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Nominate for the 77th Australian Speedcar Championship

WELCOME BACK TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA for the 77th running of the Australian Speedcar Championship! SA last held the title in 2013/14 at the then named Speedway City, where NSW's Adam Clarke took the win; while Murray Bridge Speedway last hosted the event in 2008/09 and saw American Kevin Swindell named Australian Champion!

 

South Australia has had only 3 Australian Champions since the event began in 1935, including Bert Woodman (36/37), Phil March (85/86) and Phil Herreen (91/92), so the pressure is on our local heroes to add one on our home turf! It will again be a tough ask though considering the caliber of talent expected from interstate, New Zealand and the Untied States!

This season we return to a cracking Speedcar track, Murray Bridge Speedway, and with the support of Barry and Felicity Waldren and Darren Shaddock of Made Too Go PL, Speedcars Australia and Speedway Australia; this event is expected to be huge!. 

 

With the South Australian Speedcar Championship and Round 3 of the Six Crown Series the week prior (Feb 3rd), tow money is available for all competitors (see the Six Crown supplementary regulations HERE); and the venue will also be hosting two major Late Model

events over the same 2 weekends! To nominate for the $7k SA Speedcar Title on Feb 3rd, visit our SASpeedcars nomination page HERE (opens in a new window).

 

If you choose to compete in both events and stay for the week, we're planning to entertain you in the days between with a range of social actives including:

If you would like to attend both weekends but need to fly home during the week, our local teams have also offered up secure parking for any teams looking to leave their trucks, trailers and tow vehicles. Contact Alison via SASA@welovedirt.com or 0419 352 231 for further information. 

Below you will find the important dates, nomination information and most importantly the red nomination button which will take you to the full online nomination form for the Championship event. We've also included some local Murray Bridge accommodation options with track-affiliated discounts; plus we'll share a seperate downloadable post in January with local supplier information including methanol, race tyres, parts and more. 

We look forward to seeing you all here in February!

Mark Harrington,

President - SA Speedcar Association

ABOUT MURRAY BRIDGE SPEEDWAY:

Address: Kennett Rd, Bridge East, SA 5253

Website: www.brisbanespeedway.com.au

Email: office@murraybridgespeedway.com
Infoline: (07)3277 7745

Phone : (08) 8532 1150

Fax: (08) 8532 1012

The complex is owned by the Murray Bridge Sporting Car Club & Motorcycle Club Inc, and promoted by Made Too Go Pty Ltd. 

 

The Complex is found in the regional city of Murray Bridge. It is “Just up the Freeway” from Adelaide. Approximately 45 minutes drive time via the scenic Adelaide Hills along the freeway, takes you to the Murray River city of Murray Bridge.

 

The track is located approximately 1.5km from the city centre on the eastside of the river. If coming from Adelaide, drive through the town and over the old Murray Bridge and turn right onto Kennett Road approximately 1km after the Bridge. 

Raceday Hotline:


Please read the track's Frequently Asked Questions to see if your question has already been answered. Please do not email any urgent enquiries on race day. The majority of staff are away from computers on race days. For all urgent enquiries, please contact the office on (08) 8532 1150.

Speedway Office for Corporate Suite/Catering Enquiries: office@murraybridgespeedway.com

IMPORTANT EVENT INFORMATION FOR ALL COMPETITORS & CAR OWNERS:

NOMINATION INFORMATION:

Per rule 7.7.1, to qualify for nominating in the Australian Speedcar Championship meeting, all drivers must race at one Speedcar Australia Inc. sanctioned race meeting (attendance at a rain-out meeting included), in the current race season prior to the Australian Speedcar Championship Title (Australian Speedcar Championship meeting not included). This requirement forms part of the nomination form and your response will be validated by local clubs. Entry is open to local and international competitors under the same rule. 

