Allansford teenager driven to land back-to-back wins at speedway

ALLANSFORD teenager Jack Bell is eyeing back-to-back junior sedan victories tomorrow. 

Jack, 15, won the opening final of the nine-round Junior Sedan Promotion Association of Victoria V8 Superlaps Series at Avalon two weeks ago.

With Portland’s round two fixture tonight postponed, Jack’s focus is on round three at his home track in Warrnambool.

Jack, nephew of former Victorian sprintcar champion Stephen, said the round one win rated alongside his best since taking up the sport four years ago.

“Last year I won a Laang Speedway 50-lapper and was fifth in the Victorian title,” Jack told The Standard.

“Winning the other night was pretty good considering there were good cars there and a few cars I wanted to beat.

“You have three heats of 10 laps and wherever you finish you get a certain amount of points and that decides where you start in the final so it’s pretty important to go well in the heats.”

Jack competed in the 2011-12 superlaps series.

He said he finished ninth out of about 30 cars.

“I competed last year in my first full season but I missed a couple of races because of mechanical issues so I didn’t go too well,” he said.

“Hopefully I will go better this year.”

Speedway is a big part of Jack’s family.

His father Gary and brother Billy help him work on his Datsun Sunny and his mother Virginia is always on hand to help with catering.

“As a baby, Mum and Dad took me to speedway to watch my Uncle Stephen so I’ve been around it and I love doing it,” he said.

“My Uncle Stephen is a bit of an inspiration.”

The Brauer College student said he spent many hours working on his Datsun, fine-tuning it for competition.

“People don’t realise how much time you spend on them, getting them organised and getting them right,” he said.

Next season Jack, whose birthday is in December, has the option of another year in juniors or stepping up to the senior ranks.

“If the season starts before you turn 17, you can do another year (in juniors),” he said.

“I’d love to one day (drive sprintcars) — it’s one of my dreams. 

“But you wouldn’t jump from junior sedans to sprintcars.

“You go wingless sprint or formula 500s in between.” Jack, who thanked his sponsors, had Purnim’s Dion Bellman in hot pursuit in round one of the superlaps series.

Dion finished third behind South Australia’s Jack Gartner.  The junior sedans superlaps final round is in Hamilton on March 23, 2013. Tomorrow’s fixture at Premier Speedway launches the new season for the club.

justine.mc@standard.fairfax.com.au

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