The best Sprintcar drivers from Australia and around the globe spend the better part of two months criss-crossing the continent, engaging in high horsepower dirt combat across 14 different nights of competition. Wiser heads often prevail, demonstrating the endurance to stay consistent and keep racking up points.
Tasmania’s Jock Goodyer had the talent, but at just 19 years old there were likely many who doubted the rookie’s ability to maintain the form night after night. But instead Goodyer has delivered a stunning performance that sees him currently hold fourth place in World Series Sprintcars with two rounds remaining, which take place at Perth Motorplex this Friday and Saturday night.
Goodyer grew up around the sport, gaining the insight and instinct that blesses second generation drivers.
“My Dad has always had Sprintcars, and then I had a go in a dirt kart when I was 15 years old,” he said. “I went in to Formula 500s first and did a full year, then had a go in a Sprintcar and fell in love with them.”
Goodyer competed in select World Series Sprintcars events last season, alongside a win at the Tasmanian Sprintcar Championship. Last year he was announced as one of the youngest ever contracted drivers for World Series Sprintcars, meaning he would take on the whole tour.
As he prepared for the summer torture test, Goodyer went back to his roots in Formula 500s by competing in the Australian title at Victoria’s Simpson Speedway, where he took victory.
“The Formula 500 title was definitely a good event, the track was very racy and I knew I had the car to win,” he said. “I got so close to (winning) one when I was 17 and to finally get the title was great.”
Goodyer then rode a rollercoaster of results as World Series Sprintcar began, from a big wreck at Mt Gambier to a strong third place showing in Toowoomba.
With only Perth Motorplex now remaining he is keen to finish on a strong note and defend his fourth place from American Lucas Wolfe. Goodyer was at the Motorplex just two weeks ago where he won the Sprintcar Westernapolis in what was a confidence-boosting night for the young gun.
“World Series has been ups and downs,” he said. “I was leading the race at Mt Gambier when I had nowhere to go and crashed out. It is a good series, though it is hard to be consistent in.
“I’m expecting Perth Motorplex to be very fast with a lot of slide jobs and to be right up against the wall, which is what I love. I can’t wait.”
Gates open at 4.30pm on both Friday and Saturday for the final rounds of World Series Sprintcars at Perth Motorplex, with heats from 5pm and the main show from 6pm.