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Quality field assembled for Late Model round

Quality field assembled for Late Model round

A terrific field will contest round 9 of the Maxima Racing Oils Late Model Pro Dirt Series in Albany this Saturday night, headlined by WA champion Jamie Oldfield.

Jamie Oldfield won his second WA title back in January and will venture to Attwell Park Speedway for a second time this season after a round of the USA Late Model Invasion Tour was held here also in January.

A total of 13 nominations have been received for this Saturday night’s latest round of the series which includes Michael Holmes, who finished on the podium in the recent State title and Katanning hard-charger Kye Blight.

Former State and national champion Brad Blake is also among the nominations along with Paul Stubber, who was on the podium here in Albany earlier this season, Marc Giancola and Veronica McCann.

Runner-up in this season’s WA title, Warren Oldfield is a strong chance to also join the field before racing gets underway.

New clay has been laid on the Attwell Park surface this week, in readiness for this weekend.

Gates open at 4pm with racing from 6pm this Saturday night.

Support divisions include junior sedans, formula 125s, production sedans and modified sedans.

Late Models – 13

W0 Brad Blake

W6 James Batley

W10 Lee Watt

W18 Matt Goodlad

W31 Paul Stubber

W38 Jai Mazzini

W41 Kye Blight

W43 Marc Giancola

W50 Veronica McCann

W51 Jamie Oldfield

W52 Jay Cardy

W54 David Nylander

W91 Michael Holmes

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Late Models return to Albany once again!

Late Models return to Albany once again!

Late Models will return to Attwell Park Speedway for the second time this season next Saturday night, March 11 when round 9 of the Late Model Pro Dirt Series comes to a newly resurfaced venue.

A host of WA’s leading drivers will converge on Albany for the latest round of the competitive series, after the division visited Attwell Park back in January as part of the USA Late Model Invasion Tour.

A full list of support divisions are also expected on be on the program with nominations open until midnight, Wednesday March 8.

Divisions must have five cars to constitute a field and any nominations received for support divisions after that will start rear of field in heat races.

To nominate drivers simply click on this link and fill out the online form

Public gates open at 4pm
Racing starts at 6pm

Entry Prices:
$25 Adults
$15 Children (5-16) & Aged Pensioners
$55 Family (2 Adults & 3 Children)

Current nominations for Saturday, March 11:

Junior Sedans – 5

W18 Hayden Mortimer

W23 Hope Batchelor

W37 Brooke Watson

W42 Nui Andrews

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

Production Sedans – 4

W2 Merv Penn

W5 Ryan Penn 

W91 Blane Devonshire

W92 Shane Devonshire

Modified Sedans – 4

W4 Miranda Ball

W12 Aydan Trewern

W75 Blake Watson

W77 Steve Beres 

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Reminder no speedway this Friday night

A reminder from the club to all our fans that we do not have a meeting on tonight, Friday February 17.

Originally we did have a meeting scheduled for tonight with a round of World Series Sprintcars but that was cancelled at the beginning of the 2016-17 season due to a number of factors including that show put on for the fans and how financially viable it was.

It was with regret that we had to cancel this major meet but it was a decision made well in advance.

As a result the club is also undertaking some major works on the track surface in readiness for the remainder of the season.

We just want to again remind everyone that we don’t have a meeting tonight as we have had some inquiries this week about it and don’t want our fans to have any confusion.

Our next meeting is going to be another huge one, set down for Saturday March 11 featuring a round of the Late Model Sedans Pro Dirt Series.

Tonight instead the club will hold and Race ‘N’ Games night at the club rooms from 7pm onwards, cost is just $10 per person.

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Mortimer wins thrilling edition of Noel Pearson Memorial!

Mortimer wins thrilling edition of Noel Pearson Memorial!

Esperance resident and Albany Speedway Club member Hayden Mortimer has won a thrilling 2016-17 Noel Pearson Memorial by just two points, the junior sedan driver claiming his first prestigious memorial title at Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.

Run in conjunction with the Formula 500 West Coast Series, ASC held their Open Club Championships on the same night while the Noel Pearson Memorial was moved from the washed out opening meet to this date.

The memorial, awarded to the highest point scoring ASC driver across any division on the night, went to Mortimer in a tight finish after he enjoyed a super consistent run over the four events.

