Sam Walsh takes Round 4 USC – Sid Hopping Shootout at Valvoline Raceway

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All Images : Gary Reid greid@pacific.net.au

Words: VR PR

Sam Walsh scored his third Sid Hopping Shootout main event success at Valvoline Raceway to narrowly lead home James Thompson in second place and Jordyn Brazier third in a thrilling 30-lap final.

A huge crowd witnessed a nail biting finish to the USC Round Four main event as Thompson passed Walsh on the final lap only to see the Rocket #92 repass for the point position just in time for the chequers

“That was heart attack stuff,” Walsh grinned after the race, “I saw someone down there (on the low line) and so I had to get down there quick to shut the door. I didn’t realise it was James. I can always race hard with him.”

A Main Podium 2017 Sid Hopping Shootout

Donny Schatz’s daughter Savanna was a surprise guest at Valvoline Raceway on 11 November, helping with the trophy presentations for the Sid Hopping Shootout which saw Sammy Walsh (centre) defeat James Thompson (right) and Jordyn Brazier (left). Sid Hopping is pictured second from right.

Early in the night during the national anthem parade drivers Danny Reidy, James Thompson and Kiwi Dean Brindle carried the Australian, NZ and American flags to commemorate Remembrance Day and also to celebrate the memories of American legend Bob Kinser and much-loved Broken Hill car owner and identity Peter Ruhs.

USC Sprintcars Sid Hopping Shootout A-Main results:
1 Sam Walsh
2 James Thompson
3 Jordyn Brazier
4 Matt Dumesny
5 Max Dumesny
6 Daniel Sayre
7 Warren Ferguson
8 Jackson Delamont
9 Ben Atkinson
10 Michael Saller
11 Marcus Dumesny
12 Callum Williamson
13 Jessie Attard
14 Steve Rowell
15 Danny Reidy
16 Grant Tunks
17 Troy Little

USC Sprintcar B-Main
1 Marcus Dumesny
2 Robbie Farr
3 Alex Orr
4 Blake Skipper
5 Jackson Delamont
6 Matt Jackson
7 Brendan Scorgie
8 Matt Thomas
9 Chris McInerney
10 Mick Matchett
11 Courtney O’Hehir
12 Daniel Cassidy
13 Andrew Wright
14 Luke Stirton
15 Peter O’Neill

USC Sprintcar C-Main
1 Robbie Farr
2 Daniel Cassidy
3 Robert Seton
4 Jess Cassidy
5 Kaitlyn Anthony

Sammy Walsh

Sammy Walsh won the Sid Hopping Shootout

The flag parade on Remembrance Day contained Danny Reidy (5), Dean Brindle (22NZ) and James Thompson (22N)

The flag parade on Remembrance Day contained Danny Reidy (5), Dean Brindle (22NZ) and James Thompson (22N)

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James Thompson in time trials

Blake Skipper (24) leads Danny Reidy

Blake Skipper (24) leads Danny Reidy in time trials

Mitchell Dumesny

Mitchell Dumesny, in his grandfather Sid Moore’s car, had a few obvious issues in his heat

Jordyn Brazier

Jordyn Brazier on the gas

Alex Orr (43) and Jackson Delamont (48) drive away from a luckless Kim Becker

Alex Orr (43) and Jackson Delamont (48) drive away from a luckless Kim Becker who got upside down at a restart of the A Main.

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Pictorial Post – Jason Pryde Claims First 410 Feature at Perth Motorplex while Jamie Oldfield Took out the 360 Feature

Images – Peter Roebuck

Jason Pryde claimed his maiden 410 A-Main victory in round 2 of the AHG Sprintcar Series at Perth Motorplex last weekend.

Jason Pride

First 410 A-Main win went to Jason Pryde

Following Pryde across the line was Jason Kendrick and Jamie Oldfield running the open event in his 360 powered racecar.

Oldfield had an incredible night winning the 360 A-Main from Troy Lawson and Tom Hooper while also qualifying on the front row of the 410 A-Main.

