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Speedway stars back on track

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January 10, 2018

Australian champion Trevor Perry will be trying to win the Grand Prix Midget Ironbark Classic. Image: Rock Solid Productions.

THIS Saturday night Rushworth Speedway Club’s season restarts after the festive season break.

The Grand Prix Midgets ‘Ironbark Classic’ and the visiting 3 Litre Sedans will be back, while local heroes in all the Goulburn Valley club classes resume their point score battles.

Grand Prix Midget racing will be flat out as usual with the ‘Mosquito fleet’ of slightly more than 1000cc powered machines zipping around the wide expanses of Rushworth. The gun driver to beat — coming off a win at Redline and last weekend at Goulburn in New South Wales — will be Trevor Perry. Hot on his heels will be drivers from around Victoria including the likes of Dennis Myers from Shepparton and Lisa Chalcraft of Mooroopna.

In the 3L Sedan action, Bendigo’s Lennie Clark leads the charge with Andrew Ahearn, Steve Ellis and Wangaratta racer Andrew Robl amongst challengers. The class has a large contingent of drivers with ties to the Bendigo area and the Goulburn Valley — so the action will be thick and fast at the front.

Local battles in all four club classes will resume with the Box versus Lamb battle in Opens again in the spotlight. Adam Box and Paul Lamb hit the track together for the first time since a major crash earlier this season. Mark Cecil will be keen to ‘slay’ the big eight cylinders and Thomas Conboy hopes to continue his good run of results.

In Production Sedans last season’s club champion Wayne O’Keefe is back on track. He will be hunting victory over Shane Hutchins and Leigh Jeffery who have both already won this season. It won’t be easy and there is every chance somebody else in the field can pop up with victory.

Chloe Lamb will look to continue her dominance in the Ladies Saloon field, however as usual it is going to be tough. Rachel Pratt returns from Modified Sedan racing and Kelly Lamb and Felicity Roycroft, who have been giving Chloe a hard time so far this season, will not let up either. It could be a tight tussle to the very end.

Finally, the Junior Sedans racing will see Josh Fitzpatrick trying to defend his ranking as the category’s number one driver against Josh and Luke Cecil, Tristan McGraw and Daniel Smith. We will see if any of the challengers can take a big win on Saturday night with all the great action sure to thrill.

Racing begins on January 13 from 4pm with entry costing $25 per adult, aged pensioners are $15, kids 12 to 16 are $12.50 each and under the age of 12 is free. A family of two adults and two children aged 12 to 16 is $60.

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