Tampered Seatbelts Found at Sandown 500

Seatbelts from the Sandown 500 have had their FIA Certification “Cut off” under instruction from Nuno Costa, Head of Safety Equipment Homologation at the FIA because of alleged illegal product tampering.

Costa has been made aware of alleged product tampering of the Willans brand belts and made the call to CAMS Technical Manager, Scott McGrath to have the products decertified and removed from competition immediately.    It is suggested that Costa also went as far as ordering a full audit of all supercar seatbelts that competed in the event.

In Sundays race, anomalies during one of the pit stops were noticed on the Foxsports coverage.  The seatbelts in at least one multi car team were clearly connected in more than one spot.

Belt manufacturer Willans was more than forthcoming with information and stated that none of their products for saloon cars have multi connection points.
“Willans harnesses are offered with a choice of release box connections -  to the left lap strap, the right lap strap or to the crutch strap. We do not offer any harnesses with multiple permanent connections to the release box as this would be in violation of the FIA regulation 8853-2016.“ states Simon Perkins Managing Director.

Perkins then reported the illegal product tampering to the FIA and subsequently recalled the certification on those products.

The point of a releasing belt is so in an emergency a driver can be extricated without any obstruction.   As we saw in the Saturday race with young Todd Hazlewood ending upon his side after a massive wreck, if the cars in question were involved it would have made it dramatically harder to get the driver out safely particularly if the driver was unconscious or seriously injured.    

We all look for advantages in motorsport as that’s what makes it interesting but the allegations around altering an FIA safety device is taking it way too far to get and advantage.

Goodwood Revival Live Stream 2017

Goodwood Revival Live Stream 2017

Live stream will be broadcast over the weekend with replay also.

The romance and glamour of motor racing as it used to be.

The Revival is the only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress and is a return to the halcyon days of Goodwood as the spiritual home of British motor racing.

It’s an unabashed celebration of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing, around the sweeps and curves of this classic circuit, which remains unchanged since its heyday.

The inaugural Revival opened on 18 September 1998, when the Earl of March drove around the circuit in the Bristol 400 in which his grandfather, the 9th Duke of Richmond, opened the track 50 years before.

It’s now the world’s most celebrated historic motor racing event, with race fans coming from all over the country to soak up the unique atmosphere in period costume.

Please visit  www.RubberDown.com.au

Davenport Wins World 100

Jonathan Davenport led flag-to-flag to claim his second career World 100 victory at Eldora Speedway. His No. 49 machine pulled out of the Ohio dirt track and headed back to Blairsville, GA with a $50,000 check and a prestigious globe trophy tucked away inside.

Although six cautions fell among the 100-lap race, Davenport was never seriously challenged for his lead position. Davenport started third in the feature quickly securing the front spot and never looking back. Gregg Satterlee finished where he started the crown jewel event in second and Mike Marlar rounded out the podium.

In just 17 laps, Brandon Overton charged to fifth from his 17th starting position. He continued to wheel his way through the field and found himself with a solid second place run until lap 90 when we got into the wall and quickly fell back to seventh. By the time the checkers had fallen, Overton had fallen back to 11th. An additional hard charger was Dale McDowell who started 25th in the feature and finished an impressive fourth.

Two records were set on Saturday night: A record crowd was in attendance at the historical Eldora Speedway and a record payout for the 50/50 drawing which paid $38,135.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series had five full-time drivers in attendance for the 47th annual World 100 three-day event. After a successful Thursday  and Friday for the Outlaw drivers, all five wheeled their way into the crown jewel event. Out of 30 cars in the crown jewel event, Brandon Sheppard started ninth, Chris Madden started 11, Frank Heckenast Jr. started 18, Shane Clanton started 20, and Devin Moran started 24.

Madden tied his career best finish for the World 100 with a sixth-place run. His previous sixth place finish was in 2011.

On lap 59 under a caution for Bobby Pierce, Sheppard pulled into the pits and received two new tires on the right side of his car. After starting from the tail of the field of 24 cars remaining, Sheppard was able to grab a top-10 finish.

