Exciting season ahead

NEW SEASON NEARS: Steve Gartner raced to victory in the SA Street Stock competition held towards the end of the last speedway season.
NEW SEASON NEARS: Steve Gartner raced to victory in the SA Street Stock competition held towards the end of the last speedway season.

The Whyalla Speedway Club has released an exciting and comprehensive five-meeting calendar for the 2019/20 racing season.

Following on from last season's successful Sprint Car meeting, the club has been granted the two premier South Australian Sprint Car championships for the 410 and 360 divisions.

The club has also secured the SA Formula 500 Championships for this season.

The opening meeting of the season is on October 26, and what better way to launch the new season that with a night of high-powered racing with 410 sprint cars for the South Australian championships.

An added bonus of $10,000 to the winner which will be another incentive for the drivers to consider.

At the November 30 meeting, we will see the return of bikes to Whyalla for an all-bike meeting featuring the Steel City Sidecar Spectacular along with five other bike divisions on the program.

Following the Christmas period, the January 11 meeting will feature the Formula 500s for their Duel in the Desert feature and a round of the statewide MJS Series for the street stock drivers.

The Formula 500s return on March 21 for the SA championships, also programmed is the Brian Skelton Super Sedan Memorial.

April 25 will have the season winding up with another appearance by the Sprint Cars, this time for the 360 SA Championship and a Open Demolition Derby.

All meetings will have supporting divisions which could be subject to change depending on the number of nominations received, with all of the local drivers having the opportunity to race in front of their supporters.

The complex has undergone some spectator improvements with an inside security parking area set-aside by the ticket box, and the grandstand has some added panelling.

Meanwhile, three Whyalla drivers were rewarded for their dedication to the sport last season at their respective annual presentation awards.

Justin Chadwick capped off his first full season of racing in his Modlite by winning the Rookie of the Season award.

His busy scheduled included 14 meetings which took him and his father Dave to all parts of the state.

The pair also won the best presented racecar award which was a reward for the time and effort they took to build an immaculately fitted out car trailer to accommodate the equipment.

Also having a productive season was Andy Maxwell Jnr, another in his first season in a late model, won the Rookie of the Season and also was the most improved driver in his class.

Angelo Karoussis continues to impress in his Formula 500, securing another season award, the Don Bowie Excellence Award.

Angelo is making steady progress to recovery following his road accident while returning from his worksite in June.

No doubt his speedway driving skills saved him from more serious injuries and is looking forward to be back racing next year, keen to win the SA Formula 500 Championships at home.

The Brown Sprintcar Racing Team's first major meeting was full of merit after finishing in eighth position in Darwin (NT) in August.

With leading SA driver in Matt Egel ebhind the wheel, the local entry was one of 50 entries in the Chariots of Thunder Series which was held on two weekends.

The team were the quickest time trial qualifiers for two nights, other highlights include a heat win, a 'B Main' winner and also made three of four feature finals, with a second podium finish on night one, the best result for the team which will be looking to build on their experience in the upcoming season.

FIRST MEETING:

October 26 - a night of high-powered racing with 410 sprint cars for the South Australian championships.