Crikey Brooke Tatnell wins Krikke Boys Shootout

Crikey Brooke Tatnell wins the Krikke Boys shootout –Bunbury.

Vortex wings platform to celebratethe Shootout win

Vortex wings platform to celebratethe Shootout win

The 18th Krikke Boys Shootout was again run at the Bunbury Car Clubs track in Western Australia. The Krikke Boys Shootout is all about racing but the Krikke Boys Shootout remembers the two young Krikke boys Darryl and Jason lost in a horrid car crash on the way home from the old Claremont Speedway in 1997.
This year was the 18th running of the event, a two night show with the final run over 30 laps on the Sunday night.
The Krikke Boys Shootout a very special event has attracted many of the greatest Sprintcars drivers from Australia and the US. US Champions Jason Johnson and Shane Stewart have won the shootout. Australians Robbie Farr, Max Dumesny and the late Michael Figliomeni have also carried the trophy home.

Brooke Tatnell

Brooke Tatnell

The 18th running of the shootout was a Brooke Tatnell benefits winning both the preliminary and the Shootout final .Tatnell took the wins on both nights ahead of Australian Outlaws Kerry Madsen with Robbie Farr gaining the final shootout podium.
Robbie Farr , a six times shootout winner had the honor of carrying the race number #95 for Shootout. 95 the race number that young Darryl krikke ran has become iconic symbol of this special race.

Robbie Farr carried the #95 for the Shootout

Robbie Farr carried the #95 for the Shootout

Brooke Tatnell and the Krikke Motorsports Team could not have asked for a better finish to Tatnell’s duties behind the wheel of the W2 race car. World Series Sprintcar Title and now the Krikke Boys Shoot.

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Adam Clarke wins in Warnambool

Adam Clarke and the Jack berry/Polar Ice Racing

Adam Clarke and the Jack berry/Polar Ice Racing

Warm sun, clouds closing in with thunder, lighting and heavy rain tortured the Championship night of the 74th Australian Speedcar Championship before the hurricane arrived in the shape of Adam Clarke.adama Clarke back to back Au Champ
The defending Champion after an ordinary start on the preliminary night turned that around on a very fast race track, lots of cautions to win the 74th Australian Championship. This was back to back wins making Clarke a four time winner of this most sought Title.
The banked Premier oval offered plenty for the drivers and Oklahoma’s Tyler Thomas continued his previous nights blistering high line style to chase aggressively after Clarke early . Alex Bright was also lighting up the track as he chased his first Australian Speedcar Championship. The former Magic Man 34 Winner had the Graham Jones Racing, really buzzing!

Alex Bright  Graham Jones Racing

Alex Bright Graham Jones Racing

Towards the end of the 40 lap Championship Nathan Smee started to pressure Clarke, his American Racing Tires Service Spike appeared to be a handful for the former Champion as he worked overtime to keep the pressure of the Jack Berry Racing /Polar Ice car.
There were two races on the night the first the race by the Club officials to ensure that the fans and race teams did not have to return on the Sunday and their efforts in keeping the meeting running despite the challenges of the weather was the right call and the meet promoters beat the weather for once

.The work behind the fences by track staff goes unnoticed in many cases but one who appreciated their efforts was Adam Clarke, standing in victory lane with his crew and car Owner.
Starting the year with a new team, new staff offered some challenges to Clark as he struggled to get on terms and the early result would certainly been below both his and the teams expectations. Saturday night the Polar Ice team was white hot and Clarke again stamping himself as Australian Champion and number one!

While there can only be one Champion there were many efforts during the Championship that need to be recognized. The Americans lead by Bight and Thomas. The determination of Davey Ray with his back of the field rushes. Brendan Palmer the Preliminary Night winner who finished 6th and the mighty effort by Mark Brown coming from deep in the B main to finish fifth in the Championship decider .

