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

Henderson Wins at Cullen Bullen

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Last seasons Most Improved Driver, Stewart Henderson withstood relentless pressure to claim his first ever Compact Speedcar race win, which just so happened to be the feature race at Cullen Bullen Speedway last night.

Starting off the front, Stewart first held off the challenge of Gaby Yammouni, then those from Rob Eyeington in the closing stages to win the uninterrupted feature race by the slenderest of margins with the first three crossing the line only inches apart.

Stewart had been seeking set up advice from a couple of the more experienced drivers throughout the night and it certainly paid off with his results improving in each heat.

Gaby Yammouni got proceedings off to a flying start getting by Rob Eyeington on the final lap to claim the opening heat. He then backed that up with an all the way win in heat 2. Nathan O’Brien finally ironed out the bugs that plagued him at the earlier practice meetings and came home a strong third in the second heat.

Rob Eyeington set the nights fastest time of 16.545 seconds in the third and final heat on the way to a comfortable win.

The season point score will now get underway in earnest in a fortnight with Goulburn Speedway hosting the Compacts with what is anticipated to be a 20 plus car nomination.

By NSWCSC Media

QLD Machinery Day

If the turnout for Saturday’s Machinery Day is anything to go by, 2016/17 season is going to be HUGE!! Over 20 cars were cleared. Another dozen are still to be done in the coming weeks. Drivers travelled from as far as Lismore and Wide Bay to be checked and earned 50 points for their efforts. A big thank you goes out to Archerfield Speedway for providing the venue for use by the club and the club scrutineers for their work.

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VCSC 2015/2016 Presentation Night

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Congratulations to our recipients at the 2015/2016 Presentation Night.
Rookie of the year: Tania Hallett
Most Improved: Louis Rodrigez
Encouragement Award: Dale Hallett
Best Presented Cars: Geoff Meyers & Butch Hutchinson
Presidents Cup: Louis Rodrigez
Curren Memorial: Geoff Meyers
B Grade Points: 1st Louis Rodrigez 2nd Butch Hutchinson 3rd Tania Hallett
A Grade Points: 1st Geoff Meyers 2nd Mark Cecil 3rd Keith Astrella
Overall Points: 1st Geoff Meyers 2nd Louis Rodrigez 3rd Butch Hutchinson
Club Person of the Year: Dwayne Tounier

VCSC 2016/2017 Calendar

2016/2017 Victorian Compact Speedcar Calendar
Date Venue Meeting Name
Sunday, 16 October 2016 TBC Scrutineering
Sunday, 23 October 2016 Lardner Park Display
Saturday, 29 October 2016 Rosedale Club Show
Saturday, 19 November 2016 Darlington Club Show
Saturday, 10 December 2016 Rushworth Victorian Title
Saturday, 14 January 2017 Wangaratta Club Show
Friday, 20 January 2017  Archerfield Australian Title Night 1
Saturday, 21 January 2017  Archerfield Australian Title Night 2
Saturday, 4 February 2017 Wangaratta Club Show
Saturday, 11 February 2017 Goulburn NSW Tittle
Saturday, 18 February 2017 Rosedale 25th Curren Memorial
Saturday, 11 March 2017 Simpson Club Show
Saturday, 25 March 2017 Bairnsdale Club Show
Maryborough Qld Title
Saturday, 8 April 2017 Rushworth Club Show
Saturday, 22 April 2017 Darlington Club Show
Saturday, 29 April 2017 Wangaratta Cardwell Cup
Saturday, 13 May 2017 Rosedale Club Show

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