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Victoria’s Brodie Waters looked a good prospect at Tamworth a couple of weeks back and former world number 2 Leigh Adams believes he has plenty of potential.

“Brodie is a great kid and I’ve been helping him with his bike”, said Leigh.

“We took some of his parts and some of mine and we’ve put together a nice bike for him to start on. He is a very good road racer and he applies himself to everything he does very well so I’d expect him to improve with every meeting”.

Newcastle’s Callum Gore said he felt ‘neat and safe’ during the Tamworth meeting and he looks forward to round two at Nepean.

“It was my first visit to Tamworth since my big crash there a few months back so I was a bit nervous,” he said. “But I just focused on doing safe consistent laps and although it probably wasn’t amazing to watch, from my point of view it was a solid day and I’m getting more confident with every meeting”.

(Callum Gore is a former dirt tracker in his mid 20s that turned his hand to speedway 6 months ago).

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Series Point Score (Round 1)

Vinni Burt 11 2 13
Sam Masters 15 0 15
Justin Sedgeman 15 0 15
Taylor Poole 14 0 14
Richard Sweetman 0 0 0
Grant Charnock 2 1 3
Callum Gore 4 1 5
Gavin Crisafi 2 1 3
Josh Fletcher 1 2 3
Tyler King 7 2 9
Jason Stewart 8 1 9
Daine Stevens 11 0 11
Michael Penfold 13 0 13
Brodie Waters 8 2 10
Michael King 11 1 12
Pat Mclaughan 0 3 3
Jace Castles 6 2 8
Bryce Johnson 0 1 1
Jack Fallon 4 2 6
James Bevan 7 2 9
Luke Richards 3 3 6
Marty Mcnamara 4 3 7
Andy Edser 3 3 6
Ryan Edwards 1 3 4
Alan Mcdonald 8 2 10
Josh Mcdonald 3 3 6
Brody Nowlan 5 3 8
Fletcher Tydd 2 2 4
Jake Allan 12 2 14
Josh Coyne 7 3 10
Kieran Sproule 10 2 12
Mark Unicombe 6 3 9
Matty Day 10 2 12
Ellis Perks 10 3 13
Anothy Perks 9 2 11
Tyson Snow 13 1 14
Jye Ethridge 6 2 8
Tony Phillips 9 2 11
Hunter Anderson 0 0 0
Hayden Bond 8 2 10
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Round 1 of the Heffernan Motorsports Winter Series got off to a scintillating start at Tamworth’s Oakburn Park Raceway on Saturday (April 20) and early indications are that we are in for a great winter of speedway.

Such was the interest from competitors that in excess of 40 riders from 3 states took part and competitors were ultimately divided into two groups of 16 – with racing subsequently conducted over the traditional 20 heat format for both groups.

In Poole A, it was all class from Newcastle’s Sam Masters as he roared through his five rides undefeated, with the rapidly improving and highly impressive Tyson Snow clocking up 14 to finish second.

In Poole B, it was Mildura’s Justin Sedgmen that just edged NSW gun Taylor Poole after a titanic late meeting heat race battle that literally had the crowd on its feet. Both these riders were in electric form.

Other riders to rack up handsome totals in their respective groups were Jake Allen (14), Michael Penfold and Ellis Perks (13), Vinnie Burt, Matt Day and Keiran Sproule (12) and Daine Stevens (11).

Under the revolutionary format used in the Heffernan series the respective pools do not meet, instead the pools are rearranged between meetings to ensure that the fields are varied and more importantly, fair.
Some points of interest from the meeting were:

- Junior rider Billy Brown may have suffered three broken fingers in a fall.
- An A final was conducted although the points don’t count toward the series – it was won by Taylor Poole.
- The ‘Stig’ made an appearance and blew everyone away with a titanic burn out in his red hot Commodore.
- Toukley (NSW) rider Gavin Crisafi had a fall and spent a night in hospital – but he has since been released.
- The Victorian visitors were very impressive and included highly regarded road racer Brodie Waters (brother of Josh).
- Hunter Anderson had to withdraw because he was unable to obtain a medical clearance.
- Vinnie Burt looks to be reaping the rewards of his recent training regime and took three heat wins.

Special thanks to:

- Paul Galloway (All Action Motorsport)
- Tony Edser (Race Art)
- Tamworth Motorcycle Club
- Peter White (Water Truck/Track Preparation)
- Callum Gore (Logistics)

There will be more news items added to this site in coming days and weeks.

Round 2 of the 10 round series will be held at Nepean on May 12.

See you there!

Release compiled by RC Media

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GENERAL NEWS – 17/4/2013

-World Champion Chris Holder goes into round two of this year’s World Championship at the famed Bydgoszcz circuit in Poland this Saturday night. During a recent interview Chris stated he has had only mixed success at this track in the past – here’s hoping it goes well for the affable racer this weekend!

-Heffernan Motorsports team rider Micky Dyer has made a great start to the new season in the UK, starring in his side’s surprise away win at Berwick. Dyer scored 14 points for the Redcar Bears and was the difference between the two sides.

-NSW youngster Max Croker will pilot a cutting edge GM 250cc motor in a number of upcoming junior events. According to our research the engine is one of about half a dozen of its kind in the world, now that’s cool!

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The autumn sun will burn brightly at Tamworths Oakburn Park Speedway this coming Saturday (April 20), when some of the nations best up and coming solo riders will tackle a quartet of established international stars.

After a summer of discontent that saw a number of internationals left high and dry by the Australian embassy as far as visas are concerned, local speedway fans will see the strongest domestic off season speedway field assembled for many decades.

The 10 round series, which is the brainchild of Central Coast (NSW) based entrepener and former rider Tim Heffernan will see a revolutionary points handicapping system utilized that is aimed at enabling riders of all abilities the chance of capturing the major prize.

The field is headed up by highly credentialed international riders Justin Sedgmen, Richard Sweetman, Taylor Poole and UK Premier League Riders Champion Sam Masters all of whom will present a formidable challenge to other prospective winners.

On the eve of round one, event Director Tim Heffernan was buoyant about the prospects of the series being a runaway success and elevating winter racing in Australia to its rightful place as a crucial breeding ground for future stars; “It’s been a lot of work to get things off the ground but to say I’m excited by what is to come would be an understatement.

“We came up with this idea when we realized that so many tremendous riders would spend the winter months here in Australia rather that Europe, which is the norm these days.

“I’ve come up with a system that I believe will bridge the gap between the most talented and lesser experienced riders as far as overall points are concerned and I concede that there could be some teething problems that we will work through if need be.

“We have riders from four states and territories including some gun dirt track and road race riders who have turned their hand to this most exciting form of racing, it should be a wonderful series at some great local venues”.

- Gates open 1pm
- Racing starts 4pm
- Info line: 0407846433

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