Going up against the world’s best in last weekend’s INEX US Legend Car Dirt Nationals at 141 Speedway in Maribel, Wisconsin, a trio of Australian drivers certainly had a tough task ahead of them as they prepared to fly the flag for their country, each performing admirably throughout the weekend.
Considered the toughest Legend Car competition in the world, the INEX US Legend Car Dirt Nationals attracts the most skilled drivers from all over America, not to mention international inclusions from Australia, Canada and even Germany, with drivers battling it out for the ultimate honours in four categories: Pro, Masters, Semi-Pro and Young Lions.
Making the long trek to the northern American state to prove their worth against the stout list of other competitors, Aussie hard-chargers Nathan Camilleri, Glenn Mitchell and Sean Rooney were eager to take to the high banks of 141 Speedway to gain as much valuable knowledge as they could during what they have considered one of the best possible learning experiences of their varied careers.
Despite enduring some difficulty in time trials due to car setup, current Australian Champion and the winner of the Race to America Championship Camilleri certainly went on to make amends, coming home in a competitive third place overall in the Race of Champions and earning a 10th-place start for the Pro feature race, while Mitchell also worked through some setup issues to improve, finishing third in the Masters category of the Race of Champions and sixth overall.
Participating in the event for the second consecutive year, Rooney continued to familiarise himself with the foreign driving style of his American counterparts, picking up on certain methods that he hopes to be able to implement in his campaign back home in Australia. Making some adjustments to his car after qualifying 24th, Rooney went on to place fourth in his heat race, qualifying 22nd for the all-important feature race.
On the final night of competition, Mitchell was pleased to improve on his ninth-place starting position to greet the chequered flag in sixth place, while Rooney managed to claw his way forward to 11th, before a driver error on an ensuing restart saw him slip backwards slightly, eventually coming home 15th.
Unfortunately Camilleri wasn’t as fortunate as his peers, with his American venture being cut short due to him becoming involved in a large crash that resulted in him being transported to a nearby hospital to undergo observation.
Thankfully being responsive following the crash, it was determined that Camilleri suffered fractures to three vertebrae, which he is currently receiving treatment for. To show your support for Camilleri and assist his family with the significant expenses, you can donate via the following GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lets-help-nathan-after-his-accident?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
Although Camilleri’s crash was an unfortunate conclusion to what had been a fantastic representation of Australian Legend Car racing, the Australian Legend Car Association is extremely proud of each of the three drivers, who well and truly did their country proud.
Special thanks go to the Legend Cars Australia team for all of their ongoing hard work and support of the Legend Car class. For more information, visit www.legendcarsaustralia.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching Speedway Legend Cars Australia.
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