The upcoming 2020-21 season has received a boost following last night’s news that David Priolo will be making a return to 410 Sprintcar racing, after it was announced that he was joining up with the Victorian-based Porkers Transport team and they are dedicating this season’s campaign to the memory of the team’s late co-owner Rob Porker.
Having been out of the driver’s seat for three seasons, Priolo, the 2009-10 season Western Australian 410 Sprintcar Champion, is excited about contesting this season’s major events in Western Australia, with one eye firmly set on the 2021 Australian 410 Sprintcar Championship at his home track: Perth Motorplex.
It was a chance meeting with Porkers Transport team owners Rob and Neville Porker during the Grand Annual Classic at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway in Victoria that instigated the return.
“I met these two fantastic blokes in Warrnambool and a couple of weeks after I returned to Perth, Rob contacted me about the possibility of coming out of retirement to run his car,” explained Priolo.
“I was quite content in retirement, but it was Rob’s passion to get me in his car that made me consider it. It was evident that he had a belief in me and believed we could achieve some big results together.
“When someone believes in you that much you just want to go out and reward them.”
Sadly, in late June of this year, Rob unfortunately passed away, following a short battle with illness.
“It was quite devastating to learn of Rob’s passing, but we had a plan and we had some goals and now I will set out to achieve them in his honour,” he enthused.
“I know he’ll be watching from the best seat in the house – his legacy will live on in the VA # 27 Porkers Transport car.”