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Noel Pearson Memorial shared on opening night

Noel Pearson Memorial shared on opening night

The 2017-18 Noel Pearson Memorial title has been shared after Hayden Mortimer and Jason Batchelor both completed undefeated nights in their respective divisions at the season opener on December 9.

Mortimer claimed his second win in the prestigeous memorial after a dominant performance in the junior sedans but his 144 point effort was matched by the returning Batchelor in the production sedan ranks.

The Noel Pearson Memorial has been contested on opening night at Attwell Park Speedway since 1989-90, and is awarded to the highest pointscoring Albany Speedway Club member across all divisions in recognition of long-time member and former driver Noel Pearson.

Mortimer won the crown last season and backed that effort up with an undefeated night in the junior ranks, scoring three dominant heat wins before claiming the 10-lap final by more than three seconds.

Batchelor made a welcome return to the driver’s seat in a competitive production sedan field, winning all three heats and then scoring a comfortable victory in the 15-lap final to finish unbeaten.

The two drivers were announced joint-winners of the memorial, and also topped their respective division point scores for the night.

Mortimer defeated Bianca Kennedy and Hope Batchelor in the juniors overall while Batchelor proved too strong for the impressive Shane Devonshire and Ron Belfield in his division.

Nathen Tester was undefeated in the formula 125s after the heat races but failed to finish the final; however, he still managed to win the overall points in his class.

Tester edged out Darren Cartwright by 23 points, with State champion Sam Jewell back in third.

Paul Bowman won the street stock points on a countback after he and Peter Herbert had two wins and two second placings apiece.

The new base stock division ran several displays at the season opener, which also included burnouts.

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Tester & Watson crowned fairest and best drivers!

Tester & Watson crowned fairest and best drivers!

Albany Speedway Club wrapped up their 2016-17 season recently with a fantastic presentation night held at long time sponsor and supporter Motel Le Grande.

More than 80 people were in attendance to help celebrate another massive season of speedway at our Attwell Park venue and to recognise the deserving award winners across a number of categories.

Formula 125 star Jacinta Tester upstaged her close rival Sam Jewell to be crowned the senior fairest and best at the awards, capping off a stellar season for the talented racer where she also finished fourth in the State title.

Jacinta Tester drove superbly throughout the calendar year, regularly winning races amongst stiff opposition with Sam Jewell, Braiden Jewell, Bill Beeck and Nathen Tester always proving tough to beat.

Adding to her terrific season, she also finished second in the formula 125 overall points.

In her final year of junior sedan racing, Brooke Watson was crowned fairest and best in the division for the second year running.

Watson was a dominant force here in Albany during the season and performed with distinction away from her home track as well in the gruelling JSRA series.

The 17-year-old was also voted the junior sedan drivers’ driver from her peers and finished second in the junior points standings.

Sam Jewell was again crowned club champion, for the highest point scoring driver in the club, his season netting him 630 points which also earned him first place in the division.

The formula 125 drivers’ driver also went the way of Sam Jewell.

Emerging production sedan competitor Ryan Penn was named the most improved senior driver and Hope Batchelor won the most improved junior while Blane Devonshire took home the senior rookie of the year trophy.

Nathan Penn (senior), Craig Tester (open wheeler) and Batchelor (junior) won their respective best presented categories and among other awards given out Sam Jewell received the presidents’ award.


2016-17 Season Awards

Junior Sedans

Overall Points

First – Bianca Kennedy 401 points (Sponsor – RE BOYD EARTHMOVING)

Second – Brooke Watson 380 points (REGAL PANEL BEATERS)

Third – Hayden Mortimer 276 points (THE TROPHY SHOP)

Fourth – Hope Batchelor 182 points (ALBANY ELITE EARTHMOVING)


Drivers’ Driver – Brooke Watson 9 votes (PROMOTIONS AUTOMOTIVE)


Formula 125s

Overall Points

First – Sam Jewell 630 points (CENTRAL SPRAYPAINTERS)

Second – Jacinta Tester 533 points (A1 SANBLASTING)

