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V8 Supercars / Lowndes' Bathurst fairy tale, Reynolds left in tears
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on October 08, 2018, 01:39:07 PM »
Lowndes' Bathurst fairy tale, Reynolds
left in tears
 

A legend's fairy take and Greek tragedy delivered Craig Lowndes his seventh Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, and still on track to match, or beat, his mentor Peter Brock at the Mountain.

The 44-year-old Bathurst master scored win number seven in his last time at Mount Panorama as a full-time driver amidst sheer devastation for defending Champion David Reynolds.

Lowndes and Steven Richards won from Boost Mobile Racing’s Scott Pye and Warren Luff, with Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat third in the Shell V-Power Falcon. Luff is now third on the list of drivers for Bathurst podiums without a win, the fifth time he has trophied at Mount Panorama.



In heartbreaking scenes Reynolds had to withdraw from the race with severe cramping which also led to a late-race penalty when Lowndes and a podium was still in sight.

While Lowndes and Richards, who scored his fifth Bathurst win, celebrated a shattered Reynolds was next to tears in the Erebus garage.

“I am so, so devastated. We had the fastest car all day,” Reynolds said.

“My leg was cramping big time. When Lowndes passed me, I was 50 per cent throttle, I couldn’t tell whether I was on the brake or the throttle. I have never had anything like that before in anything I have ever driven. It was bizarre.

“Even the first 15 laps (of the last stint) I wasn’t mentally there. I was lost. My body gave up after that. I am just so disappointed for everyone involved. I just can’t believe it.”

The early strategies led to triple stints from the lead drivers in the back part of the race, with Reynolds reigning supreme until the famed lap 131, holding Lowndes at bay with 30 laps to go.

Then, boom. On lap 135 Lowndes got passed Reynolds, having slowly stalked him lap after lap. Complaining of cramp, Reynolds fell away from the Bathurst legend.

“It’s such a shame for Dave because they were the benchmark all weekend,” Lowndes said. “I wasn’t sure what happened but when we got the lead we weren’t going to give it up.”

Lowndes likened it to his victory in 2006 when he became the first to win the Peter Brock Trophy. This is the last time he will drive with long-time partner Steven Richards.



‘It’s almost like ’06 back again,” he said. “I just wanted to enjoy that last lap. I really cruised and enjoyed it for what it was, watching the crowd right across the top of the mountain.”

For Richards, victory, his second with Lowndes, was as sweet as ever.

“The fact of the matter is we do have a few years under our belts,” Richards said. “Old mate here was just cruising, one hand on the wheel, fantastic. He will be back next year and probably win another one.”

Erebus looked to sub in Youlden with one stop to go. Reynolds appeared to recover a little as his team worked out what to do, matching Lowndes lap for lap.

He came in, was given fluids to rehydrate but in the process and with his legs cramped he allowed his wheels to spin during the stop, which is an automatic drive-through penalty. Game over.

The cramp then got the better of him in devastating scenes when he had to pit again for the team to put in co-driver Luke Youlden to finish the race.

It put Pye into second and McLaughlin into third, as Lowndes had control of the race.

On the other side Jamie Whincup’s recent Bathurst heartbreak continued when his co-driver Paul Dumbrell lost a wheel on lap 40 when running second to Youlden.

Whincup and Dumbrell entered the race as favourites, having dominated the Sandown 500 last month and qualified second for the Great Race.

The Whincup/Dumbrell Holden was the third car to start from the top 10 and suffer dramas early in the 161-lap contest.

They held on for tenth ahead of Fabian Coulthard and Tony D’Alberto in the second Shell V-Power Ford behind James Golding and Richard Muscat, the Percat/Macauley Jones combination and Garth Tander/Chris Pither in the Wilson Security GRM Commodore.

 Chaz Mostert and James Moffat scored a strong fourth having been in the running all day, ahead of Shane van Gisbergen and fellow Kiwi Earl Bamber.
 

FOLLOWING TODAY'S SUPERCHEAP AUTO BATHURST 1000 RACE 25:



  1st – Craig Lowndes
  2nd – Scott Pye
  3rd – Scott McLaughlin   1st – Shane van Gisbergen (3276 points)
  2nd – Scott McLaughlin (3257 points)
  3rd – Jamie Whincup (2872 points)
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Autobarn Lowndes Racing Media Release
Sunday 07 October, 2018
 
 
Bathurst 1000 - Race
 
 
 
Warm-up: 10th (Fastest Lap: 2:05.7656)
Race: FIRST
Championship: Fourth (2,787 points)
 
 
 
Craig Lowndes (#888) - Holden Commodore ZB

“What an amazing finish! To have all the problems we had earlier in the week and then for us to bounce back as a team was really good. I couldn't have asked for anything more to really have the track come to me at the end and for us it really was an incredible finish. I've never had such a big gap on the last lap to be able to enjoy it. Towards the end, your mind's thinking anything can happen. I started to smell rubber and thought something could be wrong, but it was (Tim) Slade. The crowd was immense, but Richo (Steven Richards) did a fantastic job and what an amazing finish to a great race."


Steven Richards

"Unbelievable, words cannot describe what's just happened. I'm just stunned! We know at this place anything can happen, but we've had a tough weekend on our side of the garage and when it came to it the boys really dug deep. There's been a lot of stress, but we just knuckled down and got on with it and this is an absolute credit to the Autobarn Lowndes Racing team. This win is really special to have the kids here. They thought it was a good luck charm not to have them here, so it's fantastic that they can be here for this."

For further information please contact:
Cassie Burton
0410 888 883
cassie@tripleeight.com.au
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Filling the Final Event Fields for the 26th Annual Autumn Colours Classic

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

 

Try as she might, Mother Nature couldn’t derail the second day of action at the 26th annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Peterborough Speedway.

