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South Aussie Title Goes West

Posted on April 15, 2018 at 6:35 AM

Despite the windy conditions, some great racing was seen at Sunline Speedway on Saturday night. Due to some other venues being cancelled due to rain, some extra drivers joined in, bolstering fields in several classes.


Modified Sedans had 14 drivers contest the South Australian Title, proudly sponsored by Haseldine Automotive and United Speedway Association. 6 heat races were on the program, with each driver contesting 3 of them. David Smith and Ty Galley claimed 2 wins each, with Martin Hawson and Clint Noakes claiming a heat win each.


Galley would start the 20 lap main event from pole position, ahead of Smith, Noakes, Hawson, Wade McCarthy and Angelo Halacas. The early running was littered with cautions with drivers attempting to win the race in the first few laps. Several cars withdrew from the race due to damage or mechanical issues, the most notable being Galley who had a flat tyre whilst holding a large lead. Once the dust settled, Western Australian Noakes claimed the Title ahead of Smith, Hawson, McCarthy and Allen Mortimer rounding out the top 5.


Junior Sedans were contesting Round 3 of their Track Championship as well as Round 1 of the Robert Gwynne Memorial. 14 drivers had 2 heat races each, a top 6 dash before a 20 lap feature. Despite starting at the rear due to being a late nomination, Heath Thorne claimed both of his heat wins, with Drew Flatman and Paige Goldsack-Gwynne taking a heat win each. After dominating the dash and setting a 6 lap record, Thorne would start the feature ahead of Flatman, Jordan Grillett, Ky McEwin, Jake Richter and Goldsack-Gwynne. All drivers should be congratulated for their driving, with the 20 laps going non-stop. Thorne was the class of the field, winning by almost a lap ahead of Flatman and Grillett as well a lowering the 20 lap record by over a minute!


Junior Sedans Track Championship top 5 after Round 3 – 1st Jordan Grillett 281pts, 2nd Drew Flatman 240pts, 3rd Ky McEwin 179pts, 4th Paige Goldsack-Gwynne 166pts, 5th Thomas Richter 136pts

Robert Gwynne Memorial standings after Round 1 – 1st Heath Thorne 132pts, 2nd Drew Flatman 116pts, 3rd Paige Goldsack-Gwynne 102pts, 4th Jordan Grillett 97pts, 5th Ky McEwin


Street Stock benefited the most with the cancelation of other venues, with an additional 7 cars arriving to have a 15 car field contesting 4 heats with each driver racing in 2. Rhys Heinrich won both of his heat races with Adrian Wright and Tony Prideaux taking a heat win each. Heinrich would start the 15 lap Feature from pole, ahead of Wade Fell, Cade Cox, Matthew Maynard, Prideaux and Cheyanne Richter-Uren. Heinrich was able to build an early lead and maintained this throughout the duration to claim the win, ahead of Cox, Maynard, Darren Thorne and Jo Storer.


Modlites had a smaller field than has been seen at the venue for a while with only 7 cars being able to make it to the track. Brian Chadwick and Brook Alexander claimed the 2 heat wins on offer. Alexander would go on to claim the win in the 12 feature ahead of Justin Plaisted, Chadwick and Nathan Launer.


Only 3 Super Sedans made it to the track and put on some demonstration laps, with Jason Gantz, Steve Schwarz and Michael Brown putting on a show for the crowd.


Tough-As Products Grand Champion is starting to take shape after 3 Rounds. Many drivers are taking an interest in how the standings are evolving after each meeting, taking into consideration of the weighted points structure. Current top 5 are – 1st Joel Heinrich (Wingless Sprints) 510pts, 2nd Brian Chadwick (Modlites) 450pts, 3rd Matthew Kennedy (Wingless Sprints) 445pts, 4th Brook Alexander (Modlites) 420pts, 5th Drew Flatman (Junior Sedans) 410pts.


Sunline Speedway’s next meeting is to be held on Saturday 19th May with 7 classes currently scheduled to compete. Junior Sedans will have their final Round of the Robert Gwynne Memorial as well as Round 4 of the Track Championship. They will be supported by Wingless Sprints, Super Sedans, Modified Sedans, Street Stocks, Modlites and AMCA’s. Keep up to date with all the latest news by visiting the Sunline Speedway website and Facebook page.

South Australian Modified Title this Saturday

Posted on April 10, 2018 at 4:15 AM

On Saturday 14th April, Sunline Speedway plays hosts to the South Australian Modified Sedan Title, with local drivers having to battle against drivers entered from Victoria and Western Australia to claim the SA #1.


Whilst the focus will be on the Title, the support classes are just as exciting. Junior Sedans will be contesting Round 3 of their Track Championship as well as Round 1 of the Robert Gwynne Memorial, with Street Stocks and Modlites rounding out a great program.


Gates open slightly earlier than normal at 3:30pm with on track action to commence from 5:30pm. Adult tickets are just $20, Concessions $15, Families $45 and Kids $5. To keep up to date on all the latest news, visit the Sunline Speedway Facebook page and website.


Current nominations as of 10th April, 5pm


SA Modified Sedans Title - (12)

S 0 Trevor Raams

MDA 2 Jeremy McClure

MDA 3 Neil Watson

S 4 Ben Tuttle

S 8 Marty Raams

S 16 Adam Haseldine

MDA 33 Taleah Dolic

S 44 Justin Demaine

W 74 Allan Mortimer

MDA 86 Angelo Halacas

MDA 88 Ty Galley

S 93 Jason Demaine


Junior Sedans - Track Championship Rd 3/Robert Gwynne Memorial Rd 1 - (14)

2 Ky McEwin

4 Thomas Richter

12 Max Richter

16 Corey Richter

21 Paige Goldsack-Gwynne

24 Chelsea Gwynne

26 Blake Laan

44 Tyler Whitbourne

45 Maddie Uren

46 Lucas Warnett

62 Damon Laan

84 Jordan Grillett

99 Jake Richter

112 Drew Flatman



Street Stocks - (8 )

12 Ashlee Flatman

15 Cheyanne Richter Uren

22 Tony Prideaux

23 Ben Whitehead

31 Adrian Wright

MDA 79 Wade Fell

99 John Drapala

101 Ashlee McEwin


Modlites - (9)

0 Brook Alexander

8 Michael Cowland

11 Rex Hodgson

12 Andrew Launer

27 Cory Hodgson

41 Brian Chadwick

47 Justin Plaisted

66 Jacob Carlier

85 Nathan Launer

SA Modified Sedan Nomination Form

Posted on March 15, 2018 at 3:55 AM

Sorry for the delay folks, but the Nomination Form for the SA Modified Sedan Title is now available on the Sunline Speedway Website. Go to the Calendar page and scroll down to the April meeting and click on the link to download the form.

Sunday Night Action Review

Posted on March 12, 2018 at 7:05 AM

With 7 classes on offer, plenty of thrills and spills were witnessed by the large crowd at Sunline Speedway on Sunday night.


V6 Sprints were contesting the final night of their 2 night King of the Riverland series. Initially, it looked like being a quick end to the series when 7 of the 9 cars failed to finish the first heat race, mostly due to drivers trying to win the race at Turn 1. Thankfully most of the cars were able to be repaired in time for Heat 2 but more retirements occurred leaving just 4 for the Feature race. South Australian State Champion Chris James dominated the night, claiming the 2 Heat wins, the Pole Shuffle as well as the Feature. Brock Lane crossed the line second, but was disqualified for failing to get his car weighed after the race. This elevated Michael Buxallen into second for the night followed by Kym Simon. James would also be crowned King of the Riverland, ahead of Simon and Buxallen.


