INTERVIEW: Brayden Miller – Back to Back WA Limited Sprintcar Champion

This week we speak with a great young Sprintcar talent in WA. We spent some quality time with current and two-time, back to back WA Limited Sprintcar State Champion BRAYDEN MILLER. Limiteds are unique to WA and Brayden uses a 357CI engine. The engines are all carburetted and can be pack such a punch that the top runners are on par with a strong 360 Sprinter.

 

TT: Hi Brayden, thanks for your time today. You had a great season last year with Texanne Motorsport. How did it all end up for you?
BM: We focused on the Limited Sprintcar Class for season 2014/15 and did really well. Out of the seven starts we did, we took victory in five of the meetings. That was an awesome result and simply not possible without the huge assistance I get from my Sponsors and Crew.

TT: I want to talk more about your racing results but before we do, who are your Sponsors and Crew?
BM: You beat me to it !! (BM Laughs). I was just about to pay my deepest thanks to them. My Sponsors are Lee’s Transport, Western Fleet Services, and Creative Elegance Wedding Décor. They are top sponsors, and I mean it when I say racing would not be possible without them. The Crew I have are just fantastic and range from a couple of ex racers to my two brothers. I really would like to thank everyone by name as the hours that they put in both on and off the track is amazing: So a big thank you to Mark Miller my Dad, Ian Woods, Murray “Red Dog” Hendy, Reece Hendy, Peter Moreton and my brothers Brody and Riley.

Two Big Rigs ! Lee's Transport is Millers Major Sponsor

Behind every successful Driver is a dedicated Crew

One of the many Podium #1's !

TT: Is that Ian “Dizzy” Woods who raced 410’s and is known for all those radical expression session wheelies and donuts?
BM: Sure is ! Being an experienced racer Ian has been a great mentor. My Dad raced Limiteds too and with that level of experience on board, we get great set-ups that work.

TT: Can I ask what are the secrets to your set up, as we often see you on the fence making a difficult job look easy?
BM: We put a basic set up in the car before we get to the track and make small adjustments as we see fit. The Team do a great job in reading the track conditions. I guess it’s fair to say that the set ups are a little different to most, but they are not extreme by any means. We also record everything in a detailed log book.

TT: The combination the Team comes up with is always sensational; there is no doubt about that. So what chassis do you use and who looks after your engine?
BM: We run J&J Chassis, they are my favourite by far. In terms of engines, we get great support from Shane (Higgy) from Higgins Racing Engines – he looks after that very important area really well.

TT: What was your biggest achievement last season?
BM: No question about it …..it was winning the State Title again…. making it two years in a row.

It was a proud moment when Brayden won wis first WA title

Creative Genius - Brayden Miller : Back to Back State Champion

TT: What is your biggest challenge in the new season ahead?
BM: Very simple answer – to be winning consistently.

TT: What’s the plan for season 2015/16?
BM: Next season we will be focussing on 360’s, but we will also run some Limited meetings.

TT: With that in mind, what has the Team been doing in the off season?
BM: We totally rebuilt the Title-winning car and are well advanced building a completely new car that we can use for both 360 and Limited races if we have to.

TT: Is the step up to 360 going to be tough?
BM: Not at all. We had great success in the Limited last season and had a dabble in three 360 meetings as well. We ran the 360 WA State Title at Collie and had to start ROF all night. While we chalked up a DNF in one heat, we still managed to get 3rd in the B-Main and transfer to a P21 start in the A-main. The car was working well and we managed to carve through the pack up to P6. We also ran the Krikke Boys in the Peter Harvey #83 (Thanks Peter). We qualified 3rd for the A-Main and were traveling really well until I clipped a tractor tyre, bending a radius rod which resulted in a DNF. The last 360 race was at Pithara. We were testing a Maxim Chassis and qualified 2nd. My start wasn’t the best and we ended up coming 5th. So we are in there and can mix it with the 360’s no problems.

TT: What about the great successes you had in the Limiteds, can you walk us through your highlights?
BM: The Sprintcar Muster at Perth Motorplex was memorable. We did very well in qualifying taking a win in both our heats. We ended up going home pretty happy, winning the A-Main by over half a lap.

