The 2018-19 season is gearing up to be an exciting one for Scotty Farmer, with the Brisbane, Queensland-based Speedcar racer planning to focus on interstate travel as he contests his fair share of blue-ribbon events.
Having been one of the standouts amongst the competition in his home state during the 2017-18 season, collecting top honours in both the Polar Ice Series and the Queensland Club Championship point scores – a rare feat that has only ever been achieved by three other drivers in Todd Wanless, Brendan Palmer and New Zealander Michael Kendall – Farmer decided that his next step would be to challenge himself further by going up against some unfamiliar competitors on equally unfamiliar tracks on a more regular basis.
“Last season produced some really strong results for us, but I think it’s important to continue learning and improving as a driver by stepping outside of your comfort zone, which is what getting on the road and travelling interstate will do,” commented the 24-year-old racer.
“Speedcars is such a competitive class with a large following throughout the whole country. I’m hoping to gain as much knowledge and experience as I can by going up against some of the country’s best in titles and other blue-ribbon events.”
Proving his consistency last season after racking up the most heat-race wins in the Queensland club with nine, as well as the most feature-race wins with three, equal with Darren Vine, Farmer also showed his ability to put newfound experience into practice, as evident at Murray Bridge Speedway last season, when he improved on his 12th-place South Australian Title finish to come home an impressive fifth in the Australian Title just a week later.
It’s this ability that he’ll be aiming to capitalise on during his 2018-19 season campaign, along with the invaluable experience he recently picked up during his second and third visit to America, where he enjoyed competitive runs throughout qualifying at Santa Maria Raceway and Ventura Raceway in California aboard a non-wing Sprint Car owned by Steve Watt’s Maxwell Industries team, coming away with a ninth-place finish and an unfortunate DNF.
“Racing in America is such an amazing opportunity, and a big thanks must go to Steve (Watt) and the entire Maxwell Industries team for helping make it happen,” enthused the expat New Zealander.
“The competition there is completely different to Australia, but there are a number of things that can be adopted from the American style of racing, which overall I think will improve my skills as a driver heading into next season.”
While Farmer will predominantly be focusing on participating in events such as the Ultimate Speedway Challenge, which will take place over three rounds at Murray Bridge Speedway (SA), Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway (Qld) and Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway (NSW), along with the Australian Title at the Perth Motorplex in Western Australia, he will also be contesting as many local race meetings as possible. Over the Christmas-New Year period next season, Farmer has plans to contest the International Midget Series over in New Zealand for the very first time.
Farmer would like to thank the following 2017-18 season supporters: Myla Graphics and Temporary Fence Hire. Special thanks go to his brother Mark, his mum and dad (Linda and Murray), crew chief Ernie, and Matt Black.
To find out more about Farmer, visit his website at www.scottyfarmer.com or LIKE him on Facebook by searching Scotty Farmer. Also, to keep up to date with his vlogs, subscribe to his YouTube channel via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-qXJL8g7rpRIiumKoS-lrQ.