IMPORTANT NOMINATION DATES:

  • Regular Nominations Close - 5pm (SA) Monday 29th of January 2018

  • Late Nominations incurring late fee of $100 -  Nominations received anytime after 5pm (SA) Monday 29th of January 2018

  • ROF Rule 7.7.3 Invoked - Nominations received anytime after 5pm (SA) Monday 5th Feb 2017

       Rule 7.7.3 - Any car or driver not nominated by 5.00 pm, Monday prior to the Championships will start the first two rounds of heats ROF.

NOMINATION FEES

  • Primary Car Nomination Fee: $425

  • Spare Car Nomination Fee: $100 additional 

  • Late Nomination Fee: $100 additional

INTERNATIONAL NOMINATIONS & RELATED RULES:

  • 7.14.2  International drivers are required to obtain a Speedway Australia driver’s license prior to competing in Australia.

  • 7.14.3  Visiting International cars must conform to all Speedcars Australia Inc. rules and specifications.

  • 7.14.4  Exhaust systems on visiting International cars must comply with all Speedcars Australia Inc. specifications and local noise regulations.

  • 7.14.5  International drivers and Speedcars must be affiliated with Speedcars Australia Inc. before competing.

  • 7.14.6  Any driver can qualify, in any Speedcars Australia Inc. sanctioned Speedcar in the Australian Speedcar Championship. 

SPARE CAR RULES:

  • 7.7.4  All spare cars must be nominated prior to the event as per the supplementary regulations. This forms part of the nomination form where fields are available to capture the number, engine & chassis of your spare car. Spare cars incur an additional $100 nom fee. 

  • 7.14.7 No two (2) drivers can qualify in the same car.

  • 7.14.8 If a driver uses a spare car in heat races, the driver will lose all points prior to changing Speedcars and can start in their starting positions in the remainder of the heats.

  • 7.14.9 A driver having already qualified for a race or a Championship final may substitute another car, forfeiting all qualifying points and starting ROF. 

 

GATE ENTRY WITH NOMINATIONS:

  • All nominated Speedcar drivers and three (3) crew members will receive free entry into the venue for the 2 nights of competition.

  • All crew entering under an allocated nomination ticket MUST have a current Speedway Australia licence. To ensure pit passes are made available at the gate, you must fill in Crew names on the nomination form (NOTE: these can not be changed post submission or between the two nights). Driver & Crew will need to present their Speedway Australia licence and sign-in at the pit gate on both nights. 

RACING RULES & REGULATIONS:

 

It is the responsibility of each participant (driver, pit crew member or official) to have a copy of, and be familiar with, all relevant rules and regulations, and by competing in any Speedcars Australia Inc. sanctioned race meeting, each participant is deemed to understand and has agreed to comply with and be bound by these rules. A copy of the Speedcars Australia Inc Racing Manual (2017-2018) can be downloaded by clicking HERE and the AUSTRALIAN SPEEDWAY RACING RULES (Oct 2017) can be downloaded HERE. 

SCRUTINEERING:

Local cars must be registered and international cars must undergo inspection. All nominated cars (including spare cars) must be scrutineered at the venue on Thursday 8th February 8am-1pm prior to taking to the track for practice. Competitors and owners are responsible for ensuring they are aware of and comply with the specifications defined in the 2017-2018 Speedcars Australia Inc. Racing Manual. 

  • 7.12.1  At the completion of all National Title events, the first four placed cars are to be checked for compliance with Speedcars Australia Inc. specifications.

  • 7.12.2  Australian Speedcar Championship Scrutineering to be carried out by the host club and the national technical advisors to adjudicate if called upon by the host club and is mandatory to all nominated Speedcars. 

WEIGHING OF CARS:

All nominated cars (including spare cars) will be weighed during scrutineering at the venue on Thursday 8th February 8am-1pm. At minimum, the top four placed cars will also be weighed after the main event, and cars can also be called for random weighing at anytime during the two nights of competition. Cars will be weighed with the driver per rule 6.2.3.

