2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Champion – Corey McCullagh

The Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic quite often produces fairy tales, and this year in its 46th running, there was no exception.

To some,  the winner of the 2018 GASC is a little known local Warrnambool driver Corey McCullagh, however tonight he produced a Sprintcar clinic for the other 23 competitors in the  A-Main Final of the 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, and catapulted himself into worldwide Sprintcar recognition.

McCullagh crossed the flagstand after 40 grueling laps – he was over 10 car lengths ahead of his nearest rival !!

….and that rival was none other than American Racer Carson Macedo.

Over the line in third was multiple Australian Champion Brooke Tatnell and then came current Australian Champion Kerry Madsen.

Corey McCullagh and Dad Brian with the Classic Trophies - Brian is the car owner

Corey McCullagh and Dad Brian with “The Classic” Trophies – Brian is the car owner and gets his own trophy

The 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Podium (L to R): Brooke Tatnell 3rd, Corey MaCullagh 1st, Carson Macedo 3rd

The 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Podium (L to R): Brooke Tatnell 3rd, Corey McCullagh 1st, Carson Macedo 3rd

McCullagh’s victory was amazing and hugely popular amongst the lock out crowd…..it was no fluke, this team had been working to something big for quite a while !!

Brooke Tatnell paid a moving testament to the Team and the stunning victory in the presentations saying that “McCullagh had Schooled us all tonight” – what a compliment coming from the Aussie Champ !!!!!!

Both Macedo’s and Tatnell’s car were set up for the high line, while McCullagh’s was more forgiving and biased toward the low line.

Having said that, despite the fact that McCullagh had a set-up that worked on the lowline, he still had to move up high and mid-track to displace lapped cars.

The McCullagh V90 Maxim had amazing flexibility to perform all over the track. It was locked down and on rails.

It’s a cliché I know, but it was so true …….McCullagh could put the racecar in virtually any position on the track and be competitive, however by far the car’s sweet spot was down low.

It was simply a scintillating drive by McCullagh, further empahsied by the fact that he was in some pretty hot company eg: High profiled Americans, current and past Australian Champions and current and past Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic winners – some of them MULTIPLE TITLE AND CLASSIC WINNERS.

These heavy hitters had no answer for the young 23 year old local driver.

McCullagh started from P9 and won……in doing so he got past these big hitters with relative ease.

He stuck to his race plan and did not falter once.

The task of working through the Classic field also earned him the Skwid Signs “Hard Charger” award – a race car vinyl wrap and design.

The victory prize is a $30,000 cheque and McCullagh joked on the podium saying that would pay the tyre bill.

So back to the race ………….McCullagh actually made the opposition look like they were in a lesser league – that’s how distinct the difference was in car speed.

I’m not even going to give a blow by blow description of the race, as the result speaks for itself.

I have pages of notes on the fact that there were multiple stoppages, some yellow and some red…. but that is only going to cloud what I want to portray.

Corey McCullagh is now a GASC Champ – and a very  deserved one.

The victory was hatched from a team that has the lowest of low budgets – those were essentially the words used by Car Owner and Dad Brian McCullagh at the pit presentations. They simply don’t have the big bucks to toss around.

It was  a truly memorable performance….a performance that resulted in a standing ovation for the “local lad” and the biggest crowd ever seen in the pits for the official presentations.

Having said all that, there were some notable moves forward by Kerry Madsen and Steven Lines and titanic struggles between those two, Shaun Dobson and Luke Dillon during the 40 laps….but simply put ….the night and his 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Champion status belongs to Corey McCullagh.

Well done Corey – you have a huge future mate !!

Huge crowd for the GASC 2018

The 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Crowd was a lockout

Light show at the Calssic

Wade Aunger got the crowd to participate in a light display as a sign of driver respect and just plain simple fun

First lap for GASC 2018

They’re off for the 40 laps of the 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic – Pole is Brooke Tatnell (55) and Peter Doukas is second pole. Winner McCullagh started so far back, he’s not even visible in this shot !!

Good tyres

Image immediately after the race: Corey McCullagh’s tyres were well preserved, he drove a hard race but looked after the rubber far better than anyone else

Corey McCullagh's tyres were well preserved

Corey McCullagh’s tyres were so good, they could have done another 40 laps

Winning rig

The winning car after 3 days of solid competition and defeating 110 adversaries

Wonderful victory by Corey

Corey McCullagh performs the wind dance after his hugely popular 2018 GAS Classic victory

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4-Wide salute

4 wide salute

Fireworks erupt as the 4-Wide salute is forming up

Winning sprintcar

The McCullagh V90 attracted truckloads of attention after the presentation

Model Sprintcars like GASC Winners' Corey McCullagh were a popular item after his win

Model Sprintcars with a bit of green in them like GASC Winners’ Corey McCullagh were a popular item after his win

Brooke Tatnell

Brooke Tatnell was 3rd in the 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

Carson Macedo

USA Driver Carson Macedo was second in The Classic and said it was one of the best races in the world for Sprintcars

Flag Bearers

The flag bearers for the final night of the 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic were Terry McCarl (R – USA24), Luke Walker (V67) and none other than our eventual Classic Winner “Corey McCullagh” (rear)

