Wednesday, 22 November 2017

LATE MODELS

Attending the annual Late Model Racing Victoria presentation night at the Deer Park Club in Deer Park on Saturday night, youngster Cameron Pearson couldn’t have been happier to receive his winner’s trophy for the Victorian Club Championship, after what was a pleasing 2016-17 season.

Having finished second in last season’s Club Championship during his debut season in Late Models, the 18-year-old came into his own during his second season, steering his Vic # 10 Healesville Directional Drilling supported XR1 Rocket to three feature-race victories at Rushworth Speedway, Swan Hill’s Sonic Speedway and Wahgunyah Speedway (True Blue 1000).

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Photo: Crashy's Photos

Going up against some of Australia’s toughest Late Model competitors, Pearson also impressed in the Victorian Title at Wangaratta City Speedway back in January, where he managed to claim the runner-up spot behind South Australian Champion Ben Nicastri, going on to close the season with another pleasing second-place finish to the NSW Club Champion at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.

While it was a tight battle in the Club Championship points between Pearson and his HDD Racing teammate Daniel Barton, it was Pearson who managed to get the edge over Barton, with the pair achieving an impressive 1-2 finish for the team.

“It’s been a great season for us and to be able to come away with three feature-race wins, along with the Club Championship, particularly with Daniel coming home in second, is a great achievement,” expressed the Healesville-based racer, whose dad, Justin, took out the 2014 and 2015 Club Championships.

“I’m really proud to have continued my dad’s legacy and it’s an amazing feeling to have joined him as a Victorian Club Champion. We learned a lot this season travelling to different tracks and going up against a number of different competitors, and this is something we’ll look to continue next season.”

This week will see Pearson travel to America where he will spend the next seven weeks crewing for fellow Australian Late Model racer and current Australia # 3 Paul Stubber, who will be participating in the Hell Tour, which takes place throughout Indiana, where Pearson will be based, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan and Ohio.

During his time in America, Pearson, who has also transported a Rocket chassis to Indiana, will attend the Donnie Moran Driving School, with the potential to compete in a race meeting at Brownstown Speedway in Indiana on August 12, one day prior to his departure.

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“I’m looking forward to my trip to America and I think it’s going to help me gain some invaluable knowledge and experience in terms of seeing how some of the best Late Model competitors in the world race,” added Pearson.

“The Donnie Moran Driving School will no doubt be hugely beneficial to me as a driver, so that will definitely be another highlight. I’m also excited to share this experience with my dad, who will be joining me in late July.”

Pearson would like to thank the following 2016-17 season sponsors for their valued support: Healesville Directional Drilling, Progressive Traffic Solutions, and Hayden Race Cars.
Special thanks go to: Justin (dad), Kellee (mum), Phil Pottage, Daniel Barton and Matt Stanpfli.

To find out more about Pearson and the HDD Racing team, LIKE them on Facebook by searching HDD Racing.

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