There is the saying that goes, there is no substitute for hard work. When it comes to Alex Ross, this hard work has rewarded him with victory in last weekend’s Australian Wingless Sprint Championship at his home track: Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway.
Since joining up with the team owner of the Vic # 14 McDowell Automotive Repairs supported Cool car Mick Uebergang at the beginning of last season, Ross and Uebergang, along with main pit crew member Darren McDowall, have enjoyed their fair share of impressive result in quite a short space of time. However, winning the Australian Championship took the duo to a whole new level.
“Mick, Darren and I go racing for the pure love of it and to have fun along the way, so to win an Australian Championship is something that has come as a complete surprise,” expressed the 21-year-old racer, who finished second in last season’s Victorian Title.
“Heading into the Australian Championship weekend, we didn’t have any high expectations other than to qualify into the feature race on the Saturday night and then take it all from there.
“Due to work commitments, we started our season later than expected, but we felt good leading into the Australian Championship, and our confidence grew as the weekend progressed and we managed to come away with the best possible result.”
Ross, from Warrnambool in the south-west region of Victoria, continued by saying that himself and Uebergang have put into a lot of hard work that has led them to Australian Championship glory.
“A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes with running a competitive car, and Mick, Darren and I spent as much of our spare time in the shed as possible working on the car to get it the best we possibly can,” said Ross, who qualified second for the Australian Championship deciding feature race and then went on to dominate the majority of the 40-lap distance.
“We all work really hard behind the scenes, and I can’t begin to express what it means to me to be able to reward the both of them with Australian Championship success.”
With a solid support network that includes car owner Uebergang, pit crew McDowall and a loyal group of sponsors behind him, Ross has certainly grabbed this opportunity with both hands, and it’s seen him reward his supporters with Australian Championship glory.
Ross’s debut as Australian Champion will be at Murray Bridge Speedway for the running of the South Australian Title on March 22 and 23.
Ross and Uebergang would like to thank their 2018-19 season sponsors: McDowall Automotive Repairs, Pontings Home Timber and Hardware, KD Engineering, AKC Kitchens, Max and Pam Wines Contracting, Valvoline Oils, The Tyre Factory – Warrnambool, Graeme Ross Panels, Malone Race Engines, Dylan Billington at V8 EFI, Morton Power, Owen Truss, Heytesbury Stockfeeds, and Thomo’s Race Graphix.
Special thanks from Ross must go out to Mick Uebergang (car owner), Darren McDowall (pit crew), Harry Ross (brother and pit crew), Phil Johnson, Dave McFadden, along with all his family and friends.
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