Peter Roebuck Awarded Speedway Australia Photographer of The Year at Gala Awards Presentation Function

Words – Paul Griffin

Recently Speedway Photographer Peter Roebuck had a coveted National award bestowed upon him.

Peter Roebuck Lensman

Peter Roebuck – Master Speedway Lensman

Peter attended the Speedway Australia Annual Awards Presentation and graciously took out the 2017 Speedway Photographer of The Year Award.

The award recognised the tireless effort and sheer artistic skill that Peter so aptly demonstrates week in, week out.

In the main Peter departs from the standard flash photography that most speedway lens gurus rely on to “stop time” and capture that ultimate image.

Peter prefers to suffer the weight penalty and uses the “available light” technique where a hot shoe flash is swapped out for a massive lens that is capable of drawing in large amounts of ambient light.

This results in staggering detail and no dark shadow lines.

Peter has mastered the technique over many decades of both speedway photography and other forms of photography.

Peter Roebuck

Peter Roebuck celebrates his Speedway Australia Photographer of the Year Award with son Travis (Director and Announcer for Fox FM)

Peter Roebuck wins

Some of the dignitaries that were in attendance to see Peter take out a popular victory on the night

James McFadden

Sprintcar High Flyer James McFadden and his Partner were amongst the crowd

The majority of Peter’s craft is carried out in Western Australia, particularly at the high banked Kwinana Beach Perth Motorplex venue.

He has also travelled around the nation to cover major races and other forms of motorsport.

Known affectionately in some circles as “Straight Shooter”, Peter  has an incredible knack of being in the right spot at the right time to capture a wide range of stunning shots.

These range from traditional racing shots, wild flips, concept shots, behind the scenes pit shots, candid in-field shots and even the odd magnificent sunset backdrop shot at Perth Motorplex.

He covers a lot of ground in one racing night that’s for sure !!

During season 2016/17 Peter was also recognised for 50 years of service to the Speedway Industry with a special award presented by Perth Motorplex Speedway Manager Gavin Migro (see link below).

We take out hat off to Peter for winning this prestigious award and wish to recognise his outstanding achievements in not only season 2016/17 but over many many years.

Well done Peter !!

Photographer of the Year - Peter Roebuck

Biggest Congrats Peter !!!
An Award well recognised and deserved Mate

We would also give a big thanks to Peter for his regular contributions to http://Torque Tube. Without those valued contributions this not for profit website would not continue to exist.

Well done again Peter for showcasing Speedway and particularly Sprintcars in all their glory !!

To read more about Peter Roebuck click on these links: http://torquetube.com.au/2015/09/04/straight-shooter-peter-roebuck/

Photographer Peter Roebuck Honoured for 50 years Service in Speedway

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Ben Van Ryt wins Final 360 Meeting for 2016/17 at Perth Motorplex

All Images – Peter Roebuck
Words – Paul Griffin

Last Saturday night saw the final 360 CI Sprintcar race of the 2016/17 season at Perth Motorplex.

Our photographer Peter Roebuck was there to capture all the action and see Ben Van Ryt in fine form.

A Main Podium: L to R: Tom Hooper (3rd), Ben Van Ryt (1st), Luch Monte (3rd)

A Main Podium: L to R: Tom Hooper (3rd), Ben Van Ryt (1st), Luch Monte (3rd)

Ben Van Ryt

Ben Van Ryt took out the final 360 meeting of the year at Perth Motorplex

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Ben Van Ryt with winner’s trophy in hand

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Ben Van Ryt is congratulated on his popular victory

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Sunset

Perth Motorplex is that stage for many a great sunset – here a wingless sprint completes a marvellous view

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Jamie Veal Wins Final Round of USC NSW – Robbie Farr takes the USC Chase and USC NSW Championship

All images compliments Gary Reid
Words: Valvoline Raceway PR

Jamie Veal was a jubilant victor in the final round of the USC NSW Championship and USC Chase tonight at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway and Robbie Farr claimed both the respective championships.

Veal sped to his 15th career victory (and second in a row) at Parramatta to now move into equal 16th place for overall wins tying with Ian Madsen.

