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The Victorian Grand Prix Midget Club has, like many clubs, been in hibernation for the past 11 months but is about to come out of their Covid slumber this Saturday with a 16 car strong field of GP's to battle it out for the Rod Quarrell Victorian Title.

Wangaratta City Raceway will host the event that has attracted some of the best drivers in the country with the race in memory of club life member Rod Quarrell who for many years was the heart and soul of the club, not only there to assist on race days but always willing to put his hand in his pocket to support the club financially as well. It has been said that without Rod and the contribution he made for more than 25 years the club would not exist today. So we honour him each year with this prestigious race.

There is only one driver in the field who has won a Victorian title before, so some might think the odds are that we will crown a new Victorian Champion, however Ashley Booker, a 3 time Victorian Champion slots straight back in where he left off in the seat of the v50 Pitstop Mowers team after spending the past 5 years in a speedcar and no doubt will be chasing a 4th Victorian Title to put himself a clear fourth in the all time Vic Title standings not far behind names like Freeman (7), Appleton (7) and Myers (6).

NSW racer Janelle Saville has signalled her intentions early this season already picking up multiple feature wins and currently leads the NSW Super Series, she heads into this weekend as the form racer to beat.

Competition will be fierce and with a number of drivers updating their equipment over the past few seasons, we will see this one be fought out right down to the final lap with likely competition coming from Louis Rodriguez, Chris Fowler, Gary Bowyer, Paul Perry amongst a number of other hot contenders.

If the prestige of winning a Victorian Title was not enough then throw in a cheeky $2,000 prize pool and make it a round of the Victorian Ballistic Performance Parts Masters Series and you've got yourself a recipe for plenty of action.

The club also welcomes some new talent to the GP ranks with Matt Kamolins and Jack Ward who will take the green flag to commence their GP Midget careers with both Matt and Jack having competed in sedan racing previously. We wish them all the best and hope they have an enjoyable night.

It will be a big night of racing with all the action getting under way at 5pm (not 4pm as previously advertised) adults $25 and kids $10 (kids under 10 free) so get the family and friends together and head to Wangaratta City Raceway this Saturday night. This is one you won't want to miss!

Wangaratta local Chris Carr hoping he can impress on his home track this weekend. Photo (c) Napier Photography

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