As the American World of Outlaw season draws to a conclusion, the Aussie Sprintcar scene is just starting to warm up. Donny Schatz leads the WoO series with just three races remaining. All three events will be held at the Charlotte Dirt Track (1st, 2nd and 3rd Nov) in the series Grand Final. Craig Dollansky is 176 points in arrears of Schatz, while veteran Sammy Swindell is a further 39 points back.
Meanwhile back in Australia the Perth Motorplex dusted off the cobwebs and hosted the first Fast Friday of the season (12th Oct) with 320’s, Limiteds, 360’s and 410’s all making an appearance. Most top teams used the Fast Friday session as a shakedown for the start of the Super Speedway calendar next Saturday 20th October. Motorplex Lensman Peter Roebuck was in attendance and shares the following actions shots with us.
Sydney Speedway commenced its first Sprintcar meeting of the year on Saturday night (13th Oct). Drivers were anxious to get some racing laps under their belt after the recent practice session last week was rained out. It was a fantastic opener with drivers picking up where they left off last year with some really close and spectacular racing.
Mitch Dumesny paraded his new Maxim for season 2010/13 starting out of P6 in the A-Main and executed a perfect drive to bag gold after 30 laps. Second across the line was polesitter Ian Madsen and Gary Brazier filled the final podium spot.
Allan Woods debuting and all new, some say revolutionary, QT Chassis could only manage a 13th finish in the 24 car field. Thirty-eight cars nominated for the meeting.
The B-Main was taken out by Jackson Delamont. Also transferring into the A feature were Matt Young, Matt Smith and Daniel Needham. Heat wins went to Warren Ferguson, Gary Brazier, Ben Atkinson, Ian Madsen, Troy Little, Mitchell Dumesny, Grant Tunks and James Thompson.
Gary Reid was there in amongst the action and took these great action shots.
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Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway ran the 2nd round of the KRE Race Engines Series on Saturday night. In a compelling A Feature, local racer Andrew Scheuerle took victory from a fast finishing Danny Reidy with NSW’s Jeremy Cross further back in 3rd.
Kevin Titman set quick time earlier in the evening with a blistering 11.413 sec. Danny Reidy posted one of his better times at Archerfield with an 11.575 sec …. that signalled that he might just be in the zone come “Cookie Time”.
In the A-Main however, Reidy probably cost himself a victory by drifting back early in the event with a car set up that was a long way from dialling in. Once it did dial in, he was a rocket ship but ran out of laps and Scheuerle held on for a popular victory.
Heat races went to Paul “V8 Supercar” Morris (x2), Dan Murray (x2), David Muir, and Ben Hilder. Heat 4 was a torrid affair with a major accident and many aborted attempts to get it underway. Initially Tim Garret and Melissa Boyes shared the front row. After one aborted attempt to get underway they lined up for a restart.
Boyes ran the high line and Garret lower down. Contact between these cars sent Boyes hard into the turn 2 concrete wall – her car taking a massive hit to the top of the roll cage near the wing mounts. The crowd was in complete silence as Boyes emerged from the wreck very much shaken but OK.
The B-Main was won by Paul Morris from Steven Johnson, Ben Hilder and Adrian O’Connell. It was incredible that paul Morris had won both his heats, yet still had to start out of the B-main. The culprit was a mechanical issue during qualifying.
Round 3 of the KRE Race Engines Series continues on Saturday 27th Oct.
Well it looked mighty like the Weather Gods were going to put a hold on plans to run the Avalon Raceway Sprintcar Jackpot Invitational last Saturday 13th Oct but through a bit of luck and a lot of persistence the meeting was successfully delivered. Consistent rain after 3pm really did make the chances of getting this one in very very remote. The irony was that last year’s race and the year before that suffered a rainout – and for 2012, the writing seemed to be on the wall.
In the end David Murcott took victory on a wet track that to be fair was very difficult to get a pass on. Second home was Robbie Farr from Stephen Lines. Farr had secured pole position from Murcott and elected to start on the outside. Farr got the jump but during the race was baulked by lapped traffic and surrendered his lead to the pouncing Murcott. From that point, Murcott went to the bottom and defended his position and holding on to take the chequers.
The Sprintcar Jackpot Invitational is a format like nothing else in the country. There are no heats in the pure sense of the word. The night consists of two x 25 lap Qualifying Features, a Non-Qualifiers Feature, a Heat Semi-final, a Dash time trial for the top 12 and then the A-Main. It’s all very different and to qualify for attending the event, you must have won a Heat or Main Event during the previous season at Avalon or be so good that you are on the Invite list because of your driving prowess.
The first Qualifying Feature (QF) was won by Peter Milnes. The second QF was taken out by Kris Lacey – the big mover was Stephen Lines who started out of P14 and came home in 4th. The non-Qualifying Feature went to Jack Lee, while Peter Milnes triumphed in the Heat Semi-Final and Robbie Farr secured pole position in the feature by being quickest in the Dash Time Trials.
Hard luck story of the night went to Poor old Stephen Bell (V88) who rode Ron Dalton’s right rear early in the evening during the 1st Qualifying Feature and took a wild ride coming to rest on the back straight. Unfortunately for Bell despite coming to rest, James McFadden running at full noise cannoned into the Victory Lane mount inflicting a second amount of damage. That was Bellie’s night done and dusted.
But having said that, young SA gun Daniel Pestka also had some pretty tough luck. Pestka has signed up for World Series Sprintcars this year as a contracted Driver and regrettably trashed his new frame on its Avalon outing. Check out the following photo.
Avalon continues its wild Sprintcar season with an SRA round on November 10th.