July 25, 2019

VSDA Presentation Night & "Hall of Fame" Induction - 20 July 2019

VSDA Pointscore Championship
1 Travis Mills 2 Nick Parker 3 Justin Paull
& same for Southern Speedcar Tour

Most Feature Wins - Travis Mills

Most Improved - Justin Paull

Rookie of Year - Caleb Mills

Drivers Driver 
Tied between 
Nick Parker & Travis Mills

Best Presented - ACN Motorsport

Arse Up Awards
Nick Parker Justin McMinn Joe Lostitch Grant Patton Andy Pearce

Mark Bateman Sportsmanship Award - Chris Nankiville

Club Person of Year
Lance McMinn

VSDA Life Member 
Robert Haselgrove 

VSDA Hall of Fame Inductees
Frank Nankiville
Sam Papa
John Mills

Thanks to Danielle Pearce for photos & Brian Alexander for a great job as MC

April 10, 2019

Travis Mills took out his 5th Feature win for the season when he won an action packed final at Simpson on the 10th March.

The heats were taken out by Nick Parker & Matt Jackson x 2 resulting in the feature grid being Matt Jackson on pole from Nick Parker, Travis Mills, Craig Smith who was going very well, Dillon Ghent, Mitch Whiting, Toby Smith, Joe Lostitch, Adam Wallis & later Justin Paull who had just managed to miss the feature after replacing his front end and being held at the gate after being late to the dummy grid.

At the first attempt to get things underway over 20 laps, Joe Lostitch hit the fence on the front straight resulting in a red light and also being unable to continue, this then allowed Justin Paull to enter the track for a complete restart.

Initially, Jackson led Parker, Mills & C Smith from Ghent, Whiting & Wallis, about 7 laps down Jackson slowed unexpectedly with a broken throttle shaft allowing Mills to take over in the lead from Parker and a...

March 26, 2019

Nathan Smee driving the Troy Jordan owned Stealth/Toyota took out the 45 lap Australian Speedcar State of Origin at Wangaratta on the 2nd March from Nick Parker & Joe Lostitch in sweltering 35 degree heat early in the day.

Heat winners were Dillon Ghent, Nathan Smee, Chris Telenta, Braydan Willmington with the pole shuffle taken out by Andy Pearce with surprisingly Travis Mills not making the cut for the top 8 pole shuffle.

18 cars lined up for the Feature with Andy Pearce on pole from Smee, Chris Telenta from WA, Braydan Willmington NSW, Nick Parker, Dillon Ghent, Justin McMinn, Harley Smee NSW, Travis Mills, Mike Griffiths, Lostitch, Justin Paull, Craig Smith, Glen Shaw, Glen Mears WA,Toby Smith, Caleb Mills & Clint Leibhardt NSW. 

Willmington withdrew before the start with engine problems Pearce led early from Smee until turn 4 on second lap when Chris Telentas car which was running third just stopped, setting up the chain reaction.involving Harley Smee, Justin McMinn,Travis Mills, Dil...

February 22, 2019

Current SA Speedcar Champion Matt Jackson continued his great run of victories this season at Portland last weekend with a hard earned victory over Nick Parker with the "Comeback Kid" Graham Knuckey in his brothers car coming in third followed by Robert Heard & Toby Smith.

Heat wins went to Justin McMinn, Jackson & Parker with McMinn starting on pole for the 20 lap feature from Parker, Jackson, Heard, Chris Nankiville, Knuckey, Mike Griffiths & Toby Smith after losing Craig Smith earlier in the night with a split oil line.

McMinn comfortably lead the early laps until he banged the wall on about lap 8 in the front straight getting a flat right rear, which allowed Parker to take over from Jackson, from there the order stayed the same until 2 laps to go when Parker hit a rut exiting turn two which then allowed Jackson to take over for the remainder of the race from Parker with Graham Knuckey piloting a speedcar again after a long break very happy to come home in third.

January 23, 2019

Over an eight day period earlier this month Mills Motorsport took on the South Australian, Victorian and Tasmanian Championships an ultimately walked away with two of the three state titles.

Heading into the championship chase with good form the team were confident everything was on their side for some positive results.

The 69th South Australian Championship was first on the cards and and driver Travis Mills did not disappoint amongst the stiff competition. The original car count was revised to 23 after some late withdrawals, nevertheless it was 23 of the finest and managing a podium placing let alone a win was going to be tough.

Borderline Speedway Mt Gambier provided all the right conditions for some excellent speedcar racing. After two rounds of qualifying heats Squizzy would start the 30 lap championship race from p3. Squizzy would run most of the race in 2nd place behind the 6s of Harley Bishop until NSW's Matt Jackson driving the Moose Motorsport 23v appeared after starting from p9...

December 30, 2018

For for the first time in a long time, the V10 team ventured south to Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway for Round 3 of the Southern Speedcar Tour on the 22 December.

 Wining both his heats Squizzy was again the highest qualifier and assumed pole position for the Amain.

However he didn’t have it all his way this time; NSW Matt Jackson driving the V23 certainly gave him a run for his money and the two traded places lap after lap before Jackson spun in turn 4, Adam Wallis, who has recently returned to Speedcar racing in Victoria also made his presence known and the first half a dozen laps, definitely had fans on the edge of their seats eventually running second.

From lap 6 Squizzy took the lead and ran with it. Navigating the tricky little bullring like he’d been doing it his whole life, with Justin McMinn coming in third.

Following this, the 4th Round of the Southern Speedcar Tour was held at the Laang speedway just 6 days later on the 28th December.

