson thirteenth, Jimmy Matchett fourteenth, Steve Rowell fifteenth, Craig Brady sixteenth, Peter Gordon seventeenth, Matt Jackson eighteenth, Mick Saller nineteenth and Kelly Linigen twentieth.

Glen Saville placed 21st over Jeff Lawler 22nd and Alex Orr 23rd.
The race’s only DNF was Paul Jeffrey.

A Main podium (l-r): James Thompson (2nd), Ben Atkinson (1st), Sammy Walsh (3rd)

Toby Bellbowen won the B-Main from fellow transferees Kyle Caunt, Alex Orr (who drove brilliantly) and Gold Coaster Steve Rowell.
Sebastian Johnston won the C-Main over fellow transferee Blake Skipper.

Kyle Caunt put in another strong performance

Network Industry Quick Time saw James Thompson claim the fastest lap in his Stahlwille #22 QT Chassis whilst he also claimed the Pole Shootout later in the night.

James Thompson leads Adrian Maher in heat race action

Fantastic shot from Gary Reid - unusual light, unusual angle, unusual passenger, unusual driver ...... Max Dumesny takes Michaela Dumesny for a ride in the 2-seater. Ohhh what a feeling !

Trevor Green in time trials

Ben Atkinson (2) drives around Steve Rowell (60) and Alex Orr (43)

Jordyn Brazier (21), Danny Reidy (5) and Marty Perovich (17) go three wide through turn 1

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Danny Reidy takes Victory in last January meeting at Sydney Speedway

All images compliments of Gary Reid - greid@pacific.net.au
Words by Valvoline Raceway Media

Alice Springs born Queensland based Danny Reidy claimed his first Sydney Sprintcar A-Main success in front of a huge crowd at Valvoline Raceway on Jan 31st.

Reidy sped his #5 Desert Palms Resort Maxim to victory in the 30 lap A-Main from his pole position starting point to lead home second placed Sam Walsh and James Thompson in third.

“It was a bit of a lonely race out there in front,” grinned the charismatic racer, “but then Sammy gave me a bit of a scare in the last two laps and I had to be really careful not to give it all away. I didn’t like having to run the bottom the whole race because I usually like to use all the track but I wasn’t sure where else was the best place to be.”

Reidy paid tribute to his crew and his proud Mum Angie.

“I gotta say thanks to the old girl,” he smiled, “she’s the reason that all this happens and she’s supported from me right from the start. I owe a huge thanks to my crew chief Doug Rankin and also Adam Wray for giving me a great car tonight.”

A proud Danny Reidy on the victory dias

Sam Walsh lamented his second place finish.

“Looking back on it I probably should have gone to the top on Danny a bit earlier but the bottom line seemed to still be so good and I was tossing up whether it was too much of a gamble to try the highline. In the end when I realized that we were into the last two laps I had to give it a go. I probably should have done it earlier.”

Considering he had motor issues earlier in the night James Thompson’s third place finish was a satisfying result.

“We’re pretty fortunate to be up here really,” he explained, “it’s good that we can grab some points towards our track championship lead and we can come back next week with that in mind.”

Max Dumesny was racy towards the end to claim fourth place ahead of Trevor Green in fifth, Jackson Delamont sixth, Grant Anderson seventh, Max Johnston eighth, Warren Ferguson ninth and Kyle Caunt put in a very impressive drive to round out the top ten.

Ben Atkinson came from the B-Main (which he won) to finish eleventh ahead of Craig Brady (12th) Troy Little (13th) Marty Perovich (14th) Peter Gordon (15th) Grant Tunks (16th) Blake Skipper (17th) Kelly Linigen (18th) and Alex Orr rounding out the field in 19th.

DNF’s were Jimmy Matchett (mechanical) Toby Bellbowen (crash damage) Glen Saville (mechanical) Steve Rowell (crash damage) and Matt Dumesny (rollover).

Earlier in the night Ben Atkinson claimed the Network Industry Quick Time award and heat race wins went to Jimmy Matchett, Sam Walsh, Danny Reidy and Peter Gordon.

Danny Reidy also claimed the Pole Shootout.

Mick Saller won the C-Main from fellow transferee Matt Jackson whilst the B-Main victory went to Ben Atkinson over Warren Ferguson, Blake Skipper (in an inspired drive) and Steve Rowell also making the A-Main transfer.

Grant Anderson (37), Max Johnston (38) and Seb Johnston (80) in the flag parade

Sammy Walsh (92) got very close to Danny Reidy (5) at the finish

Danny Reidy with 5 laps to go

Jimmy Matchett (88) finds some grip in front of Peter Gordon (14)

Top Shot by Gary Reid: Matt Dumesny's A Main only lasted one corner

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Danny Reidy wins first A-Main at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

Image by Gary Reid - greid@pacific.net.au
Words – Paul Griffin

Boy oh Boy, how wrong can you be !

We thought Danny Reidy was simply no longer “In The Mix” for any National A-Main anymore……….but his recent form at The Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic telegraphed that could possibly be wrong.

Indeed that proved to be the case as Danny “White Boots” Reidy  drove his #5 Desert Palms Resort Maxim to victory in the 30 lap A-Main last Saturday Night (31st Jan).

Behind Reidy was second placed Sam Walsh and BIG James Thompson.

Pretty special Drive Danny ………….no wonder the smile 6 foot wide !

Full report to follow in the next day.

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The Lucas Oil 2015 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic – short iPhone Videos

We have had numerous requests for video images of the 2015 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic from people interstate that could not attend.

While our total focus is getting the story of the night and relevant still images to you, we did take some very short iPhone videos. Here they are.

CAUTION: Make sure you have a good data plan on your phone or at home before opening, as these files are sizable. They range from 33MB to 66MB

 

The files will take a minute or so to buffer before they play. The first one is an absolute MUST SEE ! (43MB)

 

Classic 2015 Kyle Hirst – Donut Celebration

Classic 2015 – Final Night A-Main 4 Wide salute

Classic 2015 – Curators get the track back on Night 3

Classic 2015 – More track work after the rain on Night 3

Classic 2015 Night 2 4-Wide

Classic 2015 – First lap of Night 2 A-main

Night 2 Crowd Lights

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