The 10 lap record was smashed during the heats first by Tyler Thomas and finally by Dayne Kingshott
A field of 52 started the Championship on Friday night and there was room for only 24 in the Feature .The grueling 40 laps had plenty of causality with only 15 of the 24 car completing the Championship journey finished

Final placing 74th Australian Speed car Championship – Premier Speedway WarnamboolAussie Champ Logo
Adam Clarke (1) ,Nathan Smee (2),Alex Bright (3) ,Tyler Thomas (4) , Mark Brown(5) ,Brendan Palmer (6), Jamie McKinlay (7),Davey Ray (8),Matt Greenwood (9), Jerry CoonJr (10),Ben Hall (11),Kaiden Manders (12),TRavis Mills (13) ,Dayne Kingshott (14), Paul Farrell (15) ,Nicholas Rowe (DNF),Todd Waddell (DNF),Scott Wilson (DNF),Gabe Goode (DNF),Lee Redmond (DNF),Neville Lance (DNF),Anthony Challe (DNF), Domain Ramsey (DNF),Troy Jenkins (DNF)

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Who will be the 2015 Australian Speedcar Champion

This week end in Warnambool Premier Speedway will host the 74th running of the Australian Speedcar Championship. To carry the Australia 1 on your racecar is the spoils for the Champion.The Championship is an open event and over the years the Title has gone off shore to many legends of the sport.Aussie Champ Logo
Making an early statement is Western Australian Dayne Kingshott with successive Speedcar Pro Series Championships in the bag the West Aussie last week end added the Victorian Title to his ever increasing resume of race credits.
Kingshott has been without doubt the stand out driver this year and the high banks of the Premier Speedway Oval will hold no fears for Bunbury based young charger. The track where he won the Grand Final of the Speedcar Pro Series earlier this year is the perfect venue for the 74th Australian Speedcar Championship.

Dayne Kingshott

Dayne Kingshott

The nominations for the Championship has a strong car count of 51 racecar from all sides of the country. The defending Champion Adam Clarke returns with his Title on the line in a  new car with new team owner Jack Berry, Polar Ice Racing .The Hunter Valley Hurricane has the experience and Warnambool knowledge to gain a fourth Australian Championship.
The Americans are returning to try and take another Title. Davey Ray out of Indiana a three times winner will be driving T/M Wholesale King/Synergy. Alex Bright is back again looking to add to his 2013 Magic Man 34 Success behind the wheel of the Graham Jones Racing W4 .The 2007 Champion and frequent visitor down under Jerry Coons Jr will be punching through in the Graham Racing Developments N14 Eagle/Toyota .The final American is young Tyler Thomas returning to Victoria after his lighting POWRi World Series visit to drive the Western landscapes supplies #Q42 Esslinger. This will be Tyler’s first attempt at the Australian Title. All four Americans, seasoned professionals are race ready and keen to add the Australian Title trophy to their owner’s cabinet

Davey Ray       USA

Davey Ray USA

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In the field of 51 there are many strong chances and it would not be a surprise to see young Kaiden Manders right in the mix for this Championship. Manders first set tongues wagging with his impressive win in the Magic Man 34 back in November against a strong international field. Driving the W11 his car owner Keith McAllen will be hoping to regain the car number A1 lost when Adam Clarke moved to jack Berry/Polar Ice Racing.

Kaiden Manders

Kaiden Manders

Sydney’s Mark Brown after his strong second to Kingshott in the Victorian Championship is on song and would love nothing less than to carry the Australia One for 2015. The N9 KTEQ Rentals / Tapout Energy Drinks N9 Spike Esslinger is hitting race winning form at the right moment.
The Championship will be run over the two night’s around the high banks of Warnambool’s Premier Speedway .Country town Warrnambool might be but this weekend it is the centre of Australian Speedcar Action .

The nominations are :

A1 – Adam Clarke
V0 – Stewart Grant-Campbell
N2 – Dean Merry lees
V2 – Paul Farrell
Q3 – Scott Doyle
S3 – Anthony Chaffey
N4 – Paul Murphy
V4 – Stuart Ferguson
WA4 – Alex Bright (USA)
S6 – Mark Harrington
V6 – Harley Bishop
N7 – Nathan Smee
W7 – Todd Waddell
W8 – Paul Robinson
N9 – Mark Brown
S9 – Lee Dillon
V10 – Travis Mills
S11 – Graham Knuckey
V11 – Troy Jordan
W11 – Kaiden Manders
N13 – Matthew Smith
N14 – Jerry Coons Jnr (USA)
W14 – Neville Lance
V15 – Andy Pearce
V18 – Braeden Palmer
V20 – Domain Ramsay
V22 – Joe Lostitch
W24 – Dayne Kingshott
Q25 – Scott Wilson
N40 – Gary Rooke
Q41 – Brendan Palmer
N42 – Jaimie McKinlay
Q42 – Tyler Thomas (USA)
N51 – Michael Stewart
W52 – Lee Redmond
Q58 – Rusty Whittaker
Q69 – Brett Thomas
S71 – Ben Hall
W71 – Davey Ray (USA)
N72 – Dave Lambert
V75 – Mike Griffiths
N78 – Troy Jenkins
Q82 – Jason Bell
N87 – Aidan Corish
V88 – Craig Smith
V95 – Jason Donnelly
V96 – Keith Astrella
N97 – Matt Jackson
V97 – Gabe Goode
W97 – Nicholas Rowe
Q98 – Matt Greenwood

