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:: Formula 500s - Kelly + Munday = Winning Combination

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Marcus Kelly Media

After teaming back up with long-time crew chief Craig Munday, Marcus Kelly sped to victory in last Saturday night’s annual Tas Truck Refinishing Formula 500s Mainland Invaders event at Carrick Speedway, proving what a winning combination they are.

Due to the wet weather, the event, which was scheduled to be a doubleheader commencing on the Friday night, was reduced to one night only, with drivers contesting qualifying time trials, three rounds of heat races, a pole shuffle and a feature race on Saturday afternoon / night.

In his first race back in Australia since his Tulsa Shootout campaign in America, Kelly lined his Tas # 47 Yoshimura / Joinery Products supported CS9 machine up out of position three for the 25-lap feature race and chased after long-time leader Nick Kingston and passing him for the lead on lap 23, which set him up to take the victory and pocket $1,500 prize money in the process.

Re-joining forces with crew chief Munday after 12 months apart, Kelly was in strong form from the outset of the event, posting the fifth fastest lap in qualifying time trials, winning his second heat race and finishing third in the other two, before going on to win the pole shuffle which placed him on pole position for the feature race but he was post-race docked two positions for jumping the start and therefore had to start from the inside of the second row.

“It’s great to have Craig back on board,” expressed the 40-year-old racer, whose victory was made even more special due to the fact that he celebrated his 40th birthday on the Friday.

“We’ve achieved a lot of success together, including an Australian Title (2013), and to get the win in our first race back as a team just further proves how well we work together.”

For his next event, Kelly will head to Latrobe’s Gulf Western & Independent Oils Raceway for a club show this Saturday night, before contesting the Tasmanian Title at Carrick Speedway on the Saturday night of February 4. After a month’s break, Kelly will return to Carrick Speedway on March 12 for the annual Titch Jordan Memorial event, before travelling over to the mainland to contest the Australian Title at Murray Bridge Speedway in South Australia on April 14-15.

“This season, I’m a running a limited schedule this season, due to business commitments, so I’m focusing on as many of the major shows as I can,” explained Kelly.

“Despite a limited season schedule, I’ve enjoyed a lot of success, and the goal is to continue this run of form in the remaining race meetings, especially the Australian Title.”

Kelly would like to thank the following 2016-17 season sponsors for their valued support: Joinery Products, Maxwell Industries, Steve Watt Enterprises, and TI-FX.

To find out more about Kelly and his team, LIKE them on Facebook by searching Joinery Products Racing.

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:: Brisbane F500 - Kennedy Breaks Through for Victory

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Brisbane Formula 500 Club

Last Saturday night at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway, James Kennedy finally broke through to take his maiden feature-race win in the seventh KRE F500 Championship Series round.

Supporting night two of the Australian Open for the 410 Sprintcars, the biggest event on the Archerfield Speedway calendar, the perennial minor place podium finisher delivered an impressive performance, managing to capitalise on his pole position start to take the chequered flag for the first time in a Formula 500 career that is only two seasons old.

Coming home in second place to achieve his best finish of the 2016-17 season so far, was Ryan McNamara, who hit the ground running on home soil following his participation in the Victorian Speedweek Series over the Christmas-New Year period which saw him claim eighth place overall. The ever consistent Kristin Brown was able to hold on to her starting position to round out the podium in third.

Piper Ogilvie came away with a season-best fourth-place finish, with rookie Tomas Partington confidently bouncing back to complete the top-five finishers, after being involved in a crash earlier in the season. Completing the finishers was Bryn Upshall, Cameron Bertuch and Ethan Eyears (NSW).

Paul Chaffey was forced to retire from the feature race on lap three, with Glen Douglas also pulling into the infield on lap seven. Due to problems experienced in the earlier heat races, Brad Van Elswyk and Royce Harvey were unable to start the feature race, bringing their nights to a disappointing end.

Earlier in the night, McNamara drove to victory in the opening heat race and also scored a third and second-place finish, with the remaining two heat races going the way of Kennedy. Brown was a model of consistency, coming away with two second-place finishes and a third.

