Big names com­ing

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr and Re­becca Par­ish

Some of the big­gest names in the WA speed­way cir­cuit are pack­ing up their trail­ers ahead of a four­day foray to Kar­ratha and Port Hed­land.

About 30 driv­ers are ex­pected for the North West Sprint­car Stam­pede which will run from June 16 to 19 at the Port Hed­land and Nickol Bay speed­way tracks.

Nickol Bay Speed­way pres­i­dent John Magerl said well-known WA teams and driv­ers such as Wat­son’s Rac­ing, Trent Pig­don and Cameron Gess­ner would be among the mix com­pet­ing with lo­cal driv­ers.

“With all sports it’s usu­ally the big guys who get the money but what we’re try­ing to do is give the lit­tle guy an op­tion as well,” he said.

“So we’ve dropped the 410s but we’ve got lim­it­eds and 360s com­ing to bat­tle it out which will be great for the town.

“All the lo­cal guys will be there de­fend­ing their town’s hon­our with cars go­ing hell for leather.”

Magerl said hold­ing the com­pe­ti­tion over two more days would give trav­el­ling driv­ers more in­cen­tive to make the trip.

The Hed­land leg of the event will run on June 16 and 17 be­fore cul­mi­nat­ing at Nickol Bay and Hed­land Speed­way Club.

Vice-pres­i­dent Matt Peaker said he ex­pected fast and fu­ri­ous driv­ing from com­peti­tors.

“It’s go­ing to bring a dif­fer­ent style of rac­ing to Hed­land for the pub­lic to see and we’re hop­ing to cre­ate more in­ter­est in the sport and es­pe­cially to en­cour­age fam­i­lies to come along and join our club,” he said.

“It’s a bit more piz­zazz with a high cal­i­bre of driv­ers from around the coun­try.”

Peaker said he hoped spec­ta­tors would get out on both Thurs­day and Fri­day nights to en­sure a de­cent crowd.

Magerl said plan­ning was al­ready un­der way to ex­pand the race to a two-week­end event.

John Magerl

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