Modlites had some new faces as the locals were joined by some Queensland drivers who had made the trek down to contest the SA Title the night before at Renmark. The grid was a little smaller than nominated due to some casualties at the Title, the most notable being Ty Forrestal who was involved in an incident that resulted in a trip to the hospital with heavily damaged left foot.

For the 11 drivers that were able to make in onto the track, some exciting racing was seen especially by the visiting Queenslanders who seemed to take a liking to the Venue. So much so that the 1 lap Track Record was broken twice during the night, firstly by Nathan Politch before it was lowered again by Terry Leerentveld.

The Feature race was declared 3 laps early after Justin Plaisted took a wild tumble in Turn 3 after making contact with Brian Chadwick. Leerentveld was declared the winner ahead of Klinton Hancey and Politch for a Queensland trifecta.


Junior Sedans had 14 drivers contesting Round 2 of their Track Championship with several drivers making their first trip to the Venue for the season. Paige Goldsack-Gwynne, Jemma Chapman and Drew Flatman claimed a Heat Race win each before going into the Feature. Yet another Feature race was called early after Goldsack-Gwynne rolled in Turn 3. Due to the results going back 1 lap because of the red flag, Flatman claimed the Feature win ahead of Goldsack-Gwynne and Jordan Grillet.

After 2 Rounds of the Junior Sedan Track Championship, Grillet leads by 54 points from Flatman and Nate Trewin who are tied for second. After a tough night with car troubles where he was unable to start a single race, Trewin will be hoping his next outing is more productive to reclaim the Championship lead.


Whilst low in numbers, the high horsepower of the Super Sedans still managed to put on a show for the crowd. Steve Schwarz started the night strongly, claiming the win in Heat 1 whilst Kym Hammerstein took the win in Heat 2. These 2 drivers shared the front row in the Feature, and it wasn’t long before Hammerstein was able to gain the upper hand and claim an easy win from Michael Brown, Schwarz and Robert Uren.


With 12 Street Stocks contesting 3 Heat races and a Feature, picking a winner was always going to be a challenge. Bailey Heinrich, Darren Flatman and Tony Prideaux took out a Heat win each, setting up an entertaining Feature race.

Early on in the Feature Flatman was deemed to have caused a stoppage, whilst the following donut on the infield resulted in disqualification from the race. This left Bailey Heinrich out the front and claiming the win ahead of the hard charging Cody Heinrich and Prideaux.


Modified Sedans had a hit out ahead of their State Title at the next meeting, but only 4 cars were able to make it to the Venue. Trevor Raams looked to have his car dialled in nicely, claiming the 2 Heat race wins, which included setting a new 10 Lap Track Record, as well as winning the Feature.


Formula 500’s were another class that put on some entertaining racing for the fans with 7 cars contesting 2 Heat races and a Feature. Corey Jones and Richard Schmidt claimed the Heat victories before Chris Pinchbech powered his way to the front to win the Feature. Rounding out the top 5 was Jones, followed by Schmidt, Mercorella and Nathan O’Shea.


Sunline Speedway’s next meeting is set for Saturday 14th April with the running of the South Australian Modified Sedan Title. Junior Sedans have Round 3 of their Track Championship whilst also contesting Round 1 of the Robert Gwynne Memorial. Super Sedans, Street Stocks, Formula 500’s and Modlites complete the program. Gates are set to open at 3:30pm with on track action starting from 5:30pm. Adults tickets are just $20, with Concessions $15, Families $45 and Kids just $5.

Next Meeting this Sunday Night

Posted on March 4, 2018 at 10:00 PM

Sunday 11th March sees Sunine Speedway hold its second meeting of the 2017/18 season. After a successful start to the season, Promoters are looking at another great crowd to witness 7 classes on the program.


V6 Sprints will be battling to be crowned King of the Riverland, with a 2 night contest. Night 1 will be held Saturday night at Riverland Speedway, with Sunline hosting the final night. Look for reigning SA Champion Chris James and Damien Eve to be near the front of the field.


Junior Sedans will be contesting Round 2 of their Track Championship whilst Super Sedan will be racing a round of their Country Series.


A big field of Modlites will be present, with their State Title being held at the Riverland Speedway at the night before, featuring several Queensland drivers. Modified Sedans will be getting some much needed track time ahead of their State Title in April, whilst Street Stocks and Formula 500’s will round out the program.


Gates open at 4pm with on track action commencing from 6pm. Adult tickets are just $20, Concessions $15, Families $45 and Kids $5. To keep up to date on all the latest news, visit the Sunline Speedway Facebook page and website.


Nominations for Meeting #2 - Sunday 11th March


Nominations as of 5th March, 1pm


V6 Sprints - King of the Riverland - (9)

S1 Chris James

S6 Michael Buxallen

S17 Kym Simon

S24 Steve Agars

S44 Brock Lane

S55 Damien Eve

S56 Toby McCarthy

S67 Daniel Thwaites

S99 Daryl Barkla


Junior Sedans - Track Championship Rd 2 - (14)

2 Ky McEwin

12 Max Richter

16 Corey Richter

21 Paige Goldsack-Gwynne

24 Chelsea Gwynne

26 Blake Laan

44 Tyler Whitbourne

45 Maddie Uren

58 Nate Trewin

61 Callum Crossing

62 Damon Laan

84 Jordan Grillett

88 Caitlyn Gilding

112 Drew Flatman


Super Sedans - Country Series - (7)

2 Daniel Obst

12 Kym Hammerstein

52 Michael Brown

43 Jason Gantz (TBC)

44 Robert Uren (ROF)

66 Shane Lambe (ROF)

99 Steve Schwarz


Modlites (Sponsored by Acme Removals) - (15)

S0 Brook Alexander

S8 Michael Cowland

S11 Rex Hodgson

Q12 Klinton Hancey

S12 Andrew Launer

S13 Mick Lewis

S27 Cory Hodgson

S41 Brian Chadwick

S47 Justin Plaisted

S52 Michael Brown

Q53 Robert Hardy

Q46 Terry Leerentveld

Q64 Nathan Politch

S78 Ty Forrestal

S85 Nathan Launer


Street Stocks - (15)

8 Paul Hayes

9 Andrew Hardacre

12 Darren Flatman

14 Darren Thorne

15 Cheyanne Richter Uren

19 Zac Walters (ROF)

22 Tony Prideaux

25 Tori Tilbrook

43 Darren Pope

59 Haydon Jolly

62 Harley Alexander

66 Keenan Richards

86 Bailey Heinrich

99 John Drapala

101 Ashlee McEwin (ROF)


Modified Sedans - (6)

0 Trevor Raams

4 Ben Tuttle

8 Marty Raams

16 Adam Haseldine

44 Justin Demaine

93 Jason Demaine


Formula 500's - (9)

6 Joe Mercorella

7 Chris Pinchbech

11 Nathan O'Shea

18 Jarrod Moore

21 Richard Schmidt

35 Cruise Pengilly

39 Dean Cottrell

72 Corey Jones

73 Brendan Zadow

Big Crowd for Opening Night

Posted on February 18, 2018 at 7:50 AM

Sunline Speedway played host to its biggest crowd in years, with an estimated 1500 people in attendance for Opening Night of the 2017/18 season.