The Limited State Title at Bunbury was another ripper, but for different reasons. We had to do it hard and made it through for a victory at the end of the night to take back-to-back Limited Titles. We started with fuel problems and were well down on power in both hot laps and the first heat. Despite the lack of power we managed to take the win in the first heat. The second heat saw us ride a wheel, rolling and totalling the car. We all worked a fever pace in an attempt to repair the car. Somehow we got it to roll just as the cars paraded onto the infield for the A-Main. She was an absolute handful ! – no power steering, broken Jacobs Ladder, collapsed front wing and everything out of square. Slowly I got used to the way the car handled and started going forward in the feature. I worked through to 4th when the yellows came on in an incident that sent the top three to the rear. Suddenly I was now the lead car and managed to hang on for 6 laps to take the Limited Title – It was an awesome outcome for the Team to say the least.

TT: Torque Tube wasn’t there, but heard people talking about that victory for weeks. A truly great effort and well done to the Team.

It’s been great chatting with you Brayden and we wish you and Texanne Motorsport a very successful 2015/16 season.

Miller poses for the cameras after a big win in the Sprintcar Muster

One of five Number 1 Podium finshes for Brayden Miller last season - this one at the Sprintcar Muster

The smooth driving style of Brayden Miller at the 2014/15 Limited State Title in Bunbury

Editors Note: Brayden is right up there when it comes to winning and exposure. His appeal is incredibly strong with young kids, but equally strong across all age groups and both genders. Sprintcar Racing is a spectacular form of motorsport with a high public profile and penetration. Teams need all the help they can get so if you would like to become a Texanne Motorsports Sponsor and promote your business on Brayden Miller’s Car, give Team Manager Mark Miller a call on M: 0408 926 154

Brayden Miller is a young Driver with heaps of talent and massive exposure

Lee's Transport are proud sponsors to WA1 Limited Sprintcar - Brayden Miller

BIG Future - Brayden Miller

Brayden Miller awaits a push off at Bunbury

Sweet looking car - Miller's Title winning WA1

Miller has honed his skills over the last couple of seasons and has even had to work with "hand-me-downs" from other teams

Miller demonstrates his smooth style

The very early Miller #2 car before Brayden took his 1st State Title

Brayden Miller has no trouble mixing it with more experienced campaigners

The impressi

The impressive style of Brayden Miller at full noise - Go Hard or Go Home !!

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Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway Sprintcar Practice Session

Valvoline RacewayLast Saturday night Gary Reid ventured out to Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway to take a peak at the first Sprintcar Practice session for season 2015/16 and to check what new livery was on show. Here’s a quick look at what Gary found:

All Images by Gary Reid – greid@pacific.net.au

Jeremy Cross (new colours)

Jeremy Cross (new colours)

Mick Saller (old colours)

Mick Saller (old colours)

Kyle Caunt (new but similar colours)

Steve Caunt (new but similar colours)

Robbie Farr (new but similar colours)

Matt Smith (new drive for Barry Lewis team)

Matt Smith (new drive for Barry Lewis team)

 Blake Skipper (new colours)

Blake Skipper (new colours)

Ian Burrows (old colours)

Top Shot ! - Ian Burrows (old colours)

Matt Smith

Matt Smith looks comfortable in the Barry Lewis car

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“Straight Shooter” – Peter Roebuck

Peter Roebuck is one of the longest serving WA Speedway photographers around today and has stirred our senses with great images over the years.

Peter is one of very few lens pros who have the skill, determination and capability to capture quality action Speedway shots using the technique called “Available Light”. Peter basically lugs around a lens that has a massive diameter to let truckloads of natural light in – and he needs a forklift to fit it to the camera, its a monster as you can see from his profile shot.

But that is how Peter gets those ripper WA racing images – no flash and using only available light at the time.

I am sure you will agree Peter’s service to the industry is unparalled and the shots he gets for us ooze clarity and detail —–  detail that would perhaps otherwise  be lost in flash photography. And…he is the only pro lensman who gets the colour of that glorious dark Kwinana Clay spot on too !!

We had a chat to Peter recently and while it’s extremely hard to choose his best work (it’s all bloody good !), Peter has supplied the following images that stand out in his opinion.

I am glad Peter did that, cos we couldn’t make up our mind and had over 800 shots on the layout table in front of us that we couldn’t separate.

Well done Peter, and thanks sincerely for all your hard work and devotion to Speedway in general and Sprintcars in particular.

Your efforts add to the fun and experience in a huge way !

Let’s take a look at some of those special moments that Peter has captured, in both Sprintcar Racing and other Speedway classes.

