Francis is the Victorian Compact Speedcar Champion

Rod Francis has won the Victorian Compact Speedcar Title! In what was a very calculated drive, Rod managed to hold off hard charging Craig Hickey to take the win in a Title race which ran flag to flag.

The afternoon started out in sweltering conditions with racing set to be just as hot on a smooth slick track. Once lunch was over (thanks to Lynne Hutchinson and Carol Monckton for helping with BBQ) scrutineering was completed and racing was set to begin.

With six drivers from NSW making the trip down to take on the Victorian drivers, racing was certainly going to be exciting.

Heat 1 saw a great race with all drivers feeling their way on the new track surface. Rod Francis started his night off with a win over defending champion Justin Paull and David Hutchinson taking the final spot on the podium.

Heat 2 produced some tight racing, particularly into turn 1, with Louis Rodriquez showing his bid for a great result in the title race, coming from 7th position into 2nd. However, he wasn’t able to get past Rod Francis, who took his second win of the night. 3rd place went to Chris Curren.

Heat 3 did not end well for Rodriquez. He headed infield mid race with engine trouble which would see him sit out the rest of the night. However, the track was holding up well and producing some close racing, with drivers having to be smart about where and when they attempted to pass. David Hutchinson continued his strong run taking our the win from Ayden Elliot and Justin Paull

Craig Hickey was the winner of Heat 4, but things didn’t end well for Mark Hutchinson. He ended the race on his side and with damage to the chassis that put him out for the night. Also receiving damage was Justin Paull. He was unable to avoid the stricken Hutchinson and would make it out for the Title race with seconds to spare before the pit gate closed!

After all the Heats were run and won, the highest points scorer was Rod Francis. He won a drum of fuel sponsored by Kay Mainline Manufacturing.

The title race was off to a flying start with Hutchinson challenging for the lead right from the start, however, Francis held on and gained a few car lengths. In the meantime, defending champion Paull was not having any fun at all. He pulled infield with the car having very little throttle. Back on the track Hickey made his way into second place and was challenged by Curren, until he slowed and pulled infield with a misfire in his engine. Hutchinson was hanging onto 3rd place until Elliot managed to get through. Mark Heaton had his eyes set on Hutchinson and made the move with a few laps to go. The top 5 were Francis, Hickey, Elliot, Heaton and Hutchinson.

The VCSC would like to acknowledge the incredible support of event sponsors:

Associated Powdercoating
Compact Queens
Kay Mainline P/L
Meguiar’s Car Care Products
Guntner Australia
Max Dumesny Motorsports
Raceline Racewear
Ripper Sticker
Metal Works
Pro1 Race Parts
Due to our generous sponsors the highest placed rookie in the final received $250 thanks to Guntner Australia – congratulations to Robert Heaton.

Meguiar’s sponsored three car care buckets. They were awarded as follows:

  • Furthest Traveller – Mark Heaton
  • Good Sportsmanship -Rod Francis
  • Hard Charger – Mark Heaton

Raceline Racewear voucher for most driver profile likes on Facebook – Chris Curren

Max Dumesny Motorsports voucher – Craig Hickey

The VCSC would like to thank:

  • Craig and Louise from Random Panda Photography. To view more photos from the Victorian Title click here
  • Andrew Lardner, Phil Lardner, Dwayne Tournier and Stephan Harrison for their assistance throughout the night.
  • Joanne Heaton for her live-feed.
  • The team at Bairnsdale Speedway.
  • The Executive Committee – Butch Hutchinson, Justin Paull, Gin Turley and Mark Hutchinson.
  • The teams from NSW – it was wonderful working with you on the night. The comradery was superb!


Victorian Compact Speedcar Title

This Saturday 27th January sees the running of the 2017/2018 Victorian Compact Speedcar Title at Bairnsdale Speedway.

As drivers and crews are no doubt busy in the shed doing those last few adjustments to their cars, Saturday’s racing looks set to be spectacular!

Bairnsdale Speedway have put mammoth hours of labour into the track surface since the Compact’s last outing and it looks like providing action packed, wheel to wheel racing!

Seven drivers from the New South Wales Compact Speedcar Club (Craig Hickey, Jason Essai, Mark Heaton, Robert Heaton, Rod Francis, Bruce Adams and Ayden Elliot) will be racing as hard as they can to try to steal the Title (and the $1000 first place prize money) from a Victorian driver! Eleven divers from the home state will be trying their best to stop them, including defending champion Justin Paull, fresh off a win at the last completed nights racing at Laang. The VCSC would like to give a warm ‘welcome back’ to Joe Lostich, who will be racing in the Curren owned V32.

