Have we all recovered from our Hoosier Tire Australia Victorian Title yet?
It was a hectic day with many weather inturuptions to go along with the largest car count that we’ve ever had in one race meet at the JQMV!
But, we got the meeting done...and it was a whole lot of fun!!
Firstly, a big shout out goes to all our racers, their crews and their supporters that stuck fat on the day. In trying conditions, everyone stayed keen for the contest and we saw some awesome racing throughout our heats and finals!
to all our feature winners...the new V1’s of their class:
Novice-V40 Leo Tancredi
Junior Restricted-V66 Jed Moorfoot
120 Open- V27 Jamie Balcombe
160 Senior- V6 Blake Balcombe
All these drivers drove hard on the day and deserved their spots on top of the podium.
Thanks to Will Lamb from Howe Automotive and Daylesford Dyno Tune, we’d also like to congratulate our other winners on the day....
Hard charger award: V28 Wil Orders
Drive of the day: V27 Jamie Balcombe
Hard luck award: V89 Kayde Mankey
We all know that it takes a lot of work behind the scenes to get a big event like this happening.
So, heres a generic blanket statement of thanks to everyone who chipped in along the way to turn the Vic Title into the event it was...because I’ll surely forget someone I’m this write up that really deserves a thanks!!
Everyone’s efforts are greatly appreciated. From track prep, to lawn mowing, to site prep and pack up etc....it all goes towards making the day run smoothly and as a club, we appreciate and need these people to do what they do so the kids can have fun and race!
More specifically, we’d like to thank:
Lynda & Michael Tancredi and Westcoast Concreting for the huge effort they put in from the very start to get this up and running. They have become our track sponsors and planned this day from a long way out. They have basically weatherproofed the pit area for days like Sunday and, among other things, got our little raceway looking like a proper, legitimate raceway! Cheers guys
Wade Aunger& Liam James Aunger for treating this day like it was The Classic or Chariots of Thunder!! You’re work in the lead up with driver profiles, all the way through to the commentary on Raceday and trophy presentations, was nothing short of amazing! I’m sure every kid felt the rock star vibes you were hoping for!... and, even if they didn’t quite appreciate it, I know all the grown ups did!
Freddie Baker and Mandy Searle from Max Dumesny Motorsport...the Hoosier brand was ever present throughout the day and we are extremely appreciative of your sponsorship, the prizes you provided and your overall support of our little raceway throughout this Hoosier Tire Australia Victorian Title for Junior Quarter Midgets.
Tyler Barton from Ash Media for capturing the video footage on the day.
Shane Sharrock from Rock Solid Productions for your photographic work on the day.
Lachlan Trotter for your work in painting/prepping the infield for the day.
John Humphries, Helen and Kylie for their work again in the canteen. Keeping the masses fed as per usual
So, that’s a wrap from me tonight. I think it turned out being a great event, despite the conditions, and we have definitely raised the bar for Title days in the future!! We hope all the kids had a ball!
Stay tuned for information on our upcoming race days as we approach them, but, for now it’s goodnight.
The JQMV committee
P.S. Another mention to
for capturing this epic pic of the cars on the infield
We hope everyone’s safe, well and prepared for a big weekend of racing!
Let us start with that.
*Pit time for the Daylesford club show on Saturday, as per their committee, is 8am for a 9am start. It will be gate admission for those attending this event.
*Pit time for Round 4 of our Championship Series, at Laang Speedway, on Sunday the 14.03.21, is 10am for an 11am start. Admission price will be $40 for the families first car...$20 for each other car.
Both these tracks must have Speedway Australia stewards and Scrutineers. As far as we know, this is the case. But, can we just keep this in mind when we are racing sanctioned JQMV events.
Now, let’s all have a little reminder chat about our race day etiquette and rules. Some issues have already arisen from our only completed race meet of the year. We just need to sharpen up on a few things to make sure things run smoothly....for the kids, the organisers and he race meet overall.
- Hi-Vis clothing must be worn when on the infield.
- No shorts above the knee, open toed shoes or singlets to be worn on the infield or in the pit area.
- No driver or pit crew can talk to the Cheif Steward about any race incidents or decisions. Communication must go through the drivers rep.
