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:: FORMULA 500s -Bellman Retains King of the Bridge Crown

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Redline Media

Refusing to place any added pressure on himself, Chris Bellman certainly kept his cool during his King of the Bridge defence at Murray Bridge Speedway in South Australia last Saturday night, with his composure rewarding him with an impressive back to back victory in the Formula 500s event.

Focused on treating the prestigious King of the Bridge like any other race meeting, so as not to overwhelm himself, the Warrnambool, Victoria-based racer’s strategy heading into the event certainly paid off.

Having secured the pole position start for the 20-lap feature race, by virtue of winning the Top-Eight Dash, after finishing third from ninth in his opening heat race and winning heat-race two, Bellman delivered a flawless drive. Managing to navigate the lapped traffic, he was able to find the best racing line, going flag to flag to clinch the win and retain his place on the throne.

“The King of the Bridge is such a great event and one of those races that you really look forward to on the calendar, so to have been able to score back to back wins is an amazing feeling,” expressed the current Northern Territory Champion, who recently had a challenging run in the South Australian Title at Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway, having to qualify via the B main for the feature race, where he came from the rear of the field to finish seventh.

“I had confidence in the car heading into the event, despite having some difficulties during the South Australian Title recently, so it was just a matter of putting it all together and hitting our marks, which we were able to do.”

Bellman will now turn his attention to the upcoming Speedweek Series, which is set to take place over seven rounds during the Christmas-New Year period, commencing on December 27 at Simpson Speedway, followed by round two at Borderline Speedway the following night. Round three on December 29 will see Bellman travel to Hamilton’s Western Speedway, before heading to Horsham’s Blue Ribbon Raceway on December 30 for round four.

Ringing in the New Year with the fifth round of the series on January 1 at his home track, Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway, Bellman will then have a few days break, before contesting round six at Laang Speedway on January 4, with the Speedweek finale being held at Portland’s Southern 500 Speedway on January 6.

“Every track during the Speedweek Series is so different, so consistency is definitely going to be the key to a strong overall result,” added Bellman, who finished runner-up in the Speedweek Series during his debut season with the class some five years ago, and who placed fourth overall last season.

“It’s not so much a matter of pace, you just need to not get too far ahead of yourself and do the best you can, because it can all turn around in an instant!”

Bellman would like to thank the following 2017-18 season sponsors: RnR Contracting, Autosmart NT / Vic, InAction Photos, C.I.C Racing Wheels, PBI Australia, and R & J Batteries. Special thanks go to his mum and dad, Ros and Roy, his brother Dion, his girlfriend Karli, and his crew members Ash and Jett.

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

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:: FORMULA 500s -Wilson Steps into Formula 500s

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Redline Media

Off the back of a successful 2016-17 season, leading Lightning Sprint racer Kurt Wilson is trying his hand at Formula 500s this season, aboard the Tony Cochrane-owned SQ # 5 John Titman Racing supported R6 Yamaha-powered PMP car.

Having so far this season contested three race meetings in a Formula 500, two at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway and one at Maryborough Speedway, with the competitive Cochrane team, who took out the 2015-16 season KRE F500 Championship Series and placed runner-up in the Australian Title with Kaydon Iverson at the helm, Wilson, who is the current Australian, Queensland and NSW Champion in Lightning Sprints, has certainly had to adjust to the class.

“While the top speed is pretty much the same, the Formula 500s are completely different to Lightning Sprints in terms of handling and even the way you sit in the car, which is similar to a go kart, with your legs stretched out in front of you,” admitted Wilson, who has shown plenty of promise despite mixed fortunes in his opening three race meetings.

“I raced go karts for around six years before stepping into speedway, so I definitely think that’s helped me adjust to Formula 500s. I’m learning that I need to change my driving style for each class, with Lightning Sprints being more aggressive and Formula 500s being smoother.”

Running double duties this season, the Lismore, NSW-based racer is focused on improving his transition between the cars and gaining as much track time as possible, so that he can keep up his momentum across both classes.

“The aim moving forward is to improve on our performance throughout qualifying to give us the best chance of running at the pointy end of the field,” enthused Wilson.

“I’m having an absolute ball in the class so far. There are a lot of competitive drivers who are definitely going to make me work for my results, which I think is going to make me a better driver in the long run.

“I have to say a huge thanks to Tony for giving me the opportunity to run his car, as well as Ben (Tony’s son), Tyler (Tony’s Daughter and Wilson’s girlfriend) and Cam for their help at the track and away from it.”