Current Victorian Title Holder, Justin Paull, with his Victorian Title trophy

Title races like these only go ahead with significant support from sponsors. Major Sponsors for this event are ASSOCIATED POWDERCOATING P/L, RIPPER STICKERS, KAY MAINLINE MANUFACTURING, COMPACT QUEENS, GUNTNER AUSTRALIA AND MEGUIAR’S CAR CARE PRODUCTS. Additional sponsors include MAX DUMESNY MOTORSPORTS AND REDLINE RACEWEAR.

The action kicks off first thing Saturday morning with Louis Rodriguez and Mark Heaton placing their cars on display in the Main Street of Bairnsdale from 9.00 am – 11.30 am.

Scrutineering commences at the track from 12.00 pm with a BBQ lunch supplied to all drivers and crews from 12.30pm. All Compact Speedcar cars and drivers must be in the pits by 2.00pm.

2017/2018 Victorian Compact Speedcar Title at Bairnsdale Speedway Nominations:

V2.         Butch Hutchinson
NSW2.  Craig Hickey
NSW4    Rod Francis
V6.         Mark Hutchinson
V8.         Mathew Brown
V11.       Louis Rodriquez
V12.       Justin Paull
NSW13 Jason Essai
V15.       Tania Hallett
V16.       Scott Thomson
V23.       Boofa Curren
V24.       Craig McKimmie
NSW26 Mark Heaton
V27.       Keith Astrella
V32.       Joe Lostich
NSW62 Robert Heaton
NSW63 Bruce Adams
NSW69 Ayden Elliot


(Photos thanks to Random Panda Photography)

Rodriguez wins at Rosedale

Rosedale Speedway was our first race for the season for the VCSC. The afternoon started off sunny, than by mid evening the weather started to change with rain causing delays. Once this cleared and the track was considered safe for the driver’s the cars were out for hot laps and then straight into Heat 1.

Keith Astrella, Justin Paull and Mathew Brown had issues with their cars, and Mark Cecil hitt the wall. Placings were Louis Rodriguez, Butch Hutchinson, Jason Crawford.

Heat 2 started of with Mark Hutchinson taking the lead, than Louis Rodriguez taking the lead to the end, Kyle Sharpe hitting the wall, placings were Louis Rodriguez, Mark Hutchinson and Jason Crawford.

Final race was 12 laps and taking out the winning flag was Louis Rodriguez then Butch Hutchinson, Chris Curren.

The best presented car went to Louis Rodriquez, winning the Meguiar’s Car Care Products gift box. A huge thankyou to Chris and Brett Curren Family for organising this for our club.

We would like to thank again Kyle Sharpe and his brother for coming down from Canberra, and joining us on the night, great guys you are, hope you both enjoyed racing with us and see you both again at one of our club shows. We would also like to thank all the Spectators for coming along, hope you all enjoyed the night as we did.

Lahiff wins at Sapphire Speedway

Grant Lahiff became feature winner number two for the season after scorching to his second big win at Sapphire Speedway Bega last weekend, he joins Mark Heaton who won round one at Cullen Bullen at the end of September.

A good field of Compact Speedcars were on hand with support from Victorians David Hutchinson and Louis Rodriguez. Having their first run in Compacts were Brad Rawlings and fellow Canberra driver Kyle Sharpe. Young Robert Heaton was also making his Compact debut. Former ACT champion Rob Rawlings returned to Compact action after almost 15 years.

The hosts provided another awesome race track for the Compact boys to strut their stuff. Louis Rodriguez made his intentions clear by romping away to claim heat race 1 ahead of Mark Heaton and Rod Burns. Unfortunately for Ayden Elliott his night ended after only four laps when his power plant let go.

Rob Rawlings return to Compacts couldn’t have gotten off to a better start after taking out the second heat in front of Grant Lahiff and David Hutchinson.

Louis Rodriguez ripped the track up breaking the lap record on the way to claiming his second win. Rod Burns, ever improving, held off Brad Forgeard for a great second placing. Mark Heaton’s night wasn’t going to plan with power steering issues forcing his retirement.

Grant Lahiff held off the Rawlings team in heat four beating home Rob and Brad. Young Robert Heaton was making steady progress showing plenty of skill keeping the car straight and out of trouble.

Rod Burns night just kept getting better and better winning heat5. Brad Forgeard brought his number 99 machine home second ahead of Andrew Coppock.

The final heat saw Grant Lahiff claim his second heat win again ahead of Rob Rawlings. David Hutchinson found the lower line was the faster line to finish 3rd a short distance back.

