Ready and raring to go
MEDIA RELEASE: It has been a long off season but this weekend, Toby Bellbowen returns to competition on Australian soil as the opening round of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship (USC) fires into action at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway this Saturday night, September 24.
Toby recently arrived back from a stint in the USA driving for good friend and ex-pat Aussie, Peter Murphy. As he explains, it wasn’t all smooth sailing but still, a good learning curve.
“My USA trip had some highs but too many lows. It was a great experience that I’m very fortunate to have had. It’s a shame we had some engine troubles that plagued my time over there but I did my best to make the most of racing at some different race tracks and different cars.
“Whether you have success on track or not, there’s always something to learn, and I’m very grateful for what Peter Murphy, his family and team provided me. It’s nice to come back already up to speed having done eight races in the last month.”
This season the hot shoe from Cranebrook will compete predominantly in the USC which is held at Toby’s home track – Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway and Murray Bridge’s Murray Machining and Sheds Speedway in South Australia in addition to Toowoomba. There are also USC rounds scheduled for Victoria’s Premier Speedway in Warrnambool.
“Our season will include some more interstate races again, with the addition of some racing in South Australia which I’ve been itching to do for quite some time. The USC is what we’ll concentrate most of our time on, with extra attention being paid on the NSW races. We’re contracted to do the first seven USC races and I think results from those events will set the tone for the remainder of our schedule.”
This coming season presents a massive opportunity with the 55th Australian Sprintcar Championship being staged at Valvoline Raceway and Toby is already counting down the days to the big festival of speed in January of 2017.
“Australian Speedway has had such a great vibe the last few years and I think most will agree it’s all from what’s been happening at Valvoline Raceway, so of course anyone would want to run well there. I’m just lucky enough that it’s in my home city, and this year especially, there is extra emphasis to run well with not only the Australian Sprintcar Title but also the Origin of Speed event along with the growing Scott Darley Challenge.”
As has always been the case, you can keep up to date with Toby’s progress on the Toby Bellbowen Motorsport Facebook page. There you will find the latest news and some pretty cool t-shirts which have just been released. You will also be able to watch Toby live this weekend via the Clay Per View live streaming page at www.clayperview.com
Toby Bellbowen Motorsport would like to thank the following for their great support in season 2016/2017;
Hogs Breath Cafe
Rod Bowen’s Prestige Smash Repairs
Eagle Ignition Leads
B & B Graphics
Felsch Race Engines
Duncan Foster Engine Reconditioning
September/October Schedule – Toby Bellbowen Motorsport:
September 24 – Hi-Tec Oils Speedway, Toowoomba
October 1 – Valvoline Raceway, Granville
October 8 – Murray Machining and Sheds Speedway, Murray Bridge
October 15 – Valvoline Raceway, Granville – Ultimate Pink Night (NSW)
October 22 – Valvoline Raceway, Granville
October 29 – Murray Machining and Sheds Speedway, Murray Bridge – Ultimate Pink Night (SA)