Young gun, Moran was able to crack the top-10 on lap 67 of the 100-lapper but was unable to hold onto the position. Moran got shifted back one spot behind Heckenast Jr. The pair finished 15th and 16th.  

Clanton retired from the race on lap 37. He pulled into the pits under a green flag, never to return to the half-mile track.

Eldora Speedway Abbreviated Results:

Feature – (100 Laps) 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[3] ; 2. 22S-Gregg Satterlee[2] ; 3. 157-Mike Marlar[4] ; 4. 17M-Dale McDowell[25] ; 5. 14-Darrell Lanigan[6] ; 6. 44-Chris Madden[11] ; 7. 17D-Zack Dohm[14] ; 8. 21-Billy Moyer[15] ; 9. 32S-Chris Simpson[27] ; 10. 1-Brandon Sheppard[9] ; 11. 116-Brandon Overton[17] ; 12. 39-Tim McCreadie[10] ; 13. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr.[8] ; 14. 20-Jimmy Owens[21] ; 15. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr. [18] ; 16. 9-Devin Moran[24] ; 17. 28-Dennis Erb Jr. [16] ; 18. 71-Hudson O’Neal[1] ; 19. 7R-Kent Robinson[22] ; 20. 15H-Jon Henry[23] ; 21. 83-Scott James[30] ; 22. 32P-Bobby Pierce[7] ; 23. 55-Jeep VanWormer[26] ; 24. 0-Scott Bloomquist[13] ; 25. 28M-Jimmy Mars[12] ; 26. 1R-Josh Richards[19] ; 27. 25-Jason Feger[29] ; 28. 25C-Shane Clanton[20] ; 29. 40B-Kyle Bronson[28] ; 30. 5-Don O’Neal[5]

First Woman on Karting NSW Board

Last weekend’s AGM was an historic moment.  First was the complete change in structure with a new constitution implemented and the other was the appointment of Ilona Alsters as Director of Administration.

Karting NSW, like most sporting groups has struggled to retain members over the last few years.  Outgoing Chairman, Derek Ferry made the bold move to reinvigorate his association by bringing independence, corporate structure and expertise to the table.

Independent recruiter Challenge Consulting, were engaged to seek nominations for the new board, with specific skills based criteria and independence utilised as the basis of selection.  

As the first female to be appointed on the Karting NSW Board, Alsters, a commercial lawyer of almost 20 years, holds both a Bachelor and Masters in Law and accreditations from the Australian Institute of Corporate Governance. She has also competed in a number of karting events, proudly stating that she has held a Pink Plate.

 “I would highly recommend more women get involved. Whether it’s with your local club, association or governing body just put your hand up and make a difference” states Alsters. “Teams with greater diversity outperform those without.”

Alsters has a passion for change-management, good governance and development of talent. She has also recently been named as a Finalist in the upcoming Lawyers Weekly - Women in Law Awards 2017 as General Counsel of the Year.

The new Board of Karting NSW includes David Filipetto (Chairman), Ilona Alsters, Ross Allen, Brian Appledoom, Steve Dorian, Paul Meischke, Craig Sargent, Tom Nipperess and Paul Harris.

World 100, One Night To Go

A record setting crowd congregated at Eldora Speedway on Thursday and Friday night for the 47th annual World 100. Only one day remains of the three-day crown jewel event but more fans are sure to flood to the Rossburg, Ohio dirt track to witness history in the making.

Friday’s program mirrored the schedule of one night prior with a full show complete with twin 25-lap features paying $10,000-to-win. Clint Bowyer Racing teammates, Don O’Neal and Darrell Lanigan, swept the night each winning their feature event.

O’Neal won the Odd Feature after a dominating performance of leading flag-to-flag over Tim McCreadie. Both drivers had a relatively easy stroll to the podium after starting on the front line of the feature event, never truly being challenged for their positions. On the other hand, Gregg Satterlee started seventh and fought his way to the podium battling against Mike Marlar and Shane Clanton in the process.