As per the previous rule, we understand this is more of an issue at our partner tracks at Daylesford, Laang and Nyora. Whilst we’d like to think that gentle reminders will help, the committee have decided to bring in a couple of guidelines to help us achieve this at these tracks. These will limit the amount of possible interaction with officials and will make things safer overall for our racers, officials and crews. So....
- Only one crew per car will be allowed out on the track at these venues. All other crew/family must observe the racing from the viewing areas of each track.
We understand that our people want to all be as close to the action as possible and be right there to cheer on our little stars, but, we can’t have situations where it’s going to cause more harm than good, should a situation arise where the worst happens?!
After another obvious issue arose last week, the committee has also decided to streamline the way our Novice finals are run. With so many newbies in the field, we can’t have another situation where our lead cars catch the tailenders before they’ve put their foot on the throttle at the drop of the green flag.
To combat this, we will be splitting our Novice finals into an ‘A’ and ‘B’ Main when the field of cars exceed 10. ‘A’ Main cars will be the top points scorers. There will be no cars transfer. Points will be allocated as per the finishing order of both mains, as though it was a full field. There is still some discussion around what the split will be, so, stand by on that and we will update that later on.
Ok. Lastly from me tonight, we have loved seeing the driver profiles being posted by
over the last week or so. Can we please keep them coming in. It’s great to see the personalities of our drivers, and it’s a great chance to give your sponsors and supporters a pump up, as we build towards the Vic Title in a few weeks time.
A bit to absorb tonight. So, take it in, and let’s all get to Laang ready to go.
Stay safe everyone.
The JQMV committee
More race dates have been added to the 20/21 season. be sure to click on the CALENDAR tab to have a look!
MAJOR PLANS FOR 2021 VICTORIAN JUNIOR QUARTER MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP!
For immediate release
February 23, 2021
The 2021 Junior Quarter Midget Victorian Title is receiving a major boost!
With the support of the JQMV committee, a new naming rights sponsor and a new injection of showbiz has all been thrown into the mix, as track sponsor and event organiser, Michael Tancredi, seeks to make the one-off event something to remember for teams and supporters alike.
On Sunday, April 11 Hoosier Tire Australia will present the biggest showcase of Victorian Junior Quarter Midget racing seen yet.
“I really want this to be special,” says Tancredi, “we’re organising a lot of things behind the scenes that will make the day memorable for everyone involved. For Quarter Midget racing it’s going to be next level. The emphasis is on having fun and showing off our sport in the best way.”
Tancredi has some aces up his sleeve.
“I can’t say too much right now but we’ll be releasing information regularly,” Tancredi continues, “we really want to showcase Quarter Midgets in the best possible manner and get new people into the sport. It’s a fantastic category and I think we can show a wider audience what it’s all about.”
Sunday, April 11.
Lock in that date.
Teams that are planning to enter the event can be assured that a bit of glitz and glamour is going into the day with the young drivers being spotlighted like rock stars.
ATTENTION all who are attending Daylesford Speedway on Sunday the 28th February.. Please be in the pits by 9am for a 10am SHARP start. This time has been confirmed by
Good evening members, family and freinds,
I hope tonight finds you all well in what has all but become a complete lockdown now 🤷🏼♂️
It has been a little while since our Vic Title was run and won by all classes. I haven’t posted our rundown yet but that will come shortly.
Tonight’s post is just a quick shout out to our special prize winners from title day. Not only did they take home a substantial booty of trophies on the day, but our major sponsors have donated some special prizes for the committee to deal out too!
Thanks to Danny and Julie Amato from Australian Racing Parts again for their support. They have provided us with a 5pt Ultrashield Racing Harness.
Historically, we have given this award to the Hard Charger of the day or a Hard Luck Award...this year the committee voted on a driver who probably fell into both these categories.
After getting smashed around a bit in the heats and not actually finishing a heat, this driver would storm from the back of the 11 car A main to take 5th place in the 160 final.
Congratulations to Zoe Pearce on winning our Hard Charger! 👍🏻🏁
Our second major sponsor of our Vic Title is Fiona Hush and Highline Racewear. The first award they have provided us is a pair of Highline Race Boots. After much discussion among the committee, it was decided and voted on that these would go to the Outstanding Drive of the day.
