The Whyalla Speedway Club will welcome in the new year with a night of family entertainment this Saturday with a smorgasbord of racing with four division on display as race cars of all different shapes and sizes take to the track.
The line-up will include wingless sprints, V6 sprints, street stocks and AMCA nationals, on show with seven homegrown drivers looking to match their motors and skills against the influx of visiting drivers.
The wingless sprints return after a break of 26 months, for around two of their statewide series, which is a worthy initiative to enable drivers to expose their class to more spectators.
Heading the list of nominations is the current number one in South Australia in the talented Joel Chadwick, who did win the feature final at their last appearance here, and will be hard to hold out again.
“Heading the list of nominations is the current number one in South Australia in the talented Joel Chadwick ...”
But he will have to withstand the pressure from his eight rivals like Anthony Tapley, Jake Ashworth, Michael Spoljaric, and together with Anthony and Melissa McMillan, who are making the big effort to come all the way from Mildura for the meeting.
The street stocks are also taking part in a tri-series with the three local lads keen to build on their last meeting experience.
With Andy Maxwell Jnr well poised to make it back-to-back feature wins at Whyalla with Wayne Fosteris and rookie Jarrad Hamilton to be challenged by the likes of Darren Pope and Haydon Jolly for the minor placings.
The AMCA nationals have a good number of entries with Travis Litterini looking to push home his hometrack advantage over his nine rivals.
Jake Armstrong is already a feature winner this season and leads the line-up together with Jason Robinson and Jeremy Fenner.
Kelsey Allen is another driver making the long drive from Mildura for the weekend.
Kelsey is one of three female drivers entered for the meeting joining Tegan Martin and Leanne Turner, who have been a long time part of this division.
Former junior driver in Lachie Gwynne and Marcus Rigney will be making their AMCA debut at Whyalla.
Round two of the club championships for the V6 sprints will have a strong local content with Toby and Tyson McCarthy and Daniel Thwaites all set to continue their upwards improvement as part of the 12-car line-up.
Led by SA one in Chris James who won the SA title held at Whyalla 12 months ago to be joined by last meeting’s feature placed runners in Greg Bell, Michael Buxallan and Damien Eve, returning and looking for more success.
Also trackside will be Brock Lane, Daryl Barkla and Glen Ince, who are racing at Whyalla for the first time this season.
Unfortunately for the club the super sedans were deleted from the program due to lack of nominations but they are programmed for the April 28 meeting.
The gates at the Iron Knob Road complex will open at 4pm with hot laps from 5.30pm.