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:: Smile Says It All.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016
FR Media

One thing you notice with Adrian Haywood is that he always has a smile on his dial…

Last week though, that smile became a little wider and had some extra sparkle after his latest visit to his back specialist. “We’re going racing again and a lot sooner than expected!!” blurted from his mouth with a distinct tone of happiness.

Originally the winning Formula 500 driver expected to be out of the race seat for a minimum of 12 months, so naturally when he received the news that his back was healing exceptionally well and that the return to the track can happen mid year, his face lit up like the proverbial Cheshire Cat.

“Its good news, they're expecting a full recovery, no issues, everything is aligned where it should be and it cant get any better. I know the shape of the vertebrae I broke will be on that eleven degree angle but apart from that I’ll be right to go” he said excitedly this week.

Its been a slow and steady improvement for the Fitness Plus Franchisee, who has had enormous support from family, friends and colleagues through all this and cant thank them or the fans who have offered him support enough.

Through all this he has had to make some tough decisions about where, when and how to return to the race seat and to make all the pieces of the puzzle fit. As much as he loves the Formula 500 division, the future always had Sprintcars associated with it, so with the impending 2017 Australian 360 Championship to be held at the Perth Motorplex the decision was made to sell up all the F500 gear and purchase a car for next season.

“With the doctors saying six months, the 27th of June to me is the day I can make my comeback” he said with a wry smile. “It will depend on whats available calendar wise but I want to get behind the wheel asap so once I get the clearance from the doctor it will be all go from there.”

“Purchasing this 360 car came along at the right time. The chassis is an ex Shane Stewart/Monte Motorsport backup car that never saw any laps until it was used in 360ci competition for a handful of shows. Slotted into it is the ex Corey Gilpin Power Series Championship winning Higgs Built motor so I know its a reliable unit. It’s only done around eighteen shows so its still in good condition, but it will be going back to Higgsy for a freshen up before the summer season commences.”

As you can see by the smile on his face in the picture to the right, he has the mobility to get in the car to cure the itch for now but he is champing at the bit to get out on track, now the hard work starts to finalise sponsors for the upcoming 360ci campaign.

“While I’ve been laid up in bed thats the thing I have tried to concentrate on, planning what I want to achieve and how I need to pitch it to certain people on how they can be involved supporting my efforts, not only next year but also in the future when we step up into 410ci competition as well. Depending on results thats maybe something we may do before the end of next season to gain as much experience as we can” stated Haywood.

So from all the negatives there are so many positives to look forward to in the future for Adrian Haywood and the In10sity Motorsport Team. While he might have been ‘immobilised’ Haywood hasn't sat still!!

Plus Fitness Racing thanks their valued partners :

Fitness Plus 24/7 - www.plusfitness.com.au
Port Kennedy Tyres & More - www.tyresandmore.com.au
Masters Milk
Juice Plus - ange.juiceplus.com.au
Boatland Mandurah
BMR Engineering - www.bmr-engineering.com

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Prepared by FR Media
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:: Formula 500's WA - Here We Go Again!

Thursday, February 04, 2016
Formula 500's WA

After a few weeks break the WA Formula 500’s will this weekend light the track up once again as a good field of cars heads to Manjimup Speedway for Saturday nights round of the West Coast Series.
After two rounds complete (After round one was rained out) it is Thomas Davies who leads the series by a country mile after three heats wins (from a possible four) and two feature wins. He has nominated for Manjimup and after not racing at this round last year, will be hoping for a third win on the trot to further extend his lead.
Of course, Davies can expect strong competition from a number of drivers, in particular Cameron McKenzie. McKenzie has been in good form recently, sitting in fourth in the West Coast Series standings and sixth in the Perth Motorplex Track championship, with a string of solid finishes including a fine fourth place finish at the last show. He will be hoping for a strong showing this weekend and goes in as one of the favourites to take out the feature race.
Brent Lockwood is currently second in the series overall and with a run of consistent finishes in the country and at the Motorplex, can be confident of banking another good haul of points towards the overall series.
The two fastest females in the west, namely Tegan Broadwood and Ashleigh Oldfield, have both also nominated for this weekend and will be looking not to just outdo each other, but also outmuscle the boys. Oldfield has been improving each time she hits the track and is currently third in the West Coast Series, while Broadwood did a lot of racing in the winter months and is looking forward to getting back out on the track in her immaculate #5 machine after recent good news has her and her legendary father Bill back into the thick of racing action.
Trystan Caley and Travis Bell are two drivers who haven’t been able to compete as much as they would like this season, but both are nominated for this weekend and can be expected to be right on the pace. Both are fast whenever they show up and with a little bit of luck, could very well be standing on the top step of the podium come feature race time.
Jeff Ross has been getting plenty of laps under his belt at recent Motorplex practice sessions and he will be hoping that all the extra seat time works in his favour at the ultra-fast Manjimup venue. He will be joined by the veteran Bill Richards and the very quick Glenn Carstairs this weekend, with Carstairs in particular looking for a good result after not racing much recently. Carstairs is always quick and should be a tough man to beat for the rest of the competitors.
Daniel Beamish and Josh Partridge are two of the newer drivers in the division, and will be joining Brendan Wright as the trio get more and more laps under their belt in their bid to improve their race craft and become more competitive.
Unfortunately none of the three drivers who podiumed in the Manjimup event last year are nominated for this weekend, and in fact only four drivers who competed there last year are back again this time round, so these four drivers, including Broadwood, McKenzie, Lockwood and Richards will be hoping for an advantage, despite Lockwood and Richards not even starting the main last time after issues during the heats.
Competitors need to be in the pits by no later than 3pm, while racing will begin from 5pm.

