Fourth is no third for Disney

Nathan Disney’s attempt to win his 3rd New South Wales late Model Championship came up a little short finishing just off the podium in fourth last Saturday night (April 14th) but none the less the Newcastle Nightmare was still relatively satisfied with his run over the weekend.

“To be honest, we were very ordinary in our first heat,” stated Nathan candidly. “We dropped a few spots because we were trying a new spring and shock set-up that is meant for our new car. The car drove completely differently and I even had to adjust my driving style as the car reacted very differently. On top of that we had a fuel pressure issue as well and a couple of them got past us then.”

 “Heat 2 was a better result as we gained a few in what was a loaded heat. We’d made some changes to the car and it was better,” Nathan explained.

 “In the final we had a plan to run the bottom and we picked them off one by one. We passed some pretty good cars and worked our way up top fourth so overall we were pretty happy with that result,” Nathan said with some enthusiasm.

The night didn’t end there however for the Disney Motorsport, Adamstown Car Doctors, Tufflift Hoists, Lake Macquarie sheet metal, Safe ‘n’ Sound Self Storage, Bob Jane T-Marts Kotara, TD Graphics team with a 2nd feature event on the cards to replace a main event that was rained out earlier in the season.

 “We hadn’t qualified into the feature that was rained out but as a top finishing car in the NSW Title event I was allowed to start but was back in 13th or 14th,” said Nathan.

“Going into turn 1 though I messed up when the guys in front braked-up which I wasn’t expecting and I rode a wheel and bent the nose up on our rocket. After that I pulled in because once you bend the nose cone up on these cars, they become extremely difficult to steer and drive so there wasn’t much point continuing,” Nathan explained.

Despite this little error Nathan and the Adamstown Car Doctors, Tufflift Hoists, Lake Macquarie sheet metal, Safe ‘n’ Sound Self Storage, Bob Jane T-Marts Kotara, TD Graphics team were not overly disappointed with the weekends results and now look forward to their next event, and possibly the final run for the old car, at Valvoline Raceway on April 28th.

“I’m looking forward to the April 28th show because it’s the big 50 lap midget race and my mate Michael Pickens from New Zealand will be racing,’ said Nathan. “Michael and I did a bit of racing together in the USA and we get on really well so it will be great to get the chance to run our old girl one more time and also get to watch Michael and Matt Smith and the others race.”

For some awesome in car footage check out the motorsport channel at www.rubberdown.com.au or Disney motorpsorts on facebook.

Nathan would like to thank all of his generous sponsors, supporters and loyal crew for their ongoing support.

Keep up to date with Nathan and the Disney Motorsport team on Facebook at Disney Motorsports.

Photo courtesy Lone Wolf Photography.

Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour to Sherrin Brothers

QUEENSLAND brothers Grant and Iain Sherrin rebounded from a late race drive-through penalty to sensationally charge from fourth to first in the final ten minutes of a dramatic Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour.

Sent to pit lane to serve a penalty for a breech on a previous restart, the car resumed the race in fifth place with 30 minutes to go - though more than 40-seconds behind the leader.

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Fortunately for them, however, a final Safety car drew them back into contention for a thrilling 10-minute dash to the line.

Though they were no sure thing, Grant Sherrin restarted fourth however overhauled three cars fighting for the lead in front and edged away in the final two laps to win by just over three seconds.

There were four lead changes in the closing stages of a stunning race that saw the Sherrin’s BMW lead home American visitors Brett Strom and Daren Jorgensen in their BMW 1M.

Their story was just as remarkable after a titanic battle for the lead between Strom and Steven Johnson driving the Garth Walden Racing Mercedes A45 AMG.

The pair swapped the lead before both were passed by Sherrin in his final charge, only to continue their fight for second all the way to the final corner; Johnson losing second when pegged in behind a lapped car on the run to the cutting with two laps to go.

He then tried to attack again in Murray’s Corner however couldn’t work his way past the BMW in the end.

Out in front the Sherrin brothers celebrated a remarkable victory in another remarkable Bathurst enduro.

“I think I was going to break down and cry. It’s very emotional because we’ve been coming here for years,” Iain Sherrin said.

“We’ve just never cracked that outright victory we’ve been hunting for a while.”

“We’ve been focussed on standing on the top podium step. It’s been a long time coming and a lot of hard work between the 135 and now the M4.”

