COMPACT SPEEDCAR MEMORIAL WEEKEND EASTER SHOWDOWN WON BY JUSTIN PAULL

The Victorian Compact Speedcar Club has concluded a successful Easter Showdown Memorial weekend with both the Curren Memorial and Keith Astrella Memorials being won by defending champion Justin Paull at Rosedale and Bairnsdale Speedways. Good Friday night attracted fourteen competitors including New South Wales visitor Kyle Sharpe and Duane Cordina from the Super Rods driving for Team Patullock and Trevor Perry competing for LACA Racing.

Each driver would compete in three of four heats before the feature race at Rosedale and after some confusion at the venue about whom was actually in the first race and the pole position car Justin Paull being sent to the rear of the field because of the confusion, Paull still went on to win the race from Sharpe, Glen Wiles, Perry, Aaron Stubbs, and Aaron Bacon. AJ Wiles (# 32 – GTI Suzuki 1300cc – CRC – Kitten Car Care) with engine timing issues, Gavin Cooper with damage from a crash into the wall, Louis Rodriguez, radius rod damage and Mark Hutchinson with a steering arm rubbing up against a front right shock all failed to finish.

Paull starting from row three in the second heat race had to pass Glen Wiles (# 9 – R1 Yamaha – Local Village Garage) and Michael Conway and from the halfway mark of the race went on to win by almost four seconds from Conway, Wiles, Perry, Hutchinson, Tania Hallett, Andrew Burleigh, Stubbs, Bacon and Cordina. Paull then led every lap in heat three to secure a clean sweep of his qualifying races. He had to pass Conway and Hallett early in the race and then created a gap between himself and the field. Louis Rodriguez, Conway, Sharpe, Burleigh, Perry, Hallett, Bacon, Cordina and Cooper (# 34 – R1 Yamaha – AB Flooring).

In the final qualifier for the Curren Memorial Rodriguez converted his pole position into victory in a tough no favours given battle with Conway. The two drivers bumped wheels more the once and swapped the lead between the two before Rodriguez secured the win from Conway, Sharpe, Hallett, Burleigh, Wiles, Cooper, Cordina (# 41 – GSX 1000 Suzuki – Kangaroo Lake Caravan Park), Stubbs and Hutchinson.

Prior to the Curren Memorial race Tania Hallett (# 15 – Honda CBR 1000 – Flash Heating & Cooling) was presented with the ‘Kitten Car Care and CRC’ supported best presented race car. Hallett’s machine is popular amongst the venues the club travels to by a race fan.

A twenty-lap final was offered by the Rosedale Speedway Club and from pole position Justin Paull lead the field away with Conway, Sharpe, Rodriguez, Wiles, Perry, Hallett, Burleigh, Stubbs (# 46 – Yamaha YZF – Cohuna Car Spa), Bacon, Cordina, Hutchinson and Cooper lined up for the feature event.

Paull led Rodriguez and Conway on lap one. Burleigh was making moves from within the pack and was fifth by lap two and swapping spots with Perry a legend racer from Melbourne. At the halfway point Paull was leading Rodriguez, Conway, Sharpe and Perry and Burleigh, Stubbs, Bacon (# 56 – ZX10 Kawasaki – CLR Electrical) and Cooper had all exited the race due to mechanical issues. Hallett moved forward as Perry (# 66 – R1 Yamaha – Signs & Lines) started to have issues with the car and the chequered flag soon dropped on Paull. With a fast time of the night of 17.239 seconds, Paull defeated Rodriguez Conway, Sharpe, and Hallett to defend the Current Memorial.

Next up on Easter Saturday, the troupe headed to Bairnsdale Speedway for the Keith Astrella Memorial. All drivers from night one made the trip with AJ Wiles jumping into the number 9 car and his dad having a night off.

A great start to the evening for Louis Rodriguez (# 11 – R1 Yamaha – 1 Stop Construction Group) when he won heat one from Paull by almost four seconds. Paull, Hutchinson, Hallett, Conway, Perry who was fast back in the pack being the only driver turning a less than 17 second lap in this heat followed by Sharpe, Burleigh, and AJ Wiles whilst Stubbs continued to have mechanical issues with his car.

Paull turned a pole position start in heat to into victory and almost smashed through into the 15 second bracket clocking 16.168 as his fastest time. Rodriguez finished second, Burleigh (# 17 – R1 Yamaha – Ultimate Awards) was next in his best result of the weekend, Hutchinson, Cordina, Bacon, Hallett, and Cooper. Sharpe and Stubbs both did not finish. Burleigh’s result was all the more impressive as he was in his third day of racing without a wing ever, a practice day, Rosedale and now Bairnsdale being those occasions.

