THIS Saturday night motorsport action returns to Rushworth Speedway with not one, but two Victorian titles to be decided.
This is on the same night that the national Speedway Sedans Australia governing body Production Sedans come into town, along with the Victorian Speedway Council category the Division 2 Hot Rods.
Both categories are bringing their best drivers and they’re set to do battle to determine who will have the right to compete for the next 12 months with the number one roof plate atop their cars.
The current Australian champion for the Production Sedans, Trevor Mills from Corowa, will lead the competition with in-form Rutherglen youngster Jack Milthorpe being a driver to watch. Two-time former Australian champion Stephen Laidlaw is hoping for a change in fortunes for his season so far and cannot be excluded — it might all come good for him on Saturday night. The McAlister boys from Goulburn, Damien and Craig, are tough competition as is Wangaratta driver Raymond Ussher.
Dehne Sparrow from Hamilton with his popular Torana up against the Commodores and Falcons, Rodney Anderson now from Ballarat and Wayne Bourke from Leeton are some other competitors to keep an eye on.
Current Division 2 Hot Rod Champion Scott Laidlaw will again be hard to beat to a championship win, however Shane Uprichard currently holds the bragging rights having won at Rushworth a few weeks ago. Toby Callanan is most likely to hassle Laidlaw. Callanan has a swag of big-win trophies in his household collection while Rob Tatterson — if he could win — would be just about the most popular title winner in Australia this season.
Action from the local heroes include the Goulburn Valley version of Open Saloons, Production Sedans, Ladies Saloons and Ladies Sedans. Garry Gapes is buoyed by his result at the Benton Memorial meeting where he finished second and he is keen to go one better at this weekend’s show and pick up a big win over the top dog, Paul Lamb.
Mark Cecil, Leigh Jeffery and the Hutchins lads lead the battle in the GV Production Sedans, while the Ladies nominations is packed with girls keen to bring Chloe Lamb down.
Racing begins from 4pm with entry costing $25 per adult, aged pensioners $15, kids 12-16 are $12.50 each and under the age of 12 is free. A family of two adults and two kids aged 12-16 is $60.