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Salmon Catches another Win
Former Australian Champion Darren Salmon has claimed his third feature-race win in four meetings at the final event of the 2015-16 season for the Litre Sprintcars last Saturday night at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.
Salmon, who is the current Australia # 3, claimed the win ahead of Matt Reed and Matt Geering in second and third place respectively. 

It was a sweeping victory for Salmon, who led the 18-lap feature race from start to finish, while Reed was able to secure his first podium finish of the season in what was a solid and confidence boosting drive. Geering managed to get the jump on front-row qualifier and veteran racer Shane Cooper on lap two to go on and take out the final place on the podium. Geering was pleased with his podium-place finish in what was his last race in the Litre Sprintcars. The youngster will be moving into 410 Sprintcars next season.

Dean Eden and Rodney Waters rounded out the top-five finishers, ahead of remaining finishers Brett Davies and newcomer Scott Moir. 

The non-finishers included early front-runner Cooper, former NSW Champion Chris Davis and David Atwood. 
Mechanical woes in the opening heat race brought youngster Jordan Binskin’s night to a premature end.  

Off the back of his most recent win in the final round of the NSW Country Series at Nowra Speedway, Salmon continued his consistent front-running form, scoring a heat-race win earlier in the night ahead of Reed and Davis. The remaining heat-race win went the way of Cooper who downed Eden and Geering.

This event wraps up the 2015-16 season for the NSW Litre Sprintcars.

To find out more about the NSW Litre Sprintcars, look them up on Facebook by searching NSW Litre Sprintcars
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NSW Litre Sprintcars Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media
Phone: 0432 126 210
Email: daniel@redlinemedia.com.au
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Salmon Collects another Win
Former Australian Champion Darren Salmon claimed victory in last Saturday night’s final round of the NSW Country Litre Sprintcars Series at Nowra Speedway and it turned out to be his second feature-race win from three race meetings.
Off the back of his podium finish (third) in the previous weekend’s Australian Title, Salmon continued his impressive form. Starting from position two in the feature race, he secured the lead early on, holding on to it for the remainder of the 20-lap distance ahead of youngsters Matt Geering in second and Jordan Binskin in third.
Veteran racer Shane Cooper enjoyed a consistent night and went on to finish in fourth place aboard a brand-new CSR-built car. Newcomers Rodney Waters, Scott Moir and Gerrard Latham rounded out the finishers. The latter guest drove in the NSW # 78 car owned by David Atwood.
Prior to the feature race, Salmon lost out to equal highest point scorer AJ McTaggart, with pole position being decided by a coin toss, qualifying him second alongside the latter on the front row. Salmon was able to turn his luck around when he successfully got the jump on the two-time NSW Champion and last weekend’s Australian Title runner-up and powered away to take out the win, while second-place finisher Geering wrapped up the NSW Country Series after a string of consistent performances over the five rounds.
Salmon also managed to pick up a heat race win earlier in the night, along with former NSW Champion Chris Davis and Vic McTaggart. McTaggart’s night ended prematurely after suffering an engine failure in the second heat race. Davis was also struck by mechanical problems in heat race three, causing him to retire for the night. After a solid night of racing and qualifying pole, the engine problems continued for AJ McTaggart who was forced to retire mid-race while placed in a strong second.
The final meeting for the NSW Litre Sprintcars will be held on the Saturday night of April 30 at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.

To find out more about the NSW Litre Sprintcars, look them up on Facebook by searching NSW Litre Sprintcars.

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NSW Litre Sprintcars Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media
Phone: 0432 126 210
Email: daniel@redlinemedia.com.au
Website: www.redlinemedia.com.au
 
 
Wilson Goes One Better

After a second-place finish in last season’s Australian Lightning Sprints Title, Kurt Wilson last Saturday night at Sydney’s

Valvoline Raceway was impressively able to fend off numerous challenges to score the winning honours in the 2015-16 season running of the event.

 

With the Lismore-based Wilson, the current NSW Champion, on equal points with defending Australian Champion and also current Queensland Champion Sean Iacono (Qld) at the completion of the heat races, positions for the feature race were decided by the two drivers’ fastest lap times, which saw Wilson gain pole position for the 25-lap feature race Australian Title decider.

 

As the lights went green, Iacono attempted to get the jump on Wilson off the line but Wilson’s pace kept him in the lead heading into the opening lap. Wilson’s lead was anything but comfortable though, when two-time NSW Champion AJ McTaggart (NSW) stole it from him two laps in to the race, only to be pushed back to his previous position when the yellows came on.

 

With Wilson leading the restart for only a few short laps, his position was threatened again, this time by youngster Matt Geering (NSW), who went on to record the fastest lap of the feature race, went about driving around the outside of Wilson in a spectacular move, putting himself up in to the lead from third.

 

After several stoppages, Wilson managed to retake the lead from Geering on lap 12 and then he held on to it for the remainder of the race and secured his second 2015-16 season blue-ribbon event win.

 

At the fall of the chequered flag, Wilson led home McTaggart in second and 2014 Australian Champion Darren Salmon (NSW) in third.

 

Geering, Iacono, another youngster in Jordan Binskin (NSW), Ethan Eyears (NSW), DJ Raw (NSW), Rodney Waters (NSW) and rookie Danny Stone (NSW) completed the top-10 finishers. Shane Cooper (NSW), Gerrard Latham (NSW), Scott Moir (NSW) and Dean Eden (NSW) were the only other drivers to go the distance.

 

In what was a great display of driving, Wilson, who had tasted success at the Valvoline Raceway track back when he won the 2010 NSW Junior Sedans Title, was certainly a deserving winner of this season’s Australian Title.

 

“Winning the NSW Title was an amazing feeling, but to win the Australian Title is a completely different feeling,” commented a jubilant Wilson.

 

“I have to give huge credit to my team for making this possible, and a special mention to all of my rivals, who certainly didn’t let me have it easy – it was a great showcase of racing throughout the night.”

 

Mechanical problems unfortunately ended former NSW Champion Chris Davis’s Australian Title hopes prematurely in the feature race after he had earlier in the night shown impressive speed throughout the heat races.

 

The sole Victorian Owen Bulman’s night also ended abruptly, due to engine problems, which forced him to retire early from his opening heat race.

 

McTaggart, Iacono, Wilson and Geering managed to come away with heat-race wins earlier in the night.

 

The next outing for the NSW Litre Sprintcars is the final round of the Country Series that is to be held at Nowra Speedway this Saturday night.

 

To find out more about the NSW Litre Sprintcars, look them up on Facebook by searching NSW Litre Sprintcars.

 

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NSW Litre Sprintcars Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media

Phone: 0432 126 210

 
Australian Title on the Line

A field of 20 nominations from NSW, Queensland and Victoria will take part in this Saturday night’s 2015-16 season Australian Litre Sprintcars Title at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.

 

Defending Australian Champion Sean Iacono, from Toowoomba in Queensland, will be doing his best to go back-to-back and comes to Valvoline Raceway for the first time with a recent Silver Cup in his bag at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway. After winning the Australian and Queensland Titles in his debut season of 2014-15, the 20-year-old racer has had a tough start to the current season, but he is quickly turning his fortunes around.

 

Leading the NSW charge will be current NSW Title holder Kurt Wilson, who is no stranger to success at the track after winning the NSW Junior Sedan Title there in 2010, and he is focused on wrestling the Australian Title away from Iacono.

 

With feature-race wins to their names, youngsters Matt Geering and Jordan Binskin will lead the Sydney-based youngsters who want to succeed at the Australian Title. Another Sydney-based driver to watch out for will be AJ McTaggart. Despite not previously winning an Australian Title, McTaggart has won everything there is to win in NSW, but would love nothing more than to grab a maiden Australian Title on home soil.  

 

Former NSW Champion Chris Davis has tasted success this season with one feature-race win, and will be joined on track by 2014 Australian Champion Darren Salmon, who made a cameo at Valvoline Raceway recently after a break away from the class and picked up the feature-race spoils win on his return.

 

Dean Eden will also compete for the host-state and knows how to succeed on a national level, having won the Australian Title in 1998.

