VCSC Presentation Night

A great night was had by all who attended the VCSC 2016/2017 Presentation Night at the Fergusson Winery & Restaurant in the Yarra Valley.

This night is held to celebrate the season, catch up with fellow members, friends and family and award a variety of prizes and trophies. It was also wonderful to have six Life Members in attendance – Peter Kavathas, John Gordon, Philip Lardner, Glen Wiles, Judy Tournier and Dwayne Tournier

  

Night’s like these wouldn’t be possible without the generous support from businesses and individuals, so it was wonderful the Dwayne Tournier, Kay Mainline Manufacturing, Motosign and BGN Autoglass were able to make significant contributions of support to ensure the night was a success. We sincerely thank them for their support. We’d also like to thank Craig Mitchell from CBM Photography for providing us with a slideshow display of our cars in action on the night and for taking photos of the evening.

The following driver were presented with the following awards:

Club Person of the Year: Gin Turley

Rookie of the Year: Mark Hutchinson

Most Improved: Mark Hutchinson

Encouragement Award: Will Van Der Ark

Best Presented Car: Louis Rodriguez

Perpetual Trophies

President’s Cup – Justin Paull

Curren Memorial – Justin Paull

Cardwell Cup – Louis Rodriguez

B Grade Points

1st – Mark Hutchinson

2nd – Chris Curren

3rd – Tania Hallett

A Grade Points

1st – Louis Rodriguez

2nd – Butch Hutchinson

3rd – Justin Paull

Overall Points

1st – Louis Rodriguez

2nd – Butch Hutchinson

3rd – Justin Paull

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2017/2018 Victorian Compact Speedcar Racing Calendar

The 2017/2018 season is set to be a big one for the Victorian Compact Speedcar Club (VCSC) Fourteen race meetings have been confirmed, including the Australia Title to be held at Rushworth on Saturday 12th May 2018.

This season sees the VCSC returning to race at Rosedale Speedway, Nyora Raceway, Wangaratta Speedway, Rushworth Speedway, Mid-Western Speedway and Simpson Speedway. They will also be returning to Bairnsdale Speedway on Boxing Day as well as on Saturday 27th January 2018 for the Victorian Title.

Another venue to return to the VCSC racing calendar is Tolmer Speedway in Bordertown South Australia. The club has previously raced at the venue nearly a decade ago and the drivers are excited to return and race around the ‘Bullring’.

The club is very excited to announce that they will be racing at Laang Speedway this season. This will be the first time in many years that the Compacts have raced at the venue and there is lots of anticipation as to how the Compacts will run on the track.

Stay tuned for updates in relation to what is happening to cars in the off season and posts about our new members and their cars in the coming months.

Below is a list of the race dates for the 2017/2018 season.

No. Date Venue Meeting Name
Sunday, 8 October 2017 Caribbean Gardens Scrutineering Day
1 Saturday, 28 October 2017 Rosedale Club Show
2 Saturday, 11 November 2017 Tolmer Speedway Club Show
3 Saturday, 2 December 2017 Wangaratta Club Show
4 Tuesday, 26 December 2017 Bairnsdale Club Show
5 Thursday, 4 January 2018 Laang Club Show
6 Saturday, 13 January 2018 Darlington Club Show
7 Saturday, 27 January 2018 Bairnsdale Victorian Title
8 Saturday, 17 February 2018 Rosedale Curren Memorial
9 Saturday, 24 February 2018 Laang Club Show
10 Saturday, 10 March 2018 Simpson Club Show
11 Saturday, 17 March 2018 Wangaratta Club Legends Meeting (TBC)
12 Saturday, 7 April 2018 Rushworth Club Show
13 Saturday, 21 April 2018 Nyora Club Show
14 Saturday, 12 May 2018 Rushworth Australian Title
15 Saturday,19 May 2018 Redline (TBC)

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Lahiff Wins Memorial Feature

The season ended last night for the NSW Compact Speedcars in spectacular fashion at Bega’s Sapphire Speedway with the second running of the Memorial Feature honouring our past, but not forgotten racers.

It was a hugely emotional win for 2nd meeting Rookie, Grant Lahiff, uncle of Shayne “Shorty” Gilyeat one of the drivers being honoured. Grant got the jump at the fall of the green for the 20 lap Memorial Feature. Craig Hickey made a blinding outside move in 1 and 2 to slot into 2nd before turn 3. Cars were 4 wide in the first part of the final.

Once several laps had been completed the race settled into a steady pace with Lahiff now opening up a very handy lead in the Rob Eyeington owned “Shorty 303” machine while Hickey was now under pressure from Alan Day, Rod Francis and Scott Saville.

