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2016 Round 6

The Mid year Quit saloon car championship got of to a chilly start with only 1 degree on the way to the track but clear sunny conditions greeting the 30 starters.Most teams busy early checking E 85/90/93 before firing up engines. Grant Johnson must have refitted the pin in his hand grenade as there was no explosions coming from the Martin Engineering garage .Good to see Tony James back and racing in the hybrid with a smile.Tony also doing a fantastic job getting a major spons...or for the national round.Ryan Glass getting the EA out of moth balls,must of taken hours getting the spider webs and dust out of the old girl then going out to post 3rd fastest time in qualifying for the olds with a 1:08.82 .Nick Hanlon taking pole in 1:08.7 and Andrew Martin splitting the Falcons with 1:08.81 , point 0882 separating 1st to 3rd. AU/VT qualifying was also tight with 11 cars all running in the 1:06's with the old fox Ric Gill topping the time sheets with 1:06.2,Grant Johnson and Chris Lillis finishing 2nd and 3rd and that's how the meeting points also finished with Ric taking the big silver ware home.Nick Hanlon clean sweeping the old models to win the day and the 2016 championship in fine style.Steve Pittman running 2nd 3 points clear of Andrew Martin.Anyone needing new tow points or shovel kits ,l can recommend MCE motorsport they have the best in the west as clearly demonstrated Sunday but l would shy away from there bonnet clips. Not long now till the National so get you entry's in and order your tyres early.Anyone available to help out on the Friday please let some on the committee know,there will be little things to do don't leave it all to Chucky and Co,until then stay out of the sand and stay on the black stuff.

2016 Round 5

The Browns Chill race meeting started with a large field with 12 late and 15 old models all eager to strut their stuff. Qualifying got underway with a rush with every one going hard,

Grant Johnson stopping the clock with a 1.06.1 half a second faster than Nathan Callaghan and the quiet assassin Nick Hanlon also half a second quicker than Craig Splatt in the early models. Grant's day going downhill from there with engine problems putting him out the big points.

New engine, new tyres and no excuses saw Nathan Callaghan back to his best clean sweeping the late model points with Hillsy 2nd with 2nds and a 4th and the old fella Rick Gill claiming 3rd. Has anyone heard if Vinnie is starting a glass factory, seem's to spend a lot of time in the sand of late.

Nick Hanlon went on his merry way in the early models taking 2 wins and looking good for the Nationals on the home track. Jim Linehan started from pole in the reverse grid and it wasn't long before he wishing it was only a 4 lap race, Justin Chaffy getting the lead at turn one and running away to win his first race since the Icebreaker while taking 2nd overall in the process. Craig Splatt 3rd with the same points as JC. Two casualties in the early's, Brock Ralph having a big encounter with a concrete wall, he's fine but the car needs surgery. Jarrad McCullock got a fright having a calliper come off and breaking a ball joint which in turn surprised dad Gary as shrapnel started peppering his car while travelling close behind. Only 1 more meet to shake the bugs out of your car before the AMCAP National so get the entries in for the National if you haven't already.

Until next time stay on the black stuff.

 

Nathan Callaghan (left) and Rick Gill (right)

Talk about 10 laps side by side, heaps of lead changes, never touched once.

Real racing and mates off the track which is what makes the Saloon Car class so popular.

 

2016 Round 4

Another great day of Saloon Car racing with the running of the Ernie Hastie memorial event at the Collie Motorplex.

Three early casualties being Justin Chaffy(diff)Jim Linehan (gearbox) ,Nathan Callaghan having an electrical problem with the starter motor parting company with the block. Frequent flyer Steve Jolly once again doing the FIFO thing coming from Sydney for the weekend, he must really love to race as he has made it to all rounds so far.

The Ernie Hastie trophy going to Grant Johnson with a perfect score and a masterly display in the wet winning by 10 seconds. Nick Hanlon also clean sweeping the early models in the EA that he once told the committee struggled at Collie, time to load the boot with ballast. Terry De silver not on the Christmas card list after tagging his team mate Warren Ellis, but having bigger problems when he gets home and has to tell Kath how her car got bent.

Team orders were in place in the McCulloch camp with father and son Garry and Jarred Filling the podium in the early models and putting both cars on the trailer with no damage. While having a chat and laugh with Vinnie and Rick after racing talk turned to penalties with Rick saying he got done for not displaying his P plate correctly and it cost him 150 ,I wanted to know if that was in pounds which caused a big chuckle to all there.

See you all at the next round, till then stay on the black stuff

 

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