Perth Motorplex Practice 18th Oct 2017

 

Images – Peter Roebuck
Aerial drone shot (Header) – Richard Hathaway
Words – Paul Griffin

 

Peter Roebuck rocked up to the Perth Motorplex Practice this week and caught these images of the LJM (Maiolo) Racing Team cars and the Wormall #79 car of Ross Chatwin.

The cars looked a treat and so they should !! – brand new livery to kick off the season, no war wounds or rock dents.

Check these images out and how awsome the cars looked at the brilliant Perth Motorplex.

If the practice session is anything to go by, the 2017/18 season is going to be mindblowing.

The new season cranks up in just one weeks time ….Oct~28 – not long to go.

So all you Sprintcar fans that have suffered withdrawal through the long winter hibernation …FEAR NOT….your Clayway fix is just around the corner at Australia’s Premier Speedway Venue – The Perth Motorplex at downtown Kwinana Beach WA.

As we understand it, there are plenty of surprises in store this year. The action is going to be red hot with a suite of brand new cars, some new faces and of course the old stalwarts as well!

You had better bring someone to hold on to !!!!

 

Brad Maiolo

Sticking with tradition Brad Maiolo (#77) has elected to go for white #77 on the top wing, white secondary body highlights and a white-on-red “MAIOLO” on the top wing leading edge – looks cool !!

Multiple AHG Series winner Jamie Maiolo has gone for A sky blue secondary colour and red on sky blue for the top wing leading edge

Multiple AHG Series winner Jamie Maiolo has gone for a sky blue secondary colour, a red-on-sky blue “MAIOLO”  for the top wing leading edge, and red #99 on the top wing – we love it !!

What a great shot of Brad Maiolo at full noise as he exits T$ at the Perth Motorplex and thunders down the main straight

What a great shot of Brad Maiolo at full noise as he exits T4 at the Perth Motorplex and thunders down the main straight

The track was in superb condition for the practice session - note the flat multi-when roller marks under the accelerating Jamie Maiolo car - SMMMOTH as a baby's bottom !

The track was in superb condition for the practice session – note the flat multi-wheel roller marks under the accelerating Jamie Maiolo car – SMOOTH as a baby’s bottom !

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As always ……The 2017/18 LJM Racing outfit is a stunning set up

Scott Chatwin and the immaculate #79 - The sleak bonnet line is very cool

Scott Chatwin and the immaculate #79 – The sleek bonnet line is very cool !!

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Scott Chatwin sets sail for the flagstand at the Perth Motorplex practice session this week. Scott was right up there on the lap time list.

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Gassing through turns 3-4, Scott Chatwin has the #79 Wormall Civil racecar beautifully balanced

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Quickie Post: Kaiden Manders Wins Opening Round of 360 Sprintcars at WA’s Ellenbrook Speedway

All Images – Peter Roebuck
Words – Paul Griffin

Peter Roebuck headed out to Ellenbrook last weekend to catch the opening round of the 360 Sprintcars at Ellenbrook Speedway.
Driver’s participating included:

9w A J Nash
12w Roy Leonard
20w Ryan Lancaster
30w Jamie Lancaster
42w Ben Butcher
48w Murray Iwanow
51w Jamie Oldfield
60w Kaiden Manders
63wTodd Davis
64w Paul Peet
89w Kye Scroop

Kaiden Manders was victorious on the night.

Kaiden Manders took out the A-Main

Kaiden Manders took out the A-Main

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Kendrick Racing Celebates the Restoration of the Car that Ron Krikke Drove to Victory in the 1993 Australian Sprintcar Title

All Images – Peter Roebuck

Words – Paul Griffin

Whiteman Park, 1/2 and hour north of Perth CBD was the scene for a recent special get together and unveiling of a very decorated Sprintcar in Australian Speedway Racing.

The car was none other than Kendrick Racing’s 1993 372ci Gambler driven by the irrepressible Ron Krikke and has undergone a magnificent reno-makeover.

Affectionately known as the “Bunbury Bullet”, Ron Krikke drove a stunning race in the Kendrick owned and prepared Gambler in 1993 to take Title victory over NSW’s Garry Brazier and local WA driver Mark Wells.

Over three and a half years a long hours brought the A1 Gambler back to its former glory

Over three and a half years a long hours brought the A1 Gambler back to its former glory

The Board Says it All !

The Board Says it All !