Francis made a bold move under Day coming out of 4, passing Day and also Hickey to take over second as they ran down the front straight. A few laps later and Francis spun coming off 2 bringing on the yellows and negating the 1/2 lap lead that Lahiff had established.

When racing resumed Hickey tried to take the race up to the leader. Lahiff held off that challenge and again began to open the gap over second.

Mark Heaton was struggling mid pack not able to make any forward progress. He was the next to bring on the yellows with his rear brakes binding, eventually catching fire. The flames were quickly extinguished and Mark exited the car with no injuries.

When the greens came on this time it was Saville who was now in second and was coming on gang busters. He briefly also tried to challenge Lahiff before the leader again drew clear. It seamed second wasn’t the place to be as Savilles power plant erupted into flame due to an engine detonation. Again the fire was quickly put out and Scott escaped unscathed.

4 laps now remained and Francis had now recovered to be running in second. Francis looked as though he was going to back up last years memorial win with win number two but Lahiff wasn’t going to make it easy and kept his number 98 machine on the preferred race line and drew clear over those final laps to take a special win by about 6 car lengths ahead of Francis, Hickey manage to ahold Day at bay to claim 3rd. Day placed 4th with Bruce Adams in 5th and Andrew Coppock in 6th.

Mark Heaton started off well picking up a win in heat one. Rod Francis showed plenty of speed winning heat 2. Craig Hickey became the 3rd different heat winner taking out the final 10 lapper easily.

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NSW Title to Francis

Rod Francis claimed his second NSW Compact Speedcar Title last night at Goulburn Speedway leading from green to checkers after qualifying off pole for the 20 lap MOTOGENN supported final.

It was not an easy win for Francis by any means with another former state champ, Rob Eyeington, right on his tail for the full distance. Eyeington had started outside Francis as 2nd highest point scorer.

Mark Heaton had to do it the hard way after being relegated to the rear after an early race incident that saw Victorian champ, Justin Paull ride out a massive end for end roll down the front straight. Heaton passed Alan Day on the last lap to claim third spot on the podium.

Justin Paull’s ventures to Goulburn haven’t been kind, but back in the pits after the final he made it quite clear that this track wasn’t going to get the better of him and he is determined to come back and “beat this place”.

With the weather throwing up all sorts of challenges in the lead up to this meeting the track was in surprisingly great shape for the first round of heats.

Craig Hickey made his intentions clear with an all the way, comfortable win in heat one. Stewart Henderson was under no pressure claiming 2nd with Bruce Adams getting quicker by the meeting placing 3rd.

Steve Zarb brought on the yellows after 3 laps into heat 2 after driving head long into the turn 2 wall. The car sustained enough damage to put him out for the night. When the race resumed it was Mark Heaton assuming the front running holding out a fast finishing Rob Eyeington and Rod Francis to take the win.

Rod Francis made some minor changes to the number 4 machine for the 3rd heat and set a blistering pace out front taking the black and white easily ahead of Mark Heaton and Dan Biner.

As the 98 machine of Rob Eyeington drove under the checkered flag there were simultaneous accidents at opposite ends of the track. Craig Hickey hit the turn 3 – 4 wall and rolled while in turn 2 Brad Forgard rode a wheel and had a ride on the wild side. Alan Day placed 2nd with Bruce Adams given 3rd. Forgard was attended by the ambos back in the pits with a suspected broken collar bone. Hickeys night was also over with too much damage to make a return.

Justin Paull had a disappointing start to the night breaking a throttle cable in his first heat and the repairs made not making it thru his second heat. He recovered strongly winning heat 5 by about 50 metres over Dan Biner and Rod Burns.

The final heat and Rod Francis bagged his second heat win to top the points going into the final. Rob Eyeington chased hard but couldn’t get close enough to the winner and had to settle for second. Alan Day was again consistent in placing 3rd.

The NSW Compact Speedcar Club would like to thank MOTOGENN who’s valuable sponsorship of this meeting is greatly appreciated. Thanks to the Saville clan for the BBQ at the end of the night. To all the volunteers and officials a special thanks, without you all this would not happen.

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25th Curren Memorial to Justin Paull

Justin Paull has taken out the 25th running of Curren Memorial at Rosedale Speedway.

Justin was on song all night, coming away with 3 heat wins and the Feature race.

However, in the feature event, Justin had some work to do as Chris Curren was out in front and maintaining his lead. However, partway through the race Curren’s car lost power for just enough time to allow Justin to drive by. Curren gave chase but was unable to catch him prior to the chequered flag. Wayne Corbett drove nice and clean all night and came home in 3rd place, a wonderful result after coming down from QLD for the event.