Headlining the night was Round 9 of the Australian All Stars Sprintcar Series with 16 drivers taking on Sunlines tight confines. Paul Solomon showed his speed early in Time Trials, claiming Quick Time by 0.3 seconds whilst the following 13 cars were covered by the same margin. After 4 tight heat races, it was into the top 6 Pole Shuffle. Whilst he didn’t claim Pole Position, Michael Trancredi managed to add his name to the record books by lowering both the single lap and 2 lap track records. Paul Solomon was able to claim Pole, and was never really troubled to take the victory in the Feature whilst all the action happened behind him. On the opening lap, Trancredi took a tumble in Turn 3, ending his challenge whilst near mid race distance Dan Evans had a spin in front of half the field whilst trying to pass a lapped car. Evans was able to avoid any contact however he wasn’t so lucky crossing the finish when he made contact with Chris Solomon. Evans would roll several times before quickly ejecting himself from the vehicle.


Michael Brown claimed the Modlites Feature amongst some controversy after earlier receiving a black flag for failing to acknowledge a previous mechanical black for sparks flying from the rear brakes. During a mid race stoppage, Brown was able to have discussions with the stewards who allowed him to continue. After an earlier heat win, Danny Prade had a wild ride during the feature making contact with Andrew Launer exiting turn 2 and rolling twice down the back straight.


Junior Sedans were destined to have a new feature winner for some time with Heath and Nathan Thorne not in attendance. Earlier in the night, Nate Trewin claimed 2 heat races whilst Tamika Pitcher claimed the other ahead of an exciting feature. It turned out to be a memorable night for Callum Crossing claiming his maiden Feature race victory ahead of Trewin and Jordan Grillett. After the first night of their Track Championship, Trewin holds a narrow lead over Crossing and Grillett.


Wingless Sprints had a quality field, headlined by recently crowned back to back Australian Champion Joel Chadwick. The night to be a battle between the Joel’s, with Chadwick claiming 2 of the 3 heat races with Joel Heinrich claiming the other. Come Feature time and Chadwick pulled in early with what appeared to be engine issues, which allowed Heinrich to power on to claim the win.


In the lead up to the meeting, Sunline Speedway in partnership with Tough-As Products announced a new type of Track Championship where all drivers compete against each other to be crowned at the end of the year the Tough-As Products Grand Champion. Points will be weighted to ensure that as long as a class contests at least 2 rounds during the season any driver could claim the Title. From results of Night 1, the Wingless Sprint trio of Heinrich, Matthew Kennedy and Jake Ashworth currently lead but now have to sit and wait other classes rapidly chase them down, as Wingless Sprints aren’t set to return to the Venue until the fourth meeting of the season in May.


Sunline Speedway next comes to life on the March long weekend, Sunday 11th March with 7 classes competing. V6 Sprints will be holding their annual 2 Night King of the Riverland series, holding Night 1 on the night before at the Riverland Speedway. Super Sedans will compete for points for a round of their country series whilst the Junior Sedans have Round 2 of their Track Championship. Street Stocks, Modlites, Formula 500’s and Modified Sedans will round out a big program. Expect to see a big field of Modified Sedans, getting some valuable track time ahead of their State Title at the Venue in April.

 

Tough-As Products Grand Champion Announced

Posted on February 11, 2018 at 1:35 AM

Tough-As Products Grand Champion

Sunline Speedway, in conjunction with Tough-As Products, are proud to announce the creation of a new Track Championship for the 2017/18 season. However, this Track Championship will be unlike any other, with all drivers competing to be crowned the Grand Champion of Sunline Speedway.

A unique point structure has been created so that drivers of different classes can compete against each other fairly, no matter how often their class is scheduled to race at the Venue.

Firstly, each driver will be awarded Entry Points for each race meeting that they compete in (this is defined as a driver taking the green flag in at least 1 race on the night). A maximum of 500 entry points are available for a driver to obtain during the season. For example, a class that races over 5 rounds will get 100 entry points per race, whereas a class that only competes in 2 races in the season would be awarded 250 points per race.

Drivers are then awarded Round Points for a top 3 finish overall for the night, based upon all heat and feature points, using the heat point structure used by that class. As with the Entry Points, Round Points are weighted with a maximum of 600 points available over the season with a very slightly bias toward those classes that contest 4 or 5 rounds.

There has been plenty of planning put into designing the structure around the implementation of this Track Championship to ensure an inclusive nature for all competitors. Classes must compete in at least two rounds for drivers to be eligible to be crowned Grand Champion. We hope that this not only creates battles within and across classes, but ensures that Sunline Speedway is a Venue that drivers keep returning to claim such a unique prize.

The long wait for season 2017/18 is almost over

Posted on February 9, 2018 at 2:35 AM

After a long off season, Sunline Speedway is all set to host Opening Night of the 2017/18 season on Saturday 17th February. After a successful debut at the Venue last season, the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers Australian Sprintcar All Stars return, competing in round 9 of the 11 round series. After round 7, Mark Caruso holds a narrow lead from Paul Solomon, with 91 points covering the top 4. After a claiming the win last season, local driver Dan Evans will be hoping for a repeat performance after a tough series to date. With almost 20 drivers nominated, it will be well worth the price of admission alone.


Junior Sedans continue to foster the stars of the future and will once again contest all rounds for their Track Championship throughout the season. Will the established drivers like Nathan Thorne and Paige Goldsack-Gwynne continue to be at the front of the field, or will new up and comers claim the glory and establish themselves as names to watch.


Wingless Sprints will be headlined by recently crowned back-to-back Australian Champion Joel Chadwick. However, this just paints a larger target on his tail tank for others to chase, and claim bragging rights if the claim the victory. Look for William Caruso, Lucy Evans and Jay Brown to lead the list of challengers.


With the continued development and growth of the Modlites field, picking a winner is getting increasing difficult. Whilst the likes of established drivers of Brook Alexander and Brain Chadwick have still been at the front, new driver Justin Plaisted has been making big gains in his debut season and one to watch.


With close racing across all classes, securing your favourite viewing spot early is a must. Gates open at 3pm with on track action commencing from 5pm. Adult tickets are just $20, Concessions $15, Families $45 and Kids $5. To keep up to date on all the latest news, visit the Sunline Speedway Facebook page and website.


Nominations for Opening Night - 17th February.

**Nominations close on Sunday 11th February**

Nominations as of 11th February, 9pm


Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers Australian Sprintcar All Stars - (18 )

V4 Phillip Lock

V7 Paul Solomon

VA8 Shaun McClure

S11 Scott Enderl

S16 Jack Gartner

V16 James Wren

V29 Michael Tancredi

W30 Jamie Landrigan

S32 Ben Gartner

S33 Mark Caruso

V34 Brenten Farrer

S42 Jamie Hendry

S69 Cody Atkins

S77 Daniel Evans

V83 Christopher Solomon

S95 Jarman Dalitz

S96 Brendan Guerin

S98 Cheian Perrett


Junior Sedans - Track Championship Rd 1 - (14)

4 Thomas Richter

12 Max Richter

16 Corey Richter

21 Paige Goldsack-Gwynne

23 Kirra-Lee Pitcher

44 Tyler Whitbourne

46 Lucas Warnett

52 Aaron Tranter

55 Sharni Pitcher

58 Nate Trewin

61 Callum Crossing

78 Nathan Thorne

84 Jordan Grillett

96 Tamika Pitcher


Modlites (Sponsored by F.Stephens & Son) - (9)

0 Brook Alexander

8 Michael Cowland

12 Andrew Launer

18 Danny Prade

27 Cory Hodgson

41 Brian Chadwick

47 Justin Plaisted

78 Ty Forrestal

85 Nathan Launer


Wingless Sprints - (15)

A1 Joel Chadwick

2 Jake Ashworth

3 Roydn Bailey

10 William Caruso

16 Joel Heinrich

19 Michael Spoljaric

21 Mathew Kennedy

32 Daniel Smith

33 Brad Evans

37 Anthony McMillan

44 Lucy Evans

51 Jay Brown

52 Jordon Bolitho

79 Shane Hammerstein

82 Greg Cunningham

Upcoming Working Bees

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 8:35 AM

With Opening Night fast approaching, there are a few jobs that need doing to ensure the Venue is looking its best.

