WSS Bunbury Results – 18 February 2017 – Brooke Tatnell Wins

Words: Paul Griffin
All Images: Peter Roebuck

World Series Sprintcars (WSS) raced at Bunbury Western Australia last weekend in the second last round of the series.

Just four out of town Drivers made the big haul from the Eastern States – Brooke Tatnell, James McFadden, Jamie Veal and Steven Lines.

Fifteen other WA local drivers filled the nomination list to make it a modest 19 cars.

In the action packed feature it was  Brooke Tatnell who rose to the top and took a popular victory from James McFadden and Jamie Veal.

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The first local home was the defiant Jamie Maiolo, followed quickly behind by brother Brad and Trent Pigdon.

19 cars greeted the judge at the start of the race and only 12 were able to get to the chequers.

A massive incident involving Kye Scroop, Cameron Gessner and Steven Lines saw only Lines able to restart and massive damage to the rear of the “Scoop Mobile”.

Tatnell displayed great experience throughout the night. He bagged quick time of 13.108 from Jamie Veal 13.129 and James McFadden 13.183. Tatnell secured two third places in his heats and then won the pole shootout.

Heat winners were Trent Pigdon , Jamie Maiolo x2 and Steven Lines.

Local Myalup driver Jamie Maiolo’s poor time trial of 13.583 (10th) was unfortunate as he would have gone much closer to top point scorer had he been a bit quicker.

As it was he finished 4th in the pole shootout after being the 5th best on points after heats.

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WSS heads to Perth Motorplex this Friday and Saturday night (24th and 25th Feb) to decide who is the 2017 WSS Champion.

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Daniel Harding Wins Fast Friday Shakedown at Perth Motorplex

All Images: Peter Roebuck

Peter Roebuck took all his gear down to Perth Motorplex Friday night (17th Feb) and caught some awesome action.

There were plenty of thrills and spills across the classes and in something of a surprise Daniel Harding upstaged them all.

Second was Shaun Bradford followed by Victorian leadfoot Jamie Veal – All podium finishers were sporting “beards” !!

Here’s how Peter Roebuck saw the night.

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Valvoline Raceway Washout – Sat 18th Feb

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Words: Paul Griffin

Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway can’t take a trick at the moment.

Last weeks Sprintcar Meeting was cancelled due to extreme heat (44 degrees Celsius – 111 Degrees Fahrenheit) and yesterday VR Officials were reluctantly forced to cancel the second Sprintcar meeting in just seven days due to wild weather.

Friday saw the start of the tempest with wild storm cells sweeping across the Sydney sky that brought massive rainfall and hailstones the size of tennis balls.

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The sky clears after a massive afternoon weather offensive on Friday – Image Kitty Sierra

The same weather pattern was to shown its hand on Saturday as well with a repeat of massive rainfall, hailstorms and lightning.

Two women sheltering under a tree in a Sydney Metro park were struck by lightning and rushed to hospital.

 

Whopping Hailstones shower over much of Sydney

Whopping Hailstones shower over much of Sydney

 

The meeting will not be rescheduled.

 

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Extreme Weather Cancels Valvoline Raceway USC Sprintcars – 11th Feb 2017

Words: Paul Griffin
Saturday 11th Feb, 10am

sydneyLogoIn a ironical twist beyond belief, tonight’s USC Sprintcar meeting at Sydney Valvoline Raceway has been cancelled due to the extreme temperatures forecast.

While Perth and the Perth Motorplex have been inundated with record rainfall, Sydney is forecast to reach 44 degrees today (111 deg F).

The scorching heatwave that is sweeping across NSW will simply make things unbearable for drivers, teams, officials and spectators.

Valvoline Raceway MD Steven Green said yesterday “In the end it wasn’t really a difficult decision to make as we have a duty of care to provide competition and entertainment in the safest possible environment for spectators, teams and our operations team, and the reality is conditions are overwhelming here today, let alone tomorrow”

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World Series Sprintcars – Perth 11th Feb Meeting rainout

Words: Paul Griffin

The Perth Motorplex was scheduled to run WSS (World Series Sprintcars) tonight Saturday 11th Feb.

