Anderson’s WSS breakthrough
While Grant Anderson has experienced varied success throughout his Sprintcar career, he had never been able to reach victory lane in a World Series Sprintcar Championship round; until recently that is.
Being born into the world of Sprintcar racing, with his dad David having raced for many years, collecting numerous World Series Sprintcar Championship round wins, Anderson knows just how tough the competition throughout Australia can be, particularly during the WSS Championship, in which he’d previously been a contracted driver.
Proving that he not only has what it takes to go up against the best in the country, but also to beat them, the third WSS Championship round at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway saw Anderson achieve what is arguably his most memorable result yet: a WSS Championship feature-race victory.
In doing so, he has well and truly followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming the fourth father and son duo in history to score WSS round wins.
“I’ve won some big races in the past, but coming away with a World Series round win against some of the best in the business, especially during Speedweek, means the world to me,” expressed Anderson, whose Speedweek campaign was full of firsts, with the 38-year-old racer also experiencing his maiden WSS Championship podium result during the [previous round at Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway.
“We’re a budget team and we put so much hard work into our racing. We’ve always had the belief that we would be able to pull off a World Series round win, but it’s been a long time coming. You need to hit your marks from qualifying right through to the feature race and the team has learned so much in terms of how to keep the car on point for the whole night.
“Dad has had a long association with World Series as firstly a driver and then a car owner, so it’s very special to keep his legacy going. The win wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing support that I have behind me from my team, family and sponsors, so it’s as much their achievement as it is mine.”
Opting to miss the opening WSS Championship round, due to competing at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway in a Eureka Garages & Sheds Series round the same night, which ultimately resulted in a crash bringing his night to a premature end, Anderson certainly bounced back in a big way in the next two rounds, ticking two milestones off his bucket list.
At the completion of Speedweek Series component of the WSS Championship schedule, the Albury, NSW-based racer sits fifth in the current point standings. However, he is not contesting the remaining five WSS rounds, as it now ventures up to Queensland and then over to Western Australia.
For his next appearance, Anderson will be travelling to Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway for the annual Scott Darley Challenge, which will take place over two big nights on January 11 and 12. He will then return to Victoria to compete in the President’s Cup at Avalon Raceway on January 16, followed by the coveted Grand Annual Classic at Premier Speedway from January 18 to 20.
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.