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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February 2015  Brady Bacon on the cover

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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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