Current Australian Champion Liam Williams chose to drop this round of the KRE F500 Championship Series in order to contest the Victorian Title at Laang Speedway, ultimately coming away with top honours.

In the Junior Formula 500s, Bodie Smith was the best performer, coming away with two of the four heat-race wins and a second-place finish, while Randy Morgan scored one heat-race win and two second-place finishers. The remaining heat-race win went the way of Nick Hodges, who also managed to finish third in heat-race two.
It was a disappointing night for Tarhlea Apelt, who sustained damage due to a crash in the second heat race, forcing her night to come to a premature end.

The eighth round of the KRE F500 Championship Series resumes on the Saturday night of February 4 at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway, while the Junior Formula 500s are set to next appear on both the Friday and Saturday nights of February 3 and 4 at Archerfield Speedway and Hi-Tec Oils Speedway tracks respectively.

The Brisbane Formula 500 Club is proudly supported by KRE Race Engines. To find out more about KRE Race Engines, visit www.kreraceengines.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching KRE Race Engines. Associate supporters are Ian Boettcher Race Parts and Myla Graphics.

To keep up-to-date with everything regarding the Brisbane Formula 500 Club, LIKE them on Facebook by searching Brisbane Formula 500 Club.

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:: Formula 500s - Satisfying Tulsa Shootout for Kelly

Friday, January 6, 2017
Daniel Powell

Despite not making the final in either of the two classes he was competing in during the recent 32nd running of the Tulsa Shootout at Tulsa Expo Raceway in Oklahoma, Australian Marcus Kelly was still pleased with his efforts.
Running in both the Outlaw (640cc) and the A Stock (600cc) classes over the five-day event, Kelly, from Shearwater in Tasmania, narrowly missed out on making either of the A Features after top-10 finishes in the B Features aboard his # 47K Maxwill Industries-backed CS9 cars. In fact, in the B Feature for the Outlaw class, he missed a transfer spot by one position.
In what was his second attempt at the Tulsa Shootout, Kelly was very pleased to improve his results from his maiden attempt at the event.
“Although it was disappointing to miss out on qualifying into the A Features, I was very pleased with my performances and how far I had improved from last year’s attempt,” expressed Kelly.
"We got the car sorted by the B Feature pulling (11.3sec) laps equalling the fastest time set in the A Feature by Christopher Bell.
“The Tulsa Shootout is one of the World’s toughest Micro 600 events and there are no easy races, so you have to earn each and every position.
“We certainly held our own throughout this year’s five-day event and I’m already looking forward to returning to next year’s event.”
Kelly paid homage to all of his pit crew and supporters who made his Tulsa Shootout campaign possible.
“There are so many people to thank, but the standouts my mates from Australia in Darcy and Damian who worked hard on both of my cars,” he praised.
“I also want to thank Rick Bray from CS9 and Wayne Priddy from Factory Kahne for working late to get my cars sorted for the B Features. Special thanks must also go Steve Watt and the team at Maxwill Industries.”
Kelly has now returned to Australia and is focused on the rest of the 2016-17 season here, which is to include the Australian Title at Murray Bridge Speedway in South Australia on April 14 and 15.
“Teaming back up with my crew chief Craig Munday, I’m looking forward to continuing our strong season here,” concluded an upbeat Kelly.
The next outing for Kelly will be a double-header Formula 500 event at Carrick Speedway in Tasmania on the Friday and Saturday night of January 13 and 14.
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:: Vict Formula 500 Speedweek Summary

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Victorian Formula 500 Assn

SPEEDWEEK CLIFFHANGER AS WILLIAMS HOLDS ON.. JUST
Official Release: Finish Line Media

Australian Formula 500 Champion Liam Williams has held on to win by the barest of margins and claim the overall Speedweek honours after Grant Stansfield took the win on a night full of action at Portland’s Southern 500 Speedway last night.

Once again close to 40 cars were on hand for the Speedweek decider as the night did not disappoint the big crowd on hand.
The leadup to the final itself led to many of the contenders fall by the wayside with Angelo Karoussis & Tyler Beasy both involved in accidents forcing them to come through the B Main. James Aranyosi was another who was in the wars having also been involved in a couple accidents during the heats.