After some deliberation, with a couple of drivers well and truly putting their hands up, it was decided that Jayden Locks dominating drive away victory in the final of the 160 class would receive this prize! Congrats on nominating in time and on this win too Jayden 😝🏁
The second prize from Highline was 4 Highline Race Wear shirts. We decided to issue these to our pole sitters for each class. So congrats to the following drivers in each class....
Novice: Leo Tancredi v40
Jnr. Res: Cruz Carlin v21
120 Open: Hudson Moorfoot v64
Senior 160s: Blake Balcombe v6
Thanks again to all our competitors on the day and all our sponsors for these prizes.
Stay tuned for the write up(coming soon), and information going forward regarding the finish to our season and also our presentation day.
Thanks all, stay safe and well,
Here is Saturday’s Australian Grand Prix review. Enjoy.
As always, thank you first and foremost to all that put their hand up each meet to get our kids racing! From our stewards, to our lap scorers and those who add up the points. It all goes into making the day run smoothly and it it always appreciated.
Well done again to Andy Pearce on securing the services of Shannon McQueen and Michelle Decker to hand out tshirts and trophies. It was appreciated by all and shows the kids what they can achieve in the future if they stick with it!
The track looked like it was going to be a belter from the start. It took some work early, the 160s and 120s got it rolled in and ready to go. Although, they picked plenty of it up themselves, causing a reshuffle of the racing order for some urgent car cleaning! But, all is well that ends well. The track had plenty of moisture in it for(almost) the entire days racing.
Now, to the racing.
The first heat would see Leo off the pole in his v40, but it would be his brother Roman who would get the jump from position 3 and hold out his bro to lead all the way. Unfortunately for young Will, he would be sent infield for being primary cause of two stoppages.
The second heat was a pretty straightforward affair, Stuart leading off pole for an all the way victory, Roman again getting the jump ahead of Leo, the pair taking 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The third heat, again, would see the pole sitter race away to lead all the way. While Roman controlled proceedings, the other three battled way for the minor placing. Will in the v28 would hold out Stuart for second place.
The final would see Roman out of 1 and Stuart out of 2. It was a commanding performance by the top points scorer of the day with Roman racing away for a well earned Novice AGP victory!
But, all the action would take place for the minors in this one. On paper, Stuart would Start and finish in second place, and deservedly so. But he didn’t have it his own way. For the entire final, a blanket could be thrown over all three drivers!
Several times it looked as though Will had the run to get under Stuart, but couldn’t quite get the job done. Another few races for the v28 and he will surely have the experience to take those chances! It was a well earned 3rd for Will.
At other times, Leo looked like he had put some recent mechanical issues aside, as he put pressure on Will and Stuart, mostly on the outside. Again, a little bit more racing under his belt and we’ll have another dynamic future racer on our hands! It was 4th place for Leo but by no means a failure today!
Great racing Novices 👍🏻🏁
Our first heat saw Tyler off of pole position. Unfortunately, he couldn’t make the most of it first up as Chase and Holly would zip last early on with Jed settling in 4th. The order would not change for the remainder of the heat.
Heat two would see Jed get a crack at pole with Tyler getting his second front row start on the outside of the v66. Jed would take full points in the race from Tyler. Just behind them it was a cracking battle for third. 4 times the placing would change hands wth the V1 just edging out the v80 to take 3rd.
As the track was fast all over, the third heat produced an even surface with passing opportunities limited. They would start and finish in the same order...Holly taking out the heat from Chase, Jed then Tyler.
Holly would start the final out of pole. She was solid from the drop of the green to the waving of the chequers. It was an all the way win and well deserved AGP Jnr Res victory!
She was helped along by some excellent racing behind her where positions were changing frequently, but it gave Holly the clear air you want out in front.
Chase seemed in control for a couple of laps out of 2nd, but Jed wasn’t going to let him race away easily. In the first 9 laps of the feature, the 2nd/3rd places changed 5 times! Jed would eventually hold Chase out with Tyler nipping at their heels the whole way.