Andrew Priolo took a wild ride in the event and was Ok, although the same couldn’t be said about his car.

Jamie Oldfield (1st)

360 Podium L to R: Troy Lawson (2nd), Jamie Oldfield (1st) and Tom Hooper (3rd)

Jason Pryde was ecstatic with his maiden A-Main win in a 410

Jason Pryde was ecstatic with his maiden A-Main win in a 410

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Andrew Priolo endured a series of nasty flips

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Round 3 of the AHG Series kicks off at Perth Motorplex on Sat Nov 18th,

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Shaun Bradford Shines at Perth Motorplex

All images – Peter Roebuck
Words: Paul Griffin

Perth Motorplex opened its 2017/18 racing season last Saturday night in fine style despite a major threat of weather cancelling the event. Local ace Shaun Bradford triumphed in front of a huge crowd and drove one of his best-ever races.

It must have been a worry for Motorplex officials as inclement weather during much of the day played havoc with event planning.

Shaun Bradford

Shaun Bradford in Victory Lane

However, in the true spirit of “The Plex” Gavin Migro and his Team of tireless experts worked hard and presented one of the best tracks seen at the Kwinana Beach venue in many seasons.

Shaun Bradford was spectacular in taking a hugely popular win for the first round of the AHG Series, avenging the disappointment of seven days ago where steering issues precluded him for winning the Bonza Bradford Memorial – the annual race at Pithara Speedway that honours his Dad.

Bradford started a lowly 12th on the grid and not many in the crowd gave him a chance.

But embellished with that true determination that is simply a “Bradford Trait”, Shaun steered his immaculate W57 across the finish line to score a convincing win ahead of up and coming Andrew Priolo and former AHG Champion Jamie Maiolo.

Shaun Bradford

A-Main Podium: L to R – Andrew Priolo (2nd), Shaun Bradford (1st), Jamie Maiolo (3rd)

Interestingly Priolo had come from P7 on the grid, but the hard charger award had to go to Maiolo who started out of position sixteen.

Here’s how Peter Roebuck caught the action of the event:

 

Jason Kendrick

Jason Kendrick out in front

Jason Kendrick

Jason Kendrick and Jason Pryde tangle

Kaiden Manders

Kaiden Manders

Shaun Bradford

Shaun Bradford is back to his best

Brad Maiolo

Brad Maiolo gets down to business

Jamie Maiolo

Jamie Maiolo on the highline

Andrew Priolo

Andrew Priolo leads Daniel Harding who rolled up with a virgin white car

Kye Scroop

Kye Scroop sits out a race

Shaun Bradford

Close encounters of the 3rd kind

Kaiden Manders

Kaiden Manders in a spot of trouble

Jason Kendrick shows his smooth style

Jason Kendrick

The opening night saw a host of new livery

The opening night saw a host of new livery

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James Thompson Scores 2nd Career A-Main at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

All Images – Gary Reid : greid@pacific.net.au
Words – Paul Griffin

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An elated James Thompson driving the #22 Global Speedway Tours entry took out an action packed Ultimate Sprintcar Challenge (USC) A-Main at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway last Saturday night 28th Oct.

It was Thompson’s second career A-Main at the Parramatta Clayway, which seems incredible as he’s always in the mix and the number of times he was on the podium last year is more than you can count of two hands.

James Thompson

James Thompson acknowledges the crowd after being interviewed by Stu McCarthy – it was a great and very popular USC victory

Following Thompson across the line was a fast finishing Grant Tunks and local young gun Sam Walsh.

It was a torrid affair in the final with countless yellow light stoppages.

In fact there were so many cautions and associated rolling laps that many teams were looking down the gun barrel of running low on fuel.

Robbie Farr in his ECP #7 actually fell foul of the extended rolling laps and actually ran out of fuel having led the race and looking good for victory.

