Farmer Laying the Foundations
While it’s one thing to chase your dreams, it’s another thing entirely to achieve them, and that’s exactly what Speedcar racer Scotty Farmer intends to do, having already built a solid base for what he hopes will become a long career in speedway.
An expat New Zealander who now resides in Brisbane, Queensland, Farmer is no stranger to hard work and commitment, with his dedication and positive approach opening numerous doors, particularly throughout the past season which saw him compete in no less than three different countries: his adopted Australia, his native New Zealand and America.
Piloting his own Qld # 22 Spike Speedcar during his Australian campaign, along with selected appearances aboard the Seamount Racing-owned NZ # 4 car, Farmer focused on contesting the most challenging blue-ribbon events throughout Queensland and New South Wales, picking up a number of pleasing results, highlighted by a feature-race win at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway.
Proving his capability of mixing it up with the best, the 25-year-old managed to come home fourth in the Australian Grand Prix at Lismore Speedway, while also picking up another top-five result during the 50 Lapper at Archerfield Speedway, demonstrating his endurance.
Travelling to his home country over the Christmas-New Year period and making up a part of the Australian test team during the International Series, Farmer quickly became an asset to the team, being able to utilise his knowledge of certain tracks, such as Auckland’s Western Springs Speedway, to bolster them against their rivals.
While the campaign itself wasn’t without its challenges, the experience gained against unfamiliar competition was invaluable and soon to be enhanced even further when Farmer did what most racer’s only dream about – making the long trek to America, which is considered the world’s hotbed for speedway racing.
Participating in the renowned Peter Murphy Classic aboard a non-wing Sprintcar owned by Steve Watt at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California, Farmer flew the flag for his country in proud fashion, qualifying 16th for the feature race and making his way up to ninth, before contact with another competitor dashed his hopes with just two laps to go.
Gaining an unparalleled insight into what track life is like for some of America’s best full-time racers, Farmer was armed with a reinforced dedication to his race craft on his return to Australia, focused more than ever on continuing to lay the groundwork for the career that is no doubt on the horizon for him.
Farmer would like to thank the following 2018-19 season supporters: NLT Australia, Carboncraft, and Maxwell Industries. Special thanks go to his brother Mark, his mum and dad (Linda and Murray), crew chief Ernie, and Matt Black.
To find out more about Farmer, visit his website at www.scottyfarmer.com or LIKE him on Facebook by searching Scotty Farmer. Also, to keep up to date with his vlogs, subscribe to his YouTube channel via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-qXJL8g7rpRIiumKoS-lrQ.