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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.