Tuesday April 26, 2016. Phil Michell For MBS
In what was one of the most dominant displays seen at the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway in several years New South Welshman Ben Nicastri won the inaugural 25 lap Late Model Madness finale by over three quarters of a lap over runner-up Brad Smith. In what was an entertaining season ending event the double feature night also featured the Modlite “Madness” with Whyalla speedster Andy Maxwell Jr winning the 20 lap reverse grid A-Main.

With both the Late Models and Modlites coming off their State Titles the night prior at two separate venues the fields for both classes were boosted by a number of interstate competitors therefore there were great fields and really entertaining racing.

The Late Model nomination list was the biggest ever seen at Murray Bridge with 14 drivers in the pit area representing four Australian states and one international driver as New Zealand’s Kristen Vermuelen made her Murray Bridge debut.

But despite the tough competition it proved to be the Ben Nicastri show as he was in a class of his own on the slick race track. Despite not winning a race earlier in the night Nicastri had the hot set up when it counted as his car appeared to get faster and faster as the race progressed and he went on to win for the second night in a row after winning the State Title the night prior.

Runner-up Brad Smith looked as if he would be the man to beat after winning both his heat races and setting a new 6 lap track record in the dash but it wasn’t to be. Third across the line was an impressive Mark McCarthy with Tim McPherson and Matt Crimmins completing the top five. Mount Gambier’s Stuey Hill, Luke Raymond, Dean Hickey, Vemuelen and Steve Vaughan rounded out the top ten.

The Modlites had their biggest ever field of cars at the Murray Bridge venue with the 1000cc pocket rockets putting on a great show. In the reverse grid final it was Andy Maxwell Jr who was far too good for the opposition as he won by a handy margin. Second place went to Brett Chadwick who was borrowing the #13 machine of Jake Lewis after a steering failure during the heat races destroyed his car. Third went to New South Wales State Champion Rob Swain ahead of Michael Cowland, Tony Hardy, Brad Foregeard, Mark Martin and Ty Forrestal.

Cory Hodgson proved how easy it is to go from hero to zero in this sport as he rolled his machine during the heats and took no further part in the meeting just 24 hours after winning the South Australian Championship at Waikerie.

In what was a big season finale the event also featured the Murray Bridge Junior Sedan Championship and the final rounds of the Track Championships for Wingless Sprints, AMCA Nationals, Street Stocks and V6 Sprints.

The Murray Bridge Junior Sedan Championship final ended in controversial fashion as the results were altered after a late race altercation between the top three competitors. As Kooper Greig, Nathan and Heath Thorne approached the white flag three wide all three competitors made contact with the placings changing dramatically as a result. Post race the contact was deemed to be avoidable therefore Heath Thorne was awarded the win with Ashlee McEwin and Thomas Richter being elevated to the podium. Nathan Thorne would therefore finish fourth ahead of Drew Flatman, Mikayla Maxwell and Kooper Greig.

Jake Ashworth continued his recent form in the Wingless Sprint category as he claimed the final after starting from the third row. After leading the race in the early stages Brett Ireland had to settle for second, after Ashworth made the winning pass on the outside, while fellow Murray Bridge based racer Robert Heard on the podium in third. Rookie Joel Heinrich continued to impress as he finished fourth with Anthony Tapley completing the top five in what was a close contest for the entire race journey.

In the Street Stocks it was all Nigel Reichstein as he not only won the final feature event of the season but also the Track Championship as he led home a determined Paul Hayes and Matt Maynard while Brock Lane defeated a small field of V6 Sprints to claim his first ever feature event in the class. The final section on the night, the AMCA Nationals, contested night 2 of the MA Motorsports / Bob Jane T-Marts Modbury Trophy with Jake Armstrong winning the 20 lap race and the overall series ahead of Mildura’s Darren McCarthy and Steve Letts
Late Models and Modlites Set To Go Mad
Thursday April 21, 2016. Phil Michell For MBS
After a season full of top class events the 2015/16 Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway calendar will come to an end this Sunday night (April 24) with the Season Finale featuring the Murray Bridge Junior Sedan Championship and the inaugural Late Model and Modlite Madness. With both of the “Madness” categories conducting their State Titles the night prior at separate venues they will be well represented with several interstate competitors while a field of 18 Junior drivers will be chasing the trophy in their biggest race of the Murray Bridge season.

For fans of the thundering V8 Late Models they will have the opportunity to witness the biggest field ever assembled at Murray Bridge as 17 of the American based sedans are expected to be on hand. In addition to the local standouts such as Matt Crimmins, Luke Raymond, Steve Vaughan, Mark and Cary McCarthy and Mount Gambier’s Stuey Hill, the nomination list includes a further 7 drivers from Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania, while lady racer Kristen Vermuelen will represent New Zealand.