AJ Wiles (# 9 – R1 Yamaha – Local Village Garage) smashed the track ten lap record for Compact Speedcars in race three after early race leader Perry exited the race and went infield. Perry and Wiles were in a great battle at the front and when Wiles took the lead, and despite pressure from Rodriguez, he sailed to a 3:00.084 ten lap race time. Conway finished third then Hutchinson (# 6 – R1 Yamaha – Associated Powder Coating), Hallett, Cordina and Bacon. Stubbs again unable to get the 46 car to the finish.

Conway (# 77 – ZX10 Kawasaki – Power Play Road & Rally) took a heat race victory in the final heat of the night, his first win of the weekend when he held of Paull, Sharpe and Cordina. Burleigh failed to finish, and the field was set for the feature event and the chance to claim the Keith Astrella Memorial win. Rodriguez, Paull, Hutchinson, Conway, Hallett, Perry, and Sharpe (# N34 R1 Yamaha – Pinnacle Constructions Canberra) would contest the feature event. Paull took the lead from lap one. Conway and Rodriguez resumed their battles with Conway moving into position two. On lap nine Conway gave away his second spot to Rodriguez as he spun and dropped back to sixth as he also let Sharpe, Hutchinson, and Hallett.

Fifteen laps were soon over with Paull (# 12 – GSXR 1000 Suzuki – Ringwood Mazda) taking a back-to-back weekend feature win and back-to-back Astrella Memorial victories from Rodriguez, Sharpe, Conway, Hutchinson, Hallett, and Perry. Tania Hallett once again won the ‘Kitten Car Care & CRC supported best presented award chosen by a Bairnsdale club official.

For the Easter Showdown overall Paull finished in front of Rodriguez, Conway, Sharpe, and Hallett.

After the weekend Justin Paull spoke about the weekend. “Thank you to the hardworking people of our club for all the work they put in to get this weekend’s event to run so well. Thank you to the clubs supporting sponsors and the venues. We hope that seeing what our club was able to produce this weekend, will turn the Memorial weekend into a bigger event next year. I had a great run and cannot thank all my team enough. Thank you to my sponsors and I am so proud to have defended both prestigious races this weekend. The Curren and Astrella Memorials mean so much to us all.” Shared Paull.

Next up the Victorian Compact Speedcar Club heads to Wangaratta for the Victorian title on April 17.

The Victorian Compact Speedcar Club thanks the following sponsors;

Kay Mainline Augers & Core Barrels
1 Stop Property Services
The Local Village Garage
Flash Heating and Cooling
Ripper Plastering
Ripper Stickers
Kitten Car Care Products & CRC

Written by Dean Thompson
DMT Sports Media for Victorian Compact Speedcar Club
DMT Sports Media and the Victorian Compact Speedcar Club thank Louise Norman – Napier and Napier Photography for her hard work taking these great images below.

COMPACT SPEEDCAR SUPER MEMORIAL WEEKEND THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Two nights of terrific Compact Speedcar action this Easter weekend for the Victorian Club as they take time to reflect and race in honour of people from the Curren and Astrella families at Rosedale and Bairnsdale Speedways.

Rosedale Speedway will host the Curren Memorial on Good Friday whilst Bairnsdale will be the host of the Keith Astrella Memorial this season. Defending champion of both events is Justin Paull and he will be keen to see out the weekend recognised as back to back winner.

The Curren Memorial honours Allen and Bill for their contributions to the Victorian Compact Speedcar Club and the Rosedale Speedway Club in various roles including as drivers, treasurers, Chief Stewards etc. The Curren family number 23 was retired to all competitors unless they are a Curren.

Keith Astrella was a more recent passing member and was remembered as a man only to willing to help everybody with whatever he could, many times attending when he was not racing to help others. He loved young people and spent as much time as possible encouraging them and helping them learn some tricks quickly in order to progress to the lead pack in Compacts.

The executive committee and general committee on behalf of the club members have been able to put together a prize purse across to nights racing along with other monies earned by the club over the weekend from appearing at the venues that has made racing a two day show attractive to the competitors.

The weekends winner on points will pick up an extra $500 – with prizemoney being paid to 6th plus tow money to all entrants. A tremendous line-up of sponsors has contributed also to this weekends event through cash or product. Including Astrella family business Kay Mainline Augers & Core barrels.