After Wilson expressed an interest in running a Formula 500, the decision to have him join the team was an obvious one for Cochrane, who assembled an engine for the car prior to the start of the season.

“We didn’t have anyone in our car this season, so it just made sense for Kurt to fill the driver’s seat and he’s welcome in it for as long as he wants to be,” said Cochrane, who will be on the road with the World Series Sprintcar Championship trail assisting Queensland-based racer Kevin Titman this season.

“Kurt has a really great head on his shoulders and he knows exactly what he wants the car to feel like, so I’m sure we’ll be able to achieve some strong results this season.

“With me being on the road for the World Series Sprintcars, I won’t be able to be at the track with Kurt initially, so hopefully I’ll be able to go along to some blue-ribbon events later in the season.”

For his next appearance, Wilson will be travelling to Archerfield Speedway on Boxing Night (December 26), followed by an appearance in his Lightning Sprint on December 30 at the same track, before completing two more shows at the Brisbane venue on January 1 and January 6. Later in the season, Wilson and the Cochrane team plan to contest a number of blue-ribbon events.

Cochrane and Wilson would like to thank the following 2017-18 season sponsors: John Titman Racing, RHK Performance, Millers Powder Coating, and Mainstreme Automotive.

To find out more about Wilson and his Formula 500s campaign, LIKE him on Facebook by searching Wilspeed Racing.

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:: Bellman Retains His Crown as The King of the Bridge

Sunday, December 10, 2017
MMS Media

Victorian Chris Bellman successfully defended his “King of the Bridge” crown at the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway on Saturday night (December 9) as he led all 20 laps after starting from the pole position. Second place went to Angelo Karoussis, who was the only other previous “King” in the field, with Dion Bellman and Jack Bell completing the podium.

“This is a really cool race to win. To get another one of these trophies, and the crown and the cloak is fantastic, that’s why we keep coming back. The local club and the Murray Bridge Speedway really put in a big effort into this race and I can’t thank them enough. I have also got to thank my crew and especially my Dad who drives the truck everywhere” added Chris as he accepted the massive winner’s trophy.

For Karoussis it was the second time he had been the runner-up to Bellman in a feature race this season, having been beaten by him at the Tolmer Speedway last month.

“I just needed another five laps, I was catching him in the lapped traffic, but I just ran out of laps” he conceded.

Bellman now joins Karoussis as the only two-time winners of the race.

Fifth place went to Matthew Symonds with Ash Sinclair making it five Victorians in the top six. Patrick Merritt, Steven Van Ginneken, Corey Jones and Joe Mercorella rounded out the top 10.

Earlier the heat winners were Merritt, Karoussis, Chris Bellman and Symonds while Chris Bellman won the top 8 dash.

The only real incident of the night occurred on the opening turn of the first heat when rookie Nathan O’Shae rolled ending his night early.

The night also saw a huge support program with Wingless Sprints, Super Sedans, AMCA Nationals, Street Stocks, Modlites and Junior Sedans.

After sitting out the early part of the season to concentrate on his Cycle Speedway duties, where he secured the World Championship, Joel Chadwick made a triumphant return to the Wingless Sprint ranks as he drove his new Australia #1 Triple X Chassis into victory lane. Second place went to Anthony Tapley with William Caruso, Jake Ashworth and Aaron Doe completing the top 5.

After electing to start a quarter of a lap behind the rest of the field Dave Gartner and Ryan Alexander couldn’t run down Paul Blenkiron in the non-stop 20 lap Super Sedan final but Gartner came extremely close as he failed by just over a half a second.

Jake Armstrong was a dominant winner of the AMCA Nationals final winning by over four seconds while Carey Weston continued his recent form in the Street Stocks as he defeated Darren Thorne and Tony Prideaux in a race that saw a majority of field finish the race on the infield.

The Junior Sedans had two features with Matthew Richter winning the “B Grade” final while Heath Thorne led home Aaron Tranter and Drew Flatman in a front wheel drive trifecta.

In the final class, the Modlites, Danny Prade won the reverse grid final over Justin Plaisted and Graham Knuckey but the race will be long remembered for a massive barrel roll on the front straight by Nathan Launer after contact with Andrew Launer. The contact saw both cars roll over with Andrew’s #85 machine rolling at least six times but luckily both drivers emerged from their race cars.