Third – Bill Beeck 344 points (KEN STONE MOTOR TRIMMERS)


Drivers’ Driver – Sam Jewell 16 votes (AUSWEST 4 X 4)


Production Sedans

Overall Points

First – Mike Kinnear 420 points (DOWSETT’S AUTOMOTIVE)

Second – Rob Wolfenden 296 points (CLARK TYRES)

Third – Shane Devonshire 282 points (BALL BODY BUILDERS)


Drivers’ Driver – Ron Belfield & Mike Kinnear 10 votes (LANGERS AUTOMOTIVE)


Modified Sedans

Drivers’ Driver – Aydan Trewern 8 votes (ALBANY PRINTERS)



Best Crash – Nathen Tester (AUTO ONE ALBANY)


Best Presented Junior – Hope Batchelor (R & L BITUMEN)


Best Presented Senior – Nathan Penn (BARRETT’S TREE SERVICE)


Best Presented Open Wheeler – Craig Tester (S & M DOYLE)


Rookie of the Year Senior – Blane Devonshire (ALBANY SIGNS)


Most Improved Junior – Hope Batchelor (FRONTLINE AUTOMOTIVE)


Most Improved Senior – Ryan Penn (REGAL PANEL BEATERS)


Fairest and Best Junior – Brooke Watson (KINNEAR BROS ELECTRICAL)


Fairest and Best Senior – Jacinta Tester (ALL TECH MECHANICAL)


Club Champion – Sam Jewell (THEYER AUTOMOTIVE)


Presidents Award – Sam Jewell

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Ultra-impressive Miller undefeated in National Super Sedan Title

Ultra-impressive Miller undefeated in National Super Sedan Title

South Australian duo Michael Miller and Ryan Alexander have dominated the first night of the SSA National Super Sedan Title, in a dramatic 12 heat races conducted at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway tonight.

Miller is undefeated after three rounds of racing with 108 points while his fellow South Aussie teammate in Alexander sits in second place after two victories.

It was a simply sensational performance, Miller won heat four after starting from position four before taking out heat seven in brilliant style by 10.847 seconds.

Michael Miller in action at Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night. Picture: Jody Shanhun

In heat 10 Miller started from positon eight on the grid and blasted his way to the front, downing Lee Aylett by 7.857 seconds.

Alexander is eight points behind Miller while Queenslander and current WA champion Matt Pascoe (87 points) is in third place.

Victorian Ash Bergmeier (79) and Warren Minshull (79) round out the top five on points.

Defending national champion Callum Harper had a night to forget, crashing out in his opening heat race and finishing night one in 18th place with 50 points.

Darren Kane during night number one. Picture: Jody Shanhun

WA star Kodee Brown blew an engine and is believed to be out of the remainder of the title while Dustin Higgs rolled spectacularly mid turn 3 and 4 while leading heat 11.

It was a dramatic night of racing which included Darren Kane substituting in another competitor’s car for one of his heat races after crashing his machine in heat four while veteran Bert Vosbergen was disqualified in one event.

Dustin Higgs rolls over in spectacular fashion. Picture: Jody Shanhun

The racing was two and three wide for the majority of the night on a beautifully presented track surface.

The final four qualifying heats will be held tomorrow night before the all-important finals.


SSA National Super Sedan Title Points After Night One

1. S47 Michael Miller 108

2. S36 Ryan Alexander 100

3. Q15 Mat Pascoe 87

4. V16 Ash Bergmeier 79

5. W7 Warren Minshull 79

6. V3 Mick Nicola 76

7. W36 Phil Barton 72

8. W82 Gary Higgs 68

9. W77 Kodee Brown 64

10. S8 Dave Gartner 62

11. V0 Lucas Roberts 62

12. W81 Dustin Higgs 58

13. W8 Chris Pavlovich 57

14. W3 Damon Trouchet 54

15. Q36 Darren Kane 51

16. W34 Dean Shore 51

17. W99 Lee Aylett 51

18. A1 Callum Harper 50

19. N17 Lachlan Onley 50

20. W69 Nathan Masson 44

21. W53 Ryan Gunson 40

22. W76 Terry Green 38

23. W10 Kyle Larson 36

24. W6 Tristan Green 33

25. W5 Kevin Bell 28

26. W30 Peter Wallinger 28

27. W72 Paul Oakley 27

28. W33 Glenn Smith 26

29. W63 Tony St Jack 24

30. W2 Ken Reid 24

31. W9 Kemble Aylett 20

32. W4 Bert Vosbergen 15

33. W12 Jarrin Bielby 14

34. W96 Steve Larson 14

35. W68 Rob Knox 8

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National title goes on the line!!

