Cameron Gessner talks about his win in the WA-based AHG Sprintcar Series


Cameron talks about the incidents in the early heats that nearly ended his chance of winning the 2014/15 AHG Series, how fast the Kwinana track was, the luck that was bestowed upon him as he cut down a right rear on the last lap and limped across the line and finally……. the enormous relief for the entire Cowara Motorsport Team in eventually winning the Blue Ribbon Series.

Enjoy…………………Thanks to Darren O’Dea



Click this link to hear Big Cameron Gessner talk about his recent AHG Sprintcar Series Victory for the Cowara Motorsport Team at Perth Motorplex.


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James McFadden Scores Great Win At Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

Images by Gary Reid –
Words by Valvoline Raceway PR

James McFadden put paid to the adage that he doesn’t win at Valvoline Raceway by scoring a brilliant victory Saturday Night (14 March) ahead of Australian Champion Dave Murcott and Sydney regular Ben Atkinson third.

The race between McFadden and Murcott will go down in the history of Valvoline Raceway as one of the most intense ever witnessed.

“It’s great to race against guys like Dave (Murcott) and Ben (Atkinson), knowing they will give you a lot of room, but still race you hard,” the former two-time Australian Champion said at the presentation, as he received his trophy from Bob Tunks, who was being honoured in the March Legend’s series.

“Running at this place with no wall, it is just fun, especially when the track is the way it was tonight.”

He had to work hard for the win though. Murcott inherited the lead after Toby Bellbowen suffered a flat right rear and had to give up his lead after receiving the mechanical defect flag. Murcott led right up until the 28th lap before McFadden, who worked his way up to second on lap 16, made his move on the Aussie Champ and steal a win, a first for him, at Valvoline Raceway.

Third placed Atkinson gained another four points on track championship leader James Thompson by virtue of his third place and Thompson finishing fifth, behind fourth placed Danny Reidy.

A Main podium: (l-r) Ben Atkinson (3rd), James McFadden (1st), Bob Tunks, David Murcott (2nd)

Just finishing outside the top five was Jackson Delmont who started from position 20. Seventh was Robbie Farr followed by Max Dumesny who once again had to perform an engine change prior to time trials, Max Johnston and Adrian Maher rounded out the top ten.

Eleventh home was Northern Territorian Jason Gebert followed by Michael Saller, Kelly Linigen, Daniel Sayre, Sean Dyson, Jeremy Cross with Toby Bellbowen classified as the last finisher.

Non-finishers were Andrew Wright, Craig Brady, Bruce White, Sam Walsh, Grant Anderson, Alex Orr and Jimmy Matchett.

Earlier in the night, it was Toby Bellbowen who set quick time in time trials followed by Atkinson and Reidy.

Heat race wins went to Michael Saller, Dave Murcott, Andrew Wright and Jason Gebert.

Atkinson won the Pole Shuffle with Mark Attard winning the C-Main and Max Johnston taking the B-Main win.

James Thompson leads the track championship with 2 rounds remaining

James McFadden won his first A Main at Valvoline Raceway

Former sprintcar star Bob Tunks is interviewed after a 2-seater ride driven by son Grant

Steve Rowell finds some grip in his heat race to get out of trouble

Jimmy Matchett (88), Trevor Green (11), and Sam Walsh (92) in heat race action

Bob Tunks, Grand Marshall for the night, gives the crossed flags for the 4-wide salute

Danny Reidy (5) leads David Murcott (1A) in the A Main

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David Priolo Wins Last AHG Round At Perth Motorplex – Cameron Gessner Holds On For AHG Championship

Words by Darren O’Dea
Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck

DAVID Priolo started from P2 and once he got the jump, he never looked back as he charged away for a commanding win in the Washpod Westernapolis at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.

Priolo won the 30-lap feature race by more than 10 seconds over Ryan Farrell and Jamie Maiolo in what was the last round of the 2014-15 AHG Sprintcar Series.

Cameron Gessner, who limped over the line with a blown right rear tyre in 12th, claimed enough points to win the series points battle from Jason Kendrick and Priolo.

Podium L to R: Ryan Farrell 2nd, David Priolo 1st, Jamie Maiolo 3rd

Despite limping over the line with a flat tyre in P12 , Cameron Gessner accrued enough pounts to take the AHG series crown

It was a good night for Priolo who was second quickest in his qualifying group and then took a third and a second in his heat races to qualify for the Silver Dash where he was quick enough to race in the Gold Dash for the right to start on pole.

Priolo belted out a very fast 12.715 second lap in the race against the clock but it was bettered by an even quicker Ryan Farrell who blistered round the track in 12.705 seconds.

The race track was the fastest it has ever been with a handful of drivers powering around in 12-second laps on a track that was well watered thanks to plenty of rain on Friday night and on Saturday before the race meeting.

