Jamie Veal Wins George Tatnell Challenge at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

All Images compliments Gary Reid – greid@pacific.net.au
Words: Valvoline Raceway and USC PR

Last Saturday’s (5th Dec) Ultimate Sprintcar Championship was not like all the others, as the drivers, officials and fans remembered a great man, a name synonymous with speedway racing, the one and only George Tatnell.

Jamie Veal won round 7 of the NSW Ultimate Sprintcar Championship from Sammy Walsh, James McFadden and Kyle Hirst.

A Main podium: (l-r) James McFadden (3rd), Jamie Veal (1st), Sammy Walsh (2nd)

A Main podium: (l-r) James McFadden (3rd), Jamie Veal (1st), Sammy Walsh (2nd)

Warrnambool’s Veal was rapid right from the beginning of the night and set quick-time in qualifying with the fastest lap time of 12.374 seconds with Brooke Tatnell, Shaun Dobson qualifying second and third.

 

With a track record 75 cars nominated for the George Tatnell Challenge the standard of competition was incredible for the USC. Two non-qualifying heats, 4 qualifier heats, no pole shuffle due to time restraints and a D, C, B and A main were the items on the Sprintcar smorgasbord.

Peter Bourke took out the non-qualifiers heat one, followed by Damien Hart and Seb Johnston.

Grant Tunks won the non-qualifiers heat two with Glen Saville in second and Andrew Wright.

Phil March came together with Grant Tunks earlier in the race breaking his front end whilst Northern Territorian Jamie O’Neil had a monster crash in turn two, flipping twice in the air before landing and rolling again!

Heat one was won by the Rocket Industries Ultimate Sprintcar driver Sam Walsh with Max Dumesny and Ben Atkinson in second and third.

Matt Smith also had to change an engine after not finishing heat one.
James McFadden won heat two from Grant Anderson and Toby Bellbowen while Danny Reidy won heat three from Ultimate Sprintcar Australia 1 of Dave Murcott in second and Garry Brazier in third.

Robbie Farr won heat four from Luke Dillon and Darryl Campbell.
Seb Johnston and Andrew Wright battled in the D main for first place before finishing in the two transfer positions making it to the C main with Marcus Dumesny in third.

17 year old Sebastian scored his first ever race win in the process!
Western Australian Ultimate Sprintcar driver Daniel Harding won the C main in his first appearance at Valvoline Raceway for the USC and he was followed by Jeremy Cross and Kyle Caunt.

Seb Johnston was the D main transfer and made a wild effort to make his way from 16th to 7th.After an engine change, Matt Smith won the B main from Marty Perovich and Craig Brady.

Smith had Touring Car legend Glen Seton and son Aaron working on his shock package all night and definitely looked quicker than he’d been all season as a result. The B main started off with Victorian Jack Lee Spinning in turn four but kept his car running, Jordyn Brazier spun in turn four with 12 laps to go and Max Johnston started 7th, got up to 5th then pulled off with a flat right-rear tyre.

Perovich led nearly the whole race until Smith caught and passed him on the inside on lap four.

The 30 lap A main looked promising for any of the four front runners before the race started, Jamie Veal, Shaun Dobson, Brooke Tatnell and Kyle Hirst all set fast times at the beginning of the meeting in qualifying.

Veal checked out from the drop of the green flag however with a torrid display and with six laps down, was winning by half a lap. McFadden started gaining on Veal half way through the feature, riding the cushion and catching Veal fast but “Jay-Mac” jumped the cushion in turn four five laps later and Veal had pulled away again through lapped traffic.

Jamie Veal leads Sammy Walsh

Jamie Veal leads Sammy Walsh

Unfortunately Tatnell pulled off with 9 laps to go with an engine failure in the KMS Cool but the battle was on between McFadden and Hirst for the second and third positions until the chequered flag came out.

 

“I can’t thank my boys enough,” said Veal after the dominating win, “when we got to lapped traffic I struggled a bit but the car felt good anywhere I put it on the track. It’s such a pleasure to race at Valvoline Raceway these days, I can’t wait until World Series Sprintcars here next week.”

Sydney USC star Sammy Walsh impressed once again in the Rocket #92 by taking it right up to the nationally decorated heroes around him.

The next event at Valvoline Raceway is this coming Saturday 12th Dec for the first round of the 29th World Series Sprintcars Championship which also doubles as USC NSW Round 8.Ends release.

Results USC RD 7 A-Main:
1. Jamie Veal
2. Sammy Walsh
3. James McFadden
4. Kyle Hirst
5. Robbie Farr
6. Shaun Dobson
7. Max Dumesny
8. Danny Reidy
9. Matt Smith
10. Steven Lines
11. James Thompson
12. David Murcott
13. Marty Perovich
14. Luke Dillon
15. Alex Orr
16. Grant Anderson
17. Jackson Delamont
18. Toby Bellbowen
19. Darryl Campbell
20. Craig Brady
21. Garry Brazier
22. Ben Atkinson
23. Kelly Linigen
24. Brooke Tatnell (DNF)

Marcus Dumesny leads Jay Waugh

Marcus Dumesny leads Jay Waugh

James Hennessy

James Hennessy hikes the front wheels

Andrew Wright (78) and Grant Tunks (54) lead Phil March (4) in heat race action

Andrew Wright (78) and Grant Tunks (54) lead Phil March (4) in heat race action

The Rocket cars are in front at the start of their heat: (l-r) Ben Atkinson (2), Sammy Walsh (92), James Thompson (22), Jamie Veal (35), Max Dumesny (5), Craig Brady (74)

The Rocket cars are in front at the start of their heat: (l-r) Ben Atkinson (2), Sammy Walsh (92), James Thompson (22), Jamie Veal (35), Max Dumesny (5), Craig Brady (74)

Warren Ferguson (32), Garry Brazier (21), Dave Murcott (A1)

Warren Ferguson (32), Garry Brazier (21), Dave Murcott (A1)

4-wide salute: Brooke Tatnell (2), Shaun Dobson (21), Kyle Hirst (17), Jamie Veal (35)

4-wide salute: Brooke Tatnell (2), Shaun Dobson (21), Kyle Hirst (17), Jamie Veal (35)

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