Australian Championship promises Legendary racing Saturday night
The 2017 Australian Speedway Legend Car Championship, presented by C1Speed.com (Electric Indoor Karting Albion Park Rail) has attracted the cream of racing talent in the country and is a wide-open affair.
Predicting a winner for the epic one-night event – which is also the first ever Australian Championship for the class - would be brave to say the least given the consistently hectic competition at Parramatta every time the class shows up.
So far in excess of 45 cars have entered for this Saturday night’s event and realistically almost ten drivers are in with a chance to score the #1 ranking.
Defending champion Robbie Rawlings comes into the Aussie title with a good chance of retaining his number but main event successes haven’t come his way as often as he’d have liked this season at VR.
Three and four wide racing is a hallmark of the class at the Parramatta clayway and that hectic competition is expected to continue come title time.
Australian Championships have a habit of throwing up dark horses and that’s certainly possible this weekend however bookies would have the pre-title favourites down to a group including Robbie Rawlings, Jacob Griffen, Glen Philpott, Nathan Camilleri, Dan Morris, Kyle Angel, Jack Alfirevich, Glenn Mitchell, Glen Arnold, Tyson Williams and Chris Peterson to mention only a few.
“The title is wide open,” says VR Managing Director Steven Green, “it’s a fantastic class with so many great drivers. I’d hate to pick a winner, there’s too many guys in with a chance.”
One of the real unknowns in the field from a NSW standpoint is West Aussie second-generation racer Jack Alfirevich. Jack’s Dad Des was a standout Super Sedan driver at the legendary Claremont Speedway back in the day and by all reports Alfirevich Jr will be a surprise packet for the Sydney and regional NSW stars.
Two drivers who have entered and would have been a huge chance for victory in Hayden Pascoe and James Duckworth but the pair have clashing race commitments in two different countries.
Duckworth is racing his Aussie Racing Car at Barbagallo Raceway and Pascoe is in the middle of his Central Pennsylvania (USA) racing safari where he’s already been successful in main event successes.
The duo’s nominations remain up until the event in case of an unexpected development that would see them compete however.
INEX 1 RAWLINGS Rob 2 A BOLTON Troy 3 W DAVEY Todd 3 N PASCOE Hayden 5 A RAWLINGS Brad 5 N SULLIVAN Scott 7 N MARTIN Linden 8 A HEBDITCH Michael 9 Q ISDALE Steve 10 N DAVIES Jake 11 N GOODWIN Bailey 13 A HODAK Ashley 17 N DA PALMA Keanu 18 A BROERS Andrew 18 N MCKENZIE Clinton 19 N CAMILLERI Liam 21 A BENNETT Kenneth 23 A BROERS Anthony 24 N ANGEL Kyle 27 N CASSIDY Paul 31 N JEWELL Cameron 32 N CAMERON Steve 36 W ALFIREVICH Jack 38 N PARKER Adam 41 N MITCHELL Glenn 43 N ARNOLD Glen 44 N GRIFFIN Jacob 47 N MCCABE Jim 48 N WILLIAMS Tyson 52 N BOND Stuart 59 N MORRIS Dan 60 N LUCAS Michael 63 A THOMPSON Greg 69 N CAMILLERI Nathan 71 N YOUNGER Shane 74 N PETERSON Chris 75 N KEATS Graham 76 A ELLIOTT Steve 82 N XUEREB Damo 86 N ALDERSON Bruce 88 N PHILPOTT Glen 95 Q JONES Ian 96 N ROWELL Dalton 97 A ROONEY Sean 98 A HEATON Liam 99 N KEANE Scott 105 N DUCKWORTH James
Also on this Saturday night’s program are the thundering Late Model Sedans with twin feature races plus the first appearance of the Junior Sedans with a strong field of almost twenty cars.
Victorian youngster Justin Pearson (who was a recent member of the Speedway Australia Rising Star program) will be up from Victoria whilst Queenslander Brett Watson remains in town after running last Saturday night as well.
The interesting wild card in this Saturday night’s action will be Newcastle jack of all trades Matt Smith pulling on the #20 Flair Dancewear Late Model raced by his partner Jessica Cassidy earlier this season.
Smith is a noted ‘gasser’ in both Speedcars and Sprintcars and whilst this Saturday sees his Late Model debut he’s been around the cars a lot working on them with Cassidy and also good mate Ryan Fenech over the last couple of seasons.
Ryan Fenech looks to go back to back after winning last Saturday night on his birthday but can expect serious competition from the always hectic VR warriors Darryl Grimson, David Doherty and Ben Nicastri to name a few.
Late Model Nominations include:
N5 - Robert CARRIG N8 - Shannon JENNINGS V10 - Justin PEARSON N12 - Darryl GRIMSON ? N20 - Matt SMITH ? N25 - David DOHERTY ? N26 - Anthony VYSMA ? N28 - Brad GOMAN ? N29 - Ryan FENECH ? Q35 - Carter ARMSTRONG ? N41 - Tim BINK ? N51 - Michael HICKEY ? N65 - Barry KELLEHER? N67 - Ed BORG ? N88 - Daniel MOON ? N91 - Dean HICKEY ? V96 - Warren White Jnr ? N99 - Ben NICASTRI ? Q99 - Brett WATSON ? N181 - Bradley GIFFEN
Gates open at 2pm, action is on track from 5.30pm this Saturday night at Valvoline Raceway.
Adults $30 Concession $20 Juniors (13-15yrs) $15 Kids 12 and under – FREE Family Pass – 2 adults and 2 Juniors - $70
Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.speedwaytickets.com.au
Valvoline Raceway is located at 21 Wentworth Street Clyde.
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