ABREU ADDS LISMORE TO HIS LIST OF WINS

After rain washed out the first night of the World Midget Championship at the Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway on Australia Day Rico Abreu (USA) showed his class by winning both the 20 lap feature race held over from night one and the 40 lap final later in the night to be the overall series winner.

The first feature was run at 5:00 pm (DST) on night two with the temperature still in the 30’s. Consequently, the track dried out as the race progressed but it made little difference to Abreu (Keith Kunz Motorsport Bullet/Toyota) who led from the outset and headed home Brady Bacon (GO Racing Bullet/Toyota) and West Australian Dayne Kingshott (McAllan Motorsport MAC/Eagle).  Abreu maintained good pace the whole way through and is the new 20 lap record holder at Lismore.

Abreu (13.425) was top of the time chart in Time Trials ahead of Bacon (13.567) and Kingshott (14.848) after Bacon had set the quickest time on night one with a 13.203 lap. Before the rain arrived Matt Smith (NSW) and Abreu won the two heats that were held.  Unfortunately, Smith would not be back for night two as he was contesting the Australian Sprintcar Championship at Parramatta.

The Saturday night heats went through without any incidents with both Abreu and Bacon scoring two heat wins each leaving the former top of the points for the 8 car Pole Shuffle. Michael Stewart in the Dillon Motorsport Breka/Fontana from South Australia picked up two seconds with Kingshott, American Andrew Felker and Brendan Palmer all in the mix.  After losing an engine at Archerfield Scott Wilson had borrowed a Mopar engine from Col and Jason Bell and worked hard all week to have it installed for Saturday night at Lismore.  However, he suffered some minor problems early in the night and the engine wasn’t right until feature race time.

After the track was reworked the Pole Shuffle went as expected with Brock Dean accounting for Darren Dillon in the first round only to lose to Brendan Palmer who also defeated Andrew Felker. Dayne Kingshott sent Palmer back to the infield and then Michael Stewart gained the upper hand in the next round.  Stewart lost to Brady Bacon which meant the American pair of Bacon and Abreu faced off in the final.  It was also brother against brother with Rusty Kunz turning the spanners for Bacon’s car against the Keith Kunz prepared Abreu car.  Abreu was too good even though Bacon gave it his best shot.

With time becoming an issue the cars were pushed away for the 40 lap final just after 10:00 pm. Abreu burst into the lead at the start with Bacon right on his tail while Kingshott and Stewart battled for third.  Bacon made his move during lap 5 to take over the lead and was soon a couple of car lengths in front.  Kingshott had gone to third as Stewart now had to deal with Felker and Brendan Palmer.  When the lead duo caught lapped cars, Abreu closed in and on lap 15 recaptured the point.  Felker fell out with a blown tyre ten laps later as Dean went to fifth.  Bacon dropped back another spot when Kingshott went by on lap 28 but Abreu was holding a good break on second place.  The race looked as if it was going to go non-stop until Palmer came to a stop with just 10 laps remaining causing the only yellow light of the two nights of speedcar action.

It is customary for double row restarts at Lismore so the field was bunched up again for the last quarter of the race. Abreu surged to the front where he stayed with Kingshott, in his first meeting in the Keith McAllan car, second and Brady Bacon third.  Brock Dean kept moving forward to be a well-deserved fourth.  Rico Abreu was the overall series winner from Bacon and Dean.

Next week-end is the 2017 Australian Speedcar Championship at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway.  Qualifying heats are on Friday night February 3 followed by the last round of heats, Pole Shuffle, B Main and the 40 lap Championship final the next night.  See the Australians Adam Clarke, Nathan Smee, Dayne Kingshott, Michael Stewart, Rusty Whittaker, Troy Ware and Michael Harders and more take on the Americans Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon, Andrew Felker, Zach Daum and Alex Bright and the ‘Flying Kiwis’ Michael Pickens, current title holder, Hayden Williams, Leon Burgess and Chris Gwilliam.

Meet the drivers at the ‘Social/Calcutta’ on Thursday night, February 2, 6:00 pm at the Acacia Ridge Hotel just 2 kilometres from the track. Tickets are $55.00 a head for a 3 course buffet with the evening being compered by Bennie Bishop.  Everyone is welcome but tickets MUST be pre-booked by contacting Angie Harders on 0412 598 244 or email angie@autoupgrade.com.au

Lismore Speedway 26 January 2017

Time Trials

Brady Bacon (USA) 13.203

Rico Abreu (USA) 13.352

Andrew Felker (USA) 13.638

Heat 1

1 Matt Smith (NSW) 2 Brady Bacon (USA) 3 Dayne Kingshott (WA)

Heat 2

1 Rico Abreu (USA) 2 Michael Stewart (NSW) 3 Andrew Felker (USA)

Meeting then washed out

28 January 2017

Feature # 1 (20 laps)

