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

Back to back for Elliott

Ayden Elliott made it back to back Compact Speedcar Memorial Race events winning Saturday nights feature leading every lap after starting outside front row beside highest point-scorer Mark Heaton.
The final was run on a hard, dry track that had plenty of rubber laid on the race line with the front runners setting some pretty quick times.
Elliott was having a guest drive aboard the Nathan O’Brien owned #21 Stealth/Suzuki GSXR. Wanting to erase the memory of his last main event Elliott got the jump on the Aussie Champ to lead the pack into turn one. Everyone was waiting for the challenge from the champ, his only serious threat came just after a re-start making a run down the back straight around the outside of the leader only to have Elliott keep his cool and hold onto the lead as they exited turn 4.
This was a great win for Elliott and the O’Brien camp leading into round four of the club championships at Valvoline Raceway in a couple of weeks. Mark Heaton had to settle for the runner up spot for the second time after again topping the points.
A super battle ensued for the minor placings with Shaun Robinson claiming third just holding out Brad Rawlings and Mark Shepherd, who was having his first run back in Compacts for a couple of seasons after purchasing the Ex Rod Francis machine. Brad Rawlings was super impressive in his first meeting of the season as well.
Heat wins went by the way of Mark Heaton with wins in heats 1 and 3 and Shaun Robinson winning the second heat.
The NSW Compact Speedcars are proudly supported by L.A. Racing Lubricants.

Round 1 of the Streader 34

Last nights meeting was all about honouring a true champion and legend of our club and our class, Alan Streader. We were so privileged to have Alan in attendance last night to witness a fantastic finish to the 17 lap feature raced in his honour.
Mark Heaton took out the win in a very tight battle, particularly over the closing 3 laps, finishing marginally in front of Shaun Robinson and Louis Rodriguez.
Alan was particularly emotional when he was presented with an embroidered red scarf honouring him.


With four visitors from Victoria adding to an already healthy first meeting roll-up of New South Wales drivers the anticipation was enormous. Things weren’t looking too good on the weather front with dark clouds and the threat of rain all around the race track and surrounding areas greeting the teams as they rolled into a bursting at the seams Parramatta pits, but befitting a meeting of this stature the show was to go on.
Nature is the perfect water truck and rain in the days leading up to the event meant the track was as racy as you could ever want with lines from top to bottom. The laps times were as fast at the beginning of the night as they were at the end.
The first meeting woes affected several drivers, succumbing to varying mechanical problems. Oddly enough clutch issues stood out as the number one culprit. Add to that a couple of electrical faults depleting the field before the start of the feature.
Our man of honour Alan Streader had a very comfortable seat in the corporate box, joining him were his two sons, who had travelled down from Queensland and his daughter from Kangaroo Valley. Beside him were some of his closest Speedway family including former Aussie Champion, Ronnie Hutchison. Ronnie was instrumental in getting Alan to the track and back home again.
There was Col Barr who towed his replica TQ down from Queensland for the event. Col raced against Alan back when we were known as TQ’s at Windsor Speedway in the early 60’s. Ash Kindred, Clarke Wheeler, Ray Scarborough, Richard Stott and Gordon Callaghan, who owns Alans last Compact, a car he plans restoring before round 2, were representing the Vintage Compact Speedcar Club. Sitting just in front was Steve McEvoy, chassis builder to the stars. He built cars for the likes of Rob Worthington, Skip Jackson, Rod Bowen, Steve Brady and many other champions.
Setting the nights fastest time was Shaun Robinson recording a 15.763 on his way to winning heat four. Shaun’s performance on the night came as a real surprise as we had only seen him at two race meetings last season. The first of these he blew an engine in a big way at Nowra before travelling down to Swan Hill in Victoria where he unceremoniously backed the car into the wall. Lets now hope he can continue his winning ways as the season continues to unfold.
It was no surprise to see two of Victoria’s best, Butch Hutchinson and Louis Rodriguez on the pace early. Louis started with a second in heat 1 before greeting the checkers first in his second heat. At the fall of the checkers in the feature a half a second separated Louis from the winner. Butch had two podium places in the heats and was running very strongly in the feature challenging for the front spot before a slipping clutch forced him out.
Former Aust 1, Justin Paull had one of those nights were nothing went right as did Mark Hutchinson who had all sorts of problems with the ex-OZ 1 car of Peter Robotham.
Joanne Heaton was having her first meeting at the wheel of a Compact, though gear box problems saw her unable to front for the final.
Club president, Andrew Coppock had his best ever meeting, finally putting behind him the dramas of the past two seasons. Andrew was never outside the top five and picking up fifth in the feature.
The recipient of an invitation to take part in the Speedway Australia “Rising Star Program” last season, Ethan Brown, just got quicker and quicker, culminating in an outstanding fourth place finish in the feature.
The winner of the highest finishing “Rookie” award presented by our friends at L.A. Racing Lubricants was Jamie Candy. Jamie also improved all evening setting a faster lap time each time he went out. A fine 3rd placing in a heat and 6th in the feature gets him off to a great start in what will be a tough battle for the Rookie of the Year Award.
Steve Zarb looked impressive all night never outside the top three, that was until the feature when he tipped it on its lid while battling for a top three spot. It was a gentle roll with no real serious damage.
Canberra’s Kyle Sharpe showed some real pace challenging, on several occasions, some more fancied competition. His feature ended after running over the back wheel of another car executing a couple of twists with pike down the front straight.
Nathan O’Brien had an outstanding season 2018-2019 and was heading in the same direction with 2 thirds and a second in the heats that would have had him starting towards the pointy end in the feature before a bent rear axle forced him to retire before the race began.
Starting his second season of racing, Andrew Burnham missed the first heat with a broken gear selector. Not a part that many would carry with them but thankfully Mark Heaton did. Mark was happy to offer up the part to get another car on the track. Andrew recorded a couple of forth placings in his 2 remaining heats. Running well in the feature early before a broken rod end on the rear suspension put him out of the running.
First time Compact racer, Matthew Wark from the Central Coast had plenty of dramas starting with a blocked fuel filter then ending with some electrical issues. The former Super Kart racer is not deterred and is super keen to get the better of this dirt thing.
Scott Saville was just not able to get his machine to fire. It had his full attention all night. Once he gets this thing going expect to see some action from the former GP Midget Australian Champion.
Alan Day had a real challenge on his hands trying to figure out an unusual, in Compacts, engine. A V Twin Suzuki. Hopefully they will work it out as this thing sounds sweet.
Stewart Henderson spent more time in the pits than on the track with what appeared to be a continuation of last season’s issues.
Another in the hunt for Rookie of the Year honours is young Jack Stokes. Very impressive in his first outing picking up a fine fifth placing and setting a super quick time of 16.103 on the way. Jack, from down Nowra way was another to fall victim of a fried clutch.