Well its taken over three and a half years of long painstaking hours for Roy Carter and  Sean Carren to bring this baby back to life.

…………And bring it back to life they did – right down to the finest of details.

The racecar thanks to Roy and Sean and a swag of helpers still is a magnificent example of the quality that WA turned out in the day. Much like recent years, WA has this uncanny ability and pool of dedicated experts to build wining racecars – racecars that are equal to the best in the world.

L to R: Roy Carter, Sean Carren, Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

L to R: Roy Carter, Sean Carren, Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

With a 372ci Aluminium Chev pulling 720 HP and a massive 680 ft.lb of torque, this little baby could take on the world and win. – ….and did !!!!!

It’s truly been a massive project and those associated with the car and the restoration spent a wonderful day at Whiteman park reminiscing, admiring and telling those Sprintcar tales we love to here.

Well done guys…take a bow.

She’s a ripper !!!!!!!!!!

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Winners are grinners !

Winners are grinners !

Ron Krikke hops in the driver's seat of the #A1 Kendrick Racing Gambler and relives the dream

Ron Krikke hops in the driver’s seat of the #A1 Kendrick Racing Gambler and relives the dream

Ron Krikke says a few words of thanks and deepest appreciation

Ron Krikke says a few words of thanks and deepest appreciation

Gavin Migro, Ron Krikke, Alan McCarthy, Con Migro and Jeff Leisk

Gavin Migro, Ron Krikke, Alan McCarthy, Con Migro and Jeff Leisk

Car and Team owner Geoff Kendrick with driver Ron Krikke

Car and Team owner Geoff Kendrick with driver Ron Krikke

L to R: Sean Carren, Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

L to R: Sean Carren, Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

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Ron Krikke despite 24 years on from the Australian Title victory looks as good as the restored racecar

L to R: Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

L to R: Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

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We’re Off and Racing Again !! – Grant Anderson Victorious at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway Opening Meeting for 2017

All images – Gary Reid  greid@pacific.net.au

Words – Wade Aunger – VRPR
 

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GRANT ANDERSON SCORES EMOTIONAL OPENING NIGHT USC NSW WIN

Grant Anderson’s timing couldn’t have been better last Saturday October 1st.

The Albury NSW second generation racer finally clinched his career first Valvoline Raceway main event success last night in the Brian Healey Gold Cup and in the process dedicated the milestone to a close family friend whose father had passed away suddenly the morning before.

“We have a really special friend and sponsor of our team who lost her Dad just yesterday,” Anderson explained on the podium, “he was always a big supporter of mine and I know that the whole family is really hurting right now. I really want to dedicate this win to Laurie.”

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Grant Anderson celebrates his inaugural and very popular A-Main victory at Valvoline Raceway Sydney

Anderson sped the #37 WASP/Bandag Latrobe Valley entry from the tenth row of the grid to run down and pass entire racer leader Daniel Sayre in dense lapped traffic.

“We got a great start,” breathed Anderson, “and we were able to do just pick our way through traffic and make the most of our opportunities. I can’t explain what it means to finally win here after so many years of trying.”

Teenager Sayre was gracious in defeat, still managing an optimistic smile and thanking sponsors and family for their support after nearly pulling off the win of his short career.

“It’s very encouraging for us to run like that, it gives me a lot of confidence that we can do something like this more often. It’s not easy but it shows me we can do it.”

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Daniel Sayre drove a great race to come second to Grant Anderson

Robbie Farr trailed the lead duo home in third place.

Grant Anderson (left) and Robbie Farr

Grant Anderson (left) and Robbie Farr do battle in the A-Main

“Congratulations to Ando and Daniel, they both did a great job,” said the defending USC champion, “we’ll take third place tonight and bank some points. I got a terrible start and really didn’t put us in a position to get the win, so we’ll take this podium tonight and move on. It’s a long season ahead.”

Former USC Champion Jamie Veal looked destined for a podium finish as a minimum but contact he between he and Shaun Dobson in turn three saw the #35 SWI Maxim spin to a stop and have to begin from the rear of the field at the restart.

Veal stomped back to an eventual seventh place in the laps that followed.

Queenslander Mitchell Gee rewarded his Titan Racing team with a strong top ten performance on season debut whilst West Aussie USC rookie Callum Williamson also got off to a positive start qualifying straight into his first VR main event.

