BY: Ken Brown
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The very first Krikke Boys Shootout was staged at the Bunbury City Speedway on March 21, 1998 . The 30-lap final started off in controversial fashion when American visitor Randy Hannagan and then South Aussie Trevor Green disputed being given the black flag by the officials and both parked their cars on the circuit. When the racing resumed it was Ron Krikke and Ryan Farrell who were battling it out for the lead. Farrell took over the front running, then the leaders came together – with Krikke being sent to the rear. Around 11 laps from home Farrell slowed along the back straight, giving the lead to Speedcar star Michael Figliomeni who was replacing his injured uncle Ray Geneve. Figliomeni went on to claim the win – and the $10,000 first prize – ahead of American visitor Rick Martin and Myalup youngster Jamie Maiolo.
Hannagan was back in town the following season (1998-99) and took over the early lead from Ron Krikke. Midway through the event Krikke found his way past the American ace, who was then rounded up by Sydney driver Robbie Farr. Five laps from home Farr wrested the lead off Krikke, with Hannagan coming in third.
Farr returned the following year to defend his title, driving the Sean Carren Maxim. Despite the rear-end collapsing as Farr prepared to dice with Ron Krikke in the two-lap knockout, the New South Welshman bounced back to drive superbly in the feature race. The track proved to be pretty rough towards the end but it was Farr’s aggressive style that saw him finish in front of Ron Krikke and Ryan Farrell.
The 2000-01 event saw Max Dumesny (NSW) series-heading into the lead, after starting from the seventh row of the grid. Michael Figliomeni moved up to second (after starting from the rear of the 20-car field ) ahead of Farr, who was forced to head for the infield. Dumesny was well clear of the opposition, only to have his right rear tyre remarkably blow as he came up to get the white flag. Figliomeni inherited the lead and crossed the line ahead of Sydney pair Skip Jackson and Garry Brazier.
The fifth running of the Krikke Boys Shootout saw the drivers controversially contest a pair of 25-lap feature races. This unique format was only ever adopted during this event and never subsequently repeated. The first one went to American Paul McMahan over Terry Cutts, Ken Sartori, Pino Priolo and Michael Figliomeni. Race two saw Cutts down Ryan Farrell, McMahan, Sartori and Jamie Maiolo. Emotion was high as the winner’s cheque was handed to Cutts, as he had endured family tragedy ironically involving a car accident fatality of a close friend during the week prior to the event.
The final point score tally was – Terry Cutts 190, Paul McMahan 180, Ken Sartori 150, Pino Priolo 120, Jamie Maiolo 110 and Ryan Farrell 90.
A year later we saw Robbie Farr (driving the Shane Krikke #2 Genuine Toyota Parts Avenger) set fast time of 13.75 seconds over Jeff Leisk and Max Dumesny. The main saw Farr lead all the way over Paul McMahan and Ryan Farrell for his third Krikke Boys Shootout victory – however this time were even greater emotional scenes on the infield at the presentation ceremony, as Farr had won this event for the Shane Krikke team’s first ever win in the event. Farr was clocked at 6:20.02 for the 25-lap journey, a time some 6 seconds outside Ron Krikke’s track record set back in 1999.
Talented local Ken Sartori stopped the clocks at 13.27 seconds to best Robbie Farr and Max Dumesny. At the green it was Farr who jumped out ahead of Dumesny , WA Champion Mark Wells and Jamie Maiolo. Then Dumesny slid sideways and lost several places. During a race stoppage Wells exited his car and then was black flagged when he returned to the circuit. Up front Farr still showed the way to Dumesny and Michael Figliomeni. With 13 remaining Dumesny slid underneath Farr, who exited soon afterwards. The reds came on as the officials tried to get Wells off the track. He refused to leave and was eventually towed off onto the infield, as the crowd vented their anger on the men in charge. As the cars were restarted Wells was pushed off and he was easily the most popular guy in the entire Bunbury area. The final stanza of the drama filled event was a bit of an anti-climax as Dumesny cleared out from Figliomeni and Sartori. Emotions again ran high as this was Max Dumesny’s first ever Krikke Boys Shootout victory, despite the fact he had contested every event since its inception!