Added brothers Grant: “I wasn’t coming back in if we didn’t have that safety car – I didn’t want to face the pits after that penalty. We pulled a rabbit out of the hat there at the end.”

The RHC Jorgensen/Strom with MARC Cars Australia team finished a fine second having flown under the radar for much of the race today.

Strong strategy and consistent pace from both drivers saw them emerge in contention, and then the lead when Beric Lynton’s BMW broke a wheel with half an hour remaining.  

It put them in contention for the victory and ultimately the remarkable fight for second with the Johnson-driven Mercedes AMG.

“There were like eight corners when we were side by side,” Strom enthused post-race.  

“I think he was quicker down the straight but was slower getting out of the corners, I think he had some sort of traction issue, I could hear the car cutting out as he was coming out of corners, so that was my advantage.

“I managed to stay alongside of him coming out of turn two and then I used that car as a pick.. I was thinking ‘you’re going to hit that car or hit me!’.”

Johnson said the thrilling battle with the BMW and ultimately a podium finish was just reward after battling a series of issues throughout the day.

The car started from pit lane after an electronic issue on the formation lap and then battled heat related computer issues all day.

“Rob (Woods) and Marcel (Zalloua) did a stunning job and set great lap times; they handled traffic and the faster cars well.

“During my second last stint, the car dropped into an ESC mode, so it wasn’t pulling out of corners. We were battling high temps at the end and that was causing it to go into the mode it was going in to at the end.

“I saw the BMW on my right and the slow car on my left and thought that I’d better lift or it’d end up like Murphy and Ambrose,” he said of the final battle.

“I decided to lift and give Rob a podium he deserved after missing out last year.”

Rod Salmon and Leigh Burges finished fourth outright in their Mercedes AMG A45 having been consistent performers throughout the day, while Jimmy Vernon, Paul Liaocono and Peter Lown finished a superb fifth – and first Mitsubishi home – after coming back from a lap down in the closing stages.

The pole-sitting BMW M3 of Beric Lynton and Tim Leahey had looked in the box seat to grab victory after rebounding from several technical issues to lead in the closing stages.

However Lynton was robbed of a Bathurst win when his right-rear wheel broke from the car at the top of the Mountain after 101 laps.

Karl Begg and Justin Anthony won the A2 (Extreme Performance – Normally Aspirated) class with an outstanding seventh outright, while the Scott Gore / Keith Bensley / Patrick Galang BMW 135i won class B1.

A giant-killing performance and a stunning 10th outright went the way of the B2 winners; Tony Virag, Joe Krinelos and Brett Howard powering to a giant-killing result.

Kevin Stoopman, Andrew Williams and Gavin Ross won Class C, while the locally-prepared Honda Integra of David Baker, Matt Windsor and Brian Callaghan won class D.

In a dramatic finish, the Andrew McMaster, David Noble and David Worrell Mazda 3 won class E after Mark Griffith and Kyle Alford were cruelly robbed of victory when their car retired on the final lap.

56 cars ultimately started the race with 41 classified finishers in the hot conditions.

11 Safety Cars punctuated the race, with one leading to a race suspension early in the day thanks to a damaged tyre barrier at Forrests Elbow.

Eight different cars led the race throughout the duration, while Beric Lynton and Tim Leahey set the fastest lap of the race (2m26.027) on lap 97.

Double Dose this weekend for Disney

Speedway racing is a sport that often runs hard on emotion and this weekend will be no different for Novacastrian Nathan Disney as he strives to win his 3rd United Realty - Acreage & Property Marketing and Residential & Prestige NSW Late Model Championship at Valvoline Raceway this weekend (14th April).

The 2 time winner almost pulled of his 3rd win at the same event last year but was thwarted at the flag while lapping another competitor for the fourth time and was beaten to the line by a mere 3/100ths of a second.

What made the defeat even more devastating was that it was the last meeting that his late mother ever saw him race, and that emotion will kick Nathan into another gear as he contests this year’s event in honour of his dearest Mother.

“My mother and my brother were both at that event and to be denied at the finish by a lapped car getting in the way, again, was very hard to take.” Stated a fiercely determined Nathan.

While the Disney Motorsports team has a new XR1 Rocket almost ready, they will utilise the old faithful Adamstown Car Doctors 2015 Rocket that has served the team so well.

