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:: Australian Speedway Hall of Fame inductee

Friday, October 14, 2016
Team Ando Racing

The Grand Opening Showdown tomorrow night at the Perth Motorplex will be special in many ways. This year will mark the 60th season the legend and my dad "JA" Johnny Anderson will have been involved with the F500 division, his racing career spanning an amazing 50 years from 1956 to 2006. His achievements in racing and his contribution to the division and the drivers is unprecedented.
But to top the night off JA will be presented with the Australian Speedway Hall of Fame inductee trophy and will be the Grand Marshall for the event. The ultimate acknowledgement for a lifetime commitment
This year will also be my 25th season of racing. While my commitment to speedway has never been as enormous as JA's I have still enjoyed some success over the years and raced at the highest level all over Australia. Born into a family with JA at the head of the table allowed me to experience and learn everything there was to know about F500's from the best teacher and from as early as I can remember I was itching to to get my shot. At age 14 I had my opportunity to drive a F500 at Bibra Lake speedway at the end of season fun day. The following season I was given the reigns of JA's car, he raced summer and I raced winter. In years to come I would build my own cars, build my own motors, drive for other people and create some great memories along the way. I'm proud to say I endured through the "wild old days" where you didn't go buy another part when you busted it you either made it yourself or aligned yourself with someone who could. Strange to say now at 40 years of age I am classed as a veteran.
So for 60 consecutive seasons the Andersson name has be represented at a race meeting for F500's. There will be some changes going on with the car and motor package after this weekend that we are hoping will put the Andersson name back in the winners circle at sometime in the near future where it belongs.

Look forward to seeing you all at the track


Team Ando Racing is proudly supported by :

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Janssen Transport Services
Pirate Wings

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:: Brisbane F500 - Williams Triumphs Over Adversity

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Brisbane Formula 500 Club

Coming off a victory the previous weekend at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway, Liam Williams again showed his class by winning the opening round of the KRE F500 Championship Series at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway last Saturday night but he certainly did it the hard way.

Starting from pole position for the 15-lap feature race, the current and two-time Australian Champion snatched the lead early from Nathan Pronger, only to fall victim to the rough track surface, spinning out on lap four and then consequently having to restart at the rear of the field. Williams mounted a strong charge back to the front running the highline and managed to move up into second place with five laps to go. On lap 13, he took the lead from newly-crowned NT Title holder and defending KRE F500 Championship Series Champion Kaydon Iverson and held on to it until the fall of the chequered flag.

Just losing out to Williams in the closing stages of the race was Iverson, who put in a strong effort to finish in the runner-up spot, after starting the feature race from position five in the field and taking the lead on lap seven. Pronger completed the podium in third after an up and down battle for first and second with Williams and Iverson.

The top five was completed by James Kennedy and Ryan McNamara, with Bryn Upshall, Kristin Brown, Tomas Partington, Phill Roberts, Sydney-based visitor Sean Barnett, Lismore’s Ethan Eyears, Brad Vee, Vicki Canfield and Adrian Farrell rounded out the finishers.

Glen Douglas, Royce Harvey and Tristan Johnson were unable to complete the feature race.

Earlier in the night, Williams showed his pace, winning both of his heat races, while the remaining two heat races were awarded to Johnson and Iverson. Pronger also showed his consistency, finishing second behind Johnson and Iverson in his two heat races.

The next round of the KRE F500 Championship Series will be on the Saturday night of October 15 at Archerfield Speedway, where Williams will no doubt be aiming to score a hat-trick of wins.

The Brisbane Formula 500 Club is proudly supported by KRE Race Engines. To find out more about KRE Race Engines, visit www.kreraceengines.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching KRE Race Engines. Associate supporters are Ian Boettcher Race Parts and Myla Graphics.

To keep up-to-date with everything regarding the Brisbane Formula 500 Club, give them a LIKE on Facebook by searching Brisbane Formula 500 Club.


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:: Speedway Hall Of Fame - John Andersson

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Formula 500's WA Inc

John Andersson was inducted into the Speedway Hall Of Fame (the first Formula 500 member to be included in this prestige’s group of Speedway people)

West Australian John Andersson typifies all that is good about grassroots speedway in Australia. He raced Formula 500’s for 50 years from 1956 to 2006, and is still active in the sport today as an official and pitcrew member.

John was first West Australian to win an Australian Title in any car division, he was the 1974, 1975, 1977 Australian Formula 500 champion, placed second in the Australian Title three times and third five times. He was also a six times West Australian State champion from 1968 to 1980.