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Murcott’s misery is Tatnell’s triumph in Perth

Murcott’s misery is Tatnell’s triumph!

Brooke Tatnell no a nine times World Series Champion

Brooke Tatnell no a nine times World Series Champion

Perth West Australia: Saturday night in Perth at the Motorplex it promised so much for Australian Sprintcar Champion David Murcott but delivery little. Murcott’s misery was Tatnell’s triumph .The Knoxville based Australian finished third and secures enough points to take his 9th World Series Championship.
Murcott arrived in the pits at the Motorplex with his Horrell Motorsports team holding a 70 points advantage over the Kirke Motorsports Team of Tatnell’s.
Californian Kyle Hirst fire off the first warning shots over Murcott’s wings when he posted quick time during qualifying .Murcott timed in 3rd quick and gains points on Tatnell who struggled with engine problems during the timed runs. The Kirke team was quick to change motors to keep Tatnell in the race.

After poor qualifying team changes the engine in the KMS car

After poor qualifying team changes the engine in the KMS car

All the qualifying heats completed and the points tally confirmed that David Murcott had secure enough points for a front row starting slot for the Grand Final feature. The recently returned Aussie Outlaw Kerry Madsen had taken the pole for the Feature .Kerry Madsen fresh from his successful All Stars and Outlaw shows at the Dirt Car National in Florida flew back into Perth just for the WSS Grand Final.
Right from the green drop Madsen showed all the Outlaw punch to take a commanding race lead over Murcott as the field attacked the 30 lap decider. Madsen out in front, Murcott and Tatnell engaged in a battle behind for the Championship. The Championship was far from being over with both McFadden and Hirst starting to impose their will over the field as they charged after the leaders.
The race was almost over, only a handful of laps to race when Jason Kendrick would suddenly turn hard right in the front straight and Murcott with nowhere to go other than into Kendrick. At first the damaged appeared to be only on the front wings and the Murcott was able to restart and continue his Title chase.
The damage first thought to be minor was anything but. With Murcott at speed the racecar failed to turn, steering failure and the A1 headed straight into the fence .Murcott’s night and dream of a World Series Championship gone
Murcotts car was removed to the pit enclosure and the Australian Champion followed, helmet under his arm, the body language told the story of devastation and disbelief that his Championship had gone.
The Perth track was perfect providing drive right across the track .The Madsen car was on rails and in command .McFadden and Ryan Farrell had come out of P11 and P15 and were bulldozing their way towards the leading cars. Tatnell was still not safe as McFadden had been pulling points back quickly
Ryan Farrell’s charged stopped once he got by Tatnell and the Diamond Bay Motorsports back racer had once again showed that he was one of the most underrated drivers in Australia

Madsen crossed the stripe first to claim his fifth WSS round win, Farrell a resounding second and Brooke Tatnell third.

Kerry Madsen rd 12 WSS winner Perth

Kerry Madsen rd 12 WSS winner Perth

After 12 rounds at Speedways across Australian Brooke Tatnell is the 2014/15 Enzed World Series Champion .After looking for some long as being able to take his first WSS Championship David Murcott was second and James McFadden third.

The final points for the top 5 WSS :

Brooke Tatnell 1st 3086, David Murcott 2nd 3059, James McFadden 3046, Steven Lines 2869, Kyle Hirst 2852

Brooke Tatnell

Brooke Tatnell

 

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Gators for Hodnett,Schatz and Sweet but Pittman lands the big one

Barberville, Florida – 5 nights of racing at the Dirt Car Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park Florida with the All Start Circuit of Champions and the World of Outlaws sharing the spotlight.
The Dirt CAR National is the home of the Gator trophy, one of the most sought after trophies in US Dirt Track Racing.

