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The 2016-2017 Eureka Series Top 3 Left to right Tim Van Ginneken - Brett Milburn - Corey McCullagh and David Steadman photo by Corey Gibson Photograph

The SRA Presentation Dinner Brings the 2016-2017 Season to a Close
Author : Ian Vale

The Sprintcar Racing Association of Victoria closed off the 2016-2017 season with the annual presentation dinner in Geelong that was once again a big night with so many awards handed out along with the final of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Series awards, the KTM Motorbike and Western Nissan 11th to 20th cash award that were drawn on the night with over one hundred and seventy drivers, teams, guests and season sponsors in attendance.

With Avalon Raceway conducting their Presentation night on the Friday night prior to the SRA dinner the next night Premier Speedway’s and Avalon Raceway’s resident commentator Gavin White was invited to be the MC at both dinners, a job that was appreciated by all in attendance at both events.

With a few drivers the likes of Corey McCullagh, Brayden Parr, Tim Van Ginneken and Brett Milburn picking up a couple of awards each there were many other recipients on the night as well.

So after Gavin welcomed all attending it was time it was time to get down to business.

At each round of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series there is a $50 random drivers draw that is sponsored by Avalon Raceway so to kick the night of all drivers in attendances had a shot at taking one the drivers draws thanks to Avalon Raceway, the 1st draw of $250 dollars went to David Aldersley, 2nd draw of $100 was taken by Charles Hunter and the third draw of $50 went to Brett Milburn.

The first presentation was to the SRA officials for appreciation of their efforts during the season.

The first part of the evening was dedicated to presenting the SRA 2016-2017 overall season awards before presenting the Eureka Garages & Sheds awards and the drawing of KTM 450 EXC 2017 motorbike to finish the night off.

Best Presented car and crew presentation went to Corey McCullagh and his V90 Team.

S37 driver Terry Kelly received the SRA of Vic Inc encouragement trophy.

Most improved driver of the year went to Brayden Parr, Brayden won this award last season but the committee believed his efforts were outstanding this season and has improved so much again that he is a very worthy recipient of the award.

The next awards were for the SRA 360 Sprintcar aggregate points score for the Victorian drivers only. Rusty Hickman took out first place in the aggregate with Paul Solomon finishing in second place and the current Victorian360 Sprintcar Champion Jordyn Charge took out third place.

Moving along and it was time to present the SRA 2016-2017 Season overall aggregate awards. Taking First place was Darren Mollenoyux who enjoyed a very strong season. Corey McCullagh’s performance throughout the season was good enough to net him second place and Brett Milburn picked up the third place trophy.

Club person of the year is always a tough award for the committee to decided with so many people that help out and make the SRA the success that it is, Adrian Parr was the deserving winning of the this award, Adrian and his business Parr Motorsports have been a part of the SRA for many years and is also a main sponsor to both the open and 360 Sprintcar events as well as a major sponsor for sprintcars at Premier Speedway, a deserving winner.

The Presidents award was the final of the seasons overall presentations, this award of recognition is for a person that showed so much commitment to the SRA, this season the award went to Western Australia’s Scott Reilly. The effort and commitment put in by Scott to be a at nearly all the SRA events this season after travelling from Perth each weekend was amazing.

David Steadman was on hand to represent Eureka Garages & Sheds as Domenic Sabatino was away on business overseas, David was joined by some of the Eureka staff personal to help celebrate the 14th running of the Eureka Garages & Series Sprintcar Series.

David was called upon to accept the award of appreciation for all the support given to SRA from Eureka Garages & Sheds over so many years.

Other Eureka Series sponsors attending the dinner were also presented with awards of appreciation before the Eureka Granges and Sheds Series awards were presented.

Mark Charge from Western Nissan in Caroline Springs was called to the stage to present the Western Nissan Series award of $1500 for the most cars passed in the A Mains of The Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series to Tim Van Ginneken (Tim passed 37 in the A Mains)

Gavin kept Tim up to receive the next award thanks to Lumbar Transport for most heat wins, six during the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series, a $500 product voucher from Parr Motorsports.

