Lives: St. Agnes
First Job: Brake mechanic
First Race: Age 8 in a go-kart
Four people you would invite to dinner: Valentino Rossi, Adam Sandler, Tony Stewart and the President of the
Favourite Circuit and Why: Warrnambool, fast and racy
Favourite Motor sport Identity: Valentino Rossi
Biggest Career Influence: Donny Schatz
Career Ambitions: Full time racer
Some thing you would never do: Wrestle a croc
TV Show: Rove
Music Artist: Powder Finger
Food: Steak and chips
And there was a good crowd on hand who have been waiting the off season to see the sprintcars back in action.
The s29 was handling good in the heat races. But the track was very fast which made passing very hard.
But we still made some passes in the heat races which was only good enough to put us out on P6 in the A Main.
We freed the car up for the feature after they had prepped the track thinking that it would be a heavy fast track.
But it turned out to be the opposite as the car was very loose to drive and also hampered in the last 15 laps with a front wing peg that had broken due to some minor contact and the front wing was on bad angle which didn't help with the front down force on the car.
Matt was happy with the car speed wise but it isn't quite where he wants it to be.
Had some great hard racing with Brad Keller, Hayden Pitt and Garry Brazier during the Feature.
All credit to the team at Speedway City who gave us a great track to race on all night.
We look forward to competing at the Australian Sprintcar Master this weekend where another good field of 410 sprintcar teams and drivers has nominated for this prestigious event at Speedway City.
Heat:1 Start Position 4 - finish Second
Heat:2 Start Position 5 - finish Fifth
Feature: Start Position 6 - finish Fourth
The track preparation was excellent and it was in great condition and had plenty of moisture and drive.
When the time trails were completed Matt tied in 6th place with Jamie Veal who was driving the Victory Lane Racing v88 sprintcar who also did a 11.931 lap. (108.62 km/h)
In Matt's first heat he started from position 7 and progressed through the field to finish in a good 4th position. But a driver ahead of him was put back a few spots so Matt classified with a third place finish in the heat race.
The second heat he was to start from 5th. Matt was taken out early in the race when another driver lost control and was hit from behind as he had stopped when another sprintcar veered across the track and into his path and the resultant clash caused a right hand front tyre to go flat. He was able to get a new tyre changed as they had thrown an open red and he came back from this on track incident to finish in third position.
Matt started and finished 4th in the six lap dash which had him starting 4th in the A Main.
The A Main was a very fast run race with some very hard racing all round the track.
There were several red lights when a couple of sprintcars had some incidents that ended up hitting the concrete wall. There was an issue with the s29 as at every restart the car was very tight and hard to drive and this did improve as the racing laps progressed after each restart. It was found after the race that the tyre pressure bleeder on the right hand side rear had failed and was letting too much air escape form it. And it took a while for the tyre when racing to build up the tyre pressure to go back racing hard as we know Matt can. He decided that is was better to bring the car home in a good 4th place finish rather that damage the sprintcar.
Congratulations to Steven Lines on the race win and to the other place getters James McFadden & Daniel Pestka.
Matt also would like to welcome Gawler Farm Machinery who has come on board as one of our race team sponsors for the 2013 - 2014 season.
Hope to see you all on opening night on Saturday Night 26th October as we get ready to contest the Sprintcar Masters the following Saturday night at Speedway City.
Matt would also like to thank the following sponsors:
National Karate Academies - Miranda Kai, Rapiti Earthworks, Gawler Farm Machinery, Advance Laser Signs, Pro Tuff Products, Ferrocut, Reynella Raceway, Hoolagators All American Diecast, TAYLOR MADE Wings & Bartlett Auto Centre.
There have been some changes in the sponsorship with National Karate Academies - Miranda Kai who has become one of Matt's major sponsors this season and also Rapiti Earthworks is back on board the s29 for another season.
Saturday night at Murray Bridge was a practice night for both the 360 & 410 sprintcars and was a chance for Matt to have a hit out in readiness for the Wigzell Battle at the Bridge meeting which will be held a Murray Bridge Speedway on Sat. Oct 19th
The track was very heavy first up and hard to gauge what the cars were like on track.
Unfortunate for Matt when the track did finally come in on their last practice he had to pull infield as the car had a broken torsion bar which is normally is very reliable and shouldn't break.
One blessing that this component failed during a practice run and not at the next major meeting.
We hope to see you all at the Murray Bridge Speedway to support the s29 as Matt triesto win this event and join the list of top ranked drivers who are previous winners of this much sought after title.
Matt would like to thank the following sponsors who are with him this season.
National Karate Academies - Miranda Kai
TAYLOR MADE Wings
BARTLETT'S Auto Centre
PRO TUFF PRODUCTS
Hoolagators All American Diecast
In both of his heat races Matt finished 4th which gave him a start out of position 6 for the feature.
Matt moved quickly into second position and was gaining on the Brad Keller in the Downing Brothers s97. It resulted in a close finish but Matt couldn't quite get the job done due to lapped traffic on the last corner.
After multiple minor podium finishes in past South Australian Title attempts, Matt had a near perfect night by winning his opening heat race with a top wing that had broken mount brackets and had completely folded over and nearly putting Matt into the turn one - two fence as the car just wanted to go straight ahead instead of drifting around the corner as there was no corner down force on the top wing. Some quick adjustment by Matt on the steering wheel and some great throttle control helped to avoid what could have been a potential diaster with the car riding the wall.
"It was the kind of night when everything came together for our team; as the team worked great and they were able to put an awesome car under me", commented the SA #29 COOL driver. "To win the South Australian Title is a wonderful achievement, as it's one of the biggest events on the season calendar,hopefully we can add a few more in the seasons to come."
