NEXT MEETING: January 5/6 - Super Sedan State Title, Limited Sprintcars feature, local divisions

Fabulous Francis too hot to handle!

American star Steve Francis continued his domination on Australian soil by winning the final round of the Late Model USA Invasion Tour held at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.

Francis, one of three professional American drivers here in Australia for the series that consisted of rounds at the Perth Motorplex, Collie Speedway and Attwell Park, was simply dominant as he powered to a fourth feature race win which helped wrap up the series title.

After feature race wins on both nights at the Perth Motorplex last weekend and then another strong victory in Collie on Friday night, Francis appeared set for a fourth win from as many starts when he began the 30-lap final from pole position.

The only stoppage of the race came after one completed lap and following that Francis had to withstand an early challenge from the ultra-impressive Paul Stubber, who climbed into second place and was right behind the American gun on lap eight.

Fellow American visitor Devin Moran pounced though as Stubber battled with Francis to snatch back second place as Francis pulled away from the chasing pack.

Francis was imply brilliant through the slower lapped traffic as he sailed around comfortably to lap all the way up to third place.

He crossed the line some 7.758 seconds ahead of Moran who had a titanic battle with Stubber for second place.

Moran and Stubber were the only cars on the lead lap after being the only drivers Francis didn’t pass in the final.

Craig Vosbergen and Katanning’s Kye Blight rounded out the top five in Saturday’s final with Mt Barker’s Chris Pavlovich the only driver not to finish while Veronica McCann failed to start the main event.

Courtesy of his fourth feature race win Francis became the 2017 Late Model USA Invasion Tour champion with a near-perfect 481 points to down fellow countryman Moran (441 points) and Stubber (424).

Such was Francis’ domination he almost went through the four nights of racing undefeated with Blight handing him the sole defeat in heat three in Albany.

Francis still won two heat races while the other victories went to Vosbergen, Blight, New South Wales competitor Wade Carter and Stubber.

The meeting also doubled as the second annual Forrest Windscreens Street Stock Rumble with Albany driver Tim Coxall prevailing in an epic 15-lap feature race.

Coxall started from position three behind Ethan Genev and Peter Herbert who filled the front row and took until five to reach the lead where he withstood plenty of pressure to take the title.

Hayden Norman fell back through the field but recovered to cross the line second, 1.094 seconds behind Coxall, while local Peter Herbert finished third followed by Genev and Jake Blight.

Genev, Herbert and Coxall each won a qualifying heat race earlier in the night.

In the support divisions Brooke Watson won the junior sedans, Shane Devonshire was too strong in the production sedans and the formula 125s was taken out by Sam Jewell.

The club's next meeting will be held on Saturday, February 4 featuring the Formula 500 West Coast Series, Noel Pearson Memorial and Open Championships for club divisions plus Small Car Demo Derby and Burnouts.

Noakes wins epic South Coast Classic, Higgs too strong in super sedans

Reigning WA champion Matt Noakes made a superb return to the modified sedan division, winning a thrilling finish at the inaugural South Coast Classic at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.

Noakes had not contested any of the previous GWN7 WA Modified Sedan Series rounds earlier this season but was a welcome addition to the field for the lucrative South Coast Classic which had $5000 on offer for the victor.

Albany driver Nathan Penn started from pole position in the 25-lap feature race after winning the top nine shootout and the hard-charger jumped straight to the lead over Noakes when the final got underway.

Multiple series champion Aydan Trewern got past Noakes and went about challenging Penn for several laps while Blake Watson was also super impressive dicing with the leading three cars.

Those four drivers pulled away from the rest of the field and Noakes was able to get back past Trewern before drama struck Penn in the concluding stages, another gearbox failure ending his chances after 20 laps.

Noakes inherited the lead from Trewern with Watson still there in third but the leading pair fought out a classic battle in the final few laps.

Trewern narrowly put the nose of his car in front in the final circuit as the pair raced side by side but as they raced to the line locked together it was Noakes who prevailed by a narrow 0.015 seconds.

Watson finished with a well-deserved third place with Blake Jackson and the returning Calon Ball rounding out the top five.

Earlier there was some terrific heat race action with Penn and Noakes winning two preliminaries each while the others went to Trewern and Jackson.

The event doubled as round 4 of the series, which Anthony King still leads but only by a small margin with Watson eight points behind.

Meanwhile a bumper field of super sedans contested round 4 of the Super Sedan Summer Series but they were no match for Dustin Higgs who dominated proceedings.

Higgs won all three of his heat races to start on pole position for the 25-lap final where he led all the way and survived a number of restarts to take the feature race victory.

Gary Higgs moved into second place quickly and followed his son Dustin for the first 15 laps before spinning and being sent to the rear of the field.

Phil Barton drove a sensational race closing in on Dustin Higgs in the dying stages but crossed the line second, 0.611 seconds behind the winner while Gary Higgs recovered to grab third.

Only eight cars finished with a number of incidents forcing drivers to retire including Kevin Bell, Chris Pavlovich, Paul Oakley and Tristen Green while Bert Vosbergen was disqualified

Big sedan fields for new year blockbuster!

