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Speedway comes of age

Article Category  Sport
Date Published  Wednesday, March 21 2018
Author  Mark Cowin
\Photo"  Mark Cowin

Speedway comes of age
Years of work by a small group of dedicated volunteers has resulted in the Horsham Motorsports Club being granted the Octane Alley sponsored Australian Modified Production Sedan Championship for 2018.

The Track in the Paddock is no stranger to big events and this year is no different with the granting of a State title in 3 litre sedans and Super Rods and have had regular visits from the top series including 360 All Stars Sprint Cars, Late Models as well as being the home turf of Limited Sportsman and the very popular V8 Trucks and in past years World Series Sprintcars and in the 97/98 season the Australian title for GP Midgets.

On May 27 1995 the first sod turned on the Kalkee site that has been home for local racers for the last 23 years after trying to locate a suitable site for a race track for many years. In those days the facilities at the track were described as fairly basic and consisted of hired portable toilets and a canteen that was a tent. Only a year after the canteen and toilets would be replaced by permanent fixtures and with a loyal bunch of supporters behind it, the club and track has gone from strength to strength ever since producing a first class facility that been awarded a 3 star rating by Speedway Australia.

The weekend of March 31 and April 1 will see the club hosting the Octane Alley SSA Inc National Modified Sedan Title which is a big tick of approval for the club and track, “it is happening primarily because of the hard working officials and volunteers,” President Mick Fitzgerald said.

"It is all because of the volunteers. The ones that turn up to working bees and volunteer on race nights, holding the Title at Horsham is a real feather in their cap," Fitzgerald said.

"It has come so far from hosting State Titles and now hosting the Australian Title, it means it is up to scratch, it has a three star rating."

As President of the Club to host the National Title, Fitzgerald said the importance was not lost on him.

"It means a real lot because of what the track has achieved," he said.

Fitzgerald, who has a background in racing open wheels and sedans, downplayed modestly his role in the operation of the Club, “everyone has a role they carry out well and I look after what is left,” he said.

"We think there will be about 60 to 70 nominations and we will be happy with that."

The Octane Alley SSA Inc National Modified Sedan Title will be held at Blue Ribbon Raceway Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1. Practice and scrutineering will take place on Friday, March 30.


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