National title goes on the line!!

For two huge nights this Saturday and Sunday, the SSA National Super Sedan Title will be contested here at Attwell Park Speedway with drivers from around Australia making the trip to compete at the blue ribbon event.

After three withdrawals, a field of 35 drivers will kick off night number one tonight with 12 qualifying heats to be run before the remaining four heats and finals are conducted tomorrow evening.

Amongst the field is current national champion Callum Harper, who set the quickest time in last night’s official practice session and appears to have quickly dialed into the 440m track.

Gates open at 3.30pm and racing starts at 6pm on both nights.

The annual Bill Gibbings Memorial will also be run in conjunction with the national title.

For live streaming of the event you can click onto Speedway Sedans Australia’s website or facebook page and Albany Speedway Club’s facebook page will have updates and results throughout both nights.

Junior sedans and production sedans will be the support program over the two nights of action.

As a club we are extremely thankful to the following partners for their financial support of this major event:

Tourism of WA

Amazing Albany

Bill Gibbs Excavations

Grace Removals Group

Speedway Australia

Government of WA

Motel Le Grande

Auto One Albany


This is one event not to be missed!!

Entry Prices:
One Night Pass
$30 Adults
$20 Children (5-16) & Aged Pensioners
$60 Family (2 Adults & 3 Children)

Two Night Pass 
$50 Adults
$35 Children (5-16) & Aged Pensioners
$110 Family (2 Adults & 3 Children)

Super Sedans – 35
A1 Callum Harper TAS
V0 Lucas Roberts VIC
V2 Peter Nicola VIC
W2 Ken Reid WA
V3 Mick Nicola VIC
W3 Damon Trouchet WA
W4 Bert Vosbergen WA
W5 Kevin Bell WA
W6 Tristan Green WA
W7 Warren Minshull WA
S8 Dave Gartner SA
W8 Chris Pavlovich WA
W9 Kemble Aylett WA
W10 Kyle Larson WA
W12 Jarrin Bielby WA
Q15 Matty Pascoe QLD
V16 Ashley Bergmeier VIC
N17 Lachlan Onley NSW
W25 Nathan Thiele WA
W30 Peter Wallinger WA
W33 Glenn Smith WA
W34 Dean Shore WA
W36 Philip Barton WA
Q36 Darren Kane QLD
S36 Ryan Alexander SA
S47 Michael Miller SA
W53 Ryan Gunson WA
W63 Tony St Jack WA
W68 Rob Knox WA
W69 Nathan Masson WA
W72 Paul Oakley WA
W76 Terry Green WA
W77 Kodee Brown WA
W78 Dean Trotter WA
W81 Dustin Higgs WA
W82 Gary Higgs WA
W96 Steve Larson WA
W99 Lee Aylett WA

Production Sedans – 12
W2 Merv Penn
W5 Ryan Penn
W12 Rod Musarra
W13 Shane Davis
W27 Mike Kinnear
W40 Beau Riley (Sunday only)
W55 Mark Dunne
W57 Bill Penn
W61 Ron Belfield
W69 Robert Wolfenden
W91 Blane Devonshire
W92 Shane Devonshire

Junior Sedans – 11
W13 Blake Fletcher (Sunday only)
W18 Hayden Mortimer
W23 Hope Batchelor
W24 Blake Iwanow
W37 Brooke Watson
W49 Bianca Kennedy
W55 Daniel Erceg (Sunday only)
W78 Montana Pack (Sunday only)
W81 Lincoln Coleman
W84 Beau Oldfield
W95 Izak Davies (Sunday only)
W98 Jhy Pack (Sunday only)

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Heartbreak for Keen as Nash pulls off remarkable last lap victory!

