Finally back home after a massive weekend at Hamilton for the Aussie AMCA title.
We headed up there last Thursday morning and after scrutineering and practice we went back to the motel for a few bevies to get in the mood for the big Calcutta and to catch up with the rest of the GYB Heads. The drinks were cold and the bidding was red hot. Smooch and Plugdawg were up for auction early and ended up going for $70 and $80. Shaft was up for bidding late in the night and by then the bidding was going crazy and he ended up fetching a lazy $410. Last one up for the night was Manners and this one ya had to see to believe..try as we might to buy him we were no match for the bids coming in and he went for a cool thousand bucks!!! So the GYB boys fetched $1560 between them...it just shows how good the GYB heads are...
Early Friday morning Manners hits us with the news that things werent right with his ride and that he was heading down the Chris Atkins workshop in town to sort a few things out under the bonnet. While we were there the Shaft and his crew rocked in with his v21cougar to do some miner tweaks and they said they were more than happy with the way their ride was getting around the track. The heats on Friday night were hard and fast and the GYB heads were flying and by the end of the night they filled positions 1, 3, 5 and 7. Manners gremlins seemed to be sorted, was equal top points with Tim Ready by the end of the night, We went back to the motel and cranked up the in-car and outside videos in Stav and Whippys room...it was standing room only in the end and it was a great atmosphere with plenty of banter and heaps cans going down..I crawled into bed about 430am that morning and was absolutely knackered,,,(thanks to Manners, Chris& Dave Best for keeping me up)
Saturday was the big day...Manners took his ride back down to the Atkins Automotive workshop in the morning to do some more tweeking on his ride. The rest of the GYB gang spent the day in the pool back at the motel. Man it was hot....Finaly that afternoon we made our way back to the speedway where the guys would run their last heat and prepare for the all important 30 lap Amain Australian title. On the grid for GYB was Manners off pole, Shaft from 3, Smooch was starting from 5 and Plugger was out of 11 for the Australian title.While checking a few things just before the title Manner's gremlins under the bonnet had surfaced again and it was looking like he wouldnt start the race but with some assurances from car owner Chris best it was decided to go ahead and start the 30 lap Australian title.
After the usual four wide salute to the crowd the drivers formed up ready for the big event.
Once the green flag dropped it was GYB Manners leading from GYB Shaft and Tim Reidy. These 3 had skipped away from the rest of the pack and it wasnt until lap 10 that we saw the first yellow flag. At this stage GYB Manners was still leading from GYB Shaft in second. GYB Smooch was still lying in 5th place and GYB Plugdawg had moved up to about 8th. Three laps after the restart Reidy made his move on the high line passing GYB Shaft and a couple of laps later GYB Shaft followed putting GYB Manners back to third. With about 10 laps to go Reidy and Shaft had cleared out from GYB Manners whos car was getting slower and slower. A lap or so later GYB Manners pulled to the infield and was out of the race. With 5 laps to go Reidy spun the V79 Panther out in turn one bringing out the yellows and handing the lead to GYB Shaft. At this stage GYB Smooch had fought his way up to 2nd place but for what i have no idea he was relegated back two places on the grid for the restart. GYB Plugdawg was out as well with a flat tyre ending his weekend. The last five laps of the race were absolutely dominated by GYB Shaft in the V21 Cougar and he won the race with ease. After Shaft did his victory lap the cars were sent to the infield where apparently there was a protest being made.
What was a very very disappointing part of the weekend was that they did not have a presentation on the track straight after the race...This was the Biggest race on the AMCA calendar and they couldnt do a presentation???? Even with the protest they could have presented the tropheys and let the drivers and their crews enjoy the moment and say that it was pending the protest result..
Other than that i was very proud of all the GYB drivers and their crews and i want to thank each and every one of you for all your help and support you all give to GYBMotorsports. It was great to catch up with everyone and have a few drinks
Finaly a Big congratulations to GYB Shaft (Campbell Hughes) on winning the 2012 Australian AMCA title. You said to me last week that you would be proud to put the GYB Motorsports stickers on your car and they certainly looked the part on the sides of your ride...
