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Styles takes Gold Cup as maiden win

In a race packed with thrills, spills and faught right to the end, the Interactive Projects Sponsored Gold Cup winner for 2017/18 was Pete Styles! Coming from 4th place on the grid, the B Grade driver put on a patient and composed drive around the top side to hit the front with just a few laps to go to claim his first ever feature race win, the perpetual Blue Ribbon Hunter Valley Gold Cup.

Valvoline Raceway track champion Matt Reed claimed 2nd place having come from 6th on the grid. He was a real chance for a win as he took the battle to Brett Davies for most of the race, as was Chris Davis after he lead early setting the fastest lap of the race (14.609) before clutch failure ended his charge. Brett Davies took out the final podium position in 3rd ahead of Dean Eden in 4th.

In a corrected result, Jordan Binskin took the Bullet Racing Wheels hard charger coming from the back by climbing from 10th to 5th after heat race mishaps hurt his chances badly. He was always a favourite to go back to back, but luck just didnt fall his way on the night. Pole setter Ben Poodle Morgan fell back to finish 6th ahead of Stephen Allen in 7th.

Legend Car front runner Dan Morris on his first show in the litre sprint, charged from 12th to 8th to bag C&A Mobile Sound & Communications rookie of the night honours with an impressive display of speed ahead of fellow rookies Mel Priestley in 9th and Mick Connolly rounding out the top 10.

Spare a thought for Justin Pirlo though after thrashing all week to put in a fresh engine he got tangled with David Atwood (who also spent the weeks thrashing to change engine) on the back stretch for Lap 1 and found the inside wall hard. He launched the 28x car into the air with a massive crash writing the 28 car off in what could be a season ending crash for the team. Atwood survived that crash but retired on lap 5, after gasser Danny Stone brought out the second red light when he too launched the 47 car along infield wall in another huge crash, after tangling with a lapped car.
Both Danny and Justin climbed out uninjured from some big crashes.

In heat race action AOK Trophies top qualifier Ben Poodle Morgan took his first ever feature race Pole Position on a lapt time count back as highest points, having tied with Brett Davies. Dean Eden claimed heat 3 with fastest lap of the night at 14.395. Heat 2 went to Pete Styles and Heat 1 went to Brett Davies.

Lightning Sprints next face off at Valvoline Raceway for Ultimate Pink Night on the 25th November.

Bullet Racing Wheels Hard Charger Award

We are proud to announce a partnership with Bullet Racing Wheels and P1 Australia to offer an exciting new award for the 2017/18 season!!!
The Hard Charger Award will be presented at the end of season to the driver who accrues the most points over the season by pushing forward in feature races. Every driver has the chance to win the Bullet Racing Wheels Hard Charger award and the further back you start the more potential you have for points.

How it will work:
Drivers feature race grid positions will be compared against final finishing positions at every race meeting. Each position you move up scores a point from the original grid position. Start 10th and finish 3rd you pocket 7 points.

To be eligible a driver simply needs to carry a sticker on the car and let the on track results settle the rest.

About Bullet Racing Wheels:
Bullet Racing Wheels were founded in Australia by Glenn Revell, whose involvement in Australian speedway spans three decades. Being involved in the industry for so long Revell sought an opportunity to supply quality aluminium racing wheels locally.
After an extensive research and development program Bullet Racing Wheels released to market in December 2016.
As standard equipment, Bullet Racing Wheels incorporate heat treated CNC spun aluminium halves, fully polished with billet aluminium black anodised centres and covers, offer minimal radial / lateral run out, come in both 31 and 36 spline centres and all come with nutserts installed to all wheel centres.
Bullet Racing Wheels are committed to provide racers with quality products, quality service and quality spare parts.

More info see 

Binskin bounces back 

Jordan Binskin made a big statement tonight taking a comfortable win in Event 1 of the Atlantic Oil country series championship at Nowra Speedway! Coming from row 3 of the grid he sliced through the field to take the lead early and was not going to be denied from there.

Aj McTaggart backed up last weekend's VR win with another podium, home in 2nd place with a consistent, quick and composed drive all night.

Third place went to Danny Stone with another impressive drive. It wasn't without challenge though as Dean Eden went 2 wide with Stone on the closing laps fighting all the way to the chequered flag.

Rookie Mel Priestley was a surprise late entry going on to secure C&A Mobile Sound & Communications rookie of the night with a solid drive all night for her first night out.

Heat races were an all in affair with wins going to McTaggart (H1), Binskin (H2) and Styles (H3).

The surprise results came from Chris Davis after going into the feature race top qualifier, a faulty roll over sensor robbed him of power ultimately relegating him to settle for 6th behind Brett Davies who also seemed a tick off the pace as the race wound down. Styles was issued a ROF at the caution with 2 laps to go taking him out of the mid pack battles.

It was another brutal night for Scott Moir after bouncing back from car trouble last week, he was sidelined after the fire crew and paramedics were called to what appeared to be an oil fire at his feet. Thankfully Scotty is ok.

Lightning Sprints now return to Valvoline Raceway for the Gold Cup on the 11th of November.

McTaggart back on the money

Anthony McTaggart took home an impressive win to take Round 2 of the Interactive Projects track championship. After a horror last season this is a great start for team McTaggart with definite signs there is more speed to come.

Pete Styles finished second after leading the feature race early. He took full advantage of the inverted grid draw blazing away until a mid race caution. Back to green Styles made a costly mistake in turn 1 running wide off 2 which was all vertan Aj McTaggart needed.

