Spectators were treated a big weekend of Sprintcar Racing with WA’s Collie Speedway running Round One of the BATTERY ALL TYPES Southern Thunder Sprintcar Series, Sydney Speedway hosting Round Two of their Track Championship and Geelong’s Avalon Raceway staging Round Two of the Eureka Sprintcar Series.
Ryan Farrell completely dominated the racing at Collie Saturday night, taking the A-Main in in his typical swashbuckling style. Farrell started from pole after coming 3rd in his heats and winning the A-Dash. His 3rd placing in the 2nd Heat was however revised to a 5th after Stewards deemed Farrell to have passed on the in-field.
Cameron Gessner joined Farrell on the front row after he took the B-Dash in fine style and behind them were Brad Maiolo and Ben Ellement.
Farrell drove a spellbinding race in pretty much a class of his own. Backed by Russell Hall’s Bunbury Auto Group and crewed by Sprintcar Gurus Steve Stathy and Brand Passmore, Farrell was quick, slippery and calculating. He was the only driver in the 30 lap final circulating in the 13 second barrier with most other drivers falling into the low 14 second bracket.
Farrell crossed the line a convincing winner with Gessner trying hard in 2nd and Mark Wells picking up the final podium spot. Wells secured third place after slipping past an impressive Brad Maiolo and Ben Element with only a handful of laps remaining.
After the race Farrell paid tribute to his sponsors and crew and then simply said “I’m Back – LOOK OUT !”
We believe he definitely has a point here. The Team in which he now resides has many common elements to that of the Team back in the early 2000’s where no one had an answer for his “full-on” driving style. “LOOK OUT” indeed. WA Sprintcar racing is in for one helluva season !
Jason Kendrick won the Hard Charger award storming home in 6th place after qualifying poorly and coming from the rear.
Jamie Maiolo dominated the heats taking 2 wins from 2 starts, while Robert Watson Jnr and Geraldton’s Mark Wells were successful in the other heats.
The Southern Thunder Series has grown in stature and now boast a widespread reputation as a fiercely competitive country West Australian Series with a difference. The second round is slated for Bunbury Speedway on 1st December.
Gary Brazier signalled also that he is in for a great season by taking victory at Sydney Speedway’s Round Two Track Championship.
The pole sitter was young gun Toby Bell Bowen – it was a brilliant effort for Bell Bowen and showed that he is not far away from a major victory. But it was Gary Brazier who stormed home in a whirlwind performance after starting out of P10. After just nine laps Brazier had cut himself through heavy traffic and punched the Rocket Industries N21 into the lead. From that point Brazier simply pushed forward in a Sprintcar Clinic with little or no resistance.
Victoria’s Jamie Veal came on towards the end and crossed the line a well-deserved 2nd, ahead of Clayton Hart who looked spectacular up on the high line close to the fence. Bell Bowen raced with determined spirit to take 4th while NSW’s Jeremy Cross and Ian Madsen completed the top 6.
On a sad note, Mitch Dumesny took a big tumble during the racing at Sydney Speedway and has injured his back (T4 fracture). See Facebook screen capture below. We wish Mitch a full and speedy recovery.
On the subject of well wishes, our thoughts and prayers not only go out to Mitch and his Family, but also to WA Wingless Sprintcar Ben Migro was hurt in a crash Saturday night at the Collie Speedway in WA’s South.
Ben was taken to Collie Hospital then transferred to Bunbury Regional Hospital. He has suspected neck and back injuries and awaits the results of an MRI Scan to determine the extent of his injuries if any.
Hopefully Ben’s suspected injuries are not serious. Take care Ben ……… and like Mitch, Torque Tube Media and all its readers wish you a full and speedy recovery.
The Thundering Sprintcars return to Sydney Speedway next Saturday for the 2nd Club Show of the season. In fact it’s raining Sprintcars at Sydney with the next three Saturdays all booked with the premier division.
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Mount Gambier’s’ Stephen Lines driving the Brian Hall owned Halls Haulage/Albany Bridgestone Tyres entry won an epic A-Main at Avalon Raceway on Saturday night. It was the 2nd Round of the Eureka Sprintcar Series and a massive count of 55 cars fronted for hostilities. This resulted in a race format that comprised ten qualifying heats, a C, B and A-Mains. Drivers qualifying 41 through to 50 couldn’t make the C-Main and were forced to have an early night.
The top 12 drivers from Qualifying advanced straight to the A-Main while 6 other hopefuls would advance from the B-Main and tack onto the rear of the main event.
In that main event Stephen Lines started from pole position next to Darren Mollenoyux. The second row was Stephen Bell and Brett Milburn. After the journey Lines crossed the flagstand ahead of defending Eureka Series Champion Darren Mollenoyux and Brett Milburn.
Lines was brilliant through heavy traffic and gave Mollenoyux no chance to the get to the lead on the various yellow flag restarts. David Murcott made the haul to Avalon and started out of P7 but was never really in the final mix.
Matthew Reed continued his fast form from Heartland last weekend by starting on the last row and charging through to finish in 7th place.
Heat wins went to Carl Ludeman, Jamie Stark, young lady racer Kristy Ellis, Kris Lacey, Brett Milburn, Domain Ramsay, Steve Caunt, Darren Mollenoyux, Dave Murcott and Stephen Lines.
The C-Main went non-stop and was won by Wayne Rowett from SA. The other three transfer spots to the B-Main were WA’s Taylor Milling, and local racers Johnny Vogels (last week’s Heartland Feature Winner) and Chris Solomon.
The B-Main included some pretty big names like Matthew Reed, Glen Sutherland, Mike Van Bremen, Nick Lacey and Quentin Tanner. Nick Lacey was victorious followed by Charles Hunter, Mike Van Bremen, Matthew Reed and the final and 6th transferee spot going to Brad “Wazza” Warren.
Mollenoyux’s 2nd place was enough to lift him to first place in the points score after 2 rounds. Molly sits on 711 points with Brett Milburn (710), Mike Van Bremman (659), Domain Ramsay (648), Matthew Reed (644) and Johhny Vogels (599) rounding out the top 6.
Next week the Eureka Series heads to the picturesque Mount Gambier Speedway for the running of round 3.