There will be Working Bee's on 2 weekends, 27th-28th January and 3rd-4th February.

No matter how much time you are able to provide, your assistance would be much appreciated. Those wanting to assist, please ensure that you contact Wacka and Jen directly.

Even if you aren't sure how you can contribute but have some free time, please make contact and Wacka and Jen can let you know what jobs you could help with.

Remember, many hands make light work.

Practice this Saturday

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 7:50 AM

Sunline Speedway will be holding a practice day this Saturday, 7th October between 11am and 5pm. Cost is $30 per car, which must be registered and drivers must have a licence. All those wanting some track time, please ensure you give Wacka a call on 0412 474 289 so we know how many people to expect.

Heinrich Claims Number Five

Posted on June 12, 2017 at 8:35 AM

Sunline Speedway concluded the 2016/17 speedway season with an action packed meeting on Sunday, with the meeting beginning under beautiful sunshine and concluding under lights.


The main event on the program was the Steve Butcher Memorial for Street Stocks, with 19 drivers attempting to add their name to a must win trophy for the class. The heat races showed that it was going to be a tight contest with Rhys Heinrich, Jason Gibbs, Des Birkin and Nigel Reichstein each claiming a heat win. For the main event, it would be Heinrich and Reichstein that would lead the field, ahead of Phil Watson and Gibbs. Whilst this race is one that everyone wants to win, it seemed that everyone wanted to win it in the first few laps with numerous restarts required to get more that a lap completed. Once the dust had settled, Heinrich claimed the win which is his fifth in six years. Reichstein finished second from Brooke Ferguson, Steve Heinrich and Anthony Buchanan.


The stars of the future took to the track for the final of the Junior Sedans Track Championship. As they had done at the previous meeting, Heath and Nathan Thorne elected to start all races from the rear, but the results remained that same with each of the brothers claiming a heat win. Aaron Tranter and Tom Richter would start the feature from the row ahead of Ashlee McEwin and Paige Goldsack-Gwynne. A late race caution set up a tight finish with Nathan holding on from Heath to claim a narrow victory, McEwin was third, followed by Drew Flatman and Goldsack-Gwynne.

As with the Robert Gwynne Memorial, the Thorne brothers managed to end the Track Championship tied on points. The overall win was awarded to Heath due to winning 3 features to Nathan’s 2. Third went to McEwin ahead of Tom Richter and Lachie Gwynne.


The Modified Sedan Championship was well represented with 8 cars competing with several drivers Mildura making the trek across the border to attempt to take home the $500 prize. Bradley Hammond and David Smith were victorious in the 2 heat races and allowed to Smith to start the Feature from pole ahead of Wade McCarthy, Hammond and Trevor Raams. All drivers put on a great display of racing to go non-stop for the 20 laps on offer, a feat that hadn’t been achieved since the track had been reconfigured ahead of the 2014/15 season. Smith was able to hold off McCarthy over the last couple of laps fort the win and to have the honour of having his name attached to the track record. Ben Tuttle claimed third, after earlier missing the first heat race, ahead of Hammond and Raams.


Wingless Sprints started off the meeting with an uneventful race that was claimed by Aaron Doe. However, there was plenty of emotion on display in heat 2 when Aaron Doe made contact with his brother Keir Doe in turn 3, which resulted in Keir rolling several times and causing a fuel leak that was quickly attended to by the CFS. With the cars parked under due to the red light, Keir made his way over to Aaron to tell him what he thought with officials presents ensuring that nothing got out of hand. Once the heat was restarted, Lucy Evans powered to the win. Evans would start the feature from pole and would be able to withstand the pressure that was applied from Aaron Doe to claim victory. Anthony McMillan finished third from Melissa McMillan and Cheian-May Perrett.


13 AMCA’s took to the track but unfortunately Michael Qualmann didn’t re-emerge after a first heat incident. Jeremy Moore and Darren McCarthy each claimed a heat win, which was no mean feat as each driver started 13th and 9th respectfully to do so. High point scores in their other heat race meant that they would start the feature from the front ahead of Jason Robinson and Jeremy Fenner. From the drop of the flag, Moore looked to have the race in control and would end up claiming a comfortable win. McCarthy had a tougher time in finishing second, being pushed hard all the way by Robinson and Fenner.


Modlites welcomed the returning Matt Egel to the class after a win on debut at Sunline’s last meeting in May. A small field of 6 cars was reduced to just 4 when Brooke Alexander and Michael Brown were unable to continue after the first heat. Brian Chadwick looked like he had his Sunline mojo back with wins the in 2 heat races and entering the feature would’ve wanted to make it a clean sweep. It wasn’t to be for Chadwick as Scott Webb showed everyone how it’s done and powered away to claim the win, as well as lowering the track record by .27 seconds. Egel was second from Chadwick and Jake Lewis.


Rounding out the program was the Super Sedan with 5 cars in attendance; Daniel Obst and Steve Schwarz with a heat win each. There was some confusion in the second heat after Michelle Dillon made heavy contact with the main straight wall, causing heavy damage to the #75 machine. With the red lights on, the water truck entered and completed a lap watering the racing surface mid race. Due to this, the officials elected to restart the race whilst reducing the race distance by 2 laps. Feature time and Schwarz and Obst started from the front but would soon be overtaken by Jason Gantz, who would go on and claim the win. Terry Brown finished second ahead of Obst and Schwarz.


Sunline Speedway would like to thank everyone that assisted at any point during the 2016/17, the officials and volunteers, drivers and crews, sponsors and the fans that made this season one to remember. Planning is well underway for the 2017/18 season, with Opening Night set for the 17th February with the return of a round of the Australian 360 Sprintcar All Stars series. Keep an eye on the Sunline Speedway website and Facebook page for all of the latest news.

 

Final Squirt in the Dirt This Sunday

Posted on June 5, 2017 at 10:35 AM

This Sunday sees Sunline Speedway fire up for one last time for the 2016/17 season with over 60 cars nominated for the traditional day meeting. Headlining the meeting is the annual running of the Steve Butcher Memorial for Street Stocks. After a strong runner up finish at the SA Title, 4 time winner Rhys Heinrich will go in as the favourite to add to his ever growing trophy cabinet. But he won’t have it his own way with the likes of Andy Maxwell Jnr, Neville Nitschke and Tony Prideaux ensuring that it will be a battle to the end.


Junior Sedans will battle it out for their Track Championship, with Heath and Nathan Thorne locked it a tight battle for the win, whilst there will be battles up and down the field. For some drivers, it will be there last race in the class before moving into senior ranks, so plenty of bragging rights will be on the line from those that are the future of our sport.


Modified Sedans will also contest for their own track championship, with a $500 to win enticing a good field of cars. Mildura’s Wade McCarthy will look to come over the border and take the win and the cash from the locals of Adam Hasledine, Justin Demaine,and, Trevor and Marty Raams.


Super Sedans, Modlites, AMCA’s and Wingless Sprints complete a big program of events. Ensure that you get in early to get your favourite viewing spot and enjoy the action. Gates open at 10am with on track action to start from 12 noon. Adult tickets are just $20, Concessions $15, Families $45 and Kids $5.