Third place went to Danny Stone coming from 6th in the grid with another impressive drive showing winning speed all night from the drop of the first flag.

Rookie John Ferguson secured C&A Mobile Sound & Communications rookie of the night with an impressive drive that showed great speed early.

The surprise results came from high points drivers with Jordan Binskin out on the first attempt to take green after the field came together in turn 1, and Matt Reed as he was unable to break through the mid pack to reach the front.

Comeback of the night came from club champion Chris Davis as he came from 10th to 5th as the biggest mover of the night after snapping a chain in heat 1.
Lightning Sprints will be back at Valvoline Raceway for the Gold Cup on the 11th of November.

Atlantic Oil Signs on for Country Series

With great pleasure we announce the continuation of our partnership with Atlantic Oil as the naming rights sponsor of this season's bumper country series!

The Atlantic Oil Country Series will consist of:
Event 1 - Nowra Speedway 4th November
Event 2 - Goulburn Speedway 9th December
Event 3 - Gilgandra Speedway 20th January 
Event 4 - Grafton Speedway 10th February
Event 5 / NSW Title - Nowra Speedway  3rd March 
Event 6 - Tamworth Oakburn Park Raceway 24th March
Event 7 Finale - Nowra Speedway 14th April

Rain date - Tamworth 28th April

The quality of these events would not be possible without the support of the guys at Atlantic Oil or the top shelf hospitality of the Country Venues and Promoters that host us.

VR Cancellation of Round 1
In an unprecedented turn of events, Round 1 of the IP Demo track championship was cancelled as cars were set to roll out. Valvoline Raceway were forced to make the call after being unable to recover the track surface from a serious case of soft spots in Turn 3 & 4.

Drivers, teams and fans left disappointed but safety had to take top priority. Attempting to race on the surface simply wasn't an option.

Interactive Projects lock in track championship

We are excited to announce that Interactive Projects have signed on as the naming rights sponsors for the Valvoline Raceway track championship!

Interactive Projects or IP Demo area demolition and excavation company leading the way in structural demolition and hazardous material removal. The Sydney based demoliton company from Seven Hills are motivated, professional and driven to get the job done. They have the machines, all you need to do is make the call.

Lightning Sprints promoter, Pete Styles said, "it's a pleasure to partner with Graham, Jay and the IP Demo team. We look forward to working hard with them to promote the brand with a range of initiatives targeted to their needs."

"Support like this is massive for us at Lightning Sprints. We are a division that invests back into our drivers, so without doubt this will be appreciated by every team in the field and that is sure to fuel the competition out on track".

Round 1 kicks off on the 14th of October.

C&A Mobile back the rookies again for 2017/18

We are pleased to announce that Craig & Anna Geering at C & A Mobile Sound and Communications have signed on again to support the Lightning & Litre Sprintcars as naming rights sponsors of the rookie series in 2017/18. 

With 8 new rookies signing on this season and at least 5 ready hitting the track last weekend, it's more great news in advance of our Valvoline Raceway season opener.

Craig Geering's ongoing support for the division spans back decades, firstly as a competitor and then recently bringing his son Matt Geering through, on his way to joining the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship.

C & A Mobile Sound and Communications have been fitting vehicle accessories and providing great service to western Sydney and beyond since 1994. With an ever growing range of products and highly experienced staff, they provide great service and products. The full mobile fitting service and a workshop fitting service also enables them to book you in at a convenient time, place and date that suits you.

Club President,
Brett Davies said, “The legacy of Craig's support for grass roots divisions like ours speaks for itself. He was racing when I joined the division. To see this kind of ongoing support for our division is a big deal. Not just for our division, but for Speedway as a whole. This is a great opportunity for the rookies, and I would like to personally thank Craig & Anna for their ongoing support.”

Practice Night - Strong numbers among bumper fields

Ben Poodle Morgan at flight in the #66 machine - Jigsaw Photography

About 9 cars joined the bumper numbers dialing in at last Saturday night's Valvoline Raceway practice session. A few veterans took some test and tune time with 5 new rookies on hand to cut their teeth. All drivers came back smiling as the night went on.

Scott Moir returned to iron out his engine issues, joining Ben Morgan and team McTaggart also keen to get early testing done in time to set up their season ahead. Brett Davies fired up the new #9 car now trialling EFI on the Honda K20.

Learning curves were again steeper for some rookies over others, with a couple experiencing engine woes on the night. It was hard luck for Monique Davis with a blown engine to finish her night, while John Ferguson, Dan Morris, Mel Priestley and Kyle Thomas all managed to complete a solid night building pace each run out.

2017/18 looks even more promising building on last years success with car count set to increase as the season progresses. Make sure to be trackside on the 14th October when round 1 of our championship kicks off at Valvoline Raceway

Practice Kicks off this Weekend!
The first practice night of the season kicks off this Saturday Night September 23 at Valvoline Raceway. Great chance for everyone to dust off the cobwebs from the off-season, and get themselves ready for Round 1 in a few weeks time. A few things to consider ahead of this weekend's practice:
- Club membership and Speedway Australia License need to be current in order to participate
- All cars will need to have been green sheeted either beforehand or on the night prior to being permitted on the track
- If green sheeting on the night, please be in the pits ready to go by 3pm. Late arrivals will not be done on the night
- Ensure safety gear is up to date (Snell 2010 or later required for all helmets, Seat Belts must be tagged and dated no older than 2 years, Rock Screens fitted, All gear appropriately SFI tagged) 
- Please note VR charge an admission fee as well as an additional practice fee of $50 which must be paid at the Sprintcar Office prior to participating