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  • The township of Whyalla is set for a Halloween treat with a night of open wheeled racing that is sure to provide a tasty night of thrills and spills. The opening event of the 2020/21 Whyalla Speedway season (October 31) is set to feature Sprintcars, Formula 500’s, Wingless Sprints and V6 Sprints, with two South Australian Championships on the program.

    Both the 360ci Sprintcars and the Formula 500’s will race for the 2020 editions of their State Championships after having them postponed at the back end of last season.

    Unfortunately the fields for both titles are a little short on numbers due to the 360’s not having raced locally at all since early in the year and the Formula 500’s only having one previous event at Murray Bridge a fortnight ago.

    With no previous State Champion in the field a new 360ci Sprintcar Champ will be crowned with the leading contenders being Murray Bridge’s Jarman Dalitz, Mount Gambier’s Scott Enderl and Mike Fox. All three are coming off racing against the open cars a fortnight ago so they will be race ready.

    Local racer Angelo Karoussis will start a red hot favourite to claim the Formula 500 Title having won the season opener at Murray Bridge in convincing fashion but Corey Jones and Brendan Zadow will be keen to turn the tables this weekend after following Karoussis across the line. Jones is the most recent winner at Whyalla having won the State Series round at the venue back in January. Brad Stell will also be a contender as he is regular front runner at most events across South Australia along with Richard Schmidt.

    The 410ci Sprintcars will also be on hand to contest their second Sprintcars SA Club race of the season with the Steel City Cup for grabs. The field of 12 South Australian’s will be joined by Sydneysiders Marcus Dumesny, who beat the locals at Murray Bridge, and Jessie Attard. Both drivers will be making their Whyalla Speedway debuts.

    The South Australian contingent will be led by Ryan Jones, who was on the podium the last time he raced in Whyalla, Matt Egel, who will be driving the Whyalla Earthworks Racing #52, Daniel Pestka, Lisa Walker, Joel Heinrich and Austin McDonald.

    Although they are South Australian Glen Sutherland and Scott Enderl, who will race double duty, will also make the nine hour trek from Mount Gambier to Whyalla to compete so you can bet they will be hoping to make the drive worthwhile.

    The format for the 410ci Sprintcars will include Hot Laps, Time Trials, two rounds of heats and a 30-lap A-Main.

    The V6 Sprints will have a healthy representation with 11 entries for the opening round of the Tri-Series. With Nick Hall, who won the Des James Memorial a fortnight ago, not competing the race for the win will be wide open with Kym Simon, Damien Eve, Chris James and Michael Buxallen all capable of winning. The field also includes a host of local drivers who will all be out to impress their local fans and sponsors.

    Finally, a field of 8 drivers will take to the track for the Wingless Sprint Club Show with last winner Jack McCarthy hoping to continue his winning form this weekend. After dominating at Murray Bridge, he will be hard to stop with his biggest rivals expected to be Hayden Vickers, Normie Moore, Mick Barker and Nicole Southby. The field will be completed by rookie competitors Jacob Childs, Tyson Martin, and Ben Cartwright. Both Martin and Cartwright are coming off impressive top 10 results in their debuts at Murray Bridge.

    The Whyalla Speedway Club would like to thank the competitors, their loyal sponsors and of course the race fans for your support during these times and they encourage you to assist in making this event Covid Safe by adhering to social distancing measures and practicing good hygiene.

    Current Nominations for the Whyalla Speedway, October 31, 2020:

    SA 360 Sprintcar Title - S11 Scott Enderl, S36 Clinton Warner, S93 Mike Fox, S95 Jarman Dalitz

    SA Formula 500 Title - 11 Nathan O’Shea, 21 Richard Schmidt, 27 Angelo Karoussis, 33 Brad Stell, 43 Ben Cooper, 72 Corey Jones, 73 Brendan Zadow

    410 Sprintcars – Steel City Sprintcar Cup - S4 Lisa Walker, S11 Scott Enderl, S16 Joel Heinrich, S20 Glen Sutherland, S27 Daniel Pestka, S36 Clinton Warner, S41 Adrian Cottrell, S43 Daniel Puddy, N47 Marcus Dumesny, S52 Matt Egel, N53 Jesse Attard, S63 Ryan Jones, S70 Max Vidau, S85 Austin McDonald, S93 Mike Fox, S95 Jarman Dalitz

    Wingless Sprints Club Show - 11 Tyson Martin, 12 Normie Moore, 15 Hayden Vickers, 23 Jack McCarthy, 25 Ben Cartwright, 53 Nicole Southby, 67 Jacob Childs, 77 Mick Barker

    V6 Sprints Tri Series Round 1 - 3 Chris James, 5 Damien Eve, 6 Michael Buxallen, 9 Renee Pfieler, 17 Kym Simon, 56 Toby McCarthy, 58 Jordan Grillett, 67 Daniel Thwaites, 81 Archie Fabian, 88 Glen Bousfield, 99 Daryl Barkla

    The Whyalla Speedway Club would like to thank the following Corporate Partners for their support:
    A1 Welding
    Australian Tyre Traders
    Mining & Industrial Tyre Service
    Coates Hire
    Whyalla Earthworks
    Specialised Tyre & Rubber Repairs
    Chadwick Fabrication
    Whyalla Scrap Metal

    Release by Phil Michell Motorsport Media

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