Current nominations as of 5/6/17 7pm:


Street Stock Steve Butcher Memorial (Sponsored by Active Batteries) - (20)

A1 Rhys Heinrich

2 Anthony Buchanan

3 Keith Moore

14 Nigel Reichstein

V18 Brooke Ferguson

19 Phil Watson

22 Tony Prideaux

27 Cade Cox

29 Jason Gibbs

31 Adrian Wright

37 Keir Doe

43 Darren Pope

47 Tony Schultz

55 Des Birkin

58 Neville Nitschke

59 Haydon Jolly

63 Stephen Heinrich

75 Daniel Karpinski

MDA79 Wade Fell

132 Andy Maxwell Jnr


Junior Sedans - Track Championship Final - (12)

0 Heath Thorne

2 Ky McEwin

3 Ashlee McEwin

4 Tom Richter

16 Corey Richter

21 Paige Goldsack-Gwynne

31 Rory Moroney

45 Aaron Tranter

58 Nate Trewin

61 Callum Crossing

78 Nathan Thorne

112 Drew Flatman


Modified Sedan Championship ($500 to win. Sponsored by Haseldine Automotive & Active Motor Wreckers) - (9)

0 Trevor Raams

4 Ben Tuttle

MDA6 Wade McCarthy

MDA7 Mat McClure

8 Marty Raams

9 Bradley Hammond

MDA19 David Smith

S19 Garry Pahl

44 Justin Demaine


Super Sedans - (6)

N2 Steve Schwarz

S2 Daniel Obst

43 Jason Gantz

44 Terry Brown

75 Michelle Dillon

99 Jake Ashworth


Modlites - (7)

0 Brook Alexander

13 Jake Lewis

32 Scott Webb

41 Brian Chadwick

51 Michael Brown

52 Matt Egel

66 Sam Martin

AMCA's - (14)

2 Michael Qualmann

V7 Frank Thierry

9 Jeremy Fenner

11 Jeremy Moore

12 Travis Litterini

S13 Tegan Martin

T13 Rodney Bassett

23 Jason Robinson

V24 Darren McCarthy

V25 Jamie Nichols

54 Leanne Turner

V66 Benny Aworth

75 Kelsey Allen

88 Mark Janssen


Wingless - (7)

13 Dale Gessell

20 Keir Doe

24 Aaron Doe

37 Anthony McMillan

44 Lucy Evans

49 Daniel Evans

73 Melissa McMillan

Nelson Claims SA Street Stock Title

Posted on May 21, 2017 at 8:35 AM

Saturday Night saw Sunline Speedway play host to the 2016/17 SA Street Stock Title, proudly sponsored by United Speedway Association, Active Motor Wreckers and Jack Daniels. 25 drivers fought hard over the 3 rounds of heats to earn points towards their starting positions for the 25 Lap main event. It was an early shower for Matthew Maynard, who was out for the night after the first lap of the first heat. There would be more hard luck stories throughout the night with numerous drivers striking trouble at some stage. Once everything had settled, Mark Gartner looked like the man to beat with 3 heat wins from his 3 heats to claim pole position. As the cars entered the track for the presentations ahead of the Title, the car of Corey Sandow, who had qualified 7th, failed to show. Unfortunately for Sandow the gearbox had cried enough in the pits and he had to watch from the sidelines. That left 19 cars to battle for the converted SA #1 and those present were treated to some great racing. At one stage it looked like it would be last car standing as drivers pulled out at regular intervals with car issues (over half the field failed to finish). After his dominate run, Gartner looked to have the Title in the bag, only to get a flat tyre 4 laps from the end. Gartner’s misfortune was Matt Nelson’s good fortune and raced on to claim the Title ahead of Rhys Heinrich, whilst Gartner was able to limp home and claim 3rd. A small consolation for Gartner is that he now holds the 1 lap track record which he lowered earlier in the race.


Junior Sedans contested Round 4 of their Track Championship whilst supporting beyondblue. During the night, drivers walked around the Venue rattling their tins with the crowd digging deep with their donations. The Thonre brothers of Heath and Nathan elected to shake things up this meeting by starting all of their races from the rear of the field. Whilst this opened up the potential for some new winners during the 3 heat races, Heath claimed 2 heat wins whilst Nathan claimed the other. The feature saw Paige Goldsack-Gwynne and Ashlee McEwin start from the front row, with Nathan and Heath starting rear, in 11th and 12th. However, it didn’t take long until there was a familiar look to the front of the running order and Heath claimed the win ahead of Nathan. Goldsack-Gwynne unfortunately retired mid race whilst McEwin put in a strong race to be best of the rest in third followed by Rory Moroney and Tom Richter. With 1 Round left in the Track Championship, Heath holds a narrow 8 point lead over Nathan, whilst it looks like an exciting battle for 3rd with McEwin, Richter and Lachie Gwynne separated by just 28 points.


AMCA Nationals held their annual Spectacular, proudly sponsored by Load 28 with a smaller field from what graced the Venue last meeting for their State Title with 9 drivers in attendance. Benny Aworth started the night strong, establishing a new 8 lap track record in the first race of the meeting. Darren McCarthy would claim the 2nd heat to set up an all Victorian front row for the 20 lap Spectacular. Aworth proved too strong in the feature, claiming the win ahead of Tasmanian Rod Bassett and Victorian Frank Thierry, showing up the local drivers with Travis Litterini the best South Australian in 4th.


Modlites had a small field of 7 cars, but welcomed Sprintcar driver Matt Egel for the night in the Michael Brown #52 machine. Whilst Brian Chadwick claimed the first heat, Egel took the second heat and appeared to be at home driving one of these pocket rockets. The feature race will be one that’s spoken about for some time to come. After several stoppages, the finish was set up with a 2 lap dash. Chadwick led with Scott Webb and Egel close on his heels. On the last lap, Egel got a great run out of turn 2 and was able to go around the outside of both of them on the last corner to claim a narrow win on debut. Chadwick held on to second from Webb and Jake Lewis.


In a pleasing sign to many, Modified Sedans had 8 competing which hopefully is a sign that the class is starting to rebuild after a long period of low numbers locally. Adam Haseldine claimed the win in heat 1, whilst Trevor Raams seems to finally be on top of his long time car issues and powered to the win in heat 2. After consistent results in the heats, Justin Demaine and Ben Tuttle started the feature from the front row. Tuttle got the early jump and was quickly followed by Trevor Raams, who pushed Tuttle hard all race. However, most eyes were on the battle for 4th with Marty Raams and Matt McClure racing each other hard with plenty of panel rubbing. Tuttle claimed the win ahead of Trevor Raams, Demaine, McClure and Marty Raams.


Wingless Sprints rounded out the program and enjoyed the track conditions as 2 track records were lowered during the night. Keir Doe started the night with a win in heat 1 before his brother Aaron claimed heat 2 and lowered the existing 8 lap track record. The 2 brothers would start from the front row in the feature, which needed 2 attempts to get under way. Aaron went in too hot into turn 1, which turned Keir, who was collected by Dan Evans. Both brothers were able to resume but unfortunately for Evans the race was over with a flat left rear tyre. On the 2nd attempt, the Doe brothers were overpowered by Travis Beasley who would go on to claim the win and lower the 12 lap record. 2nd place went to Aaron Doe, followed by Brad Beasley, Keir Doe and Lucy Evans.


Sunline Speedway’s final meeting for the 2016/17 season will be the traditional day meeting, to be held on Sunday the 11th of June. Street Stocks will be back in action with the running of the Steve Butcher Memorial, sponsored by Active Batteries. Junior Sedans will contest the Final Round of their Track Championship. Modified Sedans will be racing for their Track Championship, proudly sponsored by Haseldine Automotive & Active Motor Wreckers, whilst Wingless Sprints, Super Sedans, Modlites and AMCA’s round out the big program. As this is a day meeting, gates will open at 10am with racing from 12 noon.

