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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 7

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Round 7 saw the teams head to Collie for the second time this year which always makes for a great family friendly weekend.

The usual suspects were starting from the front rows with the exception of Jim “no show/no marbles” Linehan who took a well-earned overseas holiday leaving the responsibility of coming up with stupid nicknames for everyone this round to our committee.

Grant Johnson took the line honours in all 3 races and a new lap record and Justin Chaffey good enough to hold off a fast charging Brandon Sharpe in the early models.

Hero story of the day was Terry DeSylva breaking a gearbox and going to the clubs go to parts car “previously driven by Chucky”, and getting the spares, he needed and a little help from his MCE Motorsport team and many other fellow competitors he was back in action to fight his way through the field before getting involved in a team mate tangle to decide who the number 1 driver was in the MCE camp.

2018 will see Saloon cars hold 3 championship events in Collie hopefully on the new long track, and after seeing the earth works it is going to be something to really look forward too.

The “FINAL” fight for the 2017 season is on 21st October. SEE YOU THERE!

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.

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