The next event at the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway will see a new tradition begin with the opening round of the 2017/18 World Series Sprintcars tour on Boxing Day. The following night will see Round 2 conducted on what will be a massive two nights of Sprintcar racing that will include four American drivers along with the best drivers from around Australia.
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:: MMS To Crown a King

Friday, December 8, 2017
MMS Media

This Saturday night (December 9) the winged pocket rockets, the Formula 500’s, will take over the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway with the running of the 2017/18 “King of the Bridge”. A high-quality line-up of 26 drivers has been assembled including two former race winners, Whyalla’s Angelo Karoussis and Victorian Chris Bellman.

Karoussis, a two times Champion, comes into the event having raced successfully in America during the off season and he is coming off a feature race win at his last Murray Bridge start.

“I’ll be up for a good result that’s for sure. We had the engine on the dyno last weekend and we found some more power, so things are looking good. I think I am the only two-time winner so hopefully we can add another this weekend” added Angelo in the leadup to the event.

Other South Australian drivers who will be in contention for a home track victory include Bordertown’s Patrick Merrett, Brad Stell, Lockie Cates and Jarrod Moore.

But the locals will have a tough time defending their home clay as a strong interstate contingent is heading to Murray Bridge, with a number of them showing great recent form.

The current “King” Chris Bellman is coming off a recent win at the Tolmer Speedway in the Stampede Series while Dion Bellman emerged victorious in the recent South Australian Championship at the Borderline Speedway at Mount Gambier. Allansford’s Jack Bell is always fast at Murray Bridge and has numerous feature event wins at the venue while fellow Victorians Matthew Symons and Ash Sinclair also can’t be counted out.

The real wild card will be Tasmanian teenager Jock Goodyer, who was outstanding at the Australian Title earlier this year and he has been racing Sprintcars this season back in his home state.

One of the biggest trophies in Australian Speedway, plus a cloak and a crown, awaits the winner of the “King of the Bridge” so you can be assured that every one of the 26 drivers nominated will be racing hard to add one of the most prestigious Formula 500 victories to their resumes.

NOMINATIONS - FORMULA 500s KING OF THE BRIDGE - December 9: S3 Brad Stell V4 Jack Bell S6 Joe Mercorella V6 Mark Lincoln S7 Chris Pinchbeck T7 Jock Goodyer S11 Nathan O’Shea S12 Jordan Mansell V15 Steven Van Ginneken S17 Lachie Cates S18 Jarrod Moore S21 Richard Schmidt V22 Dion Bellman S27 Angelo Karoussis V28 Jason Loft V31 Chris Bellman S35 Cruise Pengilly S37 James MacDonald S39 Dean Cottrell S48 Chris Brooks S51 Simon Reichelt V51 Ash Sinclair S64 Patrick Merrett V70 Matthew Symons S72 Corey Jones S85 Austin McDonald

The final pre-Christmas meeting will also feature a massive support program of Super Sedans, Wingless Sprints, Street Stocks, Modlites, Junior Sedans and AMCA Nationals.

The Super Sedans will see the likes of South Australian Champion Dave Gartner doing battle with Ryan Alexander and Paul Blenkiron while in the Wingless Sprints Australian Champion Joel Chadwick will make his first start of the season taking on the regular front runners such as William Caruso, Anthony Tapley and Aaron Doe.

With such a big program racing will begin at 4pm in an attempt to get the entire meeting completed well before the 11pm curfew.

Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway – It’s YOUR Speedway SA!!
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:: FORMULA 500s -Bellman Claims SA Title

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Redline Media

After a difficult start to the 2017-18 season, Dion Bellman managed to turn his luck around last Saturday night, clinching his maiden state title with the Formula 500s class in the re-scheduled South Australian Title at Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway.

Having been plagued with a mechanical problem since the beginning of the season, which was later identified as a fuel pump issue, with the fuel pump being replaced just prior to Saturday night’s event, Bellman couldn’t have been happier with his car’s performance, noticing a significant difference from the outset.

Qualifying in pole position for the 25-lap SA Title-deciding feature race, by virtue of two wins and a second-place finish in his three heat races, the 20-year-old racer continued to display solid pace and consistency on what was a single-lane race track.

Sticking to the bottom of the track and capitalising on the clean air out in front, Bellman maintained his composure throughout the duration of the race, going flag to flag to claim the SA Title crown aboard the Vic # 22 Autosmart NT and Vic supported D1 car, in what is his third season in Formula 500s.

“It’s a pretty great feeling to have written my name into the history books, but to be honest I’m just glad to know that the car is back up and running for Speedweek later this season, so the SA Title win is a bonus,” confessed Bellman, a two-time Victorian and one-time Tasmanian Junior Sedan Champion, who achieved his maiden feature-race victory with the class back in August at Darwin’s Northline Speedway.