Mortimer won just one his four races but had two second places and a third to finish with 115 points.

That was enough to narrowly edge out production sedan competitor Mike Kinnear (113 points) and formula 125 driver Jacinta Tester (112).

Noel Pearson Memorial winner Hayden Mortimer. Picture: Cameron Newbold

It has been an extremely busy period for Mortimer travelling thousands of kilometres to race at recent events including the State title in Bunbury.

Karla Watson was on hand to present Mortimer with his Noel Pearson Memorial trophy on behalf of the Pearson family.

Mortimer defeated Brooke Watson (108) and Bianca Kennedy (102) with Josh Davis fourth in a tight junior sedan open championship while Jacinta Tester edged out close rival and State champion Sam Jewell by eight points in the formula 125s and Braiden Jewell filled third place.

Formula 125s (L-R) 3rd Braiden Jewell (absent), 1st Jacinta Tester, 2nd Sam Jewell. Picture: Cameron Newbold

Junior Sedans (L-R) 4th Josh Davis, 3rd Bianca Kennedy (absent), 1st Hayden Mortimer, 2nd Brooke Watson. Picture: Cameron Newbold

Mike Kinnear beat Ryan Penn (93) and Merv Penn (76) in the production sedans which lost fancies Laurie Dowsett and Nathan Penn during the evening.

Production Sedans (L-R), 3rd Merv Penn, 1st Mike Kinnear, 2nd Ryan Penn. Picture: Cameron Newbold

Russell Tulloch won the small car demo derby with one competitor requiring medical treatment for a back injury which brought an early end to the novelty event.

Burnouts also produced an impressive display in two sessions on the night.

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State champ Davies too strong in final round

State champ Davies too strong in final round

Current State champion and ex-Narrogin local Thomas Davies scored a dominant victory in the fifth and final round of the Formula 500 West Coast Series held at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.

A former Albany Speedway Club member, Davies made just his third appearance for the season amongst a small but competitive field of formula 500s.

Courtesy of winning the top six shootout Davies started from pole position in the 25-lap feature race and blasted straight to the lead at the drop of the green flag.

From there Davies powered away in a league of his own and was never headed as Brent Lockwood held down second place while an intriguing battle for third place developed behind them.

Thomas Davies after his heat race win at Attwell Park Speedway. Picture: Cameron Newbold

Matt Brown started from position three but fell back to fifth on the opening lap as Cam McKenzie who won the mid-pace race jumped to third.

Brown wrestled fourth spot back off Hayden Norman but struggled to close the gap to McKenzie, who was running strongly in third for the majority of the event.

With less than 10 laps to run trouble struck for McKenzie with his motor blowing up forcing him to retire and handing third to Brown.

Davies coasted through lap traffic and went on to record an emphatic victory, crossing the line 5.180 seconds ahead of Lockwood with Brown rounding out the podium.

Formula 500 West Coast Series winner Thomas Davies. Picture: Cameron Newbold

Hayden Norman and Ryan Higgs completed the top five on a night where Cody Turacchio damaged his engine in the top six shootout and Todd Broadwood hurt his motor in the first heat.

In the earlier heat races, Lockwood tasted success twice and Norman and Davies also won preliminary events.

It was a successful return for the formula 500 division to the Albany venue, in front of an impressive crowd.

Matt Brown prepares his car in Albany. Picture: Cameron Newbold

Davies thanked his team and also the spectators post-race and said both he and his fellow competitors were thrilled to be back racing at Attwell Park Speedway.

The talented racer now has his sights set on the upcoming WA title and Australian championship.

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Fabulous Francis too hot to handle!

Fabulous Francis too hot to handle!

American star Steve Francis continued his domination on Australian soil by winning the final round of the Late Model USA Invasion Tour held at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.

Francis, one of three professional American drivers here in Australia for the series that consisted of rounds at the Perth Motorplex, Collie Speedway and Attwell Park, was simply dominant as he powered to a fourth feature race win which helped wrap up the series title.

After feature race wins on both nights at the Perth Motorplex last weekend and then another strong victory in Collie on Friday night, Francis appeared set for a fourth win from as many starts when he began the 30-lap final from pole position.

The only stoppage of the race came after one completed lap and following that Francis had to withstand an early challenge from the ultra-impressive Paul Stubber, who climbed into second place and was right behind the American gun on lap eight.