John won a grand total of 67 Feature Races at Claremont Speedway from 1958 to 1994, more than double the next best of 31. He was still competitive late in his career, winning the Perth Motorplex Formula 500 track Championship at the age of 63 in 2003.

John is currently a scrutineer for the West Australian Formula 500 Association and has held many executive positions on the Western Australia Formula 500 Association committee throughout the years. When not scrutineering John is crewing for his son Shane who has also raced for 25 years, currently in the Formula 500 class. ... Read

:: Formula 500s -Staynoff Clinches Darwin Title Honours

Thursday, July 7, 2016
Daniel Powell

It was John Staynoff who reigned supreme in last Saturday night’s Darwin Title for Formula 500s at Darwin’s Roller Door Services NT Northline Speedway.

Continuing his solid 2016 season form, Staynoff raced to his third Northline Speedway feature-race victory of the season, coming away with the Darwin Title, ahead of Cori Jackson and veteran Gavin Jaenke in second and third place respectively. Defending Darwin Title holder Hayden Brown suffered dramas with his car earlier on the night and it consequently brought his night to a premature end.

Chace Karpenko made a triumphant return in his first appearance of the season in the Open Sprintcars, comfortably winning the 15-lap feature race, after starting from position four in the field.

Third generation racer Jason McIver, also in his first appearance for the season, led the feature race for half the distance, until Karpenko managed to make his way through the podium places to overtake him for the lead and went on to score a solid win.

McIver crashed out of contention on the final lap of the feature race while in second place, which elevated Mark Robinson into second, while rookie Caleb Gotts completed the podium in third. David Ling finished just off the podium in fourth.

The hard-luck stories in the Open Sprintcars were Steven Ling and Keith Phelps, who were involved in a crash in the second heat race along with Luke Robinson. Both Ling and Phelps sustained night-ending damage, while Robinson, who managed to repair his car with the help of many people from rival teams, was able to return to the track later in the night.

Youngster Zack Grimshaw backed up his previous victory to score his third Northline Speedway feature-race win of the 2016 season in the Junior Sedans, beating out previous feature-race winner Isaiah Strong, in what was a closely-fought battle. Brodee Everett completed the podium in third place. Grimshaw’s youngster sister, Aleisha, managed to qualify pole for the feature race following strong heat-race results and went on to finish just off the podium in an impressive fourth place.

Western Australian visitor Sam Borlini continued his winning form in the Wingless Sprints with his second feature-race victory on the trot. On this occasion, he downed Josh Norman in second and Victorian Leigh McGavin in third.

In the Speedway Karts, Darrin Uniacke picked up his second feature-race win of the 2016 season at Northline Speedway, and he did so by defeating Tristan Roulston and Tony Brown at the fall of the chequered flag.

Northline Speedway’s next meeting will be held on Saturday night of July 23 and will feature Formula 500s, AMCA Nationals, Junior Sedans, Street Stocks and Speedway Karts.

For more information about Darwin’s Roller Door Services NT Northline Speedway, visit their website: www.darwinspeedway.com.au. You can LIKE them on Facebook by searching Northline Speedway or find them on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat by searching Northline Speedway.


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:: Northline Speedway F500 Darwin Title Defence

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Daniel Powell

Local Primed for Darwin Title Defence

Local racer Hayden Brown will attempt to back up his last season victory to successfully defend his Darwin Title in the Formula 500s this Saturday night at Darwin’s Roller Door Services NT Northline Speedway.

Earlier this month, the track hosted the Presidents Cup for Formula 500s over two big nights of racing, where Brown was unable to best interstater and former South Australian Champion Jack Bell (Vic) and his uncle, veteran Stephen Bell, who clinched first and second place respectively. However, while Brown was unable to secure the victory, his third-place finish has put him back in the game, following his mixed start to the 2016 season.

With the Bell pairing not nominated for this Saturday night’s event, Brown, who is also the Northern Territory Champion, will be looking to go back-to-back, after dominating last season’s Darwin Title proceedings, winning all three heat races and leading the feature race from start to finish and scored the victory, in only his second race meeting in Formula 500s. Hard-charger John Staynoff will also be one to watch off the back of his recent victories, while Boysie Bartholdt has also proven to be consistently fast. Completing the field will be Scott Leonhardt, Casey Hills, Ellie Hills, Daniel White, Gavin Jaenke, Cori Jackson and Joseph Baronet.