Farrell lost ground on the start, slipping back to third and Priolo grabbed the holeshot and was extremely fast for the full 30-laps.

Contact between Daniel Harding and Brad Maiolo at the start of the second lap also saw Kye Scroop involved as the cars came together and unfortunately only Scroop was able to get a push away for another start.

By lap five Priolo had a massive lead and he was putting some of his rivals a lap down only seconds later.

Jamie Maiolo was running second when challenged by Farrell who was on his tail by mid-race distance.

Jamie Maiolo leads Ryan Farrell

The two traded slid jobs and ran side-by-side for a couple of laps before Farrell won the battle and stretched the legs on the #26 machine.

Carl Dowling was very impressive in the #87 entry, starting from P9 and enjoying a couple of midpack battles before edging out Shaun Bradford for fourth in the latter stages.

Bradford managed to finish fifth from Daryl Clayden, Jake Beard-Miller, Troy Lawson, Jason Boland, Lee Nash and Gessner who completed the last two laps up the near fence and out of harm’s way with a shredded right rear tyre.

The win for Priolo was a good result after being so close on quite a few occasions this season, only to blow rear tyres at crucial moments in races.

This time he held on, grabbing the maiden AHG Series win for car owner Rob Watson from Watsons Express Transport.

A very happy David Priolo


Qualifying: Group 1: Jamie Maiolo 14.180, Cameron Gessner 14.293, Jake Beard-Miller 14.539. Group 2: Daniel Harding 14.031, Shaun Bradford 14.034, Kye Scroop 14.056, Sean Zemunik 15.018. Group 3: Bradley Maiolo 13.685, Jason Kendrick 13.826, Lee Nash 14.287, Jason Boland 14.638. Group 4: Ryan Farrell 13.347, David Priolo 13.472, Daryl Clayden 13.743, Troy Lawson 13.963, Carl Dowling 14.035. Jacob Lucas NTT.

Heat 1: 1st Bradley Maiolo, 2nd Ryan Farrell, 3rd Shaun Bradford, 4th Daryl Clayden, 5th Carl Dowling, 6th Sean Zemunik, 7th Lee Nash, 8th Cameron Gessner.

Heat 2: 1st Jamie Maiolo 2nd Daniel Harding, 3rd David Priolo, 4th Kye Scroop, 5th Jason Kendrick, 6th Troy Lawson, 7th Jake Beard-Miller, 8th Jason Boland, 9th Jacob Lucas.

Heat 3: 1st Carl Dowling, 2nd Daryl Clayden, 3rd Shaun Bradford, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th Ryan Farrell, 6th Jake Beard-Miller, 7th Jason Kendricik, 8th Jason Boland.

Heat 4: 1st Kye Scroop, 2nd David Priolo, 3rd Daniel Harding, 4th Bradley Maiolo, 5th Lee Nash, 6th Troy Lawson. DNF: Jacob Lucas and Cameron Gessner.

Feature race: 1st David Priolo, 2nd Ryan Farrell, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th Carl Dowling, 5th Shaun Bradford, 6th Jason Kendrick, 7th Daryl Clayden, 8th Jake Beard-Miller, 9th Troy Lawson, 10th Jason Boland, 11th Lee Nash, 12th Cameron Gessner. DNF: Daniel Harding, Brad Maiolo, Kye Scroop. DNS: Sean Zemunik and Jacob Lucas.

Great Victory: David Priolo

Ryan Farrell was pleased with his 2nd place

Lee Nash came 11th in the feature

Carl Dowling on the gas

Brad Maiolo was a DNF in the feature

Ryan Farrell in action

Jason Kendrick came 2nd in the AHG series

David Priolo was in fine form

David Priolo in the Watsons Express #8 crosses the finish line to take victory in the last AHG round

Cameron Gessner won the AHG Series for 2014/15

Carl Dowling leads Lee Nash

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Ben Atkinson in a class of his own at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

Images by Gary Reid –
Words by Valvoline Raceway Media

Ben Atkinson sounded a clear warning last Saturday night (Mar 7) that his Track Championship aspirations are far from over as he stomped to a commanding win in the 30 lap A-Main feature race at Valvoline Raceway.

The Darwin stick of dynamite survived an unsettling shunt in the Pole Shootout with rival Toby Bellbowen where the former was lucky not to roll over and Bellbowen unfortunately did forcing both teams to thrash to be ready for the main event.

When the lights went green in the main event Bellbowen led early but Atkinson resumed full control in the #2 Pick n Payless J&J and was never headed after that as he took the uninterrupted race victory.

Along the way, with lap leader sponsorship money the Northern Territory will have earned around $7500.