“The car is just about ready for this weekend’s twin features,” explained Nathan. “We’ve given the car a thorough going over with lots of refreshed components.”

With a field of 25 nominations including some of the nation’s best, such as multiple Australian Champion and defending NSW Champion Darren Kane, Tasmanian Brad Smith, and locals Clayton Pyne, David Doherty and Ryan Fenech it will not be an easy task.

“Darren (Kane), Ryan (Fenech) and Ben (Nicastri) are all tough to beat and Brad (Smith) is really on it at the moment and is always solid at PCR (Valvoline Raceway).” Rated the Newcastle Nightmare of his challengers. “But we’ve beaten them before and we know we can do it again.”

The team want to thank as always their great supporters especially

 

Tufflift Hoists – Tufflift.com.au

Lake Macquarie Sheet Metal -

Adamstown Car Doctors,

Safe ‘n’ SOUND Self Storage

Bob Jane T-Marts – Kotara

TD Graphics

 

Keep up to date with Nathan on Facebook @ Disney Motorsports.

Image: Lone Wolf Photography

Rookie’s memorial win in Skip’s Race

There’s something in the numbers, and then there’s something growing strong within the Victorian Speedcar Drivers Association as third generation rookie Dillon Ghent took his maiden Speedcar win on lap 27 of the 2nd annual Skip’s race (Skip Palmer Memorial) driving the Ghent/Jordan number 27 racer.

On top of that fellow rookies Chris Nankiville, and Toby Smith, both 3rd generation racers took 3rd and 5th place respectively in a tyre frying event that again showed why Speedcars are truly mini-muscle machines with some awesome three wide, multi car battles throughout the event.

2nd generation racer Harley Bishop was wedged between the top two cars after leading the majority of the race, and surprisingly considering his hard charging style, still having some tyre left when many others around him did not and could not go the distance.

A stout field of all Victorian racers fronted to battle it out for a race that meant more to most drivers than many other events and after four heats that were won by defending winner Travis Mills, Bishop (2) and Domain Ramsey and a triple flip by Matt Papa a full grid of racers lined up headed by Bishop, Ramsey, Mills, Justin McMinn, Luke Ferguson and Andy Pearce.

Ghent would start 11th, Nankiville 7th, Toby Smith (the Permatex Hard Charger) 14th and fourth place youngster Jack Day 9th.

Bishop made the best start and led away from Ramsey. Mills McMinn with Nankiville quickly up to 5th.

Bishop had a slight gap over the squabbling Ramsey and Mills who were fighting fiercely as if they were racing for an Aussie Title (remember what I said about this race being important to the Victorian squad).

Mills had just taken 2nd place when both Ferguson (engine) and Craig Smith stopped bringing out the yellow.

Mills was forced to restart back in 3rd and immediately recommenced harassing Ramsey and took 2d again just before his mate Pearce tagged the turn 3 wall and rolled but Ramsey had retaken the spot just in time to hold it.

For the next ten laps these two absolutely carved each other up as they also tried to take the lead from Bishop even going three wide at times.

One attempt by Ramsey for the lead proved controversial as he unsuccessfully dived up the inside of Bishop going into turn 1 losing some momentum. With the track being black and slick Ramsey got a little out of shape on the exit of turn two and got loose just as Mills was coming through without any loss of momentum. Whether Ramsey was already going around or Mills forced him became a point of conjecture when Ramsey was allowed to restart in 2nd with Mills in 3rd (Watch the youtube footage on the VSDA facebook page and make up your own mind).

It really didn’t make much difference however as Mills was soon into 2nd after the restart as Ramsey’s ill handling car plummeted through the field before retiring with many cars now smoking their right rear tyres.

Bishop was wisely holding onto the bottom of the track but was under immense pressure from Mills, Nankiville and Ghent as McMinn fell out.
On lap 20 Mills took the lead and opened a gap and seemed destined to win back to back events but the young Ghent was on a charge and in a sweet move on lap 26 swept around the outside of both Nankiville and Bishop in one move that proved to be the winning pass when on the next lap Mills blew his tortured rear tyre and hit the front straight wall and rolled.

With the race being declared at this point Ghent had taken his first feature, in his rookie season from a struggling Bishop, Nankiville, Jack Day and Toby Smith.
As a measure of Ghents speed he set his fastest race lap on his last lap.

