|:: Andrew Priolo - NU-STYLE LIVING Racing
Sunday, October 19, 2014 ... Read
Priolo’s New Challenges
After spending most of his time competing on the West Coast of Australia in recent years and winning almost everything that there is to win there, this season will see Andrew Priolo looking to take on some greater challenges within the Formula 500 division.
One could be forgiven for thinking that Priolo has been around in the Formula 500 division for a lot longer than the three years he has. Now entering into his fourth season, Priolo’s achievement list in the last season alone reads as a what’s what of major events and championships in Australia: Six Feature Wins and nineteen podium finishes, top qualifying for the Australian Title and then coming home third in the final, winning the Bunny Burrowes Memorial $5,000 to win race, claiming the Perth Motorplex Track Championship (his second in a row, plus coming second the year before in his rookie season), winning the West Coast Series Championship and competing in no less than four different states.
Add this to his prior achievements: being a former rookie of the year, and winning a WA State Championship amongst many others and it is certain that Priolo has certainly got talent behind the wheel.
Over the last three seasons of course he has been well supported by his major sponsor, MAC Projects.
“I have to say a huge thanks to them” says Andrew. “They were a major support to me and my great success would not have been possible without them.”
Of course all good things come to an end and this season, with Priolo taking on some new challenges, he is proud to announce that NU-STYLE Living has come on board as theteam’s new major sponsor.
“I have a great business and working relationship with the company” states Andrew. “I am the designer for their residential development sites with my own Building Design company, ‘ARCHIVISION’ and now we have extended that partnership even further”
As touched on earlier, Andrew is setting new goals this season. After winning the past two Perth Motorplex Track Championships and coming second in the season before, he has decided to shift his focus and contest much more interstate racing. This doesn’t mean he won’t be racing at the Motorplex at all though: he has still penciled in a few rounds at his home track including this weekend’s Grand Opening Showdown, while he has also found room to contest the entire West Coast Series here in WA.
Andrews schedule is also comprehensive outside of WA and this season will see him take on no less than five state titles, the entire Speedweek Series and the Australian Championship at Rockhampton Speedway. All this as well as other individual big races across the nation, including the South Pacific in Tasmania in which he will be driving for Joinery Products Racing, owned by Marcus Kelly.
“I am feeling very excited with the new look race team and to have the backing of NU-STYLE Living is something that I am very thrilled about.” Says Andrew. “I feel that I have some unfinished business with the Australian Championship and I would love to finish two steps higher than last year. It would also be a major goal for me to take the Speedweek Series with a couple of round wins which I feel that we are more than capable of.”
Of course, none of this would be possible without the loyal support of the team’s partners: NU-STYLE LIVING, PCS Group, DoubleG Skips, Watsons Express Transport, Vortex Racing Products, PMP Chassis, Sero’s Racing Technologies, S&A Smash Repairs, IPS Group, and JP Signs.
It is set to be a very exciting season for Andrew and the whole team. What makes it even more exciting is that Andrew is considered a genuine threat any time that he enters a race meeting and the potential results for this season are just mind blowing.
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|:: 2015 Formula 500 Aust Title Press Release
Thursday, October 16, 2014
QLD Formula 500
It is with great excitement that the Rockhampton Saloon Car Club, Curtis Coast Formula 500 and Qld Formula 500 Association can announce that Rocky Resort Motor Inn and Cloud 9 have signed on as the Naming right sponsors for the 2015 Australian Title to be held over Easter at the Rockhampton Speedway. The Mcleod family have a long history in the Formula 500 division, and their support for our premier event is greatly appreciated. Their Award winning restaurant Cloud 9 will also be running the dinner.
Key dates for your calendars are
Thursday 2nd April. Dinner.
Friday 3rd April. Scrutineering, Practice.
Saturday 4th April. 3 Rounds of Heats.
Sunday 5th April. Round 4 of Heats, B Main C Main and Final.
You can check out both of these fantastic businesses on their Facebook pages
Rocky Resort Motor Inn
Cloud 9 - Gourmet Heaven
|:: MotorPlex Opener - Fantastic Field of Flying Formulas!
Thursday, October 16, 2014
WA F500 assn
The flying Formula 500's have once again got a huge field ready for action at the opening night of their season; the Grand Opening Showdown event at the Perth Motorplex this Saturday night!
Heading the nominations list once again is Andrew Priolo. After dominating many events here over the last few seasons, Priolo will be hoping to once again assert his authority early with a win on opening night.
Of course drivers such as Mark House, Thomas Davies, Troy Johnson and Adrian La Macchia have been thorns in Priolo’s side, chasing him down and claiming a number of wins themselves. They will be hoping that this weekend they can do it once again and knock Priolo off his perch.