With Williams qualifying on the front row alongside Stansfield basically all Williams had to do was finish. However, Stansfield had collected enough points to be within reach of the Australia #1 and should something happen an unlikely Speedweek overall win was on the cards.

The final got underway no further than turn 4 when a multi car accident involved Terry Rankin, Ashlee Aranyosi, Jordan Mansell, Michael Pearson, Steve Jabke, Steven Horton, while Ryan McNamara who slowed to miss the ensuing melee also found himself in the wall after a huge bicycle. All of them were able to restart except McNamara.

At the resumption, the field only got through another lap when Glen Underwood tipped the #96 Underwood Party Hire machine over in turn 2.

With still 18 to go it was Williams from Stansfield, Bellman, last start winner Dale Sinclair, Josh Buckingham, Queensland’s Ryan Skennar who was having his best run, Mansell likewise, James Aranyosi, Lexi Underwood with Steven Horton rounding out the top 10.

On a smooth slick track, Williams had bolted and built up a sizeable gap between himself and second placed Stansfield who was under attack from Bellman, Sinclair and Buckingham who were all involved in a great battle.

With 2 laps remaining it looked inevitable that Williams was going to take the win however strange things do happen and a piece of clay had hit the fuel tap off forcing the car to slow dramatically on the final lap. Stansfield was able to capitalise on this and take the win from Bellman, Sinclair, Buckingham who had been fast all week without any luck, Skennar, Jordan Mansell with his best finish for the Series, James Aranyosi, Steve Jabke in a great effort finishing 8th while Lexi Underwood and Steven Horton rounded out the top ten.

Everyone was eager to find out who had won the Series as Stansfield had gained enough points to close right back with grasp of the lead Williams had built up but would fall short by 1 point in the closest finish you will see in any Series.

Heat Winners on the Night were: Liam Williams, Glen Underwood, Jordan Mansell, Terry Rankin, Dale Sinclair & Chris Bellman.
Marcus Gibbons would win the altitude award after a frightening crash in turn one in Heat 5 Steph Munn was also involved and both would retire for the night with too much damage to continue. Daniel Burleigh was another to join the upside down club in the Heat races as was Jesse Elston, Tyler Beasy while Jake Hose was involved in a nasty flip in the B Main.

The B main was won by Mathew Symons from Steven Horton and Patrick Merrett, with Michael Pearson, Phil Micallef and Ryan McNamara completing the top 6. The two A Reserves were Brad Stell and Tyler Beasy.

At the end of a gruelling week The Top Ten for the Formula 500 Speedweek Series 2016/17 would look like this.

Liam Williams 438 $2,000 Overall Series Winner
Grant Stansfield 437 $1,750 Runner Up
James Aranyosi 430 $1,500 Third Place
Chris Bellman 427 $1,250 Fourth Place
Dale Sinclair 424 $1,000 Fifth Place
Josh Buckingham 422 Cates Motorsport Rear Beam
Terry Rankin 401 Boss Chassis/Beasy Motorsport Pack
Ryan McNamara 397 Hoosier Tyre
Tyler Beasy 397 Aeroflow Tank
Angelo Karoussis 396

Across the road after the meeting at the Heathmere Football Clubrooms the Series Presentations were held and the top ten were awarded their trophies and prizes thanks to the wonderful sponsors of the Series plus Autosmart Smart Solutions not only awarded one but 3 Best Presented Car Awards across the series and it was Tyler Beasy who was awarded the Best Presented Car for the Series from Steph Munn and Leigh Van Ginneken.
The random draw for those placed between 11th and 20th was won by Glen Underwood who won a Swift Industries Prize Pack.

On behalf of the Victorian Formula 500 Association we would like to thank those sponsors for the Speedweek Series:
Autosmart Smarter Solutions
Warrnambool Powder Coating
DK Race Parts
C.I.C. Racing Wheels
Bratt Engineering
Lethal Race Wings
Hoosier Racing Tires
Boss Chassis Australia
Beasy Motorsport
Cates Motorsport
Triple X Race Co.
Sinclair Industries
Swift Industries
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:: Formula 500s - Brown and Pronger Share Wins

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Daniel Powell

The New Year’s Two Nighter for Formula 500s, supported by Ian Boettcher Race Parts, at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway and Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway respectively was fought out last Friday and Saturday night, and it saw Kristin Brown and Nathan Pronger come away with the feature-race honours.