“I didn’t think about that (the money) during the race because my focus was just on getting some feature wins before the end of the season. My guys have done a great job, JB always does a great job (his crew chief John Barrett), he’s getting a little older now but he hasn’t lost any of his drive to win races. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some good crew chiefs and working with JB is pretty special.”

Atkinson sped home ahead of Grant Anderson in second place with Jackson Delamont rounding out the podium in third.

A Main podium (l-r): Jackson Delamont (3rd), Dick Briton (Grand Marshall), Ben Atkinson (1st), Grant Anderson (2nd)

“We don’t get to run here very often but it’s always so much fun when we do,” said Anderson, “I can’t be sure how many more races we’ll make here this month but we’ll do as many as we can.”

Young NSW racer Jackson Delamont showed plenty of speed on the lowline to score his second podium finish of the season.

“The track was nice tonight and that allowed me to zip around the bottom on my own little line. It’s a great result for our team and I can’t thank my Dad enough for all the effort he puts in every week on this car. It should really be him up here getting this trophy.”

Sam Walsh was simply devastating in the #92 Maxim as he sizzled from 18th starting position to an eventual fourth place finish.

“Ideally I would have had a better night early and then we wouldn’t have had to start so far back in the A-Main but it was still good to finish where we did. The car was fast, I just need to stop making mistakes.”

Australian Champion David Murcott came home in fifth place ahead of Toby Bellbowen (who seemed to suffer some front end damage in an earlier race incident and who’s team pulled off a major Houdini to even get him out on track after his Pole Shootout rollover) Jeremy Cross for seventh in one of his better finishes this year, Robbie Farr came out the B-Main to place eighth whilst current Track Championship leader James Thompson finished ninth ahead of South Aussie veteran Trevor Green in tenth.

Grant Tunks, Brent Aprile, Steve Caunt, Adrian Maher, Warren Ferguson, Jimmy Matchett, Matt Jackson, Kyle Caunt, Andrew Wright, Kelly Linigen, Clayton Hart and Mark Attard placed 11th – 22nd respectively whilst DNF’s went to Alex Orr and Craig Brady.

Five times Australian Sprintcar Champion and living legend Dick Briton was the Grand Marshall for the night’s action and presented the winner’s trophies.

Briton received a warm and enthusiastic ovation from the fans when he lapped the circuit in a borrowed wingless with son Brian and granddaughter Nikki either side of him during the national anthem honours.

Grant Anderson had a good night coming second in the A Main

Jackson Delamont ran third in the A Main

Jordyn Brazier's heat did not last long

Matt Jackson (82) ahead of Adrian Maher (10) in the B Main

4-wide Salute: Alex Orr (43), Grant Anderson (37), Warren Ferguson (32), Ben Atkinson (2)

Ben Atkinson on his way to winning the A Main

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Brooke Tatnell Wins 2015 Krikke Boys Shootout

All Images Compliments of Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
Words by M-Cubed Marcus Miller Media

Brooke Tatnell has taken victory in the 2015 Krikke Boys Shootout from Kerry Madsen, Robbie Farr and Steven Lines.

It was Tatnell’s first Krikke Boys win in the 18 years the event has been staged.

Tatnell started out of position two along side Kerry Madsen, while Califorian Kyle Hirst and Robbie Farr shared the second row for the 30 lap journey.

Tatnell driving the KMS #2 Cool showed superior grip in the early laps, got the jump and shot to the led over Madsen. After 5 circulations lapped traffic played a critical role in the lead. Madsen closed on Tatnell and assumed the ascendency and then started to open up a small margin.

With 7 laps down the yellows came on. As the dust settled, these soon tuned to an “Open Red” with a major melee involving Shaun Bradford, Daniel Harding, Luke Dillon, Ryan Jones and Kris Coyle being the reason.

This caused a frantic rush for Teams to enter the Clayway and rebuild those cars. It was an incredible sight to see major repairs undertaken in the allotted time, with all those cars amazingly able to restart.

Ryan Farrell in the Diamond Bay Motorsport Team #26 entry took the chance to change his rear tyres to a different compound and re-started off the rear as a result. This improved his chances of making it through to the pointy end, but given the calibre of cars ahead of him and the one lane nature of the track, passing was a major feat and he ended up crossing the line mid pack – still not a bad effort.

The KBS Still eludes Ryan Farrell - here Ryan signs a damaged front wing from one of his earlier escapades for a fan

Kerry Masdsen continued to impress and continued to lap smoothy and efficiently. It looked as though Madsen was going to be the 2105 Krikke Boys Shootout Champion.

However, Tatnell seemed to get a second wind and with 8 laps remaining planted two feet on the throttle and somehow snuck under the swashbuckling Madsen. Both Tatnell and Madsen engaged in a magnificent battle in the dying stages of the race, both Drivers believing they deserved the race victory and refusing to give in.

