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:: Formula 500s -Tasmanian Title # 3 for Redpath

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Redline Media

Proving that he’s still a force to reckoned with, Matt Redpath put in a dominant performance on Saturday night at Carrick Speedway to collect the third Tasmanian Formula 500 Title of his career.

After winning back-to-back Tasmanian Titles in 2006 at Carrick Speedway and 2007 at Latrobe’s Gulf Western & Independent Oils Raceway, the 30-year-old racer, from Sassafras near Latrobe, was in great form on Saturday night, having qualified pole for the 20-lap Tasmanian Title-deciding feature race.

Seizing the lead from the drop of the green, Redpath was all class, using his experience to navigate the track while getting some good breaks in traffic, and ultimately steering his Tas # 23 Dutchman Performance Suzuki GSXR 600 powered Triple X machine to victory, 6.361 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Nick Kingston, off the back of a two-year hiatus.

“This Tasmanian Title win is definitely the most satisfying by far, having recently returned to racing after two years in the sidelines,” expressed Redpath, who wasn’t overly confident heading into the event, having only contested four race meetings so far in the 2016-17 season prior to the title, including winning the Peter Redpath Memorial, in honour of his father, at Gulf Western & Independent Oils Raceway earlier this season.

“The competition in this day and age has definitely stepped up a level across the whole country, let alone in Tasmania. Back when I won my previous titles, we ran two-stroke engines and now we run four-stroke, so we’re still finding our feet with the new car and picking it up as we go.

“I have to give a special thanks to my main man and brother, Josh, who plays such a huge part in the team. He’s always there to help me out with anything I need and I wouldn’t be able to do this without him.”

Openly admitting that he didn’t have a Tasmanian Title winning car throughout his earlier heat races, which saw him score two second-place finishes from mid-pack starts, Redpath and his team worked on fine-tuning the setup, making some slight changes for the feature race, which ultimately worked in his favour.

For his next appearance, Redpath will return to Carrick Speedway on Sunday, March 12 for the Titch Jordan Memorial, before travelling to Murray Bridge Speedway in South Australia to contest the 2017 Australian Title on the Friday and Saturday nights of April 14 and 15. Redpath will be hoping to improve on his best previous finish in an Australian Championship, which was eighth place in the 2008 running of the event at Lismore Speedway (NSW).

Redpath would like to thank the following 2016-17 season sponsors for their valued support: R&P Road and Performance (Nick Kingston), DW Motorcycle Repairs (Dylan Willsher), Sprint Shack (Glenno Inglis) and DK Race Parts (Mark Dalton).

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:: Formula 500s - Winning Williams

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Redline Media

Liam Williams was once again the form driver on Saturday night at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway, going flag-to-flag to take out the eighth KRE F500 Championship Series round.

The current and two-time Australian Champion put in a dominant performance in the 15-lap feature race, after starting from position second, due to his strong form in the earlier heat races.

Getting the jump on pole-sitter Tristan Johnson off the start line, Williams went on to score a convincing victory ahead of Ryan McNamara in the runner up spot. Making a return to the track after his last appearance in late December, Ryan Skennar also gave a strong showing to snare the final podium place in third.

Finishing just off the podium in fourth was the fast-paced Kristin Brown, with youngster James Kennedy rounding out the top five. Tomas Partington, Phill Roberts, Graham Williams and Piper Ogilvie completed the remaining finishers.

It was a disappointing outcome for Johnson, who had been on track to come away with a pleasing result, but was forced to retire on lap seven after contact with a lapped car. Robert Kite was also unable to finish the feature race, retiring to the infield on lap six. An unlucky Vicki Canfield was unable to take place in the feature-race field, due to some mechanical issues during the earlier heat races.

The earlier heat-race action saw wins shared between Johnson, Liam Williams and Skennar, with the three drivers also racking up a third-place finish each.

Contesting a doubleheader on Friday and Saturday nights at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway and Hi-Tec Oils Speedway, a number of Junior Formula 500 drivers demonstrated their consistency. Leading the pack over both nights was Nick Hodges, who won two of his heat races (one on each night) and scored three seconds and a third-place finish, while local Tarhlea Apelt also impressed, coming away with a victory on Saturday night and three third-place finishes.