Moving along and Corey McCullagh was back taking out the Eliminator Race Wings award, a new Eliminator Top Wing, this award was for the driver that transfers the most from the B Main to the A Main events.

David Steadman returned to start handing out some of the prize poole money from Eureka Garages & Sheds and other Series prize money poole sponsors from Hoosier Tire Australia, Western Nissan and Camden Signage & Building Services.

The eligible drivers from fourth place thru to tenth place, Brayden Parr, Glen Sutherland, Dennis Jones, Jacob Smith, Sam Wren and Charles Hunter were all presented with their plagues and monies.

The Eureka Series Drivers driver award was next on the list, this award is sponsored by Parr Motorsports, and this award is votes on by the drivers that competed in twelve or more round of the Series. Adrian Parr not knowing who had won the award was called up to do the presentation when Gavin announced the winner. The 2016-2017 Parr Motorsport Eureka Series Drivers Driver trophy went to Brayden Parr. Brayden also receives a complete new front end for the sprintcar from Parr Motorsports.

The attending eligible drivers that finished between eleventh and twentieth place in the Eureka Series were called up for a chance in a random draw to win another $1500 from Western Nissan. Mark Charge drew the winning driver from the bucket before a process of elimination began until there were two drivers left
standing, Marks son Jordyn and the winner of the Avalon Raceway $250 draw David Aldersley, Mark handed Gavin he winning drivers name as the tension was building only for David Aldersley be announced the winner again for more of the money on the night, a good night for David!

With time ticking away the last presentations were about to take place before the drawing of one of the most sort after prizes in the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series, the KTM motorbike.

The Eureka Series third placed driver Corey McCullagh accepted his Eureka Garages & Sheds Series third place trophy and prize Poole money from David Steadman, next up was the Series runner up Tim Van Ginneken to accept his well deserved trophy and money of $5000. Then it was time to crown the 2016-2017 Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series Champion for a second time Brett Milburn, Brett received the first place trophy and a major share of the Series prize poole of $10,000.

MC Gavin White spoke with each driver about their season that was then gave each driver the opportunity to thank all their team sponsors and thanks the Eureka Series Sponsors for yet another very hotly contested 206-2017 Series.

All three drivers were also presented with framed pictures thanks to Corey Gibson Photography before lining up for a few camera shots thanks to Corey.

With the nights presentation nearly at a close all eyes were focused on the award of the night, the drawing of the winner of the KTM 450 EXC 2017 motorbike thanks to KTM Australia and Jeff Leisk.

With all the eligible drivers from the top ten in the Eureka Series called upon Gavin gave the drivers a chance to say a few words and what it would mean to win this magnificent KTM. Each driver then had to select an envelope that contained a picture of each of the eligible competitor’s sprintcars.

A process of elimination began starting with the tenth place driver Charles Hunter to reveal and eliminate a driver. working thru the order from tenth to third place that saw Brett Milburn eliminated on the way leaving the last two eligible drivers for the KTM Motorbike, Tim’s envelope would eliminate one of the drivers leaving the winner in Brett’s hands, still in with a chance was Glen Sutherland and guess who? Tim Van Ginneken.

Just to spices things up a little more Gavin called both Brett and Tim to the front of the stage to open there envelopes at the same time for all in attendance to see before announcing the winner to two nervous drivers.

And the 2017 KTM 450 EXC Motorbike went to Glen Sutherland, and if you though Glen was excited when won his first feature race this season it was nothing compared to the excitement he display at wining a $15000 motorbike.

Glen was quick to thanks Jeff Leisk and KTM Australia along with his team for there efforts during the season.

Congratulations to all the award winners and thanks to all who attended for yet another great presentation dinner.