Multiple Sprintcar series champion Brett Milburn was out of luck like many but made a solid debut in the Fisher #23 after being forced to start rear of field all night as an absolute Speedcar rookie but thoroughly enjoyed his debut although he no doubt bent the throttle pedal trying to find the extra horsepower he’s used to in his 900hp Sprintcar.

Next-up, the Bill Evans Classic
The growing group of local hero’s now heads to Redline raceway (Ballarat) this weekend for another milestone event, the Bill Evans Classic, where they will be joined by the current Aussie Champion, teenager Kaidon Brown, whose grandfather Rob Brown raced here many decades ago, with the likes of South Australia’s Norm Moore who will be the only competitor who actually raced here back in the heydays of the 60’s and 70’s.

Nankiville and Smith can also both relate with their respective grandfathers both being regular racers, and winners at the legendary track.

Nominations are not yet closed for this event but already it is shaping up to be a great field of competitive local and interstate racers.

The Speedcars were for many years the headline class at Redline under the promotion of the late Bill Evans and most of the Nations’ best drivers such as Gary Rush, George Tatnell, Rex MacKay, John Fenton, Johnny Stewart, Blair Sheppard and Dean Hogarth to name a few competed there at various times during events that were often televised live.
 
Many past and present drivers, crews, family and media have been invited for this unique event that is designed to bring the past and the present together in an exciting atmosphere of speed and reminiscence.

Keep up to date with any late nominations or changes via the Victorian Speedcar Drivers Association Inc. Facebook page or the club’s website – www.vsdaspeedcars.com


VSDA 2018 race calendar (subject to change)

March 24       Redline – Bill Evans Classic

April 7           Wangaratta
      21          Avalon – Round 6 Track Championship.


Waters wins National Modified Sedan Australian Title

Cameron Waters has won the Speedway Sedans Australia, Octane Alley, National Modified Sedan Title, at the Blue Ribbon Raceway at Horsham on Sunday night, leading for the majority of the race.

Waters would defeat Kye Walters, Aidan Raymont and Graham West in the forty lap decider, which had a spate of mid race incidents, before Waters greeted the chequered flag.

In what was almost a perfect weekend for Waters, he set the quickest lap in official practice on Friday, started on pole in the opening heat on Saturday, and set the quickest lap of the weekend in the A Main on Sunday which broke an eight year old track record set by Andrew Blackwell in 2010, with only pole position in the final eluding him.

Waters would start from position six in the forty lap main event, with former National Junior Sedan Champion Brock Atkins claiming the prized pole position, with former National Modified Sedan Champion, Aidan Raymont on his outside. Kye Walters and Graham West would start on the second row.

In a frantic start, Aidan Raymont and Graham West went backwards as Kye Walters took the early lead, with Atkins and Waters second and third respectively, while Raymont dropped to fourth. It would not be a good race for Trevor Mills, with the current National Production Sedan Champion out with a flat tyre after just one lap.

The race found a rythym, with Waters moving to second not long after the stoppage, with Walters surviving numerous attempts by Waters to take the lead. Waters eventually did take the lead on lap fifteen, but his move was negated by a crash on turn one, with Robbie Faux and Matty Smith involved. The National Champion would have fuel pouring out of the Nissan 300ZX ending his defence of the title.

A lap after the restart, Waters made another move of Walters, this time it stuck, with Waters slowly opening a gap on Walters, Aidan Raymont, David Smith, Graham West and Atkins who had been shuffled back through the field to sixth.

A spate of mid race stoppages for Clint Noakes on lap twenty four, then Brody Chrystie on the resultant restart, followed by a further stoppage for a multi car crash in turn three for Russell Bent, Robbie Faux and Justin Drew on lap twenty six, ensured the field remained bunched. A final stoppage on lap twenty eight for Martin Hawson, left Waters twelve laps to negotiate, which he did with ease, winning by 2.012 at the end of forty laps.

Kye Walters tried to stay with Waters but was unable to stay close enough to make a serious challenge, with Raymont almost an identical margin back in third. Graham West got the better of David Smith in the concluding stages to come home a popular fourth.

Waters was thrilled to win the event, his major Speedway Title, after finishing on the podium last season.