It was another very entertaining race day from Jnr Res. Well done 👍🏻🏁
As has been the trend of late, the 120 open class was full of speed, great moves and a big dollop of controversy through their heats and final today. So, I guess you could say it was definitely entertaining?
The first heat had it all! There was a spin out early but Hudson would take control at the front of the field. Logan and Cody would battle for position behind the v64, with the v2 getting a pass done in the fourth lap and holding on for second. There was plenty of shuffling of positions in the back four cars throughout, with the v82 finishing on the infield after dropping a chain.
The next heat was a lot calmer. On a fast track, Jamie would control things prom pole, leading all the way. Arthur was solid in second place with Leah taking an all the way third. Cody was the big mover, steering his v2 from 8th to 4th.
The last heat saw Cody get the jump off pole. He would only lead for two laps before Logan would take the front in the third lap and lead to the Chequers. Jamie would now challenge the v2 for second place, taking it over in the 5th lap...but Cody wasn’t done with yet. With 3 laps to go he would take back second and hold.
The final starting grid saw Cody in 1, Logan 2nd and Jamie 3rd. These three put on an excellent display of fast paced driving and clean passing throughout the heats. This final was promising to be a beauty.
They jumped as expected with the v2 leading from the v55 and v27 for the first few laps. Arthur settled into fourth with Hudson pressing in fifth.
Logan would squeeze past Cody in the 4th lap as the track started to dry out a little. 2 laps later Jamie would make the most of a chance to slip past Cody as he became a little unsettled. Cody would regain his composure but had unfortunately dropped back to fifth.
The new trio of the v55, v27 and v82 would control things for the rest of the race. Logan taking a well deserved AGP win from a persistent Jamie. Arthur battled well from 6th to third.
Great entertaining racing 120s 👍🏻🏁
It was another great day of racing on an excellent deck for our 160s.
Heat 1 and Zoe would get a great jump from 4th to lead all the way. The V1 did the same, getting a huge run from 6th to 2nd. There were plenty of movers back in the pack too, with Chevy taking 3rd from 8th and Jayden 4th from 11! The v51 of Mallacai was looking good again sitting in fourth until he spun to the infield, strangely, sitting out the race on the edge of the track.
Heat 2 and Zoe would again show her class and jump to the lead from third, winning the heat. Blake got a great run from 6th, holding onto second until the half way mark when the V1 would flex some muscle and burst past to take second. Blake holding 3rd. Several stoppages marred the race, slightly, with plenty of cars shuffling at the back.
Heat 3 would see the v35 control proceedings from pole. Chevy would jump from 6th to 3rd, and when the 2nd running v45 spun out, Chevy would sit in behind Callan. Pushing him all the way to the Chequers. Mallacai dropped from 3rd to 6th at the start and had some work to do. The v56 of Zak was doing a good job holding out the challengers behind him until the 8th lap when the v51 would slip past and steal 3rd.
Points wer collated and, yet again, the track was showing its first sign of dryness for the day, just in time for the 160 final 🙄
So, as has happened a few times lately, it took a few times to get this final running...four in fact! But, when they got a lap in the books, it settled in their starting positions of the v15, v43, V1 and v35. The big mover early was the v51. Starting from 8th, Mallacai would get a great jump and settle in fifth.
It would be a scrappy affair at time for the rest of the feature, with four more seperate stoppages through the race. The v6 would be placed infield for 2 primary causes after showing a bit early in the day.
The last third of the final is where it got very interesting. Callan would take a great opportunity to slip past a wobbly V1 and 2 laps later, the v51 and v4 would do the same.
Chevy would pounce on an unsuspecting Zoe in the 13 lap, sniffing about another feature win. On the same lap Callan would attempt the same. There was contact between the second and third place cars...unfortunately, Zoe’s chain was off amd she would finish the feature infield.
Cal would push Chevy to the line but the race was over. Chevy, in an excellent(although much shortened race, Jason 🤣)run, would take the win from Callan and Mallacai. Three rookies on the podium! Jemma would edge out Jayden late for fourth and fifth.
It was an interesting watch from start to finish for the big kids, next weeks Title bout should be a cracker!
