AUSTRALIAN GP MIDGET TITLE TO BE DECIDED THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT WAHGUNYAH SPEEDWAY
Wahgunyah Speedway continues to host all the big events this season with another big meeting coming up this weekend as they host the 2017 Australia Grand Prix Midget Title. All the big names across Victoria and NSW have entered for the meeting with a late nominations that will certainly be fun to watch as they come from the rear. The defending Australian champion Paul Perry will have to be at his very best if he wants to hold onto the A1 and the man he will have to beat to the line will be his brother Trevor Perry who he got past in the dying laps at last season's title. Trevor has been in excellent form this season and is fresh of his NSW Title win 2 weeks ago at Goulburn Speedway. The Perry Bros Chassis are proving to be to be very competitive against the Stinger and 4 Bar chassis'. One man in a Stinger Chassis who is also fresh off a win 2 weeks ago is Jason Crawford for the Pitstop Mowers team. Crawford waited until the feature race to pull out all stops to narrowly take the win at Redline Raceway. Crawford has had some good form at Wahgunyah this season and was unlucky to take the victory in the 2 day meeting in January. The man that Crawford beat at Redline was Travis Florimell who has had a shocking season thus far however seemed to get his car sorted the other week taking 3 heat wins and almost took a clean sweep. If he can continue with that form he will certainly be in contention when the chequered flag drops. Lisa Chalcraft is no slouch when it comes to getting around the long straights of Wahgunyah and although she has been having some engine dramas over the last few meetings including being engulfed in a fireball last meeting, she will be pedal down in the Oil Hydraulics V15 and be in the contest when it counts most at the end of the 20 lap feature.
Chris Fowler is hoping to be in the mix with an up and down season so far he has managed to show some great speed at times however he has struggled getting the right gearing for the big oval at Wahgunyah in his last couple of attempts. His team mate Marty Job has been showing some great improvements over the past couple of meetings for the JF Racing team and is hoping to improve once again. The list of contenders keeps on going as the veteran Dennis Myers saddles up once again to try to add Australian Title number 3 to his long list wins in the Super Balance Automotive V11. In the second of the Pitstop Mowers team cars is Sean 'The Sheep' Denning who is always competitive and is the only Victorian independent suspension car nominated for the title. Other Victorians not to rule out is David Bacon in the 3rd Perry Bros Chassis cars owed by son Hayden Bacon and Mark Blackeby in the third of the Pitstop Mowers cars. Mark has been working through some tething problems over the past couple of meetings and will start at the rear due to not having completed his 3 meetings to be eligible to be in the draw.
The contingent of NSW drivers nominated to come down across the border to try the title back to NSW for only the 2nd time in 10 years will be headed by Janelle Saville who has already visited Victoria twice this season with a run at Rushworth for the Victorian Title and in the Bacon owned V37 car at Wangaratta earlier in the season where she showed some incredible pace. Also nominated from NSW but possibly late withdrawals are Keiran Macklyn who destroyed his car 2 weeks ago in the NSW Title. It will be a big effort if he is able to get a car together in time. Also Scott Moir has nominated however at the time of this publication is unsure as to whether he will make the trip down due engine dramas. Now it was mentioned about a big name late nomination to this weekend's Australian Title and it is none other than current Victorian Champion Mark Cecil. However he will have his work cut out for him as he is required to start from the rear of field. He will certainly be entertaining to watch and no doubt will put on a show for the crowd and if his Victorian Title drive is anything to go by he will certainly be in the mix at the end of the night.
So there's no doubting that the racing will be entertaining but to make things even more exciting the drivers will not be split into separate heats therefore to make it through to qualify on the front row for the title race drivers will need to pass cars in their heats. For the kids there will be posters and prize packs whilst adults can come and buy some of the limited edition Australian GP Midget T-shirts and GP Midget Stubby holders at the conclusion of the nights events.
Come along and watch some action packed racing and then come see all your favourite drivers in the pits afterwards. Racing starts from 3pm so get there early for a good viewing position