 

Other nominations from NSW includes Shane Cooper, Brett Davies, DJ Raw, Matt Reed, Ethan Eyears, David Atwood, Rodney Waters, Garrad Latham, Danny Stone and Scott Moir will also be taking part.

 

Driving Sean Barrett’s ex-Australian Title winning car will be the sole Victorian competitor Owen Bullman, who will be racing with top-quality gear and is aiming to fly the flag high for his state.

 

The format on the night will see two heat races, a dash and a 25-lap Australian Title deciding feature race.

 

NOMINATIONS (20)

 

Aus 1 Sean Iacono

NSW 3 AJ McTaggart
NSW 4 Chris Davis
NSW 6 Jordan Binskin
NSW 7x DJ Raw
Vic 7 Owen Bulman
NSW 11 Scott Moir
NSW 11x Ethan Eyears
Qld 16 Kurt Wilson
NSW 21 Shane Cooper
NSW 26 Garrad Latham
NSW 27 Dean Eden
NSW 41X Craig Transton
NSW 46 Matthew Reed
NSW 47 Danny Stone
NSW 48 Darren Salmon
NSW 50 Brett Davies
NSW 69 Rodney Waters
NSW 75 Matt Geering
NSW 78 David Atwood

 

To find out more about the NSW Litre Sprintcars, look them up on Facebook by searching NSW Litre Sprintcars.

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NSW Litre Sprintcars Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media
Phone: 0432 126 210
Website: www.redlinemedia.com.au

 
Australian Title Nomination form now Available
The Australian Title Nomination form is now online and nominations are now open! Please scroll to the very bottom of this page to access it. Please note, nominations close Sunday 27th of March 2016.
For any drivers looking to get some more laps under their belts before the Australian Title, don't forget that there are two nights of racing on offer over Easter at Grafton & Lismore.
 
Davis Breaks Drought
After finishing on the podium multiple times in minor positions so far this season, Chris Davis was able to take his first feature-race victory of the 2015-16 season last Saturday night at Nowra Speedway in the fifth round of the NSW Litre Sprintcars Country Series.
Davis was very pleased to take his first win since he took the NSW Title last season and make the top step of the podium. He started the 15-lap feature race from position two and went on to win a hard-fought battle with Matt Geering, who had earlier this season scored his maiden feature-race win in the class at the Nowra Speedway, to take the chequered flag.
Geering, who had started the feature race from pole position, challenged Davis in lapped traffic for the lead on lap 10 and was able to move into the lead briefly, before he lost the lead and held on to finish second behind Davis, while third place was taken by Vic McTaggart.
Shane Cooper, who made his debut aboard a brand-new CSR built car on the night, finished his comeback race meeting just off the podium in fourth. AJ McTaggart, who was running in third up until the final lap when he suffered a broken chain and was slowed, ended up fifth ahead of rookie Danny Stone and the final finisher David Atwood.
The hard-luck stories of the race meeting were Brett Davies who was unable to start the feature race due to engine woes, while newcomer and former Australian GP Midget Champion Scott Moir had his night brought to a premature end due to engine dramas suffered in warm up laps.
Earlier in the night, Geering won the first heat from AJ McTaggart and Davis, while the second heat was won by Davis ahead of Geering and AJ McTaggart.
Last Saturday night’s race meeting at Nowra Speedway was the final hit out before the Australian Litre Sprintcars Title at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway on the Saturday night of April 2.
To find out more about the NSW Litre Sprintcars, look them up on Facebook.

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NSW Litre Sprintcars Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media
Phone: 0432 126 210
 
Salmon’s Triumphant Return
After not having raced a Lightning Sprint since last season’s unsuccessful Australian Title defence, Darren Salmon last Saturday night at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway made a triumphant return to the class by taking out the sixth round of the track championship.
The 2014 Australian Champion, despite taking a step away from Lightning Sprints after earlier in the season jumped into the Speedcar class, proved too strong for the field and took out his first feature-race win since his Australian Title triumphant over two years ago. He started from second in the feature-race field and went on to lead the entire 15-lap distance.
Happy with his comeback to the class, Salmon is now looking forward to next month’s Australian Title at the Valvoline Raceway track.
“It was fun to get back behind the wheel of a Lightning Sprint again and the bonus was being able to pick up the win,” Salmon said.
“It’s been a long time between wins, and I’m now looking forward to trying to get back the Australian Title and this win has given me plenty of confidence.”
Matt Geering, who was the highest point scorer heading into the feature race and drew position four to invert the field from, followed Salmon home in second on the podium, while third place was taken by former NSW Champion and pole sitter Chris Davis.
For the second race meeting in a row, Matt Reed finished just off the podium in fourth. Rodney Waters and the McTaggart duo, AJ (Son) and Vic (Dad), finished just behind Reed. Rookie Danny Stone, Brett Davies and Dean Eden rounded out the finishers. Stone made his Lightning Sprint debut on the night aboard a Henchcraft car recently purchased from Queenslander Peter Campbell.
Garrad Latham, Paul Holliday and Jordan Binskin (who was the second highest point scorer heading into the feature race) were unable to take part in the feature race. Both Latham and Holliday suffered mechanical issues, while Binskin crashed out of his final heat race. After winning the third and final heat race, Binskin collided with some backmarkers on the cool-down lap after greeting the chequered flag as a winner. Unlike after Binskin’s crash earlier in the season, he was unable to repair the car in time, due to the extensive damage sustained in the crash, to take his place in the feature-race field.
 
Binskin (x 2) and Salmon won the heat races earlier in the night.
The NSW Litre Sprintcars class would like to thank Kevin Waters Towing for their support on the night.
The next race meeting, which is going to be the fifth round of the Country Series, for the NSW Lightning Sprints is this Saturday night at Nowra Speedway on the South Coast of NSW.
To find out more about the NSW Litre Sprintcars, look them up on Facebook by searching NSW Litre Sprintcars.

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NSW Litre Sprintcars Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media

Phone: 0432 126 210

Email: daniel@redlinemedia.com.au

Website: www.redlinemedia.com.au

 
 
 
Wilson Dominates NSW Title
 
A dominant performance saw Kurt Wilson clinch last Saturday night’s Weston Machine Shop supported NSW Lightning Sprint Title at Gilgandra Speedway.
The 23-year-old racer, who had won all three of his heat races, started the NSW Title deciding feature race from pole position and continued his supremacy of the night by holding onto the lead throughout the feature race, before taking out the win.
While it appeared Wilson had an easy run to victory, the second generation racer knew better. A multitude of stoppages during the race meant fuel was going to go down to the wire.
“It was a bit touch and go there towards the end,” admitted the Northern NSW-based racer. 
“For the last couple of laps I was quite nervous, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to make it through to the end. The stoppages ate my fuel and left me right on the edge.
“As I would turn the car into the corners on the final lap it would tip the fuel so I could make it a little bit further, and by the time I crossed the finish line I was pretty much running on fumes.”
The win means Wilson has taken his maiden major title in the Lightning Sprints class, and adds to his six wins from his seven feature race appearances this season. After finishing second in the last two Queensland Titles, along with a second in last season’s Australian Title, the monkey was finally removed from his back.
“To be honest, it’s a great feeling to finally pick up a big win,” Wilson said, who is a former NSW Junior Sedan Champion. 
“I had a great car all night, and I was very relieved to greet that chequered flag as a winner for a number of reasons.”
Queenslander Wayne Iacono finished in second, while two-time NSW Champion AJ McTaggart finished in third. The latter had only passed youngster Jordan Binskin on the final lap for the last spot on the podium after he had charged his way from deep in the field.  
The remainder of the finishers were Binskin in fourth ahead of outgoing NSW Champion Chris Davis and the highest B-Grade finisher Paul Holliday in fifth and sixth place respectively. 
In what was a feature race of attrition, the non-finishers included Queensland favourite Scott Genrich, youngster Matt Geering, Dean Eden, Rodney Waters, Gerrard Latham, Vic McTaggart, Brett Davies, David Atwood and Andrew Davis. 
The only non-starter in the feature race was Lismore’s Ethan Eyears. 
In what was an interesting piece of trivia, Kurt Wilson won his 2010 NSW Junior Sedan Title – taking it from Chris Davis. Fast forward five seasons, Wilson once again took the NSW Title from Davis – this time it was in the Lightning Sprints class.
Earlier in the night, Binskin, Geering and Iacono each won heat races, alongside Wilson’s three-peat of wins.
The NSW Title was completely re-run following the original event, which was held at Gunnedah Speedway earlier in the season, was cancelled, due to an early crash in the feature race that severely damaged the safety fence.
Special thanks must go out to this season’s NSW Title sponsors: Weston Machine Shop, C&A Mobile Sound & Communication, Connolly Bros Kitchens, Design Effects Signage, and Lismore City Truck & Trailer Spares.
The next race meeting for NSW Lightning Sprints is going to be on the Saturday night of March 5 at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.
 