Matt would like his sponsors: Rapiti Earthworks, Advance Laser Signs, Electrical Techniques, Pro Tuff Products, Ferrocut, Reynella Raceway, Sprintech Shocks, Hoolagators All American Diecast, National Karate Academies & Bartlett Auto Centre.
He started his night by time trialling fastest which put him on the front row in the first heat and taking the win.
In his second heat he started from twelfth position and moved up through the field to finish second.
This put Matt on pole for the A Main in which he described as a really exciting race. "I got the jump on Travis (Rilat) and was running the top side of the track just trying to stay out of the holes. Lap traffic was very busy and I saw Travis' nose a few times so I knew he was close. I just had to stay calm and hit my marks," says Matt.
Matt wants to thank Tony Bartlett and the team for a great car all night.
When asked what winning the race meant Matt replied "It was good to be able to win this race again for Tony and my self as Tyson was a good mate and a top bloke."
Author : Bradley Wenske
Night 1 41st Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic 26/01/13
TIME TRAILS9.11.140 (132.50 km/h)
Heat 1:Started 2nd finished 1st.
Heat 2:Started 11th finished 4th.
A Main:Started 5th finished 11th
Heat 1: Started 1st finished 1st
Heat 2: Startec 12th finished 8th
A Main: Started 13th - DNF Crashed into by the Q83 while running 6th & moving forward.
With a strong field of 59 cars in the pits which included a strong line up of drivers from the USA, Matt time trialled 18th 11.412 (117.35 km/h).
In Heat One: Matt started in 4th and finished 3rd.
In Heat Two: He started in 9th and moved up one position to finish in 8th.
These results put Matt into the B Main starting from position 2. He took out the win ahead of Shaun Dobson and Jamie Veal, allowing him to transfer to the A Main.
In both of Matt's heats he finished in third place from mid pack which put him 6th place in the pole shuffle.
"We struggled a little tonight just with getting the car right at the right time of the night", said Matt.
In the pole shuffle he was able to move up to 3rd place which was his starting position in the A Main.
Matt reflects, "The track went away very early in the feature which made it difficult from the get go. The car just wasn't getting the drive like it usually does and I was trying different lines through out the feature to try and compensate.
I was amazed we could even have a crack for the lead on the last lap but we just came up short by a car length."
The set up package on the s29 wasn't doing the job properly.
The next night at Murray Bridge Speedway the s29 had new shockers fitted on it which seemed to be more responsive to the track.
But at the end of the night the results didn't show it as Matt started from position 6 in the A Main and was quickly up to 3rd position and catching the first & second very quickly.
They came up to a couple of lapped sprintcars who got together on turn 4. James Mc Fadden who Matt was closing in on fast went to the fence, grazed it and stopped.
Unfortunately Matt came around the corner on the pole line left with no where to go and succumbed to a flat front tyre and out of the final.
Matt then ventured down to Borderline Speedway and again the car was consistent with good Speed although Matt didn't time trial as well as he hoped being that the Borderline track is one of his favourites.
Matt did manage to win a heat race starting from position 6.
The track started to turn black and was taking a bit of rubber and it seem to be follow the leader racing and Matt finished in 8th spot from his starting position 9.
Then his next outing was on New Years Day at Warrnambool Speedway in the Tony Bartlett owned s75.
Matt time trailed in 10th which is a good start to the night's racing to get you in the A Main
A good result in the first heat was the ruined by Matt coming together with another car in the second heat which meant that he needed to qualify through the B Main.
Matt did and then during the A Main Matt had to pull infield as he had a power steering failure as he was being covered in oil.
Heat 1: Started 7th finished 5th.
Heat 2: Started 8th Finished 3rd.
A-Main: Started 9th Finished 10th.
Heat 1: Started 8th Finished 3rd.
Heat 2: Started 7th Finished 7th.
Pole Shootout Vortex Qualified 6th
A-Main: Started 6th DNF(Accident running 3rd)
Heat 1:Started 5th Finished 4th.
Heat 2:Started 6th Finished 1st.
A-Main:Started 9th Finished 8th.
Heat 1:Started 8th Finished 6th.
Heat 2:Started 7th DNF.
B Main:Started 5th Finished 4th.
A Main:Started 18th DNF.
He was piloting the black s75 COOL Chassis 360 sprintcar owned by well known local sprintcar identity Tony Bartlett.
In Matt's first heat he started from position 5 and won. In his second heat he started from position 4 and won again.
Matt also won the dash and then went onto a feature win from pole position with a commanding drive in a well set up sprintcar which had some high horse power from the PM Race engine.
"The car was unreal all night." I could put it anywhere on the track which made passing cars that bit easier. We just had one hiccup in the feature at the restart with 15 laps to go in which Chad Ely showed his nose. The car just got a bit tight on me for the first couple of laps and took a few laps to get going again to build pressure in the tyres after a long yellow." is how Matt recaps the night.
Awesome job Mumbo!!!
Saturday night saw Matt's first podium finish for the season. Hopefully the first of many! The posts during the night were brief so I wanted to give you a proper run down on the night...
For Matt's first heat he started out of position 3. He had a massive bike (which means was up on two wheels for those who didn't know!) and was lucky to keep it on its wheels but fell back to 4th. By the end of the heat though, he managed to get the s29 back to 3rd.
For the second heat the team made some changes to the car as the track was becoming more challenging. Starting out of position 8, he had a bit of luck go his way as he had a few cars drop out from two separate crashes which moved him to the front row. Matt took full advantage of this and ran away with the heat win.
The heat results put him second in points for the top 6 dash. The dash was a time trial format and he ended up in 5th. Matts says "In the dash we missed the set up by a mile. I guess we are still learning this new Cool (chassis) and if you don't try, you don't know so I figured the worst I could do was sixth."
