Mother Nature 3. Carling Pro Series 8 another wash out

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Waddell beats the weather wins Carling Speedcar Pro Series round 5

Waddell beats the weather and wins Carling Speedcar Pro Series round 5

The early morning weather warning was to prove right as rain interrupted the Feature race of round 5 of the Carling Mufflers Speedcar Pro Series at Speedway City.

Early weather over Speedway City  Credit SASA

Early weather over Speedway City
Credit SASA

The Carling Muffler supported series would have had fans and race promoters disappointed with the entry list for this prestige event , 17 teams nominated for the round but only 16 faced the program start .

Todd Waddell set tongues waging early with his first up pace setting the quick time during qualifying .The Bennett Motorsports Toyota Eagle had set the mark but there more was to come During the heat races first South Australian Brock Hallet broke Steven Graham’s longstanding track record set back in 1998 then Todd Waddell lowered it further and the mark now stands at 14.117.

Todd Waddel  Bennett Motorsports Credit Waddell Racing

Todd Waddel Bennett Motorsports
Credit Waddell Racing

Rain during the show had forced the schedule to be changes with the pole shuffle being dropped. Heading the points as the teams moved to the line for the feature was Lee Redman from Mark brown and Brock Hallett . The feature started with rain in the offering and a damp track that started to get very hooky and would cause early cautions and together with mid race rain force the officials to declare the race with only 13 laps in the book .

Rain interrupted race are filled with both good and bad luck , depending just where you are at the time of the rain . Sydney’s Mark Brown was well on his way to breaking his terrible South Australian racing luck only to have his Spike /hawk started to misfire allowing his Bennett Motorsports teammate Waddell into the race lead .At this point mother nature took control forcing the declaration of the round 5 Carling Speedcar Pro Series .

At race end Todd Waddell had this to say
“”So many times in speedway, these drama filled races work against you, so on the rare occasion they go in your favour, you take it with both hands!” Waddell said as he celebrated, unfazed by the pouring rain as he exited the cockpit.

Round 5 Winner Todd Waddell Credit Speedcar pro Series

Round 5 Winner Todd Waddell
Credit Speedcar pro Series

“We’re just stoked to get a win and getting quick time tonight proved we had the car to beat, so this is a great point’s haul for Bennett Motorsport.”

The podium from round 5 at Speedway City Todd Waddell 1st Brock Hallett 2nd Neville Lance 3rd

Race results round 5 :

Credit Speedcar pro Series

Credit Speedcar pro Series

The teams now head to Tolmer Speedway which sits just off the Dukes Highway near the Victorian boarder . Defending Series Champion Kinshott take a lead of 108 points into the round 6 show from Waddell and 122 over former Australian Champion Neville Lance
The track at Tolmer has been reshaped and will offer a sensational racing surface for the Carling Speedcar pro Series round 6.

Getting ready for round 6 at Tolmer Speedway

Getting ready for round 6 at Tolmer Speedway

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He is only 16 but wins the magic Man 34 in Perth

16 year old Manders and McAllen win Magic Man 34 in Perth.

Kaiden Manders with the Magic man 34 Trophy and cheque Pic credit Perth Motorplex

Kaiden Manders with the Magic man 34 Trophy and cheque
Pic credit Perth Motorplex

Racing in only his first full season in Midgets Kaiden Manders beat a determined field of experienced Midget drivers to take the Magic Man 34 tribute races last night at the Perth Motorplex… The field included visiting US drivers including defending Magic man 34 Champion Alex Bright former USAC Champion Jerry Coons jnr and Casey Shuman. The current Speedcar Pro Series Champ Kingshott, Sydney’s Mark Brown and current POWRi SSS Champion Brett Thomas from Queensland. headed the 29 car field .

Starting out of position 6 Manders did not let the reputations of the visiting US drivers or the seasoned Australians to intimidate him. Running the McAllen prepare Deane Plant Hire car #21 the youngster calming moved past his more fancied and race harden rivals with skills that would have made Michael Figliomeni proud.

While Manders win might have come as a surprise to some the message was loud and clear a month earlier when Manders won his first Midget feature at Ellenbrook Speedway in round one of the Sheehan haulage Grand prix Series.

Kaiden Manders aat Ellenbrook Speedway in the McAllen Motorsports #21

Kaiden Manders aat Ellenbrook Speedway in the McAllen Motorsports #21

It was an emotional win for the young Manders; The Magic Man 34 pays tribute to former Australian Midget and Sprintcar Champion Michael Figliomeni
Sharing the podium with Kaiden Manders was Lee Redmond and Dayne Kingshott

Lee Redman and Dayne Kingshott disappointed at running second in the magic man 34 Pic credit Lee redman

Lee Redman and Dayne Kingshott disappointed at running second in the magic man 34
Pic credit Lee redman

The result from last nights  Magic Man 34/Speedcar Pro Series Rd 1 at the Perth Motorplex: #CarlineSPS
Kaiden Manders from Lee Redmond, Dayne Kingshott, Jerry Coons Jnr, Neville Lance, Todd Waddell, Brock Hallett, Alfonso Guadagnino, Dean Merrylees. DNF: Dan Golding, Vaughan Manders, Casey Shuman, Alex Bright, Paul Robinson, Phil Tremeer, Mark Brown, Lee Dillon, Brett Thomas, Ben Hall, Rob Golding.