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NSW Lightning Sprints Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media

Phone: 0432 126 210

Email: daniel@redlinemedia.com.au

Website: www.redlinemedia.com.au

 
Kurt Wilson is the new NSW #1
Kurt Wilson took out the 2015/16 NSW Title at Gilgandra Speedway on Saturday night in a dominant display. Wilson won all of his heat races, earning him the right to start the 25 lap A Main Weston Machine Shop Title from pole position. Despite a number of restarts throughout the event, Wilson went on to lead every lap and claim his first NSW Title in the category. Second home was Wayne Iacano driving the A1 Triple X machine normally driven by Sean Iacano and rounding out the podium in 3rd place was AJ McTaggart who made a late charge after starting deep in the field.
 
The NSW club would like to take this opportunity to thank its event sponsors; Weston Machine Shop, C&A Mobile Sound & Communication, Connolly Bros Kitchens, Design Effects Signage and Lismore City Truck & Trailer Spares. A big thank you also to those from the Northern Rivers and QLD for making the trek down and attending; Kurt Wilson, Ethan Eyears, Wayne Iacano & Scott Genrich.
 
A special thank you also to Tony & Louise from Gilgandra Speedway and all the people associated with the venue for putting on such a great event. And last but not least, to Justin Bramble for his work throughout the night, in running the transponders for us.
 
Some photos from the night below.
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weston Machine Shop NSW Title
 
Nominations for the NSW Title are locked in. The list contains a number of drivers capable of taking out the coveted NSW#1. Heading up the list is defending champion Chris Davis, who has some impressive youngsters hot on his heels in the likes of Matt Geering who has been in incredible form, and Jordan Binskin fresh from a stint racing in NZ. There are some strong challengers coming from up north led by former Q1 Scott Genrich, Ethan Eyears and current A2 Kurt Wilson. This ev...ent looks set to be a cracker! Special thanks to the events sponsors; Weston Machine Shop, C&A Mobile Sound & Communication, Connolly Bros Kitchens, Design Effects Signage and Lismore City Truck & Trailer Spares. 
A1Wayne Iacono
N1/N4Chris Davis
N2Vic McTaggart
N3AJ McTaggart
N6Jordan Binskin
N10Brett Davies
N11Scott Moir
N11xEthan Eyears
Q16Kurt Wilson
Q18Scott Genrich
N26Garrad Latham
N27Dean Eden
N50Paul Holliday
N69Rodney Waters
N75Matt Geering
N77Andrew Davis
N78David Atwood
 
 
 
 
Geering Does It Again
 
After a breakthrough Lightning Sprint feature-race win at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway last month, youngster Matt Geering made it back-to-back feature-race wins at the track last Saturday night in impressive fashion.
 
The 17-year-old from Catherine Field in Sydney’s south-west proved too strong for his rivals during the feature race. After he had qualified on pole position, he hit the lead from the outset and set the pace for the entire 20-lap journey.
 
Despite the presence of AJ McTaggart, who started alongside Geering on the front row and later put a mid-race challenge on him, Geering kept his cool and then pull away again and go on to score a comfortable victory at the fall of the chequered flag and pick up the third feature-race win of his career in the Lightning Sprints class.
 
AJ McTaggart followed Geering home in second on the podium, while third place on the podium was filled by AJ’s dad, Vic McTaggart. Rodney Waters finished in fourth ahead of Brett Davies and Gerrard Letham.
 
The non-finishers in the feature race were Matt Reed and former Australian Champion Dean Eden.
 
Geering and AJ McTaggart scored the heat-race wins. In the opening heat race, Geering downed AJ McTaggart and Davies, while in the second heat race, AJ McTaggart was able to turn the tables on Geering and defeat him and his dad, Vic McTaggart.   
 
Due to dramas in the earlier heat races, both Paul Holliday and Shane Cooper were unable to start the feature race.
 
The next race meeting for NSW Lightning Sprints is going to be on the Saturday night of February 20 back at Gilgandra Speedway in western NSW, which is also going to be the re-run of the NSW Title from earlier in the season at Gunnedah Speedway.
 
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NSW Lightning Sprints Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media

Phone: 0432 126 210

Email: daniel@redlinemedia.com.au

Website: www.redlinemedia.com.au

**Photo courtesy of Crashys Photos**
 
 
 
NSW Title & Gold Cup Dates Confirmed

After the first attempt to run the NSW Title back in November at Gunnedah Speedway was cut short, the NSW committee has been trying to lock in either a date to complete the event, or source an alternative venue and date. Following consultation with fellow committee members, the Northern NSW representatives and relevant track promoters, we are pleased to announce that the 2015/16 NSW Title will be a completely re-run event to be staged at Gilgandra Speedway on 20 February 2016. We are grateful to Louise and the team at Gilgandra Speedway for hosting the event. We are hopeful that by taking the event North, we will attract Northern NSW cars, as well as local Sydney based teams and potentially some cars from the QLD club, which is having great success this year with improved car numbers. Nominations for the NSW title are now open, and the nomination form can be found at the very bottom of this page.

 

Given the limited events remaining on the calendar, and again with the hope of attracting as many cars as possible, we are also pleased to finally announce the annual Gold Cup event will be held at Valvoline Raceway on April 30. This blue ribbon event is always a popular one, as plenty of teams would like to get their hands on the massive trophy that goes with honour of winning the event.

 

The NSW committee apologises for the delay in confirming these events, and looks forward to hosting the two blue ribbon events.

 

 
Geering Storms to first Win at Valvoline Raceway

Following multiple minor podium finishes, Matt Geering last Friday night broke through for his maiden Lightning Sprint feature-race win at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.

The quietly spoken 17-year-old racer, who had earlier this season claimed his maiden feature-race win in the class at Nowra Speedway, qualified as the second highest point scorer heading into the feature race and started alongside highest point scorer and current NSW Champion Chris Davis. Geering managed to get the jump over Davis off the start and led the field into the opening corner. From there, Geering was able to maintain a strong pace and went on to score an impressive win.

At the completion of the 10-lap journey, Geering defeated Jordan Binskin in second and Davis in third. For Binskin, this was a pleasing result, after he was denied of a podium finish at the previous race meeting due to mechanical woes, while Davis recorded his second podium finish in a row at Valvoline Raceway.

Matt Reed made a return to form with a solid fourth place ahead of last-start winner AJ McTaggart, Brett Davies, Vic McTaggart and Andrew Davis.

In the heat-race action, the wins were shared between Reed (x 2) and Geering. After battling engine woes earlier in the season, Reed was in great form and as a result came away with two impressive wins.

Vic McTaggart had crashed in the third and final heat race, but the damage sustained wasn’t bad enough to deny him from taking his place in the feature-race field. On the other hand, issues in the heat races saw Paul Holliday and Gerrard Letham unable to start the feature race.

It was special night for class as it was included as part of the Scott Darley Challenge for the 410 Sprintcars. Darley had a long association with the class prior to moving into Sprintcars that also saw him claim an Australian Title win, along with many other successes.

The next race meeting for NSW Lightning Sprints is going to be on the Saturday night of February 6 back at Valvoline Raceway.