 

The Saturday, October 6th schedule got rolling with the first of a pair of 20 lap features for the OSCAAR Pro Sprints. Bill Heatherton and Kevin Taylor brought the field to the green flag, with Taylor grabbing the early lead. His time at the front of the field was short-lived as the #15 of Jayden Riddle took over with just 3 laps on the scoreboard. Riddle hung-on for the win, with Daniel Hawn, Norm Newman, Ryan Battilana and James Stanley rounding-out the top 5. Just by starting the first feature, Hawn clinched the 2018 OSCAAR Pro Sprint point championship.

 

Next on the agenda was the second round of qualifying heats for the Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stocks, with Kyle Neumeister, Cory Strawn, Ryan Oosterholt and Kris Khan sharing the checkered flags. 2-time Autumn Colours champion Jessica James scored a pair of Outlaw Midget preliminary rounds, with the others going to Nigel Buttivant and Mike Bradley.

 

OSCAAR Modified qualifiers went to John Harper, Anthony DiBello and Chris Milwain; while Colton Everingham, Matt Bentley, Frank Davey and Justin Holmes each picked-up a win during the second round of Super Stock heat race action.

 

‘B’ Main, last-chance qualifiers were needed to set the final starting spots in Sunday’s Jiffy Lube Mini Stock and Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stock finals. Isaac Dippel, Gil Brooks, Robert Greenfield and Terry Woodley wheeled their way into the Mini Stock feature, with 2-time former track champion Jeremy Kelly, Russell Couture, Joshua Munro and Stephen Bierworth were added to the Bone Stock feature line-up.

 

Norman Newman and Daniel Hawn brought the OSCAAR Pro Sprint field to the line for their second 20 lap feature event. Hawn grabbed the lead early and would never relinquish the spot. At one point, he had nearly a straightaway lead over his closest competition. Jayden Riddle, Ryan Battilana, Newman and James Stanley followed Hawn across the line.

 

Following several practice sessions, the starting fields for the Hoosier Racing Tire Ontario Outlaw Super Late Model and Electric City 167 main events were set by time trials. Going away from the front row in the 75 lap Super Late Model feature will be Glenn Watson and his nephew Brandon Watson, while Brandon Watson and Ryan Kimball will lead the field to the green flag in the Limited Late Model/Pro Late Model headline event.

 

Saturday’s final order of business was a 25 lap feature for the Outlaw Midgets, with Ryan Brown and Jody Bound on the front row. Bound took and early lead, but it wasn’t long before Jessica James became a factor. The driver of the #2 machine was looking high and low in her march to the front and took the lead with 11 laps on the scoreboard. Just when it looked like she’d claim another Autumn Colours Classic win, she coasted to a stop on the track apron. Jordan Howse took control from there and scored the win. Bound, Adam Carrothers, Nigel Buttivant and Amanda McColl completed the top 5.

 

All posted race results are unofficial, pending scoring review and post-race technical and safety inspection.

 

Bullring bullet points: Saturday’s 50/50 payoff was worth $673.50 to Mike Ford of Walkerton, Ontario…Thanks to the co-operation of drivers, teams and visiting series officials, Peterborough Speedway staff was able to run off the second day’s events in a brisk fashion, leaving the Sunday schedule wide-open for main events. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse and his team extend their appreciation to the fans for their patience during the unavoidable weather delays.

 

For the final day of this year’s Autumn Colours Classic – Sunday, October 7th – pit gates will open at 10:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 11:30 and racing – beginning with the 75 lap Hoosier Racing Tire Outlaw Super Late Model feature event – taking the green flag at 12:30.

 

Full Autumn Colours Classic schedule information; along with the latest news can be found at www.peterboroughspeedway.com or by checking the track’s Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.

Jordan Howse (#48) picked-up the Outlaw Midget Series feature win – Saturday, October 6th – at Peterborough Speedway.


Jeremy Kelly (#80) qualified for the Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stock Autumn Colours feature with a ‘B’ main win – Saturday, October 6th – at Peterborough Speedway.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
                      clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com, www.facebook.com/clarkemotorsports
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Opening Round of 26th Annual Autumn Colours Classic Hits the Record Books

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

 

With an early October chill in the air, the Peterborough Speedway pit area was packed with teams putting their equipment through its paces with the goal of securing main event starting positions in the province’s biggest asphalt racing spectacular. The 26th running of the Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval took the green flag – Friday, October 5th – with the opening round qualifying events.

 

Jiffy Lube Mini Stock teams ran a group of 8 lap heat races, with 2018 track champion Ryan Oosterholt and Andy Kamrath each taking a pair of checkered flags. The others went to Jace Gilbert, Corey Young, Dylan Homes and Warren Paxton. The 10 lap OSCAAR Modified preliminary rounds went to Gary Elliott, Kelly Balson and Shawn Chenoweth.

 

Gerrit Tiemersma, Brandon Passer, Tim Burke and Justin Holmes claimed the first round of Super Stock heats. Trailers Plus Ontario Legends opening rounds went to Kenny McNicol, Robin Jongen, Kevin Foisy, Adam Cuthbertson, Terry McClelland and reigning series and national champion Matt Haufe. Chris Tubman, Kyle Fetterly, Ryan Oosterholt and Kris Khan shared the Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stock wins.

 

In the annual Young Guns Races – presented by APC Auto Parts – Colton Everingham picked-up the Super Stock main event over Lane Zardo and Carson Nagy. Connor James – wheeling Nolan Gould’s #28 – scored a dominating Mini Stock win with Gil Brooks and Jake Watson completing the top 3.

 

All finishing orders are deemed unofficial and subject to scoring review as well as post-race technical and safety inspection.

