This Saturday night twenty big, bad, late model beasts, with huge eight-cylinder race engines, will find themselves doing battle for this year’s Victorian title. It will be a race meeting not to miss with an American, a Kiwi and race drivers from four states of Australia, in competition.
Joe Lusk, from the USA, will be in town racing for Ballarat businessman Danny Amato. Whilst Lusk has competed against some of the very best in the world, Australian tracks just could be the equalizer as he lines up against defending Victorian champion Chevy Edwards, Tasmanian Champion Tim Pyke, Queensland Champion Nathan Disney and joint New South Wales and South Australian champion Lachlan Onley. These champions will all be trying to slot another notch on their championship belts, however there are fifteen other competitors setting themselves goals to finish in the top five, top three or win the big race outright.
Apart from the Ballarat owned car the American is racing, Will Lamb, from nearby Daylesford, is somebody for locals to cheer for, as is Brendan Hucker who grew up in Central Victoria and has a long history of competing at Redline.
The Victorian State Series continues for the Grand Prix Midgets and they visit with Chris Fowler, currently their lead driver. Jason Crawford, Alex Myers, Travis Florrimell and Chris Carr are just some of the competitors to watch. The 1050cc powered Midgets are the complete opposite in noise and size to the Late Models, however they are also a quick class with speed that pleases fans.
A great field of Sports Sedans have put their hands up to come racing and a number of racers are looking for their first feature race win of the year at Redline. Ricky Ashmore, Lucas Conder, Leigh Bourke, Zac Swanson, Chris Reick and Craig Phillips are just some of those that fans should watch. Whilst Billy Reick, Nathan Fawns, Daniel Carter, Kayla Knox and Kate Meyer are more than menacing when it comes to being in the thick of the action.
A small field of Street Stocks have nominated with some big races on around Victoria this weekend. Andrew Burgoyne, Brooke Ferguson, Jason Degoldi, Michael Sefton fresh off a great result last weekend at Simpson and Scott Purdie are some of the drivers to keep an eye out for. Degoldi is very hard to beat at the moment, however not un-beatable, or is he?
Scott Whittle, who recently won the annual Chivers Memorial, returns and is the measuring stick as far as pace and talent is concerned in the field. Paul Domburg, Hayden Clifford, Ben Hutchinson and Mark Seller would all like to leave Redline with Whittle a scalp they have collected.
Gates to the public open at 2pm, aiming for a 4.30pm race meeting start.
By Dean Thompson
DMT Sports Media