  • 6.2.2  Cars may be weighed prior to and/or following any event. Cars weighed at the completion of an event may not add fuel or ballast to satisfy the minimum weight requirement. Bolt on weights are not allowed.

  • 6.2.3  All Speedcars must weigh a minimum of 1050lbs/476kgs including water, oil and fuel, with the driver.

  • 5.2.1 If at the drivers meeting it is stated that you attend the scales at any stage during the race meeting and you do not report direct to the scales as required. (a) First Offence $100 fine, (b) Second Offence $200 fine, (c) Any further offence Fine increases $100 per offence.

  • 5.2.2 Tampering with vehicles prior to scales. If your car has been found by officials to have been tampered with by adding weight post-race/time trials yet prior to weighing: (a) First Offence Disqualification and $250 fine, (b) Second and subsequent offences penalty doubles. 

PUSH STARTS, RESTARTS & LAPPED CAR RULES:

  • 4.1.1  Each racecar (whether or not it has a starter motor) is allowed one push start without penalty before the initial race start and following any red light/flag stoppage where the incident did not involve that car, and the car stopped due to the red light. For other push starts the car will be required to go rear of field.

  • 4.1.2  Any car involved in a yellow light stoppage, whether or not a contributing cause, and has become stationary, and for whatever reason requires a push start, will be required to go rear of field in the restart.

  • 4.1.3  Any car involved in a red light stoppage, whether or not a contributing cause, and has become stationary before the red light shown, and for whatever reason requires a push start, will be required to go rear of field in the restart. 

  • 5.6 Any driver attempting to gain positions under yellow light conditions when he/she had never been in front of the competitor he/she is disputing positions with: $50 fine and/or relegated two positions for each car past illegally. ​

  • 4.20 (a) In any restart, Lapped Speedcars are to take their position as per the last recorded lap in the order of placings behind those Speedcars on the current lap. 

DRIVERS BRIEFINGS:

Per rule 7.15.1 All drivers must attend drivers briefings on all racing nights for the Australian Speedcar Championship. Any driver not attending will incur a loss of 25 racing points per offence. A roll will be called at all briefings. Drivers may have one (1) crew member in attendance with them. 

EVENT FORMAT:

Friday 9th February 2018 - NIGHT ONE:

 

  • Mandatory Drivers Briefing (failure to attend will result in a 25 point deduction.

  • Engine Starts & Grand Parade with two cars from each state.

  • Three rounds of Heats per driver with a maximum of 12 cars per heat, at 10 lap duration to run full distance.

Saturday 10th February 2018 - NIGHT TWO:

  • Engine Starts.

  • Hotlaps in Heat groups.

  • Final round of heats per driver with a maximum of 12 cars per heat, at 10 lap duration to run full distance.

  • Pole Shuffle: Top 8 Points scorers.

  • C-MAIN (as required): 15 laps (can be shortened to the same amount of laps as per cars starting in that race). Top 2 transfer.

  • B-MAIN: 20 laps (can be shortened to the same amount of laps as per cars starting in that race). Top 2 transfer.

  • A-MAIN: 40 lap final. 20 cars consisting of top 18 qualifiers on points and 2 transfers from the B Main, noting the following rules regarding extra starters:

7.9.1  Defending Champion should he/her fail to qualify can start from the rear of the A-Main at his/hers discretion.

7.9.2  The 1st, 2nd and 3rd reserves will come from positions 3, 4 and 5 in the B Main event and are permitted to wait on the dummy grid after the final field has entered the racetrack.

7.9.3  In the event of a qualified car failing to start or complete the first lap, due to accident or exclusion, and a complete re-start is necessary, the reserves at the Speedcars Australia Inc. Steward's direction shall start at the rear of the field. 

NOTE: Format detail from the 2017-2018 Speedcars Australia Inc. Racing Manual can be viewed below (click to expand):

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PRIZEMONEY SCHEDULES:

  • MAIN EVENTS (Night Two) - The C-Main & B-Main will only be run as required.