Unfortunately Mother Nature has come into forceful play with the Motorplex experiencing over 110mm of rain in a 24 hour period – nearly 4 1/2 inches in the old scale !!!!

Perth Motorplex is a stunning venue with world class drainage, but nothing on this planet can handle that amount of rain and come up trumps the next day for racing.

At this point officials say the event is not to be rescheduled.

WSS will head to Bunbury City Speedway next weekend and then return to the Motorplex for the two night Grand Finale of the Championship the following weekend (Feb 24 and 25).

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Mitchell Wormall Bags 2017 WA 360 Sprintcar Championship at Collie Speedway

All Images: Peter Roebuck

Last Saturday night saw the running of the 2017 WA 360 Sprintcar Championship. Peter Roebuck went along to Quit Collie Speedway and caught some fabulous action shots and a few pearlers with the sunset as a back drop.

Mitchell Wormall was victorious ahead of Michael Keen and Ben Ellement.

Here’s the awesome images that Peter Roebuck captured:

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2017 WA 360 Sprintcar Title podium: L to R – Michael Keen (2nd), Mitchell Wormall (1st), Ben Ellement (3rd)

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Kerry Madsen Claims Back-to-Back Australian Titles

Images (as noted) compliments of :

Gary Reid : greid@pacific.net.au

Corey Gibson Photography : corey@gibsonphotography.com.au

Words : Paul Griffin

Kerry Madsen secured his third Australian Sprintcar Title in his racing career and his second in as many years at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway last Saturday night (28th Jan).

Madsen now claims bragging rights to the 2003, 2016 and 2017 Australian Championships.

Kerry Madsen - Back to Back Australian Sprintcar Champion: Image by Corey Gibson

Kerry Madsen – Back to Back Australian Sprintcar Champion: Image by Corey Gibson

Kerry Madsen drove a calculated and determined race in this year’s Championship to take victory by several car lengths over younger brother Ian Madsen and Robbie Farr in 3rd.

It was the first time that any brothers have finished 1-2 in the Australian Sprintcar Championship.

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Championship podium – L to R: Robbie Farr 3rd, Kerry Madsen 1st, Ian Madsen 2nd: Image by Corey Gibson

 

After three nights of intense racing, the final field of 24 cars had been determined and combatants were faced with 40 gruelling laps of Valvoline Raceway.

One of those cars was unfortunately unable make it to lap 1.

Jamie Veal who was considered a reasonable chance retired on the push off lap with a mechanical problem, allowing reserve Darryl Campbell to get a start.

Campbell was ecstatic and the green flag fell.

After the race got underway and settled down, the standout drivers were Kerry and Ian Madsen and James McFadden.

These guys traded blows lap after lap with the lead swapping between them routinely.

The racing was close, the racing was hard and the racing was precise.

Things eventually got a little too close for comfort for James McFadden and in a racing incident the WA17 made slight contact with Kerry Madsen’s Aus#1.

The result was a flat left front tyre on McFadden’s car and he had no option but to exit his 2017 Championship quest.

By this stage the track had taken rubber and there was little advantage in going up high.

Most of the field settled into the security of the pole line and continued to circulate without much positional change until with 6 laps to go Marcus Dumesny brought on the yellows.

This gave Ian Madsen and Robbie Farr a last roll of the dice to get past leader Kerry Madsen.

In the end despite a series of valiant lunges, Ian Madsen simply couldn’t get past he brother Kerry and he settled for second place just ahead of Robbie Farr in the Q7 ECP entry.

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Kerry Madsen was simply too strong : Image by Corey Gibson

Like previous Australian Championships, the winner is decided after hundreds of laps of qualifying time trials, heats and mains.

It’s not an easy feat to dial in your car with the ultimate set-up every time you hit the track – to push yourself and the car to the limit, get through unscathed and be at the “pointy end”.

It is absolutely crucial to get good results early and to totally avoid a DNF in heats.

This is what cooked Jamie Veal’s goose in the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic just one week before. Veal had positioned himself rather well, however going into the final night in his final heat, a touch with another car forced him to DNF. That extracted his almost certain A-Main start and put him mid-pack in the final B-Main.