SA Street Stock Title This Saturday

Posted on May 15, 2017 at 7:20 AM

Sunline Speedway plays host to another Blue Ribbon event this Saturday night, with the running of the South Australian Street Stock Title, proudly sponsored by United Speedway Association, Active Motor Wreckers and Jack Daniels. Over 25 drivers from across the State, as well as a few drivers from interstate, will battle it out to claim the coveted SA #1. Reinging Australian Champion Rhys Heinrich and multiple State Title winner Anthony Beare headline the high quality field.


Junior Sedans will be running for points in Round 4 of their Track Championship, as well as raising money in support of Beyondblue. AMCA’s, Modified Sedans, Wingless Sprints and Modlites round out what will be a big night of racing with over 60 cars in attendance.


Gates for the public open at 3pm with the on-track action commencing from 5pm. Adult tickets are just $20, Concessions $15, Families $45 and Kids $5. This is the last night meeting at the Venue for the 2016/17 season before the final meeting, the traditional day meeting, to be held on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.


Nominations as of 15/5/17 7pm:


SA Street Stock Title (Sponsored by United Speedway Association Active Motor Wreckers & Jack Daniels) - (25)

A1 Rhys Heinrich

8 Paul Hayes

9 Andrew Hardacre

14 Nigel Reichstein

17 Carey Weston

18 Jason Duell

19 Phil Watson

22 Tony Prideaux

25 Mark Gartner

MDA26 Corey Sandow

27 Cade Cox

29 Jason Gibbs

46 Anthony Beare

47 Josh Roberts

55 Matt Maynard

58 Neville Nitschke

59 Haydon Jolly

AX61 Matt Nelson

63 Steve Heinrich

66 Darren Flatman

MDA79 Wade Fell

87 Jayden Edwards

96 Wayne Fosteris

97 Jamie Stewart

132 Andy Maxwell Jnr


Junior Sedans Track Championship Rd 4 (Supporting Beyondblue) - (13)

0 Heath Thorne

2 Ky McEwin

3 Ashlee McEwin

4 Tom Richter

14 Jordan Grillett

16 Corey Richter

21 Paige Goldsack-Gwynne

23 Kirra-Lee Pitcher

31 Rory Moroney

58 Nate Trewin

61 Callum Crossing

78 Nathan Thorne

112 Drew Flatman


AMCA Spectacular (Sponsored by Load 28) - (9)

V7 Frank Thierry

12 Travis Litterini

S13 Tegan Martin

T13 Rodney Basset

23 Jason Robinson

V24 Darren McCarthy

54 Leanne Turner

V66 Benny Aworth

88 Mark Janssen


Modifieds - (7)

0 Trevor Raams

4 Ben Tuttle

8 Marty Raams

9 Bradley Hammond

16 Adam Haseldine

19 Garry Pahl

44 Justin Demaine


Modlites - (9)

0 Brook Alexander

13 Jake Lewis

18 Danny Prade

32 Scott Webb

41 Brian Chadwick

42 Duran Cowland

51 Michael Brown

52 Matt Egel

69 Denis Knowles


Wingless - (8)

4 Travis Beasley

8 Daryl Sloan

20 Keir Doe

24 Aaron Doe

44 Lucy Evans

49 Dan Evans

69 Brad Beasley

71 Brett Ireland

 

Proposed 2017/18 Season Dates

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 4:55 AM

Whilst we still have 2 big meetings to go to conclude season 2016/17, we are already in the early stage of planning on season 2017/18

Currently we have 5 proposed dates for the new season:


Sat Feb 17 - 360 Sprintcar All Stars

Sun Mar 11 - TBC SA F500 Title

Sat Apr 7

Sat May 19

Sun Jun 10


Some classes have already spoken to Wacka and Jen about dates they would like to run and these will taken into consideration when all others once they get in contact. Please share this around to all drivers/divisions to ensure that each classes can put forward dates before we lock in the program.

Collins Claims SA AMCA Title

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 6:50 AM

Saturday night saw 20 drivers from across 4 states, as well as 3 State and 1 National Title holder contest the AMCA Nationals South Australian Title, proudly sponsored by United Speedway Association, Lucas Olis and Sprint Auto Parts Salisbury. Drivers faced 3 rounds of heats through the night before battling for the Title over 30 laps. Heavy rain on Thursday had left the track a little rough in spots but all drivers handled the conditions well. Tasmania’s Daniel Brooks and South Aussie Jeremy Moore had taken 2 heat wins each and finished the heats tied on points, and would go on to start the Title race from the front row. The heat races proved tough for many drivers, including Australian Champion Tim Reidy, who after failing to finish in his first heat would start the Title race from position 14.


Come time for the main event, and it seemed to be a case of last driver standing. On lap 2, Brooks had an engine let go when in second whilst 2 laps later Moore also experience mechanical issues and retired from the lead. In total 9 cars retired from the race, 4 of which started from within the top 6 with various mechanical issues. Victorian Champion Jamie Collins kept out of trouble and was able to take out the Title, and add South Australian #1 to his car. Collins was pushed hard over the closing laps by Darren McCarthy and Jake Armstrong. Fourth went to Tasmanian Rod Bassett ahead of Jeremy Fenner, Jason Robinson, Benny Aworth, Mark Janssan, Robert Thomas and Sharon Tindal.


Junior Sedans were racing in the final round of the Robert Gwynne Memorial as well as Round 3 of the Sunline Track Championship. The Thorne brothers of Heath and Nathan continue to dominate at the Venue this season, taking all 4 heat wins that were on offer to secure the front row for the feature. The brothers fought hard in the feature, with Nathan emerging the victor and establishing a new 20 lap track record. However, most people were focusing on the battle for the minor places. Torry Moroney looks like a driver to keep an eye on for the future with a great drive that netted him third place ahead of Lachie Gwynne and Sharni Pitcher. After the 2 Rounds of the Robert Gwynne Memorial, Nathan and Heath Thorn couldn’t be split and were joint winners, followed by Tamika Pitcher, Sharni Pitcher and Lachie Gwynne.


Super Sedans were another class chasing points as the contested the final round of their State Series, as well as round 3 of their Country Series. Kym Jury’s night ended early after only 4 laps after developing car issues and electing to park it. Paul Blenkiron claimed the 2 heat races on offer and was looking the goods in the feature until hitting a rut in turn 2 just the wrong way. This allowed Terry Brown through and was able to hang on to claim his maiden win in the class. Jake Ashworth finished second ahead of a disappointed Blenkiron, Jason Gantz and Michelle Dillon.


Modlites rounded out the program with only a small car count on offer with 7 cars competing. Brian Chadwick and Cory Hodgson each took a heat win each during the night. However, with some driver electing not to contest the feature, only 3 cars took to the track. Chadwick took the feature win ahead of Mick Lewis and Scott Webb.


Sunline Speedway’s next meeting is on the 20th May, headlined by the South Australian Street Stock Title, proudly sponsored by United Speedway Association and Jack Daniels. Junior Sedans will have Round 4 of their Track Championship and will be joined by Wingless Sprints, Super Sedans, Modified Sedans, Modlites and the AMCA Spectacular.

 

SA AMCA Title this Saturday Night

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 6:20 AM

Sunline Speedway is set to host the first of 2 South Australian Titles this Saturday night with the running of the South Australian AMCA Nationals Title. This event is proudly sponsored by United Speedway Association, Lucas Oils & Sprint Auto Parts Salisbury. Over 20 cars will compete from several states with the aim to take home the highly prizes SA #1. Headlining the list is current Australian #1 Tim Reidy.