 

Bullring bullet points: A 50/50 payoff of $435 went home to Roseneath, Ontario with Tamara Williams…With inclement weather a possibility for Saturday, track officials elected to add a second set of qualifying action for the Jiffy Lube Mini Stock and Trailers Plus Ontario Legend divisions.

 

The 26th edition of the Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – continues Saturday, October 6th. 2nd round qualifying, including time trails for the Hoosier Racing Tire Ontario Outlaw Super Late Models and Pro Late Model/Limited Late Model features. ‘B’ mains will be run for the Mini Stock and Super Stock classes, with qualifying and features for the Outlaw Midgets and OSCAAR Pro Sprints.

 

Pit gates are scheduled to open at 10:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 1:00 and racing at 3:30. Any weather-related changes to the proposed agenda will be advertised at www.peterboroughspeedway.com and posted on the track’s Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.

A pack of Late Model teams work through the turn during the first day of Peterborough Speedway’s 26th Autumn Colours Classic. Action continues Saturday, October 6th with a 3:30 green flag.

 

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
                      clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com, www.facebook.com/clarkemotorsports
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V8 Supercars / Jamie Whincup claims provisional pole for Bathurst 1000
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on October 08, 2018, 01:33:16 PM »
Jamie Whincup claims provisional pole for Bathurst 1000


Jamie Whincup has blasted himself into provisional pole position for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in an epic fight between the Supercars superpowers at Mount Panorama.

The four-time Bathurst Champion has made no secret that he is out to avenge missed opportunities at Bathurst by ripping ARMOR ALL provision pole from the clutches of defending Champion David Reynolds and qualifying specialist Scott McLaughlin at the death.

With just .17 separating first and third, blows were traded every lap. Whincup, aiming to complete a rare Sandown-Bathurst double, emerged the quickest, by a whisker.

The achievement was even more daring given it was the first time any of the field had been out in the dry after constant drizzle until midway through the day. Conditions are expected to be dry for the rest of the weekend and tomorrow afternoon’s ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout.



“I have done a lot of laps around this place but never without a practice in the dry before qualifying, with new tyres, just hanging on the edge,” Whincup said.

“That’s by far the quickest I have been around this place in a Supercar, couldn’t be happier.”

Whincup said he was not aware of the battle going on around him as Reynolds flew in his Erebus Penrite Holden and McLaughlin in the Shell V-Power Falcon.

“I had no idea what else was going on or what anyone else was doing,” he said. “I knew I had done a 4.3 and that there was a little more in it. I am just keen to watch the replay to see what happened.”

Whether that means Whincup is now the favourite, he wasn’t buying any of it.

“I am not one to make big statements like that,” said Whincup. “It’s an educated guess on setup because you just don’t know what to do. It’s the first time here in the ZB (Commodore) with so many mechanical changes in the car.”

The big guns traded blows through the entire session. First it was Reynolds who broke into the 2m:05s barrier, quickly followed by Whincup and McLaughlin.

James Courtney hovered around the top four, before he hit the top halfway through the session, breaking what at the time was a Ford 1-2-3 with McLaughlin, Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters.

Courtney hit the top again by shading McLaughlin by .009s at one stage before Whincup struck back. Courtney finished that day in fifth after Shane van Gisbergen dropped into fourth in the late flurry.

Craig Lowndes broke into the ten late in the session to give himself a shot tomorrow while Waters was seventh with former Bathurst champ Nick Percat in eighth.

Reynolds’ rookie team-mate Anton de Pasquale jumped into the mix as well in ninth. Three-time Mountain king Garth Tander was the last into the shootout in tenth.

 

This year’s event marks 50 years since Holden’s first win at Mount Panorama, while fans will also can “Honour the Falcon” with Ford Australia announcing the Mustang will return to the grid from 2019, while there will be three new inductees to Supercars Legend’s Lane.

Fox Sports 506 has a dedicated, 24/7 Bathurst channel for race week.

Supercars and Foxtel will broadcast the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in 4K, making the sport the first in Australia to be televised in the highest possible resolution available in the country.

TEN and WIN will deliver over 21 hours of LIVE coverage on TEN and TEN HD from Friday to Sunday.

Tickets are still available through Ticketek.

For more information please contact Supercars Media
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Flamboro Speedway / Flamboro Speedway – September 29, 2018
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on October 05, 2018, 10:22:09 PM »
Flamboro Speedway – September 29, 2018
 

As always, Frostoberfest did not disappoint as the entire Saturday afternoon and night of racing was filled with close action in all the attending divisions.

OSCAAR Modifieds

The magic for John Harper continues at Flamboro Speedway as he won the OSCAAR Modified Frostoberfest feature on Saturday night.

John Harper won the first heat ahead of Cory Horner, Jason Keen, Jason Bowden, Luke Gignac, Kelly Balson, Dan Price, Marshall Schrenk, and Tyler Di Venanzo.

Chris Milwain won the second heat ahead of A.J. Emms, Jase Cornell, Dale Reinhart, Jeff Showler, Gary Elliott, Shawn Chenoweth, David Balych, and Wally Wilson.

Kelly Balson won the third heat ahead of Elliott, Reinhart, Keen, Harper, Price, Cornell, Showler, and Di Venanzo.

Shawn Chenoweth won the fourth heat ahead of Gignac, Emms, Bowden, Horner, Milwain, Schrenk, Balych, and Wilson.

Come feature time, John Harper started pole ahead of Dale Reinhart, Cory Horner, Kelly Balson, Luke Gignac, A.J. Emms, Chris Milwain, Jason Keen, Jason Bowden, Shawn Chenoweth, Gary Elliott, Jase Cornell, Jeff Showler, Dan Price, David Balych, Wally Wilson, Marshall Schrenk, and Tyler Di Venanzo.

