The Trans-Tasman rivalry between New Zealand and Australia is about to get a lot more exciting, with a formidable contingent of Kiwi visitors soon to arrive on Australian shores where they’ll go head to head with the natives during the biggest fortnight on the Speedcars calendar.
With this season’s NSW Title and two-night Sydney City 50 Lap Classic falling on back to back weekends, international drivers will certainly be able to make the most of their treks across the Tasman to Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway in an attempt to assert their dominance over their Australian rivals.
There’s no shortage of talent amongst the New Zealand contingent and the renowned Valvoline Raceway track has proven to be a happy hunting ground for a number of them; possibly none more so than five-time Sydney City 50 Lap Classic Champion Michael Pickens, whose success in the host country also includes an Australian Title.
Having been the only other New Zealand driver to emerge victorious in the Sydney City 50 Lap Classic, doing so in last season’s running of the event, Taylor Clarke will be a hot favourite heading into the action-packed fortnight of racing aboard the NSW # 67 owned by Gavin Wesble.
Former New Zealand Champion and regular Australian visitor Brad Mosen will be amongst the field, along with regular front-runners Hayden Williams and Leon Burgess, while expat New Zealander Scotty Farmer will be no doubt be utilising his experience racing throughout Australia as he pilots the NZ # 4 car.
Other New Zealand challengers include Hayden Guptill, Jayden Worthington, Chris McCutcheon, Caleb Antonio-Rooney, James Earl and Peter Hunnibell.
Going up against the Kiwis throughout the NSW Title and Sydney City 50 Lap Classic will be a bolstered field of over 30 Australians, along with a lone representative from America in Alex Bright, who will once again guest drive the WA # 4 car that he steered during last season’s event.
The $5,000 to win NSW Title will take place on the Saturday night of April 27, followed by the Sydney City 50 Lap Classic, which will be held over two nights on May 3 and 4. Friday’s night’s preliminary feature race will also offer $5,000 to win, while Saturday night’s Sydney City 50 Lap Classic-deciding feature race will reward the winner with a $10,000 prize.
The Speedcar Association of NSW would like to thank the following sponsors of the NSW Title and Sydney City 50 Lap Classic for their values support:
American Tire and Racing
CEJN Pty Ltd
Diamond Air Conditioning
Rondalee Metal Fabrication
Victorian Inspection and Consulting
Weston Machine Shop
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