The opening round of the Carling Speedar Pro Series was run with the Magic Man 34 event .Round 2 of the Carling Pro Series in set down for Manjimup Speedway Sunday night .Manjimup is an aboringal name meaning the meeting place , will we meet you there ?

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October4 and Speedway down under is new and fresh

The paint jobs are fantastic, engines rebuilt and team invigorated for the opening rounds of Speedway after the winter break down under.

Sydney Valvoline Speedway credit

Sydney Valvoline Speedway credit

New owners ready to bring a new approach to Sydney and the Valvoline Speedway. Track renovations that give the long suffering but loyal race fans better facilities across the venue .The excitement builds and the time to start those engines and get into the action is near, Saturday October 4th it all restarts at Sydney, Brisbane and Murray Bridge. Before you can catch your breath Speedways across the Country will be back entertaining race fans and with your lungs well and truly rested , your thunderous cheers for you favorite driver will bring back what has been missing throughout the winter close down .

Big show featuring World Series Sprintcars, the 10th running of the POWRi Speedcar Super Series and the second year of the Speedcar Pro Series.
The US season is now into the back end of the season and Australian and New Zealand fans will get the opportunity to see firsthand some of America’s best..

Danny Holtgraver just one of heavt hitter from the USA heading down under

Danny Holtgraver just one of heavt hitter from the USA heading down under

The exodus at season ends of many of the US starts is just another gift that Speedway promoter brings to satisfy the appetite of the locals.
The POWRi World Midget Championship that will run in Brisbane Lismore and New Zealand and we  will see USAC and Chili Bowl Champ Bryan Clauson along with Tracey Hines head the US challenge .Kraige Kinser will travel to Western Spring with the adopted Kiwi Jonathan Allard where they will be pitted against New Zealand’s best. Add Robbie Farr and former Australian and World Series Champ James McFadden for one hell of a challenge.

A new track surface is being laid at Western Springs for the new season

Western spring get a new raceing surface  Pic credit Western Springs

Western spring get a new raceing surface
Pic credit Western Springs

New cars, new drivers and great new liveries will make this season one of the best for many years. No matter where you live, Speedways are firing back up for your enjoyment and we will bring you all the results that matter, news when it happens. Australia, New Zealand and the USA we are Talking Speedway.

Great livery on the Bennett Motorsports car in WA that Mark Brown will run the Speedcar Pro Series

Great livery on the Bennett Motorsports car in WA that Mark Brown will run the Speedcar Pro Series

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Bright sparkles with Magic Man 34 win at Perth Motorplex


 Perth – Australia, Saturday November 2

Bright “Sparkles” with surprise win in the Magic Man 34 Tribute Feature at the Perth Motorplex. The Magic man 34 Tribute Feature was run in conjunction with the inaugural Speedcar Pro Series.

Alex Bright Magic man winner 2013

Alex Bright Magic man winner 2013

The race run over the Magic Number 34 laps was a fitting tribute to the late 4 Times Australian Champion Michael Figliomeni.

This is what the race is all about "The Magic Man "

This is what the race is all about “The Magic Man “

The field was impressive Alex Bright, Davey Ray the four times defending Champion fellow Americans Casey Shuman and Steve Buckwater were joined by New Zealand’s Michael Pickens as well as many of Australia’s leading drivers.

Adam Clarke possibly Australia’s best started the night in sizzling form when he set the fast time and won the “Top7 “ Shoot out for pole . Adam Clarke had problems during the race and was out after 24 laps.

The defending Champion Ray started the race from position 6 and looked likely to score his 5th win in this special race.

Bright driving the Jack Berry owned Polar Ice entry raced Ray throughout the race exchanging slide jobs on the defending Champ as the pair worked vigorously for the race lead.

Alex Bright in the Jack Berry Polar Ice entry

Alex Bright in the Jack Berry Polar Ice entry


7 Laps out from the finish Davey Ray had to withdraw leaving Bright to hold off the late race challenge from Casey Shuman. The prestige of the Magic Man 34 Title after 34 of the most special laps in Australian Speedway was in the hands of the 23 year old from Collegeville Pennsylvania. Casey Shuman was second with Sydney driver Mark brown third.

New Zealand’s Michael Pickens damaged his race engine and missed the Feature while Australian Champ Neville Lance and American Steve Buckwater would prefer to forget their nights . Victorian Travis “Squizzy “ Mills overcame some early night wiring problems that threaten his night when he raced home for a well deserved 6th place .

While Alex Bright the ARDC Midget driver might have been a surprise winner in the eyes of many he had to respond many times to the Davey Ray challenges during the race, outside passes and nicely timed moves in the traffic were a delight to see.