Leading the interstate charge will be current New South Wales State Champion Ben Nicastri and former Super Sedan standout Brad Smith from Tasmania. New South Wales will also be represented by Dean Hickey.

A large contingent from Victoria will attempt to steal away the prizemoney with Michael Hetherington being among the main contenders along with Brendon Hucker, Tim McPherson and Warrnambool’s Fiona Verhoeven.

After a successful event earlier in the season the Modlites will return with a field of 14 drivers with three drivers from New South Wales set to battle it out with the locals.

The local line-up is full of talent with a majority of the drivers having spent several years in other classes before stepping into the Modlite division. Graham Knuckey, Rex and Cory Hodgson, Brian Chadwick, Tony Hardy and Mark Martin all have years of dirt track experience and they will be among the early favourites.

Rob Swain, Bruce Adams and Brad Foregeard are the three nominations from interstate.

The Junior Sedan Championship finale will be a hotly contested event with 18 young drivers out to finish their season on a high but they will all be chasing Kooper Greig who was in outstanding form last Saturday night at our previous event as he dominated the final.

Greig will not have it his own way though, with the Thorne twins Heath and Nathan back to try and wrestle the win.

Both Ashlee McEwin and Tamika Pitcher will be shooting for a podium, after both winning heats last week, while Mac Caldecott will be looking to improve on his third placing after a dogged year of damage of the Irrigation Systems SA 8.

Once again the Wingless Sprints will be out in force with 19 nominations with the field including drivers from Mildura, Melbourne, Mount Gambier and Murray Bridge, in addition to the Adelaide based drivers.

Local Murray Bridge resident Robert Heard will be looking to take back to back wins after holding off up and coming Jake Ashworth last weekend, while the AMCA Nationals will be back with a strong car count after being cancelled from the previous meeting. Steve Letts will return to the seat, while Wayne Vickers, Michael Sharpe, Leanne Turner, Jake Armstrong and Ray Hedley will all be keen to finish the season on a high.

In the Street Stocks, Nigel Reichstein will look to wrap up the track championship, while Cade Cox, Darren Flatman, Neville Nitschke, Craig Buchanan and Tony Prideaux will be looking for an upset.

The V6 Sprints round out a 28 event program with a six car field including Nick Hall, Michael Buxallen, Danny Pauley, Kym Simon and rookies Brock Lane and Ben Ligertwood. Speedcars were unfortunately cancelled due to insufficient nominations.

The club is keen to finish the season on a high, as the night will be the last event the club will promote, with the venue set to be leased from May 1.

So make sure that you are trackside this Sunday night for your last dose of dirt track action at the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway before the long cold winter kicks in.

Event Details:

Pit Gates Open 1.00pm
Public Gates open 3.30pm
Drivers Meeting 4.00pm
Wheel pack 4.30pm
Hot Laps 5.00pm

Admission Prices:

Adults $20
Concession $15
12 to 15yrs $10
11 years & under FREE

By Phil Michell

Photo Frank Midgley
Gartner Wins his Fourth SA Title
Tuesday April 19, 2016. Phil Michell For MBS
Penola’s Dave Gartner fought back from the disappointment of finishing second in the Australian Championship by winning his fourth South Australian Super Sedan Championship last Saturday night at the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway.

After winning two heat races and recording a second in his remaining heat, Gartner started from the pole and he led all 30 laps in a performance that saw him lap up to eighth place including the current Australian Champion Callum Harper prior to the 20 lap mark.

Second across the line was Ryan Alexander who crossed the line less than half a second behind the winner with Mick Nicola finishing third ahead of Michael Miller. But a post-race alteration to the results saw Miller and Nicola awarded as joint third place getters after a transponder issue during the lap 21 caution for Kaleb Perrett, placed Nicola inadvertently in front of Miller at the restart. In a mutually agreed resolution, the fair option was to place both Nicola and Miller equal third.

Fifth place would go to impressive Queenslander Trent Wilson with Mick Nicola Jr being the last driver on the lead lap. Callum Harper, Paul Blenkiron, Michael Wicks, Robbie Marchant, Kym Hammerstein and Dylan Hannam were the other drivers to greet the chequered flag.

Earlier the heat winners were Gartner (2), Alexander (2), Trevor Ware and Kaleb Perrett.

Unfortunately the night proved to be extremely tough on the equipment as a number of drivers failed to make it to the final. Victorian Lucas Roberts didn’t make it out of hot laps, fellow Victorian Brad Wicks hurt his engine in the opening round of heats, Trevor Ware and Kym Jury also had engine dramas while Michael Brown also had issues with his brand new Pyne built race car.

