Home' Tennant and District Times : 2017-0505 TDT Contents TENNANT Creek Speedway
opened its 2017 season last week-
end and spectators got two nights
of some fast paced racing in five
different classes: Junior Sedans
All Stars, Bob’s Mob Rising Stars
Junior Sedans, Street Stocks, NT
Sedans and Formula 500s.
As a special treat the crowd experienced
an exhibition from Shaun Donnelly in his
Wingless Sprint car and Jason Hillier in
It was a weekend of an overall view of
NT Motor Sport at its best.
Two local drivers, Justin Hooker and
Jamie Fry, took on the out-of-towners
Scott Leonhardt and Bosie Barthholdt in
the Formula 500s.
All throughout the two nights leads
The Formula 500 boys pushed it to the
limit in every heat and it was no different
in the final.
Jamie Fry started out of pole in the final
and took the lead early.
The rest of the field were not far behind
but it was Scott that pushed Jamie to his
limits in the last two laps, making Jamie
work for it every inch of the way.
Jamie was able to hold out and take the
chequered flag for the final.
We may have to get Jamie to do some
practice laps of the chequered flag though,
as in his excitement of doing a victory lap
he dropped the flag at the start.
Bob’s Mob Rising Stars put on a show
even though they were all just starting out
their racing careers in Speedway.
These children are anywhere from 10
years of age upwards and are usually in
their first season year of racing.
Without a doubt though they were not to
Getting used to the track earlier you
could see their confidence and pace excel
throughout the weekend.
When it came down to the final they
gave it all.
It was position battling out position right
across the field.
Alas one of the Juniors, Neisha, had a
bit of a mishap and collided with the wall.
Racing was stopped and all precautions
were taken to ensure her safety.
It was great to hear the next day that
Neisha was a bit sore the next day with
some bruising and a bent up car.
The Highest Point place getters over five
heats were James Parkyn, Mitchell Sanders
and Keira Stevens.
Due to a ruling of Juniors only racing
up until 11pm it was not possible for the
more experienced Juniors, All Stars Junior
Sedans, to come out and do a final.
Over the course of the weekend though
they showed they can put the pedal to the
metal as much as the Street Stocks.
Jack Yates went out blazing all guns
earlier in the piece and ripped around the
track like no tomorrow.
The only problem was that damn wall got
him as well, putting his car out of action
for the rest of the weekend.
Not to be outdone though the other lads
had some very close racing.
The last heat came down to Michael
Jones starting on pole line.
He took the lead but the other boys were
not letting him have it so easily.
Nick Tregea challenged Michael every
second of the last heat, with Karl White
right behind him as well.
It came down to nearly the last lap before
Nick had his chance.
Michael made one mistake and Nick took
It was great race to watch. Highest points
over five heats were Nick Tregea, Karl
White and Michael Jones.
Now we were onto the bigger boys of
NT Sedans are always an entertaining
race to watch.
These mob just seem to have no qualms
about anything except wanting to win.
With competitors from across the Terri-
tory and Kununurra it was eventful every
When it came down to the final it was
anyone’s guess who was going to take
From the get go in the final it was Brett
Thomsen that was the one to beat.
Tim Westwood tried his hardest to get
there and take the lead from Brett but Brett
showed he was out for the chequered flag
by holding the lead all through the final.
Final results were Brett Thomsen, Tim
Westword and Raymond Thomsen.
Street Stocks finished the night off with
some tight racing.
Jamie Yates started out first and took
With a restart though it was Simon
Spitzburgh that looked like one of the
ones to beat.
As we all know though with this class
anything can happen and by a mishap seen
Simon sent rear of field early in the final.
With Jamie Yates back in front it was
Rod Berry that put up the challenge and
eventually took the lead from Jamie.
Rod held onto it to take out the final,
followed by Jamie Yates and Tracey
Also special mention to the young lads
that have moved up from Juniors to Street
Stocks, you put on a great weekend of
racing as well.
That concluded our first weekend of
Big shout out to Shaun and Jason for
showing us a different class of racing.
It was great to watch.
If anyone wants to get involved in Speed-
way be sure to see the committee.
10 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 5 MAY 2017
By KAREN HARLAN
Speedway season kicks
off with double the action
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