During the Even Feature, Lanigan made the pass for the lead by race long leader, Josh Richards on lap 18. Jimmy Owens was next to find his way past Richards on lap 21 but he was unsuccessful in his efforts to reel in Lanigan. Richards settled for a third-place finish. Lanigan has been unstoppable during the back-to-back nights of preliminary action, winning two out of two 25-lap features. He now has his eyes set on the larger prize, the World 100 on Saturday.

After the feature event, the big Eldora wheel was spun to set the inversion for the 100-main event. The wheel landed on zero which means O’Neal and Lanigan will start side-by-side for the finale.

The biggest winner of Friday evening was surprisingly not a driver but one lucky fan who received $25,412.50 from the 50/50 drawing.

Outlaws at the World:

Shane Clanton

Shane Clanton’s solid Thursday night was backed up with an even better Friday night of preliminary action for the World 100. Clanton held the fifth fastest time during hot laps before winding up 33rd quick during qualifying. The track then went through an unexpected change as a rain shower added moisture to the surface and a short delay to the event. Once action resumed, Clanton started on the pole for his heat and wheeled his Capital Racecar straight to the checkers in front of a hard charging Satterlee. Clanton’s heat win placed him with a fourth place start for the feature. He ran third for most of the event but fell back to fifth in the last few laps.

Frank Heckenast Jr.

Frank Heckenast Jr. hustled his way through Friday’s preliminary races. Heckenast was placed on the pole for the Last Chance Showdown after finishing one spot shy of transferring into the feature from his heat race. The driver from Frankfort, Ill. went on to win the Last Chance Showdown by making a last lap, turn four, pass by Chris Simpson. His Last Chance Showdown win placed him in the 21st position to start the feature. Heckenast rebounded from his starting position to finish among the top-10 with an impressive eighth-place run where he was able to pass 12 cars in 25-laps.

Chris Madden

Chris “Smokey” Madden headed into Friday’s preliminary action ranked fifth in World 100 points out of 104 cars entered. Madden claimed 11th quick during qualifying and went on to finish second in his heat race behind Jacob Hawkins. Madden started sixth in the 25-lap feature but slowly fell back to finish 11th. Madden and his team will be busy tweaking the No. 44 for the World 100 finale on Saturday.

Devin Moran

Devin Moran struggled to recover during Friday’s preliminary event after getting into the wall during qualifying. Moran finished 7th in his heat sending him into the Last Chance Showdown. Despite the young driver’s best efforts, he finished fifth which ultimately ended his night early. Moran will seek the help of his father and brothers to get the No. 9 machine back in pristine condition for Saturday’s crown jewel.

Brandon Sheppard

Brandon Sheppard and his Rocket 1 Racing team put in a lot of work on Friday afternoon in hopes to better their finishes from Thursday. The team succeeded in their efforts as Sheppard finished third quick during qualifying. He then finished fourth in his heat which transferred him into the feature where he would start from position 17. The young aggressive driver wheeled his way past ten cars to finish seventh after 25-laps.

Eldora Speedway Abbreviated Results:

Twin-25 Feature 1 (Even) – (25 Laps)
1. 14-Darrell Lanigan[6] ; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens[4] ; 3. 1R-Josh Richards[1] ; 4. 71-Hudson O’Neal[3] ; 5. 32P-Bobby Pierce[10] ; 6. 15H-Jon Henry[12] ; 7. 0-Scott Bloomquist[16] ; 8. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr. [21] ; 9. 55-Jeep VanWormer[5] ; 10. 17D-Zack Dohm[22] ; 11. 32S-Chris Simpson[23] ; 12. 28M-Jimmy Mars[19] ; 13. 101-Casey Roberts[11] ; 14. 3s-Brian Shirley[7] ; 15. 10-Eddie Carrier Jr. [15] ; 16. 18B-Shannon Babb[9] ; 17. 25-Jason Feger[17] ; 18. 18K-Brandon Kinzer[8] ; 19. 56-Tony Jackson Jr[18] ; 20. B1-Brent Larson[24] ; 21. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[2] ; 22. 72-Mike Norris[14] ; 23. 15-Steve Francis[20] ; 24. 1GK-Ryan King[13]

