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Simpson takes out Victorian Modified Title at Blue Ribbon Raceway

Daniel Simspon climbing out of his car after his Victory lap at Blue Ribbon Raceway. PHOTO: Highside Promotion

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.”

Victorian Modified Sedan title winner Daniel Simpson (centre) 2nd place getter Brody Chrystie (left) & 3rd place getter Darren Cockerill (right). PHOTO: Highside Promotion

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.

Daniel Slays The Dragons

by Mark Cowin and Jamie Collins

Speedway action 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 Sedan competition.

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.

Caption Victoria #1: Horsham’s Daniel Simpson celebrates his win in the Victorian State Title at Blue Ribbon Raceway. Photo Courtesy of Jamie Collins.

Modified Sedans Descend on Blue Ribbon Raceway

PHOTO: Highside Promotion

THE Victorian Modified Sedan Title will be held this weekend at Horsham’s Blue Ribbon Raceway.

Thirty cars have nominated for the event including defending champion Aidan Raymont and the best of the best of the Victorian Modified Production Association.

Raymont took out the T-Bar Nationals event held at Toowoomba on the weekend and is coming into the Title in good form.

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Waters Reigns at Blue Ribbon

DRIFT: Cam Waters drifts around the Kalkee track in celebration of his win. PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography
DRIFT: Cam Waters drifts around the Kalkee track in celebration of his win.
PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography

This Easter Long weekend saw the Horsham Motor Sports Club host the Octane Alley  Speedway Sedans Australian Title for Modified Sedans at their track in Kalkee,  in what has been called one of the most successfully run title events in recent seasons.

Positive comments from representatives of Speedway Sedans Australia and Speedway Australia were confirmed by competitors and the huge crowds over the three day event. The HMSC members can be very proud of the event which is only the second National title awarded to the club since the track was built in the mid ‘90’s. Continue reading Waters Reigns at Blue Ribbon

High Octane Action for Blue Ribbon

CHANCE: Horsham’s Daniel Simpson looks to have the best shot of the local drivers in this weekends Australian Title at Blue Ribbon Raceway. PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography
CHANCE: Horsham’s Daniel Simpson looks to have the best shot of the local drivers in this weekends Australian Title at Blue Ribbon Raceway.
PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography

Horsham Motor Sports Club in partnership with Octane Alley Performance and Speedway Sedans Australia, proudly bring to Blue Ribbon Raceway the Australian Title for Modified Production Sedans on the Easter weekend.

In excess of 55 teams have entered this prestigious event in what is the second ever Australian Title presented to the club at the track in the paddock in Kalkee. The only other coming was in the 1997/98 season for the GP Midget Australian Title and is a great show of persistence and perseverance for the legion of volunteers that have powered the club over the years.

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