In addition to the Super Sedans a number of other sedan classes featured prominently with the Murray Bridge Street Stock and Modified Sedan Championships being conducted along with a strong field of Junior Sedans in the pit area preparing for their Championship meeting next Sunday night.

In the Parr Motorsports Street Stock finale it was Nigel Reichstein who led the 20 lap race from start to finish as he defeated Cade Cox, Craig Buchanan and Darren Flatman.

The Murray Bridge Glass Modified Sedan Championship saw a six car field nominate and after a pile-up in heat two that saw four cars involved, the final saw a depleted field as four cars fronted for the final. But despite the small field the race proved to be one of the most entertaining of the night as Mildura’s Daniel Drewett made a last corner pass for the win over Wade McCarthy. Third across the line was Jeremy McClure with Taleah Dolic completing the field.

In the final sedan category Kooper Grieg emerged victorious in the Parr Motorsports Junior Sedans over Donald Young and Mac Caldecott.

Wingless Sprints and Formula 500’s completed the support line-up with Robert Heard defeating Jake Ashworth and South Australian Champion Joel Chadwick in the Hall Mechanical supported final.

Earlier in the night the heat winners in the Wingless Sprints included Roydn Bailey, William Caruso, Brett Ireland and Heard. Heat three saw the only roll over of the night as Greg Cunningham rolled in turn four after Brandon Forrester spun leaving Cunningham nowhere to go with the #82 tipping over after hitting the stationary car.

The Gawler Car World Formula 500 final was a competitive race with Brad Stell greeting the chequered flag first from Bordertown’s Patrick Merritt and Simon Reichelt.

The next and final meeting of the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway season will be Sunday April 24 with the Grand Final Meeting featuring the Murray Bridge Junior Sedan Championship, Late Model and Modlite Madness, Street Stocks, Wingless Sprints, AMCA Nationals and V6 Sprints.

By Phil Michell

Photo By Linda Savage
Sedan Sections To Star On Super Saturday
Friday April 15, 2016. MBS
The biggest sedan race of the 2015/16 Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway season will take place this Saturday night (April 16) with the running of the 2016 South Australian Super Sedan Championship. The event has attracted a field of over 20 drivers from across Australia including the current Australian Champion Callum Harper from Tasmania, three times Australian Champion Mick Nicola from Victoria, multiple National Championship runner-up Lachlan Onley from New South Wales and of course the defending State Champion Dave Gartner from Penola.

Joining the drivers already mentioned will be a number of other drivers who will be more than capable of winning the title including our own Ryan Alexander, who is fresh from winning the Victorian Championship, Victorians Peter Nicola, Mick Nicola Jr, Brad Wicks and rookie Michael Wicks and North Queensland’s Trent Wilson.

But the local contingent will also be extremely strong as along with Gartner and Alexander the South Australian entry is full of talent with Michael Miller, who won the feature event at Speedway City last weekend, Kaleb Perrett, Trevor Ware, who will drive the Bill Miller owned #77, Whyalla’s Michael Brown, Robbie Marchant and Paul Blenkiron all expected to race hard in an attempt to wear the SA #1 on their car for the next twelve month.

The format will see the thundering V8 sedans contest three rounds of heats with the Championship decider over 30 laps.

The sedan action on the night will also include the Murray Bridge Championship’s for both Modified Sedans and Street Stocks while the Junior Sedans will provide the support action therefore if you are a sedan fan then this weekend’s event is one not to be missed.

The supporting events will also see the open wheeled Wingless Sprints and Formula 500’s.

The Wingless Sprints will feature a field of over 23 cars including Jake Ashworth, who has won back to back feature events at Speedway City, South Australian Champion Joel Chadwick, local hero Robert Heard, impressive rookie Joel Heinrich and Spencer Taylor.

Event Details:
Public Gates open 3.30pm
Drivers Meeting 4.00pm
Wheel pack 4.30pm
Hot Laps 5.00pm
Adults $20
Concession $15
12 to 15yrs $10
11 yrs & under FREE

The following event at the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway will be just over a week later with the inaugural Late Model and Modlite Madness on Sunday April 24, 2016.
Late Model and Modlite Madness Gains Momentum
Tuesday April 5, 2016. MBS
The Grand Final night at Murray Machining & Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway on Sunday April 24 is shaping up to be one of the best season-ending nights with both the Late Models and Modlites declaring their best fields ever in SA will be on hand in a double dose of madness!

With news that the Late Models will run for a cool $1,000 to Win, and with their SA Title the night prior in Adelaide, a host of interstate stars will be on hand to boost the already strong local contingent. Twenty or more cars are expected, including newly crowned NSW Champion Ben Nicastri, Scott McPherson, Liam Heaton, Gary Bryans, Michael Heatherington, Fiona Vanhoven, Tasmanian Brad Smith, Steve Vaughan, Mark & Cary McCarthy, Luke Raymond and Mat Crimmins.

