Well action was aplenty in the few days after Christmas across the country – Here is a brief summary of the main events: – Words: Paul Griffin
(all Motorplex Images by Peter Roebuck)
Round 8 of the Perth Motorplex which doubled as the Christmas Cup was won by 21 year old Myalup (WA) local Brad Maiolo in an action packed and “fiery” program. The Final was run over 25 laps and saw some extraordinary action in the opening laps. Second across the line was older brother Jamie Maiolo and 3rd was New South Wales import Ian Loudoun. It was a race of attrition with 18 cars greeting the Green flag and only 10 cars crossing the flagstand. Top contender and Polesitter Shaun Bradford along with fancied Cameron Gessner and Jason Kendrick were all infield after just 3 laps.
It was a great result for Brad Maiolo as he elected to play his “double points” Joker card. Earlier in the program Brad Maiolo set 3rd quickest time in Qualifying (13.997) only to be ousted by Shaun Bradford (13.890) and Quick Timer Jason Kendrick (13.790).
Trent Pigdon almost set the stadium alight with a fireball tailtank and was smart to quickly drive his blazing rig directly to fire crews on turn 1 to allow rapid extinguishing of the flames. Fellow competitor Brad Maiolo was quick to unbuckle and race over offer assistance to the fire crews and the extraction of Trent Pigdon. It was a noble reaction from the young racer. Luckily no injuries were sustained.
WSS – Speedweek
World Series Sprintcars kicked off the Speedweek Sub-series at Adelaide’s iconic Speedway city on Boxing night 26th Dec. Steven Lines driving the Brian Hall-owned Hall’s Motorsport #3 took a spectacular victory in the 35 lap final with an engine that started going off song only a few laps into the race. The packed crowd was huge in their support for their local South Australian Driver as he kept a winning margin between himself and 2nd placed Brad Keller. The final podium was filled by Brooke Tatnell. Behind them were current Australian Champion James McFadden, Ryan Jones, Luke Dillon and the USA’s Randy Hannigan. Gary Brazier didn’t have a great start to his campaign coming home in a lowly 14th after starting out of P14. American Shane Stewart was a DNF and Robbie Farr out of P9 destroyed his car and a big wreck.
WSS then travelled to SA’s Murray Bridge Speedway for Round 2 of the Championship where Old Faithfull Brooke Tatnell drove the Krikke Motorsports #2 Cool to victory ahead of the two local SA favourites Steven Lines and Luke Dillon. Kyle Hirst was the first American across the line in his USA10.
39 Cars presented for Qualifying. Luke Dillon in the Bunbury Auto Group #26 set Quick Time (11.577) with Round 1 winner Steven Lines close behind on 11.749 sec. Robbie Farr a little fragile from his Round 1 dump could only manage 10th quickest with a 12.002 sec.
Next it was Round 3 at SA’s Borderline Speedway – Mount Gambier on Sat 28th Sept. Forty-seven cars presented for Time Trials. The quickest was Luke Dillon in a blistering 11.080 sec just ahead of current A1 James McFadden (11.097) and Brooke Tatnell (11.114). Shaun Dobson driving the V36 was also impressive with a 11.262 sec giving him 5th best time. The first American in the time trials was Brad Sweet in the USA99 (11.279 – 6th). It was so close with just over 0.2 sec separating the top 8.
In the A-Main American Brad Sweet started from pole and took the victory and the $10,000 winner’s cheque ahead of Shaun Dobson and Victorian Darren Mollenoyux in the V77 Parr Motorsport entry. Sweet ran the same car that took him to victory in this year’s Kings Royal at Eldora.
Brooke Tatnell and Steven Lines came together on the back straight just two laps into the 35 lap race forcing Tatnell’s retirement. As Tatnell exited the Track Matt Egel had nowhere to go and slammed into the ailing KMS #2, creating even more damage.
Luke Dillon elected to play his “Double Points” Joker Card for the round. It looked like a good call as he had qualified well on 2nd pole. Unfortunately though, Dillon caught the cushion and this sent him into the fence. Steven Lines was right behind and got caught up in the wreck. Both cars were unable to start with officials ruling Lines out after it was alleged his font wing was removed during the stoppage with a spanner. That was a massive blow to the Halls Motorsport Team.
Dillon despite not finishing the A-Main narrowly leads the championship as a result of accruing double points for all his good qualifying, heat and shootout performances.
The top 5 in WSS after three rounds are:
Luke Dillon 822, Steven Lines 810, Brooke Tatnell 788, James McFadden 708, Brad Keller 699. The first American is Shane Stewart 637 (8th) while Kyle Hirst sits in 9th on 615. Randy Hannigan is in P20 on 473.
Round 4 World Series Sprintcars is set down for Geelong’s Avalon Raceway Monday Dec 30th.
Bunbury – Battery All Types Southern Thunder Series Round 3
Fourteen Cars presented for Time Trials with Quick Timer Trent Pigdon on 13.207. Jason Kendrick was a whisker behind on 13.252 and young Gun Brad Maiolo just behind him on 13.377.
The Dash was taken out by “in-form” Brad Maiolo from Jason Kendrick, Cameron Gessner and Trent “Fireball” Pigdon.
In the A-Main Jason Kendrick was too strong for Brad Maiolo, Cameron Gessner and Trent Pigdon.
Valvoline Raceway – Sydney
Sydney’s bad run of weather continued with the Valvoline AGP International being rained out on Dec 26th. Time trials concluded with 33 cars competing as the heavens started to look threatening. The meeting was postponed to Jan 8th as solid rain fell after getting just one heat in.
The Coca Cola International Classic was run on Saturday Dec 28th. This time the weather held off and the program was completed with America’s Steve Kinser strong on the
Parramatta clayway winning from Max Dumesny and Ben Atkinson. Visiting Americans Kraig Kinser, Kody Kinser and Dale Blaney crossed the line 7th, 22nd and 24th respectively.
Earlier in Qualifying Steve Kinser set fast time with a 12.886. Ben Atkinson was unlucky to get pipped by 1/1000th of a second (12.887) and then came Justin Henderson 12.900 and Kody Kinser 12.931.
Heats were taken out by Troy Little, Sam Walsh, Marty Perovich and Max Johnston. The B-Main was won by Justin Henderson form Matthew Dumesny and Peter Bourke.
Archerfield Speedway – Brisbane
Donny Schatz continues his dominance of his 2013/14 Australian campaign taking victory in both Round 6 and Round 7 on the KRE Race Engines Series. Round 6 was run on Dec 26 and Schatz crossed the line ahead of locals Andrew Scheuerle and Darren Jensen.
Round 7 was held last night Dec 28 and Schatz proved once again too strong crossing the flagstand ahead of fellow American Jason Sides and Luke Oldfield.