A Main Grid, 40 Laps: 1. V4 Brock Atkins, 2. Q28 Aidan Raymont, 3. V46 Kye Walters, 4. V56 Graham West, 5. V21 Brad Warren, 6. V16 Cameron Waters, 7. V7 Justin Drew, 8. V19 David Smith, 9. N10 Trevor Mills, 10. V39 Brody Chrystie, 11. V5 Robbie Faux, 12. V17 Andrew Blackwell, 13. V11 Jeff Leahy, 14. W23 Clint Noakes, 15. V14 Matt Gerlach, 16. A1 Matty Smith, 17. Q2 Tim Atkin, 18. V13 Russell Bent, 19. V72 Martin Hawson, 20. T35 Brad Herbert

Result

1. V16 Cameron Waters. 2. V46 Kye Walters, 3. Q28 Aidan Raymont, 4. V56 Graham West, 5. V19 David Smith, 6. V4 Brock Atkins, 7. V72 Martin Hawson, 8. V7 Justin Drew, 9. T35 Brad Herbert, 10. V17 Andrew Blackwell, 11. V11 Jeff Leahy. DNF: 12. V21 Brad Warren (26 laps), 13. V5 Robbie Faux (26), 14. V13 Russell Bent (26), 15. V39 Brody Chrystie (23), 16. W23 Clint Noakes (23), 17. V14 Matt Gerlach (22), 18. Q2 Tim Atkin (19), 19. A1 Matty Smith (14), 20. N10 Trevor Mills (1). Time: No Time, Winning Margin: 2.012, Fastest Lap: 17.952 V16 Cameron Waters

CAMS Recall Dodgy Racewear

Today, after extensive lobbying to the FIA and CAMS they have finally acted to recall non homologated race wear produced by Revolution Race Gear.

On the 10th of February 2018 The Motorsport Channel exclusively broke the news that Australian race suit manufacturer Revolution Race Gear had been producing race apparel without the required certification in place.

It has taken 122 days for the “Authorities” to Act and to be honest it’s totally not acceptable.

Those unsuspecting racers have purchased product in good faith that it’s not only within spec it also meets the FIA standard as it has the official FIA hologram attached.

Racers have NOT had insurance whilst wearing those dodgy and non approved products and CAMS must take full responsibility for that.

This is simply NOT an administration error as outlined in the official release from CAMS.  This was a systematic fraud.  We have it on good authority that Revolution Racegear wrote to the authorities and stated they were no longer manufacturing suit RS 161.08 back in November 2017.

They in fact attempted to get a new suit homologated but this failed leaving them with no FIA homologation number to product custom suits as used by Supercar teams.  This didn’t stop them and they simply continued to make suits bearing the out of date and non homologated number.

It has also been alleged to The Motorsport Channel by affected competitors, team owners and sponsors that legal action is pending.

To say there has been a huge error and lack of duty of care is an understatement one competitor said.   It’s not just a couple of suits as indicated in the release it’s a massive number that also include Speedway and other forms of motorsport.

Below is the official release from CAMS

A small number of race suits have been recalled, after an administrative error by Revolution Racegear saw it produce suits that had not been correctly homologated.

CAMS and the FIA investigated the matter and found Revolution Racegear had produced race suits in breach of the FIA homologation agreement.

Importantly, there is no safety issue with the suit – the affected suits have been tested and met FIA homologation requirements – rather, it is an administrative error where suits have been produced for a short period of time beyond the FIA homologation expiry, and therefore labelled incorrectly.

The impacted suits are labelled RS.161.08 – however this recall only applies to suits with this number produced from 1 November, 2017 onwards.

Given these suits are not considered homologated by the FIA, they are unable to be used. The suits produced prior to this date are within the FIA Homologation for this suit and are compliant for use.

Revolution Racegear has commenced the recall process and will be contacting customers that purchased the affected suits directly – however if you have any concerns about your suit you should contact CAMS or Revolution Racegear.

The FIA Homologation process for safety apparel, such as race suits, presents the highest possible standards in motor sport for this equipment, combined with a robust testing, quality control and product authenticity process.

It is the responsibility of each manufacturer to ensure they remain compliant with the FIA homologation requirements.

Any breach of these requirements does impact the sport across the board. FIA and CAMS will take all necessary action to ensure the continued compliance of all manufacturers.


Full release on CAMS Website.