Harper, Goodyer & Martin victors in March Triple Header!
AUSSIE NUMBER ONE GETS THE JOB DONE Official Release: MMS Media Wednesday, March 15th, 2023
In the final 410 Sprintcar event for the 22-23 season, current Australian Champion Jock Goodyer would take out the 30 Lap A-Main in the annual Ross Wright Memorial.
As the lights went green, Luke Dillon would capitalise on his front row start to take the early lead, with fellow pole-sitter Brock Hallett making contact with a wheel-standing Tate Frost, sending him spinning in-front of the field; while Hallett managed to keep the car going, Steven Caruso and Brendan Guerin would collide as a result in Turn 2 triggering the event's first stoppage.
Dillon would lead Frost on the restart, with Daniel Pestka and Goodyer having a great battle for third, before Goodyer would make his move for the lead with 20 laps to go.
Goodyer would open up a handy gap before a rollover involving Dane Court would bunch up the field with 10 laps to go.
Dillon would re-challenge Goodyer for the lead, however his passing attempt saw him make slight contact sending him spinning and ending his race on Lap 24.
This would lift Hallett and Pestka into second and third respectively, which would be final order as Goodyer crossed the line for the chequers.
Earlier in the night, heat wins would go to Goodyer, Dillon and Hallett, with Brendan Quinn taking out the Mid-Pack Scramble.
Sprintcars Ross Wright Memorial 1.A1 Jock Goodyer, 2.Q5 Brock Hallett, 3.S27 Daniel Pestka, 4. T62 Tate Frost, 5. S4 Lisa Walker, 6. S10 Steven Caruso, 7. N89 Braydan Willmington, 8. S96 Brendan Guerin. DNF: S81 Luke Dillon (24), S3 Ben Morris (24), S57 Robert Heard (24), S38 Lachlan McDonough (21), S14 Brendan Quinn (18), VA15 Dane Court (17), S22 Chad Ely (14), S11 Scott Enderl (14), S12 Chris James (4).
--------------------------------------------------------------------- HARPER THE NEW SA CHAMP! Press Release by Luke Nichols for @Speedway Sedans Australia
Tasmania’s Callum Harper has become the new South Australian Champion after winning the 2023 Blenks Automotive and Performance SSA Super Sedan South Australian State Title at the Murray Bridge Speedway.
Harper would be the top qualifier after three rounds of heats, and would be joined on the front row by Victorian Lucas Roberts. Roberts would get the jump from pole position after Harper opted to start from the outside. Roberts would lead the first three circulations untroubled before the caution light was on for a spinning Corey Ramsdale.
Roberts would lead from the restart, under pressure from Harper, and Harper’s pressure would pay off when he took the lead on lap six. Collins would take second from Roberts a lap later and begin to chase down Harper. Dave Gartner would be the next driver to displace Roberts, taking third with eighteen laps to run.
The caution light was out for Ramsdale again with seventeen laps to run. Under caution Harper was given a one plus one penalty after the stewards deemed his pass for the lead to have been made partially on the infield, sending Harper back to third for the restart.
Collins would restart in the lead, with Gartner and Harper hot on his hammer. Gartner began to build the momentum on the top side of the track, and was right on the tail of Collins at the halfway mark of the race. Gartner continued to apply the pressure to Collins and there looked to be contact in turn one, which would send Collins spinning, and bring the caution light out with twelve laps to run.
Stewards deemed the incident as a racing incident and reinstated both Collins and Gartner to their positions for the final twelve laps. Collins would lead away at the restart, running a higher line on the track. Gartner would follow Collins around the top, whilst Harper poked the nose up the inside into turn three with eleven laps to run. Gartner would fight back on the outside out of turn four, and retake second position down the main straight with ten laps to run. Gartner ran wide in turns one and two, and Harper would complete the pass out of turn two.
Harper changed his line back to the top of the track and railed the outside of turns one and two to take the lead with seven laps left. Harper stretched his legs and ran away in the final stages to claim the win and his first South Australian Title.
Collins would come out on top in his battle with Gartner to claim second. Gartner crossed the line third, ahead of Roberts in fourth, and Paul Blenkiron who rounded out the top five.
2023 SSA Super Sedan South Australian State Title A Main - 30 laps 1. T22 Callum Harper, 2. T1/V1 Jamie Collins, 3. S18 Dave Gartner, 4. V0 Lucas Roberts, 5. S22 Paul Blenkiron, 6. S93 Kym Jury, 7. V99 Travis Ramsdale, 8. S58 Neville Nitschke, 9. V9 Corey Ramsdale, 10. V12 Darren Giacometti (29), DNF V16 Ash Bergmeier (4), S12 Kym Hammerstein (3), S52 Michael Brown (3).
--------------------------------------------------------------------- MARTIN THE MASTER AFTER 60 LAPS Official Release: MMS Media Wednesday, March 15th, 2023
After 2 competitive nights of racing, Tyson Martin would be the eventual winner in the Wingless Sprints 60 Lapper.
In a great test of nerve and endurance, it would seem to be a battle of three at the front with Jack McCarthy, Joel Chadwick and Tyson Martin settling into the groove early on.
At the 46-lap mark, both Chadwick and Martin would challenge McCarthy for the lead, with Chadwick managing to make his passing move stick and would go on to set the pace for the mid-section of the race. Kirby Hillyer running in fourth would also begin to edge closer to the minor placings, before a heavy collision on Lap 45 sent both Ryan Alexander and Hayden Vickers flying.
At the halfway mark, the leading car of Chadwick would get tangled up in the lapped traffic, causing him to spin and drop back to fifth, just as Martin began to challenge McCarthy once again.
Jason Bolitho would bring on the cautions with a flat tyre on Lap 22, but McCarthy and Martin would again sneak away from the rest of the field to resume their battle. The pair fought brilliantly until the end of the race, and McCarthy would cross the line first ahead of Martin and Hillyer. However, in a dramatic twist after the post-race weighing was conducted, McCarthy’s car unfortunately came well under the required minimum weight, handing Martin the feature win and elevating Hillyer into second and Chadwick into third. Robert Heard would finish in fourth just off the podium after storming through the field after transferring from the B-Main, with Anthony Tapley, Zack Grimshaw, Mitchell Rigney, Nate Trewin, Sam Martin and Chris James completing the Top 10.
Wingless Sprints 60 Lapper 1.S1 Tyson Martin, 2.S86 Kirby Hillyer, 3.S5 Joel Chadwick, 4. S75 Robert Heard, 5. S57 Anthony Tapley, 6. NT99 Zack Grimshaw, 7. S27 Mitchell Rigney, 8. S58 Nate Trewin, 9. S66 Sam Martin, 10. S12 Chris James, 11. V33 Dale Gesell, 12. S14 Matthew Tyler, 13. S38 James Rodda. DNF: S50 Jordon Bolitho (38), S19 Michael Spoljaric (37), S15 Hayden Vickers (15), S36 Ryan Alexander (15), S26 Rylan Furler (11), S41 Bronson Mauro. DQ: S23 Jack McCarthy.