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.


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)

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.


Speedway rider Rohan Tungate scored a brilliant win in the 2016 NSW Speedway Solo Championship on his home track, Kurri Kurri Speedway, last Saturday night (03 December 2016).

Competing in what critics declared as one of deepest quality fields to contest the Championship event for many years, Tungate came right from the qualifying event the previous night through to the Championship Grand Final to earn the dramatic, hard fought victory.

Calculating that he had enough points to take him through to the field of 16 to contest the Championship decider. Tungate rode only four of his qualifying heat races on Friday night. In his first three Championship heat races, Tungate had only chalked up five (5) points, but from that point on he found his ‘race face’, winning all of his remaining rides to snare the Championship crown, much to the delight of the local fans.

“I really wasn’t up for this weekend,” said Tungate at the presentation ceremony,” but things came together and to win my State title against such a great field. It was hard work but I am very happy.”

Tungate was all class in the B Final of the Championship. He was up against current Australian Speedway Solo Champion, Brady Kurtz, current Australian Under 21 Speedway Solo Champion, Jack Holder and another local favourite, Mason Campton. Tungate was last away at the start and the ensuing three laps saw the lead change a number of times. Tungate pulled off a superb pass on leader Brady Kurtz in the last lap to score a dramatic win and advance to the Championship A Final.

Once again, Tungate did not make the best start and he was headed by Todd Kurtz in the opening lap. He took the lead mid race and went on to win from Todd Kurtz with Victorian Justin Sedgmen third and Queenslander Jake Allen fourth.

Tungate has firmly established a ‘home track’ record having won the last four major events in succession at the Kurri Kurri Speedway.

Tungate now joins the list of Hunter Region riders who have won the NSW Speedway Solo Championship including Bob Valentine, Steven Davies, Chris Watson, Todd Wiltshire, Adam Shields, Kozza Smith and Sam Masters.

Hunter Region riders dominated the Championship in the late 1980s with three riders, Davies, Watson and Wiltshire sharing the crown for five consecutive years.

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Nico Rosberg retires: World champion quits Formula 1 five days after title win

World champion Nico Rosberg has announced he has retired from Formula 1 with immediate effect.

The 31-year-old German won his first world title on Sunday, beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by finishing second in the final race in Abu Dhabi.

"I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right," Rosberg said.

Rosberg won nine of this season's 21 grands prix, beating three-time champion Hamilton by five points.

"For 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my 'one thing', to become Formula 1 world champion," he added.

"Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I've made it."

The son of Finnish 1982 world champion Keke, Rosberg made his F1 debut for Williams at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2006, finishing seventh.

And when asked if there was any chance of a return, Rosberg added: "No definitely not. End of story. Done."

Hamilton, who had beaten Rosberg to the title in the previous two seasons, said: "He has a family he wants to focus on, and F1 takes so much from you.

"It is definitely going to be strange and it will be sad to not have him in the team next year."

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said the news took him "completely by surprise".

"This is a brave decision by Nico and a testament to the strength of his character," he added.

"The clarity of his judgement meant I accepted his decision straight away when he told me.

"We now have to consider options and we will start to look at it on Monday."

Rosberg raced in 206 grands prix, winning 23 and finishing on the podium 57 times.

Nico Rosberg's decision to announce his retirement from Formula 1 just five days after clinching his first world title is a major shock - but perhaps it should not be.

The German put everything into this season, as he explained in his statement on Friday. The pressure of those last few races was plain to see in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, in the way it peeled off him by degrees in the hours after the race.

While thinking about how hard winning that title was, doubtless his thoughts were also about what it would take to beat Lewis Hamilton to it again. He clearly felt that at the age of 31, with a young daughter, he was not prepared to make those sacrifices again.

All in all, it is a classy move from a classy man.