Farr keeps cool head in a crisis in Sydney Firecracker 50-lapper
While a pair of multi-generation young throttle stompers duked it out in front of him for almost the entire race Robbie Farr kept a cool hand in a crisis and pick-pocketed the 50-lapper A-Main victory tonight at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.
Jordyn Brazier led 48 of the 50 laps on hand but it was the Gold Coast based Sydney veteran who finished off best when the chequers fell.
“The boys gave me a really fast set up at the pit stop,” breathed Farr, “full credit to Jordyn and Jessie and Daniel and these kids who are doing really well, we just had a really good car when it counted and I can’t thank Nick Speed and Neil enough for the changes they made.”
Jordyn Brazier and Jessie Attard were simply superb for almost the entire race and looked to have the battle for supremacy shared equally between them until Farr stepped up the ante.
“Man, that sucks,” smiled Brazier wryly, “we did almost everything we had to do and we just couldn’t get it done. I know we’re going to get a win soon though, I can feel it.”
The race ran the programmed 30-laps before the planned seven-minute pit stop allocated for crews to make any changes they could fit in.
It was then a 20-lap sprint to the end to complete the 50.
Moments at a glance:
Jordyn Brazier was highest point scorer and started on pole alongside Sam Walsh but Walsh biked it going into turn one and dropped at least fifteen positions before turn three.
On the opening lap Chris Street had a nasty flip coming on to the main which stripped the front wing off the #57 of Matt Dumesny in the process.
Dean Brindle and Grant Tunks also got caught up and joined Dumesny in the work area to repair damage.
Unfortunately, Brindle ran out of time to replace the front end but Tunks and Dumesny restarted.
A complete restart ensued and Jordyn Brazier gapped the field and looked red hot in the #21.
Jessie Attard was ripping and passed Robbie Farr and then later Troy Little to move into second place later in the opening thirty lap stanza.
Brazier was irresistible out in front and reached lapped traffic within ten laps.
Matt Dumesny spun the #57 straight into the path of the hapless youngster Matt Geering who drilled the front of the Dumesny Maxim and vaulted the infield wall badly damaging his own Cooldrive car in the process.
The chassis was unfortunately a write off.
Jessie Attard screamed into third after passing Robbie Farr on the infield and then netting the scalp of second placed Troy Little shortly after.
Daniel Sayre began his play for the podium.
Warren Ferguson and James Thompson staged an epic dual for fifth place running side by side for many laps.
With 36 laps to go Marcus Dumesny looped the #47 coming out of turn two and Mark Attard had no escape exit unfortunately rolling the sweet looking #52.
The crash took both cars out of the race.
With 24 laps to go Jordyn Brazier was screaming, Daniel Sayre moved by Robbie Farr, Warren Ferguson started to make his play for a podium and Troy Little began hammering after the two ‘kids’ out in front.
Buddy Kofoid was sitting nicely inside the top ten and would say during the pit stop that ‘they believe they have something set up wise’ but wouldn’t elaborate in the interview.
After the compulsory pit stop at lap 30 the field restarted and it was Brazier leading from Attard, Farr, Little and Sayre in the top five.
Kofoid began his charge towards a possible top five.
Attard made several plays for the lead and nearly hit the infield turn one wall attempting a pass for the lead.
Farr passed him around the outside and quickly moved to the bottom by turn one to cover his line.
Attard heavily grazed the infield concrete wall and dropped back to seventh by the fall of the chequers.
Farr moved to the lead, Sayre moved to third, Ferguson moved to fourth and Brazier through everything he had at the new leader to avenge himself.
The win for Farr now ties him with Max Dumesny with 45 career victories and equal second in the all-time feature wins at Parramatta.
Jess Cassidy recorded a PB with her first ever A-Main appearance and brought the #22 home in a respectable 13th position while Thomas Jeffery’s return to competition in a Maxim for the first time netted him 11th.
More results at a glance:
Heat One Alex Orr stopped before green during hot laps pre-heat Restarted then pulled out. The problem was later identified as a gear selector issue. Melee in turn four on the start of first lap. Andrew Wright spun.
Heat Two Troy Little stormed to the win over West Aussie Carl Dowling in second, improved Kiwi racer Dean Brindle third, Ian Madsen fourth and James Thompson edging out Buddy Kofoid for the final transfer to the A-Main.
Heat Three Sam Walsh cleared out after pulling the 0 inversion marble from fellow front row starter Daniel Sayre. West Aussie USC rookie Cal Williamson third ahead of Mark Attard in fourth and Grant Anderson couldn’t get the car into gear and missed the transfer Walsh surprisingly lapped Danny Reidy
Heat four Jessica Cassidy shared front row with Robbie Farr Ferguson moved to second behind Farr. Cassidy looked fast in third. Fastest mover Max Dumesny into fourth. Chris Street made the final transfer.