NSW Lightning Sprints Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media

Phone: 0432 126 210

Email: daniel@redlinemedia.com.au

Website: www.redlinemedia.com.au

 

 
 
Rain Claims the Jan 3 event at Valvoline Raceway
Rain has again struck this season, as the scheduled round 3 of the Valvoline Raceway track championship was washed out on Sunday January 3. Attention now turns to Friday the 15th of Jan, where the Litre Sprintcars are on the card with the first night of the Scott Darley Challenge. Given the Darley family association with Litre Sprintcars, this is a special night, and its great to be associated with the event. Nominations are now open!
 
McTaggart Claims First Win
AJ McTaggart came out on top in the first Lightning Sprint race meeting of the 2015-16 season at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway last Saturday night.
 
After a tough season debut earlier in the month at Nowra Speedway, due to engine problems which required him to step into another car and saw him go on to finish the feature race in third, McTaggart, who is the current and four-time Valvoline Raceway Track Champion, led the entire distance of the feature race and went on to win by a comfortable fashion.
 
“Firstly, I’d like to thank Steven Green and the Valvoline Raceway team for fitting us into their program with such a tight curfew on the night,” commented the two-time NSW Champion, who had started the feature race from pole position by virtue of being the highest point scorer at the conclusion of the heat races.
 
“The engine problems in the season opener weren’t as bad as first thought, so to come out at Valvoline Raceway and have a strong night was the perfect way for me to bounce back.”
 
At the fall of the chequered flag in the feature race, McTaggart finished ahead of current NSW Champion Chris Davis in second and season opener winner Matt Geering in third. Vic McTaggart (AJ’s dad) finished just off the podium in fourth place. 
 
Mechanical woes resulted in Rodney Waters and youngster Jordan Binskin failing to reach the finish in the feature race. The latter was running strongly in second during the feature race before coming to a stop on lap three.  
 
Earlier in the night, the heat-race wins were shared between Geering and Binskin. Despite not winning a heat race, AJ McTaggart was the most consistent and ended up finishing with a pair of second-place finishes. Davis ran third in both of the heat races. 
 
Dramas in the heat race resulted in the nights of Matthew Reed, David Atwood and former Australian Champion Dean Eden brought to a premature end. Reed suffered engine failure in the opening heat race, while Atwood was forced out with damage after an incident with Binskin. Eden, who had finished a strong fourth in his heat race, suffered mechanical issues in the second heat race and he was consequently unable to take his place in the feature-race field.
 
The biggest incident of the night came in the opening heat race from Binskin. The teenager was lapping Atwood in between turns one and two when Binskin made a mistake and collided with Atwood. As a result of this, Binskin rolled over in spectacular fashion. Upon a return to the pit area, a disappointed but unharmed Binskin thought his night was over. However, his team had other ideas and discovering that the damage was mainly cosmetic, they repaired the car in time for the second heat race. It was a triumphant return to the track for Binskin, and he romped to an impressive victory in the second heat race.   
 
The next race meeting for NSW Lightning Sprints is going to be on the Sunday night of January 3 at Valvoline Raceway.
 

NSW Lightning Sprints Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media

Phone: 0432 126 210

Email: daniel@redlinemedia.com.au

Website: www.redlinemedia.com.au

 

**Photo courtesy of Blackjack Co**

 
 
Geering Claims Maiden Feature Race
 

Matt Geering stormed to his maiden Feature Race win to take out the first round of the 2015/16 NSW Litre Sprintcar Country Series. In what was a dominant display, Geering was the top point scorer after 3 rounds of heats which earned him the right to start the feature race off pole. Matt got the jump at the drop of the green, and went on to lead every lap and take a comfortable win from fellow youngster and 2014/15 Rookie of the year, Jordan Binskin with AJ McTaggart following the two young stars home to claim 3rd place. Geering and Binskin were the two stand outs all night, and showed that they have taken over the reins to be the guys to beat in 2015/16.  Brett Davies finished 4th, with Chris Davis rounding out the top 5.

 

Heat 1 kicked off at a cracking pace with Chris Davis showing everyone why he is the current NSW #1 by taking out a strong win from Geering & Binskin. Vic McTaggart finished 4th ahead of Brett Davies and Craig Transton. AJ McTaggart was an early retirement with an engine expiring mid way through the heat.

 

Heat 2 was a preview of what to come with Matt Geering taking out a solid win from Jordan Binskin with AJ McTaggart jumping into his father Vic’s car to take out 3rd place. Chris Davis was 4th followed by Brett Davies. Unfortunately Craig Transton encountered some teething problems in the ex Scott Lewin car which ruled him out for the rest of the night.

 

Heat 3 was again a shootout between the two young guns, this time with Jordan Binskin getting the win ahead of Matt Geering, and AJ McTaggart in 3rd, followed by Chris Davis and Brett Davies.

 

Attention now turns to Valvoline Raceway on December 12 where the NSW Litre Sprintcars are on the same card as World Series Sprintcars.

 
 
 
 

 

 

**Photo courtesy of Maximum Action Photography***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Weather Claims Round 1 at Valvoline Raceway
 
After persistent rain throughout the week, the first round of the Valvoline Raceway Track Championship set down for November 14 was cancelled. All attention now turns to Nowra Speedway for the 28th of November where we can hopefully get a full meeting in the books! 
 
Nasty Crash Halts NSW Title at Gunnedah Speedway

After an unfortunate crash on the opening lap of the NSW Title Feature race at Gunnedah Speedway on Saturday, the 7th of November, the track’s catch fence was damaged which caused the feature race to be abandoned. Thankfully, those involved walked away uninjured. More details on rescheduling or rerunning the event will be provided once all options have been explored. Thanks to all teams for putting on some great racing throughout the night and to Gunnedah Speedway who worked tirelessly on what was a challenging surface after storms swept through the area earlier in the week.

 
 
**Nominations for the Weston Machine Shop 2015/16 NSW Title Now Open!**
 
The NSW Title for 2015/16 will be held at Gunnedah Speedway on the 7th of November 2015. Nominations are now open, and close at 5pm Sunday the 1st of November. Please scroll to the bottom of the page for the nomination form.
 
 
Dubbo Round Cancelled
 
The promoters of Dubbo Speedway have unfortunately had to cancel the meeting scheduled in as Round 1 of the NSW Country Series. This night will now only be a practice night for anyone out west who would still like to attend. We'd like to thank Dubbo Speedway for giving us plenty of notice and look forward to getting out there again soon.
 
 
 
 
 Valvoline Raceway Practice Shots
 
 
 
***Special thanks to Gary Reid for the excellent photos!***
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sydney Scrutineering Day Set!
 
 
Its that time of the year again! The annual scrutineering date for the Sydney guys has been set as Saturday the 26th of September. Scrutineering will commence at 1pm in the front carpark at Sydney's Valvoline Raceway. This will allow everyone to get their car checked over and then put it through its paces for the practice night. Please contact the club to confirm attendance. 
 
For those based in the Hunter region, a scrutineering date has yet to be set, but will be in the near future.  
 
 
Chris Davis is the new NSW #1
Chris Davis drove the perfect race from the front row to secure his first NSW Title win. Chris showed great pace from his first heat race and carried it right through the night to take a well deserved victory in the Weston Machine Shop NSW Title. Second home was the defending NSW Champion AJ McTaggart followed closely by young rookie Matt Geering in 3rd who just continues to impress everyone week in week out.
 
A great weekend was had by all with a special thanks needing to go out to Louise, Tony and the Gilgandra Speedway club for hosting the event. Some other special mentions:
    - Scott Genrich & Kurt Wilson for travelling down for the event, it was great to have their support;
    - Robert Bridges for travelling out to Gilgandra to oversee scrutineering and post race checks;
    - Brett Wheeler for doing a great job in commentary;
    - Shane & Ross Cooper for travelling out to Gilgandra to help out behind the scenes;
    - Justin Bramble for his work on the transponders, it was great to have the certainty with lap timing;
    - Judy Salmon for keeping everyone organised and informed on the night;
    - Brett Davies for all his work behind the scenes organising what was a great event;
    - Jeff Byron for organising some really cool fan cards and a showbag for the kids in the crowd; and
    - Dean Eden for getting out to Gilgandra early and putting his car on display to help promote the class
 
Last, but not least the events sponsors:
    - Weston Machine Shop
    - U-Beaut Signs
    - Xtract Engineering & Fabrication
    - Pit Crew
    - Design EFX
    - Atlantic Oil
 
Congratulations Chris!
 
