Wright’s grit pays off
Nothing less than unfailing determination would have been enough to earn Glenn Wright and car owner Dylan Byrne a podium result in last Saturday night’s Stan Burrow Speedcar Stampede at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway, and it was this perseverance that paid dividends for the duo in what was only their second outing together.
Piloting Byrne’s Qld # 46 Gaerte-powered Aggressor car, which is considered slightly more vintage, so to speak, than some of the other cars in the field and as such requires its setup to be on point at all times, it’s essential that former Wingless Sprint racer hit his marks during each race in order to remain competitive, which is exactly what he’s been doing so far this season.
Off the back of a pleasing debut recently at the Brisbane venue which saw them finish just off the podium in fourth place, Wright and Byrne were determined to build on their previous result, adjusting the car numerous times throughout the night in order to keep up with the changing track conditions.
Picking up a pair of third-place finishes in his heat races, the 39-year-old driver qualified on the outside of the second row for the 20-lap feature race, going on to experience several battles for position which ultimately saw him come away with a hard-fought podium place in third.
“I can’t begin to express how thrilled I was to be able to achieve a podium finish for Dylan,” commented Wright, who has also earlier this season been running a Brian Hicks-owned Compact Speedcar.
“Dylan has a huge passion for speedway and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to drive for him and to be able reward him with a podium result.”
Completing three race meetings last season aboard his own Gaerte-powered Breka Speedcar, picking up a third-place finish in the latter stages of the season, Wright’s season ended with an unfortunate engine failure.
Being offered a drive by Byrne, who had previously had visiting New Zealander Ricky McGough filling the driver’s seat of his car, Wright enthusiastically accepted Byrne’s offer, with the duo already proving to be a great match.
“Dylan and I work very well together, as we are both very focused on the task ahead when we get to the race track,” explained the Springfield Lakes, Queensland resident.
“The car we are running isn’t the most modern but what Dylan and I do is work well together, with Dylan on the car setup and myself driving as hard and as consistent as possible.”
Planning to contest the remainder of the 2018-19 season calendar at Archerfield Speedway, Wright and Byrne are also looking at venturing down to Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway in NSW later this season, before turning their attention to the full 2019-20 season. Wright will also be making a handful of guest appearances for car owner Tim Farrell in the Compact Speedcar class.
In the 2018-19 season, Wright and Byrne are proudly supported by the following sponsors: NexGen Transport, Ki-Carma Soil & Landscape Supplies, and Bamboo Logistics. Wright would also like to thank his car owner Dylan Byrne, as well as Dylan’s dad Michael.
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