Also returning to Northline Speedway will be the Open Sprintcars and it will be rookie Chris Harrison in the spotlight yet again, following his two previous feature-race wins. Steven Ling will look to go back-to-back and defeat Harrison, while Luke Robinson will hope to move up through the ranks to clinch the top spot, off the back of his recent third-place finish. Third generation racer Jason McIver will join the pack, along with fast-paced Chace Karpenko, and both are sure to be front runners. Keith Phelps is not to be discounted, having shown good pace, while Mark Robinson, David Ling and another rookie Caleb Gotts will also return.

Following an impressive 1-2 finish earlier this month, the brother-sister duo of Zack and Aleisha Grimshaw will be setting their sights on mirroring this result in the Junior Sedans, while previous feature-race winners Isaiah Strong and Nathan Downs will look to prevent it. Joining the fray will be the Dennis Brothers, Daniel and Nicholas, Brodee Everett, Xavier Gotts and Lance Carew.

The locals will attempt to best interstater Sam Borlini (WA) in the Wingless Sprints, after his recent feature-race win. Josh Norman and Sean Tiedeman filled the minor podium places and will be vying to score the first-place honours. Also joining the fray will be Kyle Wiseman.

In the Speedway Karts, Rebecca Pearce will be a likely front-runner, following her recent performance which saw her claim the feature-race win, while Darrin Uniacke will be looking to hinder her chances. Kirsty Driver will hope to repeat her recent form to clinch a podium finish, while Steve Driver will be challenging her. Joining the field will be Dennis Banicek, Tim Fry, Alison Fry, Tristan Roulston and Tony Brown.

Gates Open: 4:30pm
Racing from: 6pm

Adults: $20.00
Family: $40.00 (2 Adults and 2 Children between 12 & 15 years)
Children under 12: FREE
Concession Holders: $5

Food and beverages:
Northline Speedway has two full-time track canteens and two Vendors on each race night. Two Bar facilities available in turn one and in the member’s bar on each race night.
BYO: It is permitted, but strictly NO GLASS. Full Bar facilities are available at track.

Track address:
Hidden Valley Motorsports Complex, Hidden Valley Rd, Hidden Valley, NT 0822

For more information about Darwin’s Roller Door Services NT Northline Speedway, visit their website: www.darwinspeedway.com.au. You can LIKE them on Facebook by searching Northline Speedway or find them on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat by searching Northline Speedway.


Open Sprintcars:
David Ling
Keith Phelps
Steven Ling
Chris Harrison
Chace Karpenko
Luke Robinson
Mark Robinson
Caleb Gotts
Jason McIver

Junior Sedans:
Zack Grimshaw
Aleisha Grimshaw
Nicholas Dennis
Brodee Everett
Daniel Dennis
Isaiah Strong
Nathan Downs
Xavier Gotts
Lance Carew

Formula 500s:
Boysie Bartholdt
Scott Leonhardt
Ellie Hills
Daniel White
Gavin Jaenke
Cori Jackson
Hayden Brown
John Staynoff
Joseph Baronet
Casey Hills

Wingless Sprints:
Josh Norman
Sean Tiedeman
Kyle Wiseman
Sam Borlini

Speedway Karts:
Dennis Banicek
Kirsty Driver
Tim Fry
Alison Fry
Steve Driver
Darrin Uniacke
Tristan Roulston
Tony Brown
Rebecca Pearce

Northline Speedway Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media
Mobile: 0432 126 210
Email: daniel@redlinemedia.com.au
Website: www.redlinemedia.com.au

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:: Formula 500s -Kershaw Keen for Formula 500s Debut

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Daniel Powell

Youngster Tim Kershaw will make his Formula 500s debut this Saturday night at Tamworth’s Oakburn Park Speedway and he is certainly looking forward to it.
No newcomer to racing, Kershaw previously completed two seasons in Junior Sedans, where he achieved his best result when he ran third in the 2013-14 season NSW Title. Having now graduated from the class, he’s decided to take the next step and enter the exciting world of Formula 500s.
After a successful practice run at Nowra Speedway last weekend, the 17-year-old driver from Cambewarra on the South Coast of NSW is looking forward to contesting his first race in the ACT # 15 East Coast Fire & Safety-backed Suzuki GSXR-powered Triple X machine.
“It was great to get behind the wheel last weekend,” said Tim Kershaw.
“We’ve been fine-tuning the car and getting the feel of it for this Saturday night’s meeting and the practice run has definitely done the world of good for me heading into my debut race meeting.”
This Saturday night’s meeting will mark the final event on the 2015-16 calendar for Formula 500s in NSW, giving Kershaw the opportunity to test his car in a racing environment, before the off-season commences. Following this race meeting, the East Coast Fire & Safety Motorsport team will be deep in preparation and hard at work to ensure he will be competitive in the 2016-17 season.
“NSW has a great history in Formula 500s,” added Kershaw, who regards Nowra Speedway as his home track.
“I’m really looking forward to racing at different tracks all over the state next season with a strong and talented field of drivers.”
Tim Kershaw would like to thank the following supporters:
East Coast Fire & Safety (Dad)
Premi-Air Heating & Cooling (Lee)
Frankies Car Audio (Sean)
Shoalhaven Signs (Andrew)
Reliance Brakes (David)
Great Southern Hotel - Berry (Roger)
Lethal Race Wings (Leigh)
PBI Sprockets (Mat)
JP Signs - for a killer design
Marcus Kelly - for supplying an absolute rocket straight out of the box
Aaron Higgins Engineering
Matt Hunter (Rocket)
Mark Dalton (Dalts)
Chris and Royden Alcorn - for putting the whole package together and for spending the whole day today
Kenny and Cheryl Norman - for a weekend at the start of the build

