First Woman on Karting NSW Board

Last weekend’s AGM was an historic moment.  First was the complete change in structure with a new constitution implemented and the other was the appointment of Ilona Alsters as Director of Administration.

Karting NSW, like most sporting groups has struggled to retain members over the last few years.  Outgoing Chairman, Derek Ferry made the bold move to reinvigorate his association by bringing independence, corporate structure and expertise to the table.

Independent recruiter Challenge Consulting, were engaged to seek nominations for the new board, with specific skills based criteria and independence utilised as the basis of selection.  

As the first female to be appointed on the Karting NSW Board, Alsters, a commercial lawyer of almost 20 years, holds both a Bachelor and Masters in Law and accreditations from the Australian Institute of Corporate Governance. She has also competed in a number of karting events, proudly stating that she has held a Pink Plate.

 “I would highly recommend more women get involved. Whether it’s with your local club, association or governing body just put your hand up and make a difference” states Alsters. “Teams with greater diversity outperform those without.”

Alsters has a passion for change-management, good governance and development of talent. She has also recently been named as a Finalist in the upcoming Lawyers Weekly - Women in Law Awards 2017 as General Counsel of the Year.

The new Board of Karting NSW includes David Filipetto (Chairman), Ilona Alsters, Ross Allen, Brian Appledoom, Steve Dorian, Paul Meischke, Craig Sargent, Tom Nipperess and Paul Harris.

Lowndes/Richards unveil new Bond tribute for Retro Sandown

Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards will again compete with a Colin Bond retro livery at the Wilson Security Sandown 500.

The new look for the #888 Holden has been unveiled this morning ahead of Triple Eight’s test day at Queensland Raceway.

While last year saw the team adopt Bond's 1992 look, this year's features a mix of different design cues from the Bond era.

“The inspiration is the Colin Bond Caltex era of the late 1980s,” explained Lowndes. “It’s an amalgamation of everything that he did.”

“It’s no secret that last year’s Bathurst was very disappointing for us as a team, but we’ve made a lot of progress over the last few events and we’re feeling confident that we can get some strong finishes in the enduros,” Lowndes said.

“The long races suit me and I always really enjoy the endurance season. Knowing that we had the Bathurst win two years ago certainly does give me some confidence, but of course previous results have no bearing on our performance this year.”

Bundaberg Shed Alliance Speedway

PRESS RELEASE

With the season about to commence in the warmer northern state of Queensland it’s all systems Go! Well sort of!

This season’s bad politics and un-sportsman like behaviour has started early for some.

With more and more venues becoming multi-purpose facilities, public liability insurance has again raised its ugly head and some venue operators are attempting to use this as a weapon to maintain their market position and to make it extremely difficult for opposition promoters.

When a venue on 100 acres operates as a speedway for over 50 years, has a purpose built motor-cross track, a go kart track, an off road track, conducts music concerts and other money making ventures on the property it is what it has to do to remain financially viable and stay afloat into the future.   It’s good business practice to have multiple revenue streams.

Operating a venue in this difficult economic climate is extremely challenging and one must be a forward thinker at all times. We need the support of the car classes as they too need us to offer new driving challenges and tracks for their members to race at.

Some heavily promoted or preferred insurance policies don’t cover venues for anything except speedway events.  Ironically this hasn’t stopped some in Queensland demanding venues use that product even though this product doesn’t cover the venue for all of its other activities year round.

Some in Queensland with vested interests are spreading all sorts of mistruths to clubs, associations and to drivers in an attempt to monopolize the industry.   Just because a venue purchases another brand of insurance doesn’t automatically make it inferior.  In fact, most alternative/equivalent policies are superior in their coverage and as long as the government and regulatory authorities approve its use, the sport, clubs, associations and drivers should have nothing to worry about.

In recent years, Victorian independent promoters utilising specialist insurance brokers confirmed that a policy that is specific to a single venue is far superior to one like the Speedway Australia coverage which is diluted depending on how many tracks are operating under that single blanket policy on any given night.

Rest assured that Bundaberg Carina Speedway is open for business with quality insurance in place and all divisions are more than welcome to participate.

Competition in any market place is good.   Some track operators however would rather try to create a monopoly and stifle speedway growth, restricting regional spectators from viewing car classes, thereby reducing sponsorship opportunities and stop legal racing opportunity choices by clubs, drivers and car owners. This cannot be tolerated in our freethinking country. Do not accept this nonsense. Keep ownership of your sport.

Speedway New Zealand Statement

The Board of Midas Speedway New Zealand acknowledges that the timing and the way we presented the new online safety training and test system was unsatisfactory, and we apologise for this error.

We have since consulted, and the majority of the feedback we have received shows that the concept is acceptable but not the manner in which it was delivered.

We have listened to that feedback and it has been agreed that the online training and test will remain available to our members for them to undertake, but on a voluntary basis. Details of those members who complete and pass the course will be held on file.

The content of this course is educational and does deliver information that will be of benefit to those competitors who choose to participate.

The data collected from course participants and an analysis of the information provided on the site will then be presented to the members in attendance at the 2018 AGM for their consideration.

With this matter now resolved, online licensing is once again live.

Regards
John McCallum
CEO

Midas Speedway New Zealand

Kelleher Shakes N Bakes in the UK

Known as the “Old Show” in Australian speedway circles, Barry Kelleher put on one hell of a clinic whilst racing in the UK recently at King's Lynn.

Racing in the competitive Modlite class Kelleher raced from mid field in the A Main to the front in no time.

After a couple of challenging heats he noticed the track slickening off and that that put a spring in Corky’s step.

Taking advice from his life long friend Alan Oates, Kelleher stuck to his plan and plucked cars off one at a time utilising the low line.

With only a handful of laps remaining Kelleher found himself challenging for the lead.  He eventually finish 2nd.

Car owner Ryan Harrison was over the moon with the result and fielded a few offers for the car that’s actually for sale.

On his return, Kelleher will again compete in the NSW domestic Late Model ranks in his newly purchased Capital Race Car.

Rossi OUT for Multiples Round

Following an enduro training accident on Thursday, August 31st, nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was diagnosed with displaced fractures of the tibia and fibula of his right leg.

The injuries have been sustained to the same leg that he previously broke in his high-speed practice crash at Mugello in 2010.

That crash – which caused a displaced compound fracture to his tibia – put him out of the sport for 41 days.

Rossi is currently in Urbino Hospital, with the surgery likely to happen on Friday. It is understood that he was riding an enduro bike on a downhill section when the accident occurred.

Rossi’s father Graziano told ANSA: “Valentino is not optimistic. They fear there is a fracture. To do the radiograph they had to cut the boot, and Valentino told me he feels very bad.”

The 38-year-old, nine-time world champion is currently fourth in the MotoGP standings, having recently finished third at Silverstone.

His Yamaha team issued the following statement: “Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team rider Valentino Rossi was involved in an enduro accident, during a training activity close to his hometown, on Thursday, August 31st.

“The 38-year-old Italian rider was taken to the 'Ospedale Civile di Urbino' for a check-up. A further medical bulletin will be issued in due course.”

Rossi had already sustained one motocross accident this year, suffering minor chest injuries in May.

Valentino will miss at lest the next couple of events.