State title on the line

Aidan SkrahaManjimup-Bridgetown Times

Southern Forest Machinery Raceway will this weekend host one of the biggest events on the West Australian speedway calendar – the 2017/18 WA 360 Sprintcar State Title.

Twenty sprintcars have entered to try their hand at taking home the WA title.

With the Southern Forest Machinery Raceway a rare venue for sprintcars, it will be a test of skill and race craft on Saturday night to see who will adapt quickest to a re-shaped surface.

Heading the nomination list is State champion Mitchell Wormall, of Perth, who is also one of the youngest drivers in the field.

Wormall took the championship in Collie in February and will be back to defend his title this weekend.

Wormall has had a big off-season, racing 410 sprintcars in America and gaining even more experience.

The field also includes 410 sprintcar drivers who are stepping slightly down to the 360 division.

Daniel Harding, of Perth, is one of those drivers who has had multiple wins, including winning World Series sprintcar events over the past few seasons.

Also in the field are the likes of Magic Man 34 winner, Perth driver Kaiden Manders, who has stepped up to 360 sprintcar racing, former WA 360 Sprintcar Champion Michael Keen, of Eaton, and Formula 500 State Champion, Merredin driver Tom Hooper.

Current State Champion Mitchell Wormall looks to defend his title this weekend.
Camera IconCurrent State Champion Mitchell Wormall looks to defend his title this weekend. Credit: Aidan Skraha.

However, in-form Perth driver Troy Lawson is difficult to go past as a favourite. Lawson has stood on the podium after every race this season, excluding one, where he blew a tyre and did not finish.

Add Perth drivers like A.J. Nash, Steven Ford and Greg Hall to the already star-studded list, and this title is one of the most open in the event’s history.

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