James Thompson

James Thompson had has his car set up beautifully all night and took out the USC feature race

Grant Tunks

Grant Tunks finished second in the A Main

Warren Ferguson

Warren Ferguson has had better nights

Blake Skipper

Blake Skipper recorded his best ever A Main result coming home in 7th place

Matt Jackson

Speedcar star Matt Jackson tried his hand at 410 Sprintcars and “hikes” the front left wheel

Main straight B Main action sees Luke Stirton leading Kiwi Dean Brindle (22) and Troy Little (20)

Main straight B Main action sees Luke Stirton leading Kiwi Dean Brindle (22) and Troy Little (20)

Steve Rowell

Steve Rowell at full noise on the VR clay

Final Placing’s were:
1 James Thompson
2 Grant Tunks
3 Sam Walsh
4 Max Dumesny
5 Mick Saller
6 Kim Becker
7 Blake Skipper
8 Marcus Dumesny
9 Brendan Scorgie
10 Matt Dumesny
11 Daniel Sayre
12 Ben Atkinson
13 Kaitlyn Anthony

The next USC event will double as the Syd Hopping Shootout on November 11.

Here’s how Gary Reid caught all the action:

 

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2017/18 Sprintcar Development Series Kicks Off At Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

All Images Compliments of Gary Reid: greid@pacific.net.au
Words: Paul Griffin
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Valvoline Raceway kicked off a new concept of Sprintcar Racing last weekend called the Development Series.

It’s a series reserved for Sprintcar Drivers who have never filled a podium in an A-Main at Valvoline Raceway.

As the car counts at VR are massive nowadays and not everyone can win or at least get to the podium, potentially the driver pool is pretty large.

There is a limited number of  entries for the night and at this point the series will run on alternate USC weekends:

Nov 18, Dec 16, Feb 17, Mar 10 and April 14.

We understand that the final will include 16 racecars and grid positions are determined by points accumulated in two rounds of heats.

Drivers qualifying for participation in the Development Series, can still nominate in the Blue Ribbon USC events.

The first ever Development Series A-Main was unfortunately marred by a frightening accident eleven laps into the race.

At the time Chris Street was leading the race when Adam Hourigan had no where to go as Darren Salmon’s car ground to a complete halt on the main straight not far from the flagstand.

Hourigan was unable to avoid colliding with Salmon at full throttle which sent his car on a series of wild flips.

The crash crews were quick to respond and carefully extricate Hourigan and transfer him to the local Westmead Hospital, were it was announced Adam had sustained two fractured vertebrae.

It appears that Adam has full body movement which is great news.

Hang in there Adam and get well quickly – everyone is thinking of you mate !!

The A-Main and rest of the racing programme was abandoned due to VR noise curfew rules.

Damien Hart

Damien Hart has the N75 beautifully poised

Chris Street

Chris Street was the highest pointscorer after 2 heats and was leading the Final when the race was abandoned.

Robbie Seton

Robbie Seton on the throttle at VR in the newly conceived Development Series

Brenden Rallings

Brenden Rallings (N65)

Kaitlyn Anthony (35) leads Daniel Cassidy

Kaitlyn Anthony (35) leads Daniel Cassidy

Adam Hourigan

Adam Hourigan was injured in a crash on the home straight that stopped the Sprintcar Development Series Final

Glenn Kenny (62) inside Adam Hourigan

Glenn Kenny (62) inside Adam Hourigan

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Ben Butcher wins thrilling 2017 Bonza Bradford Memorial at WA’s Pithara Speedway

All Images – Peter Roebuck
Words – Paul Griffin

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Last Saturday 21st October saw the running of the 2017 Bonza Bradford Memorial (BBM) at WA’s Pithara Speedway.

The race honours one of WA’s finest young drivers (Ian “Bonza” Bradford) who was taken from us way too early in life.

Bonza, a former West Aussie State Champ, and one of five sons of Noel Bradford, epitomized tenacity with his approach to racing Sprintcars and his personal battle with cancer.

He was renowned for not giving up and embraced a reputation as a hard-charging and skilled dirt-track chauffeur. He was a natural !!

