Frustrating night for Disney

After taking victory at the venue in the opening event Newcastle’s Nathan Disney was optimistic for another solid result.

We were ready to travel to Toowoomba for round one of the Ultimate Speedway Championship (USC) last weekend, but it was called off due to inclement weather.

“I love the high banks of Toowoomba and have won there in the past but with a lot of the country in drought the rain was welcomed” Stated Disney.

Disney drew flight two for his qually group and was quickly into the grove. On his second lap he spun and hit the infield berm hard. This did body and suspension damage.

“I stupidly pushed too hard and paid the price” remarked an angry Disney.

“We got the body work all fixed up, but the car wasn’t right all night”

“We struggled on and ultimately ran seventh in the A. Not our best performance but we’ll take the point” he went on to say.

Disney will be back in action this Saturday night (26th October) at Sydney Speedway.

Thank you to our loyal partners:

DMS Towing
NJD Auto Service
Lake Macquarie Sheet Metal
Ansens Tyre and Auto
Century Batteries
Wynns
Speed Master
Steve Smith / Hawk Engines
Tufflift
Safe n Sound Self Storage

Disney Rocks into New Season

Newcastle’s Nathan Disney has left no stone unturned in the off season and has done a complete overhaul of his N11 Rocket XR1.

Engine has been freshened, Shocks have been dynode and a new body has been installed to his pristine ride for 2019/2020.

“Finishing second in the club championship has been playing on my mind during the off season” stated Disney.   “I want to go one better” he went on to say.

“We chased the USC for Late Models last year netting us two wins.  Traveling has made us a stronger team and I’d like to build on that” Disney quipped.

“We did snag the Queensland state title which was very rewarding” stated the Novocastrian.

Look out for Nathan in all NSW club shows plus more interstate travels during the season.

Seasons commercial partners are as follows:

DMS Towing

NJD Auto Service

Lake Macquarie Sheet Metal

Ansens Tyre and Auto

Century Batteries

Wynns

Speed Master

Steve Smith / Hawk Engines

Tufflift

Safe n Sound Self Storage

Bayley returns with new outlook and motor

Last season Todd Bayley upspeced his Dirt Late Model and was on for a cracker of a year. Things went well in the opening few shows but unfortunately, he sustained serious engine damage that put him out the for the rest of that season.

Last Saturday night all his hard work came to fruition as his family run team fronted for the first NSW round of the Ultimate Speedway Championship.

Bayley timed 3rd fastest in his group in qually, Ran second in his first heat, Won his second heat and won the pole shuffle defeating Ex Aussie Champ Darren Kane.

Starting off pole in the A Main Bayley dominated for the first five laps. Kane made a bold move to take the lead. These two swapped positions numerous times in a thrilling race. Lap 22 Bayley hit the cushion on turn three hard. This did terminal damage to the race leaders’ car and he was forced to return to the pits.

“We may not have won but we put on a great show and our motor program is back on track” stated a deflated Bayley.

“Can’t wait till this Saturday night (26th October) to do it all again” he also went on to say.

Coroner Demands Safety and Slams ANDRA on Junior Dragsters Death at Perth Motorplex

The coronial inquest into the death of an eight-year-old junior drag racer who suffered “catastrophic” and “irrecoverable” head injuries in a tragic crash has stopped short of calling for the minimum age for the sport to be raised.

Anita Board crashed on November 11, 2017 after reaching a top speed of 85.7km/h while attempting to gain her junior drag racing licence two days after her eighth birthday.

She lost control of her vehicle and slammed into a concrete barrier near an exit gate at the Motorplex. She died in hospital the next day.

The tragedy prompted the McGowan Government to impose a temporary ban on all junior competition drag racing in the State pending a full coronial investigation.

Recently, Coroner Sarah Linton released the findings of an inquest into Anita’s death, recommending the minimum age for drag racing remain at eight years old.

“I did consider recommending an older age for children to commence the programme than eight years of age, particularly given the evidence... about the ability of a child under 10 years of age to assess risk,” she said.

“However, I note the disadvantage this would place children in this State in competition against children in other States and internationally.”

Recommendations also included requirements that all junior drag racing participants come to a complete stop before beginning to move towards an exit gate, and more visible finish markers.