Supporting the SA Title will be Junior Sedans running their final round of the Robert Gwynne Memorial, Super Sedans contesting their final round of their State Series and Modlites.


Gates are set to open from 4pm with on track action set to kick off from 6pm. Adult tickets are just $20, Concessions $15, Families $45, Kids $5.



Nominations for our next meeting on Saturday 22nd April. **Nominations for all classes are now closed**


Nominations as of 17/4/17 7pm:


SA AMCA Title (Sponsored by United Speedway Association, Lucas Oils & Sprint Auto Parts Salisbury) - 20

A1 Tim Reidy (Also WA 1)

V4 Sharon Tindal

V7 Frank Theiry

S9 Jeremy Fenner

S11 Jeremy Moore

S12 Travis Litterini

S13 Tegan Martin

T13 Rod Bassett

S19 Jake Armstrong

S22 Robert Thomas

T22 Daniel Brooks (T1)

S23 Jason Robinson

V24 Darren McCarthy

V25 Jamie Nicholls

N27 Shane Newstead

V34 Jamie Collins (V1)

S54 Leanne Turner

V66 Benny Aworth

S75 Kelsey Allen

S88 Mark Janssan


Junior Sedans Robert Gwynne Memorial Final Rd & Track Championship Rd 3 - 21

0 Heath Thorne

2 Ky McEwin

3 Ashlee McEwin

4 Tom Richter

5 Mitch Greig

6 Tyson Greig

7 Jemma Chapman

10 Kooper Greig

14 Torry Morone

16 Corey Richter

21 Paige Goldsack-Gwynne

23 Kirra Lee Pitcher

24 Lachie Gwynne

31 Rory Moroney

45 Aron Tranter

58 Nate Trewin

61 Callum Crossing

77 Sharni Pitcher

78 Nathan Thorne

96 Tamika Pitcher

99 Jake Richter


Super Sedans State Series Final Rd (Sponsor Scotcher Race Fuels & Oils) and Country Series Rd 3 - 9

NEW 2 Steve Schwarz (Newcastle registration)

22 Paul Blenkiron

36 Ryan Alexander (TBC)

43 Jason Gantz

44 Terry Brown

47 Micheal Miller

52 Michael Brown

75 Michelle Dillon

93 Kym Jury

99 Jake Ashworth


Modlites - 7

0 Brook Alexander

13 Jake Lewis

18 Danny Prade

27 Cory Hosgson

32 Scott Webb

41 Brian Chadwick

42 Duran Cowland


 

Weather fails to dampen on track action

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 6:10 AM

Whilst the weather threatened, and even provided a few light showers, Sunline Speedway was able to complete a full program of events on Sunday Night. This also included that last minutes addition of Formula 500’s, as their State Title had been rained out the night before at Mt Gambier. The night started with an emotional tribute to Super Sedan competitor Bill Miller, who lost his battle with cancer on Saturday morning.


V6 Sprints contested their second and final night of their King of the Riverland series. After Night One, Chris James had a handy lead after claiming maximum points, ahead of Michael Buxallen, Steve Agars and Brock Lane. James started the night well, claiming the first heat win before finally being beaten by Danny Pauley in heat two. Kym Simon put in a stellar drive in the top six Pole Shuffle, elevating himself from sixth to the front row, only to be denied pole position by James. Come Feature race time, and James again proved to be the class of the field. Agars didn’t let him have it easy, but he wasn’t able to do much besides watch James claim victory. Simon finished third ahead of Lane, Daniel Thwaites, Buxallen and Darryl Barkla. Once the points were tallied, it was no surprise to find that James had claimed the King of the Riverland crown, ahead of Agars, Lane and Buxallen.


Junior Sedans had a massive field with 23 cars competing for their own two night Riverland Cup, as well as points for Round 1 of the Robert Gwynne Memorial, and Round 2 of the Junior Sedan Track Championship. Nathan and Heath Thorne finished Night One of the Riverland Cup tied on points and would be a battle between them to claim the Cup. The battle for third would be a very different story with many of the field in with a shot, ensuring that the racing during the night would be fierce. Going into the Feature, the Thorne brothers were still tied on points, with Heath and Nathan claiming 2 heat wins each during the night, meaning that it would be winner take all in the Feature. Whilst its sounds like the Brothers had it easy, that had been pushed hard by Tamika and Sharni Pitcher during the heats and both would be starting inside the top five for the feature. Whilst looking under pressure early, the Thorne brothers pulled away from the rest of the field after a mid race caution. Heath claimed the win and the Riverland Cup ahead of Nathan; Tamika finished the feature third ahead of Sharni, but it would be Sharni on the final step of the podium by a slender five points.


Super Sedans were running Round 2 of their United Speedway Association Country Series with 6 drivers in attendance. However, it might has well been renamed the Kym Jury show after he dominated the evening, claiming both heat race wins to secure pole position for the Feature. Jury’s dominance continued in the Feature, winning the 15 Lap race and in the process establishing a new 15 Lap track record. Second was Quenton Thompson from Jason Gantz and Terry Brown.


Street Stocks continue to gain valuable track time ahead of their State Title at the Venue in May, with 9 drivers competing over two heats and a feature. Steve Heinrich and Phil Watson took the honours in the heats, and were scheduled to start from the front row in the feature. However, Watson was unable to take the start due to experiencing clutch issues. This elevated Neville Nitschke to the front row. Heinrich took control of the race early and was able maintain this through the race to claim the win. Behind him, the racing was fierce with Nitschke and Darren Flatman trading places several times before Flatman started to fade; Nitschke claiming second ahead of Flatman and Tony Prideaux.


Modlites had 9 drivers competing and the crowd was wondering if any would be left by the end of the night. After various incidents in the first heat, only five cars were running and people were wondering if it would be last driver standing. However, it was good to see all cars return to the track to contest for the remainder of the event (even if Michael Brown switched to his second car before the feature)! Brook Alexander and Sam Martin each claimed a heat win and would start near the rear of the field, with lowest points Jake Lewis starting the feature from the front row with Danny Prade. Prade got a great start and was pushed hard by Brain Chadwick for the duration of the race but was able to claim the win by just a few car lengths. Martin came through the field to finish third from Michael Cowland and Denis Knowles.


Modified Sedans only had a small field but put on some great racing. Heat one saw Trevor Raams take a solid win despite the car sounding like a tractor over the last couple of laps. Things hadn’t improved by Heat two and Raams struggled for pace with Adam Haseldine claiming the win. The Feature only saw three cars finishing with Haseldine winning ahead of Justin Demaine and Marty Raams.


As mentioned earlier, Formula 500’s were a late addition to the program and 5 drivers made the trip to Sunline. Brad Stell and Joe Mercorella claimed the heat wins and would start the feature from the front row. From the start, Stell gained the lead and was able to withstand that challenge from Austin McDonald to take the feature win; Shaun Brown finished third and Mercorella fourth.


Sunline Speedway’s next meeting is on Saturday 22nd April with the running of the South Australian AMCA Title, proudly sponsored by United Speedway Association. Junior Sedans will contest their final Round of the Robert Gwynne Memorial as well as Round 3 of their Track Championship. Other classes on the program include Super Sedans, Street Stocks, Modified Sedans and Modlites.

 

 

 

Sunline Speedway this Sunday Night

Posted on March 5, 2017 at 9:30 PM

This Adelaide Cup long weekend sees Sunline Speedway hold its second meeting for the 2016/17 season. Sunday night will see 6 classes to the track, many of which will be competing at the Riverland Speedway the night before.