Nowadays the BBM is a 360 ci race.

A healthy field of 16 cars rolled into Country Pithara 2.5 hrs North of Perth to honour Bonza and to have a go at taking out A-Main honours at the prestigious event.

A big crowd was in attendance to see young lead foot and son of Alan Nash, AJ Nash, set quick time (13.850 sec) followed by Shaun Bradford (13.908 sec) and Kaiden Manders (13.944 sec)

Ben Butcher

Ben Butcher was all smiles with his 2017 BBM victory

At the conclusion of the evening, first across the line was Kaiden Manders, however after returning an underweight car after the final, the win ultimately went to Ben Butcher from son of Bonza Shaun Bradford and Tom Hooper filling the final podium position.

Shaun Bradford looked to have the race wrapped up, however a mechanical gremlin associated with his steering caused him to surrender the lead and take runner up position.

Here’s how Peter Roebuck caught the action.

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Perth Motorplex Practice 18th Oct 2017

 

Images – Peter Roebuck
Aerial drone shot (Header) – Richard Hathaway
Words – Paul Griffin

 

Peter Roebuck rocked up to the Perth Motorplex Practice this week and caught these images of the LJM (Maiolo) Racing Team cars and the Wormall #79 car of Ross Chatwin.

The cars looked a treat and so they should !! – brand new livery to kick off the season, no war wounds or rock dents.

Check these images out and how awsome the cars looked at the brilliant Perth Motorplex.

If the practice session is anything to go by, the 2017/18 season is going to be mindblowing.

The new season cranks up in just one weeks time ….Oct~28 – not long to go.

So all you Sprintcar fans that have suffered withdrawal through the long winter hibernation …FEAR NOT….your Clayway fix is just around the corner at Australia’s Premier Speedway Venue – The Perth Motorplex at downtown Kwinana Beach WA.

As we understand it, there are plenty of surprises in store this year. The action is going to be red hot with a suite of brand new cars, some new faces and of course the old stalwarts as well!

You had better bring someone to hold on to !!!!

 

Brad Maiolo

Sticking with tradition Brad Maiolo (#77) has elected to go for white #77 on the top wing, white secondary body highlights and a white-on-red “MAIOLO” on the top wing leading edge – looks cool !!

Multiple AHG Series winner Jamie Maiolo has gone for A sky blue secondary colour and red on sky blue for the top wing leading edge

Multiple AHG Series winner Jamie Maiolo has gone for a sky blue secondary colour, a red-on-sky blue “MAIOLO”  for the top wing leading edge, and red #99 on the top wing – we love it !!

What a great shot of Brad Maiolo at full noise as he exits T$ at the Perth Motorplex and thunders down the main straight

What a great shot of Brad Maiolo at full noise as he exits T4 at the Perth Motorplex and thunders down the main straight

The track was in superb condition for the practice session - note the flat multi-when roller marks under the accelerating Jamie Maiolo car - SMMMOTH as a baby's bottom !

The track was in superb condition for the practice session – note the flat multi-wheel roller marks under the accelerating Jamie Maiolo car – SMOOTH as a baby’s bottom !

LJM Racing

As always ……The 2017/18 LJM Racing outfit is a stunning set up

Scott Chatwin and the immaculate #79 - The sleak bonnet line is very cool

Scott Chatwin and the immaculate #79 – The sleek bonnet line is very cool !!

Scott Chatwin

Scott Chatwin sets sail for the flagstand at the Perth Motorplex practice session this week. Scott was right up there on the lap time list.

Scott Chatwin

Gassing through turns 3-4, Scott Chatwin has the #79 Wormall Civil racecar beautifully balanced

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Quickie Post: Kaiden Manders Wins Opening Round of 360 Sprintcars at WA’s Ellenbrook Speedway

All Images – Peter Roebuck
Words – Paul Griffin

Peter Roebuck headed out to Ellenbrook last weekend to catch the opening round of the 360 Sprintcars at Ellenbrook Speedway.
Driver’s participating included:

9w A J Nash
12w Roy Leonard
20w Ryan Lancaster
30w Jamie Lancaster
42w Ben Butcher
48w Murray Iwanow
51w Jamie Oldfield
60w Kaiden Manders
63wTodd Davis
64w Paul Peet
89w Kye Scroop

Kaiden Manders was victorious on the night.

