Big year on cards for driver

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The 2018-19 sea­son is gear­ing up to be a big one for Win­g­less Sprint reg­u­lar Sam Bor­lini.

Bor­lini will be run­ning dou­ble du­ties this sea­son, hav­ing re­cently made his de­but with the 360 Sprint­cars class aboard his WA #24 Nyabing Trans­port/Nyabing AG Ser­vices-backed Maxim.

He de­cided to chal­lenge him­self fur­ther by step­ping into the new class, pur­chas­ing his Maxim sprint­car from Steve Dug­gan at Cowara Mo­tor­sport, while also con­tin­u­ing his Win­g­less Sprint ca­reer be­hind the wheel of the NT #14 To­tal Tools Win­nel­lie-sup­ported ma­chine owned by Dar­win’s Mike Bor­chardt.

Bor­lini took the op­por­tu­nity to be­gin his in­tro­duc­tion to the class re­cently, get­ting his sea­son un­der way at El­len­brook Speed­way.

Con­test­ing the sec­ond round of the Win­ter Se­ries, it was an en­cour­ag­ing de­but for the 27-year-old racer, who qual­i­fied for the fea­ture race, com­ing home just out­side of the top 10 in 11th, out of 24 cars.

“Rac­ing sprint­cars is some­thing that I’ve al­ways wanted to do and my first hit out with the class cer­tainly didn’t dis­ap­point,” he said.

“It’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be a bit of a learn­ing curve, but I think my ex­pe­ri­ence in Win­g­less Sprints will help me in terms of know­ing where to put the car on the track. My first full sea­son with the class is go­ing to be a busy one, but I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.”

Plan­ning to re­turn to Dar­win’s North­line Speed­way in the com­ing months with friend and 410 Sprint­car racer James Inglis, Bor­lini will be run­ning dou­ble du­ties dur­ing the Char­i­ots of Thun­der Se­ries in Au­gust, which will in­cor­po­rate nu­mer­ous blue-rib­bon events, in­clud­ing the NT Ti­tles.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously taken out the Dar­win ti­tle, the NT Club Cham­pi­onship, the Brit­ton Medal and the NT Triple Chal­lenge in Win­g­less Sprints, the Nyabing, WAbased driver will be hoping to de­liver a strong show­ing in both classes.

Through­out the 2018-19 sea­son, Bor­lini also plans to par­tic­i­pate in the full 360 Sprint­car Power Se­ries, as well as con­test­ing the Aus­tralian 360 Sprint­car Ti­tle at Kal­go­or­lie In­ter­na­tional Speed­way and the Aus­tralian Win­g­less Sprint Cham­pi­onship at War­rnam­bool’s Pre­mier Speed­way.

For his next appearance, Bor­lini will be com­pet­ing in Win­g­less Sprints at North­line Speed­way this Satur­day night, while his next 360 Sprint­cars appearance will be the third round of the Win­ter Se­ries at El­len­brook Speed­way on June 24.

Pic­ture: Peter Roe­buck

Sam Bor­lini

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