Feature time and Matt held his own at the start and then worked his way up to third about half way through. On the racy track Matt managed to catch up to Lines and Mollenoyux running the cushion but couldn't do any more and finished third.
Matt reflects, "We were a tad tight early but I knew the track wouldn't hold for the whole thirty laps. About half race distance we started to get going. I was right there at the end and felt like we had a good chance but it really just came down to lap traffic.
Molly and Lines were basically side by side over the finish line and I was only a couple of car lengths behind. Mt Gambier has a habit of always producing close racing."
Last Saturday night saw Matt at Speedway City competing in the Australian Sprintcar Masters.
The night's racing got of to a good start with Matt time trialling 4th with a time of 12.974 (119.32 km/h) in a quality field of 26 sprintcars. Which is an excellent result considering that this was the second meeting that Matt has driven his new Cool chassis sprintcar.
During the heats Matt struggled to move forward and pass cars as he started from the rear in both heats due to his quick time trial and had so many good cars in front of him.
He also felt that the car wasn't quite right in the heats and was having some brake issues which can be quite treacherous and makes it very hard to charge through the field which we all know Matt is very capable of running the high line at Speedway City.
In the A Main Matt started from posistion 12. The car felt a lot better and over the 35 lap journey; Matt was able to move up to 6th spot. But once rubber was laid down on the track he found it very hard to pass. He had pretty much used up all his tyres so it was a matter of nursing it home to finish with a good result of 6th place.
27/10/12 Eventful Opening Night at Speedway City for Matt &The s29 Team
In the first heat I got a decent start and finishing third. Matt reflects, "I didn't feel that comfortable in the car as it wasn't responding the way I liked but we managed to hold onto third with some decent speed."
In the second heat Matt started from the back of the field and made up a few spots to be running 7th. He was making a move on the s27 car when he got out of shape and pulled a wheelie and collected Matt coming out of turn four. Unfortunately, this caused Matt to roll as he was left with no where to go and was enough to put him out for the rest of the night.
When you come from the back of a heat race it is very important that you pass as many cars as possible to get you out of a higher starting position in the feature and you must charge and race hard.
Matt said: "The car felt better from the first heat and was moving forward which was a good sign. The car still wasn't 100% where he wanted it to be but it is just a matter of fine tuning."
Matt says,"We have a bit of work to do during the week but I will be back this weekend to try and win my second Masters."
We hope to see our loyal fans this weekend at Speedway City.
Matt would like to thank the following sponsors for the support:
Advance Laser Signs
Pro Tuff Products
Hoolagators All American Diecast
Bartlett Auto Centre
Matt has been in discussions with some of the sponsors from last season and can announce that in the last week Andrew from Advances Laser Signs (ALS) has been kind enough to purchase a brand new Cool Chassis for the season ahead.
This has been a late decision by Matt and the... team.
"Andrew from ALS, who has been a great supporter of mine since the start of my career came up with this plan after I mentioned to him how I will be doing more in the Bartlett S75 Cool this season.
This will make it easier for me to swap between the cars and not have to waste precious time adapting" says Matt.
It wasn't an easy decision for Matt to make the change from the QT Chassis as he had some good success, winning the Masters and numerous other wins plus still holding the one lap record at Speedway City.
He also had podium positions throughout World Series and other meetings in the car but in the current situation the team is in it seemed like the only thing to do.
First heat Matt was off pole and won. He was very close to breaking the one lap record with a lap of 11.014s.
In the second heat Matt started 6th and was up to 4th until another car spun in front of him. He had nowhere to go and rolled the car which put him out for the rest of the heat race. Matt said, " I saw the other car... out of shape up against the fence in turn 4 but they kept their foot into it and drove straight into my right front wheel. I got hard on the brakes but it was too late". There was a fair bit of damage but the team worked hard and had it ready for the A main. Due to having a win in the first heat and a low car count Matt still had enough points to start out of position 5. He got a great start and was into 2nd by first lap. He was trying to chase Luke Dillon down but in lap traffic Pestka passed putting him back to 3rd. With 3 laps to go Matt got back up to 2nd and stayed there. After the race Matt commented, "We ran a harder tyre than Luke. Being a 40 lap race and because I could see the track drying I thought it would be the right option but every time we started to get going a yellow or red would come out which hurt us as it took at least 5-8 laps for the tyre to build up enough heat again." After crashing out of the 2nd heat and with all the damage, Matt felt 2nd in the feature wasn't too bad.
Matt drew marble 11 and starting out of 11th was going to be tough with all the fast guys infront and on a very fast racetrack. Matt reflected "I got a decent start and passed a few cars early. Once everyone settled down ...and got going it became hard to pass". He ended up finishing in 7th place.
In the next feature Matt started out of 6th. The track was getting good and racey now. He got another good start and was running in third place by the first lap. Four laps in he had moved up to second place and by lap 8 he was in the lead and was going good.
"We made a few changes to the car as there was room for improvement after the first feature plus the track had changed a bit. I could let the car roll the corners a lot easier and weave through traffic nicely."
Fifteen laps in the motor went off and was only running on 7 cylinders. At first he thought maybe it was a cracked header pipe then as it got worse with a bit of a vibration he thought it had dropped a valve so was trying to nurse the car as best he could. He knew at this point there were only 10 laps to go on the lap scorer.
Luckily after the race Matt and the team found out a rock hit one of the spark plugs and broke it off.
After the two features with a first and a seventh, Matt ended up fourth on points, but with another feature win for the season Matt is confident of a good run at the State Title next weekend.
So tonight Hoolagators and I am sure Matt's legion of fans will be barracking for the s29 to once again to finish on top of the podium.
