Tuesday, 26 September 2017

SPEEDCARS

Having struggled with electrical issues and bad luck for the majority of the 2016-17 season, Troy Ware’s fortunes improved significantly at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night, when he managed to score back to back wins in the Danny Davidson Memorial.

Highlighting what has been a challenging season for the Yandina, Queensland-based racer and recovering from issues that have hampered him, Saturday night’s event, which doubled as the latest Polar Ice Midget Series round, saw him on the pace from the outset. By virtue of a first and second-place finish in his heat races, Ware earned a pole position start for the Danny Davidson Memorial-deciding feature race.

Making the best of his start to immediately take the lead, Ware was never headed throughout the 20-lap distance, steering his Ed Pink Mopar powered Qld # 71 Troy Ware Constructions supported Spike to a commanding victory and regaining some confidence.

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Photo: The Carrells

Currently contesting his sixth season in Speedcars, Ware also made the trip to New Zealand for the second year running over the Christmas-New Year period, where he competed as a part of Australia’s team in the International Midget Series at Auckland’s Western Springs Speedway, where he enjoyed a pleasing run with the HLR Racing Team. Also, he recorded an impressive top-10 finish in the annual Barry Butterworth Memorial event for the second year in a row.

“It was great to successfully defend the Danny Davidson Memorial and be able to gain some confidence back, after what has been quite a challenging season,” commented the 37-year-old racer, who, despite having experienced hardship this season, is still running third in the Polar Ice Midget Series, with only two rounds remaining.

“I also can’t thank Geoff Harper (HLR Racing Team owner) enough for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Australia’s International Midget Series team. Going up against New Zealand’s best drivers is a great learning opportunity and an invaluable experience.”

Prior to joining Speedcars, Ware spent around a decade racing a range of sedan classes, commencing as a teenager in Surfers Paradise Sedans, where he spent three seasons, before contesting one season in the now defunct Super Streets class. Moving into Modified Sedans, Ware enjoyed a competitive four-season stint with the class and is a previous lap record holder at Gympie’s Mothar Mountain Speedway and Cairns International Speedway. The latter record he currently still holds. In Speedcars, he is the current lap record holder around Kingaroy Speedway.

Moving into Speedcars at the beginning of the 2009-10 season, Ware spent the next few season gaining more experience and also showing glimpses of promise, before spending a season on the sidelines in 2013-14. This time away from the track brought around the start of Ware’s affiliation with the HLR Racing Team, as he began to seek more knowledge about Speedcars.

Returning to the driver’s seat for the 2014-15 season armed with a new car and engine package, Ware displayed significant improvement throughout the season, finishing third overall in the Polar Ice Midget Series, and achieving a new career highlight at Archerfield Speedway by winning his maiden Speedcar feature race.

Getting his 2015-16 season off to the best possible start, Ware returned to Archerfield Speedway, where he won the opening Polar Ice Midget Series round.

The month of November also saw him go up against the country’s best Speedcar drivers, along with a talented list of American drivers, in the Pro Speedweek Series, which was contested throughout Western Australia and South Australia. Finishing ninth overall, it was a mixed run for Ware, which was highlighted by a promising showing in the opening Pro Speedweek Series round at the Perth Motorplex that was run in conjunction with the annual Magic Man 34.

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Photo: The Carrells

Second quickest in qualifying in his maiden visit to the Perth venue, Ware carried his speed through to the feature race, where he lined up on the outside of the front row, before suffering a disappointing DNF, due to a plug lead failure. However, despite the anti-climax, Ware gained added confidence from his proven pace.

A month later at Bundaberg’s Carina Speedway, Ware qualified pole for the Queensland Title-deciding feature race and showed solid pace, leading 19 laps before suffering a mechanical failure which dashed his winning hopes.

Travelling to New Zealand for the first time with the HLR Racing Team and contesting two race meetings at Western Springs Speedway, Ware came away with a pair of top-10 results, along with some priceless experience. One of those events was the annual Barry Butterworth Memorial.

Continuing to go from strength to strength, Ware won the Danny Davidson Memorial at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway, before collecting a pleasing seventh-place finish in the Australian Championship at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway. This was a huge achievement for Ware, after managing to overcome a tough qualifying run, scraping into the feature race to start 17th.

For his next event, Ware will test his endurance in the 50 Lapper at Archerfield Speedway on the Saturday night of May 13, followed by the Polar Ice Midget Series Grand Finale at the Brisbane venue on May 27.

Ware would like to thank the following 2016-17 season sponsors for their valued support: Troy Ware Constructions, James Hardie, HLR Racing, G W Racing, Head Case Designs, Saber Signs, and Ti Bolts and Race Partz. He would also like to give special thanks to his wife Cora and their kids Kayla, who races a Junior Quarter Midget, and Madison, as well as his crew chief Andrew Young. Without the support of his family and Andrew, Ware simply wouldn’t be able to enjoy the thrill of speedway.

To find out more about Ware, visit his website www.waremotorsports.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching WARE MOTORSPORTS.

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