1 Rico Abreu (USA) 2 Brady Bacon (USA) 3 Dayne Kingshott (WA) 4 Andrew Felker (USA) 5 Brock Dean 6 Michael Stewart (NSW)

7 Brendan Palmer 8 Darren Dillon 9 Mitch Haynes 10 Dallas Sharp

Time Trials

Rico Abreu (USA) 13.425

Brady Bacon (USA) 13.567

Dayne Kingshott (WA) 13.844

Heat 1

1 Rico Abreu (USA) 2 Michael Stewart (NSW) 3 Brock Dean

Heat 2

1 Brady Bacon (USA) 2 Andrew Felker (USA) 3 Dayne Kingshott (WA)

Heat 3

1 Rico Abreu (USA) 2 Dayne Kingshott (WA) 3 Andrew Felker (USA)

Heat 4

1 Brady Bacon (USA) 2 Michael Stewart (NSW) 3 Brendan Palmer

Pole Shuffle

Brock Dean def Darren Dillon

Brendan Palmer def Brock Dean

Brendan palmer def Andrew Felker

Dayne Kingshott def Brendan Palmer

Michael Stewart def Dayne Kingshott

Brady Bacon def Michael Stewart

Rico Abreu def Brady Bacon

A Main (40 laps)

1 Rico Abreu (USA) 2 Dayne Kingshott (WA) 3 Brady Bacon (USA) 4 Brock Dean 5 Michael Stewart (NSW) 6 Darren Dillon 7 Dallas Sharp 8 Scott Wilson

Keith Kunz and Rico 1

2017 AUSTRALIAN SPEEDCAR TITLE IMPORTANT FINAL INFO

IMPORTANT DATES & TIMES:

NOTE: In the event any of the below times are amended, Speedcars Australia will notify all driver/owners via the SMS/email contact information provided on your nomination form.

Thursday, 2nd Feb – MANDATORY Scrutineering at Archerfield Speedway from 8am to 3pm:

Scrutineering will be performed from 8am-3pm on all nominated Speedcars (primary and spare cars) against the 2016-2017 Speedcars Australia Inc Racing Manual. Scales will set-up for cars to be weighed. Competitors will be deducted 25 points and start rear of field (ROF) in the first round if heats if their nominated car/s do not attend scrutineering during this allocated time.

Thursday, 2nd Feb – 76th Australian Speedcar Championship Calcutta:

Tonight from 6pm, the QLD Speedcar Racing Association will host our annual Championship calcutta with an impressive smorgasbord meal along with a great party atmosphere at the Acacia Ridge Tavern (situated approximately 2km from the track). Tickets are $55pp which includes a 3 course buffet meal. Tickets will not be available at the door & must be pre-booked directly with the QSRA to allow for catering. Contact Angie Harders on 0412 598 244 or email angie@autoupgrade.com.au to book your tickets!

Friday, 3rd Feb – Competition Night One:

Pits Open – 2:30pm. MANDATORY Drivers Briefing – 4pm. Any driver not attending will incur a loss of 25 racing points. A roll will be called. Drivers may have one (1) crew member in attendance with them.

Saturday, 4th Feb – Competition Night Two:

Pits Open – 2:30pm. MANDATORY Drivers Briefing – 4pm. Any driver not attending will incur a loss of 25 racing points. A roll will be called. Drivers may have one (1) crew member in attendance with them.

Sunday, 5th Feb – Rain Date.

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CALCUTTA EVENT HAS NO DOOR SALES

Please note there will be no door sales on the night we need to confirm numbers at the end of business today (27th)

You will need to contact Angie Harders if you haven’t done so already

Angie Harders 0412 598 244

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FERERAL TYRES HEAT 1

From the back to the front Brad Young and the Federal Tyres Team slot into sponsoring heat race 1 and well as 20 in the 2017 Australian Speedcar Title!

Thanks again Brad and the Federal Tyres Team !

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RIDGE TRANS SAND AND GRAVEL HEAT 4

Anthony Chaffey and his Ridge Trans Sand and Gravel return not only as a 50 lap sponsor over the seasons , a driver and now also a sponsor of heat event 4 on the programme in this years Australian Speedcar Title!

Welcome back Chaff!

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MAV DETAILING HEAT 5

Gavin from Mav Detailing has again leapt at the chance to support the Speedcar Division here in Queensland sponsoring heat race 5 in this years Australian Speedcar Title!

Thank again Gav!

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