Corey McCullagh carried a neutral falg

Corey McCullagh carried the 2018 GASC Naming Rights Sponsor Flag – South West Conveyancing

Corey McCullagh

Corey McCullagh returns to the pits after his National Anthem Duties

Corey Mac

Little did Corey McCullagh know, literally 6 hours after this shot was taken, he would be on the elevated pit presentation deck just 20 metres to the right receiving the Grand Annual Sprintcar Champion trophy and a $30,000 cheque

Jamie Veal

James McFadden (L) chats with Jamie Veal

Top Wings

Sea of Wings

Big Crowd

The 2018 Grand  Annual Sprintcar Classic crowd was treated to a memorable event

The final nights heats are about to commence

The final nights heats are about to commence

Chief Steward Gary Winterbottom officiated over the 3 day GASC program

Chief Steward Gary Winterbottom officiated over the 3 day GASC program

David Millls

Premier Speedway Sungold Stadium General Manager David Mills worked super hard with his Team to make the 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic a huge success

 

Brook Tatnell

Brooke Tatnell paid homage to the brilliant victory by Corey McCullagh

Defending GASC Champion James McFadden was a DNF with a blown rear end

Defending GASC Champion James McFadden was a DNF with a blown rear end

The pits at 3pm on Night 3 - Eventual winner Corey McCallagh (V90) can be seen if you look hard

The pits at 3pm on Night 3 – Eventual winner Corey McCullagh’s V90 can be seen if you look hard (look above the yellow V70 of John Vogels)

Corey McCullagh

Corey McCullagh (V90) pitted beside current A1 Kerry Madsen

Corey V90

The 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Winner – Corey McCullagh

The Classic in a flash:

  • Corey McCullagh won the 46th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

  • It was Corey’s 1st ever Classic Victory

  • Corey become the 25th winner of The Classic

  • Corey is the 11th Australian to take out The Classic

  • Corey competed in the 2017 Classic and came 5th in B-Main 1

And so ends yet another fantastic Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic – Congratulations Corey McCullagh – Words and images Paul Griffin

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2018 Grand Annual Classic Night 2 A-Main : Final Result – Grant Anderson Wins

The A-Main for Night 2 of the 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic (GASC) has finally been run and won.

After a weather-induced postponement, the event was run on Night 3 of the GASC by way of an earlier 4pm start.

Peter Doukas and John Vogles were off the front row, followed by Jason Johnson, Luke Oldfield, Grant Anderson and Steven Lines rounding out the first three rows.

At the get go Doukas jumped to the lead.

Grant Anderson had the V37 locked down and on rails in the last 10 laps

Grant Anderson had the V37 locked down and on rails in the last 10 laps

Only one lap down Danny Reidy tagged the fence and Matt Dumesny (N57)  rolled trying to avoid the out of control #5.

A further stoppage occurred just two laps later when Jack Lee got squeezed hard down low as a three wide sandwich into turn 3 prevailed.

Doukas continued to show the rest of the field his tail tank until rubber went down on the low line.

Grant Anderson in the V37 was first to find magical drive down low on the pole line and catapulted to lead on lap 20.

He sped away from Jason Johnson and was nearly half a lap ahead when he crossed the line.

Following Johnson home was fellow American Carson Macedo and Peter Doukas.

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2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic (GASC) – Night 2 A-Main

The A-Main for Night 2 of  the 2018 Night 2 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic (GASC) will be held over until 4pm Sunday 21st Jan as a result of rain.

A Report will follow once we know the result.

The first three rows are :

  1. V98 Peter Doukas
  2. V70 John Vogels
  3. W26 Jason Johnson (USA)
  4. Q17 Luke Oldfield
  5. Q37 Grant Anderson
  6. NQ3 Steven Lines
Peter Doukas

Peter Doukas

John Vogels

John Vogels

Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson

Luke Oldfield

Luke Oldfield

Grant Anderson

Grant Anderson

Steven Lines

Steven Lines

Will the ultimate winner of “Night 2” 2018 GASC A-Main come from the first three rows, or will the car that prevails come from deeper in the pack???????

(See also the Night 2 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic – GASC report prior to this report)

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Night 2 – 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic : Weather Gods Spoil the Party

Regrettably the A-Main result for Night 2 of the 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic has  not been determined.

In a cruel twist, the event was cut short as a result of Mother Nature and her intermittent showers.

The program was “weather-challenged” with light showers on many occasions throughout the night.

791With great persistence shown by Premier Speedway Management, staff and the crowd (and a bit of luck), we were able to toil through the majority of the program …..right up to the A-Main preliminaries …….and then came another shower.

The death knell to the feature !!

The cars had all been engine started and rolled several laps before being directed to the infield while the intent of the Weather Gods was determined.

There was no break in the precipitation and the track surface had become potentially treacherous.

In the interest of competitors safety and car owners capital investments, the very difficult decision was made to defer the 2018 Night 2 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic A-Main until 4pm tomorrow (21st Jan).

That decision came as no big surprise and was really the only direction that made true sense.

