With less than two weeks until the Fourth Annual Max’s Race at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool as presented by Chittick’s Bakery, the Big Names are beginning to signal their intent, with a flurry of nominations for both the December 15 event and the rapidly approaching Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic rolling in.
With names such as Jamie Veal, Grant Anderson, and David Murcott in the field for Max’s race well ahead of the nomination cut-off, they have now been joined by Krikke Motorsport hired gun Kerry Madsen and Lemoore, California’s Carson Macedo.
With a Big Field of Sprintcars expected for Max’s Race, the Dumesny name will be more prominent than just engraved on the trophy, with both Mathew and Marcus Dumesny again set to make the tow from Sydney for the event.
As has been the case in recent season’s Max’s Race is the unofficial launch to the coveted Month of Money that includes QSS World Series Sprintcars, of which Premier Speedway will host two rounds on December 29 and January 1. This then leads in to the Australian Open in Brisbane, the Scott Darley in Sydney before the President’s Cup (Avalon) and King’s Challenge (Borderline Speedway) provide the ideal lead in to the Big One, the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Current Australian Champion Madsen will make his first Premier Speedway appearance for Krikke Motorsport at Max’s Race before completing his World Series Sprintcar commitments, where he will compete as one of ten contracted drivers.
Come January 18, 19 and 20, Madsen will be aiming to add a fourth Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic win to his impressive resume.
The ultra-professional Bunbury WA based Krikke Motorsport team have declared their intentions in signing Madsen that they are chasing some big wins this season so it would not surprise to see the TEH, Pumpa Manufacturing, Bunbury Toyota, Valvoline, Maxwill Race Engines, HRP, Redline Media and Skwid Signs backed W2 Maxim up front come feature time of the 47th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
As always there will be plenty of challengers for the Classic Crown and no doubt the 2016 Classic Champion Jamie Veal will be keen to replicate the performance that saw him take his V35 SWI Engineering backed, Rider powered Maxim to Victory Lane.
Having already displayed some strong early season form at his home track and elsewhere including this past weekend in New Zealand, Veal will be one of the many pre-event favourites.
Veal made the A-Main in 2018, finishing 23rd after having transferred from the B-Main.
Two-Time Aussie Champ David Murcott is yet to taste Classic glory, despite having produced a preliminary feature race win on night two of the 2015 edition of the great race.
The hard-charging Murcott will be at the wheel of the Matt and Renae Eastham owned V88 J&J, which will have an Inglis Race Engines 410 bolted in for their Classic assault.
As always a large and loyal band of sponsors including Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers, Drysdale’s Chaf Mills, East Coast Logistics, Victory Lane Racegear, Ramsdale Wreckers, Midwest Imports, Vortex Express, Penrite Oils, Speedway Motors, Tekcoat Powdercoating, J&J Auto Racing, Inverloch Motor Body Works, Kool Freighters, Extreme Sprintcar Driving Experience, Believe In You Beauty, Inglis Racing Engines, Salt Electrical, Temby Haulage, Crow Seat Belts, BMRS Hoses, HRP Wings, Adidas, Oval Express Magazine, QSS, BHR, Joe’s Racing Products, Hoskin Steering Gear and V88 Members Club as Murcott aims to improve on a tenth place finish in B-Main 1 last season.
Danny Reidy is another regular Classic contestant who was looking impressive in the delayed Saturday night A-Main last January before a DNF put paid to his Sunday night program.
With Eagle Ignition Leads and Desert Palms Resort, Alice Springs on board the NQ5 the hard charging Reidy will be looking to be amongst the 24 starters who will vie for the Classic’s $30,000 pay day come the Sunday night A-Main.
One driver who made the cut last January was Simpson’s John Vogels who continually flies under the radar despite producing giant killing performances time and time again, especially when the Big Shows roll around.
The Yellow Army will be out to support the crowd favourite, while long time sponsors Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers, Ace Body Corporate – Darwin, Vogels Motors, D&J Contracting, Mortimer Petroleum and Lucas Oil will adorn the V70 Cool Chassis for yet another Classic for Johnny V!
Joining Vogels in the Classic field is another highly experienced Victorian in Mike Van Bremen who returns to Classic duty after a long absence for car owner Dave Challons.
The former World Series Sprintcars contracted driver and SRA Series Champion will be at the wheel of the potent Camden Signage and Building Services V45 with support from Maxwill Motors, J&J Auto Racing and BR Motorsports.
New South Welshman Luke Stirton rounds out the most recent batch of Classic entrants.
Stirton will drive for his father Paul aboard the A-One Charge Air Coolers Maxim, which was campaigned by Harley White on her visit to the Classic in 2016.
With some strong results in Sydney, Luke will enjoy the support of A-One Charge Air Coolers, Pepper Money, Motoradco Radiators and NATRAD Radiators as he embarks on his trip to the Classic.
The 2019 47th edition of the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be supported by the following sponsors; Performance Racegear, KRE Race Engines, GJ Gardner Homes, The Lady Bay Resort and KFC.
Copies of the 2019 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic entry form have been forwarded to the 2018 entrants while a PDF version is available for download from the Premier Speedway website www.premierspeedway.com.au