The 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic nomination list continues to grow with three-time Champion Brooke Tatnell amongst the latest list of drivers and teams preparing to descend on Sungold Stadium for the three-night spectacular from January 19 to 21.
Tatnell, who now resides in Forest Lake, Minnesota, is arguably one of Australia’s greatest Sprintcar drivers, with his three Classic triumphs coming in 1995, 1999 and again in 2009.
Add to that five Australian Sprintcars Championships and an amazing nine World Series Sprintcar Titles and you see why Tatnell is regarded so highly.
In 2017 Brooke was a regular competitor at Knoxville Raceway, while also recording A-Main wins in both 360 and 410-Winged Sprint Car competition, while finishing fourth in the 2017 Knoxville Raceway Track Championship behind Ian Madsen, Brian Brown and Austin McCarl.
During the Knoxville Nationals Brooke, rode a roller coaster all week long! He qualified a very respectable 10th fastest on his Thursday Qualifying night, before transferring directly into the A-Main with a fourth place run in his heat.
The A-Main would see Tatnell start from position 3, with a direct transfer into the Nationals finale on the cards before a flat tyre intervened while he was running third – thus resulting in a final classification of 23rd and relegating him to Friday nights “School of Hard Knocks” program where he would move from 15th in the A to an 8th place finish.
On the Saturday night, Tatnell started 13th in the B-Main before driving impressively to make the transfer in to the Nationals final with a third-place finish. He would continue this barnstorming run moving from 23rd to 14th in the 50-lap feature event.
In 2018 Tatnell will team up with Ray and Ashley Scott in the V55 Cool Chassis, which will be powered by a KRE engine, with the team including Ray Scott Transport, Shell Lubricants, Sign Depot and Ray Scott Pastoral hoping Brooke can repeat his 2017 Classic run, where he won his qualifying night before finishing third behind James McFadden and Darren Mollenoyux – perhaps even setting their sights on a fourth Classic win!
South Australian Hard Charger Luke Dillon finished 6th in the Classic final in 2017 and despite having been somewhat conspicuous by his absence in the early part of the 2017-18 season, is another force to be reckoned with.
For his run at the Classic, the 2002-2003 Australian Sprintcar Poll Rookie of the Year, will again enjoy some great support from the likes of Action Line Marking, South West Conveyancing, National Karate Academies, Maxwill Race Engines and Scotcher Race Oils and Fuels.
Leading into the 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, Sydney based racer Sammy Walsh was seemingly at the top of his game, regular featuring on the podium at his home venue Sydney Speedway.
Come the Classic, as can quite often happen, lady luck failed to get the memo and Sammy’s weekend became something he would rather forget, officially being credited with a 16th place finish in C-Main 1!
In 2018 Sammy is keen to atone for last year and again Graeme Cowin and the team at Rocket Industries along with Fleck Earthmoving and Aeroflow Performance Products will give him everything he needs to ensure the N92 is super-fast.
No matter what the end result, Sammy Walsh certainly adds another high calibre racer to the entry list.
Warrnambool’s Jye O’Keeffe will be in the midst of his maiden World Series Sprintcars campaign when the Classic hits town and one would expect that the talented former Formula 500 stand-out will be in super sharp form.
Running his beautifully presented KRE powered Maxim, O’Keeffe will again enjoy the support of a host of local sponsors including GJ Gardner Homes, Morton Power Services, API Plumbing, Willie’s Manufacturing Industries, Warrnambool Powdercoating, SHR Rubber, Gulf Western Oil, G & H Distributors, Mortlake Roadhouse, KRE Race Engines, Westvic Sheds, Merri Aluminium, Viplex, Thomo’s Race Graphix, O’Shannassy Motorsport, Autosmart, G & C Forestry, Okely Contracting and T&D Race Parts.
Having claimed the 2016 Victorian Sprintcar Title at Premier Speedway, Aidan Hall is another competitor who will be looking to improve on his 2017 Classic result.
The driver of the S15 Eagle always appears fast and is a terrific qualifier, which can go a long way towards setting up a solid run on the Classic weekend.
With Automotive On-Site, Sailun Tires, L & M Paint and Panel, Speedliner. M S Flooring, Seagrims Mechanical Services and Steve Wickes Powder Coaters all on board be sure to keep an eye on Aidan Hall whenever he hits the track.
Another of the Victorian’s to have produced some strong performances of recent times is Morwell’s Dennis Jones.
Jones who will be at the wheel of the V17 KRE powered Maxim, will again contest the Classic with support from DJE CNC machining, Gatts Panel Works, Transall Motors, Brad Penn Race Oil, OMT, Weldtek, Interlloy and ISCAR.
Jones was another of the C-Main qualifiers in 2017 with an 11th place run, something he will be looking to better come the Classic in January.
Having missed the 2017 Classic with a serious spinal injury, Luke Walker is another of the competitors to engage the popular KRE engine between the down tubes of his Cool Chassis.
With sponsorship coming from Total Dairy Service, Engineer IT, Oh3, Skiold, Rob Hamilton Bearings and Coast FM, the young Mechanical Engineering Student will be out to show he is back and means business.
Joining the list of entrants that now exceeds fifty, with many more to come, are Damien Thorne, who will pilot the Thinwall Trailers Australia, Andrew Thorne’s Signs, Motorsports NT Triple X Chassis at the Classic along with the V32 entry of Riddells Creek’s Stephen Spark who will strap into the teams J&J for the Classic weekend.
Rounding out the list of entrants is another of the South Aussie’s with the S83 Maxwill Race Engines J&J to be driven by Shannon Barry.
Shannon didn’t contest the Classic in 2017, however he will enjoy strong support from Signarama Melrose Park, ULX110 Custom Blend Oil, Maxwill Race Engines, J&J Auto Racing, Step Into Life West Lakes and Scotcher Race Fuels.
The 2018 46th edition of the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be supported by the following sponsors; Performance Racegear, KRE Race Engines, The Lady Bay Resort and KFC.
Copies of the 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic entry form have been forwarded to the 2017 entrants while a PDF version is available for download from the Premier Speedway website www.premierspeedway.com.au