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Contesting 20 race meetings aboard two different Wingless Sprints, the 2016-17 season has been a largely positive one for Travis Millar, with him having come away with some pleasing results.

While his season was not without misfortune, having been involved in a crash during the Australian Championship weekend at Carrick Speedway, bringing his campaign to a premature end, after displaying solid pace, there was a lot for the 25-year-old racer to be pleased about, having racked up six feature-race wins throughout the season, five of which were aboard his family-owned Vic # 93 Millar Motors / King’s Fibreglass supported Maxim.

Making his debut aboard a new car in the Victorian Title at Hamilton’s Western Speedway following his forgettable Australian Championship campaign, Millar, from Bayswater in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, came away with a sixth-place finish. Earlier in the season, he had delivered a great performance to qualify pole for the South Australian Title-deciding feature race at Adelaide Motorsport Park, going on to finish runner-up to current Australian Champion Joel Chadwick.

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Photo: Robert Lake Photography

Having guest driven the Fitzpatrick Autosport Vic # 2 car for half a dozen shows this season, Millar steered the machine to victory in a Super Series round at Portland’s Southern 500 Speedway, while also coming away from Bairnsdale Speedway and Mildura’s Timmis Speedway with feature-race wins aboard his family-owned car.

Capping his season on a high last Saturday night, Millar collected his sixth feature-race win of the season at Nyora Speedway, earning him a clean sweep at the track, having previously won there on two other occasions during the season. Piloting the same family-owned car on the night, his sister Samantha also managed to go back to back, taking out the Salt Electrical Ladies Race, after winning both rounds of the series in dominant fashion, while also previously scoring a top-five finish in the Opens feature race at Rosedale Speedway over Easter.

“I’m quite happy with our results this season and it’s great to have been able to pick up six wins, along with runner-up in the South Australian Title,” said Millar, who also won the Autobarn Eastern Challenge Series point standings and managed to finish sixth in the Super Series.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity Garry and Larry Fitzpatrick and his team gave me to run his car, as well as for the amazing support that I continue receive from my team, family, friends and sponsors.”

Over the last 12 months, Millar and his team have been building a Maxim Sprintcar, which they’ve sourced a 360 engine for, with 360 Sprintcars being a natural progression for the dedicated racer.

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Photo: Robert Lake Photography

Making his 360 Sprintcar debut in the Digger’s Cup at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway earlier this month, Millar had a lot of positives to draw from the event, having qualified into the feature race via impressively winning the B main, before unfortunately crashing out and recording a DNF.

“It definitely wasn’t the way we wanted to end the night, but there a certainly more positives than negatives to take away from it, having won the B main and qualified into the feature race,” added Millar.

“There’s a lot to learn with the Sprintcars and a massive challenge for my team and I, but it’s one I’m looking forward to tackling next season and beyond.”

Commencing his competitive racing career at the young age of nine, Millar continued to race go karts on the tar circuits on a regular basis up until last season, with his time in karts being highlighted by winning a number of Pro Tour Series rounds, along with the winning the Australasian Championship in the Rotax class. Millar also competed internationally in two World Championships.

Having just completed his sixth season in Wingless Sprints, Millar will continue to compete in the class in the 2017-18 season, planning to contest around 15 race meetings, while also contesting around eight race meetings in his new 360 Sprintcar, including selected All Star Series rounds and the Victorian Title.

Millar would like to thank the following 2016-17 season sponsors for their support: Millar Motors, King’s Fibreglass, Flat Top Ute Lids, Upwright Enterprises, Bomb Disposals, D & F Race Products, B & B Retaining Walls, Eastern Electro Plating, Foster Transport, Valvoline Oils, and Hossack Motorsport Services. Special thanks go to his mum and dad (Debbie and Guy), his sister Samantha, his girlfriend Bianca, Garry and Larry Fitzpatrick, Anthony Foster and Darren Hossack.

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