The big Gator is Pittmans

The big Gator is Pittmans

Greg Hodnett and Daryn Pittman picked up the first two during the All Stars program while Pittman, Schatz and Brad Sweet wrestled Gators during the three World of Outlaws shows.
After Hognett and Pittman shared the All Starts honors the opener of the 2015 World of Outlaws season started on the warn night in Florida . Pittman set about in the best possible way in his quest to capture the 2015 WoO Title and secured his second Gator with an amazing last lap pass on the 6 times and defending WoO Champion Schatz.. Lapped traffic, decision time and Schatz dived low in turn 3 and four but the newly sponsored Bad Boys Buggies driver could not hold the line and drifted up track and off the cushion.
Pittman had committed the corner and with momentum passed on the inside to take the win over Schatz and Hodnett.
A-Main – (25 Laps) - 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [3] [$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [6] [$5,500]; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett [1] [$3,200]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [2] [$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [10] [$2,500]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan [5] [$2,300]; 7. 14K-Dale Blaney [12] [$2,200]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [17] [$2,100]; 9. 83-David Gravel [19] [$2,050]; 10. 29-Kerry Madsen [9] [$2,000]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [8] [$1,500]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson [11] [$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [20] [$1,100]; 14. 2L-Danny Lasoski [16] [$1,050]; 15. 45-Tim Shaffer [23] [$1,000]; 16. 4-Cody Darrah [22] [$900]; 17. 24-Terry McCarl [15] [$800]; 18. 98H-Dave Blaney [14] [$800]; 19. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [13] [$800]; 20. 1s-Logan Schuchart [18] [$800]; 21. 4S-Danny Smith [24] [$800]; 22. 7-Craig Dollansky [7] [$800]; 23. 11-Steve Kinser [21] [$800]; 24. 1-Lucas Wolfe [4] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Greg Hodnett 1-5, Joey Saldana 6-25, Donny Schatz 26-29, Daryn Pittman 30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-David Gravel [+10]

Darin Pittman at Volusia

Darin Pittman at Volusia

The teams were back on Saturday night for the next chance at a gator- The Bad Boys Buggies team had to make a last minute engine change in an effort to sort out some problems the Champ had experienced earlier in the night. Schatz out of P2 was in the race lead from lap 8 and was never headed. Joey Saldana after losing the race lead fell back into the field and finished 7th position.
Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser completed the podium.

Donny Schatz and his Gator

Donny Schatz and his Gator

A-Main – (30 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$10,000]; 2. 2L-Danny Lasoski [5] [$5,500]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [1] [$3,200]; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett [12] [$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [10] [$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [13] [$2,300]; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana [3] [$2,200]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [11] [$2,100]; 9. 29-Kerry Madsen [8] [$2,050]; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman [6] [$2,000]; 11. 83-David Gravel [15] [$1,500]; 12. 1s-Logan Schuchart [17] [$1,200]; 13. 10H-Chad Kemenah [22] [$1,100]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen [9] [$1,050]; 15. 41-Jason Johnson [19] [$1,000]; 16. 59-Danny Holtgraver [18] [$900]; 17. 51-Paul McMahan [4] [$800]; 18. 4-Cody Darrah [23] [$800]; 19. 1-Lucas Wolfe [14] [$800]; 20. 24-Terry McCarl [20] [$800]; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21] [$800]; 22. 14K-Dale Blaney [24] [$800]; 23. 45-Tim Shaffer [7] [$800]; 24. 98H-Dave Blaney [16] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-7, Donny Schatz 8-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 10H-Chad Kemenah [+9]
The final night of the Dirt Nationals and the final of the  opening WoO rounds was ready to greet the green .For the most part of the fiinal A Main it was a Paul McMahan affair with the CJB Motorsports mounted driver seemingly certain to record the final round  win