Great job all 👍🏻🏁
Overall, It was an excellent days racing put on by our little racers and they can all be very proud of the way they are all progressing through their individual careers. Keep it up guys.
See you all in a couple of weeks for our Victorian Title!
G’day to all JQMV members, family and friends,
I hope your AGP preparations are well under way. Tis another wet day at Avalon today, but, it does look like we will have some favourable conditions come Saturday, which is great news for everyone.
This post today is to give everyone some amazing news that has come across our desks here at JQMV headquarters!...
Due to some excellent wheeling and dealing from one of our hardworking members, we have been lucky enough to secure a visit to our Little Avalon track, from two very prominent and high profile racers at our upcoming Australian Grand Prix race meet. We would like to thank Andy Pearce, on behalf of all members, for being able to make this to happen! 👍🏻
If you visit Avalon’s Facebook page often or are a keen follower of what is happening at the track, you will know that on Saturday evening after our race meet, the 75th running of the Victorian Speedcar Championship is being run. Our very own Zoe Pearce’s Dad is nominated and looking to be a front runner on the night, but he obviously has some stiff competition. Not least of all, is three drivers hailing from the US of A.
Luckily for us, Andy has offered the chance , and ultimately secured a visit to our track, from two of those drivers!
So, at Junior Quarter Midgets Victoria, we welcome Shannon McQueen and Michelle Decker who will both be racing for the Griffiths Motorsport team in the V75c and V75ok, respectively.
Whilst they won’t quite be there for the start of our proceedings on Saturday, hopefully they get to see some good racing from all our classes during the day, and...they have offered to present trophies at the conclusion of our finals!!
Hopefully, they can offer some words of wisdom to our young drivers and are a good example of what they can aspire to be!
Thanks again to Andy and his team. It should be an exciting day and I hope you are all looking forward to it as much as we are!
See you all on Saturday.
*Shannon McQueen is from Bakersfield, California, and used to race junior quarter midgets! Shannon is currently in Australia to compete in the Victorian Championship and, later this month, the Australian Title for speedcars. She has had many successes in her racing career in the US. She was the 2011 BCRA Champion and 2012 USAC Western State champion. Shannon obviously knows how to steer her midget(speedcar) and she is the first female nominee for our national title.
*Michelle Decker, from Guthrie, Oklahoma, is the second of our lady racers competing in the Vic and Australian Champions this month. She, too, has tasted success throughout her racing career back home. This includes a 3rd and 5th placing in the POWRi West Midget series, State Fair Championship in 2008 and a Western State Feature win one 2014.
Time for a Tornado Cup round 1 write up...
Thanks again to Daylesford Speedway for putting us on this past weekend. Due to lack of numbers for their own meet, the big cars were cancelled...but volunteers still ran a show for us, with canteen and all! Thanks for your work in prepping the track and providing trophies for the Daylesford Track Championship(which we will get to later).
The track presented this time around was almost back to its 2019 best! It was smooth and once rolled in by the 160’s, it raced better through each of the heat groups.
With a touch of water at the break, it continued to offer multiple racing lines, even until the 160’s started!
We had four cars competing again in our novice class. Unfortunately, Leo seemingly struggled with some mechanical issues throughout the day and was a touch off the pace.
Will in the v28 in his second meet, showed some improvement in his consistency of performance. He pushed the more experienced duo of Roman and Stuart a couple of times, holding down second place for plenty of laps throughout the heats and final.
But the big battle up front was consistently between the ‘seasoned’ novices of the v29 and the v50. It was a cracking first heat as they battled traffic with Stuart taking the win. Roman would win the next to heats in convincing fashion.
Come final time, Stuart would jump to the lead on lap 1. On lap 5, Roman got a touch loose, having to restart from the rear. Stuart would drive away and lead all the way to the chequers while Will would do his best to hold off a determined Roman. With 4 laps to go, Roman takes second with Will finishing a hard fought third 🏁
With the track quickening after our first novice race. Heat 1 would see all racers jump well and finish exactly in their starting positions! Jed would take first from Chase and Holly.
Heat two was a great great battle between the front row cars for 5 laps. With Cruz leading, contact from the V1 would see Chase put to the rear on the restart. Cruz would streak away to win from Tyler and Holly.