 

A, B & C Main Prizepools (click to expand):

POINTS SYSTEM:

 

  • The points system for qualifying heats to determine starters for the final is as follows: - 1st, 25. 2nd, 20. 3rd, 16. 4th, 13. 5th, 11. 6th, 10. 7th, 9. 8th, 8. 9th, 7. 10th, 6. 11th, 5. 12th, 4. 13th, 3. 14th, 2. 15th, 1. DNF’s receive no points.

  • The Pole Shuffle earns no points towards championship pointscore.

 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING:

At any time during this event, random drug and or alcohol testing may take place. If you have any doubts as to your ability to pass such a test with a negative or zero reading you should withdraw from this Race Meeting IMMEDIATELY. The Speedway Australia Drug and Alcohol Policy applies. Speedway Australia has a zero tolerance regarding the use of drugs and alcohol in sport. 

 

Each Licence Holder must ensure that any prescribed medication does not contain a Prohibited Substance as listed in rule 6.3 of the AUSTRALIAN SPEEDWAY RACING RULES (Oct 2017).

 

Your nomination in this event shall be deemed as your consent to any tests for alcohol and Prohibited Substances required by Speedway Australia or its designated administrator per part 6 of the AUSTRALIAN SPEEDWAY RACING RULES (Oct 2017), titled 'Drugs and Alcohol'. 

 

EVENT MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS::

  • Only one-way communication from an authorised Speedcars Australia Inc. race controller will be allowed and is mandatory for all drivers (i.e. RACEceivers). 

  • Transponders are also mandatory, using the Amb transx 260 transponders system. if you own a transponder, please include your number in the nomination form to allow the venue to set up the transponder system in advance. Transponders will also be available for rent from the venue at a cost of $20 per night. 

  • Pit mats are mandatory at the venue. Please ensure appropriate pit mats (tarps acceptable) are used in your it bay at all times including practice, to avoid track fines. 

  • Scrap parts and used tyres are not to be left in the pits after the event. Fines will be issued by the venue in the event any used parts are left behind.

UNAUTHORISED ENTRY:

Per rule 5.3.1 Any person, crew member or other, proven to be associated with a driver or car, who enters the racetrack under yellow or red light situations without the expressed authority of the Chief Steward will be fined $500 for the first offence, with the said driver also being fined $500 and disqualified from the race meeting. 

RAIN DATE:

Sunday 11th February 2018 has been booked as the allocated rain date. Per rule 7.13.1 If through circumstances beyond any control, a Australian Speedcar Championship meeting should be postponed, and then a re-scheduled meeting should be held within 48 hours. If the meeting cannot be completed within this 48 hour period, the championship event for that season will not be completed and recorded as a non-event. 

PIT RULES:

Pit admission is subject to the following restrictions:

i) patrons aged 16 years or over, or 12 years and over if they hold a current Speedway Australia licence

ii) Must have enclosed footwear 

iii) Must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs

iv) No animals allowed

v) Minimum dress requirements are shorts, short sleeved shirt or t-shirt and covered shoes.

A full list of pit rules is available from the Speedway Office. For the Smoking policy in the pit area please refer to signs at pit gate.

YOUR AGREEMENT & NOMINATION:

By nominating for this event, entrants and car-owners confirm they understand the specifications, rules and regulations per the 2017-2018 Speedcars Australia Race Rules, Regulations and Specifications (2017-2018 Racing Manual) and Australian Speedway Racing Rules (Oct 2017) and those imposed on them by the title venue.

This event will be conducted under the rules and regulations stipulated by Speedcars Australia including the possibility of engine, fuel and weight testing throughout the event. It is understood that drug and alcohol testing may be conducted at any time, per Speedway Australia's ‘Drug & Alcohol Policy’ and 'Drug & Alcohol Testing Procedures'. Failure by any person/s including driver, owner and crew to comply with these and all Speedcars Australia rules and regulations may result in the exclusion of the car/driver from this event.

