2012 Victorian 410 Sprintcar Title result stuns big crowd

Posted 12:20 am AEDT Monday 12th March

Words and Pics by Paul Griffin

In season 2012, Australian Sprintcar racing from a truly National perspective has produced some memorable moments and a heap of controversies.

We have seen truckloads of rainouts, dramatic crashes, dusty tracks, Drivers swapping Teams, Classic Victories, a plethora of visiting American Drivers and PA sound systems that would have been better turned off.

Well last night – in fact a little over 2 hours ago at the Victorian 410 Sprintcar Title, Avalon added to that “memorable list” as Robbie Farr in Q7 and Warrnambool’s Stephen Bell in V88 crossed the finish line in a dead heat.

Yep…..Avalon runs a state of the art transponder timing system that has an accuracy down to 3 decimal points —- that’s 1/1000 th of a second.

That minuscule resolution was still insufficient to separate Farr and Bell, with the system returning a 0.000 second separation between the two cars. Third home was 2012 WSS Champion James McFadden in the NQ25 entry and in doing so extended his advantage in the Essendon Ford Track Championship with one round remaining – the prize is a brand new Ford Fiesta. Fourth home was local speedster Johnny Vogels.

Dual Winners - Robbie Farr (Left) and Stephen Bell ran a dead heat in the Eureka Garages and Sheds Victorian 410 Sprintcar Title at Avalon.

View from Nick Speed's (Crew Chief Q7) push mule: Robbie Farr about to enter the Colleseum for Time Trials to decide the first 6 on the A- Main grid. Farr was to set quick time with 11.559 sec and so start on pole for the Victorian Title

This is a Quickie Report to bring you up with the latest before a detailed race report is posted on the traditional Torque Tube Media Tuesday timeslot.

The Title race was full of action, punctuated by 5 yellows and a closed red, but nobody really cared because of the fabulous battle up front between Robbie Farr and Stephen Bell. Farr was great through traffic and Bell was equal to the task stayed with him.

Jeff Drew and the boys had done a fantastic job preparing a tacky, completely dust-free track that presented multiple racing lines.

As lapped traffic came into play in the closing stages, Bell was lapping 2/10ths of a second quicker and closed in. On the last lap Farr exited turn 4 perfectly and intentionally drifted up track on the high side of a lapped car, while Bell elected to cut low in a last chance dive for the lead. As it turns out that move by Bell very nearly gave him the race as the Victory Lane V88 entry came off T4 like a slingshot.

Stephen Bell had a great car in the A-Main. It was like a slingshot off the turns

Bell crossed the finish line after the 30 lap duration hugging the pole line, while Farr was up 3/4 track. The two cars were impossible to separate electronically and the Victorian Sprintcar Title for 2012 has two names on the trophy !

A dramatic conclusion to an unbelievable race to say the least.

Click the following link to listen to the Victory speech from both Drivers. Because two Drivers “won”, the speech is twice as long as usual and goes for 7 minutes – perhaps you should make a coffee or a tea before you listen !

2012 Vic Sprintcar Title – Dead Heat Victory Speech

Tension mounts as the four-wide salute is carried out as a tribute to the large crowd

The first four cars were impounded in the scrutineering area immeditaely after the race

Avalon Raceway Promoter Jeff Drew was happy with the way the Eureka Garages and Sheds Title Event played out. Jeff was as surprised as any that the Bell and Farr cars crossed the finish line with nothing separating them - not even a cigarette paper !

Full report of the Victorian Sprintcar Title and more photos Tuesday 13th March.

PS : Check Out Torque Tube Media’s Victorian Title predictions at :

I have to say, without waving too many flags, we were pretty close ! We posted 5 photos in the article, 4 of those were the first 4 places and the fifth was Tim Rankin, last years winner. And we posted that Friday 9th – 3 days before the Title. Bit of luck maybe ??????????

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