History Beckons For Mills, As National Title Awaits
Focus now turns to the second National Title of the season, the MIXXFM, Speedway Sedans Australia, National Production Sedan Title, to be held at the Western Speedway, Hamilton, commencing of Friday with official practice, followed by racing on Saturday and Sunday.
Forty four drivers will take part, with National Champion, Trevor Mills looking to become the first driver in history to win the event three consecutive times.
Eighteen entries have been received from Victoria, fourteen from New South Wales, seven from Western Australia, four from Queensland with Jayden Edwards being the sole representative from South Australia.
The field includes three National Champions, with Stephen Laidlaw and Rod Musarra also entered, along with a host of State Champions spread across the field.
In recent weeks, several drivers have put their hand up to challenge for the title, including Beau Riley from Western Australia, who recently won the Victorian Title, and Joel Berkley, who won his seventh Feature race of the season on Saturday night in Queensland.
Mills though, will not hand over his title easily, with the two times winner of the event, coming back from the brink last season, to record a magnificent victory at the Fraser Shores Speedway in Maryborough, in the National Title. Mills a seasoned campaigner, has also won the Victorian Title on three occasions and podiumed on two other occasions across the last decade, along with four New South Wales State Title wins, making him one of the highest credentialed drivers in the field.
Another is Stephen Laidlaw from Victoria, with the veteran driver having won the National Title in 2002 and 2003. Despite the length of time since his last win, Laidlaw continues to be prominent in results, with the three time Victorian, two times NSW and South Australian Champion, and 2016 WA Champion, right in the thick of the action in the Victorian Title a fortnight ago, when mechanical failure let him down, putting him into the wall in turn four.
Rod Musarra, the 2010 National Champion is also entered, and is also expected to be prominent. The West Australian, has never won his home State Title, having finished second on five occasions, a State record.
Fellow West Australian, Kane McDiarmid is also a part of the strong West Australian contingent, with McDiarmid having finished on the podium in two of the last three National Titles, with the winner four Feature races this season also expected to figure prominently.
With drivers from Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria all entered, the National Title is poised to be a very hotly contest event, with many drivers with legitimate claims to the National crown.
Hamilton can be extremely hot at this time of the year, but this weekend it will be 30 degrees for practice, 31 for the opening night of heats and just 24 degrees for the final round of heats and the finals, with the temperature on track to make up for the physical weather.
Speedway Sedans Australia, will as always, provide full and comprehensive coverage of the event, including updates from Scrutineering and Practice, full results of Practice on the Facebook Page and Website along with Live Audio. Race Monitor will also be in operation across the course of the weekend. Speedway Sedans Live will be available on both nights of racing, with the streaming service, live, exclusive and free on our Facebook page. All results and stories will also be found on the Speedway Sedans Australia website and facebook pages across the weekend.
Junior Sedans will race on both nights, commencing at 4.30pm EDST
Nominations in roof number order.
A1 Trevor Mills NSW N2 Andrew Cunningham NSW V3 John Calderwood VIC W4 Beau Riley WA V5 Jack Milthorpe VIC V7 Shane Hammond VIC V8 Ryan Arnel VIC V9 Shona Bent VIC N11 Rodney Anderson NSW W12 Rod Musarra WA V13 Ben Barker VIC N14 Matthew Hutchison NSW Q15 Richard Cook QLD Q17 Neil Keldoulis QLD N19 Monique Bailey NSW V21 Donald Irving VIC W22 Rick Musarra WA N23 Damien McAlister NSW N24 James Hodak NSW Q25 Selina Jennings QLD V26 Gemma Laidlaw VIC N27 Wayne Bourke NSW N28 Stephen Brencher NSW W29 Tim Maughan WA W31 Kane McDiarmid WA N32 Craig McAlister NSW V33 Stephen Laidlaw VIC V34 Adam Wilson VIC V35 Steven Aldridge VIC V37 Ryan Queale VIC V39 Lucas Conder VIC V47 Robert Aldridge VIC N49 Johnny Ralph NSW N52 Brent Croker NSW N56 Justin Hawkins NSW Q59 Joel Berkley QLD W61 Jake Blight WA N71 David Lord NSW N79 Kiel Rosevear NSW S87 Jayden Edwards SA V91 Dehne Sparrow VIC W95 Kyle Sayer WA V98 Raymond Ussher VIC V99 Pete Leonard VIC
Picture of defending Champion, Trevor Mills courtesy of Mr Click
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