SPEEDCARS

Since the inaugural running of the event in 1937, the NSW Title has been a staple on the Speedcar calendar, and this Saturday night it’s set to continue at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway where one driver will claim the crown and write their name into the history books.

Attracting over 40 of the best Speedcar drivers from throughout Australia and New Zealand, the quest for glory in the 77th running of the event during what will be the first of two wild weekends of action, with the Sydney City 50 Lap Classic taking place the following weekend, will be a challenging one.

With state pride on the line, former NSW Champion Matt Smith will have a difficult task on his shoulders as he attempts to reclaim the event he won back in 2017. However, following solid form he has produced in recent seasons, he’s already proven that he has what it takes to claim the $5,000 winner’s cheque.

Having both previously claimed the NSW crown, Jenkins brothers Troy and Darren will be expected to fare well throughout the event, as will other former champions in Matt Jackson and Nathan Smee, the latter of which will also be joined by his nephew and Speedcar rookie Harley Smee. Harley has hit the ground running since making his Speedcar debut at the beginning of the season, picking up a pleasing third-place finish in the Queensland Title back in January. Another driver amongst the leading contenders will no doubt be Michael Stewart and he is aiming to add the NSW Title to his already impressive resume of achievements, along with last season’s Australian Champion Kaidon Brown.

Multiple Australian Champion Adam Clarke, driving for the Queensland-based Polar ice Racing team, is no doubt going to be a force throughout the NSW Title on a track that he has been competing around for well over two decades. Clarke won last season's NSW Title in impressive style and is no doubt looking to claim back-to-back wins.  

Also making his Speedcar debut this season, former Legend Cars racer Glen Arnold recently achieved his first milestone with the class, coming away with a minor podium finish at the Valvoline Raceway track, and he’ll be hoping to challenge for a pleasing result, along with ex-Lightning Sprint racer Brett Davies.

Veteran Alan Day will be no doubt be putting his significant experience to good use come Saturday night, while youngster Braydan Willmington will be hoping for a competitive showing and recording another NSW Title podium.

Also, amongst the home state contingent will be DJ Raw, Jeffrey Burns, team-mates Jamie Hall and Dan Biner, Jeremy Evans, Rod Francis, Jordan Mackay, Bob Jackson, Dean Meadows, rookie Ben Morgan, Gavin Wesble, Jason Bell, Daniel Paterson, Clint Leibhardt and another rookie in Cameron Malouf.

Travelling south from the state of Queensland Tim Farrell, Cal Whatmore, former Queensland Champion Troy Ware and Scott Doyle are going to be leading the way. While they hail from Queensland, Ware will be piloting the SA # 71 machine, with Doyle driving the NSW # 55 car.

Last season’s Speedcar Super Series winner Travis Mills and Adam Wallis are going to be flying the flag for Victoria, while Robert Heard, who is currently contesting his first full season with the class, will be South Australia’s lone representative.

Following his recent Australian Championship victory at the Perth Motorplex, Dayne Kingshott couldn’t ask for better form to contest the NSW Title aboard the NSW # 7 Mark Cooper-owned car, while fellow Western Australian Tom Payet, the current and four-time WA Wingless Sprint Champion, is no stranger to winning title events.

Making the longest journey to contest the NSW Title will be an impressive contingent of New Zealanders, whose focus will be on conquering the native drivers to win the silverware for their country.

With no shortage of talent amongst the field of international invaders, many of whom have raced in Australia regularly in the past, many eyes will be on Michael Pickens, who has previously racked up five Sydney City 50 Lap Classic victories, along with an Australian Championship, well and truly proving that he has what it takes to go up against the Aussies.

Another of New Zealand’s shining lights is Brad Mosen, a former New Zealand Champion who is sure to be a genuine contender, as will expat New Zealander Scotty Farmer, who has built up significant experience racing against the Australian drivers; experience that he’ll hope to draw on aboard the NZ # 4 car.

Completing the New Zealand line-up is Hayden Williams, Leon Burgess, Hayden Guptill, Jayden Worthington, Chris McCutcheon, Caleb Antonio-Rooney, James Earl and Peter Hunnibell, all of whom will be hoping for a strong result.

The Speedcar Association of NSW would like to thank the following sponsors of the NSW Title for their valued support:
American Tire and Racing
CEJN Pty Ltd
Valvoline Raceway
Speedcars Australia
Speedway Australia
Seamount Racing (for NZ contingent)

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