NATION’S BEST CONVERGE ON TOOWOOMBA FOR AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP D
Australia’s best V8 Dirt Modified and AMCA National drivers will converge on Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway this Friday and Saturday night for a double-header title fight thanks to Super Rooster.
With teams travelling from all over the country the two-Championship contest will be hotly contested affair as the respective defending champions lay it all on the line.
V8 Dirt Modified supremo Kevin Britten shoots for another page in history as he attempts an incredible ‘four-peat’ result that is considered virtually impossible in any form of Speedway racing.
Should he be successful this weekend Kevin will break his older brother Peter’s record (who has also won three consecutive national titles) and become the first person to ever win four in a row.
Britten leads an all-star field in the Bulk Fuels Australia sponsored title that is also umbrella sponsored by Toowoomba poultry icon Ray Klarich and his tasty chicken food chain Super Rooster.
Klarich, a popular veteran of the V8 Dirt Modified class in Toowoomba will also line-up for battle in his distinctive #95 entry.
The field is brimming with former national and state titleholders and whilst the previously hat-trick winning Britten comes into the event as hot favourite there are many challengers standing in the way of his shot at history.
The high speed high banked Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway is perfectly suited to the brutishly powerful V8 Dirt Modifieds as the title comes to Charlton after a two-decade absence.
“This is going to be an absolute cracking title,” says HTOTS announcer Ryan Harris, “I think everyone knows that Kev (Britten) is the guy to beat but I think that realistically there are five or six guys at least who can do this. I can’t wait.”
Former national champions in the field include Mark Robinson, Jai Stephenson, David Clarke, Andrew Pezzutti and Scott Cannon and all five are primed for their shot at Britten’s supremacy.
Current entries for the V8DM title include:
A1 Kevin Britten Q5 David Clark Q14 Sam Bruggy Q17 Kevin Stow Q26 Terry Leerentveld Q33 Geoff Phillips Q37 Phillip Roberts Q44 Klinton Hancey Q71 Trevor Wiley Q95 Ray Klarich N4 Wayne Simpson N9 Mark Robinson N19 Lee Gorton N25 Andrew Pezzutti N28 Trent Schofield N31 Geff Rose N43 Joshua Rose N45 Jai Stephenson N47 Dale Corbett N48 Christopher Corbett N49 Ashleigh Hall N51 Andrew Firth N61 Zac McDonald N73 Scott Quirk N79 Scott Cannon N82 Braydon Stephenson N91 Mitchell Randall N97 Paul Markulin V4 Paul Tindal W56 Travis Kennedy
The Australian AMCA National title will be no less competitive with a field that includes drivers from all states and territories as defending champion Jeremy Moore puts his #1 on the line.
Moore will have a torrid time keeping his status as former national champions and multiple state champs combined take a serious shot at him over the two nights.
Naturally the Queenslanders will take a power of stopping on their home track but the beauty of AMCA National competitors is that they regularly travel across the country and often acclimatise themselves quickly.
Two former national titleholders in particular – Tim Reidy and Matt Hardy – will take a power of stopping in their respective bids to re-secure the Australia #1 status.
Current QLD titleholder Nathan Durston must surely rate a big chance also as drivers from the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania roll through the pit gates.
Current AMCA National entries include:
A1 Jeremy Moore N11 Shane Cartwright N22 Raymond Kime N23 Darren Miller N24 Tony Blanch N51 Kenny George N73 Lewis Gamble N75 Matt Gamble N91 Peter Markulin N97 Mark Chiplin N98 Paul Reeves NT27 Jacob Belcher NT1 Spano Gutierrez Q1 Nathan Durston Q3 Nathan Tomkins Q6 Steve Price Q7 Shane McKinnell Q10 Michael Denning Q12 Ben Manson Q15 Matt Hardy Q18 Russ Hardy Q22 Michael Mason Q28 Damien Groer Q32 Steve Potts Q56 Thomas Vickery Q66 Gavin Wootton Q74 Stuart Jeffries Q75 Chris Wright Q85 Lee McKinnell Q93 Cody Simmons Q96 Brock Lehfeldt T13 Rod Bassett T22 Daniel Brooks V7 Trevor Thierry V28 Paul Sullivan V51 Neale Peachey V1 Tim Reidy SA24 Lachie Gwynne W4 Greg Horan W91 David Boyes
Racing is on both Friday and Saturday nights – January 18/19 with a huge fireworks display also programmed for the Saturday night. The fireworks in the air will be nothing compared to the ones on track.
Official practice is Thursday night, January 17. Racing starts 6pm both Friday and Saturday night. Also on the program include:
Friday – Street Stocks & Junior Sedans Saturday – Compact Speedcars, Production Sedans, Formula 500’s & Micro Sprints