Meanwhile the Modlites are continuing to build momentum with drivers currently moving across from other divisions. Like the Late Models, the SA Modlite Title the previous night at Waikerie will provide further incentive for interstate cars to come to SA and race twice over the weekend.

Graham Knuckey and father Trevor have recently acquired a Modlite from Queensland after selling their speedcar gear, while Brian Chadwick, Michael Brown, Mark Martin, Danny Prade, Tony Hardy, Michael Cowland, Mick Lewis, Scott Web, Ty Forrestal, and Cory & Rex Hodgson will all return after running at the venue in February for the first time. Interstate drivers expected include Rob Swain, Bruce Adams, Kenny Brooks, Glen Hogswaerts, Barry Hallett Andrew Martin and Brad Forgeard.

The Murray Bridge Junior Sedan Championship is also expected to attract a large field, while Speedcars, AMCA, Street Stocks and V6 Sprints will all race the last round of their respective track championships.

Hot laps will begin at 4.30pm with racing from 5.00pm, with Monday being ANZAC Day.
Britten on a roll to the Bridge
Wednesday March 16, 2016. MBS Media
Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion, Brisbanes Kevin Britten will be looking for a hat trick of A Main wins as he completes his western tour of Blue Ribbon Events.

The SA Title will be run in conjunction with the Ross Wright Memorial on March 19 at Murray Bridge.

Britten led home a stella field at Geraldton in West Australian Championship recently with another show of dominance at Bunbury last weekend.

Britten driving the JBR Motorsport Australia 1 Chev will start favourite to secure the win in the South Australian Championship and the Round 3 of the 5 Star Dirt Series supported by Speedway Australia.

He will be challenged at the spectacular Murrays Machining and Sheds venue, by a swarm of Victorians, including Daniel Scott, Steve Milthorpe, Paul Tindal, Daryl Hickson and Mick Kiraly.

“Add to the mix the inform, former Australian Champ Scott Cannon and rookie sensation Lee McKinnell, we have the ingredients for another great display of racing.” DMA President Garry Wathen said.

Drivers will battle over 3 qualifying rounds with a 30 lap A-Main to determine who will wear the SA 1 Decal.

Wathen said he was looking for to the divisions return to the venue, “We will welcome a new local driver to V8 Dirt Modified racing, Ian Neal was inspired by last years event and joins the ranks in the no. 61 Chev on March 19.
Friday August 2, 2013. MBS Media
The 2013 Peter Stevens Motorcycles South Australian MX Championships are heading for an exciting final round at Murray Bridge MX track on 3 & 4 August 2013.

“Great competition and exciting racing between the best MX riders the state has been a hallmark of the 2013 series, with the final at Murray Bridge MX track sure to present more of the same” says Chris McArdle, General Manager, Motorcycling SA.

Nearly 300 riders will be competing, with Juniors on Saturday and Seniors on Sunday.

“Murray Bridge MX is the home of the SA Round of the MX Nationals, and the club has consistently shown its ability to prepare a great track and host awesome racing. The coming round is sure to continue this trend. It is a great track for riders and spectators alike, with excellent viewing areas” says Mr McArdle.

Spectators are encouraged to get along to witness what is sure to be some great racing with SA’s talented MX riders putting on a show as they fight for the series win, podium positions and final round bragging rights. Murray Bridge MX is located on Old Princess Highway, Monarto (near Murray Bridge), with admission $5, 15 and under Free.

A number of classes are locked in tight battles for podium positions, with all riders knowing that a slip up could cost them dearly.
The Expert Open class will see highly competitive racing, with current series leader, James Booth-Elliott, and other leading riders, Luke Arbon, Daniel Banks & Matt Clarke all fighting for the round win, vital to secure the Title and podium finish they have been striving for. This class has put on some great racing in all rounds, and are sure to come to play again in the finale. Many others in the field are also capable of matching it, so this will certainly be a class to watch.

Expert Lites have also produced great racing this year, with young gun and clear series leader Jett Anderson showing his class. Riders like Tyson Whillas and Ricky Girdwood will be hoping to continue their current form and push Jett all the way. Young riders Izak Maule, Tyler Lange and Aaron Hart will also be keen to finish off the series with a strong result.

Murray Bridge MX member Shayne Webley in the Intermediate Lights class will be keen to lock the Championship away with a strong result. Shayne currently only has a 13 point lead over MRA’s Michael Paddick.

In Junior competition, all eyes will be on Alex Larwood as he looks to complete his second successive season on the 65cc without dropping a race. The racing in junior ranks has been close and exciting this season, with the pressure clearly on current class leaders Siegah Ward, Thomas Larwood, Nick Day, Jack Knightly and Ryan Kenny to finish off the year and secure the valuable SA Championship title. All are exciting young talents and it will be great to watch their progress in coming years.

