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
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
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
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:
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday May 1, 2012. MBS Media
To All Competitor Groups,
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.
Saturday April 28, 2012. Phil Michell
Night 2 results for the Australian Lightning Sprint Championship from the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway:
Saturday April 28, 2012. Phil Michell
Defending Australian Lightning Sprint Champion Dave Fanning made a stunning start to his defence of his National crown last night at the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway by remaining undefeated throughout his three heat races. In the process of his three heat victories he managed to lower the 10 lap track record on two occasions along with becoming the fastest Lightning Sprint driver ever around the 360 metre venue as he reset the 1 lap track record in his final outing.
Friday April 27, 2012. Phil Michell
Night 1 results for the Australian Lightning Sprint Championship from the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway:
Thursday April 26, 2012. MBS Media
The 2012 Australian Lightning Sprint Championship is set to explode into action this weekend at Murray Machining & Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway, starting today (Thursday) with scrutineering, practice and a calcutta and cahmpionship dinner.
Thursday April 19, 2012. MBS Media
The 2012 Australian Lightning Sprint Championship is only one week away, with practice scheduled to begin next Thursday 26 April at Murray Machining & Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway.
Tuesday April 17, 2012. MBS Media
Friday 27th April will see the Street Stocks run for their Murray Bridge Championship with $2,000 up for grabs across the 20 car field.
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