It’s been a little quiet of late on the Victorian Speedcar scene thanks to a couple of rain outs, but things are really set to heat up over the next two weekends with a couple of significant events.
First up is the 2nd Annual Skip’s Race in memory of young Skip Palmer to be held this weekend (17th) at home base – Avalon Raceway.
Last years’ inaugural event was a beauty and was full of touching and poignant moments, like the event winner Travis Mills handing back the unique winners’ trophy to Skips’ family, and was capped by the spreading of Skip’s ashes upon the Avalon track surface in a moment captured so beautifully by photographer and Speedcar racing die-hard Stephen Pickering.
This years’ event will be just as significant for the competitors and Skip’s family who will again have David Alford driving their family entry, and Skip’s former ride, in the event.
Defending winner Mills heads the list of contenders as he continues to be the Victorian benchmark winning his second Victorian Championship and finishing top 5 in the National Title.
Local racer Domain Ramsey has shown blistering speed at times but has been a little bit inconsistent but was on the podium last year. Ramsey, has been busy running his Sprintcar and seems to find extra speed when he steps back to the smaller machine. Especially at Avalon.
Troy Jordan has been out of the seat for a fair while but is always a fast competitor and has some good equipment under him capable of doing the job.
Harley “Wild Child” Bishop is another with the gear and the ability to take the win and is also in winning form in his new for this season alliance with the Hardwyered team.
Justin McMinn and recent birthday boy Ash Booker have both scored wins this season but will have to contend with stout racers Grant Patton and Nick Parker as well as fast rookies Dillon Ghent and Chris Nankiville.
Depending on how quickly he comes to terms with the cars nuances, Brett “The Jet” Milburn could be a surprise packet in the Tim Fisher owned V23. Milburn has won state and series titles in Sprintcars, V8 Dirt Modifieds and Mini Sprints and is now hoping to make his Speedcar debut a successful one.
Bill Evans Classic.
Following on from Skip’s Race will be the first running of the Bill Evans Classic on March 24th in a significant return to Ballarat’s Redline Raceway.
The Speedcars were for many years the headline class at Redline under the promotion of the late Bill Evans (and others) and most of the Nations’ best drivers such as Gary Rush, George Tatnell, Rex MacKay, John Fenton, Johnny Stewart, Blair Sheppard and Dean Hogarth to name a few competed there at various times during events that were often televised live. Yes, live!
Many former racers, crew and family have been invited to this inaugural event and it is anticipated that a number of interstate competitors will bolster the strong local field for this first time event.
This event is sure to become a don’t miss fixture in Australian Speedcar calendars so why not make sure you’re there for the first one?
More information about the driver rota will be released next week. Keep up to date with any late nominations or changes via the Victorian Speedcar Drivers Association Inc. Facebook page or the club’s website – www.vsdaspeedcars.com
VSDA 2018 race calendar (subject to change)
March 17 Avalon – Skips Race/Rd 5 Track Championship. 24 Redline – Bill Evans Classic
April 7 Wangaratta 21 Avalon – Round 6 Track Championship.
Further details and a complete list of nominations can be found on the VSDA Facebook page – Victorian Speedcar Drivers Association Inc. or on the VSDA website at VSDAspeedcars.com