Heartbreak for Keen as Nash pulls off remarkable last lap victory!

Youngster AJ Nash has claimed a dramatic final round of the SAWA 360 Sprintcar Power Series, passing a slowing Daniel Keen on the last lap to secure victory at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.

Nash started from position four on the grid in the 25-lap feature race but was immediately in the thick of the action as both he and local David Hall spun before a lap was completed, sending the pair to the rear of the 11 car field.

Kaiden Manders started from pole position after winning the top 8 shootout over Michael Keen, who had elevated himself to the front row in the shuffle before trouble struck.

Michael Keen defeated brother Daniel Keen in an epic two-lap battle during the top eight shootout, the pair trading several slide jobs on the wide race surface.

However in the first corner of his battle with Manders for pole position, Michael Keen slammed into the turn 2 wall ending any hope of a repeat of the 2v3 battle just witnessed.

With his team working overtime in the pits Michael Keen was able to get back out for the feature race but that would not be the end of his dramatic night.

When the race was finally able to get underway Manders, who had carried great car speed throughout the night, raced to the lead but his barnstorming run around the high line came to a crashing halt.

Manders had committed to running the high line and was left with nowhere to go as Troy Lawson, who was about to become lap traffic, hit the turn 2 fence and bounced into the young chargers path and he was forced to retired with a flat right rear tyre.

With Manders’ night over on lap four, Hall’s night of horrid luck continued soon after when he was involved in a crash on the main straight with Ray Leonard.

It was a sombre end to Hall’s hopes of a hometown win but also brought the curtain down on his decorated racing career which has lasted several seasons and been stacked full of strong feature race results in both open and 360 sprintcars.

A terrific battle then ensued between the Keen brothers but with Daniel leading and dicing through lap traffic and Michael chasing close behind, it all came undone.

On the main straight Michael Keen and Leonard came together, which also sent Michael Keen to the infield after 17 laps.

At yet another restart Daniel Keen blasted well clear of Nash who had clawed his way back to second place while a troublesome night for Kent Roberts was rapidly improving as he found himself in third place.

Daniel Keen was more than half a lap ahead of Nash as the feature race drew to a close but more drama stuck two circuits from the finish as Daniel Keen began to slow.

It was clear Daniel Keen was running out of fuel and despite holding a comfortable lead over Nash, there was little he could do but try desperately to crawl around on the last lap and pray he could hang on.

Nash quickly gobbled up the deficit and passed Daniel Keen in turn 3 and 4 for the final time, to score a remarkable win.

Roberts crossed the line in second place and Paul Peet finished third followed home by Landrigan and Leonard.

It was a heartbreaking end for Daniel Keen who was credited with sixth place and he made his disappointment known post-race after a lengthy period spent rolling around on a yellow light mid-race as drivers argued their starting position.

Earlier in the night Manders showed brilliant form winning heat 1 and 2 convincingly before Daniel Keen dominated heat 3 winning by more than 11 seconds over Lawson.

Feature – 25 Laps: 1. W9 AJ Nash, 2. W4 Kent Roberts, 3. W64 Paul Peet, 4. W30 Jamie Landrigan, 5. W12 Ray Leonard, 6. W90 Daniel Keen, 7. W83 Troy Lawson, DNF: W15 Michael Keen (17), W5 David Hall (5), W60 Kaiden Manders (4). Time: N/A. Winning Margin: N/A. Fastest Lap: 14.279 W60 Kaiden Manders.

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Nominations for this Saturday’s meeting

Reminder to nominate before tonight at midnight to avoid being a late nomination.
Below are the current nominations for this Saturday night.
Reminder to all drivers you MUST nominate via our website, simply click on this link and fill out the online form.