Just check out this vision from the Perth Motorplex courtesy of Speedway Videos and Pictures

Alex Bright the Magic Man 34 Champion for 2013

Driver quotes

Alex Bright

I couldn’t be happier,” Bright said.

A happy Alex Bright after winning the Magic Man 34

A happy Alex Bright after winning the Magic Man 34

He said it was a long journey but well worth it “to work with a great group of guys and an awesome car”.

Bright didn’t think he was going to win but said his confidence peaked after the pole dash.

“Awesome track…awesome event…and yeah…love it.”

Casey Shuman“I had planned on maybe seeing a lot more yellows and was trying to conserve on tyres a little bit,” Shuman said.

“I didn’t quite play in our hands.

“I love coming down here, the atmosphere is really cool.”

Shuman has only contested the race twice and paid tribute to the Figliomeni family and event organisers.

Mark Brown “Awesome people, it’s cool to come here and race in (Michael Figliomeni’s) his honour and hopefully I can come back next year.”

“It was tough was just hammer down,” Brown said.

“I am just thankful to run in the memory of Michael…he was the best I have ever seen. We can’t bring him back but we have got the best family.”

 Qualifying: Adam Clarke 16.308, Casey Shuman 16.356, Lee Redmond 16.456, Davey Ray 16.508, Dayne Kingshott 16.546,

Heat 1: 1st Davey Ray, 2nd Mark Brown, 3rd Alfonso Guadagnino, 4th Adam Clarke, 5th Steve Buckwalter, 6th Daryl Clayden, 7th Andy Pearce. DNF: Brock Hallett, Travis Mills and Bob Goddard.

Heat 2: 1st Matt Smith, 2nd Scott Glazebrook, 3rd Casey Shuman, 4th Jack Alfirevich, 5th Daniel Golding, 6th Blake Mills. DNF: Neville Lance, Dayne Kingshott and Chris Telenta.

Heat 3: 1st Lee Redmond, 2nd Paul Robinson, 3rd Vaughan Manders, 4th Troy Jordan, 5th Alex Bright, 6th Todd Bennett, 7th Rob Golding, 8th Karl Prall. DNS: Michael Pickens.

Heat 4: 1st Adam Clarke, 2nd Daryl Clayden, 3rd Dayne Kingshott, 4th Alfonso Guadagnino, 5th Mark Brown, 6th Matt Smith, 7th Steve Buckwalter, 8th Blake Mills, 9th Troy Jordan. DNF: Neville Lance.

Heat 5: 1st Davey Ray, 2nd Lee Redmond, 3rd Vaugham Manders, 4th Karl Prall, 5th Troy Jordan. DNF: Rob Golding, Andy Pearce, Bob Goddard, Travis Mills. DNS: Brock Hallett.

Heat 6: 1st Scott Glazebrook, 2nd Paul Robinson, 3rd Casey Shuman, 4th Alex Bright, 5th Jack Alfirevich, 6th Daniel Golding, 7th Todd Bennett. DNS: Michael Pickens and Chris Telenta.

left to right Mark Brown Alex Bright ,Casey Shuman

left to right Mark Brown Alex Bright ,Casey Shuman

Feature: 1st Alex Bright, 2nd Casey Shuman, 3rd Mark Brown, 4th Scott Glazebrook, 5th Lee Redmond, 6th Travis Mills, 7th Matt Smith, 8th Paul Robinson, 9th Daryl Clayden, 10th Alfonso Guadagnino, 11th Andy Pearce, 12th Jack Alfirevich, 13th Blake Mills, 14th Daniel Golding, 15th Troy Jordan. DNF: Davey Ray, Dayne Kingshott, Adam Clarke, Neville Lance, Todd Bennett, Vaughan Manders, Chris Telenta, Karl Prall, Steve Buckwalter, Rob Golding.

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GKR Transport to support Speedcar Pro-Series

Latest News-Speedway Australia October 28 ,2013

Speedcar Pro Series is pleased to announce GKR Transport as a corporate partner for its inaugural campaign.GKR Transport Banner

Nationally recognised as a premium Transport, Storage and Logistics provider, GKR Transport specialises in East – West Road Express movements of general freight, crated and un-crated machinery.

GKR Transport provides an exemplary service supporting all Industry sectors, including Automotive, Industrial, Heavy Haulage, Oil & Gas, Mining, Manufacturing and Machinery.

“GKR transport are a household name in speedway and we are very proud to have this national company helping us with the Speedcar Pro Series in its inaugural year,” reported Speedway Australia’s Shane Collins.

“GKR Boss Kevin Small’s commitment to the sport is amazing, and we now join the long list of people who can’t thank him enough for helping us out.”

The inaugural season of the Speedcar Pro Series kicks off in Perth this weekend with the prestigious Magic Man 34 at Perth Motorplex. Fans can also join the festivities at the Speedcar Pro Series launch on Friday night in WA – visit the Speedcar Pro Series on Facebook


Press release from Speedway Australia

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