Family Ties

Last weekend was something extremely special in speedway circles, which is rightly acknowledged as a truly family orientated multi-generational form of motorsport.

Four generations of Braziers, three generations of Lacey’s to name a few, have paced the dirt ovals of Australia but last weekend was a record setting crescendo with families doing more than  just competing, but achieving as families at the highest level.

In Sydney for the sports crown jewel, brothers Kerry and Ian Madsen finished first and second in the Australian Sprintcar Championship, something previously unheard of.

Over on the opposite coast, brothers Jamie and Warren Oldfield shared the podium in the West Australian Late Model Championship, while a little further down the road, Jamie’s son Bradley won the West Australian Junior Sedan Championship.

Meanwhile, at Wahgunyah Speedway in another National Title event veteran Trevor Mills won the Production Sedan Championship leading home his son Jacob.

Congratulations to all drivers as you’ve each become a small part of Australian, and possibly World speedway history, something that isn’t likely to happen again soon.

McFadden Wins Classic

James McFadden buried some demons of Classic’s past when he wheeled his Milwaukee Tools W17 to victory lane on night number three of the 45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

McFadden entered the 40 lap feature event as the high points man, narrowly eclipsing Brooke Tatnell for that honour after the final eight heats of the program.

In front of a full house, McFadden was able to outrun Tatnell and current Aussie Champ Kerry Madsen before Madsen began to fade as Darren Mollenoyux staked a claim for third place with Brad Sweet also beginning to make some.

However there was to be no denying McFadden, with second half of the 40 lap journey being punctuated by a number of caution periods and two red light stoppages.

In the end it would be McFadden home in first claiming the $30,000.00 pay day for his efforts, while Warrnambool’s own Darren Mollenoyux claimed a career best Classic result with a late race pass on Tatnell for second with the three time Aussie Champion wheeling his KMS Hot Rod into third.

They were followed by Brad Sweet (4th), Kerry Madsen (5th), Luke Dillon (6th), Kyle Hirst (7th), Ian Madsen (8th), Steven Lines (9th) with David Murcott in 10th.

The Skwid Signs Hard Charger Award of the A-Main was Cory Eliason (USA00), who progress eight positions to finish 12th, while the Thomo’s Race Graphix Hard Luck Award went to Bradley Keller (S19) after he was unable to avoid a racing incident with another car whilst running inside the top ten.

The Ian Sheppard Award as presented to the Driver whom accumated the most A-Main points over the President’s Cup (Avalon Raceway), King’s Challenge (Borderline Speedway) and Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic (Premier Speedway) also went to James McFadden.

The Classic is again a qualifying event for the Speed Sport News Challenge which will be held during the Knoxville Nationals next August.

Madsen Goes Back to Back

Australian Champion Kerry Madsen retained his National Championship tonight at the Valvoline Raceway in Sydney defeating his brother Ian Madsen and Robbie Farr in front of a huge crowd. After starting on the front row alongside pole sitter James McFadden Madsen swept into the lead on the opening lap but he didn’t have it all his own way in the opening stages as Ian Madsen and James McFadden both had their turn up front.

The race started off in dramatic fashion as shortly after pushing off Jamie Veal was out of the event with driveline failure therefore first reserve Darryl Campbell got a berth in the 24-car field.

Once the race got underway the caution light was out on lap 2 as Daniel Sayre, Brad Maiolo and Max Dumesny got tangled up with Max being the only car to retire with a flat left rear. With Kerry Madsen out front of the restart the race would then be under caution as the red light came out for South Australian Jake Tranter who rolled in turn two.

The restart order was Kerry Madsen, Ian Madsen, McFadden, Brooke Tatnell, Jordyn Brazier, Jackson Delamont, Lachlan McHugh, Warren Ferguson and Matthew Dumesny. It was at this point of the 40-lap final that things really heated up with the top 3 having a great battle for lead with Ian Madsen grabbing the lead on lap 15 before McFadden took over the following lap.

But McFadden’s race would come to an end as he and Kerry made contact cutting down the left front tyre on the #17. From here the race really settled down with most the field running around the gutter as the race became a little processional.

With seven laps to go the race got a new lease on life as Marcus Dumesny bought out the caution leaving a shootout to the end. On the restart, Ian tried everything he could as he tried an outside pass for the lead in turn three but it wasn’t to be as Kerry cleared out to win by over 2 seconds and in the process claimed his third Australian Championship and his second in Sydney.

Ian Madsen was second with former Champion Robbie Farr in third. Another former Champion Brooke Tatnell finished a solid fourth but he was never on the pace of the leaders with Jordyn Brazier putting the Brazier back up the pointy end with an impressive fifth. Jackson Delamont was just as impressive in sixth with James Thompson, Grant Anderson, Ian Loudoun and Grant Tunks completing the top 10. Sam Walsh and Lachlan McHugh were the only other drivers on the lead lap.

 

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MELBOURNE SGP DATE CONFIRMED

The 2017 FIM Speedway Grand Prix calendar is complete with confirmation of October 28 as the date for the QBE Insurance Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix.

The SGP series returns to the awesome Etihad Stadium for a third straight season. This year’s finale there saw Aussie icon Chris Holder blow the roof off with an unforgettable victory, while American great Greg Hancock clinched his fourth world title.

Another spectacular night of racing is in store next October as speedway’s biggest stars head Down Under for the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest indoor motorsport event.

Australian heroes Holder and Jason Doyle will be determined to deliver big performances in front of a passionate home crowd.

Tickets for the 2017 QBE Insurance Australian SGP will go on sale at 1pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on December 9.

2017 FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX CALENDAR

April 29: Slovenian FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Krsko)

May 13: Warsaw FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland (Warsaw)

May 27: Latvian FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Daugavpils)

June 10: Czech Republic FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Prague)

June 24: Kjærgaard Danish FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Horsens)

July 22: Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Cardiff)

August 12: Swedish FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Malilla)

August 26: Gorzow FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland (Gorzow)

September 9: German FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Teterow)

September 23: Stockholm FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Stockholm)           

October 7: Torun FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland (Torun)

October 28: QBE Insurance Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Melbourne)