Midget speed­cars back in big way for new se­ries

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

FIFTY years ago, up to 25,000 fans flocked to Moore Park to watch midget speed­car rac­ing.

Now the sport is on the brink of an ex­cit­ing new era.

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of a new na­tional se­ries next sea­son, a record 15 New Zealand driv­ers and Amer­i­can Alex Bright will race in the an- nual City of Syd­ney 50-lap clas­sic at Valvo­line Race­way on Satur­day night.

It rep­re­sents the big­gest in­ter­na­tional midget speed­car line-up as part of a two-week speed­way car­ni­val in Syd­ney.

With more than 60 en­tries re­ceived by race of­fi­cials, it is the high­est car count for an open- com­pe­ti­tion event in Aus­tralian midget speed­car rac­ing his­tory. Bright, 27, from Col­legeville, Penn­syl­va­nia, is an Amer­i­can Rac­ing Driv­ers Club na­tional cham­pion and one of the hottest driv­ers in world midget speed­car rac­ing.

Auck­land’s seven- time New Zealand midget speed­car cham­pion Michael Pick­ens, 35, re­turns to Syd­ney in his bid to con­tinue his run of suc­cess in the 50- lap event. Pick­ens has won the race five times since 2005.

Midget speed­car rac­ing in Aus­tralia has been on a roller­coaster ride in re­cent decades, un­able to cap­ture the golden era of the ’ 60s when fans flocked to the old Syd­ney Show­ground at Moore Park to watch the stars of the era per­form.

Midget speed­cars re­turn to Valvo­line Race­way.

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