Ellenbrook Action: Shane Norris (93), Jason Pryde (83) and Jason Oldfield enjoy the closeness of racing !

Ellenbrook Action: Shane Norris (93), Jason Pryde (83) and Jason Oldfield enjoy the closeness of racing !

Just Superb ! : Brooke Sutton is congratulated by doting date Darren after it was official that Brooke had bagged TOP points for the year in Junior Sedans

Jason PRIOLO #8

David Priolo really got some air at Kwinana

Jason Top Shelf Priolo

........ and if that wasnt enough, Jason "hung it on the fence"

Kye Scroop tangles with Troy Beckingham (LH) while Callum Williamson

Kye Scroop tangles with Troy Beckingham (LH) while Callum Williamson arrives on the scene at a fast rate of knots !

After Burner Torch: Trent Pigdon lights up his #19 in a big way

After Burner Torch: Trent Pigdon lights up his #19 in a big way

Peter Roebuck captures an awesome iamge of James McFadden (25) holding out a determined Kyle Hirst

Kwinana provided such close racing this season. Here Peter Roebuck captures an awesome image of James McFadden (25) holding out a determined Kyle Hirst

Jason Kendrick gets right on the gas

"The Rotator" - Local WA driver Jason Kendrick gets right on the gas

ingless Sprintcar driver Paul Fielder (13) got a bit wayward with this one

Wingless Sprintcar driver Paul Fielder (13) got a bit wayward with this one

Sidecar action doesnt get any closer than this - Peter often rocks up to Bike Events at Pinjar Park WA (#36 Brett Parry and Tom Pendlebury, #14 Peter Teale and Darren Nash, #44 Ben and Jamie Thompson)

Sidecar action doesn't get any closer than this - Peter often rocks up to Bike Events at Pinjar Park WA (#36 Brett Parry and Tom Pendlebury, #14 Peter Teale and Darren Nash, #44 Ben and Jamie Thompson)

Jason Jason the poly Mason !

And again ! - Peter captures Jason Kendrick getting maximum grip at Kwinana through turns 1/2

WA's David Schofield lets it rip at Kwinana's pits bend

WA's David Schofield lets it rip at Kwinana's pits bend

General John Day and Gavin Migro enjoy a light hearted moment before a Motorplex Program

Two Champions: General John Day and Gavin Migro enjoy a light hearted moment before a Motorplex Program

Classic Sprintcar action. Peter stops the clock and shows us Jamie Maiolo and Shaun Bradford in full flight - both Bradfods front wheels are off the ground as he slides underneath the Myalup Champion

Classic Sprintcar action. Peter stops the clock and shows us Jamie Maiolo and Shaun Bradford in full flight - check it out closely ---- both Bradford's front wheels are off the ground as he slides underneath the Myalup Champion, who also hikes the left front as part of the desperate duel

Peter captures a "parachute" moment at WA's magnificent Pinjar Park as Jett Muller decides to engage the "Jett Pack"

Peter captures a "parachute" moment at WA's magnificent Pinjar Park as Jett Muller decides to engage the "Jett Pack"

And for all those Sprintcar Tragics out there that like the shots that require no captions…… the next three images are all for you !!

They speak for themselves.

Good on you PETER !!!!

Sincere thanks Mate.

 

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Gary Reid – “Shoot to Thrill”

Last post we took a look at contributing Photographer Gary Reid. This post we dig a bit deeper and talk to Gary about his passion, favourite shots and the artistic journey he is on. “Shoot to Thrill” looks at the man behind the lens.

TT: Thanks for your time Gary. Let’s get right into it. What is your preferred camera and lens?

GR: Nikon brand since I bought my first SLR film camera in about 1970, a Nikkormat. Since starting to take digital images in 2004, I have used Nikon D100, Fuji S3 Pro, Nikon D300, Nikon D700, Nikon D3S and now Nikon D4. At the moment I favour Nikon’s 80-400mm f4-5.6 lens, but Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 is one of Nikon’s best ever. I also own wide angle lenses to make the most of opportunities to shoot wide. Dirt track speedway is very hard on my gear. My black Nikon often looks a golden shade of VR clay with dust throughout the night. Regular cleaning and maintenance is necessary. I do NOT change lenses on race night, but rather take a second camera with a different lens so there’s less risk of dust getting on the sensor

TT: What is the main technique you use to shoot racing at VR (Valvoline Raceway)?

