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 👍🏻👌🏻🏁
Good evening all,
I hope you enjoyed our Tornado Cup Rnd 1 race meet today at Daylesford...hopefully it’s a sign of what’s to come in that series!..but firstly...
I am sorry for the late rundown of our last race meet, Daylesford Round 5 of the Championship, but better late than never I suppose...and how was that drive from JMac in the Classic? Never looked like losing! And the A1 going to Veal when it looked for all money like a washout! A lot has happened since then 😋
Anyway, back to our Round 5 fixture at Daylesford...
Firstly, I’d like to thank all our volunteers and partners at Daylesford who took the time to get our race meet up and running. From our lap scorers and steward to track preppers and pit organisers ...it all adds up to get is running each week.
Secondly, I’m afraid I didn’t catch much of the racing on the day as I had several commitments which prevented me from viewing most of it. Whilst I know there are several sites that I can watch each race on, I also have an extremely busy life at this time of year and I just haven’t been able to get across all that happened. I did watch most of the finals, but this post will just focus on the winners...it breaks my heart not to give the racing the write up i feel it deserves, but it can’t be helped I’m afraid.
So, let’s get it out of the way early....ultimately, the track on the 19th didn’t reach the normally excellent surface that Daylesford normally provides. Unfortunately, the track dried out very early. Even with some water during the day, it didn’t handle all our races well and every class felt the effects. But, it was a track and we raced it as well as we could!
In our novice class, the first two heats would be won by Stuart with Roman coming second in both. The result was reversed in the third heat.
Stuart would start pole with Roman second and Leo third. On a dusty track, the order would not change throughout. Well done to the v50!
In the Jnr Res. Class, Jed would get the jump out of second on the grid and run away with the win from the V1 of chase. Holly would do the same in an all the way win in the second heat from Ryder. Chase would lead from position 1 from the drop of the green to the chequered flag in heat 3 ahead of the v69.
Points were tight in this one with Holly starting out of 1, Chase out of 2, Jed 3 amd Ryder 4. Holly would steer the v80 to victory with Jed second and Chase 3rd, but despite the one lane track, it was a decent race with the v66 and V1 pushing holly to the finish!
In our 120 open class, heat 1 saw the v27 of Jaime ster it home to victory. Logan was second from Arthur in third. The second heat would have Arthur take the lead in the third lap from the v64. This is how they finished with the v14 in 3rd. Logan would win the third heat from pole from Jake amd Jamie.
It was close in this one! Only 4 points separated the top four cars after heats! The order would be 55, 27, V1 and 14. In what was the race of the day, even on a dry dusty track! As they settled, Logan would lead from Arthur and Jamie with the 64 and 14 close behind. The V1 would go to the rear after an incident and Logan would lead from pole until the v27 of Jamie took the lead on the 17th lap. The last few laps saw a few positional changes with the top few cars being within striking distance. But it would finish 27, 55, 14. A great race on a one lane track!
Our premier class, the senior 160s. Heat 1 saw Jemma lead all the way from pole with Jayden getting past Zoe on the last lap to secure second place. Heat 2 was much the same, Chevy leading all the way with Jayden getting past Chelsea for second....except he came from 8th on the grid! The biggest move of the day! Our third heat saw the V1 of Jett get the jump from p2 and lead all the way. The v43 and v45 would take second and third.
Unfortunately, as the 160s are normally last on track, the track had become so one lane, it was always going to be tough to gain an advantage on a car in front.
The outside lane was always going to be disadvantaged. Chevy, topping the points, started pole and took a well earned victory. Out of three, Jemma followed closely behind, taking second place. Zoe amd Jayden would trade places a couple of time with the v4 eventually securing 3rd place.
Great job to all our winners, place getters and everyone for competing hard each week!
Keep an eye out tomorrow for the tornado results 👍🏻