The SRA recently released the 2017-2018 race dates and a new event was added to the calendar today, See below. Premier Speedway will be conducting one SRA 360 Sprintcar event that will be part of the SRA 360 Triple Crown Series in April.

The Sprintcar Racing Association of Victoria thank the following Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series and season sponsors:

Eureka Garages & Sheds www.eurekagarages.com.au
KTM Australia www.ktm.com
Western Nissan www.westernnissan.com.au
Hoosier Tires Australia www.mdmotorsport.com.au
Camden Signage & Building Services www.camdenneon.com.au
Steelpipes Pty Ltd www.steelpipes.com.au
Lumbar’s Transport www.lumbars.com.au
Eliminator Race Wings www.crossmotorsport.com
Parr Motorsports www.parrmotorsport.com
Avalon Raceway www.avalonraceway.com.au
Corey Gibson Photography www.gibsonphotography.com.au
Sprintcarworld www.sprintcarworld.com.au
Maxam Printing www.maxamprinting.com.au
Hickman’s Environmental & Tree Maintenance www.hickmans.com.au Ascot Vale Sports & Trophies www.ascotvalesports.com.au

The 2017-2018 SRA Season Proposed Race Dates.
SRA Avalon Raceway - SRA Scrutineering and Practice (TBA)
October 2017
14th Avalon Raceway – Eureka Series R1
21st Heartland Raceway – Eureka Series R2
November 2017
4th Premier Speedway - Eureka Series R3
11th Avalon Raceway – Jackpot Invitational
18th Premier Speedway – Victorian Open Sprintcar Title
25th Borderline Speedway – Eureka Series R4
December 2017
2nd Redline Speedway – Eureka Series R5
9th Avalon Raceway – Eureka series R6 / Fireball Derby
16th Premier Speedway – The Max Race
26th Avalon Raceway – Eureka Series R7/ Gold Cup
27th Simpson Speedway – Eureka Series R8
28th Borderline Speedway – WSS
30th Avalon Raceway – WSS
January 2018
1st Premier Speedway – WSS
17th Avalon Raceway – Presidents Cup
18th Borderline Speedway – Kings Challenge
19th Premier Speedway – Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic
20st Premier Speedway – Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic
21st Premier Speedway – Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic – Final
25th Mt Gambier SCCA Australian Open Sprintcar Title
26th Mt Gambier SCCA Australian Open Sprintcar Title
27th Mt Gambier SCCA Australian Open Sprintcar Title
February 2018
3rd Wangaratta Speedway – Eureka Series R9
17th Western Speedway Hamilton – Eureka Series R10
24th Heartland Raceway – Eureka Series R11
March 2018
3rd Avalon Raceway – Eureka Series R12 / Great Southern Showdown
10th Simpson Speedway – Open Sprintcar Feature Event
17th Premier Speedway – Eureka Series R13 – Grand Final
24th Western Speedway Hamilton – SRA 360 Sprintcar Title / Gold Cup
30th Avalon Raceway – Easter Sprintcar Trail
31st Borderline Speedway – Easter Sprintcar trail
April 2018
1st Premier Speedway – Easter Sprintcar trail – Final
7th Heartland Raceway – SRA 360 Sprintcar Challenge
14th Premier Speedway – SRA 360 Sprintcars
21st Avalon Raceway SRA 360 Sprintcar Diggers Cup
(The 3 SRA 360 Sprintcars events will be known as the 360 Triple Crown Series)

Disclaimer: These dates are subject to change and other dates may be added.

Glen Sutherland with his new KTM thanks to Jeff Leisk & KTM Australia - all photos by Corey Gibson Photography

Eureka Garages & Sheds staff and guest enjoying the night

Brayden Parr being presented with the Drivers Driver award by his father Adrian who was award the club person of the year

Mark Charge from Western Nissan presenting Tim Van Ginneken with $1500 for passing the most cars in the Eureka Series A Mains

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