Andrew Lardner on behalf of the executive committee wanted to thank people involved. “The club is very appreciative to our sponsors. Many of the supporters are race drivers in our class that keep contributing to the prize pools to support the recent growth of our club. Those members that keep contributing we cannot thank you enough. This event is something we would like to develop and one drivers look forward to in years to come.” Shared Lardner.

Racing starts at 5pm on both nights and Compact Speedcars fans should come along and watch the class with Sprintcar racing at both events as a further enticement to come along and watch the difference in how our pocket rockets get around the race track.

MEMORIAL WEEKEND SPONSORS
Kay Mainline Augers & Core barrels
1 Stop Property Services
The Local Village Garage
Flash Heating & Cooling
Ripper Plastering
Ripper Stickers
Kitten Car Care Products

NOMINATIONS
ROSEDALE SPEEDWAY GOOD FRIDAY – CURREN MEMORIAL
Mark Hutchinson – Victoria 6
Glen Wiles – Victoria 9
Justin Paull – Victoria 12
Tania Hallett – Victoria 15
Andrew Burleigh – Victoria 17
AJ Wiles – Victoria 32
Kyle Sharpe – New South Wales 34
Gavin Cooper – Victoria 34
Duane Cordina – Victoria 41
Aaron Stubbs – Victoria 46
Aaron Bacon – Victoria 56
Michael Conway – Victoria 77

BAIRNSDALE SPEEDWAY EASTER SATURDAY – KEITH ASTRELLA MEMORIAL

Mark Hutchinson – Victoria 6
Mark Cecil – Victoria 7
Glen Wiles – Victoria 9
Justin Paull – Victoria 12
Tania Hallett – Victoria 15
Andrew Burleigh – Victoria 17
AJ Wiles – Victoria 32
Kyle Sharpe – New South Wales 34
Gavin Cooper – Victoria 34
Duane Cordina – Victoria 41
Aaron Stubbs – Victoria 46
Aaron Bacon – Victoria 56
Michael Conway – Victoria 77

Written by
Dean Thompson
DMT Sports Media
For Victorian Compact Speedcar Club

ROBINSON WINS NOWRA

Round 6 of the NSW Compact Speedcar Club Championship is in the bag with some great racing last night at Nowra. An impressive field of 16 Compacts made the trip south with some new members who normally steer winged machines in Jordan Binskin & Garry Simpson joining us.

Heat 1 went to Matt Reed, starting off where he finished last time followed closely by Mark Heaton and Jordan Binskin. Massive congrats on his first heat win, number 2 went to leading Rookie of the Year contender Harry Stokes who lead home Craig Hickey & Shaun Robinson. Heat 3 saw Grant Lahiff back up the front with Matt Reed and Jack Stokes rounding out the top 3. Heat 4 was taken out by Craig Hickey with Brad Rawlings get lucky for once and Shaun Robinson in 3rd. Matt Reed and Craig Hickey, equal highest points scorers flipping for the pill draw which saw Matt invert the field.

15 cars line up for the feature with Bungendore’s Kyle Sharpe having continued engine troubles and pulling in before the green. The drop of the green saw Con Buuveld & Andrew Coppock swallowed up by the field. Ethan Brown managed to stay near the pointy end for some time as did Jack Stokes. Harry Stokes came home 5th managing to keep club points leader Grant Lahiff behind him. Grant Crook, electing to stay ROF to get back into the groove was consistent. Lap 11 saw an incident with the leader and lapped traffic unfortunately ending the night for Gordon Callaghan after meeting the wall. The curfew saw the race declared early. The win went to Shaun Robinson who made a great start running away early. Second went to Mark Heaton who was catching him with laps running out. Third went to a hard charging Matt Reed who started from position 11. Full transponder results can be viewed on race monitor.

Massive thanks to Jason’s Digital Photos for the sponsorship of the feature win. If you want a great photo shoot pf your race car, head on over to their page.

Compacts are next up at Goulburn on the 13th Feb.

HEATON COMPLETES A CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLE WINNING VICTORIAN TITLE

The Victorian Compact Speedcar Club 1Stop Property Services Victorian Title has been run and won at Rosedale Speedway with the nations number one driver Mark Heaton visiting from New South Wales and adding to his New South Wales and Australia number one accolades when he secured victory ahead of defending champion Louis Rodriguez and former national champion Justin Paull.

With the nation struck down by Coronavirus and government suggested restrictions on gatherings, the Victorian Title still might yet be the last opportunity to win a Championship this season for Compact Speedcar competitors, and as a result the intensity to win lifted a notch.

Qualifying race draws split the field into two heats per round for three rounds in order to give drivers the best chance to all make it through to the twenty-five-lap feature event. Terrible luck for Jamie Paull before a lap had been turned when he discovered his engine had a blown head gasket.