Great work from GYB Smooch getting 4th under trying curcumstances and i'm sure he'l continue to improve in his 410 sprintcar career.
Once again thanks to everyone for such a great weekends racingCheers Ledge,,,,(Mick Lincoln)
Night 1 of the Australian 1200 junior title
GYB Corza puting on a show
his second heat
his third heat
Corza's 4th heat
AS OF THE 29th OCT 2011
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GYB Spano takes on some hot competition in the ex GYB Manners Aussie#1 Panther at the Northern Territory AMCA title this weekend. Spano has left nothing to chance and has even flown Manners up to Darwin to help crew for this weekends big event. There is some quick interstate cars entered for the title including current Victorian action series and multi feature winner Tim Riedy, the 2 Hardy boys from Queensland and Nick Stubbs from NSW as well as a hot field of locals which should make for some fantastic racing.
Good luck Spano from all the team here at GYB MOTORSPORTS,,,, and remember,,,, GO YA BARSTED!!!!!!!!!
Well the 3hr enduro has been run and won and although the GYB team were looking the goods early but mechanical failure got the best of us this weekend. The first of the GYB team cars to retire was one of the Jack/Timmys team #94 Falcons which blew a clutch in the second heat which put them back to a one car team. The usually reliable Stav/Ledge #8 Commodore was having power steering problems throwing belts off in 3 of the four heats. The Ol man Scotty/ Harley Bishop team in the #37Mudbuggy/Superwagon cars were looking real quick in the heats until a rear shock mount failed in the Superwagon which made the car look a real handful. The Pipdawg/Craig #5 Falcon was quick in their heats and Craig drove great for his first meeting. Other than some slight over heating the Manners/Nob#92 Pontiamca was the pace setter in the heats with 3 firsts and a second putting them on pole for the 3 hour enduro.
The drivers doing the first stint were Manners in the#92 Pontiamca, Pipdawg in the #5 EL Falcon, Timmy in the #94 XF Falcon, Ol Man Scotty in the #70 Mudbuggy and Stav in the #8 Commodore.
Once the event started Manners set a blistering pace and had set a 2 lap lead at the halfway mark when he pitted for fuel and to hand the car over to Nob. By the time they got back out of the pits they were back to third. Nob was making his way back towards the lead when the Pontiamca gave up the fight and threw a rod ending their night. Pipdawg was getting around nicely until he broke the Diff Hat putting him out. Timmy was going ok until he came in with distributer trouble which they fixed and he went back out but then not long after he bent a bottom control arm ending his night. The two car team of Ol Man Scotty and Harley Bishop were doing great with Ol Man Scotty doing most of the driving in the Mudbuggy.The only trouble he was having was flat tyres but with Harley to send out while he was in the pits they were looking the goods for a podium finish but the Superwagon ended up braking a rack which left all the work to Ol Man Scotty which he was handling with ease until the Mudbuggy broke a rocker putting them out. This left the #8 Commodore of Stav/Ledge the only car still running. After losing a heap of time early on Stav was getting around nicely doing constant quick laps until about the half way mark when it threw another power steering belt bringing him into the pits. The guys fixed the belt again and Ledge took over the driving duties and was circulating consistently for about an hour until he came back into the pits with a sticky throttle. The guys fixed the throttle and Stav went back out and was still running when the chequered flag fell after 3 gruelling hours. I havent got the official results yet but we were told that Stav/Ledge ran 9th. All in all it was a geat event and well done to all the winners (and losers) that took part in the event. Also a big congrats to the Alexandra club and their members for putting on such a fantastic meeting. Last of all a BIG BIG thanks to all the members and supporters or the GYB Motorsports team that came helped, cheered, supported, drank and lent stuff to make this a great nights racing,,,,,By the way, I had a blast,,,,See You all at the next big event
Here's some pre-race interviews with some of the GYB team members
Nob and Manners
Pipdawg and Craig
Stewballs and the Buttman
Timmy and Jack
Ol Man Scotty
LINCOLN THE MARATHON MAN: 100 LAP DERBY WINNER
Mark Lincoln the current Australian Champion in AMCA racing can now add another win to his belt that he was hoping to achieve after winning the annual Alexandra & District Speedway Club Dog Leg 100 Lap Derby in a V8 Super Sedan.