The Allan Streader 34

We’re joining the NSW Compact Speedcar Club to celebrate the contribution of a legend, Alan Streader, across two events this season.

During the running of this coming season the New South Wales Compact Speedcar Club celebrates its 60th birthday. This is a very significant milestone in speedway history as there are not many clubs that have been around as long.

And it is only fitting that in this 60th year the NSW Compact Speedcar Club, in partnership with the Victorian Compact Speedcar Club have come up with an event that will become one of Compact Speedcars most prestigious Blue-Ribbon events. “The Alan Streader 34”. This event will celebrate and honor this class’s absolute legend, Alan Streader.

Alan, a Life Member, has been, and still is an integral part of this proud division having been one of the driving forces in the formation of this club back in 1959 when the front engine TQ’s separated from the rear engine cars to stand proudly as a class in their own right.

Alan was also instrumental in forming the Australian Compact Speedcar Association by bringing New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, who were all running very similar cars, together, under the one set of specifications and rules.

As a driver Alan Streader is a true legend winning countless championships and continuing to race well into his seventies. I still remember his last race meeting in a Compact. It was at Cullen Bullen and Alan showed he had lost none of his prowess behind the wheel. Reveling on the dirt, he was the only one to use the high line, searching for that heavy dirt and making those outside passes.

If it wasn’t for Alan Streader many drivers from many open wheel speedway classes would not have progressed as far as they had. A self-taught fabricator, Alan built his own engines and chassis as well as for numerous other racers. He modified VW gear boxes and turned them into quick change diffs. During the seventies these were all the rage weighing more than half the weight of the more fancied Morris and Austin diffs which were pretty much all that was on offer at the time.

Alan was famous for his red helmet and red scarf, hence his nick name “Red Baron”. This event will be run over two meetings, the first at Sydney Speedway on October the 12th 2019 and the second at Wangaratta on the 9th of May 2020. Each feature will be run over the distance of 17 laps, totaling 34. The place getters of each feature will receive a red scarf as a part of their prize. More details will be posted shortly.