Ash Booker (# 66 Yamaha – R & K Alignment & Exhausts) who had recently won the Legend’s Trophy event at Wangaratta kicked the night off with a win in the first of the six qualifiers. Booker defeated Butch Hutchinson in the car he drove to win that event with Belimba New South Wales driver Heaton, Jack Day (# 59 Yamaha – Cazberg Earthworks) the reigning Victorian Club Champion and Aaron Stubbs from Victoria’s Mallee region. Day and Heaton had a great battle, passing and repassing each other. Justin Paull failed to finish with a blown fuse causing the fans to stop from controlling the engine temperature.

Tania Hallett (# 15 Honda – Flash Heating & Cooling) in the last two Victorian race meetings had finished second and third in the finals for the Legend’s Trophy and the Keith Astrella Memorial. She carried confidence into the Title leading from start to finish in her first heat race winning from the second New South Wales contender at the Victorian Title, Nathan O’Brien. O’Brien moved into second from lap four with Louis Rodriguez who owns the naming rights business 1Stop Property Services. Mike Griffiths (# 75 Suzuki – Simpson Racewear) a twenty-two-year veteran of Compact Speedcars returned as a late nomination to finish in fourth ahead of Mark Hutchinson whose race car had some issues believed to be wiring that Hutchinson just could not pinpoint on race night.

Into round two and Day picked up a win. Hallett led nine of the ten laps before she spun down in between turns three and four causing a caution and a restart green, white and chequered scenario. Hallett was the fastest in the race with lap times just below the eighteen second barrier as day won by .947 of a second holding off Booker after the caution with Hallett third and Griffiths in fourth.

With the fastest ten lap time of the night, Heaton (# 1 Kawasaki – Jam Signs) scorched around Rosedale in 2 minutes 59.812 to win from Paull, O’Brien, Mark Hutchinson and Stubbs (# 46 – Yamaha – Cohuna Car Spa). An individual lap of 17.544 proved to be the fastest of the night also as Heaton delivered an ominous warning to the field that he was on song. Rodriguez failed to finish after throttle cable failure.

Backing up in round three from out of grid position five, Heaton passed by Butch Hutchinson (# 2 Suzuki – Kay Mainline), Stubbs, Day and Hallett to lead on lap one in his final heat race. Hallett also had a good start moving into second with Day and Hutchinson following into line whilst Booker with some wiring coming loose concerning him as to the information he could see from his gauges, slowed and moved out of the way of the field. Heaton won from Hallett, Day, Butch Hutchinson and Stubbs.

Needing victory in the last heat of the night to elevate himself up the starting order Rodriguez made no mistake in converting his pole position start. A depleted field with Mark Hutchinson (# 6 Yamaha – Associated Power Coating) unable to sort out his mechanical concerns and Griffiths having his own issues meant that Rodriguez had to defeat Paull and O’Brien to secure the maximum points on offer. Paull only moved to second on lap nine when he passed O’Brien. The win shaped the Victorian Title field with Heaton in pole position from Hallett, Booker, Day, O’Brien (# 21 Suzuki – Racetune Moto), Rodriquez, Paull, Stubbs and Butch Hutchinson.

Prior to the feature event Tania Hallett was awarded the Petronas supported Best Presented award pack as chosen by the Rosedale Speedway’s own announce team.

Following the 1Stop Property Services pace vehicle the field was eager for the green flag and when it came time to let the drivers loose in the Victorian Title, Heaton moved out to the front through turns one and two with Hallett, Booker, O’Brien and Day the early top five.

A competitive stoush between Day and O’Brien seen the two swap places whilst Paull and Rodriguez remained deep in the field in seventh and eighth on lap five. Almost a quarter distance of the way through the field Paull (# 12 Suzuki – Ringwood Mazda) moved into fifth before O’Brien passed him for that spot-on lap eight.

A three-way battle between Paull, Rodriguez and O’Brien continued before a turn three rollover when Butch Hutchinson rode a wheel and went over a couple of times. Both O’Brien with no brakes and Hutchinson with damaged from the rollover exited the race on lap fourteen. Rodriguez (# 11 Yamaha – 1Stop Property Services) moved into fourth place getting the better of Paull.

At lap sixteen Heaton had not been passed and had skipped out to a sizeable lead on the initial start and then again on the restart after the Hutchinson rollover leading from Hallett, Rodriguez who passed Booker, Paull, Day and Stubbs.

