Speed certainly hasn’t been a problem for Jock Goodyer so far in the 2018-19 season, with the teenager having already racked up three minor podium finishes from as many starts throughout his home state of Tasmania.
Making his debut in 410 Sprintcars last season, Goodyer experienced a pleasing introduction to the class, closing his campaign by clinching his maiden feature-race win at Hobart Speedway, as well as experiencing an encouraging run on the mainland which saw him place sixth in the third and final Easter Trail round at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway.
Picking up where he left off last month, the 17-year-old led the majority of the feature race at Latrobe’s Gulf Western & Independent Oils Raceway after lining up on the outside of the front row, only to be pipped in the latter stages, crossing the finish line in second place.
Backing up this result with a third-place finish at Hobart Speedway, Goodyer once again got a taste of the lead recently at Carrick Speedway, powering forward into first from his third-place starting position before once again being relegated to second place on the last corner by winner Jason Redpath.
Returning to Gulf Western & Independent Oils Raceway last Saturday night, Goodyer’s campaign was cut short due to a crash and subsequent DNF caused by a racing incident in the feature race.
“We’re really happy with the speed we’ve been consistently producing this season and we’ve been so close to the feature-race win on numerous occasions, we just haven’t quite been able to pull it off yet,” explained Goodyer, who started his season early by participating in the Chariots of Thunder Series at Darwin’s Northline Speedway in the Northern Territory, ending up eighth in the overall point standings.
“The early start to the season in the Chariots of Thunder Series against some tough competition has definitely helped us to dial the car in and improve our consistency, which is reflected in our results so far.”
Once again travelling to the mainland this week to contest the Victorian Title at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway in Victoria, the Launceston, Tasmania-based driver will be basing himself there over the Christmas-New Year period, contesting multiple blue-ribbon events, culminating with the Australian Championship at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway over the Australia Day long weekend.
“I’m really looking forward to racing on the mainland again,” added the Tas # 22 D&B Goodyer Developments supported Maxim pilot, whose schedule will also incorporate the Grand Annual Classic and the Presidents Cup.
“It’s definitely challenging to take on the country’s best Sprintcar drivers at these renowned events, but it’s the perfect opportunity to build up my confidence and learn as much as I can from them.”
Although his Sprintcar schedule is sure to keep him busy, Goodyer will also be contesting as many race meetings as possible aboard his Formula 500, off the back of last season’s impressive victory in the Tasmanian Title.
Planning to participate in the Australian Title at Goulburn Speedway in April, Goodyer has plenty to prove after last season’s running of the event at Northline Speedway ended in a controversial manner. Having led the majority of the 25-lap distance, a last-corner pass on Goodyer resulted in Liam Williams being awarded the victory. However, following an appeal from the Goodyer family that the pass was illegal, this case and the official result is currently pending.
Goodyer would like to thank the following 2018-19 season sponsors for their support: D&B Goodyer Developments, Powranna Plant Hire, Tazwood Designs, and RSK Concreting. He would also like to thank his mum and dad Belinda and Darren, his sisters Brooke and Abbi, his girlfriend Bianca Mostyn, his sister Abbi’s boyfriend and his Formula 500 crew chief Louis Maney, his Sprintcar crew chief Jackson Davies, Allan Joyce, Ian McLeod and Scott Ryan.
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