As always there is a whole host of other drivers who have the potential to grab a win, including the ever improving Chris Dymock, the very quick David Sinagra, Adrian Haywood (who looked very fast in practice) and the very, very quick Nardini brothers; Luke and Jamie.
All the regulars are back including Trystan Caley, Adrian Fogliani, Brett Janssen, Jeff Ross, Tom Hooper and Aaron Fullgrabe, while a few rookies have also thrown their hats into the ring including Graham Mitchell, former Wingless driver Cameron McKenzie and Carl Phillips.
With this mixture of experience, this many good drivers and this much good equipment this weekend’s opening event is sure to be an absolute lung buster!
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AJ COCHRANE & SONS FORMULA 500S - 24
3 Chris Dymock
10 Andrew Priolo
23 Gavin Connelly
24 Mark House
28 David Sinagra
29 Thomas Davies
30 Jai Dillon
32 Trystan Caley
36 Brendon Marshman
41 Cameron Mckenzie
45 Adrian Fogliani
55 Adrian Haywood
60 Adrian La Macchia
64 Graham Mitchell
66 Jamie Pages
72 Brett Janssen
73 Jeff Ross
75 Jeff Prentis
79 Tom Hooper
87 Luke Nardini
88 Jamie Nardini
92 Aaron Fullgrabe
95 Troy Johnson
105 Carl Phillips
|:: Victorian Formula 500 Stampede Nominations
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Victorian Formula 500 Assn
The Victorian Formula 500 Assn are all geared up to commence the upcoming season with practice tomorrow at Darlington Speedway. It will also be our first ever Junior Development Day for Juniors.
Online Nominations are now open for the Stampede Series.
Our thanks to Maxam Printing, who have been a long supporter of the Formula 500's, for sponsoring this series.
The Supplementary Regulations can be found on the www.formula500.com.au website under the Forms tab.
Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming calendar.
0414 301 982
|:: Victorian Formula 500 next General Meeting 21/10/14
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Victorian Formula 500 Assn
Victorian Formula 500 Assn
The next Victorian Formula 500 General Meeting has been re-scheduled and will be held on Tuesday21st October 2014 at the Mount Moriac Hotel, 1115 Princes Highway, Moriac commencing at 7.45 pm.
Members and visitors welcome.
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|:: Shilleto Strikes First in Tyrepower Series
Friday, October 10, 2014
Brisbane F500 Club
Queensland Formula 500 champion Dale Shilleto dominated the 15-lap feature event to emerge an emphatic winner in the opening round of the Tyrepower 600 Super Series at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (October 4). Shilleto started from the outside front row but wasted little time in surging to the front, leading every lap of the race to defeat Charlie Brown, with Kristin Brown finishing in third spot.
It was a very strong field of cars that fronted for the first round of competition, with 19 drivers hitting the track in front of a big opening night crowd.
In the opening heat it was former Queensland and New South Wales titleholder Charlie Brown who charged to the chequer to score maximum points, leading home Kaydon Iverson, Phil Roberts, Bryn Upshall and Tristan Johnson.
Heat two saw Townsville’s Bayden Ellston outpace Kristin Brown and another former state champ in Nathan Pronger, with Dan Scougall and Nick Scholes rounding out the top five on this occasion.
After languishing sixth in his opening heat, Shilleto certainly made amends in heat three, finishing more than four seconds clear of Charlie Brown, with Cody Maroske, Scougall and Nick Potts next best.
In the final heat, Pronger was even more impressive in scoring a very comfortable win over Adrian Farrell. Mackay’s Simon Sullivan edged out Kristin Brown for third, with Iverson finishing fifth.
At the completion of the heats, Charlie Brown emerged as highest pointscorer to secure pole position for the feature race, but the drop of the green saw Shilleto zoom to the front and immediately assume control. Whilst Brown was unable to make much impression on the leader, he did emerge with the series lead. The first four positions remained static throughout with Kristin Brown securing third ahead of Iverson. However, there was plenty of movement back in the pack with both Ellston and Sullivan advancing two spots to finish fifth and sixth respectively. Johnson was the biggest mover through the pack though, advancing from 14th to finish seventh ahead of Roberts, Brooke Wanless and Farrell.