Young Victorian rider Liam Dinnage has been unstoppable in the 65cc 10-12 year class this year, however with Murray Bridge MX member and current second place holder Cooper Shiedow on his home track, anything is possible. Cooper still has to fight hard for his podium position, with Travis Edwards and Jayden Rudd only a few points behind. Other Murray Bridge MX members Luke Cirelli and Lucas Eve will be keen to use local knowledge to full effect as they fight for a strong podium finish for the series.

Motorcycling SA is thankful of the continued support of Peter Stevens Motorcycles as naming rights sponsor, Yamaha Australia as Silver series sponsor and other series sponsors, The City of Mount Gambier, Events Whyalla/Whyalla City Council, Y-Aim and Revolution Timing.

Further information contact: Chris McArdle, General Manager, Motorcycling SA – 0408 928 548
Two National Titles Headline Murray Bridge Season
Monday July 29, 2013. MBS Media
The Murray Machining & Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway season calendar has now complete with all support divisions now finalised on each night of competition.

Two national titles – The 2014 Australian 360 Sprintcar Championship on March 28/29 and the 2014 Australian Super Sedan Championship on April 25/26 will undoubtedly be the highlights of the season.

Opening Night will be on October 5, with the annual Bill Wigzell Battle of the Bridge to be contested on October 19.

The Tim Crouch Speedcar Memorial on December 7 is set to become an event bigger event, with the race becoming a round of the new national Speedcar Pro Series, while Monster Trucks, Fireworks, Freestyle MX and a big screen have also been added. A big crowd is expected to equal World Series Sprintcars on December 27, and pre-sale tickets for both events will be arranged in the coming weeks.

The Ross Wright Memorial will he held on April 12, while the MTA 410 Sprintcar Marathon has again been scheduled for the March long weekend (Sunday March 9).

The Australian Super Sedan Championship on the ANZAC weekend will be preceded by the SA Super Sedan Championship just a few days prior – on Easter Saturday. The week will be promoted as “Super Sedan Speedweek”, with other activities such as practice, Championship dinner and other social activities filling in the week long festival which will end the season.

Murray Machining & Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway 2013/14 Season Calendar

Sep-01 Sunday Junior Day 1pm to 4pm
Sep-15 Sunday Day Practice 1pm to 4pm
Pre Sep-29 Sunday Day Show 1 - Pre season (Non points) 1pm Super Sedans, Speedcars, Late Models, Street Stocks, Wingless Sprints, Lightning Sprints, Modified Sedans, AMCA Nationals, F500's, Junior Sedans, Classics

1 Oct-05 Saturday Opening Night - Demo Derby Supers, Wingless, F500, Street Stocks, Juniors, AMCA, Late Models, Sprintcars practice
Oct-17 Thursday Racing & Roasts
2 Oct-19 Saturday Bill Wigzell Sprintcar Battle Of The Bridge Wingless, F500, Lightning, AMCA
Nov-07 Thursday Racing & Roasts
3 Nov-09 Saturday Australian 360 Sprintcar Allstars MJS Street Stocks, Speedcars, Wingless, Lightning, Juniors

4 Nov-23 Saturday Sedan Muster AMCA, Supers, Late Models, Street Stocks, Juniors, Modified Sedans
Dec-05 Thursday Racing & Roasts
5 Dec-07 Saturday Monster Trucks, FMX, Fireworks Speedcar Pro Series(Tim Crouch Memorial) F500 King of the Bridge, Lightning Sprints

6 Dec-27 Friday World Series Sprintcars Wingless Sprints & Street Stocks Invitational

7 Jan-04 Saturday Sidecar Grand Slam, Fireworks Vintage Sidecars

8 Jan-25 Saturday SA AMCA Nationals Title, SA F500 Title Late Models, Juniors, Modified Sedans

9 Feb-01 Saturday National Super Sedan Series, Caravan, Boat & Dunny Derby Lightning Sprints Des James Memorial, Street Stocks, Juniors, Modified Sedans, Wingless Sprints

10 TBA Saturday Autopro $10K to Win Burnout Masters
Feb-13 Thursday Racing & Roasts
11 Feb-15 Saturday 410 & 360 Sprintcars - Club Show SA Speedcar Title F500, Juniors, Street Stocks