“After winning in Darwin, it was really disappointing to start the 2017-18 season off with issues, so the SA Title win will definitely give us some added confidence for the rest of the season and hopefully we can continue to be competitive in the upcoming blue-ribbon events.”

Focusing on Formula 500s this season, having previously dabbled in 410 Sprintcars, Bellman is looking forward to contesting the annual Speedweek Series, which will be fought out at several Victorian tracks over seven rounds during the Christmas-New Year period. His next appearance will be in this Saturday night’s third Victorian Stampede Series round at Simpson Speedway, followed by the King of the Bridge event at Murray Bridge Speedway (SA) on the Saturday night of December 9.

Bellman would like to thank the following 2017-18 season sponsors for their support: Autosmart NT and Vic, RnR Contracting, InAction Photos, R&J Batteries, PBI, C.I.C Racing Wheels, Aeroflow, Sync Industries and D1 Chassis. Special thanks go to Ros and Roy (mum and dad), and crew members Ash, Mack and Jett for their help and support.

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

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:: Vict Formula 500 - Jack Willsher Cup

Monday, November 20, 2017
Victorian Formula 500

Jack Willsher Cup was run and won over the weekend at Warrnambool's Premier Raceway.

The prestigious event as usual brought big numbers with 36 cars set to hit the track to contest the cup

Liam Williams showed us he is still at the top of his game and the best in the business as he claimed back to back Cups. While Liam cruised into victory lane, Josh Buckingham and Chris Bellman had an epic battle and arm wrestled right down to the wire for 2nd and 3rd. Josh eventually winning the battle out of the two, with Bellman having to settle for third this time round!

Drivers will now prepare for next weekend's SA Title Rerun at Borderline Raceway in Mount Gambier.
Can they Vics continue to dominate the podium or even better yet can we steal the win and bring the Title back with us to our great state!

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:: Dirt Set To Fly at MMS

Friday, September 29, 2017

The off-season break has come to an end and it is time to go racing again this Saturday night (September 30) with the opening event on the 2017/18 Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway season calendar. The first night of competition will feature six racing categories with the headline sections being the Wingless Sprints, the flying Formula 500’s and the crowd-pleasing Street Stocks.

Over the past month the venue has hosted a couple of pre-season practice sessions with the practices being well attended but the competitor numbers are set to increase this weekend with as they race for the first feature event win of the year in round 1 of the Track Championship.

The Wingless Sprints will see a field of 13 competitors with drivers from across South Australia and Victoria. After looking extremely impressive at the practice sessions the likes of William Caruso, Aaron Doe, Anthony Tapley and Spen Taylor will enter the event as favourites but the Victorian contingent of Mick Rigby, Michael McDonald, Jason Bolitho and Peter Logue will be out to upset the locals. Mount Gambier’s Trent Gravestock will also be a driver to watch as he was very quick last season.

The Formula 500's has attracted a good field with 15 cars expected to compete. The list includes several Victorians who are eager to get some early season laps prior to their season getting underway but they will have a tough time beating the likes of Patrick Merrett, Brad Stell, Lachlan Cates, Ross Miller and Richard Schmidt.

The final headline section, the Street Stocks, will also provide a strong field of 22 competitors including Australian Champion Rhys Heinrich, former National Champion Anthony Beare, Track Champion Nigel Reichstein, Matt Maynard, Jayden Edwards, Darren Flatman, Paul Hayes, Cade Cox, Craig Buchanan and Victorian standout Mick Clark.

The remaining categories on the program include Junior Sedans, Modlites and AMCA Nationals. Speedcars, that were previously advertised have been cancelled.

Gates open 2pm with action from 4pm Adults $20, Pensioners $15, Kids (age 13-15 yr old) $15, Family Pass (2 Adults and 2 Children) $60 Kids 12 & Under FREE. Upgrades in the new turn one corporate area are available along with seats in the Ross Wright VIP Function Centre in turn four. Public gates open at 2.00pm Action starts from 4.00pm. Tickets are now available at www.speedwaytickets.com.au. Phone: (08) 8532 1150 Kennett Rd Bridge East SA 5253.

Murray Bridge Speedway…. It’s Your Speedway SA!
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:: Williams Wins Season Opener

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Brisbane Formula 500 Club

Liam Williams was unstoppable in Saturday night’s season-opening Formula 500 event at Brisbane’s Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, winning both his heats and 15-lap final. Home in second spot was Kristin Brown, with James Kennedy finishing third.