The VCSC would like to make special mention to the Curren Family for their support of the event, Rosedale Speedway for putting on a great track and supporting this race for 25 years and to Wayne Corbett coming down from QLD.

Heat 1 results Heat 2 Results Heat 3 Results Feature
Justin Paull V12 Wayne Corbett QLD10 Louis Rodriguez V11 Chris Curren V23 Mark Hutchinson V3 Keith Astrella V27Justin Paull V12 Wayne Corbett QLD10 Louis Rodriguez V11 Chris Curren V23 Mark Hutchinson V3 Keith Astrella V27 Justin Paull V12

Louis Rodriguez V11

Wayne Corbett QLD10

Chris Curren V23

Mark Hutchinson V3

Butch Hutchinson V2

Herbie Hecker V16

Tania Hallett V15Justin Paull V12 Louis Rodriguez V11 Wayne Corbett QLD10 Chris Curren V23 Mark Hutchinson V3 Butch Hutchinson V2 Herbie Hecker V16 Tania Hallett V15

Justin Paull V12

Chris Curren V23

Wayne Corbett QLD10

Butch Hutchinson V2

Louis Rodriguez V11

Mark Hutchinson V3

Andrew Lardner V5

Tania Hallett V15

Justin Paull V12

Chris Curren V23

Wayne Corbett QLD10

Louis Rodriguez V12

Mark Hutchinson V3Justin Paull V12 Chris Curren V23 Wayne Corbett QLD10 Louis Rodriguez V12 Mark Hutchinson V3

 

 

Vine wins 8th Australian Title – 5 in a row!

Darren Vine has done it again! 8 National Compact Speedcar Titles. After a difficult night last night, Darren had the Mike Vine Turbos #A1 in front from the early laps and was never headed. Robbie Stewart had a fantastic weekend by being equal top point score and finished 2nd in the final. Nathan Mathers completes the top 3 after also having a great weekend. Well done to everyone who competed. The Compacts put on another stella show for the fans.

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Justin Paul is the new Vic 1 for Compact Speedcars

Ringwood driver Justin Paull last night took out the 2016/17 Victorian Compact Speedcar Championships at Rushworth Speedway in a drama-packed series of heats and final. Second place went to Chris Curren, with Butch Hutchison in third.

Defending Champion Wayne Corbett was relegated rear-of-field after a spin in the final, and Shepparton racer Geoff Meyers was injured in a crash during the heats.

Twelve competitors contested the event, after four of the original nominees withdrew due to illness or mechanical issues. Queensland’s Wayne Corbett, defending his Victorian Title made the interstate trip, together with Emma Harris, a newcomer to Rushworth.

Corbett looked the goods from Heat one, where he posted the fastest time for the night for Compacts with a lap of 16.854 second. Curren and Louis Rodriguez started from the front, but Paull had claimed the lead by lap two, followed by Rodriguez and Corbett. Corbett then moved to second, opening a 10 metre lead from Curren in third, with Paull still out in front.

On lap five local favourite Meyers went wide in turn two and hit the fence, rolling the car, and retiring from the race. Following the re-start, Corbett took the lead from Paull until another stoppage occurred when Tania Hallett hit the concrete exiting turn two, parking the racecar in an embarrassing vertical position on its tail against the fence.

The race concluded with Corbett taking an easy win by around 80 metres from Paull and Curren.

Paull and Harris shared the front row for heat two and in just one lap Meyers, who had undertaken repairs to his car, retired to the infield. Paull maintained the lead, with Corbett in second and a great battle ensued. Corbett gained the lead briefly, with Paul taking it back one lap later. Harris finished in third.

A resilient Meyers came out again to share the front row with Corbett for heat three, which was promising to be the skirmish of the night. Meyers led with Corbett attacking at every opportunity until Hallett had a spin on turn four, bringing on the yellow. Corbett took the lead with an outside pass of Meyers on lap six, with another stoppage when Will Van Der Ark ground to a halt.

Dramas ensued at the restart, with Corbett getting away first, and Meyers attempting an inside pass as they entered turn one. The cars came together, and Meyers rode up over Corbett’s wheel, launching him into the air into a series or rolls, crashing heavily to the track.

A full stoppage occurred, with medical and emergency crews attending Meyers, whom it was feared may have had some lower back damage. The race was declared by the Chief Steward.

The scheduled twenty-five lap final for the Victorian Compact Speedcar Championships was reduced to fifteen laps, with Corbett on pole and Paull beside him, followed by Harris, Curren, Rodríguez, Butch Hutchison, Rodney Howie, Hallett, Mark Hutchison and Van Der Ark.

