Speedway season races to finish

TWO series finales will highlight the penultimate meeting of the Premier Speedway season this weekend.

More than 90 speedcars, wingless sprints and V8 dirt modifieds have nominated to race on the high banks at the Allansford track tomorrow night.

The meeting features the final rounds of wingless sprints’ Victorian series and the Southern Speedcar Tour, contested at Victorian tracks.

Premier Speedway general manager David Mills said nomination numbers were “what we’d expect” for an early April meeting.

Wingless sprints has proven the most popular class with 54 drivers in the field while 22 speedcars and 16 V8 dirt modifieds will also race.

“With the divisions, that’s what we’d expect. We’re content with what we’ve got,” Mills said. “Obviously being two series grand finals with the wingless sprints and the speedcars you’d be looking for those sorts of numbers.

“The downside is being the grand finals, some guys might be out of contention and budgets might be expired.

“But any time we can have 90, 100 cars in the pits, that’s reasonably adequate over three divisions.”

The meeting marks the second time speedcars have featured at Premier Speedway this season, following the nationwide Pro Series grand final in January.

The class has raced sporadically at the track over the past decade but is in the midst of a mini-resurgence with driver numbers increasing.

Warrnambool hope Dylan Willsher, a regular in the formula 500 ranks, is among the new faces and will make his debut driving for Adelaide car owner Rick McKay.

Mills said Premier Speedway had applied to host the 74th Australian Speedcar Title in 2015 in a bid to capitalise on the interest.

“It was very strong in the early days around Sydney and is still very strong up in Queensland,” he said.

“And through no fault of their own — natural attrition and the vagaries with the economy — they had somewhat of a dip in numbers in the early 2000s.

“Because of things like the Southern Speedcar Tour, a couple of series up in Queensland and around Sydney, it’s seen a resurgence.”

Gates open at 4pm, with racing from 5.30pm. The final meeting of the Premier Speedway season is on April 20 and features sprintcars and super rods.


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