Release by DTN Media.

Official Nominations – 13
5 Tegan Broadwood
16 Daniel Beamish
29 Thomas Davies
32 Trystan Caley
33 Travis Bell
41 Cameron McKenzie
44 Bill Richards
49 Glenn Carstairs
50 Josh Partridge
53 Brendan Wright
73 Jeff Ross
78 Brent Lockwood
84 Ashleigh Oldfield
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:: 2016 Formula 500 Australian Title

Monday, January 18, 2016
NSW Formula 500's

Supplementary Regulations, Entry Form, and all other information for the 2016 Formula 500 Australian Title to be held at Gunnedah 17th , 18th , 19th March 2016 are available under the Forms tab on the www.formula500.com.au website - http://www.formula500.com.au/forms.asp ... Read

:: WA Formula 500's -Ellement’s Double!

Saturday, January 16, 2016
WA Formula 500's

Steven Ellement has tonight gone back to back as he claimed his second feature win in two nights at the Perth Motorplex.
Ellement was in a class of his own as for the second night in succession he grabbed the lead early, but this time with the field going under green as a massive flash of lightning lit up the night sky.
It didn’t faze Ellement though as he continued to race away, with Tom Hooper once again in hot pursuit.
Matt Brown was further back in third, but he too wasn’t giving up as the leading trio worked their way through lapped traffic.
Though both Hooper and Brown tried valiantly to catch Ellement, they simply couldn’t garner enough speed, with Ellement claiming the win from Hooper and Brown.
The opening heat of the night saw Ellement and Johnson sharing the front row and although Ellement grabbed the early lead, Johnson was quick to move around the outside and take over the point. Behind them Shane Andersson and Cameron McKenzie had a spirited battle for third, with Johnson eventually winning over Ellement, Andersson and McKenzie.
Heat two saw Matt Brown leading from the get go, with Chris Dymock quick to jump into second place. David Carstaors maintained third place for eight and a half lap before heading infield, leaving Brown to cross a big winner by nearly four seconds over Dymock, with another three seconds back to third placed Brock Nanovich.
In the third heat it was Luke Nardini quickly to the front and he was never headed as he built up a huge lead and defeated second placed Cameron McKenzie by nearly four seconds. The final heat was another whitewash, with Tom Hooper winning by over six and a half seconds over Johnson, who was then relegated for passing on the infield, with second officially being given to Trystan Caley.
The Formula 500’s now have a break until early February when the next round of the West Coast Series will be held at Manjimup Speedway.
Release by DTN Media.
Official Results
Heat One – 10 laps: 1. Troy Johnson, 2. Steven Ellement, 3. Shane Andersson, 4. Cameron McKenzie, 5. Brent Lockwood, 6. Craig Bottrell, 7. Carl Phillips, 8. Brad Pages, 9. Gavin Connelly, 10. Trystan Caley, 11. Daniel Beamish. DNF: Jeremy Saffin (3). Total Time: 2.55.570. Winning Margin: 1.952. Fastest Lap: 16.824 Steven Ellement.
Heat Two – 10 laps: 1. Matt Brown, 2. Chris Dymock, 3. Brock Nanovich, 4. Tom Hooper, 5. Jeff Ross, 6. Luke Nardini, 7. Jamie Nardini, 8. Ashleigh Oldfield, 9. Ben Stockdale. DNF: David Carstairs (8), Ken Worroll (2). Total Time: 2.44.870. Winning Margin: 3.764. Fastest Lap: 16.419 Matt Brown.
Heat Three – 10 laps: 1. Luke Nardini, 2. Cameron McKenzie, 3. Steven Ellement, 4. Jamie Nardini, 5. Matt Brown, 6. Gavin Connelly, 7. Brent Lockwood, 8. Shane Andersson, 9. Ashleigh Oldfield, 10. Jeff Ross. DNS: Jeremy Saffin. Total Time: 2.48.681. Winning Margin: 3.735. Fastest Lap: 16.413 Luke Nardini.
Heat Four – 10 laps: 1. Tom Hooper, 2. Trystan Caley, 3. Brock Nanovich, 4. Chris Dymock, 5. Craig Bottrell, 6. Troy Johnson, 7. Carl Phillips, 8. Brad Pages, 9. Ben Stockdale, 10. Daniel Beamish. DNF: Ken Worroll. DNS: David Carstairs. Total Time: 2.46.072. Winning Margin: 7.310. Fastest Lap: 16.280 Tom Hooper.
Feature – 15 laps: 1. Steven Ellement, 2. Tom Hooper, 3. Matt Brown, 4. Cameron McKenzie, 5. Luke Nardini, 6. Chris Dymock, 7. Jamie Nardini, 8. Troy Johnson, 9. Brock nanovich, 10. Trystan Caley, 11. Carl Phillips, 12. Shane Andersson, 13. Jeff Ross, 14. Gavin Connelly, 15. Brent Lockwood, 16. Brad Pages, 17. Ben Stockdale, 18. Ken Worroll (14), 19. Daniel Beamish (14). DNF: Ashleigh Oldfield (4). DNS: Jeremy Saffin, David Carstairs, Craig Bottrell. Total Time: 4.06.398. Winning Margin: 0.663. Fastest Lap: 16.169 Steven Ellement. ... Read