Fellow American visitor Devin Moran pounced though as Stubber battled with Francis to snatch back second place as Francis pulled away from the chasing pack.

Francis was imply brilliant through the slower lapped traffic as he sailed around comfortably to lap all the way up to third place.

He crossed the line some 7.758 seconds ahead of Moran who had a titanic battle with Stubber for second place.

Moran and Stubber were the only cars on the lead lap after being the only drivers Francis didn’t pass in the final.

Craig Vosbergen and Katanning’s Kye Blight rounded out the top five in Saturday’s final with Mt Barker’s Chris Pavlovich the only driver not to finish while Veronica McCann failed to start the main event.

Courtesy of his fourth feature race win Francis became the 2017 Late Model USA Invasion Tour champion with a near-perfect 481 points to down fellow countryman Moran (441 points) and Stubber (424).

Such was Francis’ domination he almost went through the four nights of racing undefeated with Blight handing him the sole defeat in heat three in Albany.

Francis still won two heat races while the other victories went to Vosbergen, Blight, New South Wales competitor Wade Carter and Stubber.

The meeting also doubled as the second annual Forrest Windscreens Street Stock Rumble with Albany driver Tim Coxall prevailing in an epic 15-lap feature race.

Coxall started from position three behind Ethan Genev and Peter Herbert who filled the front row and took until five to reach the lead where he withstood plenty of pressure to take the title.

Hayden Norman fell back through the field but recovered to cross the line second, 1.094 seconds behind Coxall, while local Peter Herbert finished third followed by Genev and Jake Blight.

Genev, Herbert and Coxall each won a qualifying heat race earlier in the night.

In the support divisions Brooke Watson won the junior sedans, Shane Devonshire was too strong in the production sedans and the formula 125s was taken out by Sam Jewell.

The club’s next meeting will be held on Saturday, February 4 featuring the Formula 500 West Coast Series, Noel Pearson Memorial and Open Championships for club divisions plus Small Car Demo Derby and Burnouts.

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Noakes wins epic South Coast Classic, Higgs too strong in super sedans

Noakes wins epic South Coast Classic, Higgs too strong in super sedans

Reigning WA champion Matt Noakes made a superb return to the modified sedan division, winning a thrilling finish at the inaugural South Coast Classic at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.

Noakes had not contested any of the previous GWN7 WA Modified Sedan Series rounds earlier this season but was a welcome addition to the field for the lucrative South Coast Classic which had $5000 on offer for the victor.

Albany driver Nathan Penn started from pole position in the 25-lap feature race after winning the top nine shootout and the hard-charger jumped straight to the lead over Noakes when the final got underway.

Multiple series champion Aydan Trewern got past Noakes and went about challenging Penn for several laps while Blake Watson was also super impressive dicing with the leading three cars.

Those four drivers pulled away from the rest of the field and Noakes was able to get back past Trewern before drama struck Penn in the concluding stages, another gearbox failure ending his chances after 20 laps.

Noakes inherited the lead from Trewern with Watson still there in third but the leading pair fought out a classic battle in the final few laps.

Trewern narrowly put the nose of his car in front in the final circuit as the pair raced side by side but as they raced to the line locked together it was Noakes who prevailed by a narrow 0.015 seconds.

Watson finished with a well-deserved third place with Blake Jackson and the returning Calon Ball rounding out the top five.

Earlier there was some terrific heat race action with Penn and Noakes winning two preliminaries each while the others went to Trewern and Jackson.

The event doubled as round 4 of the series, which Anthony King still leads but only by a small margin with Watson eight points behind.

Meanwhile a bumper field of super sedans contested round 4 of the Super Sedan Summer Series but they were no match for Dustin Higgs who dominated proceedings.

Higgs won all three of his heat races to start on pole position for the 25-lap final where he led all the way and survived a number of restarts to take the feature race victory.

Gary Higgs moved into second place quickly and followed his son Dustin for the first 15 laps before spinning and being sent to the rear of the field.

Phil Barton drove a sensational race closing in on Dustin Higgs in the dying stages but crossed the line second, 0.611 seconds behind the winner while Gary Higgs recovered to grab third.

Only eight cars finished with a number of incidents forcing drivers to retire including Kevin Bell, Chris Pavlovich, Paul Oakley and Tristen Green while Bert Vosbergen was disqualified

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