While no spectator likes to go home without an ultimate result, the acceptance of the A- Main deferral was underscored by the fact that the crowd offered no verbal exchange when commentator Gavin White diplomatically made the apologetic announcement.

So all good there….and good call Premier Speedway – we will do it all tomorrow at 4pm.

Earlier in the evening USA Driver Parker Price-Miller set overall Quick Time with a time of 10.608 sec
– Not Bad for a young gun that has never raced a lap at Premier Speedway and after just 4 hot laps bagged the quickest rotator award – INCREDIBLE STUFF !

Following are some images of the Night:

She's brewing in the heavens

She’s brewing in the heavens

Here it comes !!!

Here it comes !!!

James McFadden's WA17

James McFadden’s WA17

John Walsh's set up !! (LHS is his transporter side wall)

John Walsh’s set up !! (LHS is his transporter side wall)

Pro photographers discuss Kent Simpson's fold-out weather station and how accurate it is

Pro photographers discuss Kent Simpson’s fold-out weather station and how accurate it is

All good from James McFadden, I think James just likes life no matter what !!

All good from James McFadden, I think James just likes life no matter what !!

The breeze is up

The breeze is up

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General Jack Lee feels the first raindrop on his racesuit

General Jack Lee feels the first raindrop on his racesuit

Drivers await track prep anxiously

Drivers await track prep anxiously

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Ian Madsen (L) does not like what the heavens are brewing up. James McFadden appears unconcerned.

Ian Madsen (L) does not like what the heavens are brewing up. James McFadden appears unconcerned.

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Driver's meeting

Driver’s meeting

Pit gate line up and suspect skies

Pit gate line up and suspect skies

Grey skies build in the distance behind the Jake Tranter S45

Grey skies build in the distance behind the Jake Tranter S45

At the start of the program

At the start of the program

At the start of the program

At the start of the program

Grant Anderson in Qualifying

Grant Anderson in Qualifying

Jordan Brazier decides it not time to hang around

Jordan Brazier decides it is not time to hang around

Parker Price-Miller sets quick time

Parker Price-Miller sets quick time

Flag bearers were current Classic Champ James McFadden (L) and USA's Corey Eliason

Flag bearers were current Classic Champ James McFadden (L) and USA’s Corey Eliason

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The main straight before heats

The main straight before heats

USA Driver Jason Johnson thinks to himself that the weather Gods have the upper hand

USA Driver Jason Johnson thinks to himself that the weather Gods have the upper hand

Young American racer Parker Price Miller set overall quick time of 10.608 sec

Young American racer Parker Price-Miller set overall quick time of 10.608 sec

The Brollies came out !!

The Brollies came out !!

Danny Reidy (R) and Steven Lines review the track curation activities prior the heats

Danny Reidy (R) and Steven Lines review the track curation activities prior the heats

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Mt Max view at the start of the program

Mt Max view at the start of the program

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Prior to heats, the track was affected by water and curation was swung into action

Prior to heats, the track was affected by water and curation was swung into action

Challenging Times !

Challenging Times !

A-Main line up that will now present at 4pm tomorrow (21st Jan)

A-Main line up that will now present at 4pm tomorrow (21st Jan)

Drivers and crowd eagerly await the decision on the A-Main

Drivers and crowd eagerly await the decision on the A-Main

The cars for the A-Main are pulled in field while a decision is made

The cars for the A-Main are advised at 12:30am that the race will now run at 4pm tomorrow (Jan 21) due to unsafe track conditions

12:30 am and the rains are with us

12:30 am and the rains are with us

Words and Images – Paul Griffin

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Fan Appreciation Day – 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

Words and Images – Paul Griffin

The Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic is Australia’s most prestigious Sprintcar event.

This year is the 46th running of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic (GASC) and a stunning 111 Sprintcars from around the country and overseas are competing.

The event is supported by a host of sponsors – this year the new Naming Rights Sponsor is South West Conveyancing.

GASC logo 2018The iconic event is run over three nights , the first and second night being qualification nights for the two halves of the total field (55 + 56) and the final and 3rd Night being the Champion decider.

The Classic weekend enjoys a key support event that enjoys a cult following just like the racing itself at Sungold Stadium.

This support event is the Fan Appreciation Day where fans flock to the car park of the Flying Horse Bar and Brewery in Warrnambool and hook up with a plethora of Team displays that not only showcase the brilliance of their racing machines, but also the Driver themselves and of course the Team’s Merchandise.

There are give-aways, the chance of autographs and chatting with Drivers and a great stage show where Driver’s are introduced to the public

Local Sungold stadium commentator Gavin White was the MC for the gathering and he was ably supported by the backdrop of a “BIG SCREEN”.

Top drivers are interviewed and they provide an insight into what lays ahead in the quest for victory. They join in with the giveaways of tee shirts, stubby holders, posters and the like.

Here is a quick glimpse of the Fan Appreciation Day for the 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic…….