He was rarely challenged for supremacy in the 35-lap A-Main.

“We’ve had an up and down kind of year,” he revealed at the podium, “we had a great start, we lost our momentum in the middle and now we’ve regained our speed at the end. It’s good to get some data we can use here for next year though.”

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Sprintcar podium (l-r): Robbie Farr (3rd), Jamie Veal (1st), Shaun Dobson (2nd)

Tasmanian Shaun Dobson was electric in the Essendon Ford #21 as he sizzled to second place behind Veal and an eventual third in the USC Chase Championship.

Dobson was hectic in the Pole Shootout moving from 8th to 3rd in the 2-lap knockout and showing some blistering speed until Jamie Veal ended his run.

For Robbie Farr his eventual third place in the A-Main (he pipped Jordyn Brazier on the final lap to earn the final spot on the rostrum) driving the ECP #7 Cool was a moment to savor.

“This team has worked hard this year for this result,” he smiled, “I can’t thank Barry and Felicity Waldron and Nick Speed and Neil Kelly enough for the hard work they put in on this deal. Barry and Felicity have done so much for this sport, for this team and for my family. It’s a great result to win the Chase and the NSW USC deal but we can’t stop yet, we’ve got the QLD USC to try and pin down next Friday too.”

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Robbie Farr is USC NSW Champion

Jordyn Brazier was one lap away from his first ever Sydney podium but just missed the spot when Robbie Farr past the Cobra Bins #21 and slid him back to fourth.

Max Dumesny and Max Johnston enjoyed a spirited stoush for the final spot in the top five with Dumesny eventually getting the nod over his younger adversary with Jackson Delamont seventh, Danny Reidy eighth, James Thompson ninth and Sam Walsh rounding out the ten.

Walsh was left ruing what might have been for the second consecutive weekend as he tagged the back of fellow front row starter Jamie Veal as the pair raced into turn one for the first time.

The Rocket Industries #92 spun in front of the field where he was struck by the hapless Grant Tunks who had nowhere to go in the Flair Dancewear #54.

Tunks was unfortunately unable to restart.

Walsh raced back to tenth after starting in #23 on the restart despite a severely damaged front wing.

Promising young Central Coast racer Alex Orr rode out a wild ride in his Meander Village #43 when he was tagged by teen racer Matt Geering and flipped hard coming out of turn two.

Geering appeared to get a push on the lowline in the Cooldrive #6 and the pair made contact with Orr’s entry rolling hard.

FINAL PLACINGS

1. Jamie Veal
2. Shaun Dobson
3. Robbie Farr
4. Jordyn Brazier
5. Max Dumesny
6. Max Johnston
7. Jackson Delamont
8. Danny Reidy
9. James Thompson
10. Sam Walsh
11. Toby Bellbowen
12. Matt Dumesny
13. Warren Ferguson
14. Michael Pickens
15. Mitchell Dumesny
16. Lachlan McHugh
17. Daniel Sayre
18. Darryl Campbell
19. Jessie Attard
20. Matt Geering DNF
21. Marcus Dumesny DNF
22. Alex Orr DNF
23. Ben Atkinson DNF
24. Grant Tunks DNF

Alex Orr goes over

Alex Orr (43) gets upside down in front of Matt Geering
(6) and Daniel Sayre (16) while Lachlan McHugh (23) drives away

Jamie Veal (35) and Sammy Walsh (92)

Jamie Veal (35) and Sammy Walsh (92) in the Pole Shuffle

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Top Shot Gary !!!! — Stacey Galliford

Max Johnston

Max Johnston gives it his all

Robbie Seton

Robbie Seton looking good through turn one

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Braydan Willmington showing good pace in his qualifying run

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Mitchell Dumesny in qualifying really stands on the gas

Mick Saller

Mick Saller powers through a turn at Valvoline Raceway

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal shows his smooth winning style

Alex Orr (43) leads Marcus Dumesny (47) and Braydan Willmington (89)

Alex Orr (43) leads Marcus Dumesny (47) and Braydan Willmington (89)

Heat race action with Darryl Campbell (left, 28), Mick Saller (56)

Heat race action with Darryl Campbell (left, 28), Mick Saller (56), Matt Geering (6), Cameron Ware (58) and Matt Thomas (45)

Winner of the B-Main was Daniel Sayre in a polished drive with Lachlan McHugh, Matt Geering and Alex Orr also making the transfer to the A-Main.

