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Victorian Mini Sprint Title Wide Open.

Discussion in 'Other Open Wheelers' started by Garth, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Garth

    Garth Media Rep

    Aug 9, 2006
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    The 2015 Victorian Championship for the Victorian Mini-Sprint club is sure to be an open affair Saturday night, February 7th at Nyora Raceway, as no single competitor in action has won the title previously throughout the clubs rich and colourful past.

    In a clean bill, current champion Owen Milton will not defend his title having moved to another division however, this means there will be a brand new, never before crowned champion, at the end of the evening.

    The title will still be hotly contested though between a handful of fierce veterans and some emerging young talent.

    “Titles are about ego’s not money. You’ll see moves made in a title event that a driver wouldn’t even consider in a $100,000 to win race.” – Brooke Tatnell.

    Somerville’s’ Danny Milton has been the mainstay of the division for the past decade and has often put his own racing on hold to slide a younger driver into the seat of his own car, but come Saturday he will be hell bent on securing the crown from his nephew where it will be each man for him- self.

    Lara’s Dave May is a recent addition to the division but has quickly established himself as one of the guns and at the prestigious Geoff Moule Memorial held recently at Nyora, May crossed the line first only to be stripped of the win in a devastating blow when his car finished the event slightly underweight. May, will be sure to top up the fuel tank just that little bit extra to ensure there is no cruel repeat of that drama.

    Kevin “Bomber” Bomford from Seville will be another of the expected front runners in this event with years of experience under his belt and many wins to go with it. Bomber has placed on the podium previously and is looking to get to the top step this time around.

    Warragul’s’ Matt Parsons will team up with twin brother Dean on the spanners to have their Mini-Sprint flying looking to add the State Championship to their Moule Memorial win from late last year. If the brothers can achieve this they will have secured the clubs two biggest events.

    Owen Bulman from Bangholme recently spent a season in the big-banger full sized Sprintcars and since returning has been a force to be reckoned with and just loves the tight confines of Nyora Raceway.

    A win by sentimental favourite Jason Lynn from up in the hills of Kinglake West, would bring the house down after the tragedies he’s endured in his personal life over recent years, including the devastation of losing his home, his race car and almost his life in the Kinglake bushfires.

    At the other end of the scale in both age and experience are the junior development drivers such as Luke Hickson, Kyle Stathopoulos and Will Van Der Ark.

    One thing the Victorian club does brilliantly is to encourage young talent by giving them the opportunities to race in club run cars and that effort is bearing fruit.

    Hickson from nearby Tyabb is a third generation racer whose, Grandfather, Uncle, Aunty and Mother have all raced successfully, and who has cut many laps around Nyora, albeit on the smaller dirt go-kart circuit.

    Melton’s’ Stathopoulos comes from a Quarter Midget background while Cranbourne’s Van Der Ark has a go-kart and moto-x history to fall back on for experience.

    Other contenders from near and wide include Darren Schnoor from Leongatha who is buoyed by his feature win at Rosedale a couple of weeks ago and the experienced Brad Lowe from Geelong.

    In terms of title contenders, May firms as a slight favourite based on his recent Nyora speed and his three feature wins so far this season but will the weight of the extra fuel hobble his performance? We will have to wait and see.

    As multiple Australian Sprintcar Champion Brooke Tatnell states, “Titles are about ego’s not money. You’ll see moves made in a title event that a driver wouldn’t even consider in a $100,000 to win race.”

    With that thought in mind, this year’s Mini-sprint Title is sure to be a cracker. Don’t miss it.

    The 2014/2015 Victorian Mini-Sprint Championship is set to be decided at Nyora Raceway, Grundy Avenue, Nyora on Saturday 7th February. Action starts from 6:00pm.

    Further information can be found at www.vicminisprints.com or on their facebook page facebook.com/vicminispints or at www.nyoraraceway.com.au

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