Meanwhile Robbie Farr, Kyle Hirst and Steven Lines were arguing over 3rd spot. It was an enthralling battle, but at the end of the day that was all it was – “an argument over P3” …. Tatnell and Madsen were simply in a league of their own.

Tatnell ended up prevailing and crossed the line a small margin ahead of Madsen, with Farr further back and never really in contention for the major prize.

Tatnell and the KMS Team were ecstatic at the victory and welcomed the $20,000 Winners cheque. The whole Team deservedly participated in a wing dance.

The Champagne was flowing

Brooke Tatnell - Polish Victory Lap. The right rear tyre was a slick at the end of the race.

Kerry Madsen was the 2015 Krikke Boys Shootout pole sitter

Star NSW Driver Max Johnston took the reins of the Jeff Leisk #7 and really gets into to it through T1/2

Penny for your thoughts ! - Pondering what might have been

Kerry Madsen in action put up a noble fight but was clearly disappointed victory eluded the American Racing #29

The unmistakable smooth style of Brooke Tatnell

Californian Kyle Hirst was on the 2nd row but couldn't match Tatnell and Madsen for race pace

Lee Nash leads Kris Coyle

Robbie Farr ran the WA95 number instead of his usual Q7 in respect "For the Boys"

Brad Maiolo W77 was in a spot of bother out of T2

The 2- Seater was out in full flight : Check out the low pressure in the left rear !

Moments away from a start - Driver intros completed

The Krikke "Klan" showcase the trophies that await the 2015 KBS Winner

4-wide salute

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Krikke Boys Shootout 2015 Results: Brooke Tatnell Steams to Popular Victory

Images (incl header) by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck

Former Australian Sprintcar Champion won the 2015 Krikke Boys Shootout at Bunbury’s Quit Speedway last night (Sunday 1st March) in front of some heavy duty opposition and a monster crowd.

Second across the line was Kerry Madsen and third was Robbie Farr. As always the Krikke Boys Shootout provided drama, thrills, spills and the usual dose of Sprintcar excitement.

Full article and awesome photos from Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck to follow…..



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Valvoline Raceway Results: Sam Walsh bags his 2nd A-Main this season

All Images by Gary Reid
Words by Valvoline Raceway Media

Sam Walsh recorded his second main event win for the season last weekend (21st Feb) as he accounted for a strong field in Round Seventeen of the Valvoline Raceway Sprintcar Track Championship.

Walsh sped his #92 Fleck Earthmoving entry around the highline with spectacular effectiveness despite the best efforts of Toby Bellbowen and Ben Atkinson to run him down.

Atkinson’s podium finish now puts him within 50 points of championship points leader James Thompson as the final four rounds remain.

“We need the points and we got the win,” smiled Sammy in victory lane, “the top was good and the bottom was good too but most of the lapped cars were down low so that made it easier for me to get around the outside. We kept the car pretty free going into the race because we knew that the traffic would be pretty dense and I think that was probably the difference in the end.”

Walsh led home Toby Bellbowen in second place, Ben Atkinson third, Danny Reidy fourth, Grant Tunks fifth, Troy Little sixth, Jeremy Cross seventh, Warren Ferguson eighth, Matt Dumesny ninth and Jordyn Brazier rounding out the top ten.

Podium: Sammy Walsh (centre) won the A Main from Toby Bellbowen (left) and Ben Atkinson

Danny Reidy initially sat on the pole for the 30 lap main event after blitzing through the Pole Shootout from the fourth row but Walsh grabbed the highline and sped away from any potential captors as the frontrunners worked significant heavy traffic.

Track Championship leader James Thompson had a half lose in turn two early in the race and by the time he’d recovered had lost several track positions where he struggled to come back into contention and was eventually lapped by the leaders before coming home in fifteenth.

Trevor Green brought the #11 home in eleventh ahead of Craig Brady twelfth, Jackson Delamont thirteenth (who had to come from the B-Main win) Max Dumesny fourteenth (in his spare car) James Thompson fifteenth, Mark Attard sixteenth, Adrian Maher seventeenth, Steve Rowell eighteenth, Mick Saller nineteenth, Matt Jackson twentieth, Craig Morrison twenty first, Jason Gebert twenty second and Lachlan Abbott placed twenty third.

The only DNF of the field was Blake Skipper.

The B-Main went to Jackson Delamont from Jordyn Brazier in second, Craig Morrison third and Steve Rowell picking up the final transfer position.

The most spectacular moment of the B Main was when Matt Thomas flipped heavily in turn one ending what had been a disappointing night all evening for the Penrith based budget racer.

Quick time for Network Industry Qualifying also went to Sammy Walsh.

