Miller, Lansdown, Paterson, Fallon, and Dann win major events on Derby weekend

Damien Miller from host club Alexandra is finally a winner of the prestigious ‘Foodworks One Hundred Lap Derby’ through the dog leg circuit on Kings Birthday weekend after he defeated last seasons champion Shane O’Brien by two laps as he ran through the final without needing to stop. Joel Andrews also from the Alexandra club finished in third in his one race meeting of the season with Dale Smith another Alexandra member in fourth place and Frank Ramsdale placed in fifth.

The weekend attracted more than two thousand spectators for the weekend bringing a huge amount of people into the community to watch the annual endurance event. Over 120 drivers competed across five classes with over sixty in the feature 100 Lap Derby.

Winners on the way into the Derby final across twenty-four qualifying races were Daniel Scott three times, Darren Forrest four times, Lennie Bonnici twice, David Donegan, Jamie Lock twice, Damien Miller twice, Daniel Knight, Russell Smith, Luke Fallon, Corey Lincoln, Dale Smith, Frank Ramsdale, Brendan Miller, Josh Service, Warrick Taylor, and Matt Nelson.

Forrest was the only driver to win all four of his qualifiers and he top qualified from pole position for the event after more than twenty years trying. Daniel Scott was also outstanding in the qualifying. A last chance qualifier race saw Caleb Lincoln, Daniel Brittain, Jackson Basten, Josh Beattie, Hank Orme, Robbie Edwards, and Warren Alexander all join the big race.

The direct qualifiers for the blue ribbon event were Darren Forrest, Scott, Damien Miller, Lock, Brendan Miller, Fallon, Service, Bonnici, Steve Kershaw, Donegan, Matt Nelson, Anthony Knight, Jake Blencowe, Dale Smith, Russell Smith, Shane O’Brien, Taylor, Daniel Unternahrer, David Barrie, Daniel Knight, Ramsdale, Corey Lincoln, Andrews, Ben Moon, Jackson Barneveld, Scott Bull, Dennis Reid, Anthony McKean, Darren Nelson, David Forrest, Bradin Claridge, Cameron Dike, Caleb Lincoln, Jason Judd, Bernie Franklin, Lee Beach, and Aaron Bunton, plus the last chance race qualifiers.

At the drop of the green flag, the first driver with proven race winning pedigree to exit the race was Daniel Knight, just seven laps into the race. Darren Forrest led at the ten-lap mark of the race from Damien Miller and Daniel Scott. On lap fourteen Brendan Miller was the next big-name driver to have their race end, his brother Damien moved to the race lead a lap later. Matt Nelson and Jamie Lock both had their race end before lap twenty with Miller still leading.

Darren Forrest race came to an end on lap thirty-seven and Miller now led Scott and Taylor, Dale Smith, and Fallon at lap forty. Four-time winner Fallon then exited the race and at the halfway mark, last year’s champion O’Brien had moved into the top five. Taylor took second spot from Scott and set about chasing the race leader with forty laps to go. At lap eighty Miller led Taylor, Scott, Dale Smith, and O’Brien. With ten laps to go O’Brien was now placed in fourth spot.

O’Brien moved ahead of Scott with seven to go whilst Miller continued to dominate at the front of the field with computers putting him well ahead of everybody. O’Brien moved to second with five laps to go and he needed Miller to strike disaster to take the race lead and the win. After years of having something go wrong at some point in the big race, everything went right this year for Damien Miller and he took the ‘Foodworks 100 Lap Derby’ race win with O’Brien second, Andrews in third, Dale Smith and Ramsdale.

Miller was ecstatic with the victory thanking his family and team. “To Jason (Crew Chief) and everybody that helped on the car this weekend, thank you very much. I do the driving and I have to do that right, you all have so much to take care for our car and myself to win races. Thank you to Danielle and the family for everything they do to allow me to do this. Congratulations to the other drivers in the top five here on your results. Thank you very much to everybody in the Alexandra Club Committee, volunteers, and officials for making sure this weekend happened despite all the rain in the lead up.”

