2017 Speedway Australia awards recognise James McFadden, Premier Speedway

TOP HONOUR: Warrnambool-based James McFadden was named Speedway Australia open wheel competitor of the year. Picture: Rob Gunstone

TOP HONOUR: Warrnambool-based James McFadden was named Speedway Australia open wheel competitor of the year. Picture: Rob Gunstone

PREMIER Speedway general manager David Mills says the track’s recognition at the Speedway Australia awards will spur the club on to greater heights.

The Allansford facility – home of the world-class Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic – was named track of the year at the 2017 awards night in Melbourne on Saturday.

More than 80 venues were rated on facility, race meetings, marketing and promotion and process and management structures.

“The beauty is we’ve now set the benchmark and we’ll strive to improve,” Mills said.

“We’re not here sitting on our hands and basking in our glory.

“From our point-of-view, people will hear, see or read about it and know we are a legitimate organisation.”

Mills said the award was for the club’s hard working team.

“It’s a great reward I feel for the club and our volunteer base,” he said.

“We have two employees essentially and everyone else are volunteers.”

Warrnambool-based driver James McFadden was named open wheel competitor of the year following his standout campaign.

McFadden, who attended the presentation night before flying back to America for its season, won his first Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic title in January and was also named World Series Sprintcars champion.

Portland teenager Angus Hollis took out the junior competitor of the year crown after strong performances in the junior sedan class.

David Mills

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