John Harper jumped out to the early lead ahead of Reinhart and Horner, but the caution would come out on the opening lap for Showler going around on the backstretch. Harper would get a good restart ahead of Reinhart, with Balson alongside Horner for third. Horner would get the spot, with Gignac getting alongside Balson for fourth, however the second caution came out on Lap 3 when Cornell would go around in turn two; Elliott was deemed an involved car.

Harper got another good restart ahead of Reinhart, with Horner and Balson once again side-by-side for third. Horner took the third spot on Lap 5 ahead of Gignac, with Chenoweth moving into fifth a lap later ahead of Emms and Keen.

The race would take a strung out approach through the middle portion, with nothing happening except for Milwain heading off the track with a problem on Lap 37. Chenoweth would catch Gignac for fourth, looking for a way by five straight laps. He wouldn’t be able to make it happen, though, as the pair made contact on Lap 41, causing Gignac to go around for the third caution.

The restart brought out the fourth caution as both Price and Balson went around in turn two. The second attempt was clean, with Harper getting a good restart ahead of Reinhart and Horner, as Emms and Keen battled for fourth. Horner would move into second ahead of Keen and Emms on Lap 44, when the caution would come out for Bowden going around on the backstretch.

Harper got a good restart ahead of Horner and Keen, with Emms getting alongside Keen for third with five laps to go. He would complete the pass a lap later, as Gignac moved back up into. The last lap would then have a piece of drama, too, with Bowden spinning Price in turn two.

John Harper got the win ahead of Cory Horner, A.J. Emms, Jason Keen, Luke Gignac, Shawn Chenoweth, Dale Reinhart, Gary Elliott, Jase Cornell, Dan Price, Jason Bowden, Marshall Schrenk, David Balych, Tyler Di Venanzo, Kelly Balson, Chris Milwain, Wally Wilson, and Jeff Showler.

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OSCAAR Hot Rod Series

Tyler Hawn put together another impressive OSCAAR Hot Rod Series season together, winning the Frotoberfest feature en route to his second straight championship.

Billy Alderson Jr. won the first heat ahead of Tyler Hawn, Marty Monette, Steve Book, Jeremy McLean, and Nick Clarke.

Dan Archibald won the second heat ahead of Jerry Broom, Derek Henderson, Adrian Foster, Douglas Fischer, and Rodney Rutherford.

The third heat didn’t start off well, with Henderson hitting the turn one wall. Marty Monette picked up the win ahead of Alderson Jr., Book, Fischer, and Rutherford.

Tyler Hawn won the fourth heat ahead of Archibald, Broom, Clarke, Foster, and McLean.

Come feature time, Marty Monette started pole ahead of Billy Alderson Jr., Tyler Hawn, Jerry Broom, Steve Book, Dan Archibald, Douglas Fischer, Adrian Foster, Nick Clarke, Jeremy McLean, and Rodney Rutherford.

The action started right away with Archibald, Foster, and Fischer going three-wide mid-pack, with contact sending Fischer through the infield grass. Marty Monette would grab the early lead ahead of Hawn and Alderson Jr., but the caution would come out on Lap 3 for debris.

Tyler Hawn would grab the lead on the restart ahead of Monette, as Archibald got alongside Alderson for third. The pair would make contact, with Archibald sliding into the frontstretch grass for the second caution at Lap 5.

Hawn would get a good restart ahead of Alderson and Monette, with Archibald back up to fourth as of Lap 7 after starting tail of the field. Archibald continued to move forward, passing Monette for third on Lap 9. Archibald would get alongside Alderson for second on Lap 12, completing the pass a lap later. The race appeared to have a green flag look to it till Lap 18 when the caution came out for Monette going around in turn four, collecting McLean in the process.

The restart would see a battle for the lead with Dan Archibald getting the top spot. Archibald would cross the finish line first, but was disqualified post-race in technical inspection. Tyler Hawn got credited with the win ahead of Billy Alderson Jr., Steve Book, Jerry Broom, Rodney Rutherford, Adrian Foster, Marty Monette, Nick Clarke, Jeremy McLean, and Douglas Fischer. Derek Henderson failed to take the green flag after his heat crash.

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OSCAAR Pro Sprints

For the second straight week, the OSCAAR Pro Sprints ran a pair of features. However, this time, it wasn’t one driver winning both of them.

Brian MacDonald started pole for the first feature ahead of Kevin Taylor, Bill Hetherton, Gary Triska, Larry Westwood, Tyler Cullen, Brody Rickwood, Shawn Stanley, Rob Summers, Norman Newman, Ryan Battilana, Jaden Riddell, and Daniel Hawn.

Kevin Taylor would take the lead on the initial start, with Triska in second. The shuffling would happen quickly, though, with Jaden Riddell moving into second on Lap 2, followed by taking the lead a lap later. Hawn would move into second ahead of Taylor, Triska, and Rickwood. Rickwood would get alongside Taylor for third on Lap 5, with Cullen alongside Triska. Rickwood moved into third on Lap 6 ahead of Cullen.

Race leader Riddell would run into a problem on Lap 6, beginning to slow. This would allow Daniel Hawn to take the lead ahead of Rickwood, Taylor, Shawn Stanley, and Battliana. Battliana continued to move forward, getting alongside Taylor for third on Lap 9, completing the pass a lap later. Meanwhile, mechanical problems continued to plague competitors as Newman slowed with a problem.

With 11 laps on the board, Cullen would make his way into the top-five. The progress continued as he moved into fourth on Lap 12, with Stanley and Triska taking Taylor three-wide for fifth. Triska got the spot as Hetherton slowed with a problem on Lap 14.

