Welcome to the weekly series called Generation Next, which highlights the young talent (under the age of 30) coming through the ranks. This week’s Generation Next spotlight are the Legend Cars.
John Egan (ACT)
This third-generation racer enjoyed a banner season in the 2019-20, and it resulted in him winning the INEX Series point standings and finishing a close second in the Australian Title at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway. In just his third season in Legend Cars, Egan has developed into one of the class’s leading drivers. Despite the 26-year-old’s focus next season turning to Wingless Sprints, he will still be contesting the major events in Legend Cars, which no doubt he will be one of the top contenders.
Photo: The Art of Speedway
Liam and Nathan Camilleri (NSW)
Like a fair few of the new Legend Cars racers over the years, the Camilleri brothers came out of Speedway Karts. Nathan, aged 24, came into Legend Cars first up five seasons ago and was soon followed by his younger brother Liam (20 - pictured below). From the outset, Nathan showed promise and then he developed into a front-running contender. Following a third-place finish in the 2017 Australian Title, Nathan romped to victory in the 2019 Australian Title. Sadly, shortly after his Australian Title triumph, Nathan ventured over to America to contest the US Nationals, where he was involved in a nasty crash and consequently injured. Despite his best efforts to get back out on the track, Nathan earlier this year decided to sell up and step away from racing for the time being. Despite his older brother being on the sidelines, Liam over the past two seasons has went from a mid-pack runner to the regular front runner. When it comes to being a front runner, Liam has been one of the pacesetters at his home track of Valvoline Raceway, and last season he drove to a hat-trick of feature-race wins. After a disappointing run during last season’s Australian Title, where he was involved in a crash in his opening heat race but he fought back to finish the feature race in sixth, Liam is determined to make amends for this coming season’s Australian Title tilt.
Photo: Tony Loxley
Keanu Da Palma (NSW)
Da Palma has been running in the Legend Car class for a total of four seasons now and he has just come off his best season. The highlight of the 24-year-old’s campaign last season was just finishing off the podium in fourth during the Australian Title. Da Palma has taken a lot of confidence away from last season’s efforts, so he is sure to move closer to the pointy end of the field for the season ahead on a more regular basis.
Dylan Goodger (NSW)
A talented Speedway Karter with his fair share of Australian Title wins to his name, Goodger made the move into Legend Cars three seasons ago. Benefitting from his Speedway Kart background, it didn’t take the 26-year-old long to come to grips with the Legend Car class. Since his debut in the class, Goodger has been a consistent top-five runners. In last season’s Australian Title, he drove strongly and went on to finish seventh and the season before ended up fifth in the Australian Title. After recently selling his Legend Car, Goodger is yet to confirm his next move in speedway.
Brock Bolton (ACT)
Following in the tyre tracks of his dad (Troy) into the Legend Car class, Bolton (pictured right with his dad Troy directly ahead of him) ran has so far ran two seasons. Making gains with every outing, the 19-year-old is no doubt going to make further improvement for next season, especially under the guidance of his dad, who is regarded as one of the class’s best.
Photo: Maximum Action Photography
Cameron Jewell (NSW)
Heading into the Legend Cars class with no prior speedway experience four seasons ago, Jewell has certainly been impressive. The 24-year-old has now racked up quite an impressive resume of achievements, which includes multiple point score top-three places in the semi pro class, top-three finishes in southern regional championships, and a second-place finish in the 2018 Queensland Club Championship.
Photo: Gary Reid
Sean Rooney (NSW)
Rooney has been a regular on the Legend Car scene for five seasons now and is regarded as one of the class’s cleanest racers. Stepping into the class from a Junior Sedan background, the 22-year-old has competed in many of the blue-ribbon events in Australia and contested both the 2018 and 2019 US Nationals in America. Over the years, Rooney has gained a lot of experience and he is looking to use all of that to move closer to the front of the field.
Photo: The Art of Speedway
Ashley Hodak (ACT)
Another Junior Sedan graduate, the 25-year-old moved into the Legend Car class five seasons ago. Hodak has done a lot of racing in the class during this period, which includes multiple interstate trips, and she just last season recorded her new career highlight with a minor feature-race podium finish at Valvoline Raceway. Following this breakout season, Hodak is eager to enjoy more of that podium feeling.
Photo: Maximum Action Photography
Luke King (Vic)
The lone Victorian-based Legend Car competitor, King has just on two seasons of experience in the class with limited appearances, which saw him finish 13th in last season’s Australian Title at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway. With a strong background across both speedway and circuit racing competition, the 29-year-old is finding his feet in the new class aboard a car that was purchased early last season from Sydneysider Dalton Rowell.
Dalton Rowell (NSW)
Rowell has recently stepped out of the Legend Car class, but prior to this move, he had developed into one of the class’s front-running contenders. Turning his attention to Wingless Sprints last season, the 28-year-old’s highlight during his four seasons in Legend Cars was taking out the 2018-19 season Queensland Title at Maryborough Speedway and a top-five finish in the 2018 Australian Title.
Sarah and Kirsten Kane (NSW)
After sitting out last season, the Kane sisters have been racing throughout their home state of NSW on regular basis. Sarah, aged 26, was the first to step into the class four seasons ago following time spent in Wingless Sprints and Junior Sedans, while Sarah’s younger sister Kirsten (23) moved into the class two seasons ago. Although they plan to sit out this coming season, the Kane sisters are keen to get back into Legend Car competitor sooner rather than later.
Braydan Willmington (NSW)
One of the country’s most versatile young drivers, Willmington has over the past five seasons made numerous cameo appearances in the Legend Car class. The 22-year-old, who is currently racing in F5000 on the tar circuits and 410 Sprintcars and Speedcars on the dirt tracks, has been a front runner in the Legend Cars over the years, which was highlighted by winning a major event at Lismore Speedway during the 2014-15 season.
Lachlan Ward (NSW)
Ward made a cameo speedway appearance in Legend Cars at Valvoline Raceway at the beginning of last season, but it’s not clear if he will add to that tally. The 17-year-old is attempting to forge a career on the circuit racing scene within the Formula Ford category. In 2019, he won the NSW Formula Ford Championship, along with the Australian and NSW Championships in Legend Cars on the tar circuits.