Kaiden Manders took out the A-Main

Kaiden Manders took out the A-Main

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Jamie Oldfield with car owner Sharon Obrien

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Kendrick Racing Celebates the Restoration of the Car that Ron Krikke Drove to Victory in the 1993 Australian Sprintcar Title

All Images – Peter Roebuck

Words – Paul Griffin

Whiteman Park, 1/2 and hour north of Perth CBD was the scene for a recent special get together and unveiling of a very decorated Sprintcar in Australian Speedway Racing.

The car was none other than Kendrick Racing’s 1993 372ci Gambler driven by the irrepressible Ron Krikke and has undergone a magnificent reno-makeover.

Affectionately known as the “Bunbury Bullet”, Ron Krikke drove a stunning race in the Kendrick owned and prepared Gambler in 1993 to take Title victory over NSW’s Garry Brazier and local WA driver Mark Wells.

Over three and a half years a long hours brought the A1 Gambler back to its former glory

Over three and a half years a long hours brought the A1 Gambler back to its former glory

The Board Says it All !

The Board Says it All !

Well its taken over three and a half years of long painstaking hours for Roy Carter and  Sean Carren to bring this baby back to life.

…………And bring it back to life they did – right down to the finest of details.

The racecar thanks to Roy and Sean and a swag of helpers still is a magnificent example of the quality that WA turned out in the day. Much like recent years, WA has this uncanny ability and pool of dedicated experts to build wining racecars – racecars that are equal to the best in the world.

L to R: Roy Carter, Sean Carren, Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

L to R: Roy Carter, Sean Carren, Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

With a 372ci Aluminium Chev pulling 720 HP and a massive 680 ft.lb of torque, this little baby could take on the world and win. – ….and did !!!!!

It’s truly been a massive project and those associated with the car and the restoration spent a wonderful day at Whiteman park reminiscing, admiring and telling those Sprintcar tales we love to here.

Well done guys…take a bow.

She’s a ripper !!!!!!!!!!

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What a Job !!

Winners are grinners !

Winners are grinners !

Ron Krikke hops in the driver's seat of the #A1 Kendrick Racing Gambler and relives the dream

Ron Krikke hops in the driver’s seat of the #A1 Kendrick Racing Gambler and relives the dream

Ron Krikke says a few words of thanks and deepest appreciation

Ron Krikke says a few words of thanks and deepest appreciation

Gavin Migro, Ron Krikke, Alan McCarthy, Con Migro and Jeff Leisk

Gavin Migro, Ron Krikke, Alan McCarthy, Con Migro and Jeff Leisk

Car and Team owner Geoff Kendrick with driver Ron Krikke

Car and Team owner Geoff Kendrick with driver Ron Krikke

L to R: Sean Carren, Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

L to R: Sean Carren, Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

Ron Krikke

Ron Krikke despite 24 years on from the Australian Title victory looks as good as the restored racecar

L to R: Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

L to R: Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

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We’re Off and Racing Again !! – Grant Anderson Victorious at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway Opening Meeting for 2017

All images – Gary Reid  greid@pacific.net.au

Words – Wade Aunger – VRPR
 

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GRANT ANDERSON SCORES EMOTIONAL OPENING NIGHT USC NSW WIN

Grant Anderson’s timing couldn’t have been better last Saturday October 1st.

The Albury NSW second generation racer finally clinched his career first Valvoline Raceway main event success last night in the Brian Healey Gold Cup and in the process dedicated the milestone to a close family friend whose father had passed away suddenly the morning before.

