After some time on the outer recovering from serious injuries as a result of a motorcycle mishap, Chris Hayden has returned to the dirt tracks of Speedway this summer season in his Modified Sedan and is keen to mix it in the top of the field from the get go.
Hayden has at his disposal a new VZ Commodore put together by Hayden Racecars, which is his father Brian, Chris is keen to be quick right out of the blocks to mix it with the likes of current Australian champion Cameron Waters, and strong Victorian Modified association regulars Brock Atkins, Kye Walters, Nick Cockerill, Robbie Faux and Andrew Blackwell throughout the season.
The motorcycle accident off road during recreational time over a season ago left Hayden with a broken L2 vertebrae and broken sternum that required a long recovery and rehab to be physically fit to sustain the pressures of returning behind the wheel of a race car ready for a serious crack at top five finishes for the upcoming season.
Chris explained how keen he is on his return to racing, “You cannot imagine how keen for this season. I took interest last season in seeing the development of other young competitors such as Walters and Atkins and then we practically had the Australian title in our own backyard with the event at Horsham. This fuelled the fire in my belly to return and I feel stronger than ever physically to handle the rigors of racing.”
Hayden will compete as much as possible this year with the Victorian association rounds, state and national titles and a trip to Queensland for the big races on the agenda. The Queensland title at Gympie and the National title at Kingaroy in April and the Victorian title at Rushworth are high on the agenda as are events like the Kings Royal.
The season 06/07 Australian Junior Sedan national champion is determined to mark his mark on Modified Sedan racing. “Having achieved the success we did in Junior Sedan racing we are keen to achieve top results in the Modified Sedans. We are under no illusion that it is going to be easy, it is going to be trial, error, development and success, that’s for sure. We have an excellent overall package with car from dad and engine from Bryan Galley at TGM Race Engines, the rest is our set up and up to me behind the wheel.” Shared Hayden.
Look for the familiar Victorian registered number 25 on track this season with the Mount Gambier Diesel Mechanic behind the wheel.
Chris Hayden is proud of the support he receives from:
Team Galley Motorsport Race Engines
Heywood AG Sales
Woodalls Stockyards of Heywood