Luke Stirton’s venture into arguably the most competitive class in Australian speedway has certainly not been without a learning curve, but with many of the initial challenges and goals now out of the way, he’s more focused than ever to deliver a consistent 2019-20 season campaign in 410 Sprintcars.
While last season began in a positive fashion, achieving his best result yet with a sixth-place finish at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway during an Ultimate Sprintcar Challenge round, Stirton was then forced to contend with a number of mechanical issues, all of which made the 20-year-old’s task of remaining confident that much more difficult.
However, it was when faced with adversity that Stirton proved his resilience, refusing to let these drawbacks get the better of him and eventually going on to be recognised as the Most Improved Driver during the season’s annual awards night.
Preparing to enter what will be his third full season in the class, equipped with the knowledge and experience of his past two seasons, the pilot of the NSW # 10 A-One Charge Air Coolers / Pepper Money supported Maxim car is now ready to make consistency his key towards achieving his goal of making his way inside the top 10 of the final Ultimate Sprintcar Championship point standings, thereby improving on last season’s 18th-place finish.
“Last season was a bit up and down for us, so this time around we’re going to be focusing on starting strongly and then carrying that form through the rest of the season,” explained the Rouse Hill, NSW-based driver, who completed a shakedown run during last Saturday night’s practice at Valvoline Raceway in readiness for the season start.
“We’ve gained so much more knowledge with each race meetings and our pace has definitely been improving, so we’re really hoping to push ourselves and work towards a podium this season.”
Planning to contest 20 plus race meetings, including the full Ultimate Sprintcar Championship at Valvoline Raceway, Stirton will also participate in the prestigious Grand Annual Classic at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway in Victoria, while hoping to visit Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway throughout the season.
The 2019-20 season will get underway for Stirton on the Saturday night of September 21 with the Lord Mayor’s Cup at Valvoline Raceway.
Stirton would like to thank the following 2019-20 season sponsors for their support:
A-One Charge Air Coolers
Motoradco Industrial Radiators
Total Care 4WD
Special thanks go to his mum and dad Gail and Paul, and his pit crew Evan Holborow, Alex Bowman and Cooper Hepenstall, along with Adrian Maher and Justin Mineeff.
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