Matt Thomas (45) goes for a wild ride in the B Main while Thomas Jeffrey (12) searches for a safe space

Top Shot ! - Ace Photographer Gary Reid catches the lap where Sammy Walsh sets quick time. Walsh went on to win the A Main

Jackson Delamont (48), Mick Matchett (88) and Ben Atkinson (2) in heat race action

Jordyn Brazier was second fastest in time trials

Clayton Hart (67) and Michael Jordan (34) run toe to toe

Toby Bellbowen (70) leads Ben Atkinson (2) and Danny Reidy (5) in the A Main

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Kerry Madsen Wins Final Round of 2014/15 World Series Sprintcars While Brooke Tatnell Takes His 9th WSS Championship Crown

All Images By Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
Words by Darren O’Dea

KERRY Madsen won 30-lap World Series Sprintcars Grand Final in front of a strong crowd at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night from Ryan Farrell and Brooke Tatnell.

Madsen was never challenged in the main event as he dominated in the Keneric Racing #29 in front of his Perth-based team owners.

Kerry Madsen won the final WSS round at the Perth Motorplex

Tatnell’s third was enough to win the WSS championship (his 9th !) after his main rival David Murcott crashed out of the feature race late in the final.

Madsen started the night by qualifying 12th in the 31-car field before taking a pair of fourths in his heats.

He really hit his straps after qualifying in the Top 8 Dash, winning the Bronze, Silver and Gold Dashes to elevate himself to the front row.

Farrell put in a barnstorming drive after starting from 15th, methodically picking off the drivers in front of him to get himself onto the podium.

He did it the hard way after being forced to qualify from the B Main thanks to motor problems in qualifying that saw him 27th after time trials.

He managed to get some valuable points after winning both his heat races, albeit from the front.

Ryan Farrell would experience engine dramas after hot laps, transfer from the B-Main and storm through the quality WSS field to bag a podium 2nd place in the feature - RAW TALENT !

Tatnell qualified 11th at the start of the night and also had motor dramas but the Krikke team also put in a massive effort to get the W2 onto the third row of the grid for the final.

Brad Maiolo, who started from P14, lost valuable ground on the first corner, dropping back to last place.

Madsen only took four laps to get into lapped traffic and showed he was a class above his rivals.

The race went 12 laps before the field regrouped after Lee Nash spun on the back straight.

Murcott and Jason Kendrick had contact on the main straight with six laps remaining, forcing Kendrick out of the contest despite running in the top five.

Murcott was able to resume but is appears he suffered steering damage because moments later the A1 failed to turn at the end of the main straight and he ploughed into the fence – ending his chances of winning his maiden WSS crown.

On the final restart Farrell was third but pounced on Tatnell for second in a stirring drive from the Diamond Bay Motorsport pilot.

James McFadden, who started from P11, was fourth from Robbie Farr (P10), Cameron Gessner (P12), Kyle Hirst (P3), Steven Lines (P10), Shaun Bradford (P7), Matt Egel, David Priolo, Daniel Harding, Luke Dillon, Ryan Jones, Jamie Maiolo and Brad Maiolo.

Murcott and Kendrick were the only non-finishers in the main event.

Kerry Madsen (ctr) congratulates Brook Tatnell on his 9th WSS Championship as Ryan Farrell looks on

Final Round WSS Podium: 2nd Ryan Farrell, Winner Kerry Madsen, 3rd Brooke Tatnell

Brooke Tatnell and John Day

The Krikke Motorsport Team - On top of the world after taking out the 2014/15 WSS Championship

Happy Man : Brooke Tatnell holds the WSS Perpetual Trophy - his name is on it nine times !

Tatnell enjoys not only the victory spoils but some female company as well

There were heaps of displays at the Motorplex for the WSS final Round - Here an ex Steve Kinser Maxim sits proudly on the Plex Turf

Yesteryear Supermodifieds

Lacking Grunt: Brooke Tatnell did an engine change early in the program

The new Tatnell engine ready for transplanting

Peter Roebuck sniffed out where the WSS Perpetual trophy was hiding before qualifying

Robbie Farr (7), Taylor Milling (W25) and Ryan Lancaster (20) in heat action

Rolling around the Back Straight prior to heat action

Shaun Bradford enjoys a lighter moment

The final field prepares for The Green

The Krikke Motorsport Team - On top of the world after taking out the 2014/15 WSS Championship

Shaun Dobson unfortuanately wasn't in the WSS mix this time

David Murcott was leading the points going into the final round but hit the T1 wall in the A-Main and extinguished his chance to take his 1st WSS Championship