At the green flag, Corbett out-dragged Paull for the lead and the pair cleared a good twenty metre gap to Harris in third. Paull was constantly trying to find a way around the leader, looking for an inside run, pulling alongside on the outside, and generally pressuring the title defender at every opportunity. Meantime, Curren had got past Harris and Butch Hutchison had replaced Rodriguez for fifth.

The yellow came on when Howie spun and stopped in turn three and the leaders tangled as they slowed, with a small pack that had been fighting for third going to the infield to avoid a crash. The restart sorted this out with minimal dramas and Corbett retained the lead, with Paull piling on the pressure. This tactic proved successful when, on lap six, Corbett spun in turn four, resulting in another tangle on the infield.

Corbett’s ambitions of back-to-back Victorian Titles evaporated as the Chief Steward ruled Corbett as the primary cause of the stoppage, and relegated him to rear of field. Winning from there at this stage of the race appeared to be an impossible task.

Paull inherited the lead that he had tried so gallantly to achieve. Restart order was Paull, Curren, Harris, Butch Hutchison and Rodríguez. Paul opened a ten metre lead, with a further fifteen metres back to a major squabble for third. Butch Hutchison got under Harris with two laps to go. Corbett meantime had fought his way through the tail-enders to seventh, then sixth, but was unable to make it to a podium finish.

Final results were Paull, Curren, Butch Hutchison, Harris and Rodriguez. Corbett had put on a brilliant display in defending his title, but it was not to be. Emma Harris’ credible fourth demonstrated an ability to adapt to a strange track for the first time. Justin Paul’s dream of “just to finish the Big Dance” had come true in the most spectacular fashion. For the first time in three years, the Victorian Compact Speedcar Title stays in Victoria!

Geoff Meyers was confirmed with two broken vertebrae in his back, and is awaiting further results. We wish him a speedy recovery. Geoff’s wife Ange says: “He’s a tough cookie!”

.. © Ray Read 2016 for VCSC

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Picture: New Vic 1, Justin Paull. Picture by Ray Read

Great Compact Action at Valvoline Raceway

Compact Speedcars made a welcome return to Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway last night in a non wing extravaganza were the program highlighted the Compacts, Wingless Sprints, Speedcars and AMCA’s.

Its been several seasons since the Compact Speedcars have raced at Sydney’s only speedway and they were supported by MOTOGENN who generously came on board to sponsor this meeting.

The visiting Queensland trio of Dave Collins, Emma Harris and Nathan Mathers made the trek south to take a look at the wide open spaces of Valvoline Raceway and challenge the New South Welshmen to some hardcore open wheel racing.

Making his intentions very clear was ACT racer, Jason Essai driving around the heat one pack from his back row starting position to charge to an early lead that continued to grow for the duration of the eight lap journey. Mark Heaton took a little longer to get thru and was unable to run down the leader having to settle for second. Emma Harris slotted in for third ahead of Nathan Mathers and Gaby Yammouni.

The second of the first round of heats was ran on a fairly rough track, as was the first, this time though it was Rod Saville who left all in his wake to convincingly win this heat ahead of Dan Biner, who was doubling up in a Midget. Third home was Dave Collins just ahead of Alan Day and Rob Eyeington.

Heat three was an all in affair with a couple of cars parked back in the pits with mechanical faults. This was the race of the night with the eight laps going flag to flag with the top ten runners separated by less than half a straight for most of the closing laps. Gaby Yammouni held the early lead before Nathan Mathers took over the front running with two to go. Mark Heaton came through from the very back to be right on the front duos tails at the fall of the checkers.

All in a bunch just behind were Rob Eyeington, Craig Hickey, Jason Essai, Alan Day, Emma Harris, Steven Hawksworth and Rod Saville making up the remainder of the top ten.

A bit of track prep prior to the feature gave the Compact boys and girl another different track to race on. There was now a very distinct cushion formed just a bit higher than mid track.

In true speedway fashion its all about putting on a show and the fast guys had to come from the back. The two stand outs from the earlier heats were Mark Heaton and Jason Essai.

Up front and it was Steven Hawksworth and Dan Biner. The feature got off to the worst possible start for earlier heat winner Rod Saville when he half lost it getting up on two wheels, very lucky not to go over, but when the car landed back on the track it came down with a real thud.

A complete restart ensued and Dan Biner got the jump. Rob Eyeington was quick to use the outside to get onto the bumper of the leader. The back markers were also making quick headway charging their way through the pack.

Eyeington used a bit of moisture on the bottom to slip thru to the lead. The race was interrupted by a couple of yellows. This kept closing the field up. Jason Essai almost got the job done on Eyeington making a couple of earnest challenges for the lead before his muffler fell off and brought on one of those yellows.