To find out more about Kershaw, LIKE him on Facebook by searching East Coast Fire & Safety Motorsport.
Tim Kershaw Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media
Mobile: 0432 126 210
Email: daniel@redlinemedia.com.au
Website: www.redlinemedia.com.au

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:: Formula 500s -Barnett Moves in a New Direction

Friday, May 13, 2016
Daniel Powell

Veteran racer Sean Barnett has farewelled his long-standing career in Litre Sprintcars and is looking forward to the move into the Formula 500s class for the 2016-17 season and beyond.

After a thriving career in Litre Sprintcars, which spanned over two decades, the four-time Australian Champion decided that it was time to take on a new challenge, purchasing a Yamaha R6-powered Edge chassis late last year, which he will begin racing next season.

Following five seasons racing Compact Speedcars in the late 1980s, Barnett’s career in Litre Sprintcars began in 1994. After a decade of finding his feet in the class, Barnett, who went on to accomplish great success, claimed four Australian Titles, three NSW Titles, one Queensland Title and an incredible 51 feature-race wins overall.

While Barnett’s success in Litre Sprintcars was undeniable, at the end of the 2014-15 season, he felt it was time to step away from the class and set new goals for his future career. After over two decades of racing in Litre Sprintcars, he takes with him into his new venture, a wealth of knowledge and some life-long friends.

“The time was right to step away from the Litre Sprintcars, because I had become a bit disillusioned with it (the class) and the direction it was headed,” he explained.

“I take from my time in the class plenty of highlights, like winning four Australian Titles, which all have special meaning, and also the opportunity to compete in New Zealand – it’s been a blast.”

Looking to be a front-running contender in the 2016-17 season, the western Sydney-based racer earlier this year spent three full days working on his new Formula 500 with Jettco Developments’ Stephen Bell, to ensure he has an understanding of the machine prior to his first run. He is looking forward to travelling around the country and trying to expand on his previous success.

“I can’t wait to get out there and tackle this new challenge head-on,” stated Barnett.

“I know that this new challenge is going to be tough, but I’m looking forward to visiting new tracks around the country, learning more about the Formula 500s class and running up against a new level of competition.”

For his first Formula 500s outing, Barnett will head to Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway for a practice meeting this Saturday night (May 14).

Barnett would like to thank Stephen Bell from Jettco Developments, Jason Ryan, Marcus Kelly, Adam Fisher and Max Dumesny for all of their ongoing support.

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:: Formula 500s -Iverson’s Season of Highs

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Daniel Powell

Kaydon Iverson has enjoyed a solid 2015-16 season, after some pleasing results, which was highlighted by recently picking up the win in the KRE F500 Championship Series.
Iverson, who has been a model of consistency throughout the season, scored second place in last season’s KRE F500 Championship Series, so naturally he was extremely pleased to be able to improve on his previous result.
“It was a great feeling to go one better in the KRE F500 Championship Series this season,” expressed the former Queensland Champion.
“I was consistent throughout the Series, and although at some rounds, we were a bit off, we were still able to come away with a good haul of points and it was one of the keys to my Series win.”
The 26-year-old racer from Townsville in North Queensland achieved two feature-race wins and four minor podium places in the 12-round Series, clinching the win by 36 points over Ryan Skennar.
Earlier in the season, Iverson steered his SQ # 5 R6 Yamaha-powered PMP car to victory in the annual Alex Walker Memorial event at Bundaberg’s Carina Speedway, but his season wasn’t without low points.
At Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway on Boxing Night, he managed to finish the feature race in sixth; however, after crossing the line at the end of the race, he was hit by another driver, causing extensive damage to his chassis and engine and resulting in Iverson having to revert to a back-up car. His team managed to fix the Tony Cochrane-owned car later in the season, allowing him to continue his season unhindered.
The Australian Title at Gunnedah Speedway (NSW) saw Iverson finish in second place behind winner Liam Williams. After starting the feature race from position seven, Iverson managed to work his way into winning contention, only for a late yellow light caution halt his momentum and he had to settle for second.
“It’s been a really strong season for us, and one of the highlights was our run at the Australian Title, but it left me with the thoughts of what might have been had that late yellow light not come out,” Iverson commented.
“We’re looking forward to taking some time to regroup in the off-season and coming back even stronger in the 2016-17 season.”
Iverson would like to thank his 2015-16 season major sponsor Mainstream Automotive, as well as other sponsors: TC’s Racing & Mechanical Services, JAK Industries, KRE Race Engines, Kratzmann Caravans and Lucas Oil Products. Special thanks: Tony Cochrane, Graham Ogilvie, Steve Thorley, and his girlfriend, Courtney Mittereger.
To find out more about Kaydon Iverson, LIKE him on Facebook by searching Iverson Motorsports.
Kaydon Iverson Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media
Mobile: 0432 126 210
Email: daniel@redlinemedia.com.au
Website: www.redlinemedia.com.au

