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

Dowsett crowned Amazing Albany 5000 champion while Jewell takes F125 honours

Albany Speedway Club member Laurie Dowsett has won the inaugural Amazing Albany 5000 after producing a terrific drive in the 20-lap feature race at Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.

Dowsett started on the front row of the grid after batting out with fellow Albany speedster Nathan Penn in the top 8 shootout but it was Penn who claimed the coveted pole position.

The pair wowed the healthy crowd in the early stages of the final as they race side by side for several laps until Penn slowed after seven laps and was forced to retire with a gearbox failure.

This left Dowsett out in front but he had to hold off strong challenges from Anthony King and Paul Stevens, who both closed in the closing few laps but could not reel in the popular local.


Dowsett crossed the line first to claim his maiden feature race since switching to production sedans from modified sedans, and was 0.741 seconds ahead of the second placed King.

Stevens, who set the quickest lap in the final, took home third place and the top five was rounded out by Nuno Mendes and Kyle Sayer.

Frank Does, Mick Reynolds, Mike Kinnear, Garry Sutton and Tienne Claybrook were the other cars to complete the full 20-lap journey.

Earlier in the event the preliminary heat races went the way of King, Stevens, Dowsett and Penn before the entertaining top 8 shootout where Penn beat Dowsett in the 1v2 race while Stevens and King both improved their starting positions.

The final heat race was won by the evergreen Kinnear, who drove a superb race to down Claybrook and Coby Stevens.

Meanwhile the formula 125 feature was also contested on the night, with a large field of local and visiting drivers in attendance.

WA champion Sam Jewell started a warm favourite to take out the event and he won the first two heat races narrowly from close rival Jacinta Tester.

Jacinta Tester exacted revenge however in heat 3 as she held off the fast-finishing Jewell by a mere 0.100 seconds on the line.

Sam Jewell started from pole position in the 15-laps feature race and proved too strong as he cleared out from his rivals and crossed the line 5.839 seconds in front of Bill Beeck.


Chris Pittaway achieved a career best feature race result with third place and Nathen Tester was fourth home while Jacinta Tester slipped back through the field to round out the top five.

Junior sedans were the support division at the meeting and got plenty of racing with six heats races and a final.

Bianca Kennedy and Nui Andrews shared the heat race honours before Andrews took the win in the feature race from Kennedy and Hayden Mortimer.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all our visiting drivers in both feature divisions.

The inaugural Amazing Albany 5000 has been hailed a huge success and we look forward to a bigger and better event next season.

The membership draw was won by life member Tania Hanbury who wasn’t present and will now jackpot to $400 at our next meeting.

Racing will resume at Attwell Park Speedway in the new year with the GWN7 WA Modified Sedan Series and the Super Sedan Summer Series on Saturday, January 7.

Pictures courtesy of Jody Shanhun Photos.

BROWN & AVINS CLAIM RESPECTIVE ROUND WINS

Star super sedan driver Kodee Brown and promising teenage talent Jake Avins won the Super Sedan Summer Series and JSRA Country Super Series rounds respectively, held at Attwell Park on Saturday night.

Juniors and super sedans to headline second meeting of the season

The best junior sedan drivers in WA and a quality field of super sedans will converge on Albany’s Attwell Park on Saturday, November 26 as part of the blockbuster second meeting of the 2016-17 season.

After their opening meeting of the season was cancelled, a huge field of sedans are expected to nominate across the two feature divisions.

WA’s most talented juniors will do battle in round 2 of the JSRA Country Super Series which will be run alongside round 3 of the SSRC Super Sedan Summer Series.

This looms as vital track time for the super sedan competitors as they prepare for the upcoming SSA National Super Sedan Title which will be held here in April.

Nominations are still open with junior sedans and super sedans required to nominate through the respective JSRA and SSRC channels.

Support divisions are required to enter through the ASC website, simply click on this link and fill out the nomination form http://albanyspeedwayclub.com.au/nominations

Public gates will open at 4pm with racing kicking off at 6pm.

Entry Prices:

$25 Adults

$15 Children (5-16) & Aged Pensioners

$55 Family (2 Adults & 3 Children)

Opening meeting of new season cancelled

The Albany Speedway Club announced over the weekend that our opening meeting on the season set down for this Saturday, November 5 has been cancelled.

We as a club are disappointed to come to this decision but the management and committee have made the tough choice due to a number of factors.

With the heavy rain that has fallen in Albany in the past six months it has made in increasingly difficult to get work done on our grounds in the off-season.

The biggest factor is the pit area is still extremely wet and muddy, making it very difficult for teams and drivers to get around there safely.

With more rain forecast this week and possibly further rain over the weekend it makes our job even harder and we have come to this difficult decision.

While our nominations for the first meeting were solid without being large this also came into it.

Furthermore we have made the decision also with an eye to our blue ribbon event the Noel Pearson Memorial which we value in high regard and want to do it justice.

The club feels that with the factors mentioned above would make this meeting a big risk for everyone involved so we have made an early call to cancel this date and move forward with the rest of our calendar season.

We apologise to the drivers and race fans for any inconvenience but hope they understand the situation and acknowledge that we are doing it to look after everyone involved including our valuable volunteers.

ASC president Geoff Green said the club simply didn’t want to disappoint those involved with a sub-standard meeting.

“The club took into account a number of factors and this certainly wasn’t an easy decision,” he said.

“With the amount of rain we have received the pit area is very wet and making it safe for everyone using that area has been difficult.

“The forecast again wasn’t favourable this week and with the smaller nominations than we expected for the Noel Pearson Memorial that too was a factor.

“We want to do that memorial justice and adding everything up it just became the logical move.

Green added that with extra time the club assured its second meeting would go ahead as planned.

 “This will now give us the necessary time to get the grounds and pit area to a standard we are happy with and also build momentum towards a really big night on November 26,” he said.

“We have a massive season ahead and starting on the right note is important to us, not to let spectators, drivers and our club members and volunteers down.”

Attention now turns to our second meet of the season which will be held on Saturday, November 26 highlighted by the JSRA Country Super Series, the Super Sedan Summer Series and the formula 125 feature.

A decision on when the annual Noel Pearson Memorial will be contested this season will be decided by the executive and drivers informed at that time.

We look forward to having you at Attwell Park throughout the 2016-17 season.