Surrounded by a handful of full-time 410 Sprintcar drivers during last weekend’s Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway, Grant Anderson was able to stand tall and come away with a top-10 result.
Still buzzing from his recent Speedweek highlight which saw him claim his maiden World Series Sprintcar Championship round win at the Warrnambool venue, the Vic # 37 Latrobe Valley Bandag supported Maxim car driver once again proved that Premier Speedway is quite the happy hunting ground for him.
Taking his place on the Grand Annual Classic-deciding feature-race field amongst some formidable competition, Anderson lined up on the outside of the third row and while he briefly slipped back to eighth place during the opening quarter of the 40-lap distance, he was able to regain his composure, returning to his starting position and finishing just outside of the top five in sixth.
“There is no bigger event in Australian speedway than the Grand Annual Classic, so we’re really happy with sixth place, particularly given the company we were in,” expressed the Albury, NSW-based racer.
“In the end, we mixed it with some of the country’s best drivers, and I had an absolute ball racing with them. The racing was very close but also respectful, which is what you get with you run with that calibre of drivers.
“This result is in no small part due to the massive effort that my crew and family continue to put into my car and it’s great to see that all of our hard work is paying off.”
Participating in qualifying night two, the 38-year-old racer got his Grand Annual Classic campaign off to the best possible start with a win in his opening heat race, before placing seventh in heat-race two from towards the rear of the field. Starting out of position eight in the preliminary feature race, Anderson managed to make solid progress throughout the race to finish just off the podium in fourth.
Returning to the track on Sunday night, Anderson’s final heat race resulted in a fourth-place finish, which was enough to earn him his sixth-place starting position for the feature race.
Contesting the two blue-ribbon events in the lead up to the Grand Annual Classic, Anderson didn’t get the results he was hoping for during the President’s Cup at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway, being unable to transfer out of the B main, and after a pleasing runner-up finish in his opening heat race in the Kings Challenge at Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway, the event was cancelled shortly before the start of the feature race due to rain.
With what was a massive month of racing now having come to an end, Anderson and his team will take the remainder of the season as it comes.
Anderson would like to thank his 2018-19 season sponsors: Latrobe Valley Bandag, Graeme and Jenny Monds, WASP Steering & Suspension, D&F Racing Products, Townsend Service Centre, Middy’s Data & Electrical, Bockman Batteries, Maxwell Industries, ARP Bolts, KRE Race Engines, Fuchs Lubricants, Quinlan’s Auto Spares, and GearWrench.
To find out more about Anderson and his team, visit their website at www.grantanderson.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook or FOLLOW them on Instagram by searching Anderson Motorsport #37.