1. Robbie Farr (NSW)
2. Michael Figliomeni
3. Jamie Maiolo
Max Dumesny set fast time of 13.32 seconds in the eighth running of the Krikke Boys Shootout. Robbie Farr blasted from position 2 in the A Main field to show the way to the opposition. Jeff Leisk and Max Dumesny battled it out for second before Dumesny tangled with another car and was sidelined with Leisk forced to go to the rear. Reeve Kruck, the owner of Farr’s Titan Garages sponsored car, was on hand to watch Farr score his fourth Krikke Boys event over Michael Figliomeni and Jamie Maiolo, who wrested third off Ken Sartori in the closing stages of the event.
1. Max Dumesny (NSW)
2. Ryan Farrell
3. Robbie Farr (NSW)
The annual west coast speedway classic was extended to two nights of action, with Bunbury owner Shane Krikke hiring Robbie Farr to replace his regular pilot Brooke Tatnell, who was racing in America. Fastest qualifier was Max Dumesny with a 13.70 second circulation of the Bunbury clayway. The early pacesetter Dumesny was rounded by the WA Sprintcar Champion Ryan Farrell after four laps of the A Main. Meanwhile Farr, who started from position 15, was carving his way through the field. Ten from home the crowd collectively groaned as Dumesny regained the lead from local hope Farrell. Farr ended up finishing a strong third.
1. Max Dumesny (NSW)
2. Mark Wells
3. Robbie Farr (NSW)
The tenth anniversary Krikke Boys Shootout saw a strong field on hand with local Ben Ellement setting fast time of 13.50 seconds ahead of American Shane Stewart (USA) and Ryan Farrell. At the start of the all-important A Main it was the “Geraldton Jet” Mark Wells in front of Jamie Maiolo, Dumesny and Farr.
The leaders battled it out in close company throughout the thrilling race with Dumesny diving inside Wells for the lead with only six laps remaining. It was Dumesny’s third Krikke Boys crown as he led home the gallant Wells and Farr.
1. Robbie Farr (NSW)
2. Kaley Gharst (USA)
3. Jamie Moon
Ben Ellement repeated as the fast time man, with a speedy 13.62 second lap. The 35-lap A Main proved to be a marathon affair, taking more than an hour to complete – with six stoppages plus a fuel stop. Robbie Farr led the field away ahead of American Kaley Gharst and his teammate for the weekend Ryan Farrell. With three laps remaining, the second placed Farrell was sidelined with differential problems. Only seven cars completed the distance with Farr scoring over Gharst and local Jamie Moon.
1. Robbie Farr (NSW)
2. Paul McMahan (USA)
3. Danny Reidy (NT)
A record seven American drivers were on hand for the twelfth running of the Krikke Boys Shootout. Shane Krikke used Paul McMahan as his “super sub” for Brooke Tatnell and the move paid off with McMahan setting fast time of 13.84 seconds in a classy 42 car field. At the green Farr grabbed the lead from McMahan, Danny Reidy (NT) and Max Dumesny. After only ten laps Ryan Farrell had charged from eighteenth to ninth with the B Main winner Tim Shaffer (USA) right on his tail. The race was a ripper with only a couple of stoppages over the 35-lap journey. Farr went on to notch his record sixth victory in the event ahead of McMahan (his third second placing), Reidy and teenager Kris Coyle who raced by Dumesny in the closing stages.
Kerry Madsen has triumphed in the fourteenth running of the Krikke Boys Shootout at the Coates Hire Bunbury Speedway.
Shane Stewart became only the second American driver to take out the Krikke Boys Shootout after a brilliant performance during the 35-lap A Main.
The opening night saw Steven Lines set Fast Time of 12.931 seconds ahead of Californian Tim Kaeding and Luke Dillon.
Kerry Madsen took the Fast Time honours with a 12.860 second lap ahead of Robbie Farr and Brooke Tatnell.
Brooke Tatnell continued his fine recent form by winning the 2015 Krikke Boys Shootout at the Quit Bunbury Speedway.
1st -Steven Lines (SA)
A 26 car field greeted the Quit Bunbury Speedway circuit and it was a fast and action packed A Main feature.