Winner of the C-Main was Blake Skipper with Cordi O’Hehir putting in one of her best drives of the season to finish 2nd and transfer to the B-Main.

Winner of the D-Main was Bruce White with Kaitlyn Anthony also making the transfer to the back of the C-Main.

Jamie Veal won the Pole Shootout whilst the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Quick time went to James Thompson in the Stahlwille Tools #22 with a 12.581s lap in Flight One.

Heat winners were Max Dumesny, Jordyn Brazier, Sam Walsh and Jamie Veal.

The non-qualifiers win went to Robbie Seton.

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Perth Motorplex Speedway Update

Words – WA Sunday Times

PERTH MOTORPLEX FUTURE – UPDATE IN TODAY’S SUNDAY TIMES

Sunday 2 April, 2017

Racing Hub has reprieve By Martin Flynn WA’s motorsport hub will remain on track for another year but the State Government is still scrambling to find a private bidder to secure its future….

Perth Motorplex is currently operated by WA government agency VenuesWest, which last week confirmed it would keep doors open until June 2018 even if the facility runs at a loss.

An expression-of-interest period that finished last month drew responses from Australia and overseas, VenuesWest chief executive David Etherton said.

Mr Etherton said more than 80 groups in the motorsport industry were contacted before the public release of the EOI process, but it would take several months to consider proposals to operate the venue.

“We have every intention of completing the process and undertaking a transition period within the June 2018 time-frame,” he said. “If an operator has not been appointed at this stage, a further decision will be made at the time regarding VenuesWest’s continued involvement and the ongoing operation of the venue.”

VenuesWest took on “interim management” last July after Kwinana Motorplex withdrew from operating the venue.

Asked if the stadium would continue to run even at a loss to taxpayers, Mr Etherton said “VenuesWest will manage the venue until June 2018, or until transitioning to a new operator if this occurs prior to that date.

“The season hasn’t finished so the financial performance…is not yet finalised.” A 2015-16 financial summary for the $29.3 million Motorplex showed it paid VenuesWest $439,158 that season.

Speedway veteran David Priolo, who was to retire after last night’s Gold Cup Grand Final, said it was “imperative” the Motorplex stayed open.

Mr Etherton said this season, which finishes on May 31, would be delivered and 2017-18 was under development.

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Jamie Veal Wins USC Round at Valvoline Raceway – Sydney Speedway

All Images compliments of Gary Reid
Words by USCPR, minor edit P Griffin

It was a mixed bag of contrasting fortunes for the six USC Chase Championship contenders at Valvoline Raceway on the weekend …..and a win for defending champion Jamie Veal sees the points situation tightening substantially coming into the final round next Saturday night (April 8).

Disappointments presented for 1st and 2nd placed Chase contenders Robbie Farr and Sam Walsh coming into the fifth round last night, while strong finishes for Shaun Dobson and Max Dumesny now sees the title open up considerably.

Matt Dumesny too, who led for several laps of the 35-lap A-Main Saturday night (1st April) ended up with several unplanned events hampering his Chase aspirations after going into the round in fourth place.

Jamie Veal’s win was far from an easy affair for the Warrnambool hero with Matt Dumesny serving it up to the #35 SWI Engineering Maxim until the young Sydneysider jumped the cushion in turn three and four and then half spun back on to the track.

Jamie Veal (1st)

A Main podium (l-r): James Thompson (2nd), Jamie Veal (1st), Jay Waugh (3rd)

Jamie Veal at Valvoline Raceway

Jamie Veal celebrates feature win number 14 at Valvoline Raceway

With the front wheels high in the air Matt Dumesny came into the path of the hapless Sam Walsh (running in third at the time) and the pair became locked together bringing on the cautions.

Tragically for Walsh, who earlier had bettered his own one-lap track record in qualifying in the #92 Rocket Industries GF1 with a stunning 11.500s lap, his car was too badly damaged to restart.