Brad Sweet at Volusia

Brad Sweet at Volusia

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In the final third of the race Brad Sweet started to move back through the field after leading on lap 7 only to have fallen back into the field as McMahan drove away. Sweet recovered and moved back into the lead on lap 23 and was never headed. McMahan settled for second and Pittman completed the podium.
A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [5] [$10,000]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [1] [$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4] [$3,200]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [3] [$2,800]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [2] [$2,500]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [7] [$2,300]; 7. 1-Lucas Wolfe [6] [$2,200]; 8. 2L-Danny Lasoski [9] [$2,100]; 9. 24-Terry McCarl [8] [$2,050]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [17] [$2,000]; 11. 27-Greg Hodnett [22] [$1,500]; 12. 2-Shane Stewart [10] [$1,200]; 13. 1s-Logan Schuchart [12] [$1,100]; 14. 83-David Gravel [11] [$1,050]; 15. 10H-Chad Kemenah [19] [$1,000]; 16. 45-Tim Shaffer [16] [$900]; 17. 14K-Dale Blaney [15] [$800]; 18. 7-Craig Dollansky [18] [$800]; 19. 11-Steve Kinser [21] [$800]; 20. 4-Cody Darrah [20] [$800]; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25] [$800 22. 41-Jason Johnson [23] [$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [13] [$800]; 24. 98H-Dave Blaney [14] [$800]; 25. 63-Kody Swanson [24] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Paul McMahan 1-6, 8-22; Brad Sweet 7, 23-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 27-Greg Hodnett [+11]

Hodnett, Pittman, Schatz and Sweet all had a small gator but it was Daryn Pittman who took the big gator when his 3rd position enabled him to finish on top of the Dirt Car National Standing after the 5 nights of racing in Florida

Pittman and Sweet at Volusia

Pittman and Sweet at Volusia

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DIRT car Nationals Sprint Week Championship Points: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 2400; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen, 2386; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 2376; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana, 2356; 5. 51-Paul McMahan, 2346; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett, 2331; 7. 2L-Danny Lasoski, 2320; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 2317; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 2295; 10. 83-David Gravel, 2262.
The World of Outlaws now head to Las Vegas for a two night show at the Dirt Track on March 4 and 5 .Brad Sweet leads Schatz into Las Vagas by 4 points and Pittman by 6.

All photo credits- Chris Seelman – Volusia Speedway Park

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David Murcott is Australian Sprintcar Champion for 2015

Murcott retains his Australian Sprintcar Championship

David Murcott Australia one  Pic Horrell Motorsports

David Murcott Australia one
Pic Horrell Motorsports

Last night at the Quit Bunbury Speedway the defending Champion David Murcott made it two Aussie Titles back to back. Murcott started night two of the Championship at the top of the points following his win on night one.
The Horrell Motorsports Team and Murcott has been having a stellar year since claiming their first Title last year at Latrobe Speedway, Tasmania and also leading the points in World Series Sprintcas into the grand final in Perth. Last night’s win has the Tasmania full of confidence.

The Australian Champion 2015 Pic credit Horrell Motorsports

The Australian Champion 2015
Pic credit Horrell Motorsports

Murcotts’s consistency has certainly pushed the Tasmanian to the most covet position in Australian Sprintcars.
Local favorite and defending World Sprintcar Champion Steven line finished second and Jamie veal third The big effort on the night must go to James McFadden who had to come back from a total disaster on night one following a crash to finish the championship in 4th place . The Totally Work Wear team rebuilt the race car overnight and with a low points total found him battling against the odds all night. Coming from the Back of the B Main to gain his transfer in the decider and drive into 4th was a super effort.

Murcott  Lines and Veal Australian Championship 2015
Many hard luck stories over the weekend that had an effect on the night. Robbie Farr out after only 5 laps and Ian Madsen just unlucky to finish in 5th place were two that had an impact
Congratulations David Murcott and the Horrell Motorsports Team as they continue to carry proudly the Australia One on their car. The teams now stay over in the West for the Grand Final of the ENZED World Series on January 21st at the Perth Motorplex.

 

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Steven Lines wins at Albany , Murcott still leads Championship

Steven Lines wins at Albany , Murcott still leads Championship

The defending World Series Champion Steven Lines and his Halls Motorsports Team continued their charge to retain their title with their win in round 9 at Atwell Speedway Albany Western Australia .Coming on top of his round 8  his chances of retaining his title look a little stronger with three rounds remaining.