Gavin White

MC Gavin White entertains the crowd

V90 Corey McCullagh

Sprintcar Fan Tyler Griffin poses in front of the car that set Quick Time in Flight 1 Night 1 – V90 Corey McCullagh

Oval Express

Gavin White does a great job of entertaining the crowd

Brooke Tatnell

Brooke Tatnell on the main stage – very happy after taking out Night 1 prelim honours

Matt Egel

Matt Egel (holding car) will race the SA97 entry tonight in NIGHT 2 prelims

SA 55 Brooke Tatnell

The Winning “Office” from Night 1 – Brooke Tatnell SA55

Bruce Stephens Racing

The BSR Brad Warren V91 will be one car to watch in Night 2 tonight

Team Displays

The Team Displays were very popular – Here is Jake Tranter (S45 LHS) and Q23 Lachlan McHugh

Austin McCarl

USA 29 Austin McCarl’s car is a real Standout

Matt Dumesny N57

Matt Dumesny N57

Luke Oldfield

Green is a popular colour this year – here is the immaculate Q17 of Luke Oldfield

Rusty Hickman talks with Gavin White about his stunning drive in Night 1 competition

Rusty Hickman talks with Gavin White about his stunning drive in Night 1 competition

Team Displays

Young and old fans alike loved the displays

Another Green outfit - Jason Pryde from WA

Another Green outfit – Jason Pryde from WA

McHugh Racing

Can’t miss this car – the bright fluorescent orange rig of Lachlan McHugh (Q23)

Matt Egel

Matt Egel’s SA 97 sits stage left

Terry McCarl

USA Driver Terry McCarl never misses the chance to support Fan Appreciation Day

Smaller cars

Budding juniors were allowed to try out smaller seats

Carson Racer

Carson Macedo’s impressive set up

Kerry Madsen signs posters

Kerry Madsen was a crowd favourite

Grant Stanfield

Grant Stanfield’s offer to sit in the VA88 was taken up by many

Grant Stanfield

Grant Stansfield had lolly bags, key rings and posters as give aways

Superod

Superods – Support Class to the GASC made an appearance at Fan Appreciation Day as well. Driver of W55 Michael Coad signs a poster for Tyler

 

Jordyn Charge

Jordyn Charge is a young up and coming Victorian talent and was popular amongst the crowd

2018 GASC Fan Appeciation Day

The Fan Appreciation Day is always a huge success

Jamie Heyen

Jamie Heyen (V89) displays a local Aussie look

Head Wing

Wings weren’t just on the cars

Carson Macedon (R) from USA and Gavin White

Carson Macedon (R) from USA and Gavin White

Rusty Hickman

The Hickman V40 was hard to get a shot of as the crowd milled around the machine

The Rusty Hickman V40 has unique vinyl wraping

The Rusty Hickman V40 has unique vinyl wraping

Hickman

Rusty Hickman drove the pants off the V40 last night and was popular with the fans

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Brooke Tatnell Victorious – Night 1 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic (GASC)

GASC logo 2018

Words and Images – Paul Griffin

Brooke Tatnell won an incident packed Night 1 of the 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at Warrnambool’s Sungold Stadium last night (Jan 19).

Brooke Tatnell

Moments after taking out Night 1 of the 2018 GASC, Brooke Tatnell alights from the #55 Scott Transport Racer – hot, sweaty and elated !!

30 year Broooke

Brooke Tatnell – The Legend continues !! He’s been racing for 30 years and still has the Mumbo!

Top wing sprintcar racing

The Top wing showing testament to Brooke Tatnell’s 30 years of racing

After Qualifying time trials and 12 heats amassing 120 racing laps, the scene was set for the Night 1 A-Main.

55 drivers had tried their hardest – they had done their best.

There were 4 drivers that nudged themselves into the “pointy end” of preceedings……..the “standouts” if you will.

Starting off pole was South Australia’s Luke Dillon. Along side him in the Q7 was Robbie Farr.

The second row was made up of current Australian Champion Kerry Madsen and 30th year racing veteran Brooke Tatnell.

As the green flag dropped, Farr grabbed the ascendancy racing into the first turn ahead of Dillon.

With just 2 laps down, SA’s Ryan Jones spun in turn 4 bringing on the yellows.

Two laps after the restart, favoured contender David Murcott and Domain Ramsay came together going out of turn 4, sending Murcott heavily into the catch fence.

On the restart Farr looked quick, setting sail and attempting to place a lapped car between himself and Dillon at every opportunity.

Not to be outdone, Tatnell also wanted a piece of the action and stayed in touch with the lead pair.

With 10 laps down, Tatnell squeezed past Dillon who at that point just didn’t seem to have quite the same car pace.

Another 10 laps on, it was then that Farr’s great run came to a crashing halt in turn 4 as he tangled with a slower car.

It was a massive tumble for Farr – he alighted from the Q7 after 20 laps of virtual dominance – sore and bruised from the incident. A limp on the RH leg was highly noticeable.

Robbie Farr GASC

Robbie Farr was on fire until this happened

He walked straight back to the pits, taking no further part in the A-Main.

On the restart it was Tatnell, Dillon, Madsen, Dobson and Rankin.

Tatnell and Dillon had an awesome battle, swapping the lead on lap 19, only to have Tatnell placing 2 feet on the throttle, wheeling the length of he main straight to grab back his spot – nothing short of spectacular !

