Explosive Easter speedway action

All is set for the Easter Sprintcar Trail to finally return to Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway this Saturday. Lady luck has not been kind to the annual event with last year’s edition not possible due to COVID-19, while the 2019 was washed out.

Three years ago James McFadden crushed his rivals to a dominant victory, but he will not return to defend his title. Despite his absence, fans can still prepare themselves for high-octane racing from the 34-car field featuring drivers from South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.

Australian number one Jamie Veal will be expected to feature near the front after he swept the field in the 2019 Easter Sprintcar Trail. The distinctive black and green machine of Mount Gambier’s Glen Sutherland will be present, as will fellow local Scott Enderl.

Daniel Pestka showed strong form in the Stark family’s car during the Speedway Australia Sprintcar Super Series and hopes to continue his quick pace. The Limestone Coast trio would all love to stand on the top step of the podium in front of a home crowd.

The likes of Darren Mollenoyux, David Murcott, Marcus Dumesny, Jock Goodyer, Grant Anderson, Brock Hallett, Pestka and Brett Milburn all eye a strong result in search of the Easter Trail crown having been locked in for all three night of racing.

The three event Easter Sprintcar Trail starts tomorrow night at Avalon Raceway. The race at Borderline Speedway on Saturday night is the second event before the series finale at Warnambool Sungold Stadium’s Premier Speedway on Sunday night.

With a total of $5000 on the line for each A Main winner, plus a $3000 bonus for the highest points scorer across the three days, competition will be fierce at the front. Sprintcars will not be the only missiles hitting the oval with 20 Super Rods and 13 Late Models on the support list.

Borderline Speedway president Cary Jennings said the Super Rods might become a regular fixture in the future. “The Super Rods also have a series between Avalon, Mount Gambier and Warrnambool and get good numbers, so we are looking forward to seeing them on track,” he said. “They put on a real good show and we have already locked them in for next season.”

Last year’s Easter Sprintcar Trail was the first local speedway event cancelled due to COVID-19 and reflecting on the tough period 12 months later, Jennings said his venue is in much better shape.

“We were unfortunate last year when we lost three nights of racing which was a big concern to the club, but in the end we have come out alright this season which has been really good,” he said. “Hopefully the speedway fraternity looks after us over the Easter period.”

Racing fires up at 5pm with fireworks lined up to finish the night with a bang around 10.30pm. A limit of 2000 spectators is in place and tickets are available online.

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