Steven Lines after his Albany win

Steven Lines after his Albany win

The Albany meet saw the return to World Series of Ryan Farrell for the first time since serving his suspension over drug use that forced the West Aussie to have a break from the sport .It did not take Farrell long to reminded the WSSC boys of his special talent when he went fastest during the qualifying time trials.
At the back end of the Championship every point is vital and with the finals rounds set in the West strong challenges from locals will ensure the task is more than a little difficult for the contracted drivers and particularly the top three in the Title chase, Murcott, Tatnell and the King of the West Champion Kyle Hirst , they all want this Title.
The top 8 shootout would settle the starting position for the A main. The locally based Halls Motorsports Team with Lines at the wheel took the shootout from Farrell and Hirst who had raced his Monte Motorsports W17 from P7 to P3.

The salute to the crowd at Albany round 9 WSSC

The salute to the crowd at Albany round 9 WSSC

Staging for the 30 Lap A Main and the race cars did their customary 4 wide salute to the crowd .The next lap the drivers moved into their starting position and headed to the green.
Lines, Farrell and Hirst headed the field and with 4 laps in the lapped traffic started to add excitement and drama to the race .Could Farrell take advantage and get past the defending Champion. Farrell tried to take advantage of the traffic but could not get close enough to throw down the challenge .Lines always had his measure. Kyle Hirst was also looking for his chance as he hot footed through the traffic after the two leaders.
Lines stayed in control and went flag to flag to post his second WSSC win for 2014/15 and improve his point’s position. Ryan Farrell’s second leaves no doubt that even with his limited race schedule he is one of the best around .Kyle Hirst followed up his Classic win at Warnambool with the final Albany podium.
David Murcott still holds the lead in the series after his 7th place finish and Brooke Tatnell’s 9th enough for KMS driver to hold onto his second place .Kyle Hirst is in third only 100 points behind Murcott.Murcott Albany
James McFadden after crossing in 4th place rolled during the slow down lap but was not injured. The team now head to Perth and the Motorplex for round 10 tonight and the top contenders and their points are.
Murcott 2372, Tatnell 2322, Hirst 2272. McFadden 2217, Lines 2086

The complete results for round 9 30 Lap World Series 
1 W 3 Steve Lines

2 W 26 Ryan Farrell

3 W 17 Kyle Hirst

4 NQ 25 James McFadden

5 T 10 Ian Madsen

6 W 69 Shaun Bradford

7 A 1 David Murcott

8 V 35 Jamie Veal

9 W 2 Brooke Tatnell

10 S 27 Daniel Pestka

11 W 49 Ryan Jones

12 W 90 Daniel Keen

13 Q 7 Robbie Farr

14 N 78 Andrew Wright

15 W 12 Daniel Harding

16 W 45 Daryl Clayden

17 Q 75 Darren Jensen

18 W 46 Lee Nash

DNF W 53 Matt Egel

DNF NQ 42 Brent Aprile
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More problems for Pickens while Clauson dominates POWRi

More problems for Pickens while Clauson dominates POWRi

The two shows of round 8 in Lismore for the POWRI World Midget Championship finally got underway after storms with heavy rain threatened the final rounds of the Australian and New Zealand legs of the POWR Championship. There were lots of questions to be answered at Lismore, could Clauson continue his stunning recent form, would luck play into Pickens hands after recent runner up performances to Clauson. The final question was how the Australian drivers would fare in this their last encounter with the visiting International drivers.

Bryan Clauson and the winning Team at Lismore POWRi

Bryan Clauson and the winning Team at Lismore POWRi

The recent performances of Clauson this tour has been simply stunning with only Rico Abreu Brad Mosen achieving the wins in the series other than for Clauson. Clauson has been great, Michael Pickens has been closed to winning over the past 4 shows and the last night in Lismore the luck and recent gremlins appeared to have been washed away with the recent rain. Pickens was fast all night and.

