SPRINTCAR RESULTS: SYDNEY SPEEDWAY, MANJIMUP SPEEDWAY & BORDERLINE SPEEDWAY – 17th NOVEMBER

SYDNEY SPEEDWAY – NSW
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Matt Smith won his first Feature at Sydney Speedway in last Saturday’s second Club Show of the season. Smith ran the high line brilliantly all night and continued the same approach in the 30 lap A-Main, crossing the finish line the length of the straightway from a determined Ben Atkinson who had started towards the rear and yet another great drive from Roddy Bell Bowen who secured the final podium placing. It was a particularly good result for Roddy Bell Bowen as the Team had struggled with engine dramas earlier in the night and not accumulated as many qualifying points as they had hoped.
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Matt Smith (centre) won the Sprintcar A Main from Ben Atkinson (left) and Rod Bellbowen - Photo by Gary Reid

This is how Matt Smith drove all night - right up high - Photo By Gary Reid

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Matt Young in the Rocket Industries car gave it his all in the dying stages of the race, looking like he may just have a chance of slipping past Smith as the two weaved through lapped traffic, but coming into turn 4 with 3 laps to go overcooked it and spun – coming to a stop and bringing on the only yellow of the race. That was game over for Young. Despite being sent to the rear Young still battled hard in the last three laps and finished in a respectable 7th.
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Smith was jubilant after the win and proudly mounted the #74KC Tools/Stihl/Muswellbrook Nissan entry and saluted his achievement with a traditional wing dance.
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Matt Smith in hot laps - Photo by Gary Reid

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Heats were run over 10 laps and went to Toby Bell Bowen (x2), Roddy Bell Bowen, Dean Thomas, Matt Young and Ben Atkinson. In something of a controversy Max Johnston who had been circulating efficiently during the Feature and looking good for a podium finish was black flagged for a noise infringement and was excluded from the results.
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Jackson Delamont at the drivers' meeting - Photo by Gary Reid

Matt Young on the gas - Photo by Gary Reid

Steve Lynch also on the gas - Photo by Gary Reid

Wheelstands everywhere: (l-r) Tim Evans (26), Mark Attard (52), Toby Bellbowen (70), Blake Skipper (11) - Photo by Gary Reid

Danny Hogan at full noise - Photo by Gary Reid

Peter Bourke (89) and Roddy Bell Bowen (7) fight for position - Photo by Gary Reid

The crash crew responds to the 4-wide salute - Photo by Gary Reid

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The next Sprintcar meeting at Sydney Speedway is Saturday 24th Nov for the running of Round 3 of the track championship.
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MANJIMUP SPEEDWAY – WA
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West Australia’s big country track Manjimup played host to Round 2 of the MMS Civil 360 Sprintcar Power Series. Current Power Series leader Trent Pigdon was a no show, preferring to run his 410 at SA’s Mount Gambier.
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Young Rookie Cale Sotiroff was victorious in the A-Main over Luch Monte who decided to dust off his helmet after a racing hiatus and Ben Element.
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Victorious - Cale Sotiroff in W76 took out the MMS Civil Round 2 360 Power Series - Photo by Brayden Miller

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Monte top scored in qualifying and shot to the lead at the get go, showing Dean Terry and the rest of the field a clean pair of heals. Corey “Rib Cage” Gilpun had raced well all night but brought down the A-Main’s first stoppage after just 5 laps with a heavy dump and bring on the Red lights. Gilpun was uninjured but unable to continue.
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Ben Ellement was driving Matt Muir’s car after Muir wasn’t feeling 100% and his own car had a number of deteriorating mechanical problems. Ellement had started off the rear but as Gilpun crashed to earth he had blitzed through the rear of the field and was holding down 5th spot.
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The yellows were thrown after 14 laps with Jake Miller expiring with a mechanical gremlin. On the restart it was Monte, Dean Terry, Sotiroff and Ellement. Sotoriff’s car was coming on and he caught Terry napping on the restart into turn 1. Not to be left behind, Ben Element placed two feet on the gas pedal and slipped past Terry as well.
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Ben Ellement at full throttle in qualifying - Photo by Brayden Miller

Matt Muir ran his #53 early in the evening and handed the car over to Ben Ellement after the #44 car went off song - Photo by Brayden Miller

Sotiroff headed after leader Monte and got past with a handful of laps and a standing ovation from the crowd. It was vintage stuff from the young rookie to throw the gauntlet down to the experienced Monte – the last 4 laps being some of the best we have seen in the 360 Power Series.
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As the Chequer fell it was Sotiroff from Monte, Ellement, Terry, Dan Keen and Ian Woods.
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Luch Monte dusted off his helmet and finished 2nd for the night - Photo by Brayden Miller

