THE Rushworth Speedway will fire up for the first time in the 2016-17 season with a visit by the AMCA nationals division this Saturday.
Competitors from across Victoria will see action, with Goulburn Valley favourite Sharon Tindal mixing it with the boys on her home track, including multiple state champions Jamie Collins and Tim Reidy.
A crack field will include the Mills boys, Jamie and Matt, hard chargers like Paul Sullivan, Frank Thierry. Dean Heseltine and a host of other competitors who are looking to have an impact on the feature race result
The AMCA machines run with engines from 253 V8 powered to crate engine 350s.
The crowd loves the sound of the eight cylinders and in cars that are tightly controlled, the competition is always close.
Marsh modified sedans are the other visiting division at the first event of the season.
A small, yet competitive field should provide great entertainment.
Tim Knight, Jacko Knight, Garry Kakoschke and Nash Harris are all keen to get among the action.
All the Goulburn Valley Club members are very keen to go racing with all four classes attracting a mixture of the old and new, a welcome sight for the hard working volunteers who have put together a great track for this weekend’s racing.
In open saloons, Adam Box, Peter Welch, Phil Lamb, the number one driver of the class, and Jay Nicolaisen are keen to get behind the wheel.
Welch had too much time off the track last season and is as keen as he ever has been to get the season off with the right foot planted deep on the pedal.
V8’s mix it up with modified six cylinders and you just never know how things are going to pan out.
Production sedans was a tough division to win in last season and with a number of new competitors this season, it should be more of the same.
Bevan Hutchins, Wayne O’Keefe, Leigh Jeffery and even regular compact speedcar racer Geoff Meyers are keen to get to the track this weekend.
In junior saloons, the field looks like it is going to be increased once again this season.
Daniel Smith, Tristan McGraw, Josh Cecil, Lachlan Fitzpatrick, Kodye Basten and Issiah Hodge all ready for a steer.
The juniors compete in cars that they can progress straight into senior racing with once they come of age.
It is anybody’s pick as to who is going to win this weekend.
Finally, we reach the ladies sedan field and this division grew and grew last season with a number of girls finishing the season behind the wheel after some early low car counts.
Belinda Chalcraft, Chloe Lamb, Jacquie Fitzpatrick and Kelly Nadort are just some of the girls that are in for a great battle at the first event of the season.
Racing begins at 4pm with entry costs adult $25, family (two adults, two children) $60, while children under 12 are free.
Aged Pension is $15.