Wednesday, 22 November 2017

SPEEDCARS

With 10 race meetings under his belt, Scotty Farmer has shown plenty of promise during his debut season in Speedcars, having already achieved some positive results since stepping into the class.

Predominantly racing at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway, the 24-year-old expat, who moved from New Zealand to Brisbane in Queensland with his family in late 2008, made his presence known early. In what was only his fourth ever Speedcar race meeting, Farmer charged through the feature-race field from position 17 to finish an impressive fifth in night one of the POWRi Championship at the Brisbane venue. Backing up his form the following night, Farmer almost mirrored his previous run, this time powering from 16th to fourth in the feature race.

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Photo: Matthew Paul Photography

Continuing his solid form at Archerfield Speedway in this month’s 50 Lapper, which is the ultimate test of endurance, Farmer delivered a strong showing throughout his heat races, going on to lead the feature race for 24 laps, before unfortunately spinning out. Last Saturday night at Archerfield Speedway, Farmer made his final outing for the season for the final Polar Ice Series round and came away from the feature race with an impressive fourth-place finish.

In an effort to build his profile and continue working towards future success, Farmer recently took up an opportunity to race at the Tulare Thunderbowl in California in a round of the West Coast Sprint Car Series, leasing a non-wing Sprint Car from Steve Watt’s Maxwell Industries team.

Travelling with his brother Mark, Farmer used the race as an opportunity to challenge himself against new competitors on unfamiliar territory. Timing 12th fastest in the 22-car field, Farmer experienced a DNF in his heat race, before lining up rear or field in the 30-lap feature race, which resulted in another premature retirement, after making contact with another car.

Despite the results not quite being what he was hoping for, Farmer was pleased with his efforts in America, having come away from the event with added knowledge and experience.

“My goal is to make a name for myself in the sport of speedway, and my trip to America was just another step towards achieving that,” commented Farmer, who’s a fitter and turner by trade, and is dedicated to paving a career for himself in speedway racing, having purchased his own car and equipment, with pretty much no added financial support.

“I’ve always had a passion for Speedcars since I was a kid and it’s always been something that I’ve wanted to pursue. I’m thoroughly enjoying my time with the class so far and I look forward to building towards to being a front-running contender in the seasons to come.”

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Photo: Collin Markle Photography

With both of his parents, Murray and Linda, having raced Saloon Cars previously, Farmer has grown up around speedway from an early age, having himself been involved with Sprintcars prior to moving to Australia.

On his arrival in Brisbane, Farmer began assisting Todd Wanless with his Sprintcar team, while also doing some go kart racing on the tar circuits around Brisbane and Ipswich. It wasn’t until the 2013-14 season that he joined the Australian speedway racing circuit, stepping into Formula 500s and spending two seasons with the class, which were highlighted by his maiden feature race win at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway, along with some minor podium finishes.

After 12 months on the sidelines, Farmer then decided to sell his Formula 500, purchasing the Qld # 22 Esslinger-powered Spike Speedcar from Brett Thomas, in order to pursue his long-time passion for Speedcar racing.

“I have to say a big thank you to Brett Thomas from Temporary Fence Hire, Matt Black, my brother Mark, Greg Macintyre, Chris York and Mark Callum, who have all played an important part in my progression in the sport and continue to support me,” added Farmer.

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