Paull overtook Booker as the next major move of the race and into third place before a lap twenty-one pass by Rodriguez over Hallett moved him to second. Shortly after Paull moved in front of his sister Tania Hallett to take third spot from her as Booker came to a stop and out of the race leaving the field to enter a green, white and chequered feature race finish.

Heaton held on deservingly having not been passed in the Victorian Title to win from Rodriguez, Paull, Hallett, Day and Stubbs.

After the race media spoke to Heaton upon his victory. “I would like to thank the Victorian Club for being terrific hosts, the NSW Club for supporting myself and Nathan to come down here to compete and my wife and major sponsor Joanne from Jam Signs and my family. Thank you to Rosedale Speedway Club for the hard work they put into the track also, we appreciate all your work. Its feel’s terrific to have the NSW, the Australian and now the Victorian Championships to our name. I was determined to win the Victorian Title after dropping away from contention due to mechanical issues last time. Well done to Louis, Justin, Tania and Jack on their podium positions today also.” Shared Heaton.

Justin Paull won the Flash Heating and Cooling Hard Charger award whilst Jack Day picked up the Max Dumesny Motorsport voucher.

The Victorian Compact Speedcar Club wish to thank the Victorian Title sponsors
1 Stop Property Services the naming rights financial supporter
Flash Heating and Cooling for the major supporting financial sponsor
Jam Signs (Joanne Heaton) for providing Prize boards & Flags
Ripper Sticker (Jamie Paull) for supplying the Flash Heating and Cooling Prize boards
Barclay Engravers NZ for making our Victorian Title Trophies
Petronas for the Prize Pack for the Best Presented race car
Max Dumesny Motorsport for providing a $100 gift voucher prize
Mark & Lynne Hutchinson for donating the pit enclosure raffle prize

Written by
Dean Thompson
DMT Sports Media
For Victorian Compact Speedcar Club

JUSTIN PAULL CLAIMS KEITH ASTRELLA MEMORIAL VICTORY AT REDLINE RACEWAY

The Victorian Compact Speedcar Club headed to Redline Raceway on Mount Buninyong for the latest important feature event, this time honouring the late Keith Astrella. A small yet enthusiastic line-up was on hand for the event with Jamie Paull and Butch Hutchinson returning to competition.

Officials negotiated a three heat and a final format with the host club Belmont Speedway Drivers. Heat one did not go well for Jamie Paull (# 21 Yamaha R1/Razor – Explosion Plumbing)  who had a malfunction in the steering in heat one as he was flying through turns one and two and slammed the wall hard leaving too much damage on parts and set-up to continue on for the evening. Justin Paull continued to win the race from Butch Hutchinson, Louis Rodriguez, Mark Hutchinson and Ann Clarke (# 66 Yamaha R1/Stealth – R V Repairs).

In the second heat Justin Paull had a terrific start to lead. The ten lap heat looked like it was going his way with Louis Rodriguez in second when Rodriguez (# 11 Yamaha R1/Stainer – 1Stop Property Services) slowed to pull out with what was confirmed as engine issues that put him out for the night whilst a lap later on lap seven Paull pulled infield also with a fuel pump issue just after setting a one lap record for the class at the venue of 14.432, whilst Butch Hutchinson stormed to the lead and onto victory in front of Hallett, Mark Hutchinson (# 6 Yamaha R1 /Robo – Associated Power Coating) and Clarke.

Competitors then came out to compete in a shortened six lap final heat which turned out to be the closest margin of the three qualifiers in the end, when Butch Hutchinson (# 2 Suzuki GSXR/Stealth – Kay Mainline) won by just .833 of a second in front of Hallett, Mark Hutchinson and Clarke. Paull led lap one and two before exiting the race after his drive adaptor came loose and slide off the back of the engine ensuring power was not getting to the wheels, then his sister Tania Hallett (# 15 Honda CBR/Beast – Flash Heating & Cooling) took over until lap five when Hutchinson sped past her and onto the win.

A ten-lap battle remained for the competitors to settle who would be the Keith Astrella Memorial winner for the 2019/20 season and Justin Paull (# 12 Suzuki/Spike – Ringwood Mazda) got the best race start surging to the front on lap one.

Butch Hutchinson was very keen after a couple of heat race wins to keep the pressure on, however at roughly .270 per lap quicker in front Paull eased away. Hallett was winning the other battle with Mark Hutchinson and as the laps rolled on Paull eased out to an almost four second margin and went on to win the Keith Astrella Memorial from Butch Hutchinson, Hallett, Mark Hutchinson and Clarke.