Twin-25 Feature 2  (Odd) – (25 Laps)
1. 5-Don O’Neal[1] ; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[2] ; 3. 22S-Gregg Satterlee[7] ; 4. 157-Mike Marlar[8] ; 5. 25C-Shane Clanton[4] ; 6. 40B-Kyle Bronson[10] ; 7. 1-Brandon Sheppard[17] ; 8. 49-Jonathan Davenport[21] ; 9. 17M-Dale McDowell[16] ; 10. H1-Jared Miley[3] ; 11. 44-Chris Madden[6] ; 12. 22-Chris Ferguson[14] ; 13. 7R-Kent Robinson[12] ; 14. 21-Billy Moyer[19] ; 15. 50-Shanon Buckingham[15] ; 16. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr.[9] ; 17. C8-Timothy Culp[23] ; 18. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[24] ; 19. 20H-Jacob Hawkins[5] ; 20. 7B-Jeff Babcock[13] ; 21. 11R-James Rice[20]; 22. 77B-Adam Bowman[22] ; 23. 00-Connor Meade[18] ; 24. 12-Jason Jameson[11]

Qualifying: 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport, 15.222; 2. 14-Darrell Lanigan, 15.364; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 15.374; 4. r1-Riley Hickman, 15.383; 5. 157-Mike Marlar, 15.394; 6. 71-Hudson O'Neal, 15.424; 7. 21-Billy Moyer, 15.430; 8. 72-Mike Norris, 15.450; 9. 5-Don O'Neal, 15.472; 10. 32P-Bobby Pierce, 15.486; 11. 44-Chris Madden, 15.502; 12. 0- Scott Bloomquist, 15.530; 13. 22S-Gregg Satterlee, 15.544; 14. 25-Jason Feger, 15.571; 15. 00- Connor Meade, 15.575; 16. 1GK-Ryan King, 15.608; 17. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr.,15.601; 18. 28M-Jimmy Mars, 15.617; 19. 18-Chase Junghans, 15.633 20. 10-Eddie Carrier Jr., 15.637; 21. 20H-Jacob Hawkins, 15.638; 22. 101-Casey Roberts, 15.642; 23. 7R-Kent Robinson, 15.644; 24. 3s-Brian Shirley, 15.651; 25. 7B-Jeff Babcock, 15.655; 26. 18K-Brandon Kinzer, 15.671; 27. 22-Chris Ferguson, 15.675; 28. 18b-Shannon Baab, 15.678; 29. c8-Timothy Culp, 15.690; 30. 33m-Tim Manville, 15.695; 31. 83-Scott James, 15.712; 32. 55-Jeep Vanwormer, 15.736; 33. 25c-Shane Clanton, 15.737; 34. 20-Jimmy Owens, 15.740; 35. h1-Jared Miley, 15.748; 36. 56-Tony Jackson Jr., 15.749; 37. 39-Tim McCreadie, 15.757; 38. 5n-Dustin Nobbe, 15.761; 39. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 15.771; 40. 1r-Josh Richards, 15.781; 41. 17m-Dale McDowell, 15.791; 42. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr., 15.793; 43. 77b-Adam Bowman, 15.800; 44. 15H-Jon Henry, 15.805; 45. 4-Cody Mahoney, 15.806; 46. 88-Andrew Reaume, 15.814; 47. c9-Steve Casebolt, 15.829; 48. 7m-Donald McIntosh, 15.863; 49. 50-Shannon Buckingham, 15.865; 50. 9r-Curtis Roberts, 15.873; 51. 25z-Mason Ziegler, 15.883; 52. 111-Steven Roberts, 15.588; 53. 9-Devin Moran, 15.891; 54. 17-Shannon Thornsberry, 15.899; 55. 12m-Raymond Merrill, 15.901; 56. 32s-Chris Simpson, 15.905; 57. 240-Doug Drown, 15.932; 58. 1m-Mike Mataragas, 15.935; 59. 48- Tim Lance, 15.939; 60. 15-Steve Francis, 15.957; 61. C02-Mike Whitener, 15.989; 62. 2-Nick Hoffman, 16.002; 63. 11g-Gordy Gundaker, 16.034; 64. 17D-Zack Dohm, 16.042; 65. 33-Jesse James Lay, 16.044; 66. 144-Chris Barton, 16.055; 67. 20C-Duane Chamberlain, 16.119; 68. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr, 16.126; 69. 11R-James Rice, 16.137; 70. 95J-Jerry Bowersock, 16.150; 71. 4B-Jackie Boggs, 16.168; 72. 4BG-Bob Gardner, 16.245; 73. 2TS-Travis Stemler, 16.262; 74. 48L-Steve Lane, 16.307; 75. 1N-Casey Noonan, 16.307; 76. 2C-Joey Coulter, 16.328; 77. 51-Joey Moriarty, 16.358; 78. 32-Chad Stapleton, 16.427; 79. 39T-Rob Toland, 16.428; 80. 28-Dennis Erb Jr., 16.440; 81. 18x-Michael Page, 16.456; 82. 116-Brandon Overton, 16.460; 83. 93-Jay Johnson, 16.504; 84. 89-Dustin Mitchell, 16. 524; 85. 31AUS-Paul Stubber, 16.531; 86. b1-Brent Larson, 16.541; 87. 58-Jeremiah Hurst, 16.581; 88. 69-Johnny Huck, 16.584; 89. 79-Bryant Dickinson, 16.586; 90. 45H-Don Hammer, 16.618; 91. 12-Jason Jameson, 16.720; 92. 17E-Lance Elson, 16.802; 93. 6-Blake Spencer, 16.807; 94. 128-Jeff Alsip, 16.817; 95. 97M-Brett Miller, 16.822; 96. 1V-Vic Hill, 16.828; 97. 97-Michael Chilton, 16.859; 98. 34-Chase Porter, 17.164; 99. 79W-Troy Worrick, 17.199; 100. 45DH- Doug Hammer, 17.382; 101. 22f-Nicholas Fenner, 18.271; 102. 87-Walker Arthur, NT; 103. 28x-Drake Meeks, NT; 104. 31-Nick Latham, NT; 105. 96-Tanner English, NT

