The Australian speedway is in mourning following the loss of former Super Sedan and Modified Production Sedan racer Ross Brims, who late last week sadly passed away due to illness.
Over his speedway racing career of two decades, Brims, who called Lismore Speedway in northern NSW as his home track, developed into one of the country’s leading Modified Production Sedan racers and then later as one of the country’s front-runners in Super Sedans.
During his time in Modified Production Sedans, which was where he commenced his speedway career, in 1980, Brims tasted National Title success in 1989 at Mildura’s Timmis Speedway in Victoria and during the same season claimed the Queensland Title spoils. Brims was unlucky not to score more National Title success, after suffering an axle failure while leading the 1990 event and then in 1991, he lost the lead in the closing stages after an ambitious passing move from South Australian rival Dave Redman and Brims went on to finish in a disappointing second.
Following Brims’s time in Modified Production Sedans, the 1991-92 season saw him make the move into Super Sedans. Despite no National Title success in Super Sedans, he managed claim Queensland Title (1993) and NSW Title (1998) wins.
Brims was forced to call time on his career midway through the 1999-2000 season, when during the Christmas-New Year period, he was unable to compete at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway in the Firecracker event, which saw his inexperienced and eager son, Wayne, step into the driver’s seat. From that moment onwards, Wayne remained in the seat of the NSW # 77 Super Sedan for the next two decades, especially after he ended up winning the feature race at Toowoomba’s Charlton Raceway in only his second ever race meeting.
Under Ross’s watchful eye, Wayne ended up enjoying quite a successful career in Super Sedans, which has seen him over the past two decades claim four NSW Title wins, two Victorian Title wins and one Queensland Title win.
Brims made a cameo return to the driver’s seat of the NSW # 77 Super Sedans for the 30/30 International event at Lismore Speedway during the early part of the 2008-09 season. Sharing the driving duties with another returning driver Paul O’Neill, the pair, who both comically struggled to fit into Wayne’s car, had an enjoyable time but they didn’t have a whole lot of luck when it came to bringing home a result.
The speedway legacy of the Brims family is set to continue with Ross’s three grandchildren, Hayden, Zac and Jackson having all competed in a range of junior classes at various stages over the past decade in firstly Junior Quarter Midgets and then in recent seasons Junior Sedans. This coming season, Hayden, who graduated out of Junior Sedans last season, is set to take over the driving duties of the NSW # 77 Super Sedan, which will make him a third generation Super Sedan racer.
Apart from his love for speedway, Brims, who resided in Tweed Heads on the NSW side of the NSW-Queensland border, was passionate about his family and friends, as well as his business activities, such as running his main business Brims Bulk Haulage.
Brims was aged 69.
Totally Speedway would like to send out its condolences to all of Brims’s family and friends during this difficult time.