Enter Kerry Madsen working the high line.

Madsen actually got past Dillon, however with Tim Ranking going hard into the turn 2 wall and creating a train wreck involving Glen Sutherland, Terry McCarl and Keke Falland, it didn’t count as the open Red came on.

GASC best presented car

The brilliantly prepared Glen Sutherland car will be a contender for best presented car

Teams worked frantically on the cars during the stoppage – all of them adding fuel, changing tyres and adjusting wheel spacers and shocks.

We then got a restart after a 10 minute delay.

To a large extent, Rusty Hickman had flown under the radar up to this point. He had come from the C-Main and was ripping around Premier like a seasoned driver – he’s only 18 years old !!

With 10 laps to go, disaster struck as the Hickman V40 failed to turn out of turn 4 and clobbered the fence resulting in a wild ride. He had just moved into 5th position !

Hickman alighted from the wreck and was OK, proactively heading to the commentators to explain what had happened.

Rusty Hickman

Rusty Hickman drove with maturity well above his years – coming from the C-Main to take 5th spot in the A-Main before the turn 4 wall incident

It was great to see Rusty moving under his own steam as it was a sickening thump and only 18 months ago he had broken his neck in several spots.

And so with the green flag again, we only had a heat race distance left on the restart.

Tatnell was going like a rocket and Madsen was finding speed on the highline …. the battles within the field continued.

Jamie Veal after some tough luck through the night had come from nowhere and worked himself into a stunning third and was about to give the leaders a shake up.

This was short lived for the hapless Veal as he just failed to miss a spun out Tim Hutchins in turn 4 with just 2 laps to go – he ended up an unfortunate DNF.

The restart saw a battle royale between Tatnell and Madsen, with Tatnell ultimately prevailing in true grit style.

Brooke Tatnell sprints home

Brooke Tatnell concludes his qualifying

Luke Dillon

Luke Dillon in qualifying looked quick and set the scene for a good night

Tery McCarl

American Terry McCarl in the immaculate #24

Gary Brazier

Gary Brazier shows his distinctive driving style – He didn’t appear later in the program and we are uncertain as to what happened

Chad Ely

Chad Ely in Qualifying gets on the gas

The flag bearers were Robbie Farr (L) and Tim Kaeding

The flag bearers were Robbie Farr (L) and Tim Kaeding

Teacher Brooke

Brooke Tatnell studies what the others are up to

Max Dumesny

Max Dumesny has a great set up

FTW Aldersley

David “Buzzard” Aldersley in the V64

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Sea of Wings at pit gate

Madsen gets GASC hints

Kerry Madsen studies the track all the time

Terry McCarl

Terry McCarl from USA won Heat 1

Kerry Madsen

Kerry Madsen before his last heat

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View from Mt Max

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Sea of tyres and cars as qualifying gets underway

Robbie Farr 2018 GASC

Robbie Farr was impressive in qualifying

Jamie Veal GASC 2018

Jamie Veal in qualifying

GASC Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal pondering a solution to his overall placement for the Big Dance

Night 1 2018 GASC 4- Wide

Night 1 2018 GASC 4- Wide

Tatnell

Brooke Tatnell still looking at what he’s up against – It paid off !!

Night 2 of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic continues Sunday 20th Jan.

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Prelude to the 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic (GASC)

Words and Images – Paul Griffin

Well it doesn’t seem that long ago that James McFadden sprinted across the finish line at Sungold Stadium to take the 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic ahead of Darren Mollenoyux and Brooke Tatnell.

Indeed that was nearly 12 months ago to the day !!!

So that heralds in yet another Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic – this year with new Sponsor South West Conveyancing.

Front board

Let the Action Begin in the 46th running of the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

We rolled into Warrnambool just after lunch today, collected our media package and had a quick look around at Sungold Stadium.

As usual David Mills and his Team had the place looking perfect – it’s just 24 hours before Night 1 kicks off.

This year sees a total of 111 Drivers competing for the privilege of being crowned the 2018 South West Conveyancing GASC Champion.

To stop the Aussies from taking it out, 11 American Drivers have parachuted into Sungold Stadium.

Who will be victorious ?????

Only the passage of time will tell !!!!

Night 1 (Friday 19th Jan) has 55 drivers completing, while Night 2 (Saturday 20th Jan) has 56 drivers.

Night 3 (Sunday 21st Jan) sees the running of the Final – 96 cars will be taken into this Final Night.