2014/2015 Tyrepower 600 Super Series progressive points: Charlie Brown 70, Dale Shilleto 65, Kristin Brown 62, Kaydon Iverson 58, Bayden Ellston 54, Simon Sullivan 50, Brooke Wanless 48, Phil Roberts 47, Nathan Pronger 46, Adrian Farrell 45, Tristian Johnson 40, Dan Scougall 38, Nick Potts 36, Nick Scholes 35, Bryn Upshall 35, Cody Maroske 21, Scott Farmer 17, Royce Harvey 11, Grant Harvey 11
The schedule for the remaining eleven rounds of the series is as follows:
October 25 – Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway
November 15 – Lucas Oils Kingaroy Speedway
November 29 - Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway
December 6 – Toowoomba Speedbowl
January 1 - Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway
January 24 - Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway
February 28 – Lucas Oils Kingaroy Speedway
March 7 - Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway
March 14 – Toowoomba Speedbowl
April 18 - Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway
May 2 - Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway
The Tyrepower 600 Super Series is proudly supported by:
KRE Race Engines
|:: Perth TQ Car Club Awards
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Perth TQ Car Club
Last night the Perth TQ Car Club held their annual awards night at the Glen Iris Bar & Restaurant in Jandakot.
It was a well attended night and all present had a good time as they celebrated the achievements of the 2014 season.
The opening awards for the Formula 500's were the season heat race points which saw Brett Janssen and Tom Hooper as popular joint winners, tied on 361 points. Jayden Higgs was second while Bill Richards claimed the third place trophy.
The feature race points were then taken out by Hooper, who doubled his nearest rivals points. Janssen claimed second while Higgs was third.
The Drivers Driver award went to Brett Janssen while he also claimed the Keenquip Encouragement Award for battling to keep his car on track at every meeting but also helping anyone else who needed it.
Tegan Broadwood was the next to receive an award as she claimed the Most Improved trophy, evidence of how she grew as a driver across the season.
The night was rounded out by the veteran Bill Richards receiving a Dedication Award, for his services to the club. He got a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance and was quite clearly overcome with emotion as he addressed the crowd.
Now that the 2014 season is over, focus now shifts to 2015 with the first announcement being the date of the Bunny Burrowes Memorial. The time honored event will be held on the 25th of April at Narrogin Speedway and is already receiving interest from Eastern States drivers.
See you all next season!!
Full Award Winners
Feature Race Points
1. Tom Hooper 128
2. Brett Janssen 64
3. Jayden Higgs 58
Heat Race Points
1. Tom Hooper/Brett Janssen 361
2. Jayden Higgs 284
3. Bill Richards 246
Norm Kemp Memorial Drivers Driver - Brett Janssen
Keenquip Encouragement Award - Brett Janssen
Bill Garrity Most Improved Award - Tegan Broadwood
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|:: Perth TQ Car Club- Turrachios Terrific Two!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Perth TQ Car Club
Cody Turrachio last Saturday made it two features from two starts as he raced away to claim the win in the final PTQCC Catalyst Communication Rigging Services Pty Ltd Formula 500 series event.
Turrachio had previously won the Formula 500 Open Championships at Kellerberrin Speedway on the 30th of August and then joined the field again at Narrogin on the weekend where he continued to dominate.
In fact, so dominant was Turrachio that he won every event on the day, claiming the opening heat win from the rear, grabbing the win in the second after starting near the front, then in the third, after starting at the rear courtesy of being high points scorer, he again came through the field and claimed the win.
Of course this was the closest contested race of the day as local Narrogin driver Greg Nicholas led the race for all but the final turn as Turrachio chased him down and made the pass in the final corner on the last lap of the race.
Turrachio then stormed away in the feature to claim a convincing win and stamp his authority, sending a clear message to the rest of the drivers about to compete in the summer season.
Other local drivers Luke and Jamie Nardini also had solid days, grabbing a number of good finishes that included both recording a podium in the feature race.
Long time Formula 500 pilot Brett Janssen also had a good day, driving a ten year old car to several podium finishes. He will be looking forward to the upcoming summer season as he teams up with fellow driver Shane Andersson, with the duo getting some exciting new gear for their campaigns.
Jayden Higgs had another consistent day, never finishing outside of the top five, while Bill Richards, Tegan Broadwood and Brendan Wright continued to battle it out through each event.
Saturdays race meeting brings the PTQCC season to a close and what a season it has been, with good fields of drivers at all events. Also a huge thanks to the division sponsor Catalyst Communication Rigging Services Pty Ltd.
We wish you all a safe summer season and hope to see you all again next year when we kick off with our biggest event, the Bunny Burrowes Memorial. In the meantime, don't forget the PTQCC awards night is on the 4th of October and we hope to see you all there.
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Formula 500 Heat One - 1. Cody Turrachio, 2. Brett Janssen, 3. Jayden Higgs, 4. Jamie Nardini, 5. Luke Nardini, 6. Greg Nicholas, 7. Bill Richards, 8. Tegan Broadwood. DNF: Brendan Wright.