The USC Sprintcar B-Main saw a huge 24-car field with unfortunately a shortened end result after a multi-car crash involving Danny Reidy, Shane Sheedy, Brendan Scorgie and Jason Gebert that brought on the red lights.
Scorgie looped the #57 after what had been a ripping battle with American Buddy Kofoid earlier and that left Territorians Reidy and Jason Gebert plus the luckless Shane Sheedy with no escape option.
Sheedy sadly rolled for the second time that night after upending the #64 in qualifying.
Orr and Reidy had come from the rear of the B-Main field.
Orr managed to make it into the transfer when the race was declared but Orr by his own admission forgot to take the car to the scales and was disqualified from the final result.
That gave Matt Geering the A-Main berth.
The declaration took away from a strong win for Nathan Dicker in the Paw Patrol #82 to take the win from Marcus Dumesny who had a certain heat transfer going until a flat right rear saw him have to run the B-Main.
Dicker looked racy in the #82 and was not about to be caught.
Adam Clarke is the 2017 NSW Speedcar Champion!
Second place was a great drive for Reagan Angel with a career best result and Braydan Willmington also a PB result with third place.
The NSW Championship was dedicated to the memory of Rod Day who was killed 25 years ago on December 28 racing his beloved #47 Speedcar.
The car was lovingly restored and showcased tonight in the spectator forecourt.
Top Ten Championship A-Main results:
1. Adam Clarke 2. Reagan Angel 3. Braydan Willmington 4. Troy Jenkins 5. Bob Jackson 6. Scott Doyle 7. Rob Mackay 8. Dan Biner 9. Gary Rooke 10. Adam Wallis
The four-times Australian Speedcar Champion led every one of the 30 laps in the Championship main event though there were several drivers who sought to relieve him of that privilege.
Matt Jackson in particular was worth the price of admission in the gold #97 as he relentlessly smashed the cushion up high while most rivals including the leader preferred the sanctuary of the lowline until a possible electrical fault forced Jackson to retire prematurely.
Reagan Angel was a major threat to Clarke’s supremacy particularly late in the race where he finished right on the hammer of the Steve Smith owned #13 Hawk as the chequers fell.
Both Angel and Braydan Willmington posted personal bests in finishing second and third in the Championship main.
Clarke shrewdly kept his car glued to the bottom and made his rivals work hard for any possible opportunity.
"There's no point using up the car when I don't have to," he admitted, "it's up to them to pass me on the top if they can make it work. If not, I just do what I do and keep a little up my sleeve. It's an honour to win this race and to honour the memory of Rod Day and the Day family."
Heat race highlights:
Nice win to Robert Mackay in Heat One of the NSW Speedcar Championship tonight. Reagan Angel was second and Michael Jordan third. Rob was lucky to avoid any serious damage after contact with Don Mackay on the first lap that saw Don withdraw as a result. Reid Mackay also pulled out with mechanical issues.
Dominant victory in Heat Two for four times Aussie Speedcar champion Adam Clarke from Braydan Willmington (returning in the Beast) in second place and Anthony Chaffey in third. Clarke looks very fast in the Steve Smith owned entry already.
Great win in Heat Three of the NSW Speedcar Championship for Adam Wallis from Matt Jackson in second place and Scott Doyle third. Gary Rooke finished fourth and was unlucky not to pinch third place but equally lucky not to roll over when he rode the right rear wheel of Doyle down the back straight in spectacular fashion.
Reagan Angel scored the victory in Heat Five of the NSW Speedcar Championship from Scott Doyle in second place and Jordan Mackay home third.
The sixth and final heat victory went to Wollongong veteran Gary Rooke from Matt Jackson second and Braydan Willmington third in the best heat of the night so far.
Speedcar Pole Shootout for NSW title.
Braydan Willmington v Michael Jordan Winner: Braydan Willmington (mechanical problem with MJ) Braydan Willmington v Scott Doyle Winner: Scott Doyle Scott Doyle v Gary Rooke Winner: Gary Rooke (Doyle Black-flagged for jump start) Gary Rooke v Adam Wallis Winner: Gary Rooke (Wallis black-flagged for jumping) Gary Rooke v Matt Jackson Winner: Gary Rooke Gary Rooke v Reagan Angel Winner: Gary Rooke Gary Rooke v Adam Clarke Winner: Adam Clarke
Dungog wild man Brendan Wakeman stormed to a strong win in the Cole Trickle look alike Holden lead home Blake Eveleigh though he was put back two positions at the end of the race, sadly stripping him of a podium result.
Street Stockers main event final results:
1. Brendan Wakeman 2. Anthony Attard 3. Tim Cartwright 4. Blake Eveleigh 5. Shane Carlson 6. Dan Forbes 7. Jon Upston 8. Ben Cartwright 9. Sean Isherwood 10. Charlie Dodson 11. CJ Reedy 12. Peter Chaffey 13. Lindsay Cornwall 14. Darren Bilby
The next event at Valvoline is the Scott Darley Challenge on Friday and Saturday January 12 and 13, 2018.