Taylor Milling with a Smoking Joe Motor in his qualifying run

Hyle Hirst sets Quick Time in the #17 Milwaulkee Tools/Monte Motorsport entry

Shaun Dobson leads Brooke Tatnell

The Big Crowd enjoyed the action

Daniel Keen gets into hot water

Brooke Tatnell keeps a close eye on the Big Screen

Robbie Farr leads Jamie Maiolo and Ryan Farrell

Steven Lines was unable to make any real impression on the front runners

Kerry Madsen won the final WSS Sprintcar race on the calender

Brooke Tatnell - 2014/15 WSS Champion


Kyle Hirst 13.830, Jason Kendrick 13.837, David Murcott 13.840, Robbie Farr 13.877, David Priolo 13.981, Ryan Jones 13.993, Luke Dillon 13.999, James McFadden 14.004, Taylor Milling 14.022, Brad Maiolo 14.029, Brooke Tatnell 14.031, Kerry Madsen 14.043, Steven Lines 14.054, Shaun Bradford 14.075, Jamie Maiolo 14.098, Cameron Gessner 14.137, Shaun Dobson 14.156, Carl Dowling 14.182, Daniel Harding 14.230, Darren Jensen 14.238, Troy Lawson 14.322, Brent Aprile 14.366, Kye Scroop 14.389, Matt Egel 14.443, Daryl Clayden 14.448, Andrew Wright 14.512, Ryan Farrell 14.553, Lee Nash 14.637, Daniel Keen 14.957, Jason Boland 14.958, Jason Pryde 15.070.

Heat 1: 1st Daryl Clayden, 2nd Lee Nash, 3rd Daniel Harding, 4th Cameron Gessner, 5th Robbie Farr, 6th Steven Lines, 7th Kyle Hirst, 8th Luke Dillon, 9th Bradley Maiolo, 10th Brent Aprile, 11th Jason Pryde.

Heat 2: 1st Darren Jensen, 2nd Shaun Bradford, 3rd Andrew Wright, 4th James McFadden, 5th Brooke Tatnell, 6th Jason Kendricik, 7th Shaun Dobson, 8th Daniel Keen, 9th Kye Scroop, 10th David Priolo.

Heat 3: 1st 1st Ryan Farrell, 2nd Matt Egel, 3rd Jamie Maiolo 4th Kerry Madsen, 5th David Murcott, 6th Ryan Jones, 7th Troy Lawson, 8th Carl Dowling, 9th Jason Boland and 10th Taylor Milling.

Heat 4: 1st Lee Nash, 2nd Cameron Gessner, 3rd Bradley Maiolo 4th Shaun Bradford, 5th Andrew Wright, 6th Brent Aprile, 7th Jason Kendrick, 8th Darren Jensen, 9th James McFadden, 10th Jason Pryde DNF: Robbie Farr.

Heat 5: 1st Steven Lines, 2nd Daryl Clayden, 3rd Matt Egel, 4th Kerry Madsen, 5th Daniel Harding, 6th Luke Dillon, 7th Ryan Jones, 8th Kyle Hirst, 9th Carl Dowling. DNF: Jason Boland.

Heat 6: 1st Ryan Farrell, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Brooke Tatnell, 4th Kye Scroop, 5th Daniel Keen, 6th David Murcott, 7th Shaun Dobson, 8th David Priolo, 9th Troy Lawson, 10th Taylor Milling.

Final: 1st Kerry Madsen, 2nd Ryan Farrell, 3rd Brooke Tatnell, 4th James McFadden, 5th Robbie Farr, 6th Cameron Gesner, 7th Kyle Hirst, 8th Steven Lines, 9th Shaun Bradford, 10th Matt Egel, 11th David Priolo, 12th Daniel Harding, 13th Luke Dillon, 14th Ryan Jones, 15th Darren Jensen, 16th Lee Nash, 17th Jamie Maiolo, 18th Bradley Maiolo. DNF: David Murcott and Jason Kendrick.

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Brayden Miller Rockets to Victory in the 2015 WA Limited Sprintcar Title

Words by Paul Griffin
Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck and  Texanne Racing

Last Weekend (Sat 14 Feb) Brayden Miller came from the depths of motor racing adversity to rocket across the line and take honours in Western Australia’s Limited Sprintcar Title.

Held at Bunbury’s Quit Speedway, the Limited’s were supporting their bigger 410 Open brothers who were staging their National Title.

Miller drove an inspiring race and took the State Title making it two years in a row – Just like Dave Murcott in the Opens……the only difference was that Murcott started from pole while Brayden Miller started 2nd row off the rear !

It was a mind blowing performance by 19 year old Miller who in the qualifying lead-up hadn’t accumulated the points the Team was hoping for thanks to a DNF in his 2nd heat after a massive roll over.