Bundaberg Shed Alliance Speedway


With the season about to commence in the warmer northern state of Queensland it’s all systems Go! Well sort of!

This season’s bad politics and un-sportsman like behaviour has started early for some.

With more and more venues becoming multi-purpose facilities, public liability insurance has again raised its ugly head and some venue operators are attempting to use this as a weapon to maintain their market position and to make it extremely difficult for opposition promoters.

When a venue on 100 acres operates as a speedway for over 50 years, has a purpose built motor-cross track, a go kart track, an off road track, conducts music concerts and other money making ventures on the property it is what it has to do to remain financially viable and stay afloat into the future.   It’s good business practice to have multiple revenue streams.

Operating a venue in this difficult economic climate is extremely challenging and one must be a forward thinker at all times. We need the support of the car classes as they too need us to offer new driving challenges and tracks for their members to race at.

Some heavily promoted or preferred insurance policies don’t cover venues for anything except speedway events.  Ironically this hasn’t stopped some in Queensland demanding venues use that product even though this product doesn’t cover the venue for all of its other activities year round.

Some in Queensland with vested interests are spreading all sorts of mistruths to clubs, associations and to drivers in an attempt to monopolize the industry.   Just because a venue purchases another brand of insurance doesn’t automatically make it inferior.  In fact, most alternative/equivalent policies are superior in their coverage and as long as the government and regulatory authorities approve its use, the sport, clubs, associations and drivers should have nothing to worry about.

In recent years, Victorian independent promoters utilising specialist insurance brokers confirmed that a policy that is specific to a single venue is far superior to one like the Speedway Australia coverage which is diluted depending on how many tracks are operating under that single blanket policy on any given night.

Rest assured that Bundaberg Carina Speedway is open for business with quality insurance in place and all divisions are more than welcome to participate.

Competition in any market place is good.   Some track operators however would rather try to create a monopoly and stifle speedway growth, restricting regional spectators from viewing car classes, thereby reducing sponsorship opportunities and stop legal racing opportunity choices by clubs, drivers and car owners. This cannot be tolerated in our freethinking country. Do not accept this nonsense. Keep ownership of your sport.