Key Awards supporting the event are:

  • The Best Presented Car and Crew of the Classic – $2,500.00 compliments R & M Security and The Premier Speedway Maintenance Committee
  • The Skwid Signs Hard Charger in the A-Main on Sunday Night – Free Sprintcar Design and Wrap courtesy of Skwid Signs in Mt. Gambier
  • Thomo’s Race Graphix will present the Hard Luck Award
  • The Fastest Qualifier on each night will receive $1000.00 with the Overall fastest qualifier to be named as the recipient of the Alan Pollard Memorial Award
  • The Ian Sheppard Award for the Highest Point Scorer over the President’s Cup, King’s Challenge and 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will also receive $1000.00

GASC logo 2018

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By this time tomorrow night, these Allansford End gates will be chockers

By this time tomorrow night, these Allansford End gates will be chockers

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Premier Speedway Pits

David Mills and Team have the pits ready to accept the first 55 combatants tomorrow

Mt Max

The lads installing a massive A/C unit on the corporate tent atop Mt Max

The pits from the pit presentation area

The pits from the pit presentation area

Grass at Sungold Stadium

As always the Premier grounds are beautifully prepared

Sungold Statdium In Field

The In Field complete all the trimmings awaits the action

Sungold Stadium

Tyler Griffin gives a big thumbs up to the Sungold Stadium preparation

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Deakin Uni

Accommodation for many Teams and ourselves is via Deakin University Warrnambool campus this year. The Teams have stacks of room to service racecars

Brett Milburn

Local Victorian hotshoe Brett Milburn was at Deakin Uni early Thursday – He’s up for the Night 1 draw. This is his spare car

Deakin University

David Anderson’s spare roller at Deakin University’s Warrnambool Accommodation facility

Here’s the draw for the two qualifying nights:

Night One, Friday January 19, 2018:

A1 Kerry Madsen
2D Ben Atkinson
V2 Domain Ramsay
W2 Jamie Veal
V3 Shaun Dobson
S4 Lisa Walker
V5 Max Dumesny
Q6 Steve Rowell
VA6 Tim Kaeding
Q7 Robbie Farr
T7 Tim Hutchins
USA11 Buddy Kofoid
V12 Kristy Ellis
W12 Daniel Harding
S19 Brad Keller
VA19 Daniel Newnham
S20 Glen Sutherland
N21 Garry Brazier
USA24 Terry McCarl
W25 Taylor Milling
V28 Andrew Hughes
N36 Eddie Lumbar
Q36 Mitchell Gee
Q37 Geoff Ensign
S37 Terry Kelly
V38 Jarrod Woolstencroft
V40 Rusty Hickman
V42 Jye O’Keeffe
N45 Matthew Thomas
V47 Tim Rankin
N48 Jackson Delamont
V48 Adam King
V51 Peter Milnes
N53 Jessie Attard
V55 Brooke Tatnell
Q59 Kevin Titman
V60 Jordyn Charge
S63 Ryan Jones
V64 David Aldersley
V67 Luke Walker
V68 Brett Milburn
S72 Chad Ely
V72 Jacob Smith
V73 Charles Hunter
Q78 Andrew Corbet
N78 Andrew Wright
S78 Keke Falland
N79 Peter Bourke
S81 Luke Dillon
Q83 David Murcott
S83 Shannon Barry
ACT89 Brayden Willmington
V89 Jamie Heyen
V90 Corey McCullagh
W96 Aldo De Paoli

Night Two, Saturday January 20, 2018:

USA00 Cory Eliason
NT2 Damien Thorne
Q2 Brent Kratzmann
USA2 Parker Price-Miller
NQ3 Steven Lines
NQ5 Danny Reidy
S13 Brock Hallett
V14 Chris Rodda
W14 Jason Pryde
S15 Aidan Hall
N16 Daniel Sayre
NQ17 Luke Oldfield
V17 Dennis Jones
W17 James McFadden
NS21 Jordyn Brazier
N22 James Thompson
T22 Jock Goodyer
W22 Brodie Minchin
Q23 Lachlan McHugh
S24 Ricky Maiolo
V25 Jack Lee
W26 Jason Johnson
USA29 Austin McCarl
V32 Stephen Spark
V36 Tim Van Ginneken
V37 Grant Anderson
N40 Chris McInerney
W41 Darren Mollenoyux
S44 Daniel Evans
S45 Jake Tranter
V45 Daniel Pestka
Q46 Dylan Menz
N47 Marcus Dumesny
N49 Ian Madsen
N57 Matt Dumesny
V58 Rhiannon Burleigh
V61 Robert Nicholas
USA63 Lawrance Kirkham
V70 John Vogels
S71 Sam Putland
N74 Max Johnston
Q75 Darren Jensen
V78 Christopher Campbell
W80 James Inglis
V81 Robbie Paton
VA81 Rhys Baxter
VA83 David McKay
VA88 Grant Stansfield
V91 Bradley Warren
N92 Sammy Walsh
S96 Brendan Guerin
S97 Matt Egel
USA97 Dominic Scelzi
W97 Mitchell Wormall
V98 Peter Doukas
N99 Carson Macedo

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Kerry Madsen Unstoppable in 2018 Scott Darley Challenge

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

Kerry Madsen was in scintillating form at Valvoline Raceway last weekend, crushing the opposition in both nights of the Scott Darley Challenge.

Madsen was a clear winner on the preliminary Friday night event and backed it up with a convincing win in the final night on Saturday.

Second across the line was American Jason Johnson and third was Robbie Farr.