Mark Heaton was now right on the rear crash bar of Eyeington pushing the leader thru 1 and 2 at the restart. Over the closing laps the drivers began to find their groove and the order remained unchanged to the fall of the checkers.

Rob Eyeington scored the win in the twenty lap feature ahead of Mark Heaton, Emma Harris and Dave Collins, who disposed of Craig Hickey with one to go, were the top five.

Rod Saville was transported to Westmead Hospital for further tests. At this time the results of the test show Rod has suffered fractures to a couple of vertebrae and will need to be placed in a brace for up to 16 weeks. He is in good spirits and is thankful for all the well wishes.

Thanks to Crashys for the piks.

NSWCSC Media

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Victorian State Title at Rushworth

An impressive contingent of interstate competitors will challenge Victorian drivers in the Compact Speedcar State Championship, to be held at Rushworth Speedway next Saturday, 10th December.

Defending his Victorian Title, Queenslander Wayne Corbett, who also wears NSW 1 will be joined by Emma Harris, also from Queensland. Harris took out third place in NSW last weekend, and is expected at adapt well to Rushworth. Additional entries from NSW are to be confirmed, at the time of writing.

Fourteen drivers from the Victorian Compact Speedcar Club (VCSC) will compete. The Victorian racers want to make sure that the Title does not escape over the border again, because the last two year’s Victorian Championships have gone to Corbett (Qld) in 2015 and Rob Eyeington (NSW) in 2014

Last year’s Title, also contested at Rushworth Speedway produced some on the most exciting action that the Compacts had seen for some time. Ultimate winner, Queensland Champ Corbett had made the long trip together with Australia 2 Darren Dillon. Dillon’s race unfortunately came to a spectacular end when he launched into the air and finished with a spectacular series of rolls after riding over the wheel of Danny Stainer during the race.

Local Shepparton driver Geoff Meyers had qualified on pole and had opened a lead over Corbett when he came together with another car in a controversial incident which saw him crash heavily into the fence. Mark Cecil was holding a safe second place as they approached the chequered flag, only to have his clutch fail and was lucky to roll over the line in fourth, having been passed by Will Van Der Ark and Danny Stainer, who claimed second and third respectively.

Both Meyers and Cecil recently ventured into sedans at Rushworth, and surprised many fans by winning both Feature events in their respective classes, which says a lot for their driving abilities gained in Compact Speedcars. Cecil has since taken a “Gap Year” from the Compacts, and will return with a new car next season. Meantime, Daniel Kettles has purchased the ex-Cecil car and now joins the Victorian entrants.

From Victoria, the two races already run by the Compact Speedcars at Rosedale and Darlington have produced some interesting results. Meyers took out the first event, followed by fellow Shepparton racer Louis Rodriguez who took second place in the VCSC points last year, then Butch Hutchinson. Rodriguez and Hutchinson then claimed first and second respectively at Darlington. All three will be keen to get high on the qualifiers list for this year’s title.

Possibly Geoff Meyers, currently VCSC Club Champion and last year’s points winner, with local experience on Rushworth and pole last year must once again start as favourite. With a history of being dogged by bad luck, Meyers says “I just want to finish a Victorian Title.”

Of the “Interstate Interlopers” again extremely competitive and craving the trophy, Corbett looms large as the obvious threat. Currently holding two state title, and also Queensland 1 last year, he has proven that he can win on Rushworth.

The battle of Meyers vs. Corbett, which was unfortunately cut short last year, just may eventuate again. If it does, fans will be hopeful that it lasts the full 25 laps of the Title event.

.. Ray Read for VCSC.

Pictures by Mark Cowin Photography

Meyers Wins VCSC Opening Round at Rosedale

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Fantastic night of racing from our Victorian Compact Speedcar’s at Rosedale Speedway 29th October 2016.
Our first Season back for 2016/2017.

What a great atmosphere from all of our Spectator’s who come along and watch us on the night.

It was so great catching up with everyone again!

All our driver’s raced extremely hard. Track was wet and slippery but our driver’s handed it well.
Especially to our 2 newcomer’s Mark Hutchinson – Vic Car Number 3
And Daniel Kettles – Vic Number 36, who were more and more pumped every time they went out.

Thank you once again to Gavin Gay for coming down. It is always great to see you!

Podium Winner’s on the night went to:

1st Place – Geoff Myers – Vic Car Number 47
2nd Place – Louis Rodriguez – Vic Car Number 11
3rd Place – Butch Hutchinson – Vic Car Number 2