12 Mar-09 Sunday 40 Lap 410 Sprintcar Marathon Wingless, Lightning, AMCA
Mar-27 Thursday Racing & Roasts
13 Mar-28 Friday Australian 360 Sprintcar Championship AMCA, Late Models, Wingless Sprints
14 Mar-29 Saturday Australian 360 Sprintcar Championship Formula 500's, Super Sedans, Street Stocks, Lightning
Apr-10 Thursday Racing & Roasts
15 Apr-12 Saturday 360 Sprintcar Ross Wright Memorial Wingless Sprints, Lightning Sprints, Juniors, AMCA, F500
Apr-13 Sunday Promotions Day
16 Apr-19 Saturday SA Super Sedan Title MJS Street Stocks, Speedcars
Apr-23 Wednesday Super Sedan Title Practice
Apr-24 Thursday Dinner & Calcutta - Speedway Clubrooms
17 Apr-25 Friday Australian Super Sedan Championship Heats F500, Street Stocks, Juniors
18 Apr-26 Saturday Australian Super Sedan Championship Final Wingless Sprints, Lightning Sprints, AMCA
Apr-27 Sunday Rain Date

Sharpe and Hartman Dominate AMCA 20/20
Saturday November 10, 2012. Phil Michell
Tonight at the Murray Machining & Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway a new event was staged with the inaugural Active Motor Wreckers 20/20AMCA Feature along with the Sedan Muster featuring Super Sedans, Late Models, Street Stocks, Modified Sedans and Junior Sedans. In the feature event of the night it was a clean sweep for Michael Sharpe and David Hartman as they dominated both 20 lap features to win overall.

Second overall went to Danny Prade and Steve Letts, who failed to finish the first segment but stormed home in the second 20 lapper to edge out Nicole Hill and Sprintcar drivers Scott Bogucki in what was clearly the performance of the night.

Other notable performers throughout the AMCA events were Bill Miller (Super Sedans), who finished fifth in leg one, Joel Chadwick (Wingless), second in leg one and Luke Dodding (Super Sedans) who stormed from the back to finish sixth overall.

Pre event favourites Ryan Alexander and Michael Millerailed to get past lap five of the opening 20 laps with car sustaining an engine failure while Miller was at the wheel.

The Super Sedans were also a standout with Luke Dodding capturing his maiden Feature win after starting from the third row and in the process he executed a number of impressive outside passes. Second across the line was Dave Gartner with Bill Miller completing the top three.

In the remaining sedan classes Stuart Hill made a last lap pass on an ailing Steve Vaughan to capture his first late Model Feature win, Rhys Heinrich was victorious in the Street Stocks, Tony hardy made a triumphant return to the dirt to defeat a small field of Modified Sedans while Cooper Grieg was the class of the Junior Sedan ranks.

The event also w a dose of open wheeled racing courtesy of the Formula 500’s and Wingless Sprints with Scott Dungey winning an entertaining F500 feature while Todd Wigzell won again in the Wingless Sprints.

Unfortunately several drivers entered the upside club with a number of multi car roll overs with Latisha Helyer and Victorian Tyler Beasey came to grief in the Formula’s while Lucy Evans and Cody Atkins has a big incident in the Wingless feature.

Sedan Muster Results:

Formula 500’s

Heat 1: A3 Brock Hallett, 27 Angelo Karoussis, 6 Joe Mercorella
Heat 2: 10 Scott Dungey, 27 Angelo Karoussis, 6 Joe Mercorella
Heat 3: A3 Brock Hallett, 10 Scott Dungey, 24 Ross Miller
Feature: 10 Scott Dungey, 27 Angelo Karoussis, 24 Ross Miller, 96 Josh Michelmore (First Rookie)

Junior Sedans:

Heat 1: 5 Kooper Greig, 25 Harley Ray Moore, 69 Mariah Hall
Heat 2: 5 Kooper Greig, V125 Jayden Ruhs, 0 TJ Watts
Heat 3: 25 Harley Ray Moore, V125 Jayden Ruhs , 52 Heath Thorne,
Feature: 5 Cooper Greig, 25 Harley Ray Moore, V125 Jayden Ruhs

Late Models:

Heat 1: 67 Steve Vaughan, 5 Luke Raymond, 10 Simon Van Ginneken
67, 5, 10,84D, 68, 5M
Heat 2: 5 Luke Raymond, 67 Steve Vaughan, 10 Simon Van Ginneken
5, 67, 10,84, 5m, 68
Feature: 84B Stuart Hill. 67 Steve Vaughan, 68 Jamie Agius

AMCA Nationals:

Heat 1: 36 Michael Miller, 21 Michael Sharpe, 52 Michael Brown
Heat 2: 21 David Hartman, 23 Michael Ffrench, 59 Tregan Gates
Heat 3: 36 Ryan Alexander, 10 Wayne Vickers, 41 Joel Chadwick
20/20 Feature Overall: 21 David Hartman / Michael Sharpe, 18 Danny Prade/Steve Letts, 67 Nicole Hill/Scott Bogucki