Justin Paull driving the V18 s...

December 15, 2018

The third running of "Skip's Race took place at Avalon on the 8th December under darkening skies that threatened to rain out the meeting.

However luck was on the good side for a change and the meeting went through to the end with only a very light misty shower to contend with throughout the night.

The four heats were won by Justin McMinn, Nick Parker, Travis Mills & Ashley Booker that resulted in a 20 lap feature grid of Mills, McMinn, Parker, Booker, Wallis, Jordan, Whiting, Nankiville, Paul, Shaw, Patton, C Smith, Stanley, Lostitch, Rodrigeuz, Caleb Mills.

Squizzy initially led the way from Parker & McMinn, Wallis, Whiting until mid race yellow came out after a spin in turn 2, at the restart it was the same order with Whiting who had gotten past McMinn now staking a claim to second place from Parker but his efforts came unstuck one lap later when he caused another yellow after spinning in turn 2.

With 5 to go it was Travis Mills, Nick Parker, Justin McMinn, Adam Wallis, Justin Paul...

November 8, 2018

Redline Raceway opened their season on the weekend with the inaugural Bill Evans Classic for Speedcars run and won and the popular AMCA Nationals competing in a tribute event for Alan Cullinger, wins when the way of Nick Parker in the Speedcars and Dean Heseltine in AMCA by just 0.013 of a second at the finish line.

Speedcar racing was spectacular and fast with some close packs of four to five competitors doing battle on numerous occasions before Nick Parker went on to the win the feature event after early race leader Travis Mills had to join the back of the pack after braking and stopping to miss a stricken competitor who had stopped in the middle of turn four.

During the night Troy Jordan set a fast one lap time of 13.156 however fast as he was, he could only manage a fourth place in the feature event. 

After Mills who Parker had chased from the start of the race was sent to the rear of the field, the raced was all Parkers who went on to win by more than three seconds from Justin...

November 5, 2018

After a chaotic few days preparing for the season opener, Mills Motorsport Group pulled it all together when it counted and seized the opening Victorian round for the second season in a row.

     Beginning the night with a touching moment to the Mills and Pearce families along with the VSDA and their long association with Avalon Raceway; the father and son duo of Travis and Caleb were asked to salute the crowd and fly the Australian flags for the event opening national anthem lap. A very proud moment for so many people.

     Once formalities were out of the way it was time for Avalon Raceway’s annual Hellonwheels Halloween event to rev up. With over 100 cars over four divisions in attendance it was always going to be a fast night to fit everything in before curfew.     

Showcasing their signature branding, Mills was easy to spot as he quickly moved from starting grid p7 to finish 3rd in heat one within the 8 laps allocated and did much the same for heat 2. St...

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Media Release                                                                                                                                                     14 March 2017

 

Skip’s Speedcar Memorial.

 

Saturday November 18th at Avalon raceway presents a significant and sombre new event on the Victorian Speedcar calendar with a stellar field set to battle it out for the honour of becoming the first ever winner of “Skip’s Race”, the Braeden “Skip” Palmer memorial.

 

Skip was a rising talent in the Victorian Speedcar ranks until his premature death in a road car accident last year. The well liked young gun will be forever remembered in this inaugural tribute event that is sure to be fiercely fought out.

 

The Victorian Speedcar Drivers Association of Victoria, one of the oldest speedcar/midget clubs in the world (82 years of racing), has been going through something of a resurgence in recent years, and rightfully so as the pocket rockets frequently put on more thrilling side by side racing than the higher profile Sprintcars.

 

 

 

Recent Victorian Speedcar Action - Photo courtesy Inactionphotos.com.au

The regeneration of this more traditional speedway class is due in no small part to the efforts of the teams and competitors who have toiled tirelessly to regrow and expand the class spreading the word and the racing action around the state.

 

Sadly young Skip will not be part of the action come Saturday night but many other young talented drivers will be trying to emulate Skip’s skill and love of racing including third generation racers Toby Smith and Amber Ghent.

 

The youngsters will be taking on seasoned second generation racers such as Travis Mills, Andy Pearce, Craig Smith and Luke Ferguson and other class stalwarts like Paul Farrell, Grant Patton, Matt Papa, Domain Ramsey, Nick Parker and co.

 

One rookie for whom the event takes on extra significance is larrikin David Alford who is now behind the wheel of Skip’s old ride, the famous John “Flux” Fitzgerald #18.

 

Picking a winner however is nigh on impossible! Veterans Farrell and Mills have both scored a feature win this season but so has former National Compact Speedcar Champ Justin McMinn. The biggest surprise however was rookie Mitch Whiting winning at Portland becoming the quickest rookie to ever win a feature in the clubs history, eclipsing sophmore Nick Parkers record from last season at the same venue. No one has been able to make victory lane more than once.

 

No matter what, this weekends’ event is sure to be a wide open race, with exciting racing and an unknown outcome. What more could you want?

 

 

Future VSDA Dates:

 

Saturday                25th March            Nyora Raceway.

 

Saturday                1st April                   Avalon Raceway – Rd 5 Track Championship.

 

Brett Swanson

Pirate Media Group

Australian Highline Magazine

www.highlinemagazine.com.au

 

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72nd Victorian Speedcar Championship T-Shirt with Honour Role

Available soon via our soon to be online store.....The VSDA 72nd Victorian Speedcar Championship T-Shirt with Honour roll on the back. Come in Black only and a range of sizes are available. In the meantime if you would like a t-shirt before our store is set up please contact us via the contact page with your Details & size requirements. Delivery to VSDA race meetings can be arranged.

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