12 Hour Run and Done, Whincup, Lowndes, Vilander Win

The #88 Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 of Toni Vilander, Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes has secured victory in the 2017 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

The final hour was nothing short of intense for the front-runners of the field, full of drama, crashes and more for a number of the top four. See below for more details.

Taking victory in the classes were the #88 (Liqui-Moly GT3 Pro-Pro), the #12 Competition Motorsports powered by Ice Break Porsche (BRM Watches GT3 Pro-AM), the #912 Walkinshaw GT3 Porsche (Rydges Bathurst GT3 AM), the #21 Steve Richards Motorsport Porsche (myPlates Class B GT3), the #91 MARC Cars Australia Focus V8 (Racer Industries Class I) and the #19 PROsport Performance Porsche Cayman PRO (Avis Class C).

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.

Mountain comes alive as teams arrive

MOUNT PANORAMA has burst into life as the best teams from Australia and the world descend on the famous circuit ahead of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 hour this weekend.

A majority of teams are now on site at the famous circuit, spending today setting up pit garages and preparing cars ahead of pre-event scrutineering and first practice early on Friday morning.

Five-time DTM champion Bernd Schneider, who won the 2013 12-hour race, returns this year with HTP Motorsport – joining Mathias Lauda, Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy in a Mercedes AMG GT3.

“I’m really, really happy to have the chance to drive here again, especially with our new GT,” Schneider said.

“I hope that we can have a lot of fun and enjoy the 12 Hour. It is a tough competition with that car and one of the best tracks in the world. It is just fantastic. Definitely it is one of the most challenging race circuits in the world, a bit like Nurburgring Nordscleife.

“I think every race driver, it is something special to be at Bathurst. As a professional racing driver you have to do it once in your life.”

Schneider said he was expecting strong competition this weekend – especially from within the AMG stable.

“I think we have a few cars that are strong in the field. Especially our team partners are really strong and have a good chance.

“Depending a little on the BoP (Balance of Performance) – at Bathurst you need a lot of power and I think the driver line up and car wise we are in good shape.

“The weather forecast is not straightforward with some thunderstorms for Sunday. At the moment we are not thinking about success, we are looking forward to driving on the track again and see how the car works.”

The field is a mixture of cars from Australia and abroad, with Switzerland-based team R-Motorsport making a return visit to the Mountain this year with a pair of Aston Martin entries.

Driver and team partner Florian Kamelger said he was ready for his team’s return to Bathurst.

“(We are) Excited for the Bathurst 12 Hour and Australia is a spot where we very much love to come back and it is our third time and first time with two cars,” he said.

“On one car we have the factory drivers of Aston Martin Racing – with Darren Turner on the car. Together with me and Marcus Langstrasse, a race driver out of Germany.

“We are very excited to be here – setting up and settling in, meeting all the people we know and the friends we made over the time. Everything is perfect.”

“Coming into Bathurst from the east, then you see the Mountain with the writing with Mt Panorama on it you are happy and looking forward to the weekend. It is absolutely special.”

The two teams that duelled for victory in the race last year will assume positions at the opposite ends of pit lane this weekend – Tekno Autosports parking their pair of McLaren 650S GT3s at pit exit, while Nissan Motorsport is located at the opposite end of the pit lane.

TEKNO has also confirmed the defending winners will sport No. 1 on their car this year.

Teams and drivers continue preparations tomorrow (Thursday, 2 February) ahead of official practice commencing on Friday morning.

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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Australia’s largest ever speedway sidecar race meeting will be held at Kurri Kurri Speedway this Saturday night (04 February 2017). Never before have so many divisions of sidecars competed on the one program.

The event is being organized by Darrin Treloar in association with the Kurri Kurri Speedway Club as a tribute to Darrin’s father who was a top class speedway sidecar rider himself.

The Aircom Group Garry Treloar Roll the Dice will feature sixteen of Australia’s best sidecar competitors in 20 qualifying heats culminating in a B and A Final as well as events for Junior Sidecars, Vincent sidecars and low line sidecars.

“There have never been as many different sidecars on the one race program,” said Kurri Kurri Speedway Club President, Peter Campton. “Our Club is always keen to support sidecar racing and we are very happy to work with Darrin [Treloar] to present this meeting. It is a great boost for the sport.”

“Dad was a great inspiration for me and the Treloar family is delighted to have the chance to pay tribute to him in this way,” said Darrin.”We want to make this meeting a success with the intention of making it an annual event. Dad had a set of dice on all his racing leathers, so we reckoned ‘Roll the Dice’ was pretty appropriate.”

Darrin Treloar is unquestionably Australia’s most successful speedway sidecar rider. He is the current FIM World Speedway Sidecar Champion, the current Australian Speedway Sidecar Champion and the current QLD, NSW and South Australia Speedway Sidecar Champion.

There is a strong local presence in Treloar’s outstanding record by way of his passenger, Blake Cox. Cox lives in Lake Macquarie and has been Treloar’s passenger for the last three speedway seasons.

“Just like the Treloars, my family has been in sidecars for many years,” said Cox. “I tried a few other sports but when the offer came to partner Darrin, I went with it.”

All four members of the Cox family will be filling the ‘passenger’ role on Saturday night. Father of the family, Glen, will dust off the leathers and compete with long time partner, Grant Bond. Blake will be passenger for Darrin Treloar, whilst Brady Cox will partner Hayden Bond and Liam Cox will pair with Klae Hobbs.

For the very first time Junior Sidecars will compete on the same program as the senior riders. Albeit on the junior inner track, six young riders and their passengers will get the thrill of racing on the big stage with the winning combination receiving the inaugural ‘GT’ Cup.

The barking roar of the famous Vincent engines is certain to bring back memories for long time speedway fans and the reappearance of the ‘low line’ sidecars is also in tribute to Garry Treloar. He and his brother Ricky were amongst the first riders to compete on these custom built vehicles that came into vogue in place of the Vincent style machines.

A parade of the sixteen competitors in the main event in the back of Mustang convertibles will get the night underway at 5:15pm followed by the presentation of medallions by the Treloar family to all competitors. Racing commences at 6:30pm.