Over two days 80 competitors in all makes and varieties of speedway sedans competed in five heats each before 40 starters greeted the green flag in the finale. Lincoln managed to finish ahead of Luke Fallon who was last years winner driving his Sports Sedan whilst Dave Erickson another former winner in a 3 Litre Cortina was third. Lenny Bates Jnr from the Crash N Bash organisation was fourth with former Australian 360ci Sprintcar Champion Tony Moule fifth in his home made 1200cc Datsun powered miniature Super Sedan.
Across thirty heat races before locking in forty starters for the 100 lap final Modified Production sedan competitor and former event winner Russell Hill won four of his five heats and finished second in the last to be top qualifier with 172 points from Mark Lincoln on 164 and Erickson on 141 with Colin Lincoln and Bill Burton rounding out the top five with Mark Lincoln clocking the fastest one lap time prior to the feature of 34.225 seconds in front of Hill 34.386 and Colin Lincoln 34.421 and Colin Lincoln won the fastest heat of the weekend over 6 laps taking 3 minutes 30.258 to complete.
Heat wins went too Colin Lincoln x 3, Russell Hill x 4, Bill Burton x 2, Dave Erickson x 2, Alan McKinnon x 2, Austin Corcoran, John Cole, Len Bates Jnr x 3, Mark Lincoln x 3, Darren Forrest, Dean Turbo Bullfrog Pictor, Matt Ridd, Paul Turnbull x 2, Andrew Katz x 2, Tony Moule & Steve Lincoln.
The final feature starting list was: Russell Hill, Mark Lincoln, Erickson, Colin Lincoln, Burton, Bates Jnr, McKinnon, Peter Cox, Turnbull, Corcoran, Sparrow, Forrest, Fallon, Steve Ellis, Katz, Troy Neilson, Steve Lincoln, Daryl Atkinson, Cole, Joel Brinsley, Kellie Atkins, Mick Burke, Moule, Nick Hill, Ridd, Michael Knight, Gordon Angus, Pictor, Rob Tatterson, Dave Nicholls, Dave Mackenzie, Daniel Simpson, Sam Williams, Dale Smith, Gary Stanley, Kim Montague, Ray Gould, Brett Petrou, Jason Holt & Hans Lovski. Ray Gould didnt take his place in the final and Jaedn Alberni as forty first qualifier made the start.
Amongst the starters were Modified Production Sedans, Super Sedans, Street Stocks, 3 Litre Sedans, Crash N Bash Cars, VSC Sedans including Division 2 Hot Rods and a FJ Holden (Corcoran) and Sport Sedans and 253ci Modifieds such as Hans Lovski.
Well known competitors such as Mark Lincoln from the AMCA division, Troy Neilson from Street Stocks, Moule from the Sprintcar scene and Dave Mackenzie who travelled with the National Super Sedan circuit this past season all took part in the big race.
When the green flag dropped for the start of what was going to be more than an hours racing Mark Lincoln seized the lead with Hill behind him and Colin Lincoln in third. These three quickly established a gap between them and the field whilst Atkinson (gearbox) and Burke retired without logging a lap on the sheets.
Lap eight what had been a sweet weekend for Hill all turned sour when passing back markers he got collected and suffered damage to his front end and he made a hasty exit off the track. Burton broke a steering rack a lap later and then there was a gap of 16 laps before the next retirement.
Meanwhile Mark Lincoln was threading his way through the pack in his v8 with Erickson on the chase and Fallon and Moule back in the pack on the move.
Forrest and Atkins came together and both restarted whilst Hill soon lost gears and retired to the pits. Ridd retired with fuel pump issues before some time later the next big incident was Forrest and Lovski coming together and with Forrests front end smashed he was no longer able to continue.
On lap 79 with Mark Lincoln leading, Fallon, Erickson, Bates Jnr, Moule and Steve Ellis all on the lead lap McKinnon and Corcoran came together and slammed the front straight wall and the red light was switched on to signal all drivers to stop. Having hit the wall at over 100kmph McKinnon suffered some trauma requiring crash crews to extricate him from his race vehicle with the help of the jaws of life so that he could be placed safely without further pain onto a backboard and into a waiting ambulance.
