Hailing from Penngrove California, Michael “Buddy” Kofoid may have only just turn 16, rendering him eligible to race a Sprintcar in Australia, but his addition to the entry list for the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic from January 19 to 21 is certainly exciting.
Having already raced for 11 years and first practicing in a 360 Sprintcar at the age of 9, Kofoid has drawn comparisons to his fellow Californian’s Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell after becoming the youngest winner of the Johnny Key Classic at Ocean Speedway when he outlasted Andy Forsberg to take the 50-lap feature event.
Over the past couple of seasons respected Sydney based car owner Peter Gordon has worked closely with Buddy and his family and is now faced with the exciting prospect of bringing Kofoid to Australia for whirlwind month of racing which includes the 46th South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
For his visit to Australia Kofoid will be in familiar equipment with his own Maxim Chassis and Don Ott Racing prepared engine set to provide him with a competitive and comfortable car right out of the box.
The team will be supported by his American based car owner Gary Silva and Gary Silva Ranches, Essential Fabrication and Maintenance, Eliminator Race Wings, The Sign Centre and Blackshaw’s.
Joining Buddy Kofoid in another healthy batch of entries is West Australian Taylor Milling.
Milling who is no stranger to Sungold Stadium, having competed in Warrnambool for many seasons and will return aboard the familiar Totally Work Wear Midland and Vic Park backed, KRE Race Engines powered Maxim with further support coming from Westralian Diamond Drillers.
Milling finished with a 5th place run in C-Main 1 at the 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Tasmania’s Tim Hutchins is always an exciting prospect on the track and being another of the competitors to finish his Classic campaign in the C-Main in 2017, he will be looking to improve significantly on that result, especially given his strong early season form at Sungold Stadium.
Hutchins will be at the wheel of his T7 Cool Chassis, with Inglis race Engines providing the horsepower as he looks for a strong result for his partners GBE Maintenance and Warrnambool Locksmith’s.
Another of the South Australian competitors set to join the Classic line-up is Keke Falland.
Falland drives the S78 Cool with the unique Ford Roush Yates 410 beneath the hood and having missed the 2017 Classic will be looking for a strong run for his long list of supporters including Shadetec, Ronco Motors, New Holland, Rivergraphics, Cool Chassis, Loxton Pizza Bar, Riverland Ford, Castrol, Ken’s Exhaust, Ruston Engineering and Steven Falland Electrical.
A trio of Classic Rookies rounds out the latest batch of entrants with Tasmania’s Jock Goodyer set to take the wheel of the D & B Goodyer Developments, DM Tiling T22 Maxim, James Inglis aboard the Holdfast, MechTech, Curtis Electrical, Waterboy, F45 Lockburn, LJS Equipment and Scardifield’s Smash Repairs W80 entry and De Paoli in the National Lubrication and Hydraulic Systems W96 J&J will all make their Classic debuts.
The 2018 46th edition of the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be supported by the following sponsors; Performance Racegear, KRE Race Engines, The Lady Bay Resort and KFC.
Copies of the 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic entry form have been forwarded to the 2017 entrants while a PDF version is available for download from the Premier Speedway website www.premierspeedway.com.au