Matt is proudly supported by Hoolagators.
Special Thanks to Mike from JDM Racing Photos for the shots from Matt's last outing as Speedway City.
Author: From The Out Side Looking In
Matt Egel contested the S.A. Sprintcar Title at Murray Bridge speedway and had night's racing that was consistent in the two heats that he contested and did manage to come home in third after loosing several spots when the s29 seemed to break bad loose at the green flag.
Matt started out of postion 8 in the A main and had worked his way up to 4th piston and was working on a pass on Jason Keller who was in third position. For those who know how the s29 is set up we always know that in the later stage of any long feature race is where the s29 and Matt strut their stuff and gets much quicker than any other car on the track. David Murcott was out in front and Steven Lines wasn't that far behind as lapped traffic had the top cars condensed and at the bull ring you need to pick your time when it is safe to pass. The s29 slowed about mid race and Matt's nights racing was over as the right rear had been cut down and according to Matt he could feel the car becoming very tight about 5 to 6 laps earlier. Well maybe next year as this is the one he has been so close to winning and not quite got there.
Author: John Burton
Team Principal, Chris Lee of the Nuriootpa based, T&S Refrigeration & Electrical is 'over the moon' with the youngsters performance, and is looking forward to the next couple of weeks as he leads the team down south for a hefty round of racing engagements and would love to see the T&S customers and business partners in the Coonawarra Region come along and join in with this exciting Sprintcar Team.
Mr Lee said today "I am really pleased with the way Matt has adopted a 'no prisoners' attitude amongst these big name drivers, as he is well and truly amongst the best that this country has to offer". Chris finished with."I think the Barossa Valley can be very proud of what young Matt and T&S are doing, and it would be great to see more local business's on board."
The team first came together last May, when T&S Refrigeration & Electrical got behind Egel, and backed him in his campaign at the Australian Titles held in Darwin. Egel acquitted himself very well and brought the new team home in a healthy fourth spot out of the 50 or so cars nominated.
Author: John Burton
Egel drove the Tasmania # 6 car owned by Steve & Anna Rowe, and stated that the highlights of the two events were setting fourth quickest time trial in the first event, held at Hobart's International Speedway, after drawing the 'last marble', and winning the "B" Main on the same night. After going into the "A" Main in 15th position, Egel was one of only a couple of cars that managed to pass on the 'one lane raceway', finishing in a credible 12th spot, and bringing the T6 car home ready for a wash!
Track curators had feared rain, and had not watered the track as much as they would normally, which resulted in the track being a fairly one lane race track.
Returning to Tasmania for last weekends 4th round of WSS at Latrobe's, Bendigo Bank Arena, Egel was keen to keep up his pace and to bring in a result for the S & A Rowe Logging Team, and after a time trial, that Matt would rather forget, he was chasing the points all night.
In his two heats he came home 3rd and with a win, but this put him out of position 5 in the "B" Main, which he went on to finish in fourth spot.
"We decided to run the hard right rear tyre for the "A" Main, and as it turned out, it wasn't the right thing to do'...Matt told me. After going out of position 18 in the A Main, Egel had made his way to 13th, but an extended yellow light period, saw the tyre grow cold and glaze over. "I knew I was in trouble from then on, and a couple of others had made the same choice, and we all suffered"...Egel said today.
Egel was very complimentary of the S & A Rowe Logging Team, and said. "Steve & Anna have got all the good gear, and it was a pleasure to drive for them in rounds 3 and 4 of the series, and as much as I would have loved to have done better, the car came home straight, the experience was great, and I had a good time."
Matt will now concentrate on his own T & S Refrigeration & Electrical Team's campaign for the Christmas rounds of World Series, and is quietly confident of having a good run at both Speedway City,Murray Bridge and a track that Matt always performs well at Borderline Speedway in Mt.Gambier.
By John Burton
That was twenty five years ago, and that is the age of the 2010/2011 winner in Matt Egel.
We have all had our 'idols' that we have followed, turned up every time they competed and held them in reverence. People like Phil March, Max Dumesny, Robbie Farr and you could add many, many more to that list and no doubt today's young crop of Sprintcar drivers all had their 'hero' too.
To sit on the grass, expect mum and dad to get you a drink, something to eat or play amongst the rest of the 'kids' is all apart of growing up around speedway, and on the odd occasion, one of the 'junior enthusiasts' decides that "One day I will race with these guys. Maybe I will even beat them".
This is what a very young Matt Egel did, and from the age of eight years, Matt commenced his racing in go-karts. Throughout his go-kart racing years, Matt would accompany Mum & Dad (Kevin & Jenny Egel) and sister (Jodie) to speedways around the state and country to watch the "Easter Stampede", "Speed week" and any other event that claimed to have drivers like the afore mentioned, or even better when it had Americans like Donny Schatz on the programme.
Seven years ago, and whilst still competing in dirt kart competition, Matt and has family made the move into speedway, and very quickly Egel sent the message out that he was a serious and quick contender. The second season into his V6 Sprint career, Egel was crowned SA Champion after running second to the late Tim Crouch the year before, plus he won and outstanding 15 feature races, and was named "Best and Fairest" and voted most popular driver by the public.
Not getting the opportunity to race interstate, due to the then V6 Sprints (now Lightning Sprints) being a SA only run class, Egel took up an offer from long time speedway man, Bert Fenton to have a drive of Bert's Speedcar, where he finished 6th in the Mildura round of the Speedcar Super Series and was named "Rookie of the year". Egel added to his State Title wins again that year in his SA# 1 V6 Sprint.
