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ROB WOFFINDEN CLASSIC WRAP PINJAR PARK January 6th 2018

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ROB WOFFINDEN CLASSIC WRAP PINJAR PARK January 6th 2018

ROB WOFFINDEN CLASSIC WRAP PINJAR PARK January 6th 2018

Has there been a better Woffy? It’s hard to know. For Cam Heeps though there definitely hasn’t been a better one. The young West Australian rider who won the WA Title for the fourth time at our last meeting, stepped up with another incredible ride to win his second RWC, the first rider in the nine-year history of the event to have won it twice.

The final saw Heeps out of gate four. He was the third highest points qualifier and he reckoned this was his best option. Out of gate one was Daniel Winchester who had a perfect night coming into the final winning all five of his heats. Gate two was the tall talented Swede Kenny Wennerstam who had only dropped two points in his heats. One to Daniel Winchester, the other to Queensland visitor Zane Keleher. Gate three was Joel Anderson, the second Swede who had qualified courtesy of winning the B Final.

Heeps had a blinder of a start but he was still behind Winchester and Wennerstam when they came out of turn two. However he found some super traction up high next to the fence and swept around the outside of the pair and into the lead through turns three and four. Winchester worked hard to come back on the inside but to no avail, and he was under plenty of pressure from Wennerstam who was looking for a way past. Heeps took another popular win in front of a bumper crowd and The Woffy stays in WA. Heepsy! Heepsy! Heepsy!



Rob Woffinden Classic Race by Race summary:

Heat One: The first appearance of Sweden’s Kenny Wennerstam and he doesn’t disappoint with an all the way win over Kale Ballantyne, Jack Hunter and Ethan Ballantyne.

Heat Two: Joel Anderson, Wennerstam’s touring partner, starts his night off in perfect fashion with a win over Kobee Ziedas. Ryan Pope did not make the starting tapes.

Heat Three: Cam Heeps proves too good for Jarryd Ziedas and Queensland’s Zane Keleher who has stayed in WA to contest the RWC. Drew Winchester home in fourth.

Heat Four: Daniel Winchester does everything right to win this one from Matt Marson and Des Heys. Jason Bishop falls and is excluded.

Heat Five: A monster heat with Bishop, Wennerstam, Anderson and Heeps starting in that order and Wennerstam gets the best start followed by Anderson and Heeps. That is the way they finish.

Heat Six: Kale Ballantyne gets more points on the board after this race sees a re-run after Drew Winchester falls. K Ballantyne first, Des Heys second and Drew Winchester third.

Heat Seven: A double dose of Ziedas as the brothers ‘Z’ turn it on in a one two display, Jarryd first, Kobee second and Jack Hunter in third. Matt Marson is excluded for running on the infield.

Heat Eight: Daniel Winchester may be out of gate four but he makes it look easy with another strong ride. Ethan Ballantyne finishes second, Zane Keleher third and Ryan Pope fourth.

Heat Nine: Daniel Winchester v Kenny Wennerstam with Jarryd Ziedas thrown in for good measure. Winchester does it again, Wennerstam second and Ziedas third.

Heat Ten: Joel Anderson is best away but gets out of shape and balks Kale Ballantyne and Zane Keleher who are right behind him. He recovers though to take the win. Keleher second, Ballantyne third and Matt Marson in fourth.

Heat Eleven: Cam Heeps knows he still has plenty of work to do taking this one out from Ryan Pope, Des Heys and Jack Hunter.

Heat Twelve: Ethan Ballantyne shows great form to take this one from Kobee Ziedas and Jason Bishop. Drew Winchester falls and is a non finisher.

Heat Thirteen: Queensland Keleher is eyeing off a place in the finals and beats everyone out of the gate including Kenny Wennerstam. Keleher takes full points from the Swede with Kobee Ziedas in third and Des Heys in fourth.

Heat Fourteen: The points chase is on in earnest as Kale Ballantyne racks up another win over Jarryd Ziedas and Jason Bishop. Ryan Pope falls and is out of the race.

Heat Fifteen: Daniel Winchester from gate one looks a certainty. Joel Anderson gives chase but runs on the infield and is excluded. Jack Hunter picks up second. Drew Winchester was a non starter in this one and will be out for the rest of the night.

Heat Sixteen: Heeps all the way from gate one with Ethan Ballantyne and Matt Marson giving chase.

Heat Seventeen: A benefit for Wennerstam as he takes an easy win over Marson and Pope. Drew Winchester does not start.