That simply made it too difficult to successfully defend his Classic Title.

The all important first and second nights of the 2017 Australian Sprintcar Title provided equally good racing, some close shaves, some big looses and some real surprises.

Our good friend and pro Valvoline Raceway lensman Gary Reid caught these fabulous images of the crucial lead up to final night.

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Steven Lines in time trials Night 1: Image by Gary Reid

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Night 1   4-wide salute: (l-r) Jordyn Brazier (21), Jackson Delamont (48), Kerry Madsen (1), Dave Murcott (83): Image by Gary Reid

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Warren Ferguson at full noise: Image by Gary Reid

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Ian Madsen (66) leads Garry Brazier (21) and Glen Saville (75) in Night 1 qualifying: Image by Gary Reid

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Night 1 A Main podium: (l-r) Warren Ferguson (2nd), Kerry Madsen (1st), Jamie Veal (3rd): Image by Gary Reid

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Ian Madsen and Matt Dumesny in close quarters: Image by Gary Reid

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Brad Maiolo leads Garry Brazier in their last heat on Night 2: Image by Gary Reid

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Night 2   A Main podium: (l-r) Ian Madsen (2nd), James McFadden (1st), Bob Tunks (Grand Marshal), Robbie Farr (3rd): Image by Gary Reid

 

Torque Tube Media would like to thank pro photographers Gary Reid and Corey Gibson for the great images of the 2017 Australian Sprintcar Title at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway

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2017 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic – James McFadden Victorious

054Words and images: Paul Griffin

James McFadden eliminated a major Blue Ribbon Bogie from his “to do” list last Sunday night (22nd Jan) at Warrnambool’s Sungold Stadium – Premier Speedway.

He was able to strike off “Winning the Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic” by crossing the line first, a second ahead of a fast finishing Darren Mollenoyux and former Australian Champion Brooke Tatnell.

Savor the moment - James McFadden is the 2017 Classic winner

Savour the moment – James McFadden is the 2017 Classic winner

“The Classic” has eluded McFadden for well over a decade. He has never been able to crack it, succumbing to mechanical issues, racing incidents and generally speaking just bad luck.

The 2017 journey was the usual 40 laps and McFadden’s mission was to beat 23 other adversaries.

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James McFadden looks at the pit board to see what he is up against

The "Mains" board on final night

The “Mains” board on final night

In contrast to the cooler weather of the previous two preliminary nights, it was a pleasant and balmy 19 degrees Celsius when the Final was run.
So after three nights of qualifying racing, it was time to do “The Big Dance” and decide the 2017 Classic Champion.

Top point scorer out of the total field of 107 drivers was Brooke Tatnell. He was tied to the Night 1 group of 53 cars.

McFadden was pilled in the night 2 list and in terms of points was just behind Tatnell thanks to very strong heat racing performances and 2nd quickest in his time trial group.

Tatnell elected to go off P2 despite earning the privilege of Pole Position. This made sense as in most of the racing starts in the prior two nights, P2 seemed to make it into turn 1 first – it really did appear to offer an advantage.

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Brooke Tatnell came 3rd in the 2017 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

For the 2017 Grand Annual Classic Final, this wasn’t to be for Tatnell as McFadden with great reflexes and a “quick launch” car won the drag race into the first turn.

Tatnell battled furiously over the next few laps in an attempt to muscle into the lead, but McFadden simply had too much to offer.
With 5 laps down, McFadden had opened up an incredible 8 car lead and Tatnell and Kerry Madsen were arguing over who should be second. At one point Madsen slipped ahead of Tatnell, but then relinquished that advantage several laps later.

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Darren Mollenoyux

Meanwhile Darren Mollenoyux was rocketing along in 4th followed by Luke Dillon, Brad Sweet, former Australian Champion David Murcott a, Kyle Hirst and Robbie Farr.

By lap 8, McFadden was into traffic. He was brilliant working through the field – always seeming to get a car or two between the W17 and 2nd placed Tatnell.
Individual battles were emerging all over the place – most notably the one between American Brad Sweet and Mollenoyux where they traded places several times.

