Well the lead up to Christmas saw Australian Sprintcar racing taper off a touch, but the arrival of Boxing Day saw a stack of race tracks turn it on for fans.
Avalon held Round 7 of the Eureka SRA Series, Archerfield Speedway in Brisbane ran Round 6 of the KRE Race Engines Track Championship, Bunbury Speedway in WA opened their gates for the all-important Open WA Sprintcar Title, Perth Motorplex threw in a meeting of 360 Sprintcars, Speedway City in Adelaide fired the first World Series Sprintcars shot (Round 1), Carrrick Speedway held a local club show and Sydney Speedway celebrated 1000 meetings with their Round 1 of local Speedweek.
Here’s a quick wrap on the racing.
AVALON – VIC
After starting from the second row in P3, David Murcott driving the Q83 car held off Darren Hickman (V40) and David Anderson (V37) to take victory in Round 7 of the Eureka Garages SRA Round 7. Coming home in 4th place was “Mr Speed” Matthew Reed (V92). A good sized crowd watched Murcott weave his usual Avalon magic, running low at times and keeping traffic as a friendly buffer to those behind him. It was a great drive from Hickman who ran consistently in qualifying to secure a third row start (P6) followed by a big push forward in the A-Main to take second podium. Also on the move was Grant Anderson who filled the final podium after starting out of seventh.
Earlier in the evening Allansford’s Stephen Bell took out the Pole Shootout from Darren Mollenoyux and David Murcott. Heats went to Johnny Vogels, Darren Mollenoyux, Glen Sutherland, Mike Van Bremen, Matthew Reed, Stephen Bell, Eddie Lumbar, and David Murcott. The B-Main was won by Tim Van Ginnekan, while the C-Main was taken out by Dennis Jones.
ARCHERFIELD – QLD
Andrew Scheuerle raced to victory in an action packed Round 6 of the KRE Race Engines Series at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway. On a track that had been rain affected earlier in the day, Scheuerle assumed the lead in the later stages of the race after a spectacular crash between leaders David Muir and Darren Jensen. Scheuerle forged on to cross the line ahead of Series pointscore contender Todd Wanless from Tim Garret, Danny Reidy and America’s Donny Schatz. Fellow American racer Jack Dover lead the first half of the race and looked like a real chance of notching up his first Aussie Summer victory but kissed the straightaway wall. Dover slipped back to 4th as a result and with a damaged car had no option but to retire to the infield shortly afterwards.
This Saturday sees the running of the 2nd Sprintcar International meeting where visiting USA stars Donny Schatz and Jack Dover will again be in attendance to wrestle a victory from the local Queenslanders.
BUNBURY – WA
Ryan Farrell reinforced what a great driver he is by taking out his fifth straight West Australian Open Sprintcar Title. Following home Farrell was the in-form David Priolo, Jason Kendrick and Jamie Maiolo.
In Qualifying Jason Kendrick set fast time with a blistering 13.088 sec. Following him in the “Quick Stakes: were David Priolo (13.094), Ryan Farrell (13.244) and Dayne Kingshott (13.720). Heats went to Brad Maiolo, Mark Wells (x2) and Lee Nash.
The Bronze Dash went to Mark Wells, while Ryan Farrell took the Silver Dash and David Priolo the Gold dash and therefore pole position in the Bunbury Auto Group Roush-Yates Ford powered Cool.
In the A-Main Farrell started on the front row (P2) alongside David Priolo. As they have done so often lately, these two Drivers went toe-toe. Farrell was able to grab the ascendancy and crossed the line first ahead of 12 other cars in the 17 car field that started the event. USA Hotshoe Craig Dollansky driving the Flex Motorsport #7 started back in the field at P13 and moved forward through traffic to finish 7th. AHG Series contender Cameron Gessner was unable to make the A-Main.
WORLD SERIES SPRINTCARS – SPEEDWAY CITY, ADELAIDE – SA
A monster crowd was on hand to witness a top drive by local SA Driver Luke Dillon in the opening Round of WSS at Adelaide’s Speedway City. Dillon crossed the line ahead of local Brad Keller (S19) and Stephen Lines (W3). Lines despite driving for West Australian Brian Hall in the Hall’s Haulage/Albany Bridgestone Tyres KPC, Heralds from Mount Gambier and so is also a South Australian – making the podium a 1, 2, 3 for SA.
