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2017 Round 5

The sun god must love motor sport because for the second time in a month he has chased the wet and wild weather away to make for near perfect conditions for round 5 to race fast and close. AU/VT qualifying threw up the first surprise with Rick Gill starting out of P1 followed by Brock Boley having a great run to claim P2 and Ashly Barnett pushing Grant Johnson back to 4th.

The EA/VN guys and gals saw Justin “Max” Chaffey take pole by half a second from Mark Jones under close instruction from new race engineer Chucky “I Got this” Kneafsey. Others good performances were Brock Ralph in 4th and Steve “FIFO” Jolly in 6th. Coming back out of retirement Matt “Farnham” Martin had to retire again after engine problems early in qualifying.

Race one had Rick blast away from the line only to have Grant “Senna” Johnson carve up the field to lead midway through lap 2, commentators comparing Grants drive to an F1 race where Ayrton Senna went 4th to 1st inside 2 laps.

Justin Chaffy having a close tussle with Mark Jones win the early models battle. Fifo Jolly and “I Got The Marbles” Murphy trading in the race suit for tutu and ballet slippers with spins after brake problems, both copping a ribbing back in the shed.

Grant winning the next 2 races to clean sweep the late models to win the round from Rick Gill and Brett Niall. Vinnie “hot pants” taking up sand exploration at turn 1 in race 3 to DNF after his first run back from his VY bonfire. Justin and Mark with one win and one second each in the last two races to give Justin the round win from Mark and Andrew Martin filling third. Brock Ralph throwing away a third place overall after he too took a trip across the sand at turn 7. Justin “Max” “Popeye” Chaffey complaining after race 3 of sore arms after steering rack failure, not sure if the rack had more holes or a Chopper Reid alibi, (the arms did look more like Olive Oil arms to me) Good weather, close racing and little damage made for a fantastic day at the track so until time stay on the black stuff.

 

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.

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