Ultimately eyeing off Sprintcars as the section that Egel wanted to compete in, the family did a deal with Tony Bartlett, and for the 2006/07 season, Egel campaigned the 372ci, S75 race car and mixed it with many of his iconic drivers and stamped a name for himself as a hard charging "young gun". Again taking out the "Rookie of the Year" award, but this time for Sprintcars, Egel had sent the message out; as he won the very first race he competed in at Adelaide's Speedway City and then capped it with winning the Speedway City Gold Cup for 2006/07.
Moving on and moving into owning their own car and equipment, the Egel family have progressed and taken some risks, mainly in the financial area, but always determined to get Matt on the top step of any podium and he was always 'around the mark' scoring 11 podiums that year including the top step at the Speedway City, Easter Gold Cup and again at the Speedway City Track Championships in round 14.
Late last season the team as we knew it was sold, but only after Egel had finished 2nd in the Speedway City Track Championships (to Luke Dillon) and with the buying in of T & S Refrigeration & Electrical, at the SA season's end, Egel travelled to Darwin to compete in the Australian Titles, in May, in which he returned to Adelaide fourth and the highest placed South Australian.
Eyeing Matt's results and having raced against him on numerous occasions Allan Woods made an approach to Team T & S through their engine builder PM Race Engines, and a deal was struck for them to run the new Quick Time Chassis & Spares. PM Race Engines is the South Australian distributor for Quick Time Chassis & Parts, so in establishing the 'brand' here in SA, it was a logical move to put Egel on board a Quick Time chassis and for Woods to get the feedback he was seeking.
In an article that I wrote recently, I stated "Egel and Quick Time. Is it Just A Name or a Prediction"?
On Saturday November 6th, this "prediction" turned out to be fact as not only did Egel become the youngest ever winner of the Speedway City
Sprintcar Masters, but he also set the fastest ever one lap circulation around the 430 meter clay way with a time of 11.744 secs, and at an average speed of 131.8 kph.! The "Egel Express" now owns the 1, 8 and 25 lap records at Speedway City.
It's pleasing to see that all around Australia we are seeing a new, young front appearing on the Sprintcar scene, and with James McFadden becoming the youngest ever Australian Title holder, and now Egel dominating the 'elder generation' of drivers and taking out the Speedway City Sprintcar Masters in convincing style, because we all know that racing at the top level in our sport is in good hands for the future.
Well done to "Mumbo" Matt Egel and the T & S Refrigeration & Electrical Team, along with the other great sponsors in Quick Time Chassis & Parts, PM Race Engines, Hoolagators All American Diecast, Protec Paint and Advanced Laser Signs, as Matt now leads the Speedway City Track Championships as well.
A big well done too, to Wendy and Bob from Speedway City for fostering Sprintcar racing so well here in SA and it's their type of Track Championships that get and keep young and enthusiastic competitors and ensure that fan's from all around this country get to see not only the "elder Icon's" of our sport, but we also get to see the new, younger and hungrier "Icon's of tomorrow today" developing right under our eyes! It is of course no surprise that Speedway City has been granted the 2011/12, 50th Anniversary, The Australian Sprintcar Titles to be held over the days of Thursday the 25th to Saturday the 28th of January, 2011 in Warrnambool Victoria.
Author: John Burton
Author : John Burton
Matt Egel back in the new livery of a black & green color scheme and a large logo that skirts the front hood that makes the car look really mean. The T&S Express set the fastest lap time in the first practice session of the night which was a great testament to the team as this is the first time the s29 with the new chassis had been on any track. After the first hot laps Matt & the team were trying different set ups on the new chassis to get an understanding on how it does react to those changes. Overall the car showed great speed and I can't wait to see the s29 back in action at Murray Bridge Speedway on Oct 23rd for the very prestigious Bill Wigzell Battle at the Bridge.
So I hope to see you all there to come and watch Matt and the T&S Express in action.
Author : John Burton
Author: John Burton
The Barossa Valley township of Nuriootpa can be somewhat sleepy at this cold and damp time of the year, but the air was hot around the T&S Refrigeration & Electrical Business premises on Friday, July 16th, when invited guests were 'coming in out of the cold' to take a firsthand look at the newest thing to hit town!
As major sponsors of the Egel Racing, S 29 "Quick Time" Sprintcar, T&S principal Tony Whitehair & company accountant, Chris Lee, proudly introduced fellow workers, customers, suppliers and other business partners to one of Australia's emerging speedway stars, in Matt Egel and the new s29 sprintcar.
Chris Lee said " I really feel that the Barossa will take to young Matt and the team, and with local backing (from T&S) they can be proud of the fact that there is a fully dedicated race team originating out of Nuriootpa".
Peter Michaels of PM Race Engines was on hand to talk to the 'prospective rev heads' who all just had to know "how much horse power does this thing produce"?? Peter inevitably responded with "the average Sprintcar is developing around 850hp". One able mathematician quickly worked out that with the weight ruling of 657Kgs for car and driver that this was "around 1.25HP per Kilo" !! This likeable local added.." These things are like a Jatz Cracker with an Outboard"!
Not only being the teams engine builder, PM Race Engines will now also be supplying Egel Racing with the brand new "Quick Time" Chassis and spare parts, owned by long time campaigner Allan Woods.
David Grose from Hoolagators, All American Diecast was present too, and displayed a fabulous 1/18th scale model of the s29 Egel Sprintcar, built by Jason Taylor of Winged Wonders and with a new range of Matt Egel collectables, including coffee mugs, mouse pads, new posters and key rings, designed by Stephen Purchase of SP Visual and the gathered throng were totally impressed with both the professionalism and enthusiasm of the entire race team. Crew members Gary & Darren were on hand to talk to guests, and to give them an insight into sprintcar racing in Australia today.