On the Friday night, Brown proved too strong for her rivals throughout the 15-lap feature race and was rewarded with the win on home soil for the first time in the 2016-17 season. Joining Brown on the podium was James Kennedy in second and Bryn Upshall in third.

Kaydon Iverson finished in fourth ahead of NSW-based visitor Sean Barnett, Pronger, Ethan Eyears (NSW), Glen Douglas, Paul Chaffey and Cameron Bertuch in 10th.

When it comes to the non-finishers in the feature race, they were Piper Ogilvie, Phil Roberts and Royce Harvey.

Earlier in the night, the heat-race wins went the way of Pronger (x 2), Kennedy and Brown.

The following night, the drivers headed to Hi-Tec Oils Speedway and at the completion of the 12-lap feature race, it was Pronger who emerged as the winner.

After a second-place finish the previous night, Kennedy was able to achieve the same result – this time finishing in second behind Pronger.

The podium was completed by Brown in third. Behind Brown in fourth was an impressive Ogilvie. The remainder of the finishers were Roberts, Douglas, Bertuch and Chaffey. The lone non-finisher was Upshall.

Pronger (x 2) and Ogilvie emerged as the heat-race winners earlier in the night.

Also on the night at Hi-Tec Oils Speedway were the Junior Formula 500s in what was the debut of the class at the track. Out of the four heat races, the wins went to Randy Morgan (x 2) and local-based drivers Tarhlea Apelt and Nicholas Whell.

Last night at Archerfield Speedway, the Junior Formula 500s were part of the program. Morgan continued his good form by winning three out of the four heat races, while third-generation racer Nick Hodges came out on top in the other.

The eighth round of the KRE F500 Championship Series resumes on the Saturday night of February 4 at Archerfield Speedway, while the Junior Formula 500s are set to next appear on both the Friday and Saturday nights of February 3 and 4 at Archerfield Speedway.

Special thanks must go to Ian Boettcher Race Parts for their support of the New Year’s Double Header. To find out more about Ian Boettcher Race Parts, visit their website www.ianboettcherraceparts.com.au, call them on 0730 673 411, LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter and Instagram by searching Ian Boettcher Race Parts.

The Brisbane Formula 500 Club is proudly supported by KRE Race Engines. To find out more about KRE Race Engines, visit www.kreraceengines.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching KRE Race Engines. Associate supporters are Ian Boettcher Race Parts and Myla Graphics.

To keep up-to-date with everything regarding the Brisbane Formula 500 Club, LIKE them on Facebook by searching Brisbane Formula 500 Club.

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:: Formula 500s - Bellman Crowned King of the Bridge

Saturday, December 24, 2016
Redline Media

In what was a fantastic performance, Chris Bellman travelled to Murray Bridge Speedway in South Australia on Saturday night and emerged victorious in the King of the Bridge for Formula 500s.

After a number of minor podium finishes in the previous King of the Bridge attempts, Bellman put in a near-perfect night and managed to come away with the win in the prestigious event.

Electing to start the feature race from the outside of the front row by virtue of his Dash win, the 21-year-old racer immediately dropped back to third on tricky track conditions. Quickly realising that the top of the track was not the optimal racing line, Bellman cut to the bottom and was able to drive underneath his rivals to regain the lead by the completion of the opening lap. However, it was anything but smooth sailing from there.

In the middle stages of the race, current and two-time Australian Champion Liam Williams launched a challenge on Bellman, but was unable to make the move stick. Moments later (lap 16), disaster almost struck when Bellman attempted to lap James Aranyosi, who proceeded to defend his position against the race leader before his engine seized, causing Bellman to turn hard left and narrowly avoided race-ending contact with Williams. Bellman was able to hang on for the remainder of the 25-lap distance, steering his Vic # 31 RnR Contracting supported D1 car to victory.