Street Stocks

Heat 1: 91 Darren Brumfield , 17 Carey Weston, 47 Tony Schulz
Heat 2: 6 Nigel Reichstein, 48 Rhys Heinrich, 55 James Rainsford
Heat 3: 48 Rhys Heinrich, 12 Darren Flatman, 58 Neville Nitschke
Heat 4: 55 James Rainsford, 26 Nick Marsh, 23 Mark Janssan
Feature: 48 Rhys Heinrich, 12 Darren Flatman, 55 James Rainsford

Wingless Sprints

Heat 1: 83 Shannon Barry, 44 Lucy Evans, 25 Joel Chadwick
Heat 2: 88 Todd Wigzell, 83 Shannon Barry, 32 Andy Maxwell
Heat 3: 25 Joel Chadwick, 44 Lucy Evans, 15 Tim McAvaney
Feature: 88 Todd Wigzell, 55 Mikala Hein, 25 Joel Chadwick

Super Sedans

Heat 1: 8 Dave Gartner, 77 Bill Miller ,89 Luke Dodding
Heat 2: 36 Michael Miller, 8 Dave Gartner, 44 David Hartman (Race Declared)
Super Sedan Feature: 89 Luke Dodding, 8 Dave Gartner, 77 Bill Miller

Modified Sedans

Heat 1: 9 Terry Brown, 17 Tony Hardy, 44 Michael Hartman
Heat 2: 9 Terry Brown, 17 Tony Hardy, 44 Michael Hartman
Feature: 17 Tony Hardy, 44 Michael Hartman, 9 Terry Brown

Tink and Miller Shine at Season Opener
Sunday October 7, 2012. Phil Michell
The 2012/13 South Australian speedway season began in fine style on Saturday night (October 6) at the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway with good car counts and some tough hard racing, especially in the Formula 500 and Super Sedan ranks. On the night the two major winners in the featured classes were Bordertown’s Brad Tink and Michael Miller aboard his #36 Dominator.

Due to the large numbers in the F500 ranks the field was split into two groups with four entertaining heats going the way of Scott Dungey, who remained undefeated in the heats, Victorian Dylan Willsher and Tink.

As a result Dungey and Tink stated on the front row but it was Tink who was able to lead the entire 15 lap journey defeating Dungey and Angelo Karoussis. The feature also incorporated round 1 of the Speedway Australia South Australian Rookie Championship with Josh Michaelmore being the first rookie home ahead of Lisa Walker.

In the Super Sedans it was an all the way win for Michael Miller but he had to fight hard in the early stages to fend off rookie David Hartman. By the end of the 15 lap event Hartman had slid back to third behind Luke Dodding, who was driving the Anthony east #17.

The Wingless Sprints also put on a great show with some competitive racing but they were unable to stop Australian Champion Todd Wigzell as he defeated Joel Chadwick and Shannon Barry. Wigzell however had a moment with around 5 laps remaining as he made contact with rookie Renee Pestka sending her car spinning in turn four.

In the remaining categories Ryan Alexander “got out the broom” as he clean swept the AMCA races, Kooper Greig had a similar result in the Junior Sedans, Darren Brumfield survived an entertaining Street Stock feature to edge out Neville Nitschke while Brock Hallet and Todd Bennett were the class of the Speedcar Match Races.

A field of seven Sprintcars were also on hand to compete a series of hot laps with Brad Keller, mark Reuter, Luke Dillon, Justin Sloan, Darryl and Brendan Guerin and Brendan Quinn in attendance. Finally Laurie Rosenberg won the Demolition Derby in what was a fun way to end the opening night of the year.

The next meeting at the Murray Bridge Speedway will be on October 20 with the Bill Wigzell battle of the Bridge with the likes of Farr, Brazier, Dobson, Lines, Dillon, Young, Lacey, Bell, Pestka and Jones all set to compete.


Heat 1: V27 Dylan Willsher , 48 Chris Brooks, 22 Rory Stevenson
Heat 2: 10 Scott Dungey, 81 Brad Tink, 6 Joe Mercorella
Heat 3: 81 Brad Tink, 24 Ross Miller, 99 Shaun Brown
Heat 4: 10 Scott Dungey, S27 Angelo Karoussis, V27 Dylan Willsher
Feature: 81 Brad Tink, 10 Scott Dungey, 27 Angelo Kaaroussis

Junior Sedans:
Heat 1: 5 Kooper Greig, 25 Jayden Ruhs , 0 TJ Watts
Heat 2: 25 Jayden Ruhs, 5 Kooper Greig, 69 Mariah Hall
Feature: 5 Kooper Greig, 25 Jayden Ruhs , 69 Mariah Hall