Kerry Madsen

Kerry Madsen won the Scott Darley Challenge Final as well as the preliminary A Main the night before

Scott Darley Challenge podium: (l-r) Robbie Farr (3rd), Max Freeman (Scott Darley's nephew), Kerry Madsen (1st), Jason Johnson (2nd)

Scott Darley Challenge podium: (l-r) Robbie Farr (3rd), Max Freeman (Scott Darley’s nephew), Kerry Madsen (1st), Jason Johnson (2nd)

From an overall perspective, Madsen dominated the 2 night event and underscored his current Australian Champion Status.

His form is just where he would want it heading into the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic this weekend.

A large field of sixty entries battled out the challenge with 5 USA Drivers in the mix: Jason Johnson, Carson Macedo, Dominic Scelzi, Logan Schuchart and Geoff Ensign. The A-Main consisted of 24 cars.

Madsen started on pole and did not trade this position for the “D19 Challenge” – “The D19 Challenge” being to start from the tenth row and if victorious pocket an extra $19,000.

Along side Madsen for the final was Pennsylvanian Logan Schuchart.

James McFadden was motoring well in the final until he slipped over the cushion while in a fierce battle with Schuchart, looping the #17 and causing American Carson Macedo to flip hard.

Matt Dumesny was also caught up in that incident as well.

Brook Tatnell started in a relatively lowly (for him anyway) 16th position, but was able to fight hard to take 8th, while Ian Madsen started 14th after an average qualifying and finished 6th.

Last year’s race winner Shaun Dobson started P9 and was only able to move forward one position.

Danny Reidy won the B-Main but found the going hard in the A-Amin and crossed the line in 19th.

Jamie Veal who was a pre-race favourite had a wild turn 1 crash after contact with Dominic Scelzi and was a DNF after starting in P11.

Jamie Veal

Crash crew rush to Jamie Veal’s crash scene. He was uninjured.

Mark Attard in a Sydney sunset

Top Shot : Mark Attard on the gas with a Sydney sunset as a stunning backdrop

Saturday flag parade led by Scott Darley's brother in law

Saturday flag parade led by Scott Darley’s brother-in-law Paul Freeman (84)

Logan Schuchart

American visitor Logan Schuchart in Saturday hot laps

Jack Lee in Saturday hot laps

Jack Lee in Saturday hot laps – Ripper action from photographer Gary Reid

Jordyn Brazier (21) and Jackson Delamont (48)

Jordyn Brazier (21) and Jackson Delamont (48) in Saturday heat race action

Friday preliminary A Main podium: (l-r) Robbie Farr (3rd), Kerry Madsen (1st), Sam Walsh (2nd)

Friday preliminary A Main podium: (l-r) Robbie Farr (3rd), Kerry Madsen (1st), Sam Walsh (2nd)

Robbie Farr

Jason Johnson (26) and Robbie Farr (7) battle for podium positions in Friday’s A Main

Max Dumesny (5), Grant Anderson (37) and Alex Orr (43)

Max Dumesny (5), Grant Anderson (37) and Alex Orr (43) in Friday’s B Main

Brooke Tatnell

Brooke Tatnell in the #55 Scott Transport entry in a Friday heat

Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson driving the WA26 in a Friday heat

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal in a Friday heat

Carl Dowling in Friday time trials

West Australian Carl Dowling in Friday time trials

Geoff Ensign

American visitor Geoff Ensign in Friday time trials

Dave Murcott

Dave Murcott in Friday time trials – He made the Saturday A-Main but crossed the line last in P19

Kerry Mad Mad Madsen

Kerry Madsen led all the way to win the 2018 Scott Darley Challenge

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Jamie Maiolo Wins WA Speedweek Series

Images – Peter Roebuck
Words – SEG Media

JAMIE Maiolo claimed the fourth and final round of the USA v W A Sprintcar Speedweek at Quit Bunbury Speedway on Saturday night (Jan 6), winning the 30-lap feature race from Americans Parker Price-Miller and Ryan Smith.

And in doing so, on his home track, the Myalup-based Maiolo, also won the WA Speedweek Series after he was tied on points with Price-Miller, but was given the crown by winning the final race.

Third overall in the WA Speedweek Series was Ryan Smith.

Jamie Maiolo

Jamie Maiolo took out the final (4th) Round of WA Speedweek and the overall Series

It was a good night behind the wheel of the LJM Racing #99 for Maiolo who elected to start on the inside front row for the feature race after winning the knockout series from Jason Kendrick who started from P2.

He got the jump at the start but the field was bunched back up after just two laps when Matthew Cross spun around in pits bend.
The more the race progressed, the more of an advantage Maiolo opened up on his rivals, with much of the action centred on Price-Miller closing in on Kendrick for second.

Kendrick’s car looked less settled in turns three and four than Price-Miller’s and with 10 to go the American got by Kendrick and then started to put some distance between the two.

With seven laps left Maiolo put younger brother Brad a lap down and conceded after the race that he didn’t think Brad was going to let him by.

Smith moved Kendrick back to fourth with six laps to go and in the run to the checkers Price-Miller was all over the back of Maiolo.

On the last lap they split the lapped car of Jamie Oldfield and it was Maiolo who had a better run down the back straight to claim the close finish.

Kendrick held on for fourth and was followed over the line by Oldfield, Brad Maiolo, Stephen Adley and Matthew Cross.

Andrew Priolo was out of the contest after cutting a right rear tyre in the latter stages.