Daniel Hawn picked up the win ahead of Brody Rickwood, Ryan Battilana, Tyler Cullen, Gary Triska, Shawn Stanley, Rob Summers, Kevin Taylor, Brian MacDonald, Larry Westwood, Bill Hetherton, Norman Newman, and Jaden Riddell. Shawn Stanley failed to take the green flag.

Tyler Cullen started pole for the second feature ahead of Ryan Battilana, Brody Rickwood, Daniel Hawn, Gary Triska, Shawn Stanley, Rob Summers, Jaden Riddell, Brian MacDonald, Larry Westwood, Bill Hetherton, Norman Newman, Kevin Taylor, and James Stanley.

Ryan Battilana jumped out to the early lead, with Hawn slipping into second ahead of Rickwood. Daniel Hawn would then take the lead on Lap 2, with Battilana second ahead of Riddell, as Rickwood slipped back to fourth ahead of Cullen.

Further up the field, Riddell would get by Battilana to move into second, as Rickwood continued to run fourth ahead of Cullen. Jaden Riddell’s climb to the front would be complete on Lap 7, as he’d get alongside Hawn for the lead on Lap 8, taking the top spot a lap later. Battilana continued to run third ahead of Rickwood, and Cullen. The shuffling didn’t end there with James Stanley getting by Cullen for fifth on Lap 15.

Jaden Riddell picked up the win ahead of Daniel Hawn, Ryan Battliana, James Stanley, Tyler Cullen, Shawn Stanley, Rob Summers, Gary Triska, Brian MacDonald, Norman Newman, Larry Westwood, Kevin Taylor, and Bill Hetherton.

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Ontario Legends Series

Taking the lead in the early stages, Matt Haufe held on to score the Ontario Legends Series Frostoberfest victory at Flamboro Speedway.

Kenny McNicol Jr. won the first heat ahead of Joe Adams, Bryan Batty, Wes Cuthbertson, Terry McCelland, Cory Richardson, and Dawson Drimmie.

Matt Haufe won the second heat ahead of Kevin Foisy, Brandon Thurlby, Adam Cuthbertson, Don Arnott, Rick Eades, Jeff Forsey, and Andrew Massey.

The third heat featured a quick yellow on Lap 1 when Hayden Brown spun Robin Jongen in turns one and two. Josh Indig picked up the win ahead of Ray Janisse, Jongen, Shane Pollock, Brown, Mike Westwood, and Joe Sherman.

Wes Cuthbertson won the fourth heat ahead of McNicol, McCelland, Adams, Batty, Richardson, and Jeremy Coulter.

Matt Haufe went for the daily double ahead of Foisy, Adam Cuthbertson, Thurlby, Massey, Eades, Forsey, and Arnott.

Robin Jongen won the sixth heat ahead of Indig, Janisse, Brown, Westwood, Sherman, and Paul Perik.

A b-main feature would be used to set the tail of the field for the feature. Bryan Batty took the initial lead ahead of McCelland, Brown, Richardson, and Eades. Unfortunately, cars began to have issues as McCelland slowed on Lap 6, followed by Perik a lap later. Bryan Batty picked up the win ahead of Hyden Brown, Cory Richardson, Rick Eades, Don Arnott, Andrew Massey, Jeremy Coulter, Jeff Forsey, Joe Sherman, Howard Bentley, Paul Perik, and Terry McCelland.

Come feature time, Kevin Foisy started pole ahead of Robin Jongen, Kenny McNicol, Josh Indig, Matt Haufe, Ray Janisse, Wes Cuthbertson, Brandon Thurlby, Adam Cuthbertson, Joe Adams, Shane Pollock, Dawson Drimmie, Bryan Batty, Hyden Brown, Cory Richardson, Rick Eades, Don Arnott, Andrew Massey, Jeremy Coulter, Jeff Forsey, Joe Sherman, Paul Perik, Terry McCelland, Mike Westwood, and Howard Bentley.

The race did not open on a good note, with McCelland blowing the motor through turns one and two, laying down a trail of fluid in the process. After that was cleaned up, the second attempt to start the race would see a messy restart with cars going everywhere, including Brown driving over Drimmie’s fender. The third attempt was clean with Foisy taking the early advantage as Haufe got alongside McNicol for second. However, the third caution came out on Lap 3 for Westwood getting into the turn one and two wall.

Foisy got a good restart ahead of Haufe, with Jongen alongside McNicol for third. McNicol held onto the spot, with Indig rounding out the top-five. Matt Haufe would then make his way into the lead on Lap 5 ahead of Foisy, with Jongen back alongside McNicol for third ahead of Indig and Cuthbertson. The battle was cut short as the fourth caution came out on Lap 8 for Coulter spinning in turn one, followed by Drimmie spinning in turn two, with Forsey catching a piece.

Haufe would get a good restart ahead of Foisy and McNicol, with Jongen getting alongside McNicol for third on Lap 11 as Batty slowed with a problem. Jongen took the third spot a lap later, with McNicol fourth ahead of Adam Cuthbertson as Westwood pulled off the track.

The field would end up strung out, weaving through lap cars, with the only pass in the final laps in the top-five happening when Indig made his way by Adam Cuthbertson for fifth with two laps to go. The final lap wasn’t without drama, though, as Thurlby and Janisse would get together in turn two.

Matt Haufe got the win ahead of Kevin Foisy, Robin Jongen, Kenny McNicol, Josh Indig, Adam Cuthbertson, Joe Adams, Wesley Cuthbertson, Brandon Thurlby, Andrew Massey, Cory Richardson, Shane Pollock, Ray Janisse, Rick Eades, Dawson Drimmie, Don Arnott, Howard Bentley, Jeff Forsey, Hayden Brown, Joe Sherman, Bryan Batty, Terry McCelland, Mike Westwood, Jeremy Coulter, Paul Perik, and Parker Traves.