A touching speech by Kevin Egel, Matt's Dad, had the gathered group quiet, as Kevin thanked Chris & Tony, their wives, families, employees and friends, for their faith and foresight in backing the 25 year old in his quest to take on both Australia and America's best, when the 2010/11 season gets underway, come September. "You can all see the professional way in which Tony & Chris runs this great business, and it's that professionalism, backed with fun, that we will take racing this year". Kevin said. He finished with " We have always known that Matt has the ability, the natural talent, and with the backing of T&S, he now has the equipment to move further ahead in with his career."
Matt also thanked all those present for showing an interest in his racing, and a special big thank you was saved for Chris & Tony, and of course, his Mum Jenny.
A highlight of the afternoon at Nuri (Nuriootpa) was when Matt presented 7 year old Ben Lee (Grandson of Chris and Pam) with a replica s29 remote controlled sprintcar. To simplify a long story, it was young Ben that first got "grandad" (Chris) interested in Matt Egel, when Ben asked Chris to get him a photo of Matt's car. The end result was Chris got the photo, and ended up being a major shareholder in the race team! Matt thanked Ben for his insistence on grandad getting that photograph.
With pledges of support being shown from other local business houses, Chris Lee is very confident that the team will run a very full schedule of racing for the season ahead, and apart from supporting events at Adelaide's Speedway City, the team will also travel a large amount, to ensure that they all gain the experience and the exposure that both they and their sponsors require, and after seeing the new equipment available to the team this year, feeling the enthusiasm amongst team principals and the crew, the name Matt Egel will be amongst Australia's high ranking speedway competitors for the season's to come.
For more information on Matt Egel / T&S Racing contact either Chris Lee on 0488 503 405 or Andrew Carlier on 0417 880 525.
Author: John Burton
After qualifying on the fourth row of the A main grid, in 7th position, for the Australian Sprintcar Titles at Darwin's Northline Speedway, Adelaide's Matt Egel is part and parcel to a "new regime" of younger and hungrier drivers, which is emerging onto the Australian Speedway scene.
Author: John Burton
Matt Egel is the hot shoe at the 2010 Australian Sprintcar Title and the leading South Australian driver with an impressive 6th position in the points after the first nights racing at the Australian Sprintcar Titles in Darwin�s Northline Speedway.
by John Burton
The familiar White, Black and Red S29 will no longer be a feature of Aussie race tracks again, as Egel has signed a deal with Barossa business, T & S Refrigeration & Electrical, who will be naming rights sponsors of the team for the 2010/11 season.
"I didn't expect to be in a position to contest the Aussies, but T & S Refrigeration & Electrical have ensured that we get there." Matt told me.
T & S Refrigeration & Electrical have purchased a big percentage of the team and company principal's Chris Lee and Tony Whitehair have seen the potential that Egel displays, and is very keen to see the young driver achieve a new level in the sport.
Refreshed engines, a considerable amount of new spare parts and of course the new livery, should see a "new" Matt Egel on track, not only in the NT, but back on familiar race tracks for the seasons ahead.
"Our previous sponsors, JR & RT Walker, did a great job and we gave as much as we could with what we had, but now, it's time to get into a different gear and with T & S Refrigeration & Electrical, they can give me the tools to go that bit further"...Matt said recently.
Like many competitors in motor racing, Team Egel has suffered from a "lack of finance" at times, and had to rely on an 'under powered' engine, and even, used tyres to get through a series of meetings, and frankly, this hasn't been able to provide the talented youngster with the tools to show what he can ultimately do in a sprintcar.
"The secondary engine has been refreshed, and we now wait for the primary motor to be rebuilt, which PM has under control." an enthusiastic Egel exclaimed recently.
PM Race Engines has maintained Egel's motors for a time now, and will continue to be the team�s engine builder for the future. Something that Egel is very happy about.
"With around 60 cars in Darwin, and the fact that it appears that the championship will be the first meeting of the season up there, it should be interesting." Matt said. He continued...�I don't know if the track needs to settle after the wet season or not, but it's the same for everyone, so it will be an interesting weekend I recon."
Matt will announce the other team sponsors soon, and even though the focus now is on getting the s29 XXX ready for Darwin, he is working with a number of current sponsors, including HOOLAGATORS, All American Diecast to ensure that they continue to get the exposure that they deserve, and that season 2010/11 is a successful one for all.
by John Burton
Author: John Burton
The night started out well for the St Agnes young gun, when he came in for second place in his first heat, just behind the highly experienced David Murcott and was followed home by Track Championship leader, Jamie Cobby.
In his second heat, Egel managed a strong sixth spot at the chequers after going out of position ten. Both Cobby and Murcott failed to finish the heat and this all went to assist Egels cause for a solid A Main start, but first he had to do well in the "Dashes" to secure a pointy end of the grid start.
The dashes were a six car affair, with the four front cars being alternatively given a top four starting spot. Egel won two of the dashes, one from position two, with Robbie Farr on pole, and the second from pole, with Ryan Jones out of two. This ultimately set him up for a third spot start on the A Main grid.
Going out of third spot, with Robbie Farr on pole, Ryan Jones out of second and Luke Dillon from four, the 30 lap journey looked from the outset, to be a race to remember. Farr had chosen the outside starting position, and later commented that in hindsight it wasn't the way to go as Jones took the early lead and with both Farr and Egel on his heels, Jones looked as though he would run a faultless race.
Mid race, Egel took a shot, and did a slide job on Farr, moving Egel into the second spot and now, right on Jones's hammer.
The pair of Egel and Jones went about their business of racing each other hard and fast, when with a couple of laps to go, Egel seized his best opportunity, and following a restart, caught Jones "napping". Going across the start finish line the "yellows" came on again and Egel was deemed to have not been in front of Jones, so at this restart, Egel was relegated back to second spot.
