Bring on the open wheelers
THE speedway meeting at the Grafton Showground this Saturday night, commencing at 6pm, features more open wheeler classes than ever seen previously at the venue.
The feature event will be a 50-lap race for Wingless Sprints. These cars are sprintcars without the wings and are powered by Commodore VN V6 engines.
This is a booming class around Australia where you can compete in a fast, attractive class of vehicle.
Driver ability tends to come to the fore in this class more than a lot of others so all the drivers are out to prove that they are the best driver in fairly equal machinery.
Limited Sprinters will also feature at this meeting and they are similar to the Wingless Sprints except they run wings for extra grip and there is more freedom in the choice of engine.
Both of these classes aim to provide drivers with a leg up into the top sprintcar class and they certainly make good use of the sprintcars after they have been used at the top of speedway racing for only a short amount of time.
Sprintcars are replaced regularly so that drivers always have the best of equipment available.
The other open wheeler classes are V8 Dirt Modifieds, Amca Nationals and Stock Rods.
These classes provide a variety in equipment and money outlaid and it demonstrates there is a class available for everyone. In the V8 Dirt Modified and Amca National classes local drivers are competitive and hold their own against any driver in Australia.
The Stock Rods, which come from Queensland and New Zealand, are allowed to run into one another so they always provide action.
The Stock Rod drivers love the track and hospitality so much that they now view Grafton as their home.
The same can be said of the Surfers Paradise sedan drivers. They love coming to Grafton and have been here for nearly every meeting this year. As a reward for their support they are the only sedan class running this weekend although they will be backed up by a couple of local Limited Sedans starting from the rear of the field.
It will be interesting to see how far our local drivers can come through the field, if at all.
The Surfers Paradise cars are mostly purpose-built chassis cars with bigger engines and tyres but the local drivers so far this year have held their own against them.
Grafton speedway always provides lots of action and value for money and this meeting will be no exception.