:: WA Formula 500's -Ellement Returns to Winners Circle!

Saturday, January 16, 2016
WA Formula 500's

Steven Ellement has last night ended the dominance of Troy Johnson in recent weeks as he claimed his first win at the Perth Motorplex for season 2015/16.
Ellement led from the beginning in the feature, with Johnson and Tom Hooper holding down second and third respectively. As the race continued Hooper made his way into second while Johnson was able to sit comfortably in third.
The yellows came out at about half race distance for some spun cars in turn two and the restart allowed for some good racing as drivers changed positions. Ellement and Hooper held down first and second while Chris Dymock came from nowhere and grabbed third from Johnson.
The order remained unchanged from here with Ellement defeating Hooper and Dymock.
The opening heat earlier in the night saw Tom Hooper leading from the front, with Chris Dymock and Matt Brown right behind him. Brown made his way past Dymock at the half way distance, with Troy Johnson just behind Dymock. Brown then dropped a few positions after a small incident, then just two laps later Ben Stockdale came to a stop in turn two to bring out the yellows.
Hooper would lead away Dymock and Johnson, while Craig Bottrell and Steven Ellement made contact in the back straight, both able to continue. Up front though it was simply a formality ad Hooper crossed the line ahead of Dymock and Johnson.
Heat two was a complete invert of the first and the opening three laps were quite simply a massive pack of Formula’s all fighting for position on the track. Trystan Caley was the man who built up a clear lead in the opening few laps, while a number of heavy hitters were making their way through the pack towards the pointy end.
Lap seven saw the yellows come out for Matt Brown who got caught on the curb and spun after making a passing maneuver that didn’t quite work. This reduced the 2.5 second lead Caley had as the field restart again for the final three laps. Caley led away and was able to hold the lead to defeat Ellement and Saffin.
The Formula 500’s will be back in action tomorrow night at the Perth Motorplex and with four heats splitting the field before the all-important final, we are sure to have yet another great night of action!
Release by DTN Media.
Official Results
Heat One – 10 laps: 1. Tom Hooper, 2. Chris Dymock, 3. Troy Johnson, 4. Cameron McKenzie, 5. Craig Bottrell, 6. Steven Ellement, 7. Matt Brown, 8. Brock Nanovich, 9. Jamie Nardini, 10. Carl Phillips, 11. Jeff Ross, 12. Luke Nardini, 13. Brent Lockwood, 14. Shane Andersson, 15. Gavin Connelly, 16. Jeremy Saffin, 17. Trystan Caley, 18. David Carstairs, 19. Brad Pages, 20. Ashleigh Oldfield, 21. Ben Stockdale. DNF: Ken Worroll (6), Daniel Beamish (5). Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 1.812. Fastest Lap: 16.303 Tom Hooper.
Heat Two - 10 laps: 1. Trystan Caley, 2. Steven Ellement, 3. Jeremy Saffin, 4. David Carstairs, 5. Carl Phillips, 6. Luke Nardini, 7. Troy Johnson, 8. Tom Hooper, 9. Brent Lockwood, 10. Craig Bottrell, 11. Cameron McKenzie, 12. Chris Dymock, 13. Ashleigh Oldfield, 14. Jamie Nardini, 15. Shane Andersson, 16. Brock Nanovich, 17. Brad Pages, 18. Jeff Ross, 19. Ben Stockdale. DNF: Matt Brown (7), Gavin Connelly (2), Daniel Beamish (0). DNS: Ken Worroll. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 0.568. Fastest Lap: 16.714 Steven Ellement.
Feature – 15 laps: 1. Steven Ellement, 2. Tom Hooper, 3. Chris Dymock, 4. Troy Johnson, 5. Craig Bottrell, 6. Cameron McKenzie, 7. Trystan Caley, 8. Luke Nardini, 9. Jamie Nardini, 10. Jeremy Saffin, 11. Shane Andersson, 12. Brock Nanovich, 13. Brent Lockwood, 14. Brad Pages, 15. Jeff Ross, 16. Gavin Connelly, 17. Ashleigh Oldfield, 18. Daniel Beamish, 19. Ben Stockdale. DNF: Carl Phillips, Ken Worroll, David Carstairs. DNS: Matt Brown. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 1.156. Fastest Lap: 16.962 Steven Ellement. ... Read

:: Victorian Formula 500 Simvegas 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Victorian Formula 500 Assn

Another great field to contest the running of Simvegas to be held at Simpson Speedway, this Saturday 16th Jan 2016.

22 drivers have so far nominated, with entries still open at - https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=19577

Nominations received:-

A1 Dylan Willsher
V8 Mitch Whiting
V9 Ash McDonough
V15 Grant Stansfield
V18 Brooke Buckingham
V23 Jake Hose
V31 Chris Bellman
V33 Justin Bowen
V35 Jesse Ellston
V42 Jayden Rickett
V49 Josh Buckingham
V50 James Aranyosi
V51 Ash Sinclair
V58 Jarrod Bampfield
V70 Matthew Symons
V17 Phil Micallef
V74 Shane Hobbs
V79 Terry Rankin
V81 Jack Bell
V89 Ben Telindert
V95 Dale Sinclair
V96 Andrew Rae ... Read

:: Victorian Formula 500 Grant Sealey Memorial 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Victorian Formula 500 Assn

A big day for Laang Speedway and the Formula 500 Club coming up, The Grant Sealey Memorial race is now open for nominations.
On the same day we are promoting Prostate cancer awareness, which has hit many of our current and former members and families. We are donating our nomination money to the Warrnambool Prostate Support Group (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia). Can't thank our sponsors enough for helping this meeting happen. Gillear Lime & Sandstone Quarries, Mugavin Construction, Mugavin Homes and Matthews Petroleum.
And all the hard work both Laang Speedway and the association have put in.
Even if you aren't racing come along, help support and have an all round fun day!

Nominations -
https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=19576 ... Read

:: Victorian Formula 500 General Meeting 19/1/2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Victorian Formula 500 Assn

Due to the President's Cup being held on Wednesday 20th January, the next Victorian Formula 500 General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 19th January 2016 at the Mount Moriac Hotel,
1115 Princes Highway, Moriac commencing at 7.45 pm.
Members and visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read

:: WA Formula 500's -Here We Go Again!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
WA Formula 500's

The Flying Formula 500’s will once again return to the high banks of the Perth Motorplex this weekend and after some simply awesome racing in recent weeks, this weekend’s double header is sure to be absolutely epic.
A strong field of twenty three cars have nominated for the two night show, with races on both Friday and Saturday for the exciting pocket rockets.
Headlining the field for this weekend’s show once again is none other than ‘Showtime’ himself, Troy Johnson. Johnson has been in strong form recently, claiming the last feature at the venue, making it three wins and two second places from five shows. He leads the Motorplex Track Championship and will be looking to extend that lead this weekend.
Tom Hooper is currently second in the Championship, having claimed two seconds and two thirds, but thus far unable to break through for the win. With two nights of competition this weekend he will be throwing everything he has at the feature to ensure he claims that win.
Luke and Jamie Nardini are third and fourth respectively in the Championship and after some consistent results for both drivers, including a recent podium finish for Luke, the fast duo will be hoping to break through for that win this weekend.
Matt Brown has claimed one win at the Motorplex this season and would love another, while Steven Ellement has also been able to finish on the podium and is hungry for another one. Add in a whole host of other very quick drivers including Shane Andersson and Chris Dymock and we have all the makings of yet another massive show.
A number of drivers are also using this weekend to make their grand return to the Motorplex with Ben Stockdale, Trystan Caley and Gavin Connelly all nominating, while newcomer Daniel Beamish has also signaled his intentions to run this weekend. Glenn Carstairs also returns from an eastern states racing trip and will be hopeful that what he learnt over there serves him well.
It is set to be another huge event for the WA Formula 500’s, who have been very entertaining at every show so far this season. Make sure that you are at the Perth Motorplex for both exciting nights, with it all kicking off this Friday night, and bring someone to hold onto!

Release by DTN Media.

Official Nominations – 23
2 Steven Ellement
3 Chris Dymock
4 Matt Brown
15 Craig Bottrell
16 Daniel Beamish
23 Gavin Connelly
32 Trystan Caley
41 Cameron McKenzie
43 Ken Worroll
49 Glenn Carstairs
54 Ben Stockdale
65 Brad Pages
71 David Carstairs
73 Jeff Ross
77 Brock Nanovich
78 Brent Lockwood
79 Tom Hooper
83 Jeremy Saffin
84 Ashleigh Oldfield
87 Luke Nardini
88 Jamie Nardini
90 Shane Andersson
95 Troy Johnson ... Read

:: Formula 500s -Rankin Shows Strong Speedweek Form

Friday, January 08, 2016
Daniel Powell

A top-three finish in the final Victorian Speedweek Formula 500 Series point standings recently was a pleasing result for Terry Rankin.

In only Rankin’s second full season in the Formula 500 class, he showed consistent pace and had it not been for some misfortune at various stages of the six-round series, he might have finished higher than third in the final point standings.

“I was really happy with my Speedweek Series,” the 21-year-old from Geelong said.

“The Speedweek Series is arguably the toughest week of Formula 500 racing in Australia, so to come out of it with a top-three finish is something I’m very proud of.”

Rankin’s Speedweek Series campaign couldn’t have started any better, after he in the opening round at Simpson Speedway on December 27 romped to his maiden feature-race victory. From there, he finished third (Mid-Western Speedway), eighth (Southern 500 Speedway), 10th (Western Speedway), DNF (Premier Speedway) and second (Mid-Western Speedway). The DNF at Premier Speedway occurred due to a broken engine adjuster, after he had charged from the rear of the field, after qualifying via the B main (in his second heat race he finished down the order due to the race officials calling for a yellow flag but the track officials not bringing it out, after he had spun to a stop after riding a wheel), to be running eighth up until he was forced to retire in the middle stages of the race.

“I had a great start to Speedweek and to have my maiden feature-race win during Speedweek was something pretty special,” commented Rankin.

“I started Speedweek strongly and finished it strongly as well, but it was the middle rounds where I finished a bit further down the order and also had the DNF, and in the end it’s that consistency that’s the difference between running third and winning.”

Rankin, who drives the Vic # 79 Dion Gibbins-owned EDGE car, is really looking forward to the rest of the season.

“Leading up to Speedweek, I had a pretty bad run, where we had the speed but we just had a few teething issues that held us back,” explained Rankin.

“During the off season, we switched from carburettor to electronic fuel injection, and after a slow start, we’re now on top of it and Speedweek proved that, so now I’m aiming to finish rest of the season at the pointy end of the field.”

This Saturday night at Swan Hill’s Sonic Speedway, Rankin will be next in action for what is the next Victorian Stampede Series round.

Rankin is proudly supported by the following 2015-16 season sponsors: Serpentine Road House, Charlton Truck Stop, Mark Haby Motors, Salt Electrical, Colour Tech Coatings, PTS Progress Transport Services, Active Electrical Wholesalers, Wurth, SJ Fraser National Livestock Transport, Tanner’s Water 4 U, DK Race Parts, Battery World Warrnambool, Tyre Factory Warrnambool, and Jettco Developments. Special thanks: Dion and Chantelle Gibbins, Rob (Dad), Christine (Mum), Billy, Steph, Robert McKenna, Andy Hughes, Daniel Brittain and family, and Frencham family.


Terry Rankin Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media
Mobile: 0432 126 210
Email: daniel@redlinemedia.com.au
Website: www.redlinemedia.com.au

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