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2017 Round 6

Over cast skies greeted the 24 starters for the Quit Saloon Car State Championship with everyone keen to hit the track we welcomed another newbie Fabrice Cauvin and welcomed back Jeff Watts AKA “Stupid”.

AU/ VT had the same old combatants slug it out for P1 with the elder statesman Rick Gill sending Grant “Senna” Johnson to P2 by a small margin. Grants team mate Matt “Farnham” Martin thinking he may have to retire again pulling to the infield one Lap 1 of qualifying with a rough sounding engine, lucky for Matt it was a simple fix and he ran strong all day from rear of field in race 1 to finish 4th in race 3.

EA/VN qualifying had Mark “Champ” Jones pushed hard for top spot by a charging Andrew Martin with :08 of a second between them. Andrew’s day finished early in race 3 when the diff mounts parted company with the diff housing. Nick Hanlon back after a lengthy lay off to have a run in the EA. Justin Chaffy having some work to do before Race one after a fuel pump stopped pumping. Damo Stephens helping out to get him going again just as the call for Saloons to grid was called, his teammate Chucky‘s parked car now looking like it was stolen and striped for spare parts. The pirouette award going to Terry DeSylva's for his effort at turn one and the off-road award goes to Mathew “McCray” Jenkins for a trip down the grass and sand.

Winners for the round where Grant Johnson from Rick Gill in the late models and Justin Chaffy out scoring Nick Hanlon to take out the early models. While Jim “Chuck Norris” Linahan took out the most significant prize in motorsport the Rightway Industrial inter team marbles challenge leaving his teammate Des “No Marbles” Murphy exhausted with no marbles and no exhaust.

Overall all it was a fantastic day with minor damage, no pace cars, no rain and a great lunch put on by the MCE Motorsport guys and gals (the jam and cream scones can come every race meet) so until next time stay on the black stuff.

2017 Round 4

After weeks of rain and wind the sky cleared for round 4 of the Quit Saloon Car Series with a clear sky and sunshine. Twenty three starters where soon back to twenty two after 4 laps of qualifying when the red flags came out after Chucky “i got this” Kneafsey ploughed into the wall after dropping a wheel in the wet grass causing terminal damage to car #5 .

Team mate Justin “Vernstappen” Chaffey was heard to say later l may finally have a shot at winning this one. After the tilt tray had cleaned up the mess Rick Gill had pole from Grant Johnson In AU/VT, Justin Chaffy to lead off Terry De Sylva and the rest of the early's away. Race one saw Grant turn the tables on Rick to cross the line first with Greg “Hollywood” Dyson in third . Great to see a hair gelled Hollywood back with the AU, unfortunately that was it for Greg as the engine lost power at the start of race 2 and he parked it up ,all that hard work cleaning out spider webs for 12 laps. EA/VN winner JC beating home movie star Mark “kardashian” Jones and Brandon Sharpe. Steve “Fifo” Jolly not having a good start to the day after fitting brand new rip shifter only to find he could not select top gear due to being supplied with a Holden unit. Terry also suffering a brush with the wall to DNF a long with Brock Ralf. Race 2 saw the pace car out on lap 2 when turn one sand trap became a place where AUs went to play with both of Ricks car out for the day welcome back to Brett “Sorry Rick Nail, Grant going on to win the next two races to clean sweep the day and take home the big silver ware, Justin doing the same in the early models to finish on top. The reverse grid in the early's had the Rightway boys on the front row but not for long in the retro HDT livery which looked good from the stands with plenty of comments. Well done to Warren Ellis on his first podium and Brock Ralf for a PB. If anyone knows of a VN log booked roller give Chucky a call , until next time stay on the black stuff.

2017 Round 3

Round 3 of the Quit Saloon car State championship was run at the Collie Motorplex with the Ernie Hastie memorial round. Twenty starters were greeted with wet and slippery conditions for most of the day giving the crowd some great entertainment with Saloons version of the Imperial Russian Ballet's Swan Lake, the pink power ranger being ranked 1 in pirouette but quit a few close behind.

Grant Johnson having no trouble with conditions to grab pole and 3 race wins to win the Ernie Hastie trophy for the third time. Matt Martin having a good day to give team Purple a one two for the day. Great to see Steve Martin getting around after a crash in York round the houses a few weeks ago, Crispy Vinnie also a spectator after his version of the human torch last round.

The EA/VN races where tightly contested with the boys at Hot Lap Motorsport, Chucky and JC going one two and Andrew Martin (AKA Rightway up) taking third and a lot happier in the new car after a retune and a wheel alignment.

Chucky winning all 3 races after JC missed a gear while leading on the last lap leaving the door open for Chucky to slip by. Steve Jolly (FIFO)  back again in the blue falcon ,always smiling and having a great time.

The hardest thing I have ever done in my race car was waving my team mate past with driver and car not at 100 percent knowing the marbles where his and bragging rights may last a while. Job well done to Danielle Kemp on debut in trying conditions but finishing all races, Mathew Jenkins, Mark Jones, Brandon Sharpe and Brock Boley also having their first run at Collie and completing all races.

So guys and gals until next time have a cold Emu Bitter for Ernie and stay on the black stuff.


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