NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN Saturday 8th of June & Sunday 9th of June
Nominations are open for: 3 Litre Sedan Michael Fitzgerald Memorial Kevin Baker Ltd. Sportsman Challenge… Street Stock 1000 (Min 20 cars or will be club show only) Vintage Hot Rods SSA Ladies Feature SSA Open Sedans SSA Juniors V8 Trucks Mechanics Sedan and Mechanic Ltd. Sportsman. Wingless Sprints Double Header please nominate to your association.
With heavy hearts with the passing of class
patriarch Kevin ‘Kev’ Baker last week, Horshams Limited Sportsman
drivers will again be vying to take home the coveted Kevin Baker
Always a great supporter of the Limited Sportsman class, and a
proponent of giving everyone a ‘go’and putting on a show for the
crowd Kev loved to watch battles throughout the whole field during an
event and the format of the event reflects his love.
The format will see points accumulated throughout the heat races
with the highest point scorers starting at the rear of the field
giving all competitors a great chance of victory and Kev’s dream
was to reward all those competitors that turn up race after race for
the love of the sport above all else. It also gave the dominant
drivers a chance to ‘show their stuff’ in the always entertaining
The Sporties live the speedway life from a time where winning was
a goal but having fun and helping other racers to learn the sport in
a family oriented safe and supporting environment with others which
was Kev’s goal for the class.
As the promoter of the Challenge, Kev’s son Clint sponsors the
event and has carried on the tradition with his own company Compass
Powder Coating always having a sporty or two in the yard ready to be
worked on to keep the class going and growing. Last years winner Mark
McDonald is sure to have his tail up with the likes of Nathan
Buckley, Jock Baker, Godfrey, Ansell, Matthews, McKenzie and a legion
of drivers promising to make the trip out to celebrate Kev’s life
and legacy and maybe take home a trophy as a bonus.
Wingless Sprintcars will be ending their WWS Super Series at Blue
Ribbon and if the last few events have proven anything these drivers
will not be holding back to be number one. Following on from strong
showings at recent outings the event promises to be well contested.
With in excess of 20 of these high powered light weight cars
nominated at press time the numbers are sure to grow and with the
Kalkee surface sure to be in great conditions fans can be assured
that this will be a must see event.
After a season of ups and downs will this be the time for Steven
Hateley to shine in his Horsham Offroad/ Carmans windscreens hot rod
on his home track or Jordan Nicholas and Braden Parr to dominate or
will we see Carly Walsh show the boys a thing or two. With these cars
anything can and usually does happen.
The mighty minis of the V8 powered Super Rods will bring their
best to Horsham as their long season continues. With the return of
Shaun Walsh to the ranks the season has been a revolving door of
winners with Coad, Walsh, Gange and Gleeson joining series Champion
Ewan McKenzie in the lineup. After securing his fourth title in 37
years of competition the never aging McKenzie is sure to be up front
proving that ‘it aint over till its over’ as these V8 powered
machines steam around the 440 metres of Wimmera clay.
V8 trucks and a full program of supporting classes will also run so remember to pack a blanket and a chair or arrive early and secure a spot on the bank and watch from the warmth of your car. Gates open 4:30 with racing getting under way at 5:30
HORSHAM Modified Sedan driver Daniel Simpson wrote his own fairy-tale at Blue Ribbon Raceway on Saturday night, claiming the Victorian Title crown.
With a few withdrawals and a late nomination, 26 cars contested the Victorian Modified Sedan Title.
Simpson, a Horsham local, started out of Position Three for the final, behind Mildura racers Jake Drewett and Martin Hawson.
While Simpson earned himself the title of Victorian Number One, earlier in the evening Drewett owned the action, recording three heat wins from three starts, despite having car dramas, and rocketing himself to a pole position start for the feature.
Other heat winners for the night were Simpson, who took out Heat One, Darren Cockerill, Hawson (two heats), Jeff Leahy and Matt Nelson.
“I was stoked to start off pole because after the parade I was going to load it up as we knew we had a head gasket issue,” Drewett said.
“Dad (Mark) just said send it and keep an eye on it which is what I did.
“The car was really strong for six or seven laps but would start getting really hot and the fail safes we put into the ECU after Kingaroy started dropping a lot of power out of the car which started to make it harder to drive, keeping it out of a mid push.”
In the heats Drewett was able to open a big enough lead so that by the time his car began to shut down he was already in a position to win.
In the final Drewett got the jump on the rest of the field and was dominant early on.
“I knew Marty (Hawson) would be right there but knew he wasn’t under me as I can hear his car when he is i was just hoping to lead as many laps as I could,” Drewett said.
“I knew very well the chances of me finishing were pretty much none.”