Bumper nominations have already been received for this Saturday night's sedan blockbuster at Attwell Park Speedway, featuring the South Coast Classic for modified sedans and the Super Sedan Summer Series.

The inaugural South Coast Classic which has $5000 on the line for the winner, doubles as a round of the GWN7 WA Modified Sedan Series.

State champion Matt Noakes is a welcome addition to the field which also contains former WA titleholders Aydan Trewern and Steve Beres.

The top three points scorers in the current GWN7 WA Modified Sedan Series, Anthony King, Neville Mansted and Blake Watson are also among the 16-strong nominations.


Albany's Blake Watson in action. Picture: Jody Shanhun Photography

Adding further intrigue to the event is the fact current production sedan drivers Nathan Penn and Laurie Dowsett have also entered, with Dowsett stepping up after his feature race win in the Amazing Albany 5000 recently and he comes in having previously finished fourth in a modified sedan national title.

Meanwhile more than 20 super sedans will also make the trip to Albany for the latest round of the Super Sedan Summer Series, which has already visited Albany this season.

Former State and national champion Kodee Brown headlines the list of drivers that also includes ex-State champion Bert Vosbergen and podium placegetters from the 2015-16 State title Chris Pavlovich and Kevin Bell.

Brown dominated the earlier round of the series held at this venue with father-son duo Gary and Dustin Higgs rounding out the top three on that occasion.

The Higgs duo will be among the fancies to challenge this Saturday along with Kemble Aylett and Phil Barton.


Phil Barton and Bert Vosbergen vie for position in Albany this season. Picture: Jody Shanhun Photography

Nominations are still open for the two feature divisions and need to be directed through the respective series bodies.

Meanwhile fields are starting to build in the support divisions with junior sedans, formula 125s and production sedans currently part of the program.

To nominate drivers can simply click on this link http://albanyspeedwayclub.com.au/nominations

Nominations close at midnight on Wednesday, January 4 with all entries after that starting from the rear of the field in their heat races.

January 7 nominations

Modified Sedans – 16

W1      Matt Noakes

W4      Miranda Ball

W8      Calon Ball

W12    Aydan Trewern

W14    Laurie Dowsett

W15    Neville Mansted

W18    Adam Houston

W23    Clint Noakes

W33    Kim Williams

W41    Blake Jackson

W51    Anthony King

W57    Nathan Penn

W60    Richard Nelson

W75    Blake Watson

W77    Steve Beres

W88    Dave Gordon 

Super Sedans – 24

W2      Ken Reid

W4      Bert Vosbergen

W5      Kevin Bell

W6      Tristan Green

W8      Chris Pavlovich

W9      Kemble Aylett

W10    Kyle Larson

W25    Nathan Thiele

W30    Peter Wallinger

W33    Glenn Smith

W36    Phil Barton

W44    Brent Vosbergen

W53    Ryan Gunson

W63    Tony St Jack

W68    Rob Knox

W72    Paul Oakley

W78    Dean Trotter

W76    Terry Green

W77    Kodee Brown

W81    Dustin Higgs

W82    Gary Higgs

W93    Steve Larson

W99    Lee Aylett

W127 Luke O’Hanlon

Junior Sedans – 7

W18    Hayden Mortimer

W23    Hope Batchelor

W37    Brooke Watson

W42    Nui Andrews

W49    Bianca Kennedy

W55    Daniel Erceg

W102  Mitchell Claybrook

Formula 125s – 10

W1      Sam Jewell

W13    Braiden Jewell

W27    Chris Pittaway

W28    Nathen Tester

W29    Brandon Tester

W38    Bill Beeck

W63    Ron Pittaway

W66    Michael Deworboies

W82    Craig Tester

W83    Jacinta Tester

Production Sedans – 9

W2      Merv Penn

W4      Felicity Nelson

W5      Ryan Penn

W27    Mike Kinnear

W33    Kim Smith

W69    Robert Wolfenden

W92    Shane Devonshire

W102 Tienne Claybrook

W333  Shane Dubberlin

Sedan blockbuster to bring in new year!

Albany will be treated to a sedan blockbuster to welcome in 2017 with the running of the South Coast Classic for modified sedans and the Super Sedan Summer Series held on Saturday, January 7 at Attwell Park Speedway.

The best modified sedans drivers in WA will converge here for the lucrative South Coast Classic which has a $5000 first prize up for grabs while the inaugural event will also double as the latest round of the GWN7 WA Modified Sedan Series.

A quality field of super sedans are also expected to enter for the latest round of the SSRC run Super Sedan Summer Series which returns to Attwell Park for a second time this season as teams prepare for the upcoming SSA National Super Sedan Title which will be held here in Albany over the Easter long weekend.

Nominations are now open for all divisions with the modified sedans and super sedans to enter through their relevant series bodies while all support divisions must enter by filling out our online nomination form, simply click on the link http://albanyspeedwayclub.com.au/nominations

For support divisions nominations close at midnight on Wednesday, January 4.

Make sure you have this meeting marked down in your diary as one not to be missed, as the club starts 2017 with a bang.

Further details about the event will follow.