With 10 down it was McFadden, Tatnell, K Madsen, Mollenoyux, Sweet and Dillon. McFadden despite the heavy traffic placed the W17 at any point on the track – high, low and anywhere in between. The car was set up superbly – the only concern was tyres as the track had been brutal on rubber over the course of the weekend.

The field kept rotating without incident until lap 26 when USA Tourister Domenic Scelzi spun on the slick surface of turn 2 and threw the yellows.
On the restart is was McFadden, Tatnell, Madsen, Mollenoyux, Sweet, Dillon, Murcott, Keller, Hirst, Ian Madsen, Farr, Lines.

McFadden quickly cleared out. This happened on the next two restarts as well – we were later to learn at the presentations that Tatnell was having engine stumbling issues – the car was lazy to launch.

By this stage the track was getting pretty rutted up in turn 2 and 3 and Kerry Madsen had a slack attack with the cushion allowing Mollenoyux through.

Mollenoyux sensed the smell of a podium finish and really dug deep.
SA’s Brad Keller was the next casualty a few laps later.

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The Darren Mollenoyux V52 that came an incredible 2nd place

He had worked past Murcott but then rode out a big one out of turn 2 after attempting to avoid another car and being unsettled by a rut. That created a closed red.

On the restart it was 12 laps remaining. McFadden and Tatnell continued to wage war, as did Sweet and Mollenoyux – the latter prevailing.

Carsen Macedo spun in turn 2 and a luckless Matt Egel with nowhere to go with his SA97 and rolled and impacted the fence bringing on a closed red.

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Matt Egel

McFadden very nearly collected Macedo but saved the day with a brilliant unconventional “turn right” manoeuvre to slip between the pair.

The lap board now showed 5 laps remaining and the order was McFadden, Tatnell, Mollenoyux, Sweet and Madsen. Mollenoyux (Molly) was clearly sensing better than just a podium third place.

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Brad Sweet

Undeterred, Mollenoyux kept boxing and with 3 left to run went low on Tatnell and made it stick. He then set out after McFadden and closed the gap to within a second.

Mollenoyux tried valiantly to attack McFadden and realise a fairy tale. McFadden’s tyres had gone off and Molly was looking stronger than ever.

In the end Mollenoyux (V52) would come close but McFadden crossed the line one second ahead of the V52, with Tatnell several car lengths back in 3rd and then Sweet, K Madsen, Dillon, Hirst, Ian Madsen, Lines and Murcott rounding out the top 10

Flag Parade: Robbie Farr (Q7) and Terry McCarl (V29)

Flag Parade: Robbie Farr (Q7) and Terry McCarl (V29)

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Luke Dillon

Kyle Hirst

Kyle Hirst

A sea of fluoro orange

A sea of fluoro orange

Kerry Madsen's A1 in the foreground of a sea of wings

Kerry Madsen’s A1 in the foreground of a sea of wings

Darren Mollenoyux was sensational coming 2nd in the 17 car field

Darren Mollenoyux was sensational coming 2nd in the 107 car field

Calm before the storm

Calm before the storm

The fireworks explode on the 4-Wide salute lap

The fireworks explode on the 4-Wide salute lap

4-Wide in turn 4

4-Wide in turn 4

Tatnell's RHR after the 40 laps

Tatnell’s RHR after the 40 laps

Spectators flock to the W17 pit as McFadden pulls in

Spectators flock to the W17 pit as McFadden pulls in

McFadden's RHR after The Classic victory shows widespread blistering

McFadden’s RHR after The Classic victory shows widespread blistering

The W17's LHR after the 40 laps

The W17’s LHR after the 40 laps

Party Time at the McFadden pit

Party Time at the McFadden pit

James McFadden is congratulated by a close friend

James McFadden is congratulated by his Mum after his big 2017 Classic victory

Let the celebrations begin

Let the celebrations begin

Brooke Tatnell with his 3rd place trophy

Brooke Tatnell with his 3rd place trophy

A brilliant drive by local ace Darren Mollenoyux - here he celebrates his 2nd place with his young daughter in arms

A brilliant drive by local ace Darren Mollenoyux – here he celebrates his 2nd place with his young daughter in arms

James McFadden's helment

James McFadden’s helment

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The 2017 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic was a thrilling race and produced everything we all come to expect of Australia’s biggest Sprintcar event.

