Photographs – Gary Reid
Words – Valvoline Raceway PR

logoRobbie Farr scored his third consecutive Valvoline Australian Sprintcar Grand Prix with a blistering 35-lap non-stop A-Main win and in the process broke the track record by seven seconds at Valvoline Raceway tonight.

finalists in the Miss Ultimate Speedway contest

A Main podium: (l-r) Ian Madsen (2nd), Robbie Farr (1st), Troy Little (3rd) and finalists in the Miss Ultimate Speedway contest

Farr and Troy Little started on the front row and it was Little who led early before Farr got by in turn four on the low side on lap four as the pair approached lapped traffic.

Nobody would pass the Hi-Tec Oils ECP #7 from that point on though Little did get close several times on the low groove at various junctures.
It was Ian Madsen who really got motivating in the end as he tugged the top wing back and began screaming around the top side to pick up second place with four laps remaining.

It was Farr though who scored the hat-trick of AGP wins and was delighted to get ‘redemption’.
“We should have won here our last time out so tonight was really redemption for us,” Farr explained, “we knew that the track would go away late in the race and we set up to compensate for us. December 26 has been good to us, we can’t wait to come back on Thursday night for the next USC round.”

Ian Madsen was encouraged by his first night back in Sydney.

“Congratulations to the track crew for keeping the show on despite the rain,” Madsen lauded, “the track was nice in the A-Main we just took a little long getting through the field to give us a chance to have a crack at Robbie. Full credit to the ECP team though and we’ll be coming for them on Thursday night.”

Troy Little occupied the third and final spot on the podium ahead of the consistent Ben Atkinson, Daniel Sayre, James Thompson, Matt Dumesny, Sammy Walsh, Jackson Delamont and Danny Reidy rounding out the ten.

Behind that ten were Jordyn Brazier, Jason Gebert, Grant Anderson, Max Dumesny, Dean Brindle, Warren Ferguson, Grant Tunks, Brendan Scorgie, Matt Geering and Marcus Dumesny.

Not one red light for Sprintcars occurred all night.

The B-Main unfortunately had to be cut short after rain fell and forced the early declaration of the event.

Grant Anderson and Grant Tunks put on a show from the front row for the early laps with some big slide jobs between them with Tunks easing out to a good lead.

Buddy Kofoid began ripping from the back with Jessie Attard, passing seven cars in the first two laps.

Marcus Dumesny was fast moving up to second then taking the lead with nine laps to go in the Valvoline #47 Maxim.

Grant Anderson moved up to second with 7 laps to go and then one lap later the caution lights came on when Jess Cassidy spun the #22 coming out of turn four.

Robbie Farr

Robbie Farr had a successful night in the Q7

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon in qualifying

Alex Orr

Alex Orr gets down to business

USA visitor Buddy Kofoid

Peter Gordon (14) and young USA visitor Buddy Kofoid
(11) in the flag parade

Jessica Cassidy (22)

Jessica Cassidy (22) and Grant Tunks (54) go hard in a heat race

Daniel Sayre (16) and Troy Little (20)

Daniel Sayre (16) and Troy Little (20) in close quarters

Ian Madsen (49)

Ian Madsen (49) returned to Australia as 2017 Knoxville
410 Sprintcar Track Champion

Buddy Kofoid, at just 16 years of age, was a first-time USA visitor to Valvoline Raceway

Buddy Kofoid, at just 16 years of age, was a first-time USA visitor

Danny Reidy (5) holds off Ben Atkinson (2)

Danny Reidy (5) holds off Ben Atkinson (2)

Sam Walsh

The A Main provided a wet and fast track that required plenty of tear-offs for Sam Walsh

The Pole Shootout was a hum-dinger for the Valvoline Australian Sprintcar Grand Prix and it went like this:
Jackson Delamont v Daniel Sayre.
Winner: Daniel Sayre.
Daniel Sayre v James Thompson
Winner: James Thompson
James Thompson v Danny Reidy
Winner: Danny Reidy
Danny Reidy v Ian Madsen
Winner: Danny Reidy
Danny Reidy v Ben Atkinson
Winner Danny Reidy
Danny Reidy v Troy Little
Winner Troy Little (Reidy was tough and almost pinched it on the final corner)
Troy Little v Robbie Farr
Winner Robbie Farr.

Quick time in Qualifying for the Valvoline Australian Sprintcar Grand Prix was Troy Little in the #20N.
Heat action highlights were:

Heat One – American Buddy Kofoid timed in 3rd fastest in his qualifying group and looked like being a livewire before his front end packed with mud in the lead up laps to the green flag and he DNF’d. Robbie Farr came from #4 and took the win in the ECP #7 from Jackson Delamont.

Heat Two – Blake Skipper lead early and looked fast but had a mechanical DNF which robbed him of a promising result. Ben Atkinson was the winner in the Aeroflow #2 leading home fellow Territorian Danny Reidy and Sammy Walsh.

Heat Three – Troy Little edged out Daniel Sayre on the last lap to narrowly squeeze by and secure the win. Sayre finished second after a slight wheelie in turn two saw him drift up and allow Little a look on the inside as they approached lapped traffic. West Aussie Carl Dowling was third on debut for 2017/2018.
Nathan Dicker suffered a blown rear end in qualifying and the crew thrashed to get him out in time but he missed Heat Three.

Heat Four – rain falling made it tricky but Knoxville Raceway Track Champion Ian Madsen made his debut for car owner mate Jamie Matherson in the #49 from James Thompson finishing second and Brendan Scorgie third despite an overheating motor.

Valvoline Raceway’s next event is this Thursday night, December 28 with the next round of the USC NSW Championship points battle.

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