 
Weston Machine Shop NSW Title Nominations
 
The Weston Machine Shop NSW Title looks set to be a cracking event with 16 cars nominated. With the calibre of entries nominated, its sure to be a closely contested event. The nominated cars/drivers are:
A1Darren Salmon
N2Vic McTaggart
N3AJ McTaggart
N4Chris Davis
N6Jordan Binskin
N7Adam Burkey
N10Brett Davies
N16xKurt Wilson
Q18Scott Genrich
N26Garrad Latham
N27Dean Eden
N46Matt Reed
N69Rodney Waters
N72Chris Collins
N75Matt Geering
N78David Atwood
In addition to the naming rights sponsor, Weston Machine Shop, The NSW Litre Sprintcar Assoc would also like to thank the events associate sponsors for their support:
- U-Beaut Signs
- Pit Crew
- Xtract Engineering & Fabrication
 
 
Nominations for the Weston Machine Shop NSW Title Now Open
 
Nominations for the Weston Machine Shop NSW Title at Gilgandra District Speedway on the 16th of May are now open. Previous nominations will stand, but will need to be re-confirmed with Mel Priestley prior to nominations closing on the 10th of May. Nominations are also open to any new competitors who were unable to make the original date. The nomination form is available for download at the bottom of this page.
 
GOLD CUP This Weekend
 
A reminder to all teams that this weekend (11th of April) sees the running of the Gold Cup at Sydney's Valvoline Raceway. If you haven't yet got your nominations in, be sure to send them to Mel Priestley ASAP.
 
Further Announcement re NSW Title
 

A committee meeting was held on 28/3/15. After discussing the potential options, and liaising with the Northern Rivers representatives as well as the relevant promoters, it was decided that the 2014/15 NSW Title would no longer be attempted to be completed as a continuation of the original event that was washed out in January. As a result, a complete re-run of the event will now be held at Gilgandra Speedway on the 16th of May. All committee members agreed that this option would provide the best opportunity for the event to be held in 2014/15 rather than be abandoned as a non-event.

 

The committee would like to thank Lismore Speedway for their understanding, and Gilgandra Speedway for their flexibility and willingness to host the event. Further details will be provided closer to the date of the event, however please note that this event will be run as a day meeting. All previous nominations for the event will carry over, though drivers are asked to confirm their nomination with Mel Priestley prior to nominations closing the week prior to the event. Nominations will also be opened up to anyone who was unable to make the original event, but are able to make this date. Let’s all get behind the event and support what is a great country track which is capable of showcasing some great Litre Sprintcar racing!

 
 
Announcement re NSW Title
 

The postponed NSW Title Feature race from the previously washed out meeting at Lismore Speedway will not be run over Easter as previously planned. Unfortunately, the program scheduled by the promoter for the weekend was unable to accommodate the event. As such, the Easter weekend will remain as originally planned, and will be run as 2 rounds of the NSW Country Series starting in Grafton on the Friday night and then on to Lismore the Saturday night. There is also the option for a 3rd night of racing available, with teams encouraged to continue to head north to race with the QLD club at Toowoomba on the Sunday night.

 

The Gold Cup will be held at Valvoline Raceway on the 11th of April.

 

The NSW Committee will be holding a committee meeting on the 28th of March to discuss (among other things) whether alternative arrangements can be made for the running of the remaining Feature Race from the NSW Title this season, or whether the event will be deemed a ‘non-event’ for season 2014/15.

 
 
Revised National Title Date Confirmed
 
After rain got the better of everyone last weekend, the National Committee, along with Nowra's track management have come to an agreement to re-run the event on the 18th of April.
 
Valvoline Raceway Round 5 Recap
 

The NSW Litre Sprintcars returned to Valvoline Raceway on the 7th of February to contest Round 5 of the track championship. 15 cars were in attendance, including the current A1 of Darren Salmon who had missed the last couple of rounds with work commitments. The meeting was also the first for the year for the club’s newly appointed president, Brett Davies who returned in the N10 pulsar powered Joker. The meeting also saw Matt Reed debut his recently acquired ex Andrew Martin/Tony Brearley owned Henchcraft.

Heat 1 was dominated by the current club championship point leader Shane Cooper who made the most of the front row start to storm to a comfortable win over AJ McTaggart in 2nd and Robert Taylor in 3rd. Young Matt Geering finished in 4th, followed by Matt Reed who was very happy with the feel of his new Henchcraft, Chris Davis, Brett Davies, Garrad Latham and rookie Chris Collins rounding out the field. Dean Eden encountered trouble early, and was the only DNF of the heat with his K20 Honda powered machine.

The first start for Heat 2 was called back which promoted Matt Reed to the front row in his N46 machine. At the restart Matt charged away from the field and was never headed taking out a great win, and his first with the chain drive configuration. Further back in the field there was plenty of action as Cooper, Salmon, Vic & AJ McTaggart all tried to work their way forward. At the end of the frantic heat race it was AJ who managed to get up to 2nd after starting 7th, followed by the current A1 of Darren Salmon, Vic McTaggart in 4th, Cooper 5th and Stephen Broadley finished in 6th. David Atwood again encountered trouble with his K20 Honda powered machine and failed to finish, with retirements also being recorded by Chris Collins and Robert Taylor after such a promising first heat race result.

Heat 3 was a bruising affair after a last minute track prep occurred while the cars were already lined up in the dummy grid. This no doubt caught plenty of the cars off guard as the surface was greasy as a result of the track getting watered. After a couple of hot laps to try and bring the track back in, the field lined up. This was the first heat of the night for young Jordan Binskin who discovered an injection problem earlier that afternoon, and after working through the afternoon to fix it, only made it to the track in time to contest the last heat. Brett Davies got the jump at the start but the yellows came on as he charged down the back straight as a result of Matt Geering having a spin in turn 2. David Atwood took evasive action and flew toward the outside wall. Luckily he emerged unhurt, but sustained damage which would end his night early. At the restart again Davies got the jump and lead away being chased hard by Chris Davis, Vic McTaggart, Eden, Salmon and Binskin. Binskin was charging through the field trying to make up for lost time and pick up as many points as he could after missing his first heat. On lap 4 Davies and Davis got tangled together with the N4 machine ending up on its side. After carefully separating the cars, they were both able to restart the race, albeit from the rear. The restart saw McTaggart on pole with Binskin moving up to the outside of the front row. On the restart Binskin got the jump over McTaggart and went on to record his first Litre Sprintcars heat race win. McTaggart was a solid 2nd, followed by Matt Geering who after his earlier spin did a great job coming back through the field, Salmon was 4th, followed by Eden, Broadley and Davies.

At the completion of the heats, the top 5 in points were AJ McTaggart, Cooper, Reed, Vic McTaggart & Geering. A draw for the inversion resulted in the top 4 being inverted, which put Reed and Vic McTaggart off the front row. At the drop of the green Matt Reed charged away, followed closely by Vic, AJ, Cooper, Geering, Salmon and Binskin. After 3 laps AJ moved past his father and started trying to run down Matt Reed. After 8 flawless laps, Reed was robbed of any chance to challenge for the win, as his top wing collapsed on him while running down the back straight. AJ then inherited the lead, with Vic in 2nd and the two youngsters Geering and Binskin racing each other hard for 3rd and 4th. The race went 16 laps without a caution, that was until Vic McTaggart with only 4 laps to go while running 2nd had an agonising engine failure entering turn 1 which ruined the opportunity for what could have been a memorable 1-2 finish for the Mac-1 Metal Shop sponsored xXx cars. Vic was unable to make it all the way back to the pits and brought on the yellows as he pulled to a stop three quarters of the way down the back straight. This left a short 3 lap dash to the finish with Binskin now moving up to 2nd, followed by Geering, Cooper, Chris Davis, Brett Davies, Dean Eden, Stephen Broadley and Chris Collins. At the restart McTaggart made no mistakes and went on to win his 3rd feature race of the season, followed by the two emerging talents of Jordan Binskin in 2nd and Matt Geering in 3rd which is no doubt a sign of the future! 4th home was the ever consistent Cooper, who continued to consolidate his lead in the club championship from Chris Davis who bounced back well after the incident in his second heat, Brett Davies, Broadley and Chris Collins with Dean Eden a late retirement.