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:: Brisbane F500 - Williams Succeeds but Iverson Conquers

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Brisbane Formula 500 Club

While Liam Williams scored his fourth KRE F500 Championship Series round win at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway last Saturday night, Kaydon Iverson went on to secure the Series victory for the 2015-16 season.
After qualifying on pole position for the feature race, Williams, who is the current and two-time Australian Champion, led from start to finish, crossing the finish line to win the 12th and final round of the KRE F500 Championship Series, ahead of nine other feature-race finishers.
Current Queensland Champion Iverson finished behind Williams in second-place, scoring enough points to hold on to his KRE F500 Championship Series lead and come away with the victory honours.
Displaying consistent form previously, rookie James Kennedy finished in third and it was his first feature-race podium finish for the season.
The feature-race finishers were rounded out by Ryan Skennar, Graham Williams, Piper Ogilvie, Adrian Farrell, Phill Roberts and Brad Van Elswyk.
Tristan Johnson, who had started out of position two in the feature race, managed to take the lead from Williams in turn one of the opening lap. However, his lead was short-lived as he almost immediately got turned around, causing his car to spin into oncoming traffic, which saw him heavily hit by Ryan McNamara. While both drivers were physically unharmed, the damage to their cars was too extensive, forcing them to retire from the race.
Royce Harvey was also forced to retire from the feature race, along with Nathan Pronger, who suffered electrical issues.
Charlie Brown’s KRE F500 Championship Series hopes went up in flames, literally, when fire engulfed his engine during the running of the second heat race, taking him out of contention for the point standings honours. While he was not injured, Brown was extremely disappointed with the outcome, after heading into the event in second place in the point standings.
Earlier in the night, the heat-race wins went the way of Johnson, Liam Williams and Iverson.
Final KRE F500 Championship Series Point Standings:
1: Kaydon Iverson - 780 points
2: Ryan Skennar - 744
3: Charlie Brown - 700
4: James Kennedy - 663
5: Kristin Brown - 652
6: Liam Williams - 562
7: Phill Roberts - 407
8: Tristan Johnson - 387
9: Adrian Farrell - 364
10: Ryan McNamara - 352
The Brisbane Formula 500 Club is proudly supported by KRE Race Engines. To find out more about KRE Race Engines, visit www.kreraceengines.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching KRE Race Engines. Associate supporters are Ian Boettcher Race Parts and Myla Graphics.

To keep up-to-date with everything regarding the Brisbane Formula 500 Club, give them a LIKE on Facebook by searching Brisbane Formula 500 Club.

Brisbane Formula 500 Club Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media
Mobile: 0432 126 210
Email: daniel@redlinemedia.com.au
Website: www.redlinemedia.com.au

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:: 2017 Formula 500 Master Race

Friday, April 15, 2016
Ken Bowey

I went along to the SA F 500 club meeting and l am very happy to say that the committee are fully behind the 2017 F500 Masters Race !! It will be run at the 2017 F500 National Title , Murray Bridge S/Way . As a support event of course !! Some of the requirements have already been posted on here so please share it around to make sure all those who may be interested , get to see it . My proposal relies on 30 nominations , there will be 2 rounds of 3 heats , each driver will compete in 2 heats , 10 cars per heat . The top 15 cars , on points , straight into the Masters Race . B main for the remaining cars , top 5 onto the back of the Masters Race . The 2017 Masters Race will be 20 cars 20 laps.
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