Premier to host speedcar titles

ALLANSFORD’S Premier Speedway will play host to the best drivers from across the country when it stages the 74th Australian Speedcar Championship (ASC).

Premier Speedway general manager David Mills yesterday confirmed the track had won hosting rights for the national showcase for the first time.

The title is set down for February 27 and 28, 2015. Night one will include three rounds of heats and a preliminary A main.

A fourth round of heats kicks off night two, before a pole shuffle and finals. The decider is a 40-lap race — the same as for the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

Speedcars, a class which is strong in New South Wales and Queensland, have raced sporadically at Premier Speedway over the past decade.

But they have featured twice at the track this season, for the Pro Series finale in January and the Southern Speedcar Tour finale last weekend.

Three-time and defending champion Adam Clarke, of Newcastle, will lead the Australian charge.

But Warrnambool racing fans could have a home-track driver to cheer on, with Dylan Willsher soon to make his debut in the class.

Officials are confident a host of Americans will also be in the field, with the championship coinciding with the start of the United States season.

The February date is a couple of weeks after the Australian rounds of the Powri World Championship in Queensland.

Speedcars Australia president Andy Pearce said he was keen to bring the ASC to arguably the best speedway in Australia.

“Everybody knows Premier Speedway is one of the best venues in Australia and speedcars produce the best wheel-to-wheel racing,” he said. “It’s a recipe for success,” he said.

Mills said speedcars were universally recognised as the class which produced the most exciting racing.

He said the national title was “an event that is rich in history”. Sir Jack Brabham, George Tatnell and the late Michael Figliomeni are former Australian champions.

“We are expecting plenty of support from both competitors and race fans alike,” Mills said.

“We believe we can provide a track that will suit the speedcars and will produce some excellent racing, something that is deserving of their national championship.

“There is no doubt from recent speedcar events at the track that they provide some close and exciting racing with plenty of room for regular side-by-side racing.”

afawkes@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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