Hawson got around Drewett eight laps in and coming into lap traffic the Number 18 started to run hot and lose power.
“I lost my ability with the car to keep it rotated getting mid corner pushes,” he said.
“I tried to baby it and hopefully make it to the end but the ECU went into limp mode to protect the engine from overheat and that was it for us.”
With Drewett pulling infield it left Simpson to chase Hawson, but with only four laps to go Hawson also came to a halt infield.
“I’m really shattered for Marty because as most people know I’m probably one of his biggest fans,” Drewett said.
“But Daniel Simpson – after seeing a bloke battle with so much bad luck who is one of the nicest blokes in speedway win in front of his home crowd was cool to watch.”
Heading into the event Simpson said he was looking forward to racing in front of his family, friends and sponsors but after winning the event he described the achievement as “unbelievable”.
“I wouldn’t have wanted to have done it anywhere else,” Simpson said.
Reflecting on how the night unfolded for the driver of the Number 33 Commodore, he said: “I had a really clean run through the heats and managed to win our heat from our front start and get into the top three with the two rear starts with no damage.”
He took the first heat despite having mechanical issues.
“In the first heat the new gearbox I put in for the night was jumping out of gear so I had to hold it in with one hand for the whole race,” Simpson said.
“So I thought that might have been the start of a tough night.
“Other than that we had some power steering issues causing smoke but we were able to get it fixed for the final.”
Starting from Position Three Simpson lined up behind two of the Modified Sedan drivers he considers fastest in the country – Drewett and Hawson.
“Both are racers I respect a lot and I knew they would have been on it from the start,” Simpson said.
“But I thought if I could stay close enough, lapped cars or them battling each other could work in my favour.”
After Drewett’s demise and then Hawson’s exit, Simpson found himself briefly in a state of disbelief.
“It was a bit of a shock for a second or two, then my main focus was to push harder not knowing how close everyone else was,” he said.
“I was determined not to throw it away from being conservative.”
Simpson crossed the line and took the chequered flag to the cheers of the local crowd, a reception that was mirrored at the presentation after his win.
“It is definitely a career highlight and a special moment in general,” he said.
“Nearly all club members and some of the people on the hill I have known since I was a kid, to see how happy they were with the result was extra special and it wouldn’t have been the same if it was at another track.”
Simpson said the win was even more special with good friend Brody Chrystie claiming second place, while fellow Victorian driver Darren Cockerill, Andrew Blackwell and Kye Walters rounded out the Top Five.
Jeff Leahy, Mick Johnson, Chris Hayden and Peter McCarthy were the only other drivers to go the full distance.
Angelo Halacas completed 32 laps, Jakobe Jetson and Matt Nelson 20, Graham West 15, Aidan Raymont, Rachel Pratt and Russell Bent 13, Matt Gerlach and Russell Felsovary 12 and Dale Hallett two laps.
Saturday night’s Title brings Simpson’s racing season to a close, but he will be back next year with the Victoria One on his panels for the VMPA Series and to contest the Australian Title.
at Blue Ribbon Raceway on Saturday night showed the fickle nature of
motor racing resulting in a very popular win by local Horsham
Motorsports racer Daniel Simpson to become Victoria #1 in Modified
In the lead up to the championship Simpson’s chances of a title
looked very challenging when an encounter with the wall at Premier
Speedway in Warrnambool left a very damaged race car parked high in
turns one and two. Two weeks of hard work saw the HO 33 of Simpson on
track for first heat. The cars of Matt Gerlach and the sentimental
crowd favourite Graham West in his very fast LJ Torana also suffered
significant damage at Warrnambool but were also ready to do their
utmost to keep the title in Victoria after a trip to Queensland with
Aiden Raymont also intent on keeping it.
Heat one saw Simpson show the depth of his desire with a flag to flag
win by 10 second over Jetson followed closely by Chrystie and
Gerlach. Heat two saw the cars of Raymont and coming from the back
end of the grid to challenge Atkins mid race with Drewett taking the
win over Atkins and Raymont with only .03 secs seperating them ad
West in fourth. Heat three saw another hard charge from the rear of
the field with Martin Hawson took the lead on lap four and held on
with Kye Walters in second and Chris Hayden holding off Blackwell by
.3 seconds, Hawsons fast lap of 20.334 seconds set the tone for the
night. Heat four saw another hard charge from the rear of the field
with Simpson off the back row getting to fourth by lap three and with
starting and finishing one/two Simpson got the better of Blackwell on
the last lap for third after a six lap battle by half a second. Heat
five was a run away win for Darren Cockerill from pole with an eight
second gap on a charging Russell Bent .03 seconds ahead of Jetson in
third the cooling temperatures saw Cockerill lower the lap time below
20 secs to 19.699.