Formula 500 Heat Two - 1. Cody Turrachio, 2. Luke Nardini, 3. Brett Janssen, 4. Jayden Higgs, 5. Jamie Nardini, 6. Greg Nicholas, 7. Bill Richards, 8. Brendan Wright, 9. Tegan Broadwood.
Formula 500 Heat Three - 1. Cody Turrachio, 2. Greg Nicholas, 3. Brett Janssen, 4. Jamie Nardini, 5. Jayden Higgs, 6. Bill Richards, 7. Tegan Broadwood. DNF: Luke Nardini, Brendan Wright.
Formula 500 Feature - 1. Cody Turrachio, 2. Luke Nardini, 3. Jamie Nardini, 4. Jayden Higgs, 5. Greg Nicholas, 6. Brett Janssen, 7. Brendan Wright, 8. Bill Richards, 9. Tegan Broadwood.
|:: Formula 500's SA -Season 2014/15 set to be huge
Monday, September 15, 2014
Formula 500's SA
A huge season of Formula 500 racing is about to get underway in South Australia when it all kicks off with the traditional opening night at Murray Bridge Speedway on October 4.
Opening night is also round one of the Formula 500's South Australia state championship series is part of a thirteen round series which takes in at least one round at all regular South Australian tracks and finishes in Waikerie on May 16.
Some of the major highlights include a blue ribbon event at every venue while major race dates include The 2014 King of the Bridge on November 22 at Murray Bridge, a back to back World Series Sprintcars support on January 30 and 31 at Murray Bridge Speedway and Speedway City and the 2015 South Australian Championship on February 14 to be held a Murray Bridge Speedway.
The third rookie of the year series kicks off for a five round series starting at Speedway City and taking in Murray Bridge Speedway, Bordertown, Renmark and Waikerie.
In a major initiative, junior Formula 500's will create history when they take to Murray Bridge Speedway on October 18 for their first ever season which will take in ten race meetings all over the state.
To keep up with all the latest news, join Formula 500's on facebook and on the web at www.formula500.com.au
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 ... Read
Team Ando Racing
This coming season will see big changes with Shane Andersson and Brett Janssen joining forces for a two car assault in West Australia. Both Janssen and Andersson could well be considered veterans with a combined 41 years’ experience racing Formula 500’s all over Australia with varied success.
After Andersson’s recent visit to the US and discussions in person with the Sawyer family at their manufacturing facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma the team have opted to run two state of the art Sawyer race cars specifically designed to suit the drivers and the type of tracks raced on in Australia. The cars are currently being built and will be leaving the factory by the end of the month. These will be the first Sawyer cars to be raced in West Australia and the team is very excited to debut the cars this year. With an amazing four generations of racers the Sawyer name has been synonymise with Micro Sprint racing all over the US but mainly in the Mid-West for over 50 years. Way back in 1958 Bob Sawyer began building cars for locals and in later years his son Bobby would take it a step further starting the Sawyer Chassis business. Bobby is still designing and building cars for the business. Bobby’s Son Scott Sawyer has enjoyed huge success both racing and marketing the Sawyer brand while his 11 year old son Drew has now stepped into a race car extending the Sawyer family name far ahead into the future of Micro Sprint racing.
Andersson, in his 23rd year of competition has definitely seen the highs and lows of the sport. The 2008/09 West Coast Series champion has struggled to produce results since that dominant season and is looking to show the new breed he still has what it takes to achieve success with a race winning package. His right hand man will once again be his father and Formula 500 legend “JA” Johnny Andersson and Shane’s wife Abby will also be giving 120% towards success this year. Andersson has for the first time stepped away from his long-time association with Honda power plants but will stick by his one and only engine builder over the last 7 years FTZ Performance this time opting for their R6 package while Janssen will run his trusty Seros Race Engine with Johnny Andersson building a second engine he will test later in the season. Janssen a long-time supporter of Perth TQ Car Club both at committee level and competing is eager to get back to business after focusing mainly on club based racing over the last five years. Brett achieved a lot of success at the now closed Bibra Lake Speedway and has been a top three finisher in the club points over the last 17 years. The Janssen family have been a part of speedway for many years with Brett’s father Peter competing in sedans and super mods in the 70’s and in the late 90’s created Janssen Racing with Brett and his sister Kym behind the wheel of the two car travelling team. Peter’s wife Jenny also served on the PTQCC committee and as timekeeper for many years.
The team is looking to kick off their season at the Opening night of the Perth Motorplex on the 18th October with the main focus being the Motorplex Track Championship and the WA State title at Bunbury Speedway on the 21st March 2015. Keep up to date with the team’s progress at www.facebook.com/teamando90 and twitter @TeamAndoRacing
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