“We have a really special friend and sponsor of our team who lost her Dad just yesterday,” Anderson explained on the podium, “he was always a big supporter of mine and I know that the whole family is really hurting right now. I really want to dedicate this win to Laurie.”

Grant Anderson celebrates

Grant Anderson celebrates his inaugural and very popular A-Main victory at Valvoline Raceway Sydney

Anderson sped the #37 WASP/Bandag Latrobe Valley entry from the tenth row of the grid to run down and pass entire racer leader Daniel Sayre in dense lapped traffic.

“We got a great start,” breathed Anderson, “and we were able to do just pick our way through traffic and make the most of our opportunities. I can’t explain what it means to finally win here after so many years of trying.”

Teenager Sayre was gracious in defeat, still managing an optimistic smile and thanking sponsors and family for their support after nearly pulling off the win of his short career.

“It’s very encouraging for us to run like that, it gives me a lot of confidence that we can do something like this more often. It’s not easy but it shows me we can do it.”

Daniel Sayre

Daniel Sayre drove a great race to come second to Grant Anderson

Robbie Farr trailed the lead duo home in third place.

Grant Anderson (left) and Robbie Farr

Grant Anderson (left) and Robbie Farr do battle in the A-Main

“Congratulations to Ando and Daniel, they both did a great job,” said the defending USC champion, “we’ll take third place tonight and bank some points. I got a terrible start and really didn’t put us in a position to get the win, so we’ll take this podium tonight and move on. It’s a long season ahead.”

Former USC Champion Jamie Veal looked destined for a podium finish as a minimum but contact he between he and Shaun Dobson in turn three saw the #35 SWI Maxim spin to a stop and have to begin from the rear of the field at the restart.

Veal stomped back to an eventual seventh place in the laps that followed.

Queenslander Mitchell Gee rewarded his Titan Racing team with a strong top ten performance on season debut whilst West Aussie USC rookie Callum Williamson also got off to a positive start qualifying straight into his first VR main event.

Mitchell Gee

Mitchell Gee in turn 1, lap 1 of the A Main

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A Main podium: (l-r) Robbie Farr (3rd), Grant Anderson (1st), Daniel Sayre (2nd) and Healey family

Grant Anderson

Grant Anderson shows his winning style on the Valvoline Raceway clay

Matt Geering (6) leads Max Dumesny (5)

Matt Geering (6) leads Max Dumesny (5)

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal was attempting to win his fourth consecutive season-opening Brian Healey Cup, but a mid-race spin saw him finish out of the placings

Peter O'Neill

Peter O’Neill was a non-starter in the A-Main despite looking good in Qualifying

Blake Skipper

Blake Skipper found the going tough and crossed the flagstand in P17 in the “Big Dance”

Jackson Delamont

Jackson Delamont had a night he would prefer to forget with a DNF in the A-Main

Max Dumesny

Max Dumesny stomps the throttle in the Valvoline backed V5

Albion Park Rail USC racer Steve Caunt had a bruising wreck in the B-Main where he all but totalled his ex Kasey Kahne entry and was briefly knocked unconscious in the rollover in turns one and two.

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Steve Caunt goes over in the B-Main and wrecked his ex-Kasey Kahne racer in the pocess

USC Sprintcar A-Main results:
1. Grant Anderson
2. Daniel Sayre
3. Robbie Farr
4. James Thompson
5. Matt Dumesny
6. Shaun Dobson
7. Jamie Veal
8. Mitchell Gee
9. Jordyn Brazier
10. Warren Ferguson
11. Alex Orr
12. Max Dumesny
13. Callum Williamson
14. Mick Saller
15. Matt Geering
16. Grant Tunks
17. Blake Skipper
18. Glen Sutherland
19. Guy Stanshall
20. Jessie Attard DNF
21. Troy Little DNF
22. Danny Reidy DNF
23. Ben Atkinson DNF
24. Jackson Delamont DNF

Grant Anderson is looking forward to his next USC outing at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway on Saturday 14th October, is pumped and attempting to go back to back.

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