The reds were called for after a couple of laps into the feature for Andrew Coppock. An electrical fire had the fire crew quickly in attendance before any real damage could occur. The race restarted with Grant Lahiff resuming the lead, a lead he would extend for the remainder of the 15 lap feature. Rob Rawlings topped of a great return to compacts claiming a fast finishing second. Never outside the placings all night was Rod Burns bringing his ride home in third. “Butch” Hutchinson just got faster as the night went on resulting in a fine 4th placing ahead of a very consistent display from Brad Forgeard. Stewart Henderson overcame a poor earlier night to recover to be just outside the top five. Kyle Sharp made a very consistent start to his Compact career finishing every race and taking the car home straight as did Robert Heaton.

We are now looking forward to the third round in a few weeks at Goulburn Speedway.

Great Racing Action At Cullen Bullen

Cullen Bullen Speedway was the place to be on Saturday 30th September where 15 nominated compacts were ready for there first race meeting of the season. Having to split the heats made things very interesting with one interstate driver from Victoria v11 Louis Rodriguez making the travel up showing the love for speedway and to get a upper hand on his fellow Victorians with the battle between the two states. Car #33 Vince Sainsbury having mechanical issues had to retire before the start.
Heat 1 group 1
Started well with 7 cars lined up off they went side by side action until lap 6 where #2 Craig hickey making an outside move lapping junior rookie Ethan Brown where 2 wheels come together and yes you guessed it, over car #2 went having the first roll over for the new season ,putting Craig back on his wheels as he was wanting to continue the race was a no go .Taking out heat 1 win #69 Ayden Elliott 2nd #66 Rob Hodkinson 3rd #23 Rod burns

Heat 1 group 2
With 7 cars line up we watched some hard and close racing Louis Rodriguez the Victorian having a battle on his hands adapting to the Cullen bullen surface. Taking out the heat win #7 Dan Biner 2nd #27 Mark Heaton 3rd #v11 Louis Rodriguez.

With all our heats running so smoothly came time for the A main, from having 14 cars start the day and 12 cars left for the A main was going to see a lot of action from fastest to the rear.  The crowd were ready to see the compacts all out on that nice bull ring track were your lucky to get 3 cars side by side .The green flag drops and to see 12 compacts coming out of turn 2 with little to no room to make a mistake was amazing with the crowd on there feet biting nails watching these awesome cars battle it out. Brad forgeard #99 had said bye to everyone within 2 laps to have a comfortable lead, the action was behind him with the rest fighting for position, at one stage we had 3 cars running side by side. With Mark Heaton chasing down Brad the action was still going behind with Ayden Elliott ,Dan Biner, Louis Rodriguez, Rob Hodkinson ,Craig hickey Stewart Henderson,Rod Burns, Andrew Coppock, the battle was that tense back there, #66 trying a bold move by going 4 wide coming out of turn 2 .Unfortunately Rob experienced the walls intent, come too close and I’ll suck you in, sure enough Rob had his first experience with the wall, Red’s came on stopping the field in there tracks. #66 Rob Hodkinson was out and about waving his hands signalling his all good, the crowd was getting the action they all love that side by side racing with no margin of error, track been cleared we were ready to finish the 20 lap feature.

Lined up in single file 99 was leading them off with 8 laps to go green drops Brad makes a little mistake and was eaten up by Mark Heaton, knowing that mistake he made he quickly slotted back in behind Mark .The position by that time was Mark leading Brad 2nd Dan 3rd Ayden 4th Louis 5th Andrew 6th Stewart 7th Rod burns 8th with the rest dropping out with minor issues race continued to the Final lap with 5 cars running nose to tail that’s how they finished. Mark Heaton taking out the first meeting of season 17/18 .2nd Brad Forgeard 3rd Dan Biner
Congratulations to our interstate driver V11 Louis Rodriguez braking track record 15.780 job well done

Thanks to all drivers that attended job well done, looking forward to seeing you all at Bega for our 2nd meeting

A Big Season Ahead for NSW

The season is almost upon us and the NSW Compact Speedcar Club will start its 58th year of competition.

After what was a somewhat frustrating 2016-2017 season with wash outs at a premium, we are looking forward to season 2017-2018 with plenty of new drivers and a few who will be making a welcome return when racing gets underway at Cullen Bullen Speedway at the end of September.

Now is a good time to introduce you to our drivers who will be on track at some time this season.