This caused a major speed bump in Walsh’s path to possible Chase victory with the further agony of knowing that series leader Robbie Farr would later finish in a disappointing 9th position.

Veal was rock solid with the Jeff Judd/Dylan Buswell spannered #35 and racked up his 14th career victory at the VR clayway.

The fact that his beloved Essendon Bombers AFL Team looked well placed to record their second consecutive win not long after he crossed the line was not lost on the Victorian superstar.

“I really can’t thank these boys enough,” he explained, “Matty (Dumesny) did a great job there and I had to really keep him in my sights in the traffic. It’s great that we could come up with the win and let’s see what happens next week I guess.”

Tasmanian Shaun Dobson was speedy and consistent in the Quantum Quartz / Essendon Ford #21 to finish in a healthy fourth position behind USC podium debutant Jay Waugh in third.

Max Dumesny

Max Dumesny (5) battles with Shaun Dobson (21)

Canberra based expat Kiwi Waugh paid tribute to his family members, friends and partner Kaara stating ‘this is a great result for our little team to get this third place. It was great to run up the front with these guys and I hope it continues.”

James Thompson was resilient and effective in the Stahlwille Tools #22 for his stout second place despite battling effects of the flu.

“I’m feeling really under the weather tonight it’s so good to get a result like his for all our team. The wheels never fall off this car, the boys always give me such a great car.”

Thompson also paid tribute to the track staff for the wide and racy surface.

“My hat’s off to the track guys here, this place was old school Parramatta and it was a pleasure to race on. I know that they’ve had a huge job getting the place ready with all the rain but it was back to its best tonight.”

Max Dumesny was his typical rock-solid self in the Valvoline Maxim slipping silently into the top six and garnering some critical points to overtake son Matt in the Chase points coming into April 8.

Max Johnston wheeled the Airplant Services #38 to a stirring top-five finish showing everyone how keen he was to be back behind the wheel after the interminable two-month lay off with Sydney’s unseasonal wet weather patterns.

Jackson Delamont ran a strong seventh ahead of VR debutant Darren Mollenoyux from Victoria (keeping him in the hunt for a possible top five Chase result) over Robbie Farr in ninth and Michael Pickens tenth in the Style Homes / Century Batteries Eagle.

For Chase points leader Robbie Farr, a critical jumped cushion in turns three/four whilst haggling near the front proved costly as the #7 ECP/Hi-Tec Oils Cool dropped several positions to only just remain inside the top ten.

4-wide salute at Valvolien Raceway

4-wide salute (l-r): Matt Dumesny (57), Shaun Dobson (21), Ben Atkinson (2), Jamie Veal (35)

Michael Pickens came from the B-Main to run a creditable top ten in his VR Sydney Sprintcar debut and show his undeniable quality in an unfamiliar package owned by Sid Moore and spannered by Brett Morris.

Remaining finishers were Toby Bellbowen 11th, Darryl Campbell 12th, Daniel Sayre (who was a lively customer and ran within sight of the top five for some time) 13th, Danny Reidy 14th, Matt Geering 15th, Kim Becker (who ran as a two-car team with son Jesse who made his first USC A-Main appearance) 16th and Warren Ferguson 17th.

DNF’s were Ben Atkinson, Alex Orr, Jesse Attard, Jordyn Brazier, Guy Stanshall and Matt Dumesny.

Guy Stanshall unfortunately had the biggest exit from the A-Main when he made contact with Ben Atkinson and flipped many times into turn three before thankfully emerging unscathed.

Darren Mollenoyux

Victorian Darren Mollenoyux squeezes the right rear in time trials

Nathan Dicker (82) and Jason Davis (31)

Nathan Dicker (82) and Jason Davis (31) power down the back straight

Michael Pickens

Michael Pickens has his car balanced beautifully

Max Johnston

Max Johnston (38) leads Darren Mollenoyux (inside) and Jay Waugh

Kim Becker

Kim Becker is all concentration as Alex Orr drives the high line

Ben Atkinson (2) leads Robbie Farr (7) and Sammy Walsh (92)

Ben Atkinson (2) leads Robbie Farr (7) and Sammy Walsh (92)

Heat wins went to Jamie Veal, Matt Dumesny, Ben Atkinson and Shaun Dobson.

