SWAN HILL SPEEDWAY                                                                                                                                


Press Release      

Our Easter Weekend has been cancelled



          Another entertaining Sonic Speedway with exciting and close racing put on by all classes. The nights feature event, the Formula 500 Stampede lived up to its name and attracted a field of very quick drivers and a rollover. As predicted Chris Bellman was quick in winning the first  heat with a sub-17 second pass …quick for any class, closely followed by Ash Sinclair and Josh Buckingham. However mechanical trouble in the second heat finished his night. Adam Turner won the second heat in an almost identical time followed by Josh Buckingham and Jake Hose. The Final was again close with very little separating the leaders. Jake Hose from South Australia was the eventual winner just ahead of the consistent Josh Buckingham and Dale Spencer. Unfortunately most of the drivers were faster than the Pastor.

          Our local Juniors were tested by visiting Goulburn Valley drivers Lachlan Fitzpatrick and Tristan McGraw as well as VIC2 Rhys Lansdown and despite their best efforts were unfortunately outclassed on the night. Josh Trainer managed a couple of thirds in his heats before breaking down at the start of the final. Teaghan Glare, Paige Bull and Troy Higgins had their own battle between themselves with a 4th, 5th and 6th each in their heats while comeback kid Felicity Parsons had car trouble early. After 2 heat wins and a 2nd Lachlan Fitzpatrick was  favourite for the final and after some tight racing he greeted the judge just ahead of Tristan and Rhys with Troy winning the local battle ahead of Teaghan and Paige.

          In the Standard Saloons Ken Higgins, Leighton Warburton and Daryl Mesley each one a heat with Hayden Glare having 2 seconds so it was a very open final. As it turned out Leighton Warburton was the winner narrowly ahead of Ken Higgins and Josh Campbell.

          The Open class also featured some close racing although Ben Naismith won all 3 heats from Marc Hanson, Jackie Fitzpatrick, Emma Bull and Rhiannon Glare. However to finish first, first you have to finish with Ben unluckily suffering mechanical problems and not finishing the final. With most of the Standards joining in from the rear of the field it was now anyone’s final. At the finish of an exciting close final only half a second covered the first three finishers with Marc Hanson victorious over Jackie Fitzpatrick and Emma Bull who displayed probably her best ever drive.

          Like the Opens our V8 Super Mods found out heat wins don’t guarantee Finals wins as the unlucky Jordy Ewart found out (and sorry Jordy for calling you Josh in last Friday’s preview). After winning all 3 heats in impressive style mechanical troubles ruined his Finals chance. This allowed Michael Thompson to win ahead of Grant Schultz in his return to racing.  Special mention must be made of Andrew Maconachie who detonated his engine in what was probably the biggest cloud of smoke ever seen at Sonic Speedway.

          7 of our own Formula 500s faced the green flag including the returning Sean Bedggood, Chris Conlon, Damien McKenzie and newcomer Josh Caddy. While Damien Williams and Matt Sayers dominated the heats, Aaron Stubbs was not far behind them with the above mentioned drivers getting quicker each heat. In the Final Damien Williams won from Matt Sayers and Aaron Stubbs. Next meeting should include a couple more returning 500 drivers.

          Next meeting will be on Easter Sunday / April Fools Day and will feature the return of the V8 Dirt Modifieds (providing they survived their recent National and State Titles). There will also be a Standards feature with good money up for grabs and maybe a visit from the Easter Bunny as well as local support classes. Don’t forget hot/cold food/drinks will be available, with racing to start at 6pm.





            Sonic Speedway roars back into life this Saturday night featuring the return of the popular Formula 500s. Although they are called 500s the engines are actually 600cc Yamaha or Suzuki fuel injected or carbied motors in a chassis generally purpose built in USA, although some crews are now building their own here in Australia. All the cars torsion bar front and rear ends and run either Hoosier or American Racers tyres up to 13 inch right rear tyres. As a result these lightweight machines rev out to between 14500 – 18500 rpm and should reach almost 150 kph along the straights.

            With 16 definite nominations (with possibly some late ones to come – depending on how their cars pulled up after last weekends State Title) featuring some of the quickest drivers fast action is guaranteed. The drivers range from 17-year old speedster Jordan Ray to 66 year old Kevin Freeman who is also the Formula 500s parson (does this “faster pastor” have divine support?) and includes Jordan’s brother Andrew who is a former SA 1, NSW 1 and Vic 2. South Australian drivers Jake Hose (who had a podium finish last round) and the fast Jordan Marshall will be trying to win for their State.

            Other drivers to watch include Chris Bellman who started front row in last weekends Title race, Shane Van Duynhoven who finished 3rd behind AUS 1 last weekend and Brooke Buckingham. Experienced campaigners Mark Lincoln and Ash Sinclair will be waiting for any of the hard charging front runners to make a mistake to open up a podium finish.

            “Buzza’s” tip is that the winner will be one of Chris Bellman, Shane Van Duynhoven or Andrew Rae.

            Our Juniors continue to improve each meeting and can be guaranteed to display some close high pressure racing between locals Toby Carmichael, Josh Trainer and VIC 2 Rhys Landsdowne. Other local drivers Troy Higgins, Teaghan Glare and Paige Bull will be putting pressure on the leaders to allow them to get a podium finish. Felicity Parsons is hoping is ready to make a return to the track, while 2 Goulburn Valley drivers will be hoping to get some practice on our track in preparation for the Junior feature in May.

            The Standard Saloons look like having slightly depleted numbers as a result of last weekends State Title, where 5 of her local drivers showed how well we stand against other clubs. 4 of our 5 drivers qualified for the B-Main final, while Aaron Marshall qualified 4th in the A-Main State Title. Leighton Warburton and Tom Lambert finished in the top 4 of the B-Main Final which meant they qualified at the rear end of the field in the A-Main State Title. They carved their way through the talented field to end up 9th and 11th respectively. Aaron held onto his 4th position to finish 4th in the State Title. Well done to these guys and to Josh Campbell and Hayden Glare….you all did our Club proud.

            Back to this Saturday night Aaron should start favourite with no Tom or Warby racing however Josh and Hayden will be hoping to beat him, while Ken Higgins, Daryl Mesley and Chris Grant will be hoping for an upset.

            The V8 Modified will finally hit the track with Andrew Maconachie sorting out a new class of car for him and challenging the experienced Josh and Jade Ewart, Grant Schultz and Michael Thompson.

            Our own Formula 500 (littler versions of the feature class) will  feature close racing with all drivers an equal chance of winning as there is plenty of experience amongst Damien Williams, Matt Sayers, Sean Bedggood, Aaron Stubbs and the returning Chris Conlon and a newcomer to our track Nathan Caddy.

            Open Sedans will be low on numbers and will be a battle of the sexes between Ben Naismith, Marc Hanson, Rhiannon Glare and Emma Bull so there is a lot of talent there. There may be a couple of Standards sneak into their final.

            Racing starts at 6.30 and don’t forget there is hot and cold food and drinks available and you have a choice of viewing the racing from your car or the green grassed area.