Brayden Miller proudly retained his state Title in WA Limited Sprintcars

The wild ride going into turn 2 resulted in major damage to the car with a severely bent frame, destroyed front axle, “totalled” top wing and crushed front torsion bar tubes being just some of the more serious outcomes.

Brayden Miller takes a big tumble in his 2nd heat - His Title defence looked all but over at that point

After that ill fated heat, the car was towed back to the pits and the Texanne Racing outfit sponsored by Lee’s Transport/Western Fleet Services/Creative Elegance  went to work. The pace was frantic as the Team rushed to rebuild the car in an attempt to at least salvage a start in the Championship A-Main.

As the minutes ticked away, the dedicated crew managed to get the car back into some vague assemblence of a race car. It was a top effort as the car rolled to the staging area, albeit in a “Rough Diamond” configuration.

Miller was about to defend his title with a wildly bent frame, seized front suspension, no power steering, major panel damage, marginal brakes and the list goes on.

As Miller entered the clayway, his Team advised the young gun pilot “This is the best we can do with the old girl. It’s going to be a handful ….just drive it as best as you can. Find out where it sort of works and just stay there.”

And that is exactly what Miller did !

It was an ill handling dog of a car, but astonishingly, Miller started at the back, made the most of any vague opportunities and dialled in on where his beast would return the best lap times.

To his credit, Brayden chipped away and with a yellow displayed with just 6 laps remaining, he had incredibly worked himself into first place.

From that point Brayden simply cleared out and despite another yellow with 4 to go, he rocketed across the line a quarter of a lap ahead of Brad Cox and Gavin Davis.

A simply stunning performance and it really does remind us all once again of that old sporting adage…..never give up !

At the Victory presentations Miller was ecstatic with his victory and freely admitted that the charge through the field was one of his best drives of all time – especially with the injured car he had.

He thanked his Family, Crew and Sponsors including Lee’s Transport, Western Fleet Services and Creative Elegance Wedding Décor.

Miller expressed a personal tribute to Korey Lee from Lee’s Transport and underscored the fact that Korey was 100% behind the Team.

Miller went on the say “that racing and the fantastic results that the Team have enjoyed this season would not be possible without the awesome assistance from Lee’s Transport.

Well done Brayden “Highside Hammer” Miller !

Podium: L to R - 2nd Brad Cox, Winner Brayden Miller, 3rd Gavin Davis

Brayden Miller celebrates his stunning victory on the WA1 tailtank in front of an admiring and very vocal crowd

Brayden Miller and Father/Car Owner Mark are on top of the world moments after taking the 2015 WA Limited Sprintcar Title

Justin Bell kissed the dirt

Early action : Anthony Gaudio (43), Sam Miller (3), Gavin Davis (8)

Mick Doble (40) and Matthew Peaker (28) race wheel to wheel

Brayden Miller early in the evening

After his wild ride in his 2nd heat, Brayden Miller and Team amazingly rebuilt his car as best they could, slappped on a spare #2 wing and proceeded to demolish the opposition - the tailtank still bears the #1 which he was defending

Matthew Peaker gets into a spot of trouble

The following day and the Miller Team are busy stripping the car down to salvage what they can

That top wing was a write off

Miller hit the wall so hard in his heat rollover that it crushed the torsion bar tubes and rendered the front suspension inoperative

The front axle was cactus and changed before the A-Main

10 am the next day and the Brayden Miller Team have the WA1 car comepletely stripped - nice work !

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Australian Sprintcar Title Results 2015 – Dave Murcott Successfully Defends his Title

Dave Murcott drove a superb race to secure his 2nd Australian Sprintcar Title at Bunbury’s Quit Speedway last Sat 14th Feb. It was a dominating performance that has seen the Victorian racer win two National Titles in succession.

Murcott was pretty much in a league of his own and in the lead up to the Big Race also took out the preliminary night honours.

Dave Murcott signals two in a row for the camera

The 53rd Running of the SJ Crushing Australian Title saw Murcott start from pole alongside local Myalup Driver Brad Maiolo in very very cool conditions. It was an incredible effort from young Maiolo in the face of a stack of heavy hitters and interstate invaders.

The top 8 starting grid was:

  1. Dave Murcott
  2. Brad Maiolo
  3. Ryan Farrell
  4. Ian Madsen
  5. Robbie Farr
  6. Steven Lines
  7. Danny Reidy
  8. Jamie Veal

Darren Jensen and Daniel Pestka were the two reserves for the 40 lap A-Main and were delighted to get a start as Ian Loudoun and Callum Williamson tangled in turn 1 on the first lap and eliminated themselves from further competition.

Ian Loudoun in the Kenerick Racing #29 goes over in spectacular fashion before one lap is entered in the book

A second attempt to get the Championship underway was successful while Robbie Farr retired to the in field with mechanical dramas after just 6 laps.