All eyes will now turn to Nowra Speedway on the 14th of February where Darren Salmon puts his Australian Title on the line.

 

 

Round 5 Winner AJ McTaggart      *Photo courtesy of Gary Reid

 
Lismore City Truck & Trailer Spares NSW Litre Sprintcar Championship
 
The 2015 NSW Litre Sprintcar Championship is set to be a cracker! Defending and two time NSW Champion AJ McTaggart is the man they're all chasing. After winning the event last year, the current NSW #1 will put his title on the line this Saturday night.
 
McTaggart heads a solid 19 car field as drivers from as far north as Gladstone, QLD to competitors from south of Sydney will make the haul to the picturesque Lucas Oils Lismore Speedway venue.
 
Three drivers from QLD Jason Busk, David Van Vegchel and Peter Campbell will aim to break the 34 year drought in becoming the first Queenslander to win the prestigious event. However, stopping the Sydneysiders in McTaggart, Australian Champion Darren Salmon and last start winner at Valvoline Raceway Shane Cooper definitely won't be a walk in the park.
 
The local Lismore Posse headed by Justin Pirlo, Ethan Eyears and Kurt Wilson won't make life easy for the travelling competitors. All three drivers have shown great car speed at their home track over the past few seasons and will be determined to win. The locals will aim to fill the legacy of former champions Craig Smith and Tony Brearley in becoming the first local to win a blue ribbon event since the greats ceased racing some years ago.
 
All teams are looking forward to racing at the best Litre Sprintcar track in the country and all eyes will be peeled on the 25 Lap NSW Championship Feature Race tonight.
 
A reminder to teams that racing will also occur Sunday night. If wet weather is an issue Saturday, the following night will be used as a washout date.
 
Gates open from 3pm. Drivers meeting at approximately 5pm. Racing starts from 6pm. A reminder to drivers and teams post racing scrutineering will occur for the top 3 at the completion of the A-Main.
 
 
 
 
Nominations for NSW Title

 

AUS 1 Darren Salmon

NSW 1 AJ McTaggart

3X Mick Hunter

6N Jordan Binskin

10N Brett Davies

11X Ethan Eyears

13X Mykel English

15Q Jason Busk

16X Kurt Wilson

21N Shane Cooper

22Q Peter Campbell

25X Lindsay Clapham

26X Brendon Clapham

28X Justin Pirlo

41X Craig Transton

48Q David Van Vegchel

68N DJ Raw

69X Matt Cocoran

97X Mitch Randall

 

Valvoline Raceway Round 4 Recap
 

The NSW Litre Sprintcars returned to Valvoline Raceway for another weekday hit out, this time on Monday the 5th of January to contest Round 4 of the track championship. Round 4 would see yet another new comer have his first hit out of the season with Chris Collins making his long awaited debut in his R1 powered Doemelt N72 machine. Also back for this round was Paul Freeman who had overcome his motor issues, and was looking forward to getting back out on track. Another familiar car was back on track at this round making its first appearance of the season, being the N68 of Paul Bevan, but Paul wasn’t behind the wheel, as DJ Raw jumped in the seat, marking the 4th different car that he’s piloted in 4 consecutive rounds.  In all, 13 cars were in attendance.

Heat 1 was no doubt a sign of the future as young Matt Geering took home a well deserved heat race win, his first in a Litre Sprintcar. 2nd home was Shane Cooper, followed in 3rd by AJ McTaggart who finally appeared to have overcome his issues from the previous two events. 4th home was Freeman, followed by Binskin, Reed, Vic McTaggart, Davis, Barnett, Collins and DJ Raw rounding out the finishers. Stephen Broadley encountered problems and was unable to finish as was Robert Taylor who had a stator let go on him, which would bring his night to a premature end.

AJ McTaggart raced to a strong win in heat 2, followed by Sean Barnett with DJ Raw rounding out the podium. Cooper was 4th, followed by young Jordan Binskin, Freeman, Geering, Vic McTaggart, Davis and Chris Collins.

Heat 3 got off to an unfortunate start as Matt Geering had an engine let go on him as he entered turn 1. Such a cruel twist to what had been a great run for the youngster. Shane Cooper made light work of his front row start as he charged to a comfortable heat race win, that would secure him as the top point scorer after the rounds of heat races. Chris Davis ran a strong 2nd, followed in 3rd by Jordan Binksin. DJ Raw was 4th, followed by AJ McTaggart, Vic McTaggart, Barnett, Freeman, Reed, Broadley and Collins rounding out the finishers.

At the completion of the heats, the top 5 in points were Cooper, McTaggart, Binskin, Raw and Barnett. A draw for the inversion resulted in the top 4 being inverted, which put Raw and Binskin off the front row. At the drop of the green Cooper made the best start from P4 as he charged into the lead, closely followed by Raw and McTaggart. On lap 2 McTaggart moved by Raw into 2nd as he set out pursuing Cooper. 2 laps later McTaggart made a move around the outside of Cooper to take the lead and set off on building a lead. There was plenty of action behind the top 3 cars as Chris Davis was on an absolute tear making his way through from the back, with some great dicing between himself, Barnett, Vic McTaggart and Jordan Binskin with all of them switching positions. Out front AJ McTaggart had a comfortable lead and looked set to put the trouble of the last 2 rounds behind him until with 5 to go, he slowed up in turn 1 and returned to the pits with engine trouble. Shane Cooper was there to capitalise and went on to claim his 2nd feature race win of the season and consolidate his already growing club championship point lead. 2nd home was DJ Raw with Chris Davis claiming the remaining spot on the podium. 4th was Binksin, 5th was Vic McTaggart, 6th was Barnett, 7th was Reed and having a great debut was Chris Collins in 8th place.

The next hit out for the NSW Litre Sprintcars will be the NSW Title to be contested at Lismore Speedway on January 24.

 

Round 4 Winner Shane Cooper      *Photo courtesy of Gary Reid

 
Valvoline Raceway Round 3 Recap
 

After a quick turnaround, the NSW Litre Sprintcars returned to Valvoline Raceway on 30/12/14 to contest round 3 of the track championship. Despite being a Tuesday night, 13 cars were in attendance to do battle, including Victorian hot shot Dave May in his GSXR powered Henchcraft, and yet another new comer to the division, Garrad Latham who had his first run in the ex Darren Salmon owned pulsar powered N26 machine.

Heat 1 got off to a fiery start, literally! Dean Eden’s machine encountered a minor fire during the roll up laps, which destroyed an air filter and ended his night before it had even started. The quick work of the Valvoline Raceway crash crew ensured that the damage was contained to nothing serious, and most importantly, Dean escaped unharmed.

Shane Cooper picked right up where he left off from Nowra to take a strong win in heat 1, from impressive youngster Matt Geering, and the visiting Dave May. DJ Raw was 4th running the 11x Glen Eyears owned machine that is normally occupied by Ethan Eyears, followed by Jordan Binskin, Vic McTaggart, Matt Reed, Robert Taylor, and Chris Davis. Heat 1 saw Garrad Latham and Sean Barnett unable to finish, though both were able to recover for the next round of heats. Heat 1 saw AJ McTaggarts issues from Nowra rear their head again, which would park the N3 machine for the night.

With high temperatures and a number of sprintcars in attendance, the racing surface turned slick very early on which would make passing difficult. Heat 2 saw Sean Barnett storm to victory in his Honda powered Eagle, followed home by Jordan Binskin and Matt Reed rounding out the top 3. 4th home again was Raw, followed by Geering, Cooper, May, Vic McTaggart, Chris Davis, Robert Taylor and Garrad Latham.

