Ian Madsen wins Valvoline Raceway’s Firecracker 50

All Images by Gary Reidgreid@pacific.net.au

Ian Madsen continued his good form of late with a victory in the gruelling Firecracker 50 lap race at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway ahead of young local guns James Thompson and Sammy Walsh.

The inaugural race saw a different format with a slight Knoxville twist – a compulsory pit stop at lap 20 on the main straight. Many teams commented that the format was great, but very gruelling and had caught them off guard somewhat, even to the point of saying that they would have perhaps used a different race strategy with the benefit of hindsight.

Ian Madsen (centre) won the 50-lapper from James Thompson (left) and Sammy Walsh

The attrition rate was particularly high with many big names caught up in the DNF club. Kerry Madsen was in full flight but tangled with previous Valvoline Raceway Feature Winner Jac Haudenschild with only a handful of laps remaining and USA star Tim Keading would be wishing he was back in WA racing for the Krikke Motorsport Team as his bad luck run continued when he and Gary Brazier came together before the pit stop.

Big names not to make the final A-Main cut included NT’s Danny Reidy, previous Sydney Speedway meeting podium finisher Trevor Green, Shaun Dobson and Big Ben Atkinson.

Quick Timer for the night was local James Thompson.

Jac Haudenschild (71) and Brad Sweet (99) in the flag parade

Ian Madsen early in the night

Ben Atkinson (2) didn't progress past the B Main as a result of this flip

Ian Madsen takes the chequered flag

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