The C-Main win went to James Duckworth with Adam Hourigan also making the transfer.

The B-Main went to Darryl Campbell with Michael Pickens, Alex Orr and Kim Becker also making the transfer to the A-Main.

Official results in the A-Main were:

1. Jamie Veal
2. James Thompson
3. Jay Waugh
4. Shaun Dobson
5. Max Johnston
6. Max Dumesny
7. Jackson Delamont
8. Darren Mollenoyux
9. Robbie Farr
10. Michael Pickens
11. Toby Bellbowen
12. Darryl Campbell
13. Daniel Sayre
14. Danny Reidy
15. Matt Geering
16. Kim Becker
17. Warren Ferguson

Next weekend Saturday April 8th sees the Grand Final of the USC Chase and also the ultimate Sprintcar Challenge NSW Final at Sydney Valvoline Raceway.

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Jason Kendrick takes Perth Motorplex Gold Cup – The Final Race of the Season

Words: Darren O’Dea
Images: Peter Roebuck

Action Everywhere !!!…..That’s about the only way to describe the final sprintcar race meeting of the season at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night – the Merger Contracting Gold Cup.

Initially slated for 30 laps, a series of dramas, crashes and even a disqualification saw the second of the feature races (Gold Cup) trimmed to 20 laps.

Jason Kendrick, who started from P4, won from Shaun Bradford and Ben Ellement.

Jason Kendrick won the Gold Cup

Gold Cup Podium L to R:
2nd Shaun Bradford (2nd), Jason Kendrick (1st) and Ben Ellement (3rd)

Jason Kendrick

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Andrew Priolo, who started on pole, spun around as the field took the green, causing Kye Scroop, Jason Pryde and Luke Dillon to be innocent victims.

Dillon and Scroop got a restart and Pryde was initially out, but managed to get a restart after a subsequent restart gave him extra time.

This was after Brad Maiolo spun around in turn two.

Drama then unfolded when Jamie Maiolo, who started on the outside of the front row, was deemed by officials to have jumped the start twice and sent to the rear of the field.

On the next restart Maiolo was ruled by officials to be the cause of an incident in turn 1-2 that saw Kye Scroop and David Priolo damaged and out of the contest.

Priolo was not happy and remonstrated with Maiolo who was then disqualified from the rest of the event.

Luke Dillon and Darren Mewett were rubbing wheels for a while before Dillon rode his rival’s wheels and went over on the main straight.

Daniel Harding banged the wall and limped to the infield.

Once the race settled down it was a tame affair with Kendrick taking the win by just under five seconds.

Feature race 1 – Silver Cup

On his last show before retiring David Priolo has claimed the first of the two feature races.

He started from P8 in the 20 lap Silver Cup but powered to the lead on lap 15 to set up the win from Daniel Harding and Jason Kendrick.

At the end of the race Priolo performed a serious of celebration donuts on the bike track in front of a very appreciative crowd.

David Priolo

David Priolo won the Silver Cup from Daniel Harding and Jason Kendrick

Luke Dillon, who started on the front row with Shaun Bradford, got the jump at the start and led for most of the race.

Bradford pulled infield with a flat right rear on lap 10.

Harding and Carl Dowling looked strong in the latter stages and were both hounding Dillon after Priolo grabbed the lead.

Harding grabbed second and as Dowling was looking strong for a podium his brake rotor exploded, pulling up on the back straight and forcing a restart.

The big mover in the dash to the line was Kendrick who started at the back of the pack after struggling in qualifying and then withdrawing at the start of his heat race.

The team changed an engine and while he struggled early in the feature he passed a handful of cars to take third.

Brad Maiolo took fourth after starting from P11, while Dillon held on for fifth from Jamie Maiolo (P3), Ben Ellement (P9), Andrew Priolo (P6), Jason Pryde (P10), Danny Porter (P7), Scott Chatwin (P14) and Darren Mewett (P13).