This time Jones was not going to be caught out again, and defended his track position well. Egel, who by now had lost effective braking, due to a touch earlier in the race, found himself literally climbing all over the back of the S63 of Jones. Maintaining good car control, Egel continued on, but Farr had retaken his second position on the race track.
With only two laps left in it, this was probably one of the most exciting 410 Sprintcar races we had seen in years, and as Jones headed for the chequered flags, waved with his usual enthusiasm, by Scott McIntosh, Farr challenged Jones to the line, by running up against the wall off of turn 4.
Jones was finishing with a deflating tyre, and as they neared the finish line Farr touched the wall and turning infield, rotated the Q7 J&J across the track backwards, taking the second spot in reverse!
Egel, who was closing on the front two cars, and still carrying his brake deficiency, climbed over the top of the Q7 car of Farr, and the entire Speedway City crowd was on its feet.
�I had no-where to go".Matt told me after the race...�I lost brakes early, and that is part of the reason I climbed up Jonesy on that restart, but when Robbie came across the track backwards, I could only manage to get infield, but we still made contact".
Maybe it was a god send that the two cars did make contact, because Farr's car was heading towards clerk of course, Scott McIntosh at a very fast rate, and following the contact with Egel, both cars changed directions.
Matt is confident of finishing higher than his current 3rd spot in the Speedway City Track Championships in a few weeks, and with new sponsors, T & S Refrigeration and Electrical of Tanunda on board, the team are looking to finish 2009/10 well, and then prepare fully for the 2010/11 season, which is holding much more promise than has the past couple of seasons. Prior to this event Egel was sitting a distant 5th spot in the series but is now 16 points behind Mark Reuter and a father 2 points from Luke Dillon.
PM Race Engines were delighted to have two cars on the podium, with Ryan Jones' motor and Matt Egel's motor both heralding from the PM workshops, and PM told me after the race...� I thought "OH NO" when the two guy's touched after that restart, and I thought it was going to be "hero to zero", but these two guys do know what they are doing, and they are responsible race drivers, so it was great to see them both up on the podium". .PM finished by saying "Matt has had an up and down year so far, and people don't realize that he is not running his top engine and hasn't since January, and to do what he has done with the "baby" motor, is pretty good".
With very promising sponsorship coming the team�s way for next season, we will get to see the talent that Egel truly possesses, and it's literally been a funding problem all along with Matt�s performance and at times he has driven "around" that problem.
I am sure no fan's left the venue disappointed and even George Tatnell himself, would have been smiling at the tenacity of the three podium getters, and the unbelievably race finish.
TSR Racing is proudly sponsored by:PM Race Engines, ARMOR ALL, D.J. Mun-Yard Services, Gulf Western Oil, XXX Race Parts, PROTEC, Total Tools, SMILEYS Race Patrs, Ian Jones Auto Parts & Hoolagators All American Diecast.
Team Egel Walker would like to welcome T & S Refrigeration & Electrical of Tanunda to the team.
"We had the speed in the final, and Luke (Dillon) and I were not only dicing for positions, but we were doing it without losing ground to Murcott." (the eventual winner), Matt told me today.
He continued..."It's always good to get a podium with the sort of company that we had, and as you know, our good engine let us down during speedweek, and we have managed to get the "baby" motor working quite well, thanks to PM Race Engines".
After finishing 2nd from a 3rd place start in the first heat, and a 5th out of an 8th start, Egel was out of position 3 in the feature race, and missed 2nd spot and a front row start by just one point.
The track was regarded by many as a good race track, with two fast racing lines, all night, and the feature race track was just as good.
At the start 2nd postition starter, Jason Loveday brought his car down behind Murcott, and Dillon siezed the opportunity to go round both he and the 'stranded' Egel, but after the 3rd corner, Matt managed to get S29 in front of Loveday and go out after both Dillon and Murcott.
"Yellows on lap 9 and lap 15 just seemed to take any momentum away, and even though Dillon knew I was there, there wasn't a lot I could do" Matt said, and finished by saying.."with 3 to go I passed Luke, but he got straight back and that's pretty much how we ran to the chequer".
In the end it was Murcott from Dillon then Egel.
Matt Egel would like to thank his generous sponsors, JR&RT Walker, NHP, Speedway City, Control Automation Concepts, Consolidated Power, PM Race Engines, ARMOR ALL, D.J. Mun-Yard Services, Gulf WesternOil, XXX Race Parts, BR Motorsport, PROTEC, Total Tools, Ian Jones Auto Parts & Hoolagators All American Diecast.and Team Egel Walker would like to welcome T & S Refrigeration of Tanunda to the team.
Also a big thanks must go to the "boys" that do all the spanner work on S29, team member's, Sean, Gary, Dad (Kevin), Darren & John.
Author : John Burton
After suffering an engine failure in the final round of the East Coast Pipelines Speedweek, Adelaide's 24 year old Matt Egel took the opportunity offered to him by Andrew Cox and drove the S 44 Cox Rural Sprintcar in the R&B Excavations, 410 South Australian State Title hosted by the Moore Engineering Murray Bridge Speedway, tonight, Sunday, January 3rd and managed to put the car on the third spot of the grid.
American "Crowd Pleaser" Craig Dollansky sat in the second position on the grid, alongside pole sitter, and local and long time crowd pleaser "Jim Bob" -Jamie Cobby.
Alongside Egel in position four was Terry Pitt and taking up position five was another genuine "local" in twice 360 Champ, and Murray Bridge resident, Ryan Jones. Adelaide's Mark Reuter rounded out the top six cars.