At the presentation Paull shared his fondness of Keith, as did all the other podium finishers. “Keith helped me in my early transition into Compact Speedcars after leaving Junior Speedway racing and he taught me a lot and helped me with things I needed or things I needed to do. He loved this class and we all miss him being around. I am stoked to have won the race and can now always be able to say I won Keith’s race.”

Keith’s son Matt Astrella and Matt’s daughter Lily were on hand to help present the family supported trophies made by EB Graphics & Designs.

Tania Hallett won the Petronas supported best presented car selected by a spectator on this occasion, for the second time. Tania wins a selection of terrific prizes provided by the wonderful team at Petronas.

The Victorian Compact Speedcar Club thank seasons supporters

1STOP Property Services

Flash Heating and Cooling

Barclay Engravers NZ

Petronas

Jam Signs

Ripper Sticker

Highline Racewear

Max Dumesny Motorsport

American Tire & Racing Services

Pearce Performance and Products

Ultimate Awards

Vern and Jackie Parker Photography

Written by
Dean Thompson
DMT Sports Media
For Victorian Compact Speedcar Club

LEGENDS TROPHY ACTION FOR FAST AND SPECTACULAR COMPACT SPEEDCARS

This weekend Speedway Wangaratta host the Victorian Compact Speedcar Club for the annual Legends Trophy and as drivers consider their set ups and changes for the upcoming Victorian title, it is an important opportunity for drivers to try new changes and set ups they might wish to make, check the condition of race parts and dust of some race rust for those that have not competed in a while.

Nominations are in and drivers that have entered include

Ash Booker V2
Mark Hutchinson V6
Louis Rodriguez V11
Justin Paull V12
Tania Hallett V15
Ann Clarke V35
Clive Patullock V41
Aaron Stubbs V46

There is a mixture of competitors from the Goulburn Valley, Melbourne’s East and South East and from the Mallee in Swan Hill where this year’s national title will be held.

The winner of the Legend’s Trophy takes ownership of the Perpetual Trophy that represents the 1972 Founding Members of the Compact Speedcar Victorian club at this year’s end of season Presentation Night.

Originally the club was known as the Compact TQ’s and years later upon the advice of the late great Mike Raymond, the name was changed to the Compact Speedcar Club and taken up nationally.

In the early years of the Victorian Club, Phil Lardner a life member recalls each member contributing $1 each to put in a kitty to buy trophies. Some of the club’s early tracks were Garfield then Drouin and Victorian Stadium Speedway.

Other Legends that the event is in place to Honour, include Dedicated Valued Members who have given their upmost devotion and service to the club to help it run smoothly, some of these members are still with the club today and many drop in from time to time to have a look at the racing.

Last season the event was won by Mark Cecil driving a Louis Rodriguez owned race car and this year Louis and his partner Ann will compete. Justin Paull a former national champion returns in his own race car having been competing in Mark Hutchinson’s leased car until this point of the season. The car has a brand-new look and it is sure to stand out on Saturday night. Mark Hutchinson is keen to snaffle the Legends Trophy for himself and cannot wait for Saturday night.

Ash Booker an experienced Speedcar competitor and a former Grand Prix Midget racer will be behind the wheel of the Butch Hutchinson owned car and two new members this season Clive Patullock and Aaron Stubbs will compete in their first club show at the Wangaratta venue. Both drivers used to compete in the F500 class and Clive is the Vice President of the Swan Hill Speedway Club.

Tania Hallett an A grade competitor and Ann Clarke will prove to everybody that this open wheel business is not just for the boys.

The Victorian Compact Speedcar Club are delighted to have had Ultimate Awards owner Andrew Burleigh put together the trophies for first to third whilst the perpetual trophy will be handed over to the night’s winner at the end of season presentation night.

A prize is up for offer from Petronas for the best presented car after a spectator chooses the car, they think looks the coolest on track.

The Victorian Compact Speedcar Club thank this year’s season sponsors;
1STOP Property Services
Flashing Heating and Cooling
Barclay Engravers NZ
Petronas
Jam Signs
Ripper Sticker
Highline Racewear
Max Dumesny Motorsport
American Tire & Racing Services
Pearce Performance and Products
Ultimate Awards

Written by
Dean Thompson
DMT Sports Media
For Victorian Compact Speedcar Club

The number 2 car that Ash Booker will campaign (C) Napier Photography

The Ultimate Award made trophies up for offer this Saturday night

Stokes wins maiden feature at Nowra

After talking up the potential of 17 year old Jack Stokes since he made his debut at round one, he really produced the goods last night winning the Compact Speedcars feature race leading from go to woah in a faultless drive on a somewhat difficult track at Nowra Speedway.
The field of cars was thinned with the Heaton teams 3 cars being watched over as the fires burning south of Sydney threatened the Heaton’s property at Bellimba Park.
Craig Hickey and Kyle Sharpe were early casualties, Hickey with no oil pressure and Sharpe with a clutch drama, whilst both were running strong in the first heat.
So the night was all about the “B” grade drivers and their performances provided plenty of entertainment for the crowd on the hill.
Highest point man, Stewart Henderson drew the marble to determine the starting order for the feature. Unfortunately for him he drew rear this put young Stokes off poll after the late withdrawal of Butters Burnham who was now out with what appeared to be a fuel pump issue.
With time slipping away the feature was shortened. One of the most impressive drives all night was from another of the younger generation, Ethan Brown who consistently move his way forward and picked up his first feature trophy with an outstanding 2nd placing. Andrew Coppock, who has also been gaining in confidence scored 3rd. After winning 2 of the earlier heats, Stewart Henderson recovered from the poor pill draw to come home 4th. Rounding out the top 5 five was second meeting rookie, Grant Crook who’s lap times just got better and better as the night wore on.
Jack Stokes was the other heat winner and set the fastest lap times in every race.

R Eyeington

Justin Paull wins at Laang

Saturday night we headed to Laang speedway in the states west, for round 3 of the championship. The little bullring produced the goods and shaped up for some awesome compact racing. We had regular speedcar ace Ash Booker in the house, substituting for injured Butch Hutchinson in the v2
Heat 1 the track started to dry out and become quite racy. Justin Paull back behind the wheel
Of the Mark & Lynne Hutchinson owned v66, picked up from where he left off and got the heat race win in the opening heat, while Louis Rodriguez worked his way past Mark Hutchinson in the closing laps to finish 2nd and Mark Hutchinson in 3rd.
Some close hard racing in heat 2 saw three different race leaders. Jamie Paull got the early lead with Louis Rodriguez in hot pursuit in the v11 and Ash Booker in 3rd. Rodriguez made a great move to take the lead from Jamie Paull but Jamie wasn’t done and put up a great battle, until young brother Justin made a movie out of turn 2 and got the pair in one fell swoop to take the lead and went on to win heat 2. Rodriguez 2nd and Booker 3rd.
The final heat of the night the track was at its fastest all night. The show was out the front with Louis Rodriguez and Ash Booker, the pair showing how competitive compact racing is. Rodriguez lead from the get go, but Booker was working hard in 2nd trying to make a move or wait for Louis to make a mistake. But Rodriguez kept his cool and took the win with Booker in 2nd with the fastest lap of the night with a 12.352.
Every one was itching for the compact final to start, as the racing was unreal all night. The track had slickend off by the compact feature but the competitors put on a fantastic show. Justin Paull got the jump off the start and lead from green to cheque. Louis Rodrigez in 2nd and Ash Booker in 3rd. Jamie Paull and Mark Hutchinson had some mechanical issue through the night but still had good pace, Tania Hallett started to get her head around the smaller track and Ann Clarke put down some solid consistent laps.
On behalf of the Victorian Compact Speedcar Club, we would like to thank Laang speedway and their officials for putting on a great show and making us all feel welcome.

SONIC SPEEDWAY RACE RECAP

Saturday night was full of action at the fast and furious Swan Hill Sonic Speedway, where the Australian Title will be held later in the season. The 500+ meter facility made for some excellent Compact Speedcar racing.
Heat 1 was a tricky track to pass on with all the cars going at the same speed. But The superstar from Shepparton, Louis Rodriguez, managed to storm home with the win from p5, followed by Butch Hutchinson and John Unwin.
Heat 2 saw much the same with Louis Rodriguez coming home in first Butch Hutchinson in 2nd and Mark Hutchinson in 3rd.
Heat 3 the track was at its fastest with the fastest lap of the night with a 17.920 set by heat winner Justin Paull, Tania Hallett in p2 and Louis Rodriguez hot on her heels in 3rd.
Final time came around which shaped up to be the race of the night. Unfortunately Butch Hutchinson had a incident in the first corner which saw the car go up and over. The race resumed and the action was hot, with Justin Paull and Louis Rodriguez trading the lead back and forth, until the two drivers touched ever so slightly and Paull spun which brought out the caution. The race restarted with 6 laps to go and Daniel James in his 2nd meeting in the class was doing a stella job in 2nd spot, meanwhile Tania Hallett was holding down the 3rd spot until she had a spin late in the race. Louis Rodriguez with a well deserved victory, followed with Justin Paull working his way back to p2 and a outstanding drive by Daniel James in 3rd.
Ann Clarke did a fantastic job in her first race out also.
We wish Butch Hutchinson a speedy recovery as he suffered a fractured T4 vertebrae in his accident

