The much awaited start to the Blue Ribbon Raceway season will kick off on Saturday with a general field of local drivers. Lack of car numbers forced officials to postpone the race meet from October until now, but committee members are hoping this will not present a problem to anyone.
Unfortunately for the club, the two feature classes, being Super Modifieds and Heavy Hot Rods both pulled out at the last minute. Regardless, the committee have decided in a meeting on Wednesday that they will run the event this weekend. Good news for the spectators is that due to the feature classes pulling out, the club has decided to only change half price for this weekend only.
Classes will include the Formula 500 cars, including local talent Jeremy Beddison, Ash Hicks and first time driver Marcus Heinrich. Also racing will be the Limited Sportmans, including enthusiastic young Tim McDonald, 16, who will start his first full season as part of the McDonald outfit.
“I can’t wait to start, I had so much fun last season and I look forward to this oncoming season racing with my family again,” he said.
The Three Litre cars and Production Sedans will take the track, where locals Matt Gerlach and Brett Luy will compete. Starting off the back of this class in his first race ever will be Troy Kenny who spent all of last season volunteering as photographer for the club.
“It will be good just to get out there and have a go this season, it should be a lot of fun and hopefully the other guys take it easy on me” he said.
In the juniors, Daniel Simpson will aim to work his way to the front of the field but Jayden Baker and Sam Moloney will not go down without a fight.
Additionally, the ladies have picked up a new driver also; young Kristy Yole will tack onto the field with sister Amy Yole and Horsham’s Katheryn Wilken.
V8 Truck racing will be at it’s best, Wes Bell will be aiming to top the leader board for the club after narrowly missing out in the past few years.
In spite of the feature classes being absent, racing will still be hot, action is set to start at 6:30pm with the grand parade at 6pm.