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Mitchell Gee in turn 1, lap 1 of the A Main

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A Main podium: (l-r) Robbie Farr (3rd), Grant Anderson (1st), Daniel Sayre (2nd) and Healey family

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Grant Anderson shows his winning style on the Valvoline Raceway clay

Matt Geering (6) leads Max Dumesny (5)

Matt Geering (6) leads Max Dumesny (5)

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal was attempting to win his fourth consecutive season-opening Brian Healey Cup, but a mid-race spin saw him finish out of the placings

Peter O'Neill

Peter O’Neill was a non-starter in the A-Main despite looking good in Qualifying

Blake Skipper

Blake Skipper found the going tough and crossed the flagstand in P17 in the “Big Dance”

Jackson Delamont

Jackson Delamont had a night he would prefer to forget with a DNF in the A-Main

Max Dumesny

Max Dumesny stomps the throttle in the Valvoline backed V5

Albion Park Rail USC racer Steve Caunt had a bruising wreck in the B-Main where he all but totalled his ex Kasey Kahne entry and was briefly knocked unconscious in the rollover in turns one and two.

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Steve Caunt goes over in the B-Main and wrecked his ex-Kasey Kahne racer in the pocess

USC Sprintcar A-Main results:
1. Grant Anderson
2. Daniel Sayre
3. Robbie Farr
4. James Thompson
5. Matt Dumesny
6. Shaun Dobson
7. Jamie Veal
8. Mitchell Gee
9. Jordyn Brazier
10. Warren Ferguson
11. Alex Orr
12. Max Dumesny
13. Callum Williamson
14. Mick Saller
15. Matt Geering
16. Grant Tunks
17. Blake Skipper
18. Glen Sutherland
19. Guy Stanshall
20. Jessie Attard DNF
21. Troy Little DNF
22. Danny Reidy DNF
23. Ben Atkinson DNF
24. Jackson Delamont DNF

Grant Anderson is looking forward to his next USC outing at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway on Saturday 14th October, is pumped and attempting to go back to back.

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REPOST: 2017 WA Classic Speedway Showcase – Gloucester Park WA

All Images: Peter Roebuck

We’ve done a repost on this article as our good Mate and Speedway Guru Con Migro was able to help identify more of the cars and famous riders/drivers from yesteryear.

A big thank you Con !!

Our good mate and Speedway Lensman Virtuoso Peter Roebuck is great at staying out of trouble – That’s because he loves his Speedway, and at every opportunity he sniffs out a race or a special Speedway Event – It literally keeps him off the streets !!!!

On Saturday 13th August Peter went along to the stunning Gloucester Park Harness Racing Facility in West Perth WA.

Here Peter saw a different form of horsepower compared to what normally graces the venue – On display under the cover of the grandstand was a magnificent array of Speedway machines from yesteryear, ranging from bikes to TQ’s to Formula 500’s to Speedcars to tin tops to Supermodifieds and Sprintcars — All classes were all there, proudly on display in their livery from years gone by.

There was also a heap of former riders and drivers in attendance to swap stories and chat about the sport we love so much and where its roots came from in WA.

They were and still are Champions and showcasing their machines made a very special and memorable day.

Here’s some photos for you viewing pleasure – thanks Peter! ….and congrats mate on yet another award !! :

Peter Roebuck picked up this award for 5 decades for capturing the moment in Speedway

Peter Roebuck picked up this award for 5 decades for capturing the moment in Speedway

Peter has had a particularly good year when it comes to Photographic Awards - Here's his "Batcave" where he proudly displays his trophies

Peter has had a particularly good year when it comes to Photographic Awards – Here’s his “Batcave” where he proudly displays his trophies

Mike Figlliomini's Speedcar is graced with the presence of Frank Figs and daughter Georgia

Mike Figlliomini’s Speedcar is graced with the presence of Frank Figs and daughter Georgia

Veteran TQ/ F500 Racer Bill "Curly" Richards

Veteran TQ/ F500 Racer Bill “Curly” Richards

Former Solo great the "Mighty" Mick McKeon

Former Solo great the “Mighty” Mick McKeon

Multi sidecar Champ Dennis Nash

Multi sidecar Champ Dennis Nash

Former Racer George Jones with Geoff Stanton's Speedcar

Former Racer Bob Goddard with Geoff Stanton’s Speedcar

A big crowd attended the special showcase

A big crowd attended the special showcase

A big crowd flowed through the display all day

The crowd flowed through the display all day

The spectacular Dale Concrete Sprintcar (348 ci) with remote control clone model

The spectacular Dale Concrete Sprintcar (348 ci) with remote control clone model

Laurie Hardy's spectacular Monaro

Laurie Hardy’s spectacular Monaro

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Dennis Nash and Len Bowes

Dennis Nash and Len Bowes

1960's TQ's (Now called F500's)

