Driver of the Year returns to Toowoomba for biggest field Ever
MEDIA RELEASE: Reigning World Series Sprintcars and Ultimate Sprintcar Champion, Jamie Veal will return to Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway this Saturday for the season opening “Carnival of Power” just two weeks after being named Australian Speedway’s “Competitor of the Year.”
The Warrnambool whiz will launch his 2016-17 campaign at Toowoomba as the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship of Queensland presents the first of eight events, which will include two rounds of the famed World Series Sprintcars.
The likable 27 year old made his first ever appearance at Toowoomba in April last season, and despite never racing at the venue before, claimed a $10,000 win in the thirty lap feature race, displaying the talent has made him the undeniable dominant force in Australian Speedway in the last year.
“I’m really excited to get back up there. We had a great run in America in recent months, and I can’t wait to put into practice back in Australia what I learned over there, but what I’m really looking forward to is meeting the fans after the show, because last time I was in Toowoomba they came down in droves and we almost ran out of ink on the pen from signing autographs!”
Veal will be under fire from three time Australian champ, Robbie Farr and a host of interstate entries, making a 37 car cavalcade all vying for the $10k first prize purse.
“It’s a quick track and I love it but with 36 other drivers coming, I’m obviously not the only one who likes it. We didn’t qualify so well last time so we need to get better at the start of the night, because we don’t want to have to fight our way through a field that big, but we have our notes from last time and we will hopefully have a better idea from the start this time,” he said from Singapore, on his way home from a pre-season break.
Toowoomba Speedway Events Manager, Ben Bishop was ecstatic about Veal topping the bill of what is a record number of Sprintcar entries for the venue.
“I’ve been talking with the guys who’ve been around since the start like Doug Schultz and Joe Ramia and they’re confident this is the biggest line up of Sprintcars we’ve ever had, but it’s not just the quantity, it’s the quality that I’m excited about and to have Jamie here again after he made such an impression in April will be fantastic.”
The Ultimate Sprintcars will enter the arena just after sunset, sharing the track with a full list of Speedcars, Wingless Sprints, Formula 500’s and Lightning Sprints. Check out the Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Facebook page and www.toowoombaspeedway.com for details and weather updates.