After rising to national prominence by winning the 2018 Grand Annual Classic in sensational style, Corey McCullagh believes that he has finally shook off his ‘Classic’ hangover and is now busy preparing for a massive 2020-21 season.
The Warrnambool, Victoria-based racer has endured a mixed run throughout the two seasons following his Grand Annual Classic triumph, which included a brief stint with the Dickson Motorsport team last season and also running with the Domain Ramsay-owned team the season before, but he is excited about the season ahead.
“To be honest, after I won the Classic, I had struggled to recapture that speed, as I didn’t really know where it (the speed) had come from,” the 29-year-old said.
“Over the last two seasons, I have struggled with a bit of a Classic hangover, as I’ve lacked front-running consistency, which has been very frustrating and gone on to hinder my performances out on the track.”
McCullagh continued by saying he is heading into the season ahead in the best shape ever.
“I’m really looking forward to the season ahead with my own team, as I have now settled into my new workshop, and my team and I have all of my race cars good to go,” he enthused.
“It was obviously disappointing to have last season brought to an early close, due to coronavirus, but it has been a blessing for myself and the team, as it’s given us that extra time to get everything on track within our team.”
Heading into his ninth Sprintcar season, McCullagh’s plans are to be based in his home state of Victoria, and he is as confident as ever of recapturing his Classic winning form.
“Towards the end of last season, I felt that my team and I had shown glimpses of form, and the goal is to build on that for this season and do it consistently, and I know I can do it,” stated McCullagh.
“I’ll be doing as much racing as possible around Victoria, and I feel that my team and I have turned a corner, and there’s no reason I can’t go out and win another Grand Annual Classic.”
Unlike a lot of sports, when it comes to speedway racers, they are like a fine bottle of wine by getting better with age, and the best is certainly yet to come for McCullagh.