360 Sprintcars – 11 
W4 Kent Roberts
W5 David Hall
W9 AJ Nash
W12 Ray Leonard
W15 Michael Keen
W30 Jamie Landrigan
W48 Murray Iwanow
W60 Kaiden Manders
W64 Paul Peet
W83 Troy Lawson
W90 Daniel Keen

Super Sedans – 7
W8 Chris Pavlovich 
W12 Jarrin Bielby
W30 Peter Wallinger 
W63 Tony St Jack 
W69 Nathan Masson 
W77 Kodee Brown 
W127 Luke O’Hanlon

Production Sedans – 7
W5 Ryan Penn 
W13 Shane Davis 
W27 Mike Kinnear 
W61 Ron Belfield 
W69 Rob Wolfenden 
W91 Blane Devonshire 
W92 Shane Devonshire

Junior Sedans – 2
W18 Hayden Mortimer 
W49 Bianca Kennedy

Formula 125s – 10
W1 Sam Jewell 
 W13 Braiden Jewell 
W24 Darren Smith 
W27 Chris Pittaway 
W28 Nathen Tester
W29 Brandon Tester 
W38 Bill Beeck 
W63 Ron Pittaway 
W82 Craig Tester 
W83 Jacinta Tester

Street Stocks – 2
W21 Trent Claybrook
W44 Peter Herbert

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Blight sweeps to epic Albany victory

Katanning’s Kye Blight closed the gap on his rivals in the Maxima Racing Oils Pro Dirt Series standings after claiming a popular win in round 9 at a brilliantly resurfaced Attwell Park Speedway in Albany last Saturday night.

After months of issues with the track surface and dust problems during races, Albany Speedway Club made the bold decision to re-shape the 440m venue, remove the existing clay, and replace it with new material.

The decision worked wonders as two and three-wide racing was seen right across the late model division throughout the night and allowed Blight to display all his skill, powering around the top of the track in his feature race success.

Kye Blight on his way to victory in round 9 of the Maxima Racing Oils Pro Dirt Series. Pictures: Jody Shanhun

Kye Blight on his way to victory in round 9 of the Maxima Racing Oils Pro Dirt Series. Picture: Jody Shanhun

Starting from the front row in the 30-lap final, Blight was relegated to second by State champion Jamie Oldfield, but only for a short time.

Jamie Oldfield pulled infield and retired after four laps because of a spark-plug issue as Blight inherited the lead and went about producing a masterful display en route to his second feature race win in the series.

With only one restart on lap six when David Nylander spun, the race was run at a frenetic pace and Blight diced his way between lap traffic on the encouraging surface.

He crossed the line 5.727 seconds ahead of Warren Oldfield, while Lee Watt impressed to take third place.

Maxima Racing Oils Pro Dirt Series round 9 podium, Warren Oldfield (second), Kye Blight (first) and Lee Watt (third).

Maxima Racing Oils Pro Dirt Series round 9 podium, Warren Oldfield (second), Kye Blight (first) and Lee Watt (third). Picture: Jody Shanhun

That pair started from positions eight and six respectively and charged through the field as Brad Blake and Jay Cardy, who both started from the second row, slipped back through the field, while Matt Goodlad finished fourth and Blake hung on for fifth.

Blight’s elation was clear as he jumped onto the roof of his car with the chequered flag to celebrate the win, and he praised the club and track curators post-race for a perfect new race surface.

Jamie Oldfield on the inside of Marc Giancola.

Jamie Oldfield on the inside of Marc Giancola. Picture: Jody Shanhun

In the process, Blight closed the gap to series points leader Jamie Oldfield and the second-placed Blake.

The young gun has 775 points to his name with three rounds remaining, sitting behind leader Jamie Oldfield (804 points) and Blake (803).

Late model sedan action in Albany on Saturday night.

Late model sedan action in Albany on Saturday night. Picture: Jody Shanhun

Earlier, the three heat races were won by Jamie Oldfield, Cardy and Blight. In the support divisions, Brooke Watson went undefeated in the junior sedans, Ron Belfield won the production sedans, Blake Watson topped the modified sedan points, and Sam Jewell, courtesy of his feature race win, held off Jacinta Tester by five points in the formula 125s.

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