For the final round of heats Vic McTaggart kindly vacated his seat so that AJ could have a run. After leading early Chris Davis encountered an electrical problem, which allowed AJ to inherit the lead and take the win in the N2 xXx GSXR powered machine from Robert Taylor and Sean Barnett. 4th home was May, followed by Cooper, Binksin, Geering, Raw, with Matt Reed rounding out the finishers.

As the field rolled out for the feature race, Chris Davis yet again encountered electrical problems, which sidelined the N4 machine. Victorian Dave May set the pace early as the track appeared to get quicker and quicker, being chased by Geering, Raw, Cooper and Binskin. After starting at the back of the field McTaggart was slowly moving forward only to have a steering arm come loose on lap 6 which caused him to loop the N2 machine in turn 1 and bring out the yellows. This bunched the field back up again and after the restart May lead them away again. A few laps later Raw made a move on Geering to take over 2nd place as he set out to run down the Victorian. May looked set to upset the locals and pick up a win on his first visit to Valvoline raceway, but Raw had other plans. As they took the white flag Raw closed in through turn 1 and as they entered the final turn Raw made an all or nothing move underneath May. It stuck and Raw held him off in a drag race to the line to take the win for car owner Glen Eyears. Dave May was 2nd, followed by Matt Geering who took his second consecutive podium finish, an awesome result for the likable young rookie. 4th home was the ever consistent Shane Cooper who is now building a healthy lead in the club championship, from Barnett, Taylor, Binskin (who was penalised 2 spots for jumping the restart) and Latham. The NSW Litre Sprintcars will return to Valvoline Raceway in just under a week’s time to contest Round 4 of the track championship on January 5.
 
Round 3 Winner DJ Raw      *Photo courtesy of Gary Reid

 
Country Series Round 1 Recap
 

The NSW Litre Sprintcars ventured down to Nowra Speedway on the NSW South Coast on the 27th of December for the first round of their 2014/2015 country series. The event was also the first of 3 race meetings in 10 days, proving to be a challenge all in itself.

With some last minute withdrawals, 12 cars were on hand for round 1 of the country series. This event marked the first appearance of the season for Vic McTaggart as well as the Eyears family bringing down the 7x for DJ Raw to run as well as the 11x with Ethan behind the wheel.

The first heat of the night kicked off on a greasy surface which made things tricky for most of the drivers. The current A1 of Darren Salmon had no trouble with the surface as he blasted away to a commanding win lapping up to 3rd place. Running a strong 2nd was Vic McTaggart in the number 2 xXx GSXR powered machine, who looked very comfortable despite his limited seat time. Third home was the likable Adam Burkey, followed by Eyears, Binskin and Atwood.

The first heat managed to run the surface in quite well so that the second group had a quicker track to run on, free of most of the early night greasy surface. At the drop of the green Chris Davis made both AJ McTaggart and DJ Raw look silly by pouncing from the second row to round them both up with a great outside move in turn 1. From there Chris went on to comfortably win the heat from Raw, McTaggart, Cooper and Geering. Barnett unfortunately had electrical problems while in the marshalling area, which prevented him for getting onto the track for the heat race. Fortunately Barnett was able to resolve this issue, and be ready for the next round of heats. Not so lucky was McTaggart whose night would end prematurely after heat 1 with a faulty fuel pump.

Heat 3 was a quick one,  with DJ Raw making the most of his front row start to take the win. Drama struck as Raw crossed the line however with a motor problem that would park the 7x Glen Eyears owned machine. Second home was Darren Salmon, followed in 3rd by Sean Barnett, who had overcome his electrical issues from the first round of heats, and did well to charge through the field. The remaining finishers were Atwood in 4th and Vic McTaggart in 5th.

In Heat 4 it was all Shane Cooper who showed great pace and was all class to comfortably win the heat from Chris Davis, who was continuing his run of great form, and Jordan Binskin. Next home was Matt Geering who’s crew was working between heats to fix an engine issue, Burkey and Eyears rounded out the field.

Vic McTaggart wound back the clock in Heat 5 to take a great win in the Mac-1 Metal Shop GSXR powered xXx. He managed to hold off the likes of Adam Burkey, and current A1 Darren Salmon which is no mean feat. Jordan Binskin finished 4th, and Atwood encountered a water pump issue that would stop him from being able to run the Feature.

Heat 6 was another fast heat as again Shane Cooper dominated the heat in his Maxim Toolboxes GSXR powered Henchcraft, followed by Sean Barnett in his Eagle, Chris Davis, DJ Raw who had now jumped in the 11x of Ethan Eyears and young Matt Geering who was still ironing out some engine bugs in the 75 machine.

At the completion of the heats, it was a 3 way tie for top points between Salmon, Davis and Cooper. With no other way to separate the drivers straws were drawn to determine who would start where. Luck was with Salmon who drew 1, followed by Cooper in 2 and Chris Davis drawing the short straw to start out of position 3.

At the drop of the first green, DJ Raw in the 11x machine tried to get a head start jumping way early in turn 3, which would be rectified at the first yellow where he was penalised 2 spots. Cooper got the jump on Salmon at the start and led the field away. Passing was proving difficult back in the field, but the big movers were the two youngsters in Binskin and Geering. These two kids are already showing great promise and are going to be hard to beat in the very near future.

A few laps in Adam Burkey drifted up coming down the back straight and clipped the wall. This flattened his right rear and unfortunately relegated the likable Sydney sider to the infield. At the restart, Binskin was now penalised after being judged to have jumped an earlier start. Salmon appeared to develop motor issues as his car lost pace, and didn’t seem to jump on the restart. Cooper continued to lead with Davis in 2nd, followed by Salmon, Geering, McTaggart, Raw, Barnett and Binskin. Salmon pulled to the infield at about half race distance. Another caution was thrown late in the race, which left a green/white/checker dash to the finish. Cooper made no mistakes and went on to record his first feature win of the season, followed by Davis in 2nd, Matt Geering grabbing his first podium finish in 3rd, Vic McTaggart was 4th, followed  by Raw, Barnett and Binskin. The NSW Litre Sprintcars’ next hit out at Nowra Speedway won’t be until the 14th of February for the Australian Title and if this round was anything to go by, Cooper has shown that he knows how to get around Nowra quickly and will be one to watch.
 
 
 
Calendar Changes 
 
Please note there have been some recent amendments to the race calendar. The NSW Title at Lismore will now be a 1 night show on the 24th of January. Sunday the 25th will still be a regular club show at Lismore for any drivers wishing to race the second night and everyone is encouraged to do so. Further information about the NSW Title will be circulated soon. In order to better accommodate the National Title at Nowra Speedway on the 14th of February, the meeting at Gilgandra Speedway has been rescheduled to the 16th of May (please note this will be run as a daylight meeting, race times TBC). For further information and an updated race calendar please see the 2014/2015 Calendar link to the left.
 
 
 
Valvoline Raceway Round 2 Recap 
 

The NSW Litre Sprintcars returned to Valvoline Raceway on November 29 to contest the second round of their 2014/15 track championship. 14 cars were on hand for round 2 including the first appearances of the season for DJ Raw, Adam Burkey and ex Australian Champion Dean Eden.

The first heat of the night was one for the diff drives with DJ Raw showing everyone that the tried and tested combination of a Stealth chassis and Pulsar engine is still capable of mixing it with the chain drives. DJ kicked off his season in style by taking the win from Shane Cooper and last round winner AJ McTaggart. Adam Burkey’s season started strongly by taking out 4th, followed home by youngster Jordan Binksin rounding out the top 5. The remaining finishers in heat 1 were Taylor, Geering and Atwood. Early casualties were Chris Davis, Matt Reed, Stephen Broadley and Sean Barnett. Neither Dean Eden nor current A1 Darren Salmon made it out on track for heat 1, with Salmon calling it a night before it had even started with gearbox issues.