Dekota Gay was also in strong form, with two heat-race wins (one on each night) and a third-place finish on Saturday night, while the remaining wins on Friday night went the way of Bodie Smith and Boyd Chaffey, who also came away with a second and third-place finish. Nick Whell claimed Saturday night’s remaining victory and also scored two seconds and a third-place finish throughout the weekend.

The ninth round of the KRE F500 Championship Series will be held on the Saturday night of February 18 at Archerfield Speedway, with the Junior Formula 500s also joining the program.

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 - Metcalfe Wraps Up Rumble Series

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Metcalfe Family Racing

Despite not having the best run in the recent fourth and final Central Queensland Rumble Formula 500 Series round at McCosker Rocky Speedway, Brad Metcalfe’s fourth-place finish was enough for him to wrap up the point standings honours.

Battling a carburettor issue aboard his NQ # 9 P.I Technical Services supported Yamaha R6 powered PMP machine throughout the night, Metcalfe was unable to maintain his series winning streak; however, having already won three of the four Central Queensland Rumble Series rounds, two at Rocky Speedway and the other at Gladstone Speedway, his fourth-place finish was good enough to maintain his point standings lead.

In an added incentive for the Moranbah Speedway President to perform well, several owners / shareholders from his major sponsor, P.I. Technical Services, were in attendance on Saturday night to witness Metcalfe claiming the series victory.

“It was great to have a number of representatives from my major sponsor, P.I. Technical Services, in the crowd on the night, and although it was a tough night it was still good to wrap up the series in front of them,” commented the 48-year-old racer from Moranbah in Central Queensland.

“The ongoing support that P.I. Technical Services give me is fantastic and I can’t thank them, along with all of my other sponsors, my crew and my family enough for helping to make this a possibility.”

Based in Paget, Queensland, P.I. Technical Services specialise in onsite electrical maintenance, testing, repairs and electrical installations, while also providing their customers with exceptional service at competitive prices.

With the Central Queensland Rumble Series now complete, Metcalfe’s next major event will be the Queensland Formula 500s Title on the Saturday night of March 11 back at Rocky Speedway, where he’s aiming to continue his recent form in order to challenge for a front-running spot.

Metcalfe would like to thank the following season 2016-17 sponsors for their valued support: P.I Technical Services, Penrite Oil, Rocky Resort, Moranbah Mechanical and Towing, CFMEU Moranbah North Lodge, Bryan Industries, Jettco Developments, Dominator Photography, Thomo’s Race Graphix 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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:: FORMULA 500’S READY TO RUMBLE

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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Round 8 of the Formula 500’s KRE Series continues on Saturday, 4 February at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway.

To date 28 drivers have participated in the KRE Series with the current top 5 points scorers James Kennedy (492), Liam Williams (472), Kaydon Iverson (458), Tomas Partington (369) and Bryn Upshall (367).

Also running on Saturday night are the junior Formula 500’s. Previously 10 teenagers in this division, now running with 9 as Randy Morgan graduates to the senior Formula 500s. Randy will make his debut with the seniors in the coming weeks.

For anyone wishing to join the Formula 500s seniors or juniors, please contact us via email [email protected] or like us on facebook, Brisbane Formula 500 Club

Many thanks to all our sponsors, KRE Race Engines, Ian Boettcher Race Parts, Myla Graphics and Robertson Gardens Comfort Inn & Suites.

Pic: Paul Goodall Racer Pics
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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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:: Previous Headlines

:: Formula 500s - Metcalfe in Pleasing Form

:: King Bellman Crowned at MMS

:: Formula 500s -Kelly Returns to Tackle Tulsa Shootout

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

:: Time To Crown A Formula 500 King

:: JUNIOR FORMULA 500s -Apelt Quickly Learning the Ropes

:: Brisbane F500 - Iverson Breaks Winning Streak for Williams

:: Brisbane F500 - Williams, Kennedy and Johnson Share the Podium

:: Australian Speedway Hall of Fame inductee

:: Brisbane F500 - Williams Triumphs Over Adversity

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