The Rise and Rise of Avon Valley Speedway

Race Images – Peter Roebuck
Words – Paul Griffin

On September 17th our intrepid photographer in Western Australia Peter Roebuck went bush and attended a Sprintcar meet at the old Northam Speedway.

Peter caught some ripper images of some pretty spectacular Sprintcar racing at the 1/4 mile Super High Bank venue now know as Avon Valley Speedway.

No dirt track Australia has banks as radical as the ones at Avon Valley Speedway – they are stunningly massive ! You have to see them to believe them and the racing that results is equally as stunning.

The Speedway sat dormant for several years, but now with an impressive makeover has morphed into a unique Motorsport facility with a fresh new look…. and what is really awesome about it is that it has been set up on a model of affordability (cheap entry for spectators and Teams) and also gives many classes that have been shunned by other tracks the chance to go racin’.

To get to the track is easy —- From Perth head east to Northam, turning off the Great Eastern Highway into Fox Road 5 km before Northam itself.

Avon Valley Speedway is also hosting throughout the season a new class that has been hotly discussed and one that is  predicted to explode in WA and perhaps the rest of the country…. “Wingless V8 Sprintcars” ….BRING IT ON !

There is even a great “KIDZ” Night planed on 3rd Dec – where kids are free !!

Back now to the September 17th Sprintcar meeting …….Winner of the meet was Daniel Salter.

Following him was Paul Flint and Alan Nash.

Thanks to Peter Roebuck here is a sample of the action.

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The action was aplenty in the Sept 17 meeting across all classes. This Speedcar racer shows how much of a passenger he was ……no steering wheel (See within red circle)

Paul Flint

Paul Flint in action

Dan Salter

Feature Winner Daniel Salter

Paul Flint (64) and Daniel Salter (26)

Paul Flint (64) and Daniel Salter (26) get ready to rumble

Allan Nash

Allan Nash overcooked it

Paul Flint and Allan Nash

Paul Flint (64) slips past the spinning Allan Nash

Allan Nash spin

Alan Nash was trying everything to hang onto the #51

Go Hard Allan Nash

Allan Nash finally came to a rest with quite a bit of damage and was unable to restart

Daniel Salter

Daniel Salter won the Sprintcar feature in spectacular style

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The following link is a great video précis of the meeting and has some ripper camera work and even drone views of the pits and the track………..

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WHAT’S COMING UP
Avon Valley Speedway is turning pink for Breast Cancer Awareness on the 22nd October 2016. The venue is staging a “Pink Race Night” to help raise vital funds for the McGrath Foundation.

pink-race-nightThis meeting will also feature Round 1 of the new Westcoast Sprintcar Series, held over 3 rounds for 410 and 360 Sprintcars.

Speedcars will be back in action battling for their $1000 to win the highly regarded West Coast Speedcar Shootout.

Race classes on the night include – 410/360 Sprintcars, WC Speedcars, Street Stocks, Formula 500s and Junior Sedans.

And looking further ahead here is the season calendar:

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The entire set-up and rebirthing to Avon Valley Speedway looks like one cool formula for success and one cool win for Speedway fans !!

Further information can be found on http://www.avonvalleyspeedway.net.au/  or by calling Venue Promoter Rod Howe M:0488 962 010 or Promotions manager Jason Bloxidge M: 0459 117 136 (Avon Valley Speedway)

 

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