Heat Eighteen: Heeps v Daniel Winchester with Kobee Ziedas and Kale Ballantyne separating them at the tapes. Winchester too good out of gate four getting the better of Heeps with a low pass. Ziedas and Ballantyne in third and fourth.

Heat Nineteen: Zane Keleher again with a strong ride to beat Jack Hunter and Jason Bishop.

Heat Twenty: The final qualifying heat and Joel Anderson make sure of a top seven finish with a win over Jarryd Ziedas and Ethan Ballantyne.

B Final: When the points are tallied qualifying positions, four, five, six and seven go to Joel Anderson, Jarryd Ziedas, Zane Keleher and Kale Ballantyne. Only one rider to progress to the RWC final. Anderson gets the best start along with Ballantyne but it is the Swedish rider who gets the job done. Keleher finishes third and Ziedas fourth.



125cc Solos Races Summary:

Five qualifying heats for the 125cc boys with race wins shared between Brad Gordon (2), Luke Killeen (2) and Chris Bogdan (1). Lincoln Worroll plus Jack and Mitchell McDiarmid are also prominent but winning in this division is at a premium. The top five over the heats will qualify for the Final.

The Final line-up sees Brad Gordon out of one, Luke Killeen from two, Chris Bogdan from three, Jack McDiarmid from four and Lincoln Worroll from five. Mitchell McDiarmid has retired from racing earlier in the night with a leg injury sustained in a fall.

The diminutive Killeen gets a great start and charges away in the lead. The further the race goes the more distance he puts between himself and his pursuers. It is very classy win. Put this on the highlight reel! Killeen first, Gordon second, Bogdan third, followed by McDiarmid and Worroll.



Senior Sidecars Summary:

Nine outfits fronted for a night of tremendous action with every race producing some great clashes mixed in with a few surprise results. Clayton Mills and Jesse Thomas took a great win in the Final which saw Horrie Payne and Clint ‘Honeymoon’ Holmwood start out of gate 1, Mills/Thomas out of two, Rocky Bryan/Matt Young out of three and Russell Mitchell/Andy Sharp from 15 metres behind.

Winners earlier in the night included Payne/Holmwood (1), Charsley/Reece (1), Bryan/Young (3), Mitchell/Sharp (3), Mills/Thomas (3).

While the Final was a great race, it was some of the earlier qualifying events that produced real fireworks on the track. The racing was pretty intense and several riders/passengers found themselves excluded from races for running on the infield. The craziest race of all was the Sixth Heat which saw all three competitors excluded after a substantial coming together saw all three end up on the infield. After the three teams had returned to the pits they were all offered the opportunity of a re-run. Take two of the event produced the same incredible result, all excluded again. Reece Liptrott/Andy Gajek, Chad Harvey/Metcalf, Rocky Bryan/Matt Young, we salute you.

Other highlights included Scott Charsley/Matt Reece regularly wheel standing out of the starting gate, Russell Mitchell/Andy Sharp’s outfit catching on fire at the end of Heat Three and passenger Scott Moffat falling off the back of his ride with Ron Hankin. What a night, I can’t wait for the Jeff Gittus Memorial on January 27th.

 



Junior Sidecars Summary:

Fewster/Fewster v Harvey/Solomon v Murphy/McQuade. There is never a dull moment with the Juniors on board the 250 cc Sidecars, these races eagerly anticipated by riders, passengers and spectators alike.

Jake Harvey and Tyler Solomon managed to get the better of the Fewster brothers on the night who coming into the meeting had put a better season together, but not tonight as the Harvey/Solomon combination rolled out three heat wins on their way to also winning the Final.

Murphy/McQuade seemed to have ironed the mechanical gremlins out and were taking it up to their more experienced opponents.



Pre-Programme 50cc’s, 125cc Stockbikes and 125cc Lites.

Mitchell McDiarmid won the Final of both the Stockbikes and the 125 Lites. In a curious set of results, to say the least, he won both races over the same opponents who all finished in the same order, Lachie O’Bryan, Max Harvey and Darcy Timmis. To me it seemed like the Stockbikes and 125 Lites were combined on a couple of occasions.  A word on Darcy, she is a tough young competitor. She crashed in her first Stockbike heat but then was out again for her next 125 ride immediately after!

The 50cc’s continue to improve and entertain with Nate Rice, Braxton Thomson, Noah Young, Ryder Bolland, Jett Harvey and Jake Corbett all much faster and more competent than they were at the beginning of the season.