Daniel Harding

Daniel Harding came second in the Silver Cup (1st Feature race)

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David Priolo gets some quick work on the car and has sadly announced his retirement from Sprintcar racing

David Priolo gets some quick work on the car and has sadly announced his retirement from Sprintcar racing

Jason Kendrick does some celebratory donuts after taking out the Gold Cup

Jason Kendrick does some celebratory donuts after taking out the Gold Cup

Jason Kendrick topped off a fine season taking out the Gold Cup

Jason Kendrick topped off a fine season taking out the Gold Cup

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Thanks to Peter Roebuck for supporting us all year with fantastic action packed images.

Qualifying: David Priolo 13.869, Shaun Bradford 13.916, Jamie Maiolo 13.941 Luke Dillon 13.951, Daniel Harding 14.046, Jason Kendrick 14.049, Carl Dowling 14.120, Ben Ellement 14.126, Jason Pryde 14152, Andrew Priolo 14.250, Bradley Maiolo 14.261, Kye Scroop 14.565, Danny Porter 14.675, Darren Mewett 14.913, Scott Chatwin 15.066.

Heat 1: 1st Danny Porter, 2nd Luke Dillon, 3rd Daniel Harding, 4th Ben Ellement, 5th Kye Scroop, 6th Jason Pryde, 7th David Priolo.

Heat 2: 1st Shaun Bradford, 2nd Andrew Priolo, 3rd Carl Dowling, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th Brad Maiolo, 6th Darren Mewett, 7th Scott Chatwin. DNS: Jason Kendrick.

Feature 1 – SILVER CUP: 1st David Priolo, 2nd Daniel Harding, 3rd Jason Kendrick, 4th Bradley Maiolo, 5th Luke Dillon, 6th Jamie Maiolo, 7th Ben Ellement, 8th Andrew Priolo, 9th Jason Pryde, 10th Danny Porter, 11th Scott Chatwin, 12th Darren Mewett. DNF: Carl Dowling, Kye Scroop, Shaun Bradford.

Feature 2 – GOLD CUP: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Shaun Bradford, 3rd Ben Ellement, 4th Bradley Maiolo, 5th Carl Dowling, 6th Darren Mewett, 7th Jason Pryde, 8th Danny Porter, 9th Scott Chatwin. DNF: Daniel Harding, David Priolo, Luke Dillon, Andrew Priolo, Kye Scroo. DQ: Jamie Maiolo.

Footnote by Paul Griffin: And so ends a fine season of Sprintcar Racing at Perth Motorplex – so many highs and memorable racing at the best venue in the nation. There are already strong whispers out there about a few brand new teams for next season, including new names as well as current names in the F500 class and 360’s  moving into the 410 class. Bring it on !!

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Pictorial Post – Wed 29th March Perth Motorplex Practice

Our good friend Peter Roebuck trekked to Perth Motorplex on Wednesday night and caught these great action images of the practice session.

You just gotta love those head on shots !

Thanks Peter !!

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Jamie Veal is the New 360ci Australian Sprintcar Champion for 2017

Words: Paul Griffin
Images; Peter Roebuck

Jamie Veal powered to his first 360 Australian Title at Perth Motorplex last night in front of a huge crowd.

Veal started on pole and telegraphed his intentions immediately by catapulting the Monte Motorsport/Milwaukee Tools W17 to the lead on turn one.

He powered through the 40 lap final and didn’t relinquish his leading position.

Veal crossed the line ahead of defending Australian Champ Luke Dillon and Jason Kendrick.

2017 Australian 360 Sprintacr Title Podium: L to R - Luke Dillon (2nd), Jamie Veal (1st), Jason Kendrick (3rd)

2017 Australian 360 Sprintacr Title Podium: L to R – Luke Dillon (2nd), Jamie Veal (1st), Jason Kendrick (3rd)

Dillon drove the race of his life starting out of P9 and working his way through the field with exacting precision to take a very popular second place.

He actually secured second on the last turn with a triumphant lunge on local hot shoe Jason Kendrick.

The 2017 Di Candilo Steel City 360ci Australian Title was a memorable race for many reasons.

The crowd, one of the largest all season was treated to fine weather, ripper driving and some stunning passing in heavy traffic.