“It was definitely a tough race against a quality field and the track was quite unpredictable, so I couldn’t be happier to overcome those obstacles and get the win,” commented the Warrnambool-based racer.

“It’s a great honour to win such a prestigious event and it’s really encouraging to get the win at Murray Bridge ahead of the Australian Title at the track later this season.”

Bellman made his presence felt early, finishing second in his opening heat race and backing it up in heat race two when he charged to another second-place finish – this time from position 11. Second on points heading into the top-six Dash, Bellman managed to overthrow his competitors to take the win.

The event was Bellman’s third feature-race win for the 2016-17 season, with previous wins at Murray Bridge Speedway and Bordertown’s Tolmer Speedway.

Bellman is now gearing up to contest the five-round Victorian F500 Speedweek Series over the Christmas-New Year period, which is set to commence on Tuesday night of December 27 at Simpson Speedway and will conclude on Monday night of January 2, 2017 at Portland’s Southern 500 Speedway.

“The key to the Speedweek Series is consistency,” added Bellman, who placed second in the series way back in his maiden season in Formula 500s.

“Not only do you need to start strong, but you need to carry that momentum the whole way through. You can’t win them all. Sometimes it’s better to go for the minor podium positions rather than challenge for the lead and risk a DNF, which would pretty much put you out of contention for the series.”

Bellman would like to thanks the following 2016-17 season sponsors for their valued support: RnR Contracting, Autosmart NT, InAction Photos, Mugaflow, Bratt Race Engineering and C.I.C Racing Wheels. Special thanks go to Ros and Roy (mum and dad), Dion (brother), and Michael, Troy and Karli (crew members).

To find out more about Bellman and his team, LIKE them on Facebook by searching Bellman Motorsports.

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:: Formula 500s - Metcalfe in Pleasing Form

Saturday, December 24, 2016
Redline Media

With multiple feature-race wins and currently leading the Central Queensland Rumble Series, Brad Metcalfe has had a strong 2016 season in the Formula 500s and is now carrying on that form into season 2016-17.

Metcalfe, from Moranbah in Central Queensland, has enjoyed a pleasing to the season, having won each of the first three rounds of the four round Central Queensland Rumble Series, two at McCosker Rocky Speedway in Rockhampton and one at Gladstone Speedway, along with another two feature-race wins at Gladstone Speedway and Mac’s Speedway in Mackay.

“I’ve shown great speed this season and I couldn’t be happier with our results,” expressed the 48-year-old Moranbah Speedway President, who enjoys being able to race all year round in his NQ # 9 P.I Technical Services supported Yamaha R6 powered PMP car.

“I wouldn’t be able to do it without the amazing support of my family, my sponsors and my team. We put a lot of effort into racing, particularly the Central Queensland Rumble Series, so coming away with pleasing results makes it all worthwhile.”

Metcalfe, who currently works in the local mining industry, has spent the last 30 years racing speedway, first taking to the track at 18 years of age racing Outlaw Sprint Sedans. Apart from speedway, he also a stint in Go Karts on the tar circuits, which saw him managed to win Central Queensland and North Queensland Titles.

Stepping into Formula 500s nearly two decades ago, Metcalfe has a lot of experience racing against some tough competition around the country. In 2007, while contesting the Australian Title at Maryborough Speedway in Queensland, Metcalfe had one of his career highlights, when he powered through the field in the Australian Title deciding feature race from position 13 to be in podium contention, up until he crashed in the latter stages but still went on to finish in sixth.

Planning to contest the Queensland Title at McCosker Rocky Speedway on the Saturday night of March 11, Metcalfe is hoping to perform strongly due to it being familiar territory and having also scored multiple top-five finishes in past Queensland Title attempts.

Priding himself on presentation, Metcalfe will debut a retro white paint scheme for one of his sponsors in Penrite Oil, when he travels to Murray Bridge Speedway in South Australia on April 14-15 to contest the Australian Title, where he is aiming for a top-10 finish, which was a feat he has achieved twice in his career – the most recent being in 2014 at the Perth Motorplex in Western Australia.

For his next appearance, Metcalfe will head to McCosker Rocky Speedway to contest the fourth and final round of the Central Queensland Rumble Series on the Saturday night of January 21, 2017.