The incident and the care required to remove McKinnon took well over an hour and the race was declared with results as per order on lap 79 with Corcoran disqualified from results as primary cause of the accident with McKinnon. With Mark Lincoln confirmed the winner from Fallon, Erickson, Bates Jnr, Moule, Ellis, Simpson, Tatterson, Knight, Nicholls, Atkins, Petrou, Holt, Pictor, McKinnon, Katz, Lovski, Cox, Smith and Stanley still circulating .
Lincoln set the fastest time of 34.122 in the final for a one lap circuit and at the time of the red flag was leading Fallon by just over 3 seconds. Simpson who started in thirty second place was delighted with his efforts in reaching seventh spot and Moule was pleased with the result considering had the race gone on he was going to need a pit stop having copped a flat right rear on lap 79.
After the race a delighted Lincoln spoke. This is a fantastic feeling up there with winning an Australian Championship especially with my families long history with the Alexandra Speedway. I wish Alan McKinnon a quick recovery and certainly will think of him tonight as we celebrate our good fortune. Thanks to all the GYB Motorsports crew and well done to the other finishers tonight. See you all again next year.
As of 24 hours after the accident involving McKinnon he was being cared for in Melbourne in a trauma unit but was known to be sitting up in bed waiting for x-ray results.
In Junior Sedan racing Corey Lincoln in his first meeting out in his new Junior Sedan took the feature win in the 1200cc Junior Sedan category from Lachie Reeves, Donald Young, Shane Younger and Brock Atkins whilst in Standard Saloon Juniors Matt Nelson was able to defeat Anthony Brennan, Brodie Montague, Andrew Miles and Patrick Farry.
Standard Saloon Open racing held a feature on both nights with Chris Stewart winning the Thirsty Camel Alexandra Cup and Leigh Gooding winning the second nights King of the Valley feature with the second nights racing the closest whilst Stewart was dominate on night one.
On night one over nine heats we had eight different winners. Shane Stewart, Mick Chrystie, Wayne Nelson x 2, Leigh Gooding, Matt Magor, Chris Stewart, Jason Leonard and Gordon Russell whilst Victorian champion David Cull blew an engine and was unable to feature all weekend with Chrystie having the best heat win starting sixth before winning heat two and Tim Buckley from the events sponsor Alexandra Thirsty Camel going along as a passenger with Rod Meakins the club President.
The top six qualifiers for the Camel Cup lined up as
Chris Stewart, Wayne Nelson, Russell, Chrystie, Shane Stewart and Rod
Meakins and after leading from start to finish Chris Stewart was a
popular winner with Rosedale Speedway supporters defeating Chrystie and
Meakins, Russell, Shane Stewart, Magor, Gooding, Jason Leonard, Jacob
Vuillerman and Terry Bullard.
On night two Sarah Meakins started the night strong winning heat one with Shane Stewart, Dale Morrison, Mark Miles, Chris Stewart and Mal Brennan making it six different winners from six heats once again showing how close the category is. Mark Miles began on pole position with Morrison alongside, the Stewart brothers Chris and Shane then Sarah Meakins and Nelson for the top six. Gooding who had qualified in the top ten changed cars and was relegated to a last place start in the feature.
The green dropped and Morrison soon got the better of Miles and had Chris Stewart clipping at his heels for some time before he departed the race track affected by mechanical issues. Next to step up was Shane Stewart whilst Rod Meakins got the better of Nelson and Brennan in the chase. Sarah Meakins got past her father in law Rod and Gooding had worked his way up to fifth at this point.
A couple of yellow flags helped but at the last yellow flag Gooding got past Shane Stewart and Sarah Meakins and was soon on Morrisons bumper looking for a way past. After twenty laps it all came to the last turn where Gooding had the most speed up high out of turn four and was able to pip Morrison at the past to take a popular feature win. Shane Stewart was third from Sarah and then Rod Meakins with Gooding being crowned King of the Valley.
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