The ‘love’ that goes into a Maxwill Race Engine is evident as the hard working team at the St Peters headquarters in Adelaide, South Australia toil away to produce some heavy hitting 360 and 410ci power-plants. February is renowned as the ‘month of love’; after all, Valentines Day falls in February, and now that the month has gone we take this opportunity to take a look back and reflect on how the customers of Maxwill Race Engines performed on the national stage, and it is no secret that many of these customers are truly in love with the power-plant they have bolted between the chassis rails.

February kicked off with both the 360 and 410 Sprintcars competing at different South Australian Speedways on the same night. The All Star Sprintcar Series was held at Bordertown’s Tolmer Speedway where Mark Caruso (points score leader) and Chad Ely flew the flag proudly for the Maxwill team chalking up a second and third respectively. While the open cars turned out in force in Adelaide for the Jack Daniel's presented Australian Open Sprintcar Nationals at Speedway City. The newly crowned Australian Champion Brooke Tatnell claimed first place, a podium placing in third for Max Dumesny while Warrenne Ekins and Daniel Pestka chalked up fourth and fifth respectively. Pestka also claimed the ‘Hard Charger Award’, and eight of the first eleven cars across the line were all using the Maxwill brand.

From Adelaide the best drivers in the nation continued west for the completion of the World Series Sprintcars competition with the Grand Final being hosted at the Perth Motorplex. On a track where there is no substitute for horsepower, Max Dumesny returned to the winners’ circle when he claimed victory.

The South Aussies continued their battle in the thrilling Revolution Racegear Speedway City Track Championship for 360 and 410 powered Sprintcars. And the 26th of February will go down as an almost clean sweep for team Maxwill. Both feature events and every heat except for one was won by a member of the Maxwill team. Jamie Cobby claimed the open feature over Daniel Pestka and Luke Dillon who coincidently are the top three point score leaders of the series. In the 360 division it was the reigning Australian Champion Alan Barlee who powered on to claim the win over Brendan Guerin and Jamie Hendry whom both produced their best efforts for the season, placing 2nd and 3rd respectively.

With some big races having just been run and won such as the Krikke Boys Race in Western Australia, The George Tatnell Open Sprintcar Cup / Lord Mayors 360 Cup and the upcoming Australian 360 Sprintcar Championship at the Murray Bridge Speedway, we look forward to bringing you up to date with these and other events in the very near future, and as they say in the classics... Watch this space!

Report and photos by: Paris Charles