Heat six line up had the cars of favoured runners Raymont, Walters
and Hawson pitted against each other in what was a hard fought battle
for the minor placings with Hawson running away with another low time
of 19.294 and Walters and Raymont battling for six laps Walters
taking second with one to go. Heat seven again saw Jake Drewett in
the MDA 18 charge from the rear of the field to take a narrow win
over Hawson who fought through the field from last half way through
the heat to miss first by half a second with Rachel Pratt five
seconds back in third. Heat eight saw Daniel Simpson start near the
rear of the field but by lap three was chasing down Matt Nelson and
eventually taking the lead on lap eight only to lose it one lap later
to finish second to Nelson with Walters in third and only .6 seconds
seperating the top three. In one of the closest heats of the night
eleven seconds sperated the field of nine over the ten lap race.
Places changed constantly during the heat with the car of Leahy
taking the lead on lap two and the minor placings being decided by
lap six with the final placings Leahy, Cockerill and Burr setting the
scene for a barn burner of a final.
Twenty one cars lined up for the final and after the formalities of
driver presentations set off for 35 laps to determine the Victoria
#1. MDA 18 Jake Drewett got a holeshot on the field at the flag and
looked strong but was challenged on lap 8 by the MDA 72 of Martin
Hawson who took the lead. By lap twelve the cars of Matt Gerlach and
Russell Felsavory were infield followed one lap later Rachel Pratt,
Russel Bent and the reining Vic #1 Aiden Raymont followed shortly
after by Graham West all from contact. This left a wide open track
for the field to battle for the title. Leader Martin Hawson was also
involved while leading but continued on.
Lap 30 saw the car of Hawson leading Simpson, Chrystie, Cockerill and
Blackwell and all lapping within view of the chequered flag.
Dramatically coming out of turn four while being chased by Simpson,
Hawson pulled onto the infield to the shock of the crowd and Simpson
took the lead on lap 32 and would not be challenged from that point
to take first place and the title of Victorian Champion by four
seconds from Chrystie and Cockerill followed by Blackwell and Walters
for the podium. Seven seconds separated the top six finishers and
Simpson’s best lap was a 18.556 at 100.884 km/h.
Simpson now has the right to carry the Vic #1 on his car for the next
year and after not knowing two weeks before if he would even make the
field his win was a huge effort and brings the title back to
Victoria #1: Horsham’s
Daniel Simpson celebrates his win in the Victorian State Title at
Blue Ribbon Raceway. Photo Courtesy of Jamie Collins.
Horsham Motorsports Club is proud to announce the running of
the Modified Sedan Victorian Title at Blue Ribbon Raceway proudly
sponsored by Horsham Auto Wreckers on April 6.
After the hugely successful Australian
Title held at the raceway last season the club was pleased to be
offered the chance to hold the title at the last minute after issues
with another Victorian facility and in a very short time had secured
sponsorship to hold the event.
With nominations in excess of 30 competitors coming from across Australia to compete for this prestigious title including current Victoria 1 Aiden Raymont coming down from Queensland to try to hold onto his crown. After a long and busy season the ‘mods’ have put in a ton of laps at tracks across the country and it has taken a toll on some of the cars but all the teams are working overtime to be ready. With Raymont wanting to hold onto his title and any number of challengers aiming to bring the title back to its home, with issues at the last round of the VMPA series the cars of Daniel Simpson, Matt Gerlach and the super fast little LJ Torana of Graham West have had a lot of shed time to iron out the wrinkles from various bumps and bangs but have all got their eyes on the target. Not to be outdone the cars of Micheal Hayden, Aaron Bunton and Kye Walters, are not to be ignored.
With the absence of the winner of the
final round and the Di Watson Memorial at Premier Speedway, David
Smith, due to family commitments the field will again be wide open.
The controversy of the final being shortened by nine laps still
leaving questions among the drivers that will be settled at the drop
of the checkered flag at Blue Ribbon Raceway.
Following on from the success of the
Australian Title last season Horsham Motorsports Club has put a lot
of effort into finding sponsors for the event and the business
community has come to the party with the event being predominantly
fully sponsored and with the support of the speedway community it
will be a huge night of racing.
Also on the program will be the
Victorian Mini Sprints and Production Sedans. The mini sprints are
virtually smaller versions of the popular Sprintcars but powered by
motorbike engines and with their size and low weights they can get
around the race track as quick as any of the other classes.
The Production Sedan competitors have
had a long season showcasing the best drivers in the class with
seasoned drivers and rookies running bumper to bumper with basically
stock and equal cars depending on skill and nerve and will, as usual,
put on a spirited display for the local fans on what will be a big
night of racing for all classes.