V6 Sprints are set to contest their annual King of the Riverland, held over two nights with South Australian Champion Chris James leading a list of drivers all capable of claiming the crown.


Junior Sedans have a huge field with over 20 cars nominated and it will be a busy night for the officials as the Juniors are racing for points in 3 different events. They will be concluding the 2 night Riverland Cup, Round 1 of the Robert Gwynne Memorial as well as Round 2 of their Track Championship.


Super Sedans will also be in the early stages of their own Country Series, with Round 2 being contested at the Venue. Modlites, Street Stocks and Modified Sedans round out the nights program. Gates open at 4pm with on track action set to start from 6pm. Adults tickets are only $20m Concessions $15, Families $45, Kids $5.

 


Nominations as of 6/3/17 1pm:



V6 Sprints - King of the Riverland Final Night - 10

1 Chris James

4 Kelvin Burns

6 Michael Buxallen

7 Daniel Thwaites

8 Nick Hall

11 Danny Pauly

17 Kym Simon

24 Steve Argas

44 Brock Lane

99 Daryl Barkla



Junior Sedans - Riverland Cup Final Night, Robert Gwynne Memorial Rd 1 & Track Championship Rd 2 - 23

0 Heath Thorne

2 Ky McEwin

3 Ashlee McEwin

4 Tom Richter

7 Jemma Chapman

14 Zac Walters

15 Maddie Uren

16 Corey Richter

21 Paige Goldsack-Gwynne

23 Kirra Lee Pitcher

24 Lachie Gwynne

27 Kye Richardson

28 Rory Moroney (ROF)

31 Torry Moroney

45 Aaron Tranter

T58 Nate Trewin

61 Callum Crossing

69 Alice Gregory (ROF)

77 Sharni Pitcher

78 Nathan Thorne

96 Tamika Pitcher

99 Jake Richter

112 Drew Flatman



Super Sedans - Round 2 Country Series - 6

2 Daniel Obst

43 Jason Gantz

44 Terry Brown (ROF)

66 Quinton Thompson

75 Michelle Dillon

93 Kym Jury



Street Stocks - 11

12 Darren Flatman

15 Cheyanne Richter-Uren

19 Phil Watson

22 Tony Prideaux

43 Darren Pope

58 Neville Nitschke

59 Haydon Jolly

63 Steve Heinrich

66 Keenan Richards

MDA 79 Wade Fell

132 Andy Maxwell Jnr



Modifieds - 5

0 Trevor Ramms

8 Marty Raams

9 Brad Hammond (ROF)

16 Adam Haseldine

44 Justin Demaine (ROF)



Modlites - 10

0 Brook Alexander

N7 Chris Ferguson

13 Jake Lewis

18 Danny Prade

32 Scott Webb

41 Brian Chadwick

42 Michael Cowland

52 Andy Maxwell Jnr

66 Sam Martin

69 Denis Knowles (ROF)


 

Sunline Sizzles on Opening Night

Posted on February 19, 2017 at 6:05 AM

The biggest crowd for several seasons helped welcome in the 2016/17 season at Sunline Speedway on Saturday Night. Those in attendance witnessed some great racing from all classes with numerous track records being broken during the meeting.


After competing at Adelaide Motorsport Park the night before, the Australian Sprintcar All Stars series contested their first ever round at the Venue. 20 drivers took part in hot laps and time trials to begin the night; Cody Atkins starting the night well with Quick Time. Drivers then contested two rounds of heats, with Mark Caruso, Paul Solomon, Phil Lock and James Wren each claiming a heat win. The top 6 point scorers went into the Pole Shuffle and Dan Evans showed everyone how to get around the tight track, elevating himself from the third row to pole position.


The 30 lap feature race was looking like going the distance until lap 12 when Brenton Farrrer, who had been pushing Evans hard for the lead, spun working his way through traffic in Turn 4. From the restart, Evans was able to get a good run through traffic to claim a maiden All Stars Series victory, 3.7s ahead of Paul Solomon, Chris Solomon and Cody Atkins. Jack Gartner put in a great drive after earlier missing time trials with car troubles to claim fifth in the feature.


19 Junior Sedans contested Round 1 of their Track Championship with each driver contesting 2 heats. Whilst it might be a new season, the ones out the front haven’t changed with brothers Heath and Nathan Thorne continuing their streak at the Venue claiming all 4 heat wins between them. Heath and Nathan battled each other hard during the feature but this was interrupted 5 laps from the finish when Drew Flatman went over in Turns 1 & 2. Drew was able to walk away from the car under his own power and sat infield to watch the reminder of the race. Nathan claimed bragging rights over Heath after getting the upper hand on the restart; however most of the crowd’s attention was on third place. Zac Walters had third for most of the race but a late bump and run by Lachie Gwynne allowed him to pinch the final spot on the podium.


Street Stock drivers were getting in some laps ahead of their State Title, to be held at the Venue on May 20. Three heats were run during the night, with each driver contesting two of these. If luck is on his side, Darren Flatman looks like a man to watch come Title time after solid night. Whilst Jason Gibbs took victory in heat one, Flatman was too strong in his two heats, claiming the win in both. Starting from Pole Position in the Feature, Flatman didn’t have it all his own way, challenged hard and rubbing panels with Cade Cox. The lead changed hands a couple of times before Cox slowly started to drift back to the hard charging Bailey Heinrich. Heinrich, in his first start in the class, put in a great drive throughout the night, especially with starting rear in his two heat races. It also helps when coach for the night, his older brother Rhys Heinrich, is the current Australian Champion. Cox was able to hang on to second narrowly in front of Heinrich with Wade Fell in fourth.


Things started fast for the Wingless Sprints as Jason Bolitho crushed the existing 12 lap track record in the opening heat by a massive ten seconds. The joy of claiming this record was short lived however, as not only did Bolitho strike trouble in the next heat which ended his night, he also lost his new track record to Darryl Sloan. Sloan managed to lower the new record by a further two seconds to claim heat two. Come main event time and the crowd was entertained yet again, but there was no track record being broken this time. Two laps in, Casey Van Der Stelt had a spin in Turn 4 and made contact with Melissa McMillan. This contact caused the cars to become joined together and both cars performed several synchronised donuts in an attempt to separate from each other with no success. McMillan was able to continue but unfortunately Van Der Stelt had to retire only a few laps later due to damage. Out front, Dale Gisell was able to hold off the challenges to claim victory ahead of Travis Beasley and Darryl Sloan.


Modlites might have had a lower car count than at previous meetings, but these small cars really got to shine in front of such a large crowd, many of whom got to witness the class for the first time. With Brian Chadwick unavailable, Mick Lewis stepped into the #41 and joined his son Jake on track, which would’ve been a proud moment for the Lewis family. Cory Hodgson and Andy Maxwell Jnr claimed the two heat wins, but it would be Jake Lewis leading the field for the Feature with fastest to the rear main events in Modlites. Charging through the field, Sam Martin and Maxwell Jnr battled each other hard but fairly for the win. Martin was able to withstand the pressure and claim his first feature win ahead of Maxwell Jnr, Scott Webb and Chris Ferguson.


Sunline Speedways next event is a Sunday Night meeting on March 12th. Junior Sedans will be contesting Round 2 of their Track Championship as well as Round 1 of the Robert Gwynne Memorial. V6 Sprints will be running Night 2 of their King of the Riverland series after having Night 1 the previous night at Riverland Speedway. Super Sedan, Street Stocks, Modlites and Modified Sedans are currently down to complete the program. Gates set to open at 4pm with racing set to commence from 6pm. For further information and updates on upcoming events, be sure to look at the Sunline Speedway website and Facebook page.

 


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