GR: I have gone through a variety of techniques in the 14 years I have been shooting at VR. Nowadays I tend to use flash most of the time – in the pits, for portraits and on cloudy race days and I shoot in RAW format

TT: Roughly how many images do you shoot in an entire meeting across all classes?

GR: In the early days with my first digital camera, I rarely shot more than 150 images per meeting (quality over quantity was the rule). With the advent of fast frame rates (10 frames per second) and cheap storage (files in general are bigger with today’s better sensors), I now shoot an average of about 900-1000 shots per night covering all classes. When there’s more daylight, of course, I shoot more images

TT: How long does it typically take to review and edit your shots?

GR: RAW files need to be processed. The fastest way is by batch. Then I have to select and process again in many cases to get the best result. Getting images on my computer screen to view takes about half an hour. Selecting and processing for publications and websites can take a couple of days or longer depending on my family activities

TT: How long have you been photographing Speedway?

GR: I photographed road racing bikes in the early 1970s and got to meet Bill Meyer (Sydney Showground Speedway photographer) at Sydney’s Amaroo Park. He offered me a job and I took shots for him at the speedway for a couple of seasons. After that I got married and did plenty of other things away from speedway. There were no Sprintcars back then. After watching Parramatta City Raceway (now Valvoline Raceway) highlights on Television I started to go to PCR in 1993. II used to stand by the finish line and get as close as I could to the cars. The noise and spectacle was something that captivated me. But 2 laps into the A Main I couldn’t see a thing as my eyes were crying due to the methanol fumes and dust. But I loved it. Fast forward to 2001 and I asked Steve Green if I could shoot one night and see if I still liked it. He said yes and I have been doing it ever since. Nowadays I shoot all divisions that race at Valvoline Raceway – anyone who dons a helmet and race suit is a hero and no matter how fast or slow they go, they deserve a record of their performance

Gary Reid catches this classic shot from the dirt mound at the back of Amaroo Park of Road Racer Ron Toombs in 1971

TT: What drives you to photograph Speedway?

GR: As I said, I love the spectacle and to be on the infield and even closer is mindblowing. I love photography and speedway, so to combine the two is a dream come true. I look back and think how lucky I was to have shot at the Sydney Showground all those years ago. I also shoot events for speedway groups like Peter White’s book launch of “100 More Aussie Legends of the Speedways” and end-of-season presentation nights – it’s all very rewarding

TT: What is it like being on the infield all night?

GR: The infield may be the mecca, but it can be hard work as you spend 5 hours or more standing more or less still in the elements of wind, dust, cold and heat. When it rains during the night, the racing stops, but it’s not easy walking across a wet clay track with a large bagful of camera gear. And the rain cost me a very expensive camera repair one night !

TT: Do you sell your images?

GR: I sell my images privately if someone wants to purchase prints or other souvenirs like coffee mugs. But I do not have a website and I don’t have a Facebook account. I am still kept busy supplying images for websites across the world, local publications like Oval Express and Speedway World, and industry divisions to promote their racing

TT: Where did the interest in photography begin?

GR: I took my first photo with a Box Brownie at the West Wyalong Show in about 1963. It was the finish of a trotting race. My interest lay dormant until I met some of my fathers’ friends who were racing motorcycles and after I went to my first meeting at Oran Park all I wanted to do was take racing photos. That was about 1968 and things were different back then. I just jumped the fence and stood on the dirt mound over the top of the hill at Amaroo Park one day and got some good racing shots. A year or two later Bill Meyer was in the same spot and we got talking. The rest, as they say, is history

TT: What is your biggest memory in photographing Sprintcars?

GR: My biggest memory is probably the worst memory – the crash of Scott Darley on 18 October 2008, otherwise the first World of Outlaws event in 2004. On the other side of the coin the biggest disappointment was the washout of the first $50,000 to win event in 2001 that had live cable coverage

Remembering NSW's Scott Darley

TT: What is your best Sprintcar shot ever taken?

GR: My personal favourite shot might surprise a lot of people. It’s one of Steve Kinser at Parramatta City Raceway with a stunning Sydney Summer sunset as the backdrop.

I will also share with you some other shots I like (see below)

Gary's favourite Sprintcar Portrait : USA Driver Jason Meyers

Favourite Atmosphere shot : Australia Day at Valvoline Raceway 2013

Best Sprintcar Crash : Adrian Maher

Classic Oldie: Short Circuit Sidecars at Dubbo way back in 1971 - complete with a GTS Monaro in the background

Best Ever Bike Shot: Australia Vs England test match at Sydney Showground Speedway 1973. (left to right) Arnie Haley, Bob Valentine, Eric Broadbelt, John Langfield

Gary captured horsepower of a different kind in action

Sprintcars are not the only means of racing that go four-wide !