At the start of the night Smith broke the Victory 1 Performance Quick Time stranglehold that has seen Kendrick dominate for the previous four shows.

AJ Nash was out of the contest after qualifying with what was a suspected melted piston in the motor.

Daryl Clayden had a massive flip in pits bend that not only damaged the beautifully-prepared 45 but also the catch fence that required some work, cutting short the fourth and final heat.

Price-Miller required treatment for a sore right arm in his second heat race after debris flicked up onto the car and smashed the right hand panel of the USA2.

Jamie Maiolo (RH) was first in the A-Main and Parker Price-Miller was second

Jamie Maiolo (RH) was first in the A-Main and Parker Price-Miller was second

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Parker Price-Miller (LH) was second overall in the series and Ryan Smith (RH) was third overall

American Parker Price-Miller (LH) was second overall in the series and fellow countryman Ryan Smith (RH) was third overall

Darryl Clayden had a wild flip

Daryl Clayden had a wild flip in heat 4

Darryl Clayden's wild ride continues- he tore the catch fence in the process halting the program while repairs were made

Daryl Clayden’s wild ride continues- he tore the pits bend catch fence in the process halting the program while repairs were made

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Ryan Smith from America

Ryan Smith from America

Jason Kemdrick

Jason Kendrick

Jamie Maiolo in qualifying

Jamie Maiolo in qualifying

Parker Price-Miller from USA

Parker Price-Miller from USA

Andrew Priolo in the #10

Andrew Priolo in the #10

Heat wins went to Kendrick, Jamie Maiolo, Jamie Oldfield and Priolo.
Both Americans were due to fly out of Perth early Sunday morning, heading to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the annual Lucas Oils Chilli Bowl Nationals for speedcars.

Final Speedweek points: Jamie Maiolo 582, Parker Price-Miller 582, Ryan Smith 568, Bradley Maiolo 560, Jason Kendrick 542, Jamie Oldfield 538, Andrew Priolo 532, Andrew Priolo 532, AJ Nash 452, Daryl Clayden 444, Jamie Landrigan 394, Troy Beckingham 382, Matthew Cross 308, Stephen Adley 286, Ben Ellement 272, Ryan Lancaster 262, Adrian Haywood 248, Scott Chatwin 246, Daniel Keen 134, Paul Peet 134, Michael Keen 130, Ray Leonard 118, Ben Van Ryt 116.

Qualifying: Ryan Smith 13.387, Jamie Maiolo 13.455, Jason Kendrick 13.508, Parker Price-Miller 13.530, Brad Maiolo 13.645, Andrew Priolo 13.721, Daryl Clayden 13.966, Jamie Oldfield 14.084, Matthew Cross 14.434, Stephen Adley 14.786, AJ Nash 15.864.

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Robbie Farr Steals Victory with 2 Laps to Go in Valvoline Raceway Firecracker 50-Lapper

All images: Gary Reid
Words: Paul Griffin

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Robbie Farr played a patience game at Valvoline Raceway last night (1st Jan) and was well rewarded in the process.

He took the lead in the Firecracker 50 lapper with just two laps to go and crossed the line ahead of Jordyn Brazier and Daniel Sayre.

Jordyn Brazier actually looked like taking victory –  he had led the race all the way up to lap 48.

Farr however had other ideas and pounced when the time was right and secured his 45th career feature race win.

Robbie Farr first

Sprintcar podium: (l-r) Jordyn Brazier (2nd), Robbie Farr (1st), Daniel Sayre

Jordyn Brazier top point scored, and started on the front row alongside Sam Walsh.

Walsh dropped valuable distance when he “biked” his car early in the feature and dashed his hopes of a victory at that point.

The 50 lap race was divided into two stints: a first stint of 30 laps, followed by a 20 lap sprint to the flag.

Late in the first 30 laps stint, rising star talent Jessie Attard passed both Robbie Farr and Troy Little for second and came right into the fray – together with Jordyn Brazier, the two young guns put on a tremendous show of driving determination that went well into the 2nd 20 lap stint.

Robbie Farr was elated with his victory and paid a glowing tribute to how hard Brazier and Attard had raced.

Agreesive sprintcars

Robbie Farr (7) and Jessie Attard (53) weren’t afraid to get aggressive in the last few laps of the feature race

Three wide

Three wide in the A Main as Thomas Jeffrey (12) is the meat in a Dumesny sandwich of Max in 5 and Marcus in 47

Crash crew

The crash crew prepares to upturn Guy Stanshall after a B Main incident

Daniel Sayre

Daniel Sayre (16) tries hard to catch Sammy Walsh (92)

Danny Reidy

Danny Reidy (5) wheelstands through turn 2 underneath Nathan Dicker (82)

Alan Day

Alan Day was part of the flag parade on a night that remembered the 25th anniversary of the death of his brother Rodney in a speedcar racing accident

High cushion

Robbie Farr comes close to the high cushion that caught out more than a few drivers

Matt Geering

Matt Geering pushin’ the cushion in time trials

Darren Salmon

Darren Salmon gets it all wrong in turns 3 and 4 during time trials

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