The Vernon and Vazey mounted Pickens along with team mate Darren Hagan and Brad Mosen looked the likely challengers to Clauson.
The 40 lap decider and the top six positions were decided by the Gold Shoot out and the results were : Bryan Clauson , Michael Pickens, Darren Hagan, Kaiden Manders , Hayden Williams, Matt Smith , Brad Mosen and Nathan Smee .
During the Gold Shoot out Bryan Clauson set a new one lap track record .Clauson stopped the clock at 12.789sec

Bryan Clauson at Lismore before the start to the last race at Lismore

Bryan Clauson at Lismore before the start to the last race at Lismore

..A field of 20 cars were despatched by the green as they race away for the first lap around the Lucas Oils Lismore Bull Ring. The start was perfect for Pickens leading Clauson. The two New Zealand based teams raced at the head of the field with Pickens punching out lap after lap with a comfortable gap to Indiana’s former USAC Midget Champion.

Just when you thought Pickens was headed for a blistering race win the right front tire popped of the bead sending the Kiwi into a wild tumble into the safety fence .Once again the gremlins had hit the Pickens plan. Pickens was uninjured and the race restarted.Eight laps to run and the race had been handed to the USAC racer and his United truck Parts Team from New Zealand. .While luck plays a big part in race wins the professionalism that Clauson brings to the Team on each of his visits is clear.

Michael Pickens Vernon and Vazey #97

Michael Pickens Vernon and Vazey #97

The final placings were Clauson, Hagan and Brad Mosen. Matt Smith was the first Australian to cross .First time tourist Oklahoma’s Tyler Thomas brought the Queensland owned USA #42 home in fifth place. The POWRi World Midget Championship will now move back across the Pacific to the USA for events later in the year.

One thing is very clear and the reaons for this is, well beyond me .The Australian teams are currently no match for the International drivers .Clauson is in a class on his own but the gap between the new Zealanders appears to growing wider. Our best Smee, Clarke, Redman and Thomas have struggled all season against the International onslaught, only Mathew Smith has looked capable of taking a podium this year against the International invaders.

At Lismore the performances of our youngsters Rusty Whittaker, Brayden Wilimgton and particularly Kaiden Manders from Western Australia were impressive.

The POWRi Management might  try to persuade Dwayne Kingsport to race in the series even though he appears to be a solid Speedcar Pro Series Contracted driver and dual Champion.. Brett Thomas ran both during this years so it is possible .

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Steven Lines back on top after WSSC Round 8 win

Steven Lines back on top after WSSC Round 8 win at Murray Bridge Speedway

The defending World Series Champion Steven Lines stormed back to top form with his win at round 8 of the World Series Sprintcar at Murray Bridge Speedway.
Round 8, 43 cars are signed in for the show and the visiting Americans have a strong presence with Kyle Hirst fresh from his Classic win, Danny Holtgraver, Terry McCarl and Randy Hannagan.

McFadden,Lines ,Murcott at Murry Bridge  Pic credit WSSC

McFadden,Lines ,Murcott at Murry Bridge
Pic credit WSSC

Heading the points into the round Brooke Tatnell held a slight margin over David Murcott and the Californian Kyle Hirst. Ryan Jones was first into the spotlight when he posted the quick time for qualifying from Steven Lines and Brooke Tatnell. Disappointing times were posted by both McFadden and Jamie Veal 29th and 30th on the time sheets.
The Shootouts settled the first four rows of the A-Main grid with the top three series point scorers of Tatnell, Murcott and Kyle Hirst filling the first two rows with Steven Lines starting out of third.

The American presence was hardly notices once Hirst was out on lap 2 after the Milwaukee Tools #17 made contact with Daniel Pestka in the back straight, Pestka would restart but Hirst’s night was over.

Murcott and Tatnell would argue over the lead in the 30 lap A Main, first one then the other would command the race lead. The pair would surrender their leading positions as Lines in the Halls Motorsports entry took advantage of race traffic around the tight Murray Bridge track to lock in the race lead with pace and confidence not seen so far this series from the defending Champ..
Murcott continued to chase Lines but Tatnell would start to fall back into the chasing pack with steering box problems .The expat Aussie would eventually finish in 5th place happy for those vital Championship points.

Charging through the pack from his 13th starting position was James McFadden but his forceful run would stop behind Murcott the National Champ .McFadden would continue to press Murcott for the runner up position but the National Champ had the position and would not yeal to the charging McFadden and the pair would crossed behind a delighted Lines . The win was welcome return to form by the defending Champion but sitting 389 points behind new series leader Murcott might be too much to recover. World Series Sprintcars have 4 rounds to run before the 2015 Champion is crowned.