TT: Who is your favourite Sprintcar Driver and why?

GR: I don’t really have a favourite driver, but Donny Schatz in full flight was a sight to behold at PCR

TT: And just to wind up, what are your overall plans for next year?

GR: Valvoline Raceway has about 30 nights of racing and as usual that will be my main focus. I am always on the lookout for a better way to capture great images and if that means a new camera or lens, then I will upgrade. But I will say, as my arsenal has grown over the years, I have found it capable of meeting nearly every situation

Gary is a long-time supporter of Torque Tube and we deeply thank him for his ongoing contribution to this website and Speedway in general.

Gary can be contacted on greid@pacific.net.au

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Thank you to contributing Photographers Gary Reid and Peter Roebuck

Words by Paul Griffin

Well with the mainstream Aussie Sprintcar season well into its winter hibernation, we thought it more than appropriate to pay a tribute to two very special people in the Sprintcar Industry.

Torque Tube would like to send a big thank you to two Gents who sit on the infield all night and via various mediums including this website, bring you sensational images of Sprintcar racing.

Gary Reid

Those two passionate individuals are none other than Sydney’s Gary Reid and Perth’s Peter Roebuck.
Both these experienced Lensmen bring you week-in, week-out great images of the motorsport we lust after and cherish. Why do they do it? They do it for the love of the sport and enjoy their photographic pursuits.

Peter Roebuck

Gary primarily covers the action at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway (formerly Parramatta City Raceway) and Peter similarly Perth Motorplex. Peter also ventures to other WA meetings such as Bunbury and Ellenbrook. Gary has in the past had a specialised interest in other codes of racing as we will find out in the next few weeks when we do a Special Feature post on his celebrated past.

Torque Tube thought it was prudent to thank both Gary and Peter for the fantastic work they do. We drafted a series of questions to ask both guys – the responses we got back were so awesome, detailed and interesting that we want to go to the next level and unlock their past experiences.

So much so that we will run a couple of Feature Posts that look in more detail at what these guys get up to, how they do it and where their photographic journey started.
It will make fascinating reading.

It is indeed an impossible task to pick the best shots from last season that Gary and Peter produced – so many stunning images to choose from and just not possible to separate. Having said that, we owe it to our viewers to have a shot though.

Yes a highly subjective topic, but in our eyes, below are 4 memorable shots from each photographer – just our thoughts and I am sure you will agree, they are rippers….but then again, aren’t they ALL !!!!

Join with me in thanking Gary and Peter for their great voluntary efforts, efforts that make this “Advert-Free” website possible.

Cheers guys !

Peter Roebuck: Brad Maiolo in full flight

Gary Reid: Gary makes time stand still as Jackson Delamont hikes the right front down the main straight at Valvoline Raceway

Gary Reid: Sam Walsh gives it everthing at Valvoline Raceway in time trials

Peter Roebuck: Max Johnston from NSW attended the 2015 Krikke Boys Shootout and gave it his all

Peter Roebuck: Peter caught an 8 shot motordrive string of WA's Ken Sartori taking a wild ride at Perth Motorplex. This is the 2nd last image , the top wind is still whipping around

Gary Reid: Standing firm as 1800 HP heads straight for him - Danny Reidy and Dave Murcott at Valvoline Raceway

Peter Roebuck: You dont always need speed to capture the moment - Cameron Gessner surveys the damage in a Motorplex Night he would rather forget

Gary Reid: American Brad Sweet guns his #99 at Valvoline Raceway

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AHG Awards Night – WA’s Premier Sprintcar Series – Cameron Gessner and Jason Kendrick Take Major Awards

Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
Words by Paul Griffin with guidance from Ken Brown

AHG (Automotive Holdings Group) has long been a Proud Supporter of Sprintcar Racing in Western Australia.

This year was no exception, with the AHG Sprintcar Series followed by the Mini “Blue Ribbon” AHG Triple Crown Series providing the best and most competitive racing the state of WA has ever seen.

The racing in the mainstream AHG championship was incredibly competitive with the series lead within grasp of many Drivers throughout the gruelling 6 month program.