A ban on junior drag racing in Western Australia, imposed shortly after the accident, remains in place until the recommendations are implemented.

 

Coroner’s recommendations

Recommendation 1: 
I recommend that ANDRA give consideration to requiring all junior drag racing participants to continue all the way down the track, rather than through the exit gate. In the alternative, if junior drag racers are required to exit through a side gate, then all junior drag racing participants should be required to come to a complete stop before beginning to execute the turn and the Motorplex should give consideration to installing some form of barrier to the corners of the exit gates, in a similar fashion to what is currently in use at the Sydney Dragway.

Recommendation 2: 
I recommend that the Motorplex give consideration to replacing the previously used white flags at the Motorplex with some form of fixed and highly visible finish markers that can be swung into position on the safety barrier wall to mark the end of the junior track.

Recommendation 3
: I recommend that the Motorplex and ANDRA work together, and in consultation with the Junior Drag Racing Association in WA, to create and implement a training programme for new junior drag racers, similar to the current training programme in place at Sydney Dragway. In my opinion, the children should not be able to commence the training programme until they are at least eight years old. It should involve the child going through a number of theoretical and practical tests that the child must pass in stages, assessed by a person other than their parent or guardian, before they are able to drive down the track in a dragster at anything more than idling speed. The speed should then gradually be increased. The training should also involve ‘on the track’ orientation at the Motorplex, so that the child will be familiar with the landmarks before they attempt their first licence pass.

Recommendation 4: 
I recommend that ANDRA introduce a mandatory requirement that all junior racers must include in their personal safety gear a frontal head restraint device as described and demonstrated at the inquest.

Recommendation 5
: I recommend that the Motorplex, in conjunction with ANDRA, make it a requirement at all junior drag racing events at the Motorplex that officials must conduct scrutineering of 25% of the vehicles participating in the junior dragster bracket and complete a full scrutineering of all vehicles once every two years, including driver safety equipment.

Recommendation 6
: I recommend that the Motorplex, in conjunction with ANDRA, explore the feasibility of requiring a remote cut-off device to be installed on all junior dragsters.

Recommendation 7: 
I recommend that, if the junior racers are to continue to exit the track through the side exit gate, then a CCTV camera(s) should be installed at the Motorplex to capture junior dragsters leaving the gate.

Attard Launches in Style

Sydney’s Mark Attard is back with a fresh new look for 2019/2020.  He took a break from the sport recently to focus on the family business and expand his family with the birth of little Carmelo.

“Taking a break allowed me to refocus on a few things, Racing was one of them” stated Attard.

The team have added an Ex Monte Motorsport car to its stable and will use this car for tonight’s opening show in Sydney.

Mark would like to welcome his commercial partner for this season:

Summerland Poultry

Thermal Mark Transport Refrigeration

Cowper Smash Repairs

JMC Operations

Warspeed Industries

Kistler Engine’s

Vortex Racing Products

Thomas Fiberglass

Jimmy Vernon - TCR Saturday Wrap

Under challenging conditions Jimmy Vernon in his Alfa finished the qualification session in position 11 with a 2.08.884.

“We changed the car from yesterday which reaped us some rewards.” Stated Vernon.

As you could imagine with a drying line in parts of the track and in others quite wet it didn’t take much to make the grass.

Uniquely this series allows for a mixture of tyre’s under the appropriate conditions.  Most started on wets front and rear but with minutes to go some elected to run sticks on the front to get better traction. Vernon elected for a full slick tyre run, but ultimately it was too wet on the circuit to improve.

Yesterday’s extensively damaged car of James Moffat grabbed pole after the GRM team pulled an all nighter.

 

RACE 1

With light rain dusting half of the track on the warm up lap it was going to make for a very interesting couple of opening laps.

For Vernon it was like combat. “We were racing hard and making positions” he stated

“The car came on and tyre life was very good which helped me make spots throughout the race. I was catching the group in 6th and 7th and to be honest I just pushed a little too hard. I ran wide in the complex and lost a spot. Then, a few corners later I was pushed off the track and ultimately finished in 14th. We were way better than what today's results show… Bring on the double race schedule tomorrow!” he said.

 

Race two and three will be broadcast live on SBS, whilst also featuring on the Shannon's Nationals Livestream.