Things were red hot action packed as predicted with multiple stoppages.

On lap 27 an open red was thrown to allow teams to refuel the race cars as officials were rightly concerned that the methanol might not go the distance.

Fancied local Cameron Gessner was unable to complete the race with steering issues that caused the #68 to plough into the fence. Gessner emerged unhurt to the applause of the big crowd.

Veal’s victory was hugely popular and added volumes to the stunning season that Monte Motorsport have had.

The Motorplex track surface was a delight

The Motorplex track surface was a delight

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Steven Ford

Steven Ford

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Phil Waters

Phil Waters

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Jason Kendrick

Third Place Jason Kendrick

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Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal drove the Monte Motorsport/Milwaukee Tools W17 to a popular Title victory

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Troy Lawson

Troy Lawson was out early – on Lap 1 while tangling with AJ Nash

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Jamie Veal and Motorplex Speedway Manager Gavin Migro

Jamie Veal and Motorplex Speedway Manager Gavin Migro

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Jason Kendrick Wins Night 1 of the 2017 Australian 360ci Sprintcar Title

Words: Paul Griffin
Images: Peter Roebuck (still to come)

Local Perth Driver Jason Kendrick got off to a great start in his 2017 Australian 360ci Sprintcar Title quest by taking out Preliminary Night 1 honours at the Perth Motorplex last night (Fri 18th March).

After starting on the front row and not launching the WA92 all that well when the green dropped, Kendrick was able to ease himself into the lead position and dominate the 20 lap final.

Kendrick crossed the line a massive 7.079 seconds ahead of nearest rival Cameron Gessner.

Taking out the final podium spot was Jamie Veal in the Monte Motorsport #17 – Veal started off pole.

Night 1 2017 360 ci Australian Title Podium: l to r - Cameron Gessner (2nd), Jason Kendrick (1st), Jamie Veal (3rd)

Night 1 2017 360 ci Australian Title Podium: l to r – Cameron Gessner (2nd), Jason Kendrick (1st), Jamie Veal (3rd)

18 cars greeted the judge for the start of the A-Main and only 11 finished the affair.

Taylor Milling had a wild ride in the WA25 after coming together with WA’s David Hall.

Thirty-six cars are nominated for the title event which continues tonight at Perth Motorplex.

Peter Roebuck caught this ripper image of Kwinana Beach as a Motorplex Backdrop

Peter Roebuck caught this ripper image of Kwinana Beach as a Motorplex Backdrop

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Aleays immaculate - the John Day push utes

Always immaculate – the John Day push utes

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Taylor Milling and David Hall touch. The outcome for Milling was less than ordinary

Taylor Milling and David Hall touch. The outcome for Milling was less than ordinary

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Taylor Milling reflects on his lap 2 roll

Taylor Milling reflects on his lap 2 roll

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Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway Forced to Cancel Sat March 18 Sprintcar Meeting – The Weather Gods Have Intervened Again

sydneyLogoWords: Paul Griffin

Consistent rainfall all week in Sydney has put an end to any hope of running the Saturday March 18th Sprintcar Meeting at Valvoline Raceway.

Showers have been falling at the premier race venue and it is completely sodden.

A large front around lunchtime today (Thursday 16th) gave the track a real pelting

A large weather front around lunchtime today (Thursday 16th) gave the track a real pelting: Image-Sydney BOM Radar

The Valoline Raceway surface has taken an unfair amount of precipitation this week - image from VR Website: www.valvolineraceway.com.au

The Valvoline Raceway surface has taken an unfair amount of precipitation this week – image from VR Website: www.valvolineraceway.com.au

Today (Thursday 16th) has seen very large ongoing falls of rain throughout metro Sydney along with thunder and lightning. A massive storm front passed through just after lunch bringing flash flooding to many areas.

The 7 day forecast is no help – All rain bar a brief hiatus tomorrow (Fri).

The next Sprintcar meeting is set down for April 1st (Fingers crossed !!!!!!!!!!)

The outlook is not flash with heavy showers today and extending through the weekend and even all next week

The outlook is not flash with heavy showers today and extending through the weekend and even all next week

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