Ex Queensland Racer Cameron Gessner who now calls WA home prevailed against a great spread of talent to take the coverted AHG Sprintcar Championship for season 2014/15, while Jason Kendrick in arguably one of his most consistent seasons took 2nd and David Priolo who showed that typical “true grit” took 3rd.

The unique AHG Triple Crown Series is a relatively new initiative to extend the WA Sprintcar Season after the mainstream Blue Ribbon AHG Series has concluded.

It is a great opportunity for Drivers to have another shot at stardom after perhaps and unlucky season or some indifferent results.

It came as no surprise that “in-form” Driver Jason Kendrick was going to be in the mix, indeed Jason managed to take the mini-series win from former Junior racer Carl Dowling (fabulous effort) and Jamie Maiolo (3rd).

Cameron Gessnor (1st AHG Series Champion 2014/15) is flanked by SEG Chairman Geoff Kendrick and Stef Martin

Cameron Gessnor (1st - AHG Series Champion 2014/15) is flanked by SEG Chairman Geoff Kendrick and Farima Sharif from AHG's Marketing Group

L to R: Jason Kendrick (2nd), Cameron Gessner (Winner), David Priolo (3rd) in 2014/15 AHG Sprintcar Series

L to R: Jason Kendrick (2nd), Farima Sharif, (AHG) Cameron Gessner (Winner), David Priolo (3rd) in 2014/15 AHG Sprintcar Series

AHG Triple Crown Winners L to R: Carl Dowling (2nd), Jason Kendrick (Winner), and Jamie Maiolo (3rd)

AHG Triple Crown Winners L to R: Carl Dowling (2nd), Jason Kendrick (Winner), and Jamie Maiolo (3rd)

Con Migro and Wife Linda were there to enjoy the Gala Night as well - Son Gavin Migro , former Sprintcar Racer and Perth Motorplex Speedway Manger slid in at the last moment for a "background steal"

Con Migro and Wife Linda were there to enjoy the Gala Night as well - Son Gavin Migro , former Sprintcar Racer and Perth Motorplex Speedway Manger slid in at the last moment for a "background steal"

Jason Kendrick won the AHG Triple Crown - a three race mini-series run after thye main AHG full season Series

Jason Kendrick won the AHG Triple Crown - a three race mini-series run after the main AHG full season Series

Happy Campers: Jason Kendrick won the prestigous AHG Triple Crown Mini-Series. He is flanked here by Mum Val and Dad Geoff

Happy Campers: Jason Kendrick did well in the trophy department . He is flanked here by Mum Val and SEG Chairman & Dad Geoff

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Perth Motorplex Driver of the Year Award – Ryan Farrell Bags Gold

Images by Peter Straight Shooter” Roebuck
Words by Paul Griffin
Acknowledged assistance from Ken Brown

Ryan Farrell has cemented his brilliant return to Sprintcar Racing in only what can be described as a Stella season.

Farrell dominated the Sprintcar ranks and was judged the best overall Driver at the Perth Motorplex for season 2014/15.

Amongst the other division contenders were Lee Redmond (Speedcars), Warren Oldfield (Late Models), David Priolo (Sprintcars), Dayne Kingshott (Speedcars), Jason Kendrick (Sprintcars), Troy Johnson (Formula 500’s) and Kaiden Manders (Speedcars).

Contenders for the Motorplex Driver of the Year: Standing L to R :Lee Redmond (Speedcars), Warren Oldfield (Late Models), David Priolo (Sprintcars), Dayne Kingshott (Speedcars), Jason Kendrick (Sprintcars), Troy Johnson (Formula 500's) and Kaiden Manders (Speedcars). Winner Ryan Farrell (Sprintcars) kneeling

It was a ripper season at the Motorplex with so many memorable nights of racing over all divisions at the world class venue.

From so many great competitors, across so many classes, it was hard to single out the Driver of the Year from the hundreds of “stand-out” performances.

Ryan Farrell’s ability to win feature races and seem to do it from positions of “no-return” was one of the factors that contributed to his “Perth Motorplex Driver of the Year award”

We at Torque Tube, along with the rest of the National Speedway Racing fraternity congratulate Ryan of his marvellous season, and salute all those finalists that made season 2014/15 the best the Perth Motorplex has ever experienced.