Dillon was brilliant in the 35 lap final, showing maturity well beyond his years, as did Keller. Robbie Farr driving the Q7 won the Gold Shootout for the privilege of pole position and set a new one lap record in the process. The Team didn’t seem to read the track quite as well as they should, missing the set up and giving Farr a car that needed some wrestling. He was to cross the line in 4th. Visiting American Shane Stewart found the going pretty tough early on and had to qualify through the B-Main with a win in the Monster Energy/Monte Motorsport #7 J&J. Stewart came home in 7th after starting from P15. Compatriot Jason Johnson also qualified through the B-main and came a respectable 6th after lining up in P16. Tim Kaeding driving for Krikke Motorsport rode out a wild one in the later laps of the A-Main and destroyed the car in the process.
Other non-finishers were Phil March with mechanical issues, visiting American Kyle Hirst with an engine fire, James McFadden with a flat rear tyre and Ryan Jones as a result of a crash.
Fast time was set by Trevor Green (S4) with a 13.121 sec, but the motor wasn’t to hang in there for the night, with gremlins rearing their ugly heads in the feature, forcing him to retire the #4 Natrad entry.
After just one Round Luke Dillon leads the WSS Championship on 330, from Brad Keller (296), Stephen Lines (274), Robbie Farr (270) and Shaun Bradford (229).
The Second Round of WSS is on tonight (Thursday Dec 27) and South Australia’s Murray Bridge Speedway.
SYDNEY SPEEDWAY – NSW
Sydney Speedway celebrated a major milestone on Boxing Day with 1000 meetings under their belt.
Ian Madsen was victorious taking the win in the 33rd running of the Valvoline Australian Sprintcar Grand Prix also in front of a sizable crowd. Madsen did it the hard way starting out of P11 and working his way through the field he was able to take the lead from on lap 26 from Toby Bellbowen. Third home was Roddy Bellbowen followed by Ben Atkinson and Gary Brazier. Kody Kinser was the highest placed American driver in 7th while Joey Saldana struggled for grip on the slick racetrack crossing the line in 10th.
PERTH MOTORPLEX – WA
ROBERT Watson junior didn’t put a foot wrong in the 360 Sprintcars at the Boxing Day Bonanza show, winning the feature race from Jake Beard-Miller and Cale Sotiroff.
Watson started off his campaign by setting the quickest time in qualifying with a 15.414-second lap, bettering Beard-Miller’s 15.749 and Chris Ackland’s 16.086.
He then won both his heat races to start on the front row for the 15-lap final.
“It’s been a long time between drinks for us,” Watson said.
“We have had a bad six weeks so hopefully we are on the upside.”
Qualifying: Robert Watson 15.414, Jake Beard-Miller 15.749, Chris Ackland 16.086, Cale Sotiroff 16.240, Aaron Ishiguchi 16.259, Ryan Schlam 16.576, Aldo De Paoli 16.639, Shannon Peet 16.639, Nathan Peet 18.913, Gary Bielby no time taken.
Race 1: 1st Robert Watson junior, 2nd Jake Beard-Miller, 3rd Aldo De Paoli, 4th Chris Ackland, 5th Cale Sotiroff. DNF: Aaron Ishiguchi, Shannon Peet, Ryan Schlam, Nathan Peet. DNS: Gary Bielby.
Race 2: 1st Robert Watson junior, 2nd Jake Beard-Miller, 3rd Cale Sotiroff, 4th Ryan Schlam. DNF: Chris Ackland, Nathan Peet, Aldo De Paoli.
Feature: 1st Robert Watson junior, 2nd Jake Beard-Miller, 3rd Cale Sotiroff, 4th Chris Ackland, 5th Aldo De Paoli, 6th Nathan Peet. DNF: Ryan Schlam and Aaron Ishiguchi.
Report compliments of Darren O’Dea and Perth Motorplex
And that was the results in Australia from Sprintcar Racing on Boxing Day at Avalon, Archerfield, Bunbury, Perth Motorplex, Speedway City and Sydney Speedway.