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Pure Stocks

Running up front with the leaders paid off for Phil Givens, who’d score the feature victory in the Pure Stock Frostoberfest feature on Saturday evening at Flamboro Speedway.

Kyle Neumeister set the quickest time in qualifying at 18.996 seconds, followed by Billy Schwartzenburg, Phil Givens, Leo Labarbera, and Courtney Scott. Mark Thorne was sixth, followed by Karl Sault, Clinton Kerkhof, Matt McCaig, Jared Bodnar, Andy Wheller, Michael Neumeister, John Cote, Scott Brooks, Chris Pendlebury, Ryan Hillar, Dylan Sharpe, Bill Rutherford, Russ Couture, and Andrew Packer.

Neumeister jumped out to the early lead ahead of Schwartzenburg and Givens, with Labarbera and Kerkhof side-by-side for fourth on Lap 2 ahead of Thorne, with Kerkhof moving into fourth on Lap 4 ahead of Labarbera. Unfortunately, McCaig’s run came to an end on Lap 16, as he ran into mechanical issues.

Givens was able to track down Schwartzenburg as they negotiated the lap cars, getting alongside him for second on Lap 18. He would complete the pass a lap later as Kerkhof continued to run fourth. The race’s first caution would come out three laps later for Wheller stopping in turn four with a problem.

Kyle Neumeister got a good restart ahead of Givens, with Kerkhof moving into third ahead of Schwartzenburg and Labarbera. Hillar’s race came to an end in dramatic fashion as he’d get up on the backstretch wall on Lap 28, bringing out the race’s second caution.

Kyle Neumeister got a good restart, holding off the field to cross the finish line in first-place. He would be disqualified in post-race technical inspection, though, stripping him of the win. Phil Givens was given the victory ahead of Clinton Kerkhof, Billy Schwartzenburg, Leo Labarbera, Mark Thorne, Jared Bodnar, Courtney Scott, Karl Sault, Michael Neumeister, and Chris Pendlebury. Dylan Sharpe finished 11th, followed by Bill Rutherford, John Cote, Scott Brooks, Russ Couture, Andrew Packer, Matt McCaig, Ryan Hillar, Andy Wheller, and Matt Young.

Feature video -

Pro 4 Modifieds

Mark Lucas continued to add to his win total this season, picking up the Frostoberfest feature victory for the Pro 4 Modifieds at Flamboro Speedway.

Mark Lucas started pole ahead of Rodney Rutherford, Cliff Hodgkinson, Dave Hodgkinson, Shannon Morris, and Sean Carey. The first attempt to start the event saw a caution with Morris going around for a spin. The second attempt was clean with Cliff Hodgkinson taking the initial lead ahead of Lucas, Dave Hodgkinson, Morris, and Carey as Rutherford pulled off with mechanical issues. Lucas would track down Cliff for the lead, giving him a shot at Lap 5, keeping himself close all the way till Lap 10, when he made the pass to take over the lead.

Mark Lucas scored the win ahead of Cliff Hodgkinson, Shannon Morris, Dave Hodgkinson, Sean Carey, and Rodney Rutherford.

Feature video -

Super Stocks

Shawn Chenoweth set the quick time for the super stocks at 16.297 seconds ahead of Ken Grubb, Carson Nagy, Brad Collison, Matt Bentley, Justin Collison, Randy Rusnell, Coltin Everingham, Bobby Mercer, Steve Book, Kevin Gallant, Steve Adams, Dan Archibald, Jerry Broom, Nick Clarke, AJ Miller, Rodney Rutherford, and Kevin Nicol. These drivers are all locked into the show via speed.

Mini Stocks

Andy Kamrath set the quick time for the Mini Stocks at 17.720 seconds ahead of Will Gibbons, Pat MacDonald, Wayde Thorne, Dylan Sharpe, David Gallinger, Jake Gilbert, Shawn Taylor, Billy Schwartzenburg, Brian Wilson, Gary Jones, Samantha Shaw, Jonathan Ayrton, Karl Sault, Erik Dalla Riva, Alex Hastie, Mark Klotz, Matt Young, Jason Tolton, Cory McAllister, Tom Eckenswille, Andrea Parsons, and John Istead. These 24 drivers are locked into the field for the event.

The b-main will see Dave Watchorn start pole ahead of Kyle DaSilva, Gillian Hils, Tyler Lewis, Mike Hooper, Mark DaSilva, Ken Townsend, Mark Thorne, Chris Pendlebury, and Calvin Gordon. When this event is run, the top-six drivers will transfer to the main event.

The twin 50 lap features were originally scheduled to run on Sunday, September 30, however the event was postponed due to rain. Instead, the double features will be run on Saturday, October 13. The drivers will start the event as listed above when the event resumes. If a driver does not return, everybody will move up a spot on the grid; essentially for the mini stocks, if a qualified driver does not return, the first non-locked in driver gets bumped in. Additionally, if any new drivers show up, they will start behind those who have qualified their way in.

Thanks to Ingrid Hartman for all the videos. Please subscribe to her YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6fAn1rLsk_0FWitF4dpApw.

Thanks to Mike Keiers for all of his photos. See a full album from Saturday at http://www.cableguyphotos.com/?page_id=75870.

As previously mentioned, the second half of Frostoberfest has been postponed to October 13, with twin 50-lap features scheduled for the mini stocks and super stocks. They’ll also be joined by the Pro Late Models for their Grisdale Triple Crown, which features triple 50-lap features.

Gate details and admission prices, along with the full schedule for Flamboro Speedway this season can be found on the track’s website at http://www.flamborospeedway.ca.