Ryan Rarrell - Perth Motorplex Driver of the Year celebrates the occasion

Ryan Farrell - Can't keep a good man down

Senior Track Presenter Con Migro and Ryan Farrell after the official award

Perth Motorplex Speedway Manager Gavin Migro congratulates "Driver of the Year" Ryan Farrell

Once a Chamion, always a Champion - Ryan Farrell enjoys the backdrop of Perth City after a well desrved award

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Sean Zemunik Wins Sprintcar Feature at Ellenbrook Speedway’s Two Day Anniversary Meeting

All race images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
Words by Paul Griffin – assistance from Ken Brown and Jason Oldfield appreciated

While most of the Nation goes into Winter Sprintcar Hibernation, WA’s Ellenbrook Speedway has just lifted the race curtains on a stellar Winter Racing Program.

Ellenbrook is a ripper Speedway only 1/2 an hour North of the city of Perth and close to the Swan Valley Wine Region. It has shallow banking and relatively long straights. It’s one of those tracks that has a brilliant outlook of the Darling Escarpment and simply has a nice country feel to it.

Last weekend in celebration of the 51st Anniversary of The Racing Drivers Association of WA, Ellenbrook opened their gates to a Two Day racing extravaganza that featured a truckload of Speedway Classes.

Sprintcars were present, as too were Late Models, Super Sedans, Super Six Sedans, Street Stocks, Production Sedans and Junior Sedans – Quite a Program !!

A dozen Sprintcars rocked up – all were 360’s except Rod Howe and Ben Ellement who made things a touch spirited with 410 rigs. The racing was action packed and combined a great amount of light hearted fun with the two engine capacities in the one mix.

Unfortunately Rod Howe was an early casualty in hot laps. That aside the action was aplenty throughout the two days, with thrills and spills all over the show – left right and centre.

After the Epic weekend, the feature race winner was Sean Zemunik from 2nd place Ben Ellement and 3rd placed Daniel Salter.

Sean Zemunik was the winner of the action packed Ellenbrook two day Meeting

Ellenbrook is a great little track North of Perth and has that wonderful country feel about it

Daniel Salter had a great result with a Podium Third

Ben Ellement gets some attitude happening at the Ellenbrook Clayway

Team Affair: Ben Ellement (53) races beside Jason Oldfield (51)

The carnage starts as Jacob Lucas (37) tags the fence - Ben Ellement (53) gets caught up and Daniel Salter (26) is also in the mix

It continues !!!

Great cars, Great Action at Ellenbrook - Jason Oldfield (51) and Ben Ellement (53) gas it up for the crowd

As usual, Sprintcar Drivers all arrive at the turn and want to be first in : #83 Jason Pryde, # 51 Jason Oldfield and #93 Shane Norris battle for position

Oh Yeah - It got worse ! Jason Oldfield (51) narrowly misses disaster

Sean Zemunik (29) races hard on the outside of Jason Pryde (83)

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Brayden Miller, Luch Monte & Tom Payet : Winners are Grinners at Perth Motorplex Fast Series Final Night

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

Well the Perth Motorplex closed the gates on a very successful season last Saturday night May 9th.

The AHG open Sprintcar Series and Triple Crown extension mini-series concluded several weeks ago and it was now time to run out the final of the TW Mechanical/Harris Engines Fast Racing Series.

It was a great All Open Wheel program with Limited Sprintcars racing along with 360’s and Wingless Sprints.

Brayden Miller walked away with another victory in the Limited’s. The season that Miller has had can only be described as sensational – a true model of consistency with a truckload of First Place finishes.

Keep watching Torque Tube as we are going to catch up with Brayden Miller for a chat to discuss the Team’s results this season, the Highs (that’s easy), the Lows (that’s hard) and what is instore for season 2015/16.

Luch Monte dusted off the cobwebs on his racing suit and took a great victory in the 360’s, while newly crowned State Champion Tom “Buddah” Payet bagged another main victory in the Wingless Sprints.

Our intrepid Lensman Peter Roebuck was there to catch the action. Here’s how he saw the night.

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Tom Payet Wins WA Wingless Sprint Title

Tom Payet is the 2015 WA Wingless Sprint State Champion - Image WAWS Facebook page

All following images compliments Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck

Last weekend Ellenbrook Speedway hosted the WA Wingless Sprint State Title. By all reports it was a great meeting with plenty of spirited racing action.

Tom Payet crossed the line ahead of Matt Iwanow and Scott Elst. Our intrepid Lensman Peter Roebuck was on hand to secure these great images.

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