Heat 3 was another excellent battle between our fast developing Restricted class. Holly would hold on for the ten laps to win but it was anyone’s race to the final flag as the v66 and V1 both pushed hard to the line.
On paper, it was a fairly straightforward final. But, again, our juniors are showing great maturity and development each week. Tyler would start pole, but the V1 would get the jump on the outside to lead. Whist positional changes were rare in the final, all kids races well and put plenty of pressure on until the last lap. Despite some hustle and bustle late, Chase would take the win from Tyler and Cruz 🏁
It was an interesting day for this class. There was plenty of action and plenty of shuffling of position throughout. Also, there was great maturity shown in some great drives!
Heat 1 saw some contact between cars end the race for the v14 on lap 3 after he threw a chain. Out of three, Leah would hold on to take victory from the V1 and v2 who both made plenty of ground during the race.
Heat 2 saw an increase in grip and speed on track positional changes almost seemed impossible. Logan would win from Leah and Arthur.
Heat 3 again saw a fast track with passing proving difficult. It wasn’t from a lack of trying with plenty of drivers giving themselves a chance. Ultimately, Jamie would drive away for a solid win from Jake and Arthur.
The 120 final was a fairly hectic affair, with a couple of stoppages and a little controversy. An early incident would see the V1 relegated to rear of field after making some early gains from the back row. Throughout the race, the rear most top points cars almost all change several positions throughout the race. Amazingly, Leah steered her v26 expertly from position 8 to the front of the field by lap 8. Granted, she was helped by some banging and crashing going on, but on the restart from that point, Leah showed great maturity, holding on for an awesomely raced victory from the rear!
The battles for the minor placing were crazy at times and at times, they were crazy good! Eventually, Hudson would take second, from Jake, Logan, Cody and Jamie...but at any stage in the last two laps, any of those drivers could have taken a podium position!
Great driving again 120’s! 🏁
It was a touch slippery early before the big kids settled into a rhythm. Mallacai started off of pole in the v51 and would hold on well to win from Jayden and Jemma.
Heat 2 saw the track quickening with grip all over. The team green cars started off the front row and Chevy in the v43 would push her bro on the V1 all the way to the finish. Callan was hot on her heels with Jemma again shouting speed in 4th.
In heat 3, the track was still racy but was showing signs of drying. Again, they settled into rhythm and Jayden would race away to win from the very consistent Jemma. Chevy and Jett would take 3rd and 4th. The only real positional changes were on the back half of the field as they jostled for position throughout.
The final was going to be an interesting affair. As with all classes, the highest points were at the rear. But with the track really beginning to dry out, anything could happen..and it did!
There would be four restarts before a lap was run! Plenty of issues arose with drivers on the back trying to make the most of each start...the result was a little bit of chaos.
With rolling laps, the track would dry further, not offering much up on the outside for the first time all day. As our senior class finally got under way, Jemma would quickly make the most of the mess around her, steering the v45 into second place by lap 3...not bad starting from 8th!!
As the race progressed, there continued to be stoppages. The V1 would be put infield on lap 7 for two primary cause stoppages.
Moves were being made through the field, but progress was slow and drivers were more relying on errors rather than taking on the track.
Blake, Jemma and Callan were holding steady as the front three cars and all three were giving it their all. On a restart with a couple of laps to go, the two lead cars would come together. In a last moment of controversy for the day, both cars were restarted in their positions, and that’s how the final placings would stand. Jayden would get up the inside of Chevy with a lap to go to take 4th.
Overall, it was an interesting race with plenty going on! There was some great skills on show. But, it may be a chance to reinforce to our older drivers, that you can race aggressively, but, if you not clean you will be reprimanded!
Well done to all our place getters and top point scorers 🏁
So, that’s it for round 1 of Tornado. It was also the last round of the Daylesford track championship. Points are on our website and thanks to Daylesford Speedway for their pics of place getters on the weekend. Have a look at their Facebook page to see your kids smiling faces 👍🏻
I hope you are all ready for a big day Saturday at the Vic Title! See you all there 👍🏻👌🏻🏁