2. Craig Hickey. Past club Champion. Upgrading to a later model chassis.
3. Alan Day. Will again share his time between Compacts and Midgets.
4. Rod Francis. Current State Champion. Has been enjoying himself since returning to the class.
5. Marty Perry. Returns after a season on the sidelines rebuilding what was the number 19 machine.
6. Gaby Yammouni. Club President. A new ride this season, Gaby is hoping for continued consistency.
7. Dan Biner. Like Alan Day, Dan will also be sharing his time between Midgets and Compacts.
8. Steve Zarb. Looking to giving it a good crack this season, Steve has the talent to win a few.
11. Richard Meyers. Richard also had last season off and will return full of enthusiasm.
13. Jason Essai. Returns after concentrating on his sons debut season in Junior Sedans last year.
14. Darren Margules. Another driver returning after a season off.
15. Rob Rawlings Snr. Returns to Compacts after a stint in Wingless Sprints and a very successful time in Legend Cars. Rob is a former ACT Compact Champ.
16. Brad Rawlings. Will be making his Compact debut after running several years in the Legends class.
17. Wayne Murphy. Had a couple of runs at the end of last season sorting out his Yamaha powered machine. Should make a strong start to the new season.
18. Darren Hawksworth. Been around for quite a while now, one of a few still running the old Datto.
21. Nathan O’Brien. A complete rebuild kept him off the track last season, now keen to do some laps.
22. Adam Henry. Took some time recovering from injuries after a crash at the previous seasons Aussie Title returned at the end of last season only to blow a motor.
23. Rod Burns. Came on gang busters towards the end of last season. We may see a new driver in the 23 machine.
24. Keiran Macklyn. Concentrated on his GP Midget while getting a new Compact ready.
25. Paul Backman. Will be making a return behind the wheel of the Ian Backman owned racer.
26. Mark Heaton. Set the track on fire last season winning the Club Championship in his first full season.
29. Carl Yenne. Purchased the ex Tony Aulsebrook machine and ran it in honour of Tony at Bega.
32. Ethan Brown. Stepping up from Junior Sedans to Compacts. Will be full of youthful exuberance.
33. Vince Sainsbury. Has been steadily building his ride which is a little unique in that it will be powered by a Suzuki V Twin.
34. Kyle Sharp. Kyle, from the ACT is full of enthusiasm to finally hit the dirt.
43. Andrew Coppock. Had his best ever meeting at the last round at Bega giving him some much needed confidence leading into this coming season.
44. Ben Fairfax. An Aircraft engineer currently based out of Adelaide, Ben has spent the past few years building up a car for this season.
47. Mark Shepherd. A blown engine kept Mark sidelined for most of last season.
51. Stewart Henderson. Proved that just being there at the finish will see you on the podium come seasons end.
54. Graeme Hook. A veteran Speedway racer “Hookie” is a Nowra local.
59. Rod Saville. Suffered a back injury after a crash at Sydney Speedway and had to sit out the back half of last season.
62. Robert Heaton. The eldest son of Mark and Joanne, Robert will make his Speedway debut at Cullen Bullen.
63. Bruce Adams. Last Seasons Rookie of the Year, Bruce came across to Compacts from Mod Lights and hasn’t looked back. He’s having a ball.
66. Rob Hodkinson. Has shown glimpses of his talent, now just needs to get his car up to his pace.
71. Ayden Elliott. Purchased a new ride and super keen to take it up to the “hot shots”.
72. Darryl Humphries. A newbie to Compacts. Will have more info shortly.
76. Con Buurveld. A true veteran of the Compact class, Con has been racing for over 25 years.
86. Rob Rawlings Jnr. Comes across from Legend cars with his dad. One of the top runners in that class.
98. Grant Lahiff. After many years at the top of Speedway Karts Grants Compact debut at the end of last season had plenty sitting up and paying attention.
99. Brad Forgeard. Busted a collar bone last season and had to sit out a good part of the racing season.


New Committee for ACSA

The Australian Compact Speedcar Association (ACSA) held their AGM on Saturday 12th August 2017 at the SS&A Club in Albury.

This year’s ACSA AGM was the first without the Queensland Compact Speedcar Club in attendance. The ACSA received a letter from the Queensland Compact Speedcar Club on the 4th July 2017 advising they were resigning from the ACSA as of the 18th July 2017.

Members of the ACSA affiliated clubs, the NSW Compact Speedcar Club and the Victorian Compact Speedcar Club, were in attendance for a very productive meeting about the upcoming Compact Speedcar Season.

Herbie Hecker was elected President, David Hutchinson Treasurer and Rob Hodkinson was elected as the Secretary. Steven Zarb is the final member of the committee.

Rule changes and voting from each Club were presented at the AGM to the Executive Committee with the majority of rules being formally adopted. A few rules have been sent back to the two Clubs for ratification and to be re-presented to the ACSA within 8 weeks.

Since the resignation of the Queensland Compact Speedcar Club, many Compact Speedcar competitors have been asking questions in relation to eligibility to race in various events this season. The Executive of the ACSA wish to communicate that to be eligible to race in any ACSA sanctioned event (including the ACSA Australian Title), you must be a member of an affiliated club (refer to ACSA Rule 1.3.22)

The ACSA is looking forward to working with its member clubs for the upcoming season.

If you wish to discuss matters of the ACSA or Compact Speedcars in general, please contact the member club delegates or email

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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


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)