The much-anticipated opening night at Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway which
featured the Southwest Conveyancing Sprintcar cup is in the books!
After minor rain delays, Track crew wasted no time in allowing racing to resume on what
drivers described as a challenging first night back.
Fans were treated to a thrilling night of racing once under way in which Heytesbury
Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway would like to thank all race fans that continued to support this
event till the very end along with complying with covid safe protocols.
A strong field of ten cars took part in two rounds of heat races with Tyler Maggs being a
dominant force from start to finish taking home both heats wins along with crossing the line
in first place come feature time.
It wasn’t without drama through as stewards deemed Maggs had jumped on an earlier start
resulting in a two-spot penalty with four laps left to run. Chad Bell & Tyson Balcombe had
an almighty challenge as they did their best to fight off a hard charging Transport
Equipment Hire V24 Tyler Maggs for the win
Formula 500’s commenced their season at Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway. With
V32 Matthew Turner kicking off proceedings with a heat win after inheriting the lead from
Tim Rankin who suffered mechanical issues after a dominating stint prior.
Former Australia #1 Josh Buckingham collected maximum points in heat 2 maintaining the
lead from start to finish. While V19 Brock Rae collected a win in heat 3 beating home NSW
3 Hayden Pascoe who had only earlier completed the 12-hour trip from Wollongong NSW.
Rounding out heat race winners was V55 Terry Rankin.
Feature time seen a hard-fought battle over 18 laps, with Josh Buckingham getting to turn
one ahead of Brock Rae and settling in for the full lap distance, while the likes of V14 Jett
Speed & V6 Dylan Willsher had early speed but were forced to retire due to mechanical
issues which elevated Hayden Pascoe to a podium position in third alongside Brock Rae who
Once again Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway seen a large number of wingless
sprints which created great competitive racing for both drivers & fans.
Heat wins went to V67 Christopher Halesworth, V72 Tyson Bartlett, V93 Travis Millar, S35
Mitchell Broome, V81 Matt Bartlett & V60 Steven Hateley.
With six different heat race winners the final was setup to be a battle of who could hold on
and make the least amount of errors. The start seen Christopher Halesworth get out to an
early lead followed by Mitchell Broome, as the race went on it was battle of race fitness as
drivers battled a challenge track.
A late caution changed the game as they resumed in single file it was Brett Milburn who was
most advantaged as he moved from 5th to finish 3rd with some pin point driving, Travis
Millar was able to hold & maintain 2nd and Christopher Halesworth finished right where he
started in 1st
Southwest Conveyancing Sprintcar cup kicked off in style as fan favourite V70 John Vogles
took home the win in heat 1 without out being challenged, Heat 2 seen two-time Sprintcar All
Stars Champion V7 Paul Solomon stamp his authority taking home the points after a tight
finish with V98 Peter Doukas in second.
Second round of heats seen starting grids inverted which allowed T62 Tate Frost take full
advantage of a front row start with a heat 3 win, while the busiest man of the night on double
duties Brett Milburn rounded out heat winners for the night.
A Main produced an entertaining opening laps as drivers contented with a hooked-up track
allowing passing at both.
V7 Paul Solomon got off to a flyer leading the pack for the first 7 laps before giving up the
lead as turn 4 seen him get outside the groove allowing a line of drivers through.
T62 Tate Frost brought the caution lights on with 9 laps to run after running top 3 for
majority of the distance, this allowed eventual winner Brett Milburn breathing space at the
point from lap traffic.
Heat winner John Vogels was charging home picking up a second place after winning the
battle with third place getter Peter Doukas who had slipped to 5th who had a moment that
almost turned costly in turn 4 after starting on pole.