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The season kicked off on the weekend with the first round at Ellenbrook for the Carbuster Pro Dirt Series. 20 cars were on hand for the meeting and with finishes of 5th and 3rd in our heats we got a 7thplace starting spot for the feature. We moved up to 5th after dropping back early but came together with another car and spun. We were sent to the rear with 9 laps to go and were able to work our way back up to 7th.
It was a very interesting race, Ellenbrook is very narrow and passing is tough, but for some reason cars starting moving onto the infield and the infield was almost taking rubber. Towards the end of the race we were 3 car widths on the infield and only getting back onto the track midway down the straight. It was something that I haven’t experienced before but by adding the width to the track, the race had plenty of passing to make quite an exciting feature.
We had a great car and 7th doesn’t accurately reflect how good our car was in the feature but a decent amount of points banked and we are off to the Motorplex in two weeks time for round two.
On Saturday night we had round two of the Carbuster Pro Dirt Series at the Perth Motorplex. 21 cars were on hand for what was a different night at the Motorplex with both the Speedway and the Drags racing at the same time to kick off their respective seasons.
A slightly different format with qualifying, one heat and a feature. We qualified 2nd and won our heat in what was looking like being a track record but a late caution stopped that from occurring. It would have been nice to get our 8 lap track record back after we held if for a couple of seasons and lost it towards the end of last season.
We started the feature from the third spot but on the 2nd lap a car tried to pass and made contact, damaging our rim and popping our left front tyre. In Australia we are unable to change tyres and so we kept racing but it is not ideal on three tyres and ended up 7th. Decent in the fact that it was damage control, great heat result and qualifying points plus 7th in the feature meant that we didn’t lose too many points. We are 4th overall, only 11 points behind the leader in the points standings so we are right in the hunt.
We are back at the Motorplex this Saturday night where hopefully we can kick this run of 7ths and get the win.
On Saturday night we had round three of the Carbuster Pro Dirt Series at the Perth Motorplex. 20 cars were on hand for what was a memorial race for Ian “Bonza” Bradford.
We finished 6th and 5th in our heats which gave us an 11th place starting spot in the feature. We moved forward initially getting up to 7th and building some momentum. But as the race continued I wasn’t able to continue moving forward and slowly slipped back, ending up 10th.
Not our greatest showing but sometimes nights like that happen. I just need to make sure that I step it up this week at Bunbury for round 4 and get back to the front.
On Saturday night we had round four of the Carbuster Pro Dirt Series at Bunbury Speedway with 18 cars at the track
We finished 6th and 3rd in our heats which gave us a 9th place starting spot in the feature. We moved forward, working up to 3rd position at one stage and looking like we were going to get a decent result, before a lump a mud got into the front of the engine and knocked off the fuel pump belt, knocking us out of the race.
We have slipped back to 7th in the points, but we will be able to catch back up after what has been a tough start to the season. We are back at the Motorplex this weekend, for what will be round five of the Carbusters Pro Dirt Series and round three of the Perth Motorplex Track Championship. Hopefully the track will be smoother than what Bunbury was and we can get back on the podium
On Saturday night we had round five of the Carbuster Pro Dirt Series at the Perth Motorplex. 21 cars were nominated for what was a lovely warm night, after a top of 40.5 (104) degrees during the day.
We qualified 4th and got 2nd in our heat which gave us a 5th place starting spot in the feature. We started the feature running on the kerb as you can see above. We were slowly moving forward but I moved down the track to avoid contact and passed a car while doing so. That meant at the next restart I was relegated two positions. Luckily the restart was the next lap and we were put back and given an outside starting spot. We then were able to move up to the highline where we drove around the outside from 7th to 2nd in one lap. But unfortunately another caution came out and we had to go back to 7th as the field hadn’t completed a lap. The Chief Steward then stopped the double file restarts and moved to single file.
We worked our way from 7th up to 3rd and were making a move for 2nd when I made slight contact with the wall which slowed me up and we slipped back to 4th. Then another caution came out and the race was declared with 7 to go. Quite an exciting race, with so many cautions it adds extra elements to the race and I feel makes it more exciting. The promotor and chief steward will probably disagree. This was our first top 5 of the year and probably could have driven more conservatively for 3rd but I was really pushing to get 2nd and it cost us a podium. We have moved up into the top 5 in points and hopefully have got all our bad runs out of the way and can get even higher at next week’s show back at the Perth Motorplex.
Starting over 40 years ago with Chris and John, Cardy Racing has been building and racing winners ever since. Now with Jay driving in his 16th year, the legacy continues.
Cardy Racing and GPPD have joined forces to create the formidable GPPD Team Cardy. Long time supporter Sterlo Ashbee from GPPD in Sydney has throw his support behind Chris and Jay to create this partnership.
Chris, one half of GPPD Team Cardy, has been building Cardy chassis here in Perth, Western Australia for over 30 years. His interest in speedway started when his late brother John Cardy began racing in the 70s and he was one of the founding members of the Late Model movement in WA and the inaugural CEO. Chris runs Cardy Racing Components in Malaga - one of the leading sedan parts shops here in Australia. Thanks to his technical knowledge and chassis design expertise, GPPD Team Cardy has been one of Australia’s most respected teams for over a decade. Prior to his involvement in late models, Chris had an AMCA team with his son Jay Cardy and cousin Sterlo Ashbee.
Sterlo, the other half of GPPD Team Cardy, is based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and owns and operates GPPD. He has a real passion for motorsport and when his own racing days came to an end he was keen to remain involved in the team. Sterlo had a varied racing career but in speedway terms was an AMCA Nationals driver before turning his attention to compete in over 15 Iron Man triathlons both here in Australia and overseas. His determination and tendency to dream big are an asset to the team. Sterlo’s current focus is getting his pilot’s licence.
Tony Bissett, or as most people know him “Yup”, is our main man in the pits. Nothing is too much for Yup, a heavy duty diesel mechanic who helps with everything on race day and during the week both on the car and the hauler. Yup is a budding muso who specialises in designing and making his own custom guitars out of various tools and objects, our favourite being his shovel guitar. A great guy and a valued member of GPPD Team Cardy.
John Cardy in the early days
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