Be sure to keep up with the latest by following the speedway on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FlamboroSpdwy and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/flamborospeedway

Race Report by Ashley McCubbin
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V8 Supercars / COLES EXPRESS JOINS SHELL V-POWER RACING TEAM
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on October 05, 2018, 10:21:30 PM »
COLES EXPRESS JOINS SHELL V-POWER RACING TEAM

Shell V-Power Racing Team and Coles Express, one of Australia's leading fuel and convenience retailers, have signed a multi-year sponsorship in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. 
 
 
 
 
Coles Express branding appears on the C-pillars of both Shell V-Power Racing Ford Falcons for the first time at the Bathurst 1000 this weekend. 
 
 
 
 
 
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – [OCTOBER 5, 2018] – Fuel and convenience retailer Coles Express is proud to have signed on as the newest sponsor of Australia’s most historic professional motor racing crew, the Shell V-Power Racing Team.
 
“The Shell V-Power Racing Team won the Teams’ Championship for the first time last year, and 2018 has been another strong year,” said Coles Express Director Alister Jordan.
 
“Coles Express is excited to be on board with such an iconic name in Australian motor sport and we hope that our sponsorship will help the team in their pursuit of future success.”
 
Across more than 700 sites around Australia, Coles Express supplies Shell fuel and oil products to over two million customers every week, and is also the proud and exclusive retailer of Shell’s premium V-Power 98 octane fuel.
 
Shell V-Power Racing Team Managing Director Ryan Story said that bringing Coles Express onboard as a sponsor of the team made perfect sense.
 
“As one of the most recognised brands in fuel retailing around Australia, and a brand that is the exclusive retailer of our major partner Shell V-Power, Coles Express is a natural fit into our sponsor group,” said Story.
 
“We’ve spent a lot of time working with Coles Express on branding and promotional activity through our partnership with Shell and Viva Energy, so to make that official is a source of pride for the team, and opens us up to many other opportunities as well.”
 
ENDS
 
About Coles Express
Coles Express is one of Australia’s leading fuel and convenience retailers, with more than 700 sites across Australia, employing more than 5,000 team members. Customers can fill up with a range of high-quality Shell fuels and shop in-store from a great range of food, drinks and everyday household needs at supermarket prices. Customers spending a minimum $30 at Coles supermarkets can collect a voucher for 4c off per litre of fuel, or spend a minimum $20 in a Coles Express store (excluding fuel, tobacco and tobacco-related products) to receive 10c off per litre instantly. Fuel discounts may be used on their own or together.
 
About Shell V-Power Racing Team
Shell V-Power Racing Team is one of the most successful motorsports teams in Australia, with seven Australian Touring Car / Supercars Championships and three Bathurst 1000 victories. Team Penske’s U.S. motorsports entities are among the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, including NASCAR, INDYCAR and IMSA, the team has produced more than 500 major race wins, over 570 pole positions, 32 Championships and 17 Indianapolis 500 victories in its storied history.
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V8 Supercars / COULTHARD AND MCLAUGHLIN FAST AROUND THE MOUNTAIN
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on October 05, 2018, 10:21:00 PM »
COULTHARD AND MCLAUGHLIN FAST AROUND THE MOUNTAIN

Shell V-Power Racing Team's Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin set top-three times in wet practice on the opening day of the Bathurst 1000.
 
 
BATHURST 1000 – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 – PRACTICE
 

Fabian Coulthard & Tony D'Alberto - No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Practice 1 – 6th (Fastest Lap: 2m25.9205s (wet) - Fabian)
Practice 2 – 5th (Fastest Lap: 2m36.7785s (wet) - Tony)
Practice 3 – 2nd (Fastest Lap: 2m29.1428s (wet) - Fabian)


Scott McLaughlin & Alex Premat - No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Practice 1 – 16th (Fastest Lap: 2m29.0767s (wet) - Scott)
Practice 2 – 1st (Fastest Lap: 2m35.1824s (wet) - Alex)
Practice 3 – 3rd (Fastest Lap: 2m29.5703s (wet) - Scott)

 
RECAP: The opening day of the 2018 Bathurst 1000 saw practice being held at Mount Panorama in wet conditions, with the first session largely spent bedding braking components and locking in procedures for the team for the weekend ahead. Car No.17 drivers Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat shared the running throughout the session, whilst Fabian Coulthard ran the entire session in Car No.12.
 
Practice 2, a co-driver only session, saw Tony D’Alberto in Car No.12 and Alex Premat behind the wheel of Car No.17. Alex ran the most laps of any driver, acclimatising to the circuit and the conditions. He ended up running the fastest time of the session, six-tenths quicker than Garry Jacobson in the No.15 Nissan. Tony D’Alberto also ran a lot of laps (14), ending the session fifth fastest.
 
Main drivers returned to their cars for the final session of the day, again held in cold, wet conditions. It was a session where both cars again ran plenty of laps, learning about car balance in changeable conditions. Both Fabian Coulthard and Tony D’Alberto drove Car No.12, whilst Scott McLaughlin ran Car No.17 by himself. Ultimately, Fabian set the second fastest time of the session, with Scott third. Shell V-Power Racing Team will return to the circuit for Practice 4 at 8:35am Friday morning. 

COULTHARD QUOTE: “Today was good, the wet track made the conditions pretty tough, but the team did a good job making Tony and I comfortable in the car. TD did a good job, and it was nice to be up at the top of the time sheets all day. It’ll be different again tomorrow, with the weather looking a bit better so we’ll keep tuning it up before qualifying.”
 
MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “It was nice for us to get a read in wet conditions today. We’ve been a bit lost in regard to wet set-up, so it was good to have a play and both cars at the end were up there, so it’s great for everyone. Alex was comfortable, I was comfortable, and it was a pretty good start to the weekend.”

D’ALBERTO QUOTE: “Solid start to the weekend today, ticking a lot of boxes while surviving a very wet and slippery opening day. With the weather improving tomorrow, we’ll keep working and hopefully stay up the front for the rest of the weekend.”
PREMAT QUOTE: “It was pretty good. In P1 and P2 we did some work with the team, to find the right settings for the car, and I’m pretty happy with that. In P2 I did a pretty long stint, and the car was good. So far, so good. Happy days, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
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V8 Supercars / Ford dominates opening day of practice at Bathurst 1000
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on October 05, 2018, 10:20:19 PM »
Ford dominates opening day of practice at Bathurst 1000

Ford drivers have dominated the opening three practice session at a wet Mount Panorama to kickstart this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Two-time Bathurst Champion Will Davison clocked the quickest lap time of the day in the opening session before Frenchman Alex Premat, the co-driver of Scott McLaughlin was quickest in P2 and Tickford’s kiwi rookie Richie Stanaway was quickest in P3 this afternoon.

“It’s really hard to learn much when it’s greasy like that,” Davison said.

“You make a few changes to the car and can’t learn too much, other than tyre pressures.

“We read the conditions, made changes, there was not too much risk.”

“We basically left it as a dry car, almost, and just tried to learn as much as we could,” McLaughlin said.

“It felt comfortable, very predictable, which is nice, but we’re probably not pushing the limit just yet.”

All three practice sessions were affected by rain, with many drivers including defending Bathurst Champion, David Reynolds, electing to avoid the wet weather and any risk on the opening day of the event.

 

Seven-time Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup also elected to spend minimal time on the track.

“We have got a program to run so we will get out there in the dry tomorrow to pick up the rest of it,” Whincup said.

“We worked bloody hard on our program so we want to stick to it and see how it works this weekend.”

Current Virgin Australia Supercars Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen was the quickest of the Holden drivers today, while the Nissan’s of Andre Heimgartner/Aaren Russell and Michael Caruso/Dean Fiore were also quick in the wet.

Drivers will now prepare for tomorrow’s final practice and ARMOR ALL Qualifying, which will determine just who makes it into this year’s ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout.

There were no major dramas as drivers took extra care in the wet. Craig Lowndes, in his final Bathurst event as a Championship driver, skidded off the track at the bottom of The Chase in the final practice session of the day.

His Commodore wasn’t damaged and he will be looking for an improved result tomorrow as he chases his seventh victory at Mount Panorama.

It's an early start on track tomorrow, with practice four beginning at 8:30am AEST. The final practice session begins at 11:15am before ARMOR ALL Qualifying gets underway at 3:50pm.

FOLLOWING TODAY'S PRACTICE: SUPERCHEAP AUTO BATHURST 1000



  P1 – Will Davison/Alex Davison
  P2 – Scott McLaughlin/Alex Premat
  P3 – Richie Stanaway/Steve Owen   1st – Shane van Gisbergen (3054 points)
  2nd – Scott McLaughlin (2999 points)
  3rd – Jamie Whincup (2716 points)

Click here for full results and current championship standings.

This year’s event marks 50 years since Holden’s first win at Mount Panorama, while fans will also can “Farewell the Falcon” with Ford announcing the Mustang will return to the grid from 2019, while there will be three new inductees to Supercars Legend’s Lane.

Fox Sports 506 has a dedicated, 24/7 Bathurst channel for race week.

Supercars and Foxtel will broadcast the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in 4K, making the sport the first in Australia to be televised in the highest possible resolution available in the country.

Foxtel will deliver 48-and-a-half hours and 22 hours of live coverage respectively - produced by a crew of 350 - along with feeds for international broadcasters, Bathurst’s big screens and the Superview streaming service.

TEN will deliver over 21 hours of LIVE coverage on TEN and TEN HD from Friday to Sunday.

The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is the second event in this year's Pirtek Enduro Cup Series. Tickets are still available through Ticketek.

For more information please contact Supercars Media.
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Autobarn Lowndes Racing Media Release
Thursday 04 October, 2018
 
 
Bathurst 1000 - Thursday Practice
 
 
 
Practice 1, Craig Lowndes: 20th (Fastest Lap: 2:30.5808)
Practice 2, Steven Richards: Ninth (Fastest Lap: 2:37.7972)
Practice 3, Craig Lowndes: Ninth (Fastest Lap: 2:31.0072)
*All sessions wet*
 
 
 
Craig Lowndes (#888) - Holden Commodore ZB

"It's been an interesting day. We had a tough start, but the guys did a great job. The first practice session, we had a power steering issue, but the crew did a great job during the session replacing the rack. Then unfortunately that wasn't the problem, it was the power steering pump, so we got it fixed up for Richo (Steven Richards). In the last session we bedded in some brakes and the guys did some hot rotor-change practice. I pushed a bit too hard into The Chase, locked up a front, tried to clear it, but didn't. The gravel trap was there and we brought it in, there was no point in risking it today. Both of us are really happy with the car across the top of the mountain, it flows well and it's got good drive out of corners, so bring on tomorrow."


Steven Richards

"It was a good day for me. We clearly don't want to run too much because we don't believe that the risk versus reward is necessary. I just went out to see how comfortable I felt in the wet in the car and just to bed some brakes for the weekend and the car felt great. All of the steering issues were rectified, we had a minor battery issue, but nothing untoward. I think pretty well from 10 o'clock in the morning tomorrow it's going to progressively get better and better. It might still be a bit hairy at 10, but as the day rolls on we'll end up with some pretty dry running towards qualifying."
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