Weather cuts short a great night of racing at Valvoline Raceway

The L.A. Racing Lubricants New South Wales Compact Speedcars returned to Valvoline Raceway last night, Saturday the 23rd November, for their second appearance for the season at the Sydney venue and it was current State and Australian champion, Mark Heaton who took a convincing win in the uninterrupted 20 lap feature race.
Seventeen cars formed up in readiness for a start. Bad luck continues to follow young rookie, Jack Stokes who was now out of his probationary period and was gridded up to start out of possie 3 only to have a fuel pump fail before the greens were waved. Stephen Allen and Alan Day now had their cars back on their trailers, Allen with a suspected broken gearbox and Day a similar drive train failure.
Starting from outside the third row Heaton had to work hard for the first few laps before he was able to assume the lead with a move around early leader Stewart Henderson. Meanwhile highest point scorer, Brad Rawlings, who drew the rear of field marble, had a real challenge on his hands to not let Heaton get too far in front. This task was made all the more difficult with the likes of Shaun Robinson, Nathan O’Brien, Mark Shepherd and Steve Zarb, who had all performed exceptionally well in their earlier heat races, between him and the leader.
Once Heaton had cleared Andrew Coppock, Ethan Brown, Andrew Burnham and Stewart Henderson it was now a case of by how far. With the track nicely juiced up and the clay flying the back markers were praying for a yellow hoping to bring the leader back to them. This wasn’t going to happen though as the laps continue to wind down.
The battle for the minor placings was really hotting up. Steve Zarb made the most of his opportunities and was the first of these to clear the pack. Brad Rawlings was under all sorts of pressure from Shaun Robinson as the two tried to negotiate their way forward.
Robinson caught and passed Zarb to take up the chase after the leader. Lapped traffic was now beginning to be the challenge, but kudos go to all drivers with the lapped drivers holding their lines and the quicker guys showing respect as they negotiated their way through. Robinson was now narrowing the gap and Rawlings was now applying the blow torch to Zarb.
The checkers wave and it was Heaton scoring another Valvoline Raceway feature. Robinson was valiant in his runner-up spot with Zarb holding out Rawlings by the narrowest of margins, just 0.100 separated 3rd and 4th. Coming from position 12, Kyle Sharpe was super impressive in his charge to finish 5th. Ethan Brown kept his nose in front of Andrew Coppock to place 6th. Finishing 8th was Nathan O’Brien ahead of Mark Shepherd and Stewart Henderson making up the top ten.
Jamie Candy, Matthew Wark, Andrew Burnham, Brooke Wray, Joanne Heaton and Grant Crook completed the field.
In the heat races the yellows only came on twice. Alan Day had to pull up on the outside of the front straight mid-way into the first of the ten lap races. Stephen Allen made it one lap better before stopping at the end of the main straight with only four laps left in heat 2.
Brad Rawlings got proceedings of to the best possible start with a strong win in heat one. Mark Shepherd in only his second meeting aboard the ex-Rod Francis Spike/Suzuki GSXR continues to impress taking second placing. Steve Zarb knows his way around this track and came on strong towards the end picking up third. Andrew Burnham and Ethan Brown completed the top five. Stewart Henderson, Brooke Wray and Joanne Heaton completed the field. Alan Day and Jamie Candy were back in the pits.
Nathan O’Brien continued his good Valvoline Raceway form winning the second heat ahead of Shaun Robinson, Kyle Sharpe, Jack Stokes, Andrew Coppock, Mark Heaton, who was battling a beast of a machine and Grant Crook who was making his Compact Speedcar and Speedway debut.
Heat three saw Brad Rawlings making it two from two from Steve Zarb and Mark Shepherd. Ethan Brown disposed of Stewart Henderson late to take fourth. Andrew Burnham, Jamie Candy, Brooke Wray and Joanne Heaton were the other finishers.
The final heat was another non stop event with Shaun Robison bringing home the goods. He held Mark Heaton at bay with Nathan O’Brien making up the top three. Andrew Coppock was getting faster as the night wore on, he held out Kyle Sharp, Jack Stokes, Matthew Wark and Grant Crook.
The weather played its part with a brief shower a couple of hours before the start of the meeting and a light drizzle falling just as the Compact boys and girls made their way out for the feature.
Now a short break before we head off down to Nowra Speedway for round five in a fortnights time.
Be great to see you all there for more of that great open wheel Speedway action.

R Eyeington