After a disappointing and winless Series so far Lines was elated to be back in the Championship race and post race his comments showed his relief.
Steven Lines:

Steven Lines wins again

Steven Lines wins again

“”We’ve had some pretty bad luck over this series but that’s the way it goes, We were very, very lucky last year and had some very good runs, so you have to take the good with the bad, and thankfully I have some really good people around me who’ve tried to get me back up and given me a great car every night so I’m very thankful and hopefully we can make a bit of a run on it from here on.”

The next race in the series is in Albany, Western Australia and the top five heading to round 9 are:

Murcott 2139, Tatnell 2115, Hirst 2000, McFadden 1956, Lines 1750

Most of the World Series Teams will stop over at Speedway City on Satrurday night January 31st for the George Tatnell Cup .

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Australia Day Weekend – Victory for the Stars and Stripes.

Australia Day Weekend – Victory for the Stars and Stripes.

Kyle Hirst and the Monte Motorsports team winers of the 43rd Classic

Kyle Hirst and the Monte Motorsports team winers of the 43rd Classic

One of the most special days in Australia, the Australia Day Weekend has been host to two major speedway shows

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In Brisbane the first two of the four POWRi World Midget Championships rounds and down south at Warnambool the Premier Speedway brought us the 43rd running of the Grand Annual Classic for Sprintcars before a packed house over three massive nights .Australian’s well known for meat pies, Kangaroos and Holden Cars arrived at Brisbane’s Archerfield and Warnambool’s Premier Speedway hoping for a Aussie win .Both these events brought the best available racecar drivers to our shores from the USA and New Zealand.
Tough for the race fans, even tougher for the local teams to see the visitors take spoils including the cash in both events.

POWRi World Midget Championship
The Kiwis and the Americans dominated both POWRi Shows in Brisbane with Brad Mosen the Kiwi taking the preliminary Feature and Bryan Clauson the major Feature. Night two of the POWRi Worlds was looking like being Darren Hagan’s night until he suffered tyre problems allowing the pole sitter Clauson to assume the lead and head to the checker and the race win. Clauson leaves Brisbane and with the rest of the teams and head south to Lismore for the final two Australian rounds. Clauson heads into the Lismore round as point leader over Kiwi Michael Pickens

Picken,Clauson,Williams Podium POWRi Worlds Brisbane

Picken,Clauson,Williams Podium POWRi Worlds Brisbane

.As with previous night the Australian driver did not feature in the major placing the best again was Matt Smith with his fourth place finish behind Clauson, Pickens and Hayden Williams .We have a saying down under,”pull the finger out “it applies to the Aussie drivers as they struggle to get on terms with the visitors.

The 43rd Annual Sprintcar Classic –Premier Speedway Warnambool.
Three nights of racing, two qualifying rounds then the 40 Lap Classic .World of Outlaw winners, USAC Champions and winners from most Sprintcar sanactionsed groups across the USA and all the top Australian. This race the Annual Classic draws the very best to Warnambool and there can be no doubt that it is not only the most sought after wins on the Australian Sprintcar schedule but the best supported Speedway event in the country and promoted by possibly Speedway club the in the country

.Massive crowds every night filled the Premier Speedway to See US based Aussie Brooke Tatnell wins the first qualifying night and Australian Champion Dave Murcott take the night two qualifying Feature.

Classic crowd

Classic crowd

Sunday night the top point scores came together to fight out the 40 lap Classic main event and for $30,000 cash purse. It was a long night as the weather and cool air moved in over Warnambool and rain threatened the Classic .After a break racing continued on a sticky and tacky race track.
The interruption to the program was lost of the crowd as the field approached the starter, green and Hirst out of pole position assumed the lead. The Californian would never be headed during his fag to flag Classic win and in the process he took the 40 lap race apart by a whopping 1 minute and 13 seconds.

Kyle Hirst Classic winner 2015

Kyle Hirst Classic winner 2015

Brooke Tatnell started from position 5 and would pass both Madsen brothers as he raced into the second spot leaving the final podium position for the Victorian Anderson who started alongside Hirst.
We are all proud Australians down under but are quick to congratulate and recognize the great performances from our overseas visitors.
There is always another race.

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