The much-anticipated opening night at Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway which featured the Southwest Conveyancing Sprintcar cup is in the books!
After minor rain delays, Track crew wasted no time in allowing racing to resume on what drivers described as a challenging first night back
Fans were treated to a thrilling night of racing once under way in which Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway would like to thank all race fans that continued to support this event till the very end along with complying with covid safe protocols.
JUNIOR FORMULA 500
A strong field of ten cars took part in two rounds of heat races with Tyler Maggs being a dominant force from start to finish taking home both heats wins along with crossing the line in first place come feature time.
It wasn’t without drama as stewards deemed Maggs had jumped on an earlier start resulting in a two-spot penalty with four laps left to run. Chad Bell & Tyson Balcombe had an almighty challenge as they did their best to fight off a hard charging Transport Equipment Hire V24 Tyler Maggs for the win.
Junior 500 Final Results:
1st. V24 Tyler Maggs 2nd. V69 Chad Bell. 3rd. V44 Tyson Balcombe
Formula 500’s commenced their season at Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway. With V32 Matthew Turner kicking off proceedings with a heat win after inheriting the lead from Tim Rankin who suffered mechanical issues after a dominating stint prior.
Former Australia #1 Josh Buckingham collected maximum points in heat 2 maintaining the lead from start to finish. While V19 Brock Rae collected a win in heat 3 beating home NSW 3 Hayden Pascoe who had only earlier completed the 12-hour trip from Wollongong NSW. Rounding out heat race winners was V55 Terry Rankin.
Feature time seen a hard-fought battle over 18 laps, with Josh Buckingham getting to turn one ahead of Brock Rae and settling in for the full lap distance, while the likes of V14 Jett Speed & V6 Dylan Willsher had early speed but were forced to retire due to mechanical issues which elevated Hayden Pascoe to a podium position in third alongside Brock Rae who finished second.
Final Results – Formula 500
1st. V49 Josh Buckingham 2nd. V19 Brock Rae 3rd. NSW3 Hayden Pascoe
Once again Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway seen a large number of wingless sprints which created great competitive racing for both drivers & fans.
Heat wins went to V67 Christopher Halesworth, V72 Tyson Bartlett, V93 Travis Millar, S35 Mitchell Broome, V81 Matt Bartlett & V60 Steven Hateley.
With six different heat race winners the final was setup to be a battle of who could hold on and make the least amount of errors. The start seen Christopher Halesworth get out to an early lead followed by Mitchell Broome, as the race went on it was battle of race fitness as drivers battled a challenge track.
A late caution changed the game as they resumed in single file it was Brett Milburn who was most advantaged as he moved from 5th to finish 3rd with some pin point driving, Travis Millar was able to hold & maintain 2nd and Christopher Halesworth finished right where he started in 1st.
Final Results – Wingless Sprints
1st. V67 Chris Halesworth 2nd. V93 Travis Millar 3rd. VX67 Brett Milburn
Southwest Conveyancing Sprintcar cup kicked off in style as fan favourite V70 John Vogles took home the win in heat 1 without out being challenged, Heat 2 seen two-time Sprintcar All Stars Champion V7 Paul Solomon stamp his authority taking home the points after a tight finish with V98 Peter Doukas in second.
Second round of heats seen starting grids inverted which allowed T62 Tate Frost take full advantage of a front row start with a heat 3 win, while the busiest man of the night on double duties Brett Milburn rounded out heat winners for the night.
A Main produced entertaining opening laps as drivers contented with a hooked-up track allowing passing at both ends.
V7 Paul Solomon got off to a flyer leading the pack for the first 7 laps before giving up the lead as turn 4 seen him get outside the groove allowing a line of drivers through.
T62 Tate Frost brought the caution lights on with 9 laps to run after running top 3 for majority of the distance, this allowed eventual winner Brett Milburn breathing space at the point from lap traffic.
Heat winner John Vogels was charging home picking up a second place after winning the battle with third place getter Peter Doukas who had slipped to 5th after a moment that almost turned costly in turn 4 after starting on pole.
Final Results – Sprintcars
1st. V68 Brett Milburn 2nd. V70 John Vogels 3rd. V98 Peter Doukas
Next Event 9th Jan 2020 – Victorian Formula 500’s Title
• Wingless Sprints
• Super Rods
• Junior Formula 500’s
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