After a quick break between heats the drivers were all back on track for heat 2 with not much time between heats to do anything other than refuel. Heat 2 was won by defending track champion AJ McTaggart while being chased hard by Shane Cooper in the immaculately presented Maxim Toolboxes Henchcraft and Robert Taylor continuing his form from round 1 with a solid 3rd place finish. Sean Barnett overcame an electrical issue in heat 1 to finish 4th, followed by DJ Raw rounding out the top 5. The remaining finishers in order were Jordan Binskin, Adam Burkey, Matt Geering, David Atwood and Stephen Broadley. Dean Eden made his first appearance of the night with his beautifully presented machine, which is the second of the trial spec Honda K20 cars, but unfortunately didn’t finish as he began to iron out some bugs.

With the track’s management keeping things moving well all night, the cars were given a rare opportunity to run a third round of heats. At the start of the night it was decided that this heat would not count toward the nights point score, but would still give everyone a great opportunity for some valuable track time. This heat would create history with Sean Barnett taking the honour of being the first ever winner in an Eagle Lightning Sprint chassis. Impressive result considering its only his second night out with the new chassis. Sean won the heat from McTaggart, Cooper, ever improving Jordan Binskin and DJ Raw. Chris Davis made it back out on track and drove well to pick up 6th place from Burkey, Geering, Atwood, Eden, Broadley and Taylor.

At the completion of the heats the top 5 in points were AJ McTaggart, followed by Shane Cooper, DJ Raw, Robert Taylor, and young Jordan Binskin. With the number of DNFs throughout the field, our race secretary flipped a coin for the inversion which was set to be either 4 or 6. 4 was the result and the field was set as follows to contest the feature: Taylor, Raw, Cooper, McTaggart, Burkey, Atwood, Binskin, Geering, Barnett, Broadley, Eden, Davis and Reed.

Taylor got the jump on the field when the lights went green, followed by Raw, Cooper and McTaggart as the rest of the field battled for track position through turn 1. As they came past to complete the first lap McTaggart had moved past Cooper and dove under Raw in turn 1 to take over 2nd place and then as they came off turn 4 to complete the second lap McTaggart took the lead from Taylor. Meanwhile further back in the field Barnett was moving forward after having to start at the rear as a result of a DNF in his first heat. On lap 3 Dean Eden got out of shape in turn 3 and tipped over the 27 machine. This bunched the field up for the restart which was short lived as Atwood brought on the yellows while at the same time Broadley’s engine gave up on him on the main straight. As the field restarted again it was Barnett who was again the big mover as he broke into the top 5. A couple of laps later Raw hooked the cushion in turn 2 and upended the Pickles Auctions Stealth bringing on the red lights. As the reds came on an unfortunate tangle occurred between Matt Reed and young Matt Geering which ended both of their nights. In what was turning into a bruising feature race, the field was again reset with the order being McTaggart, Cooper, Barnett, Taylor, Binskin, Burkey and Davis. With 5 to go Taylor, after such a strong showing pulled up as he went through turns 3 and 4 with what looked to be engine issues, but was later revealed to be a rear end component failure. This brought the field back together yet again to give Cooper and Barnett a final crack at McTaggart. McTaggart made the most of the restart and hit his marks as he went on to claim his second successive feature race of the season followed by the ever consistent Shane Cooper. The race was not done there as Barnett had a steering issue and Chris Davis who got better and better with each lap charged his way onto the podium which was a great result for the likable youngster who was certainly due for a change of luck. Young rookie Jordan Binksin also got past Barnett in the closing stages to claim 4th spot, a top 5 in a fantastic drive while Barnett was 5th and Burkey 6th.

The next meeting for the NSW Litre Sprintcars is round 1 of their country series at Nowra Speedway on December 27 in what kicks off a busy period with 3 race meetings in 10 days.

 
                                                                                  Round 2 Winner AJ McTaggart      *Photo courtesy of Jigsaw Photography
 
 
 
 
Valvoline Raceway Round 1 Recap 
 

After a long offseason the NSW Litre Sprintcars returned to Valvoline Raceway on November 15 to kick off the 2014/15 season. 13 cars were on hand to do battle, including 3 newcomers to the division; Jordan Binskin, Matt Geering and Stephen Broadley.

The first heat of the night saw the current Australian Champion Darren Salmon assert himself in a big way taking a strong heat win in the immaculately presented A1 machine. Second home was Sean Barnett who was debuting his new Eagle chassis and third home was Robert Taylor with Shane Cooper and Paul Freeman rounding out the top 5. The remaining finishers were Matt Geering, Matt Reed, Jordan Binskin and Richard Meyers. The first heat also produced the first mechanical gremlins of the season with Stephen Broadley’s machine giving up on him while still in the pit chute. Chris Davis is surely due for a change of luck as his machine threw a chain causing enough damage to end his night prematurely. David Atwood experienced some teething issues as he debuted his new trial spec Honda K20 engine for the first time, and current NSW1 AJ McTaggart pulled in after only 1 lap with mechanical dramas.

The second heat of the night was dominated by Shane Cooper who won by a comfortable margin and recorded the quickest lap time of the night in his Maxim Tool Boxes Henchcraft. Following him home was Matt Reed running his new ZX12 powerplant and 4 time Australian Champion Sean Barnett finished 3rd after Robert Taylor was penalised 2 positions for jumping the start. Paul Freeman finished in 4th, followed home by Matt Geering, Jordan Binskin and Richard Meyers rounding out the remaining finishers. The hard luck story of the heat was the current A1 Darren Salmon who detonated a fresh engine after such a promising start to the night. David Atwood continued to sort through the teething issues with the K20 Honda while AJ McTaggart was having an absolute shocker again pulling in after only 1 lap.

So at the completion of the heats Shane Cooper was the top point scorer, followed by Sean Barnett, Robert Taylor, Matt Reed and Paul Freeman. The field were set in the following order to take on the 20 lap feature race: Freeman, Reed, Taylor, Barnett, Cooper, Geering, Binskin, Meyers, Atwood and McTaggart rounding out the field.

At the drop of the green Paul Freeman got the jump being chased hard by Matt Reed with some great dicing throughout the field as everyone started to settle in. The first caution flag was thrown on lap 4 as Barnett broke a chain at the same time as David Atwood pulled up the 78 machine with electrical problems. During the caution period Matt Reed was sent to the ROF for a noise infraction, which elevated Shane Cooper to the outside of the front row after charging through the field from P5. When the green flag dropped McTaggart, whos machine was finally running on all cylinders capitalised on a minor tangle between Cooper and youngster Jordan Binskin to jump into 3rd position as he set out chasing down the leaders. The second caution period was thrown on lap 7 when Richard Meyers had a spin in turn 2. Freeman got the jump on the restart but McTaggart who committed to running the cushion reeled him in and took the lead with 11 laps to go. McTaggart with new sponsor Mobil 1 on board went on to claim his first feature race win of the season, but the real race was between Freeman and Cooper who battled hard for the remaining podium positions with Freeman holding on to claim 2nd and Cooper having to settle for 3rd. Next home in a great result was Robert Taylor in 4th followed by youngster Matt Geering securing an excellent finish with a top 5 on debut with Matt Reed and Richard Meyers rounding out the finishers.

The next meeting for the NSW Litre Sprintcars is November 29 at Valvoline Raceway for round 2 of the track championship.

 
Round 1 Winner AJ McTaggart      *Photo courtesy of Gary Reid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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NDRA Licencing Updates - From Anne Dicker (National Secretary NDRA Inc.) 
 
 
 
At this stage NDRA Inc has had no official notification or explanation from NSW Speedway Promoters Association on the banning of NDRA Inc licences competing on NSW speedways, emails sent have had no response the only person we have had contact with was Steven Green (Valvoline Raceway) who stated due to the uncertainty in the risk to their track Public Liability Insurance, at this point in time he is unable to accept NDRA Inc licencing including non racing licences, however SCCA /AWSR competitors can purchase NDRA Inc Personal Accident Insurance and compete with their SCCA/AWSR licence.
 
Current and future pit crew NDRA Inc insurance holders will be covered if they are or become an associate member of either SANSW or NSW Wingless Sprint Club.
Until further developments all other divisions racing and non racing are advised to contact promoters to confirm where they stand.
 
Unfortunately, due to the above restrictions, No NSW Sponsorship Proposals can be considered.