Murcott was quick to shoot to the lead and Steven Lines in the W3 signalled he was serious moving into P3 from P6 after just 7 laps. Stalwart Trevor Green was another in field casualty and exited the #11 Natrad entry after 9 laps.

Farrell was looking threatening having displaced Brad Maiolo and set his sights on Murcott. The current Australian Champion just seemed to have Farrell’s measure when it counted, in fact as the lapped slowly ticked away Lines was determined to work to the front and mounted several challenges on Farrell’s P2.

With 13 laps down a pronounced cushion had developed into turns 3 and 4. Drivers were have difficulty with this and those that made better headway were steering away from the intimidating step.

Farrell continued to apply pressure on Murcott and was eating into the leader’s margin. pegging Murcott back slowly. Not to be outdone, Lines was going with Farrell and stayed in touch. At half race distance local driver Carl Dowling spun on turns 3/4 and brought on the yellows.

Underway again and not to be outdone Jamie Maiolo had come from deep in the pack to be P6 and former Australian Champion James McFadden had moved up 10 spots into P9.

Ian Madsen arrived on the scene within a lap of the Dowling restart and went wide on Farrell to take 2nd spot. The next time around Madsen snuck the nose of the #10 entry in front of Murcott, but Murcott was up to the challenge and took back what he had momentarily lost.

This signalled the start of a titanic battle between Murcott and Madsen, each Driver refusing to give in. Madsen was able to shoot to the lead but this was again short lived as with 14 to go Murcott snatched the lead back – all this while Steven Lines rounded up Ryan Farrell for 3rd. After Farrell was the fast finishing Jamie Veal, Cameron Gessner and James McFadden in 7th.

Then with 13 laps to go disaster struck as Shaun Bradford was attempting to limp off the track, Ian Madsen had nowhere to go and clipped the back of his car despite an almighty attempt at evasive action. Madsen spun around on turn 4 and stuck the boot into his rig to keep it going.

He was facing oncoming traffic as the #10 lifted into a massive static wheelie. The attempt to keep fire in the engine was a ripper but the big 410 succumbed and stalled out – what a bummer – Madsen was sent to the rear as a result !

On the restart Tatnell was slowly moving forward but still way off the lead group. Veal and Farrell engaged in a personal battle for 3rd with the two swapping places and Veal finally clearing out.

With 8 laps to go the placings were Murcott, Lines, Veal, Farrell, McFadden, Gessner, Tatnell and Daniel Pestka who had snuck under the radar from a rear start. Jamie Maiolo brought on the yellows with a spin at the exit of turn 2.

Gessner’s LH rear blew on the back straight with a couple of laps to go and he pulled in field.

Cameron Gessner blew a left rear tyre on the back straight in the dying stages of the 2015 Title

Local hero Jamie Maiolo over-cooks the W99 at Bunbury

Murcott kept his head down and despite extreme pressure from Steven Lines he crossed the line to the roar and cheers from the capacity crowd to take his 2nd Australian Title in a row.


Final placings:

  1. Dave Murcott
  2. Steven Lines
  3. Jamie Veal
  4. James McFadden

Dave Murcott parades the Aussie Flag on the final night - there was no need to change the A1 sticker on the car as he took the championship for another year

Veteran Max Dumesny started the A-Main out of P20 - just too far back to make any in-roads

Shaun Dobson the Bunbury surface

Long way from home - Queenslander Brent Aprile

Cameron Gessner was a fancied local

Ben Atkinson drove the Ex Sheldon Haudenschild Keens Motorsport #90 car

Trevor Green thumps his rig around the Bunbury clayway

Cameron Gessner in the W41 Cowara Motorsport entry

Luke Dillion in more trouble while Jason Kemdrick (92) does a wheelie to high tail it out of trouble

Daniel Keen went over earlier in the program

Dave Murcott - All Style

Trevor Green (11) and Brooke Tatnell (2) do battle

Callum Williamson did well to qualify withn the A-Main top 10

Jason Kendrick in action

Dave Mucott mashes the gas pedal and just lifts the front left

In field line-up before the A-Main

4-Wide salute

Safety Crews and Fire Marshalls are key to a successful meeting - Thanks for your support Guys !!!!!!

David Priolo (W8) races hard while his front wing has collapsed

Luke Dillion gets in a spin

Truckload of Trophys - Newly Crowned Aussie Champ Dave Murcott

2015 Australian Title Podium: L to R Steve Lines 2nd, Dave Murcott winner, Jamie Veal 3rd

Happy Man - Dave Murcott

New Australian Champ Dave Murcott celebrates his great vistory with a wing dance and Aussie Flag

Dave Murcott proved his worth in taking out A1 two years in a row

All Images compliments of Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
Words by Paul Griffin

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