1960’s TQ’s (Now called F500’s)

John Singleton's thumper Mustang

John Singleton’s thumper Mustang

Old World Solo Bikes

Old World Solo Bikes

Some more of the crowd and the #22 Noel "Tubby" McDonald's speedcar in the foreground

Some more of the crowd and the #22 Noel “Tubby” McDonald’s speedcar in the foreground

Multiple Australian Champ John Anderson and the #1 F500

Multiple Australian Champ John Anderson and the #1 F500

Bonza Bradford's #57 Sprintcar with Ray Geneve - notice the coli over front end

Bonza Bradford’s #57 Sprintcar with Ray Geneve – notice the coil-over front end

The great Charlie West sitting on Des Ferris's Offenhauser speedcar

The great Charlie West sitting on Des Ferris’s Offenhauser speedcar

Geoff Pilgrim and a flock of Speedcars

Geoff Pilgrim with his VW powered speedcar

Chum Taylor - 90 years old and still going strong !

Chum Taylor – 90 years old and still going strong !

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F500’s

Old time Supermod

Old time Supermod

Another Old time Supermod

Another couple of Old time Supermods – the one at back is a 6 cylinder with quite an impressive high rise manifiold

Brilliantly prepared speedcar for yesteryear - notice how safety in terms of roll cages has advanced

Brilliantly prepared speedcar from yesteryear – notice how safety in terms of roll cages has advanced

Another old time speedcar

Another old time speedcar

Beautifully restore Supermodified

Beautifully restored #26 Supermodified – driven by Scottie Robinson

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Peter Roebuck goes Rural and Non-Sprintcar at the Same Time !!

All Images : Peter Roebuck

Hi all,

Below is an amazing crash sequence compliments of Peter Roebuck.

Yes …… these things don’t have Wings, but Peter went rural again in WA and captured this stunning crash sequence of John Castagna in his #49 tin top and we thought it worthy to show all and sundry.

A great piece of photography and when John’s commodore finally came to rest on all four wheels, he was quick to escape the fury of the inferno.

Happily John was uninjured and through the course of the following week commenced building up a brand new replacement racecar – A Commodore of course!

Dedication or what !!!

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Kellerberrin Turns On Sprintcars – Sat 19th Aug

All Images : Peter Roebuck

Peter Roebuck took another hike out in WA’s Wheatbelt region and attended a Sprintcar Day meet at Kellerberrin Speedway.

Here’s some action shots for you.

The drivers are:

#48 Murray Iwanow
#79 Tom Hooper
#72 Dylan Sexton
#9 Darryl Borgas

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Peter Roebuck said it was a top meeting - Even the birds enjoyed it !!

Peter Roebuck said it was a top meeting – Even the birds enjoyed it !!

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2017 WA Classic Speedway Showcase – Gloucester Park WA

All Images: Peter Roebuck

Our good mate and Speedway Lensman Virtuoso Peter Roebuck is great at staying out of trouble – That’s because he loves his Speedway, and at every opportunity he sniffs out a race or a special Speedway Event – It literally keeps him off the streets !!!!

Last Sunday (13th August) Peter went along to the stunning Gloucester Park Harness Racing Facility in West Perth WA.

Here Peter saw a different form of horsepower compared to what normally graces the venue – On display under the cover of the grandstand was a magnificent array of Speedway machines from yesteryear, ranging from bikes to TQ’s to Formula 500’s to Speedcars to tin tops to Supermodifieds to Sprintcars — All classes were all there, proudly on display in their livery from years gone by.

There was also a heap of former riders and drivers in attendance to swap stories and chat about the sport we love so much and where its roots came from in WA.

They were and still are Champions and showcasing their machines made a very special and memorable day.