 

Words Grant Woodhams.

Images Jon Gall Photography

 

 

Quit Pinjar Park Speedway - 125cc Solo
Rob Woffinden Classic

Rider

Total

Heat 1

Heat 2

Heat 3

Heat 4

Heat 5

Heat 6

Points

Final

Brad Gordon

12

3

2

2

3

 

 

10

2

Luke Killeen

12

3

3

1

2

 

 

9

3

Christopher Bogdan

9

2

2

1

3

 

 

8

1

Jack McDiarmid

3

1

1

0

1

 

 

3

0

Lincoln Worroll

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

 

Mitchell McDiarmid

0

EX

0

DNS

DNS

 

 

0

 

Rider - FINAL

Points

Place

Gate

Brad Gordon

2

2nd

 

Luke Killeen

3

1st

 

Chris Bogdan

1

3rd

 

Jack McDiarmid

0

4th

 

Quit Pinjar Park Speedway - 500cc Solo
Rob Woffinden Classic

Rider

Total

Heat 1

Heat 2

Heat 3

Heat 4

Heat 5

Heat 6

Points

Final

Daniel Winchester

17

3

3

3

3

3

 

15

2

Cameron Heeps

15

3

1

3

3

2

 

12

3

Kenny Wennerstam

14

3

3

2

2

3

 

13

1

Joel Andersson

11

3

2

3

X

3

 

11

0

Jarryd Ziedas

10

2

3

1

2

2

 

10

 

Zane Keleher

10

1

1

2

3

3

 

10

 

Kale Ballantyne

9

2

3

1

3

0

 

9

 

Kobee Ziedas

8

2

2

2

1

1

 

8

 

Ethan Ballantyne

8

0

2

3

2

1

 

8

 

Jack Hunter

6

1

1

0

2

2

 

6

 

Matt Marson

5

2

EX

0

1

2

 

5

 

Des Heys

4

1

2

1

0

0

 

4

 

Ryan Pope

3

DNS

0

2

F

1

 

3

 

Jason Bishop

3

Ex

0

1

1

1

 

3

 

Drew Winchester

1

0

1

F

DNS

DNS

 

1

 

FINAL

B Final

 

 

 

Rider

Points

Place

Gate

Andersson

11

Daniel Winchester

2

2nd

 

J Ziedas

10

Kenny Wennerstam

1

3rd

 

Keleher

10

Joel Andersson

3

4th

 

K Ballantyne

9

Cameron Heeps

0

1st

 

Quit Pinjar Park Speedway - Sidecars (Juniors) Rob Woffinden Classic

Rider

Total

Heat 1

Heat 2

Heat 3

Heat 4

Heat 5

Heat 6

Points

Final

Jake Harvey / Tylar Solomon

14

3

2

3

3

 

 

11

3

Jack Fewster / Adam Fewster

9

2

3

EX

2

 

 

7

2

Murphy / McQuade

6

1

1

2

1

 

 

5

1

Rider

Points

Place

Gate

Jake Harvey / Tylar Solomon

3

1st

 

Jack Fewster / Adam Fewster

2

2nd

 

Murphy / McQuade

1

3rd

 

Quit Pinjar Park Speedway - Sidecars (Seniors) Rob Woffinden Classic

Rider

Total

Heat 1

Heat 2

Heat 3

Heat 4

Heat 5

Heat 6

Points

Final

Russell Mitchell / Andrew Sharp

12

DNF

3

3

3

 

 

9

3

Rocky Bryan / Matt Young

11

3

EX

3

3

 

 

9

2

Clayton Mills / Jesse Thomas

10

Ex

3

3

3

 

 

9

1

Horrie Payne / Clinton Holmwood

9

3

2

2

2

 

 

9

0

Eric Cain / Joshua O'Brien

6

2

DNS

2

2

 

 

6

 

Scott Charsley / Matt Reece

6

3

2

1

DNF

 

 

6

 

Chad Harvey / Nathan Metcalf

4

2

EX

2

EX

 

 

4

 

Reece Liptrott / Andy Gajek

2

2

EX

DNS

DNS

 

 

2

 

Ronald Hankin / Scott Moffat

2

1

EX

F

1

 

 

2

 

Rider - FINAL

Points

Place

Gate

Horrie Payne / Clinton Holmwood

0

4th

 

Russell Mitchell / Andrew Sharp

3

1st

 

Clayton Mills / Jesse Thomas

1

3rd

 

Rocky Bryan / Matt Young

2

2nd

 

 

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