Ian Woods driving for new Team Texanne Racing started the A-Main in a handy 4th place, and was circulating cleanly and efficiently and looked like picking up a podium placing. Sadly for Woods he slipped back to finish 6th as a result of a dicky shocker on the right rear.
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You could see the car was an absolute handful and laying right over on the right hand side from early on in the feature. It was a credit to Woods that he was able to circulate as quickly as he did with the ill handling car, thus salvaging something from the pointscore.
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Three rounds of Heats were conducted earlier in qualifying. Winners were Billy Stocks, Dean Terry, Luch Monte, Corey “Rib Cage” Gilpin, Cale Sotiroff and Ian Woods.
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Ian Woods - A picture of concentration in the Texanne Racing #WX2 - Photo by Brayden Miller

Daniel Keen let it rip - Photo by Brayden Miller

Ian Woods - Always impressive to watch, battled with the car in the A-Main with RR shockie dramas - Photo by Brayden Miller

Dean Terry in action- Photo by Brayden Miller

The next MMS Civil 360 Power Series is round 3 on December 8th at Perth Motorplex.
This Saturday in WA the open 410 Sprintcars head to Perth Motorplex for the running of the Blue Ribbon King of Wings event.
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Mount Gambier Speedway – SA
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Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway was the scene for Round 3 or the Eureka Garage’s SRA Sprintcar series last Saturday night as local driver Stephen Lines driving the Hall Haulage/Albany Bridgestone tyres WA #3 took victory by the narrowest of margins from Victoria’s Darren Mollenoyux in the Parr Motorsport #77 House Car. Adelaide’s Matt Egel came home to take the final podium spot.

Stephen Lines - Victorious and doing the WA-Based Brian Hall owned outfit proud - Pic by Corey Gibson Photograhy

Lines had everyone’s measure for most of the Feature race, but Mollenoyux had other ideas on the final lap. As Lines commenced his exit from turn 4 with the chequer in sight, he was momentarily baulked by a lapped car which is all Mollenoyux needed for the final shot at victory. It just wasn’t to be though with Lines crossing the flagstand a mere 0.12 seconds ahead of the thundering “Molly” in front of a frantic crowd. Matt Reed wasn’t far behind Egel to take a well-deserved 4th place.
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Johnny Vogels put his earlier bad luck in his heat behind him, qualifying from the B-Main and working up to 6th in the feature, only to spin and get sent to the back of the bus at the half-way point. Vogels earned the hard charger award finishing a gutsy 7th even after being sent to the rear !
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David Murcott had traded blows early in the A-Main with Mollenoyux but after light contact with “Molly” broke a suspension component and was forced to withdraw.

As has been the case in previous encounters, Stephen Lines (WA3) races hard with Darren Mollenoyox (V77) for P1 rights ! - Pic by Corey Gibson Photography

The Racing in the feature was elbows up and undoubtedly the best feature of the series so far, but getting to the A-Main proved a tad difficult with drawn-out incidents in both the B and C-Mains that saw those races declared early.

The C-Main was declared after just 5 laps after three race stoppages prolonged the event to a point that would dramatically affect the timing of the rest of the program. The top 4 transferring to the B-Main after the 5 laps were Bradley Warren, Kris Lacey, Eddie Lumbar, and Adam Sealy.
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The B-Main would see 6 Drivers transfer but like the C-Main getting fluent racing underway proved to be a major challenge with yet again r three incidents inspiring pauses in racing in just 5 laps. Time was not on the side of the Event and officials were forced to reluctantly declare the B-Main. Johnny Vogels and Ryan Davis had DNF’d in a prior heat and lost valuable points but had driven the pants off their respective rigs to bag a transfer spot. The transferees to tack onto the back of the A-Main were Trent Pigdon, Johnny Vogels (amazing drive), Wayne Rowett, Charles Hunter, Bradley Warren and Ryan Davis.
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Earlier in Qualifying heats went to Tim Van Ginneken, Stephen Lines, Dennis Jones, Michael Phillips, Jack Lee, Matthew Reed, Matt Egel and Darren Mollenoyux.
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SA's Matt Egel drove a gutsy race to come home in 3rd place

Darren Mollenoyox ready for action in the Parr Motorsport V77 House Car

MR SPEED - Matthew Reed finished in 4th place behind Matt Egel

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So after So after rounds the Top 6 in the Eureka series points chase are: Mollenoyux (1107), Brett Milburn (1064), Matthew Reed (1020), Domain Ramsay (975), Mike Van Bremen (953) and Johnny Vogels (911).
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Round 4 of the Eureka Series heads to Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway with over 60 cars nominated and Time Trials a key part of the massive program to set the heat race orders.
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