AMCA 8 2 2019


The strong start to the 2015-16 season continued for Shane Cartwright when he last Saturday night at Narrabri’s Newton Park Speedway triumphed in the feature race.

Despite it only being Cartwright’s second outing of the season and his first visit to the Newton Park Speedway track, he qualified third for the feature race after a third, win and a DNF (due to front-end damage after a collision with John Markulin) in his three heat races. From the drop of the green flag, Cartwright managed to work his way into the lead by the completion of the opening lap and that was where he stayed until the fall of the chequered flag.

In the end, Cartwright won by a quarter of a lap ahead of Darrell Kime and Peter Markulin in second and third place respectively. Kime had sat in third for the opening half of the race before he managed to pass Markulin for second and he was then able to hold onto the position for the remainder of the 25-lap journey.

Behind the podium finishers in fourth was Raymond Kime followed by Lindsay Cornwell, John Markulin, local Mark Chiplin and Billy MacPherson. The Only non-finisher was Tania Craig.

The heat-race action saw the wins go the way of Cartwright, Cornwell and Peter Markulin. For Cornwell it was his maiden win in the AMCA Nationals class. Since purchasing the immaculate NSW # 0 car from veteran racer John Cartwright during the off season, Cornwell has gone from strength to strength.

2 12 2015 Shane CartwrightPhoto: Crashy's Photos

As one would expect, Cartwright was rapt to record the feature-race spoils.

“It wasn’t a night without its share of drama, especially in the final heat race, but thankfully my hard-working team and fellow teams all pitched in to get me back out on the track for the feature race,” Cartwright said, who was quick to thank sponsors Lucas Oils, Leisure Coast Bakery, AFCO Shock Doctor and special thanks to Rejeanna, Rob Freebody and Rob Murphy for all of their support.

“To be able to take out the win in the feature race made all of the effort to get back out on the track prior to that worthwhile. I’m now really looking forward to returning to the Newton Park track for the NSW Title later in the season.”

Like a lot of competitors, Cartwright was visiting Newton Park Speedway in order to get his eye in for this season’s NSW Title. Following last weekend’s performance, he is more than confident that he will be one of the front-running NSW Title contenders.

Special thanks must go to the Narrabri Speedway Club for their continued support of AMCA Nationals.

This race meeting was the opening round of the Count Plus One NSW Country Series.

The next event on the 2015-16 season AMCA Nationals Sydney/Newcastle Club calendar is going to be at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway on the Saturday night of December 26 (Boxing Day).