 

Competitors enter at their own risk and must meet personal accident insurance obligations as per Speedway Australia requirements. 

NOMINATION FEE PAYMENT OPTIONS:

Please ensure fees are paid within 48 hours of submitting your nomination, quoting your surname & car number for easy reconciliation.

  • Primary Car Nomination Fee (1 car only, paid by 5pm Monday 29th January 2018): $425.00

  • Spare Car Nomination Fee: Add $100.00 to Primary Car Fee ($525 total)

  • Late Fee (noms received after 5pm Monday 5th February 2018): Add $100.00

 

DIRECT DEPOSIT:

Fees are to be paid to Speedcars Australia's account as follows:

NAME: Speedcars Australia

BSB: 015142 (ANZ)

A/C NUMBER: 110257544 

Please quote your surname & car number as the payment reference for easy reconciliation.

 

CHEQUE PAYMENTS:

Make payable to SPEEDCARS AUSTRALIA & post to: 1 Longford Crescent, Ferrymen Park, SA 5010.

NOTE: Consider post times re nomination closure dates.

 

NEED HELP?

  • For Championship & calcutta event information, please contact the SA Speedcars via email sasa@welovedirt.com

  • For assistance completing the online nomination form please contact Speedcars Australia Secretary Alison Dwyer via  SpeedcarsAUS@welovedirt.com or 0419 352 231.

  • For confirmation funds have been received, pleased contact Speedcars Australia Treasurer Brendan Sexton via brendan99@internode.on.net on 0414 377 055. 

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

TRACK AFFILIATED:

Murray Bridge Tourist Park - 315 Adelaide Rd (Princes Highway), Murray Bridge:

As Murray Bridge Speedway’s preferred accommodation, Wayne and Kylie offer a range of affordable options for your stay in Murray Bridge. Located on the left just after the exit of the Freeway when coming from Adelaide, it is easy to find and easily accessible.

Phone: (08) 8532 2860

Web: murraybridgetouristpark.com.au

Office Hours: 8am – 6pm (7 days)

 

The Murray Bridge Caravan Park & Marina - 100 Roper Road, Murray Bridge:

Provides for all your caravan and camping needs as well as Houseboat hire. The park is located on the Murray River providing direct access to the unique features of the River Murray, Bird life and beautiful natural river views and surrounds.

Phone: (08) 8532 6900

Web: murraybridgemarina.com.au

Office Hours: 8am – 6pm (7 days)

Balcony On Sixth Lodge - 6 Sixth Street, Murray Bridge:

Situated in the main shopping area of Murray Bridge and only a short walk to the Murray Bridge Speedway, this delightful lodge offers personal attention at an economical rate. The Balcony On Sixth is a lodge with a difference. Nestled in the heart of the rural city of Murray Bridge’s central business district, we are ideally placed for you to explore the region. 

Phone: (08) 8531 1411

Email: admin@balconyonsixth.com.au

NOTE: Camping is available in the pits if you are staying within your transporter. No caravans, tents or swags etc are permitted inside the pit area. Pit space is limited.

OTHER OPTIONS:

  • Parklane Motel Murray Bridge 24 Sixth Street, Murray Bridge Phone: 08 8531 1218

  • Bridgeport Hotel, 2 Bridge Street, Murray Bridge Phone: 08 8532 2002

  • Adelaide Road Motor Lodge, 212 Adelaide Road, Murray Bridge Phone: 8532 1144

  • Murray Bridge Motor Inn, 5341 Old Princess Highway, Murray Bridge East, Phone: 08 8532 1090

  • Avoca Dell Caravan Park, 199 Avoca Dell Drive, Avoca Dell Phone 08 8532 2095

  • Golden Chain Murray Bridge Oval Motel, 4 Le Messurier Street, Murray Bridge Phone: 8532 2388