Heat 1: 36 Ryan Alexander, 48 Maris Valodze, 21 Michael Sharpe
Heat 4: 36 Ryan Alexander, 21 Michael Sharpe, 48 Maris Valodze
Feature: 36 Ryan Alexander, 48 Maris Valodze, 21 Michael Sharpe

Super Sedans:
Heat 1: 36 Michael Miller, 47 Steve Stewart , 17 Luke Dodding
Heat 2: 44 David Hartman, 36 Michael Miller, 75 Mick Bagorski
Feature: 36 Michael Miller, 17 Luke Dodding, 44 David Hartman

Heat 1: 17 Todd Bennett, 78 Brock Hallett, 7 Jamie Crouch
Heat 2: 78 Brock Hallett, 17 Todd Bennett, 7 Jamie Crouch
Heat 3: 78 Brock Hallett, 17 Todd Bennett, 7 Jamie Crouch

Street Stocks:
Heat 1: 7 Craig Buchanan, 36 Anthony Buchanan , 48 Rhys Heinrich
Heat 2: 17 Carey Weston , 58 Neville Nitschke , 91 Darren Brumfield
Heat 3: 91 Darren Brumfield, 6 Nigel Reichstein, 36 Anthony Buchanan
Feature: 91 Darren Brumfield 58 Neville Nitschke, 6 Nigel Reichstein

Wingless Sprints:
Heat 1: 2 Todd Wigzell, 83 Shannon Barry, 25 Joel Chadwick
Heat 2: 25 Joel Chadwick, 2 Todd Wigzell, 95 Jarman Dalitz
Feature: 2 Todd Wigzell, 25 Joel Chadwick, 83 Shannon Barry

Sprintcar Hotlaps:

19 Brad Keller, 25 Justin Sloan, 30 Brendan Quinn, 81 Luke Dillon, 86 Brendan Guerin, 95 Mark Reuter, 96 Darryl Guerin

Demo Derby Winner 07 Laurie Rosenberg
Picnic Atmosphere At Opening Day Show
Monday October 1, 2012. Phil Michell
The 2012/12 South Australian Speedway season began yesterday (Sunday September 30) at the Murray Machining & Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway with a low key Pre-Season event with a total of nine racing categories and two Classic classes taking to the track. Despite the cool conditions a “Record Crowd” for a pre-season event was on hand to get an early dose of dirt track action prior to the official opening of the season this Saturday night (October 6).

Ross Wright Memorial Receives Prizemoney Boost
Tuesday August 14, 2012. MBS Media
The Ross Wright 360 Sprintcar Memorial is poised to become the highest paying 360 Sprintcar event in the country thanks to Murray Machining & Sheds.
Murray Bridge Season Calendar
Thursday August 2, 2012. MBS Media
Murray Machining & Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway has released the 2012/13 Calendar with some exciting changes to both 410ci and 360ci Sprintcars, a host of State Title events and the return of Sidecars highlighting the season.
Murray Bridge Swap Meet This Sunday
Monday June 25, 2012. MBS Media
The third annual Swap Meet will be held this Sunday (July 1), so please start preparing your racing equipment which you may wish to sell. Gates open for sellers at 8.30am ($10) and 9am for buyers (Gold Coin Donation) and the swap meet is open to anything you may wish to sell. (including non-motorsport items). We will also be advertising to the local Murray Bridge community for non-motorsport items.
Brumfield, Wigzell & Moore Take The Honours
Monday June 18, 2012. MBS Media
Murray Machining & Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway held its 2011/12 Season Presentation on Saturday night, recognising the achievements of the competitors throughout the season. The season celebration was attended by 130 people from all divisions.
Presentation Night To Crown The Track Champions & Celebrate The Season
Monday June 4, 2012. MBS Media
Murray Machining & Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway would like to congratulate the Track Champions and place getters for the various divisions for the 2011/12 Season.
Murray Bridge Day Show Cancelled - May 27
Tuesday May 22, 2012. Murray Bridge Speedway
Murray Machining & Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway wishes to advise that the season ending Day Show scheduled for this Sunday (May 27) has unfortunately been cancelled.
Murray Bridge Speedway Day Show And Other News
Tuesday May 1, 2012. MBS Media
To All Competitor Groups,
Fanning Lightning Fast In National Title
Sunday April 29, 2012. Phil Michell
Australian Lightning Sprint Champion Dave Fanning successfully defended his title last night at the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway defeating fellow Queenslander Wayne Iocono and local Sam Putland in a drama filled 25 lap final. After winning all four of heat races throughout the weekend Fanning was clearly the standout performer with his only defeat coming in the pole shuffle losing the coveted pole position to Iocono in an entertaining two lap battle.
Australian Lightning Sprint Night 2 Quick Results
Saturday April 28, 2012. Phil Michell
Night 2 results for the Australian Lightning Sprint Championship from the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway:

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