Metcalfe would like to thank the following season 2016-17 sponsors for their valued support: P.I Technical Services, Penrite Oil, Rocky Resorts, Moranbah Mechanical and Towing, CFMEU Moranbah North Lodge, Brian Industries, Jettco Developments, Dominator Photography, Thommo’s Race Graphics and PMP Chassis. He would also like to give special thanks to his wife Tracy, his daughters Brooke, Tegan and Emilee, his sons Cody and Blake and his pit crew Vance, Jack, Lakey and Krusty.

To find out more about Metcalfe and his team, LIKE them on Facebook by searching Metcalfe Family Racing.

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:: King Bellman Crowned at MMS

Sunday, December 18, 2016
MMS

Victorian Chris Bellman is the new Formula 500 “King of the Bridge” after defeating Australian Champion Liam Williams and Western Australian Steven Ellement in an entertaining 25 lap finale at the Murray Machining and Sheds Speedway on Saturday night. After winning the top 6 dash Bellman elected to start on the outside of the front row and after fending off an early challenge from pole sitter Element Bellman finally claimed the title of “The King” after recording several podium results in the past.

“I don’t think that starting on the outside really worked for me but once we got going we got the front pretty quickly and I felt really comfortable out front. When Liam (Williams) got by me all I could think about was Dad on the hill saying what are you doing so I went back to what was working for me and we were able to hang on. To win such a prestigious race means a real lot. I have been trying to win this race for a while now so it feels really good” added Chris as he wore his winners crown on the podium.

Williams was pleased with his runner-up result but you could tell he had his eyes on the bigger picture as he mentioned it was a great test session for the upcoming Australian Championship at Easter.

Fourth place went to an elated Grant Stansfield with veteran Stephen Bell grabbing fifth on the final lap. B-main winner Dale Sinclair charged his way to sixth with Queenslander Lexi Underwood, Victorian Steve Horton, local Brad Stell and defending Champion Thomas Davies, who was a late nomination, completing the top 10. Hayden Kendrick, Jordan Mansell, Jack Disbury, Terry Rankin and Ryan McNamara were next across the line.

Pre-event favourite Jack Bell was forced to retire after an engine fire while running fourth.

Earlier six heat races, a dash and a 15 lap B-Main were run to set the 22 car field with Stansfield, James Aranyosi, Jack Bell, Graham Williams, Ellement and Steve Horton winning a heat each while Bellman won the dash and Dale Sinclair, Jordan Mansell, Steph Munn, Leigh Van Ginneken, Hayden Kendrick and Patrick Merritt made the final via the B-Main.

The night also saw a whole host of racing classes on the program with Super Sedans, Junior Sedans, Street Stocks, Modlites, AMCA Nationals and V6 Sprints.

The Modlites proved to best of the support categories on the night with former Speedcar racer Todd Bennett winning the reverse grid final ahead of Danny Prade and Andy Maxwell Jr.

Graham Knuckey, who had been running strongly during the final, had his chances of a podium taken away after second placed Sam Martin spun in front of the #5 leaving him with nowhere to go. The incident in turn four also involved Scott Webb.

The remaining feature winners on the night were Paul Blenkiron in Super Sedans, Heath Thorne in the Juniors, Track Champion Nigel Reichstein in the Street Stocks, Jason Robinson in the AMCA Nationals and Brock Lane in the V6 Sprints.

The next event at the Murray Machining and Sheds Speedway will be on December 27 with night 2 of the annual World Series Sprintcars Speedweek.
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:: Formula 500s -Kelly Returns to Tackle Tulsa Shootout

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Redline Media

It’s gearing up to be a busy Christmas-New Year period for Marcus Kelly, who will travel to the America for the second season running to contest the 32nd annual Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout for Micro 600s (Formula 500s).

The Tasmanian-based racer will contest both the Outlaw and Stock classes over the five-night event, which spans from December 28 to January 1, 2017 at the Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma, aboard the # 47K Maxwell Industries supported CS9 car.