The one hundred laps was completed in the fastest time ever in more than forty years of the events competition completed in just over fifty-nine minutes. Warrick Taylor completed the fastest heat race ever of the event winning in a time of 3:06.512 for six laps whilst Jamie Lock won the fastest ever heat with a non-chassis car winner in 3:13.058.

Standard Saloons a regular feature of the 100 Lap Derby weekend held their own feature event also with Victorian champion Rhys Lansdown winning the ‘Rusty Cars Down Under Standard Saloon Cup’ main event by more than seven seconds. Mitch Blencowe, Kacey Ingram, Andrew Miles, and Neil Ingram rounded out the top five finishers. The twenty-five-lap final was led all the way by Lansdown who set the fastest one lap time of the weekend for the class in the feature, at 34.847 seconds. Winners in qualifying were Mark Miles, Mitch Blencowe, Kacey Ingram, Brodie Ardley, Lansdown, Neil Ingram, Andrew Miles and then Lansdown the only driver to win more than one qualifier were the winners.

Street Stocks competed in the ‘Aero Spec Engineering Street Stock Spectacular’ with Matt Nelson, Mick Dann and Morris Ahearn putting on a great show in the feature event with Nelson leading until lap eleven before Dann assumed the lead. Tim Hutchinson passed Ahearn on lap eleven also before Ahearn moved past both Hutchinson and Nelson by lap sixteen. At the chequered flag Dann took victory by just .221 of a second with Ahearn, Nelson, Hutchinson, and Matthew Brooks rounding out the top five.

Junior 1200cc Sedans competed also with Will Fallon a favourite in the ‘Fallon’s Bus Services Junior 1200 Sedan Dog-Leg Championship’ with all his previous dog-leg racing experience and Braidan Webster another based on his results during the season. Fallon won all three of his qualifying heat races and Webster won two with Riley Taylor the other race. Fallon led every lap of the twenty-five-lap final and went on to defeat Billy McBride by two and a half seconds with Webster in third after slipping back mid-race into eighth spot. Andrew Mitchell finished in fourth and Chase Doherty in fifth spot with all picking up trophies supported by the Claridge Motorsports Team.

Rounding out all the results of the weekend was the Victorian Short Circuit Championship for Speedway Sedans Australia Juniors Sedans. River Paterson took out a big victory in his career when he was able to win the twenty-five-lap final for his class. Bull had been second for twenty-one laps until he was passed by Simpson and Fallon. Bree Simpson, Will Fallon who raced in both Junior classes over the weekend and then Lachie Bull and Nathan Miles rounded out the top five finishers. Winners in the qualifying racing included Bull twice, Paterson three times,, Simpson, Fallon and Kiarna Barton.

Alexandra Speedway returns to action in August with the three-hour endurance race for Open Sedans and the Mick Corbett memorial for Crash and Bash, through the dog -leg circuit once again.

Alexandra and District Speedway Club wish to thank these specific sponsors for the weekend support;
Rusty Cars Down Under
Aero Spec Engineering
Fallon’s Bus Services
Claridge Motorsports

Alexandra and District Speedway club thank and acknowledge the following valuable supporters;
Alexandra & Yea Pre-Mix
Alexandra Panels & Towing
Beach Earthmoving
Bendigo Bank
Donnaz Underground
Eastern Suburbs Locksmiths
Elite Racking Installs
Endeavor Petroleum
Exhaust Fix Lilydale
Fallon’s Bus Services
Highline Racewear
Ismail’s Building & Construction
LS Quarry
Matthew & Sons Drilling Services
Metro Tow
Outer Eastern Steel
Raslarr Engineering
Revegetation Victoria
S&N Builders
Smooth Suspension
Town & Country Tennis Courts
Tyrepower Alexandra
Valley Onsite
Victory Lane Racegear
Waverley Exhaust & Brake Centre
Yenckens Hardware Alexandra

Ends Release.

Media written by Speedcafe contributor DMT sports Media – Dean Thompson

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