Skid Control | Car 72 | Trent Laves and Callum Whatmore
After coming so close in the Willowbank 300 earlier this year, the Skid Control Toyota 86 will be out to go one better, when it lines up in the Lakeside 300, for the first time, later this month.
In April, the Division 4 entry, of Dylan Cothill and Trent Laves, was first across the finish line, fractionally ahead of the Nissan 180SX of Jayson Cassells and Ken Samway, but post-race, the Nissan was awarded the win, after being wrongfully awarded a penalty late in the race.
As a result, this battle will undoubtedly be one of the talking points of the 2018 Lakeside 300, and is one for spectators to keep their eye on – there’s unfinished business here.
While the car remains the same, the combination driving it has undergone some change. Trent Laves will compete again, but will do so alongside Callum Whatmore, who’s stepping in for Dylan Cothill this time round.
Laves has a long history of motorsport competition under his belt. He won multiple local and regional Karting Championships in the early-mid 2000s, most notably the Junior National division in the 2003 QLD State Karting Championships
Recently, he was a class winner in both the 2016, and 2017 Time Attack series, and he holds the S-Chassis lap records, for a Street Class car, at Queensland Raceway and Lakeside Park.
He’s also finished 1st in Class at the Oakey, Leyburn and Pittsworth Street Sprints in 2018, and, as detailed earlier, he claimed second, with Cothill, in April’s Willowbank 300… throw in the fact that, when he’s not racing, he’s a driving instructor, and there’s not much Laves hasn’t done behind the wheel.
When left with the task of replacing Dylan Cothill for this event, the Skid Control team, they found an excellent substitute, in Callum Whatmore.
Whatmore is a previous multiple winner of the QR Sports & Sedans series, and is the current S-chassis lap record holder at Lakeside Park, with a blindingly fast time of 54.65!
Whatmore has recently taken his career down the speedway route – currently competing in Midget Speedcars, where he scored his first podium finish at the end of the last season.
At June’s ‘2 Days of Thunder’, Whatmore jumped behind the wheel of the Queensland Raceways NASCAR, to go up against the V8 Holden Commodore of Michael Wedge, in the Speed Comparison. The pair put on a fantastic display, much to the delight of onlooking spectators.
With redemption in mind, a car built to win, and a pair of highly experienced drivers determined to steer it to victory, this Toyota 86 is one entry that is set to make its mark on the third annual Lakeside 300, which will be contested on Sunday, September 30.
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