IRONBARK SET TO BE A CLASSIC AT RUSHWORTH
The nominations are in for this season’s Ironbark Classic which has been held annually at Rushworth Speedway for the GP Midgets since 2009 and what a cracker field it looks to be with Australian Champions, Masters Series Champions, Club Legends, Former Ironbark Classic Winners all in the field. The Ironbark Classic has once again been supported by Oil Hydraulics who are a long-time supporter of GP Midget racing and this event in particular. This weekend will count towards points for the Ballistic Performance Parts Masters Series which saw plenty of action in Round 2 at Redline Raceway after the first round was rained out. Trevor Perry went to victory lane in last years Oil Hydraulic Ironbark Classic and after a feature win last weekend at Bega he will be wanting to continue that form however he will not have it all his way as he did last year with Shepparton local and 4-time winner of this event Dennis Myers to debut his new Perry built chassis and rumours are that the car was a rocket in a practice session around the Rushworth track prior to Christmas. Jason Crawford is always quick around Rushworth and after a 2nd place finish at Redline a few weeks ago he will be looking to go one better to take the top step of the podium for the first time this season. His team mate in the Pitstop Mowers team Danny Stainer proved he has the pace in his new HMJ Chassis in the heat races and no doubt will be hard to beat this weekend as well. The man that was involved in all the action in round 2 was Travis Florimell after his car looked a bit second hand after an incident with Trevor Perry. Travis has nominated for the event and is hopeful to have the car back together in time and if so will certainly put in an entertaining performance for the crowd as he looks to take the race up to Perry and other contenders once again. Another former winner of this event who will have all the local fans cheering her on is Mooroopna based racer Lisa Chalcraft. After suffering mechanical issues last time out word is the car is all ready to go for this weekend and she will certainly be one to keep an eye on. Chris Fowler was consistent in Round 2 of the Master Series and is currently on top in points although he didn’t show the same speed as other competitors at Redline he does have a good record at Rushworth finishing 2nd in this race last season. He will be in the mix. Mark Blackeby returned to some form recently and has been showing an improved package this season after upgrading to the Yamaha power plant and could be a danger for some on Saturday night. We are yet to see the full potential out of a few drivers this season that we know have the potential to ruffle some feathers on any given night in the likes of Sean Denning, David Bacon and Shawn Ward who got a feel for his new car after a few seasons out of the seat. Also out of the seat for a few seasons is Hayden Bacon who has nominated for the event. The line up is set, the weather looks favourable for one almighty contest come Saturday afternoon. The talk in the paddock is that the drivers are certainly looking forward to this event so don’t miss out, be at Rushworth Speedway this Saturday night with racing from 4pm.