Heat racing saw Williams claim two wins, while former Junior racer Nick Hodges claimed the other to record his first race win in the senior ranks. Other stand-out drivers in heat race action were Marshall Lewis, James Kennedy, Kristin Brown and Piper Ogilvie.

The feature race got under way with Williams jumping to an early lead, followed by Kennedy as Brown quickly claimed third from Hodges, who started on the outside front row. The only caution of the race came on lap three for a spinning Vicki Canfield. After the restart, Graham Williams continued his charge through the pack that carried him to fourth, closely followed by Piper Ogilvie and Marshall Lewis. Adrian Farrell, impressive rookie Mitchell Whittaker also greeted the chequer on the lead lap, with NSW’s Royden Alcon , Royce Harvey, Tony Bailey, Paul Chaffey and Vicki Canfield completing the finishers.

Ryan McNamara had a night to forget after looking strong in heat one. He failed to finish heat two and the feature race after encountering mechanical issues.

Bodie Smith dominated the Formula 500 Junior events, winning all four heats. Brodie Davis from Cairns produced some good performances, as did Trent Vardy, Tarhlea Apelt and Nick Whell. Newcomers to the Junior ranks in Taylor Prosser and Jy Corbet both produced plenty of pace on their opening night.

The next race meeting for both Juniors and Senior Formula 500’s will be the opening round of the 2017/2018 KRE Formula 500 Championship Series at Hi-Tec Oils Speedway (Toowoomba) this Saturday night (September 23).

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:: NT Title Results

Monday, August 28, 2017
NT Formula 500's

The Northern Territory State title was held over the weekend at Northline Speedway, Darwin.
Results -
PIC No. Name
1 V31 Chris Bellman
2 V22 Dion Bellman
3 NT 7 Hayden Brown
4 V95 Jack Bell
5 V15 Leigh Van Ginneken
6 NT69 Cori Jackson
7 NT13 Nathan Pronger
8 NT56 Cameron Jaenke
9 NT11 Boysie Bartholdtt
10 NT80 John Staynoff
11 NT51 Daniel White
12 NT9 Brad Smith
13 NT44 Mark Tattingham
14 NT18 Ellie Hills
DNF NT61 Joseph Baronet
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:: JUNIOR FORMULA 500s -Brodie Davis In the House

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Redline Media

Despite Sprintcar racer Darren Mollenoyux recently selling his Swift Industries House Formula 500, it certainly hasn’t gone far, being purchased by his nephew and Junior Formula 500 racer Brodie Davis’s parents.

Growing up in a family with a rich speedway history, Davis’s own speedway racing career was a natural progression, and is currently something that he has been looking to expand on.

Off the back of an impressive debut in Brisbane where he contested three shows with the Smith Bros Racing #77 team recently, the Cairns-based racer will once again head south in the 2017-18 season, with his family set to base their new Swift Industries house car, previously piloted by Warrnambool’s Jett Speed, with senior Formula 500s driver and family friend Ryan Skennar. The Swift will be powered by a Jettco Yamaha engine, which has been generously supplied to the team by Ryan’s father, Darryl Skennar.

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to be able to run the whole 2017-18 season in Brisbane in a new car, after having such a great time and a pleasing three shows at Archerfield Speedway this season,” said the 14-year-old racer, who will continue to race his Kawasaki powered FNQ # 39 Swift up north, as well as competing in the KA3 Senior Light class in go karts on the tar circuits.

“I have to say a big thanks to my family for all of their support, in particular Uncle Darren and Aunty Deanne, as well as Ryan (Skennar), who will be looking after the car in Brisbane throughout the season.

“I’m looking forward to some great racing in south-east Queensland, as well as the welcoming atmosphere that the Brisbane Formula 500 club and the other juniors have given us.”

For Davis’s next outing this season, the Junior Formula 500s will be supporting the third round of the Autobarn Cairns Stampede Series for seniors this Saturday night at Cairns International Speedway, along withcontesting the fourth round of the Australian Kart Championships in Emerald, Queensland on July 21-23.

Davis would like to thank the following 2016-17 season sponsors for their valued support: Swift Industries, Davis Transport, Norsafe Test & Tag, Jettco Developments, DC Mechanical Repairs, Kart City and Ryan Skennar Racing. He would also like to give special thanks to his mum and dad (Heidi and Scotty), and Darryl and Ryan Skennar.

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