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STOP PRESS: James McFadden wins the 2017 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic – Corey Gibson Images

Corey Gibson has been kind enough to flick through a selection of the pivotal moments of the Lucas Oil 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic :  the 4-Wide salute to the crowd and the euphoria on the infield surrounding James McFadden’s powerhouse victory just moments after he took the chequers.

Thanks Corey – top work mate !!

Corey has a massive library of this year’s Classic as well as current season images and of course a heap from “yesteryear”.

Corey can be contacted via:  corey@gibsonphotography.com.au

or

https://www.facebook.com/Corey-Gibson-Photography-192107880859547/

 

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Ready for 2017 Classic action : The 24 finalists salute the crowd with a 4-wide formation

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The Milwaukee Tools/Monte Motorsport WA17 celebtates its fine victory with a polish lap of Sungold Stadium

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McFadden celebrates his first Classic win with the obligatory wing dance

The holy grail of Australian Sprintcar Racing - James McFadden holds the GASC trophy aloft immediately after alighting from his W17

The holy grail of Australian Sprintcar Racing – James McFadden holds the GASC trophy aloft immediately after alighting from his W17

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McFadden salutes the Mt Max crowd at Sungold Stadium

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Job done – James McFadden won his first Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

Sweet Victory: The Milwaukee Tools/Monte Motorsport Team are on top of the Sprintcar World after McFadden's powerhouse victory

Sweet Victory: The Milwaukee Tools/Monte Motorsport Team are on top of the Sprintcar World after McFadden’s powerhouse victory

 

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Night 3 : Lucas Oil 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Results (Quickie Post) – James McFadden Scores The Win

Words and images: Paul Griffin

Well we know many of you out there are desperate to know what happened at this year’s Lucas Oils Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

So we have pleasure in providing this very quick report to give you the basics. We will then follow up with a detailed report with stacks of photos in the next couple of days.
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Tonight (Jan 22nd), James McFadden (W17) won “The Classic” in front of a lock out crowd and under prefect weather conditions.

It was his first Classic and the Milwaukee Tools/Monte Motorsport Team’s 6th Classic.

James McFadden holds the 2017 GASC trophy aloft

James McFadden holds the 2017 GASC trophy aloft

McFadden took victory in the grandest of style – never putting a foot wrong and driving faultlessly through heavy traffic.

Up till lap 27, the race ran non-stop and the 24 cars were well spread around the track. This is where McFadden was smart and maintained a policy of keeping a car or two between him and the second lead car.

In the last 13 laps there were three stoppages that helped “reset” the traffic jam.

Following McFadden across the line (only 1 second behind) in a stunning, determined and popular drive was local peddler Darren Mollenoyux (V52) who shot past Tatnell with 3 laps to go, and despite extreme pressure didn’t yield.

Tatnell was 3rd followed by Brad Sweet, Kerry Madsen, Luke Dillon, Kyle Hurst, Ian Madsen Steven Lines and David Murcott rounding out the top 10.

2017 Lucas Oils GAS Classic Podium L to R: Darren Mollenoyux (2nd), James McFadden (1st), Brook Tatnell (3rd)

2017 Lucas Oils GAS Classic Podium L to R: Darren Mollenoyux (2nd), James McFadden (1st), Brook Tatnell (3rd)

Sweet Taste of Victory - James McFadden returns to the Milwaukee Tools/Monet Motorsport pit

Sweet Taste of Victory – James McFadden returns to the Milwaukee Tools/Monte Motorsport pit after the preliminary on track celebration

James McFadden and Crew Chief Kim Buswell savour the moment

James McFadden and Crew Chief Kim Buswell savour the moment

As indicated above, a detailed report with be provided in the next couple of days.

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