Here’s some photos for you viewing pleasure – thanks Peter! ….and congrats mate on yet another award !! :

Peter Roebuck picked up this award for 5 decades for capturing the moment in Speedway

Peter Roebuck picked up this award for 5 decades of capturing “The Moment” in Speedway

Peter has had a particularly good year when it comes to Photographic Awards - Here's his "Batcave" where he proudly displays his trophies

Peter has had a particularly good year when it comes to Photographic Awards – Here’s his “Batcave” where he proudly displays his trophies

Laurie Hardy's spectacular Monaro

Laurie Hardy’s spectacular Monaro

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Bob Goddard with Geoff Stanton's Speedcar

Geoff Stanton’s Speedcar

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John Anderson and the #1 F500

John Anderson and the magnificent #1 F500

Bonza Bradford's #57 Sprintcar with Ray Geneve - notice the coli over front end

Bonza Bradford’s #57 Sprintcar with Ray Geneve – notice the coil over front end !!

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Geoff Pilgrim and a flock of Speedcars

Geoff Pilgrim and a flock of Speedcars

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Mike Figlliomini's Speedcar is graced with the presence of Frank Figs and daughter Georgia

Mike Figlliomini’s Speedcar is graced with the presence of Frank “Figs” and daughter Georgia

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Wingless Sprints at WA’s Kellerberrin

All Images: Peter Roebuck

Peter Roebuck took a trip to Kellerberrin Speedway in WA’s Wheatbelt last weekend and caught up with some really competitive racing.

Kellerberrin is a great country track and is 3 hrs 15 mins east of Perth on the way to Kalgoorlie.

Current State Champion Tom Payet (#23) was victorious.

Other competitors were #3 Matt Iwanow, #5 Jeff Munrow, #17 Brad Taylor, #42 Mitchell White, #47 Cody Dobson, #96 Brad Fitzgerald.

Here’s some of Peter Roebuck’s actin shots:

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Shark Bay Speedway – Limited Sprintcar Far Westerns – July 8

All Images: Peter Roebuck
Words: Paul Griffin

Check out the pistons on top of the support posts !!

Check out the pistons on top of the support posts !!

Well you can’t keep a good man down!

After taking out Speedway Australia’s Photographer of The Year a few short weeks back and realising that the WA Sprintcar scene was in winter hibernation, Peter Roebuck just had to fulfil his lust for those things with wings.

Peter sniffed out that the 30th Annual Far Westerns were on for Limited Sprintcars last Saturday night at picturesque Shark Bay – nearly 1000 km away from where Peter lives !!

So what does a man do ??

The distance doesn’t phase Peter and he jumps in the car with all his camera gear (hidden mind you), telling his wife that they are going take a short break to visit the North Western aspects of WA and see the famous dolphins at Shark Bay……something she has always wanted to do.

Peter gets an early start on the Friday, makes the 1000km haul, arrives in Shark Bay and heads straight to the dolphins.

The dolphins are there in all their glory and his wife is very very happy !!

zz01And then with the dolphin business all done and out of the way, “Peter just happens to realisesomething ……that the next day there is a Sprintcar race in town – the Limited Sprintcar Far Westerns !!

BOY ! How lucky can you be – or perhaps it was engineered that way???

We think the latter !

Good call Peter !!  ………..  you cheeky bugger !

 

Current WA Limited Sprintcar Champion Brett Barndon ended up storming to victory with a few close shaves along the way.

…………and here are some of his shots from last Saturday at the tight little coastal bullring – Shark Bay Speedway!!!!

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Brett Barndon celebrates his victory with a donut

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WA1 Brett Barndon hikes the left front

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#26 Glen Dickinson spins as the then current WA Limited Sprintcar Champion Brett Barndon slips past

Robert Garraway (18) rubs wheels with Brendon Dickinson (44)

Robert Garraway (18) rubs wheels with Brendon Dickinson (44)

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Ross Atkinson (96) leads Brendon Dickinson (44)

Matt Davis #66 in action

Matt Davis #66 in action

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Brett Barndon heads for the wall

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Barndon ended up kissing the wall and avoided major damage

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Glen Dickinson (26) runs wheel to wheel with Brendon Dickinson (44)

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Tahni Doble (42) on the inside of Glen Dickinson (26)

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Tahni Doble (42) continues to apply pressure on the inside of Glen Dickinson (26)

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Ross Atkinson on the gas

Glen Dickinson (26) races with Mick Doble (40) and Robert Garraway (18)

Glen Dickinson (26) races with Mick Doble (40) and Robert Garraway (18)

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