In his two heats, Egel managed to bring the S44, Cox Rural car home in second and sixth spot.
Starting the "Dash" for the top six point's scorers, Egel went out of position 4 and managed to come home in third spot, putting him in some very good company with Cobby and Dollansky occupying the front row.
Some of the "favourites" failed to complete feature race distance, and they included Jamie Cobby, Daniel Petska (roll over), Phil March, Hayden Pitt, Glen Sutherland and sadly for the Cox Rural Team, and after holding his position three for a few laps, and with eleven to go, Matt Egel succumbed to a flat tyre and withdrew.
In the end it was Lines, Dollansky, Jones, Dillon, Terry Pitt and Dave Murcott making up the top six positions. Alan Barlee, Dylan Jenkin, Mark Reuter, Steven Caruso, Nick Lacey and Ron Dalton completed the distance.
Both Lines and Jones are to be considered very 'lucky" as they both stopped to avoid contact with the rolled S 27 car of Daniel Petska, but as neither the orange nor red lights had been displayed at the time that they both stopped, both drivers were put back into their original positions of 1st and 3rd respectively.
Matt and the entire Egel Walker Racing Team would like to thank Andrew Cox and his generous sponsors for affording Matt the opportunity to take part in the 2010 State Title, and at such late notice.
After "losing" his motor in the time trials of the final event of the East Coast Pipelines Speed week at Warrnambool on January 1st, Adelaide young gun. Matt Egel has been offered a "life line" by Keith business man and fellow Sprintcar competitor Andrew Cox.
Egel will pilot the Cox Rural backed S44 race car at the Moore Engineering, Murray Bridge Speedway tonight (Sunday night, January 3rd) in the South Australian 410 Sprintcar State Title.
"Andrew offered me his car to complete Speedweek". Matt told me tonight, "but I would have been off the back and been lucky to make the C main, so the team took another option opened to us by Maxwill Motors, who generously lent us a spare motor". Matt finished the A main in 10th position.
On lap 2 of his time trial, Egel suddenly found the car lost all drive, and Matt shut the motor down quickly. Thinking initially that it was another drive line drama until inspection by the team revealed that the engine was in fact damaged. As I write, the engine has not been assessed as to the extent of the damage.
It looked as though Egels attempts to go one better than his two second places in two years in the State Title has gone "west", until Matt received a phone call from Andrew Cox yesterday, offering him his S44 car.
Matt and all the team at Egel Walker Racing would like to thank Andrew and his team for the opportunity to take up the drive in the Cox Rural race car.
Good Luck Matt in your quest to become South Aussie Champion in the Andrew Cox owned sprintcar S44 from Hoolagators and all of your fans as the team has had to endure only what can be described a very tough season so far. Maureen and I will be under the veranda at Murray Bridge Speedway selling our merchandise as usual giving you are full support.
Returning to his pit from the drivers briefing and time trial draws, Matt said to me " I don't know when my luck is going to change, I've drawn the last car on track to time trial.! "
Qld's Robbie Farr took out the quick time of 12.194 secs, and Egel qualified 30th with a time of 12.964 on the now slick and blackening track.
Heat two was Egels first run for the night and after going out of position three, and trying the "upstairs and downstairs" way around the fast clayway, Matt managed to bring the S29 home in fifth spot. The win went to contract driver, Ricky Maiolo.
Determined to get valuable points and make a position in the "B" Main, Egel was out of grid four for heat five, and when the lights went green, the S29 shot to the outside and rounded up the front three car's by turn one, on the now 2 lane raceway.
One lap had been completed when the USA 4 car of Danny Smith and the S 25 of Justin Sloan came together, resulting in Sloans car being tipped over, and try as he may, Smith was also eliminated from the event through damage.
A full restart was called and once again, the cheeky manouver that had worked so well on the 1st start, was not only attempted, but pulled off again by the determined Egel.
Leading the heat all the way, Egel brought his car home ahead of Phil March and the hard charger from the rear, Robbie Farr.
Egel qualified 13th for the "B" main, which shows the amount of importance put on qualifying well in the time trials, but he was in good company, with March, Murcott, Scheuerle and McFadden there as well.
With the top 4 cars going through to the "A" main, and with some of the best in the field, it was always going to be a tough job for the youngster, and sadly, Matt only managed 11th as the chequered flag fell.
Team Egel Walker Racing would like to thank their generous sponsors and wish everyone a Happy and safe New Year.
JR&RT Walker, NHP, Speedway City, Control Automation Concepts, Consolidated Power, PM Race Engines, D.J. Mun-Yard Services, Gulf Western Oil,
XXX Race Parts, BR Motorsport, PROTEC Paint, Total Tools, Ian Jones Auto Parts, Hoolagators All American Diecast - All American Diecast & Armor All
JR&RT Walker,NHP,Speedway City,Control Automation Concepts,Consolidated Power,PM Race Engines, ARMOR ALL,D.J. Mun-Yard Services,Gulf WesternOil,XXX Race Parts,BR Motorsport,PROTEC,Total Tools,Ian Jones Auto Parts & Hoolagators All American Diecast.
01/11/09 - Egel Finds Halloween Harrowing!
Author : John Burton
Itwas all looking rather positive for the young pilot and going into his second heat, Egel was now sure that his run of bad luck, halloween or no halloween, was over, but unfortunately that was not to be.
According to Matt the track prepared by Tim and the team at Riverview was very fast and he noticed that the track now has more banking on it as well.
The PM 410 powered XXX racer ran flawless all night during the hot laps and looked very fast from out side the fence.
So we can expect a great showing from Matt and the Team in the 2009 -2010 season.
Matt would like to thank the generous support of his 2009-10 sponsors: