Over the Weekend we made the trek up to Mildura's Sunset Strip Drag way for Round Three of the Australian National Drag Racing Association, Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series (the Sunsetstip Nationals).
The action packed card saw over 150 Drivers & Riders converge on the track, all after an illusive ANDRA Christmas Tree and bragging rights with their brackets and fellow racers.
Saturday saw three Qualifying rounds for each Bracket and Sunday Elimination rounds progressed until the final two went head to head for the win.This round saw Brackets in - Super Street , Junior Dragster ,Super Gas , Modified Bike ,Super Sedan, Modified , Top Sportsman , Supercharged Outlaws and Super Competition..
The team from Sunraysia drag racing under the watch of Lauren ( Manager ) and Dean ( track Manager ) put up an amazing and safe surface which was indicted by the fast times and great racing by all.
The Bracket winners were -
Colin Griffin (Super Gas), Jake Berias (Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster), Gavin Dohnt (Modified Bike), Michael Jennings (Super Street), David Todd (Super Sedan), Adam Mundy (Modified), Christine Steffens (Supercharged Outlaws), Glenn Henley (Top Sportsman) and Craig Geddes (Super Comp).
Runners-up were - Renee Cockerill (Super Gas), Tim Baker (Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster), Derryn McGregor (Modified Bike), Rodney Kerr (Super Street), Alex Gkroidis (Super Sedan), Chris Farrell (Modified), Warren Leonard (Supercharged Outlaws), Sam Cardinale (Top Sportsman) and Shane Baxter (Super Comp).
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We headed back to Winton Motor Raceway for Round Five of the Australian Superbike Championship ( ASBK )..This weekend saw very trying conditions for the riders especially on Friday with the Winton Track being battered by torrential rain and blustery conditions. A large crowd showed out to view the riders on Saturday & Sunday and there was non stop action from the first Qualifying session until the last race on Sunday. The penultimate category the Australian Superbikes conducted both races on Sunday with race one being taken out by #47 Wayne MAXWELL (VIC) / Team Suzuki ECSTAR and race Two which was marred by Red Flags and the race was halted on lap 10 was taken out by #46 Mike JONES (QLD) / Desmosport Ducati.. The overall Round Result went to #47 Wayne MAXWELL (VIC) / Team Suzuki ECSTAR with #46 Mike JONES (QLD) / Desmosport Ducati coming in second place overall and #1 Troy HERFOSS (QLD) / Penrite Honda Racing fill the overall round third position.. On the Card also was the racing from YMI Supersport 300 / Motorsport TV Supersport / YMF R3 Cup / BLU CRU Oceania Junior Cup and the Horsell Consulting F1 and F1 Sidecars. For Full Results and Event Wrap click below..
On Saturday we headed over to Monza Park in Ballarat for Round #3 Of the DeWalt
Australian SXS ( Side by Side ) Championships.
A large crown showed up to witness some very competitive and thrilling action from all the teams and drivers headlined by 2019 Dakar Rally winner Toby Price who managed the overall round win.
2019 Dakar Rally winner Toby Price has powered his way to victory at the third round of the 2019 DEWALT CAMS Australian SXS Championship in Ballarat in perfect conditions. Wet conditions were forecast on Saturday, but the rain held off, leading to a spectacular day of racing in what was one of the tightest rounds of the season. Price, who drove his Can-Am Offroad SXS vehicle to the win, said he was well prepared coming into the event having had practice runs at Finke back in June. “I took my Can-Am out to Finke this year and did a lot of pre-running in it so I had a lot of wheel time on it there but around a motocross track I haven’t done anything with it in a while.” Price said.
It took a few heats for Price to get settled in, keeping the pace with the rest of the field for most of the morning before stepping it up a gear in the final heats to qualify fastest for the semi finals. From there it was all strategy as Price paced himself for most of the semi final before using his ‘Joker Lane’ on the second last lap to jump to the front of the pack and take the race win. A great grid position meant Price was able to get a quick start in the Grand Final as carnage behind him ensued with four-time CAMS Australian Rally Champion Simon Evans locking up his breaks and colliding with a competitor putting him out of contention. From there, Price was rarely troubled, finishing first comfortably to take his very first win in Ballarat. “Rocking up here a bit cold turkey for it hoping for the best here in Ballarat and we’ve come away with the best result and got a win for it, so it’s been a really good day.” Price said.
Following behind was Ewan McClue who despite missing the first round, has now put together two solid performances, winning Canberra outright and now finishing second in Ballarat. “This round was tough; everyone was really fast. Obviously, we had guys like Toby Price, James Shipp and Simon Evans and they were all quite quick. It was a pretty tough round so I’m very happy with second.” McClue said.
Tim Liston won the SXS Sport class for the third event in a row ahead of Robert Gussenhoven, steering his buggy to a class victory in difficult dusty conditions. “Today was pretty tough. Our car is great in the wet and the track was very dry and had a lot of grip. There was a lot of two-wheel action which made the track completely different to what it has been.” Liston said.
Liston now sits second overall and will carry plenty of confidence heading into the fourth and final round. ‘It’s worked out really well for us. This is our third-year racing and hopefully third time’s a charm and we take out the season win.” Liston said.
The DEWALT CAMS Australian SXS Championship now moves to the north-west of Victoria in Caveat for the final round of the season on 26 October.
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To learn More about the SXS Australian Championships go to SXS.com.au
Winton SuperSprint 24 - 26 May 2019
Our Last Meeting we headed up to Benalla to Winton Motor Raceway for One of our favourite events the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint.
This year saw a condensed Supercars round with only the Supercars on track on Saturday and
Sunday with the inclusion of an additional drivers / Co drivers session on Saturday morning before the main drivers had their one practice session before the three part qualifying and race.
It was great to Craig lowndes , Garth Tander and Michael Caruso back in the drivers seat getting some track time, ready for their Co Driver roles later in the year.
Even though the Supercars didn't fire up the engines until Saturday, there was plenty of action on track on Friday, and all weekend completing the main game with the Kumho Super 3 Series, Formula Ford Racing Series, Touring Car Masters, ECB Super Ute Series and the Excel Series all competing over the weekend.
The rain made an appearance on Saturday morning which made for some spectacular racing on the slippery surface and the action was non stop with loads of drivers touring the infield of the track.Overall the weather was kind with great racing conditions on Sunday and all the drivers and teams supplied the large crowd with entertaining and competitive racing.
WD 40 Phillip Island 500 12/14 April 2019.
Our last Meeting we headed over to Phillip Island for round four of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship the WD-40 Phillip Island 500.
We arrived on Thursday to capture all the set up action in the pits and the Live filming of Supercars Trackside (one of our favourites )and on the Thursday before the weekends racing all the drivers and teams are relaxed and happy to have a chat and all the race day pressures are not evident, so we always manage some great images.
Our Aim was to cover the Island to find the best vantage points and to stand out form all the other photographers at the meeting and to capture all the Support categories in detail, so much of the weekend was spent on track.
Some of our Favourite images are from turn four where the drivers approach at 225km/h from turn three and back to 75km/h which is always entertaining.
We also managed a few great action and Panning shots from the turn seven up to the hay shed at Turn Eight where the drivers are pushing 225km/h and fully committed.And as always Lukey Heights ( turn Ten ) is always a great photo spot on the shot list as the drivers scream down the hill and break and turn sharply.
Overall the weather was amazing and all the racing from all the categories was fast and competitive and very entertaining all weekend.
On the Support Card was the Kumho Super 3 Series / Toyota 86 Racing Series / Touring Car Masters and the Porsche Carrera Cup Racing series.
Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
We headed down to Albert Park in Melbourne for the Rolex Australian Grand Prix the First race of the FIA Formula One World Championship Season.We attended the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday through to race day on Sunday and it was a huge few days.We had a full FIA media accreditation which gave us access to pretty much all areas which we used to our full advantage..On the Card for the event was an action packed weekend of racing with the Australian Gt's , Ferrari Challenge , Cams Australian Formula 4 Championship, Porsche Carrera Cup and the main draws, Round 2 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship the Beaurepaires Supercars Melbourne 400 and Race One of the FIA Formula One World Championship the Rolex Australian Formula One Grand Prix.
An amazing crowd of 102,000 flocked to Albert Park on Sunday, making a total of 324,100 spectators over the whole weekend.In the end Valtteri Bottas won the FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX 2019 and, to make his day complete, the Finn becomes the first driver in F1 history to score 26 points from one event, as he also set the fastest race lap in his Mercedes AMG-Petronas Motorsport. Combined with the points for second place picked up by his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, their team is the first to come away from a Grand Prix with 44 points. This was Bottas’ fourth career win, his first since Abu Dhabi 2017 and for the Silver Arrows, it is Formula 1 win number 88.
The Supercars Had an action Packed four Races with Races 1,2 & 4 Going to No.17 Scott McLaughlin racing for Shell V Power Racing Team - DJR Team Penske driving his Ford Mustang and Race Five and Overall Larry Perkins Trophy Winner No.55 Chaz Mostert racing for the Supercheap Auto Racing Team - Tickford Racing driving his Ford Mustang.
Our team headed up to Swan Hill Dragway for the AeroFlow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars Meeting held on Saturday 2nd March 2019.The Meeting drew a massive crowd from all over the region to witness the Nitro Outlaws in action.The track staff and officials at Swan Hill Drag Way provided a beautiful and safe track which held up during the trying 40 degree temperatures which eventuated over the day. We must commend all the officials and track staff for enduring the heat and conditions (and all wearing protective clothing )for their efforts in putting on a successful and enjoyable meeting for all who attended. The meeting saw 85 Drivers with brackets in Modified Eliminator, Super Charged Outlaws, Top Sportsman, Super Sedan, Super Street, Modified Bike,Junior Dragster and the much anticipated Nitro Outlaw Funny Cars.
Great to see all our Images from the South Coast 660 featured in the latest Edition Of the Australian National Drag Racing Association Fast Lane Magazine.. This edition has some amazing stories and and news from the drag racing community...View the Magazine from here - Fast Lane Magazine
On Sunday we headed to the First ever Daylesford Motor Festival.
The event has grown from a monthly local Cars and Coffee gathering to a once a year extravaganza which delivered on promises of being a large event for car and motoring enthusiast. Here at Automotive Event Images we cover a lot of Motoring Festivals and events but the Daylesford MotorFest is now a standout on our calendar.The sheer volume of vehicles and all things motoring on display was amazing.The event covered all aspects from Model Pedal cars to Semi Truck and Commercial displays as well as a couple of sprint and drag racing cars from the Chris Soldatos racing team, and literally acres of Muscle Cars , Hot rods, Performance and Exotic cars enough to keep the motoring enthusiast happy for hours..
When you had a break from looking at the motoring displays there was plenty to keep the family entertained such as live entertainment on two stages, wood chopping display , best dressed competition, CFA jaws of life demonstrations and Mens shed workshops the list goes on and on...It must be said that the team and organisers of the event done a mammoth job and must be congratulated..we will be there again next year..
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Launch of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Season
On Wednesday We headed to Docklands in Melbourne for the Launch of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Season..This event marked the start of the season for all teams and drivers and was attended by all 24 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Full Time Drivers. On Display were the Holden Commodore ZB 's of the Red Bull Holden racing team and Pernite racing along with the Ford Mustangs of the Shell V Power racing team and the #55 Ford Mustang of Chaz Mostert Supercheap Auto Racing, rounding of the display was the Nissan Alitima's of Simona De Silvestro Team Harvey Norman and Rick Kelly racing for Kelly Racing.The Event was hosted by Fox Sports Commentators Jessica Yates and Supercars legend Neil Crompton with on stage interviews from Super Cars Ceo Sean Seamer , Fox Sports Ceo Peter Campbell and Network Ten Ceo Paul Anderson along with 2018 Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin Racing for the Shell V-Power Racing Team.
The first race of the season will Commence on the 28 Feb - 2 March at the Adelaide 500.
To find out more about Supercars go to Supercars.com
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Penrite Racing Erebus Motorsprot Season launch.
Sunday saw our team head to Federation Square in the Melbourne CBD for the 2019 season launch of the Penrite racing Erebus Motorsport Supercar Racing team.
A massive crowd showed up to give their support the team and get a glimpse or photo with the Favourite icons of the Virgin Australian Supercars Series. Hosted by Supercars legend and Commentator Neil Crompton and joined on stage by team owner Betty Klimenko and Main Drivers #9 David Reynolds and #99 Anton De Pasquale with an appearance by Endurance Co Driver Will Brown.The fans jostled for position to view the new liveries of the Holden ZB Commodores and from all accounts the 2019 livery design was a big hit..
Erebus Motorsport continued its rise in Supercars in 2018 with David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale. After taking a maiden Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with Reynolds and Luke Youlden in 2017, Erebus Motorsport claimed a new best of fourth in the teams' championship in 2018.
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Penrite Racing Erebus Motorsprot Season launch
Wild Bunch Wars - South Coast Raceway.
On the 2nd of February 2019 Our Team Headed back to South Coast Raceway in Portland
Victoria for the Wild Bunch Super Charged Outlaws Wars.With Over 1000 spectators and over Sixty Competitors entered for the event in the Brackets of Super Sedan , Super Street , Modified Eliminator , Modified Bike Junior Dragster , Radial and the Crowd pleasers the Wild Bunch Super Charged Outlaws.To complement the meeting SouthCoast Raceway had Friday testing for all competitors followed by some Friday night tyre frying on the Burnout Pad..Unfortunately Due to an accident in the second round of the Chicago Shootout during the Super Sedan Bracket involving #1617 Dean Cleary in his Pontiac Firebird GTO and #3572 Jason Duncan in his Ford Capri saw the meeting called to a close due to damage to the start line, and staging areas, and overall cleanup of the crash areas..Both Drivers walked away and the incident was a close call for all involved including the track officials and even myself...
***Please Note we have had heaps of requests for images from the crash during and after, but we do not publicise others misfortune, we cover motorsport and the joy of motorsport. We have Provided all images from the incident to the officials at South Coast Raceway and to ANDRA for their investigations.
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Summit Racing Equipment Andra Sportsman Series South Coast 660.
The Team from Automotive Event Images headed back to South Coast Raceway in Portland for Round Six of the 20018/2019 racing calendar the Summit Racing Equipment Andra Sportsman Series South Coast 660.This years event attracted over 150 competitors all vying for the illusive Christmas tree and for Super Charged Outlaw Bracket Racers also competing for the Chris Stewart Memorial Trophy and the Modified Bike Bracket racers competing for the Phil Parker Memorial Trophy the racing was very competitive all weekend..
This year the weather was kind and the conditions were perfect, which set the scene for some close finishes and a string of personal best times done the 1/8 Mile track for a number of competitors, which kept the large crowd on the hill entertained all weekend.It must be said again that the track staff & volunteers left no stone unturned and delivered and safe and fast track for all competitors, and all the start line and race officials ran the meeting to a very high standard..