Earlier this week, the Australian speedway industry was shocked by the announcement that Robbie Farr and the East Coast Pipeline Racing team have parted ways, effective immediately. Totally Speedway’s Daniel Powell has gone about documenting the highlights from their 13-years together.
Grand Annual Classic
There have been plenty of highlights throughout Farr’s Sprintcar career, but his breakthrough victory in the 2019 Grand Annual Classic at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway in Victoria ranks right up there. After 30 years of trying, Farr came out on top in the 2019 running of the event and to say that it was an emotional win would be quite the understatement. Prior to this win, Farr’s best Grand Annual Classic result was a third-place finish in the 2016 running of the event.
Presidents and Kings Success
The President’s Cup at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway (Vic) and the King’s Challenge at Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway (SA) are the two big events leading up to the Grand Annual Classic weekend, and Farr and the East Coast Pipeline Racing team have certainly enjoyed plenty of success in both events. The duo won the President’s Cup on four occasions (2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018) and the King’s Challenge on three occasions (2008, 2010 and 2013).
Despite being a front-running contender during Australian Championship attempts with the East Coast Pipeline Racing team, he was unable to add to his lone 2004 Australian Championship win at Bunbury Speedway (WA). Farr’s best results were a pair of second-place finishes (2008 at Valvoline Raceway and 2014 at Latrobe Speedway) and a third-place finish (2017 at Valvoline Raceway).
Glory on Home Soil
Farr certainly doesn’t hide his passion for Valvoline Raceway, as it’s place where he grew up and learned his Sprintcar craft when he made his debut in early 1989. Last season, Farr clinched a third-career NSW Title win at Valvoline Raceway, which was also his 50th career feature-race win at the track, and it turned out to be the first NSW Title victory for the East Coast Pipeline Racing team.
Sunshine State Success
With the East Coast Pipeline Racing team being based in Queensland, Farr and the team enjoyed great success at Queensland Title events. In total, they won five Queensland Title wins, which included wins at Archerfield Speedway (2010 and 2014), Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway (2011 and 2017) and Maryborough Speedway (2013).
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History was created during the 2012 Victorian Title at Avalon Raceway, with Farr and Victorian-based racer Stephen Bell dead heating for the win. Bell had come from behind in the feature race to chase down Farr and the pair greeted the chequered flag in a dead heat. After much post-race deliberation, the pair were unable to be separated and they shared the win.
World Series Attack
In their first six seasons as a unit, Farr and the East Coast Pipeline Racing team travelled around the country, which naturally included running the entire World Series Sprintcar Championship schedule. After finishing second in the final point standings in the first three seasons, Farr and the East Coast Pipeline Racing team broke through for the overall win in the 2010-11 season. Another World Series highlight was winning the gruelling Speedweek Series installment of the World Series Championship over the Christmas-New Year period in their first season together (2007-08).
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For the Boys
Another event that is close to Farr’s heart is the annual Krikke Boys Shootout that is held in the month of March at Bunbury Speedway in Western Australia. While driving for the East Coast Pipeline Racing team, he managed to pick up two wins in the event: 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.
Following the launch of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship for the 2015-16 season, Farr has been regular racer ever since, due to his East Coast Pipeline Racing team owners being behind the concept. Over the following seasons, no matter whether it was the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship for New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, Farr was a winner on many occasions. Due to doing a lot of racing at Murray Bridge Speedway from the 2016-17 season onwards, he picked up the 2017 South Australian 410 Sprintcar Title spoils.
A New Challenge
Farr has never been one to shy away from a challenge, and two seasons ago, he stepped into Late Model racing with the East Coast Pipeline Racing team. Taking on double duties between his 410 Sprintcar and Late Model commitments, he took to Late Model racing well and was on the pace with all the established drivers. When it comes to a Late Model highlight, it’s hard to go past Farr’s South Australian Title triumph in the 2018-19 season at Murray Bridge Speedway.
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