After crashing out in the Outlaws class last season and running in the C main in the Stock class, Kelly is looking forward to improving on his results this time around and will no doubt be using his experience from last year’s event to prepare. Kelly heads into the Tulsa Shootout with some valuable track time, having recently come away with a top-10 result in the annual Jack Willsher Cup at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway in Victoria and he was also well on his way to the feature-race win at Latrobe’s Gulf Western & Independent Oils Raceway before an electrical woe dashed his winning hopes.

“The goal for this year’s event is to try and make the A mains in both the Outlaw and Stock classes,” the 2012-13 season Australian Formula 500 Champion enthused.

“We’re really optimistic heading into the event and we’ve learned a lot from last season’s results. It’s a cutthroat event with around 300 cars nominated who really don’t give you an inch out there on the track. A total of 280 cars end up on the watching the A mains from the sidelines, so making the A mains are going to be a tough task.

“We know it’s going to be a big challenge, so we’ll definitely be better prepared this time around. It’s an honour to be only the second Australian to run this event (behind American-based Australian Danny Carroll); hopefully we can bring home a great result.”

Joining Kelly in Oklahoma will be his USA crew chief Brad Coleman, who is one of the best Micro 600 crew chiefs in the country, and with Coleman building the car this season, Kelly has a huge opportunity to make the A mains.

Kelly has been running the new CS9 car for the past year with the help of his good friends Damian Robins, Darcy Baldock and Ben Harris, after losing his crew chief of five years, Craig Munday.

"It’s been quite difficult racing speedway without Craig around,” admitted Kelly.

“I’ve been with Craig for five years and in that time we taken out several state title wins, memorial wins, series wins and of course an Australian Title win, so it goes without saying that he is a key contributor to our team here in Australia.”

After the Tulsa Shootout, Kelly is excited to have Munday back on board and the pair will complete the remainder of the Australian season together.

For his next appearance, Kelly will head to Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway on Boxing Night (December 26) to contest the annual Ken McKinnell Memorial, prior to flying to America on December 27 (a combined total of 40 hours flying time one way) to begin his Tulsa Shootout assault.

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:: Formula 500s -Williams’ Pain is Pronger’s Gain

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Brisbane Formula 500 Club

It was Nathan Pronger who was victorious in last Saturday night’s fifth round of the KRE F500 Championship Series at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway, after race leader Liam Williams suffered an upsetting engine failure on the final lap.

While Pronger qualified in pole position for the 15-lap feature race, it was current and two-time Australian Champion Williams who impressed in the early stages, powering through the field from his eight-place starting position to steal the lead from Pronger on lap five, as well as setting a new one-lap track record with a 13.222 second lap.

Williams was on his way to a convincing victory when his engine failed on turn one of the final lap, relegating him to fifth as he managed to roll his car across the finish line in what was a disappointing end to what it seemed would be a fantastic night. Capitalising on Williams’ misfortune, Pronger went on to take the chequered flag ahead of Kaydon Iverson and James Kennedy in second and third place respectively.

Charlie Brown and a limping Williams rounded out the top five ahead of remaining finishers Kristin Brown, Tristan Johnson, Tomas Partington, Bryn Upshall, Piper Ogilvie, Graham Williams, Royce Harvey, Glen Douglas and Paul Chaffey.

Newcomer Cameron Bertuch was forced to the infield with fuel issues bringing his night to a premature end, along with Ethan Eyears, who broke a throttle cable, Robert Kite and Vicki Canfield. Canfield’s night was plagued with ongoing electrical issues.

Earlier in the night, heat-race action saw four different racers drive to victory, with Charlie Brown, Pronger, Williams and Iverson taking a win apiece. Williams’ night got off to a rough start, experiencing issues in his opening heat race, unfortunately foreshadowing what was to come.

The sixth round of the KRE F500 Championship Series will be held at Archerfield Speedway on Boxing Night (December 26).

The Brisbane Formula 500 Club is proudly supported by KRE Race Engines. To find out more about KRE Race Engines, visit www.kreraceengines.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching KRE Race Engines. Associate supporters are Ian Boettcher Race Parts and Myla Graphics.

To keep up-to-date with everything regarding the Brisbane Formula 500 Club, LIKE them on Facebook by searching Brisbane Formula 500 Club.

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