With the news that five times champion Dayne Kingshott, who has won the last three titles straight, will miss the event with a blown engine, there are more than a few racers who are aiming to fill the void.
Among them is Ross Heywood, a 12 year veteran who believed a top five finish was within his reach if he could nail the set up and keep out of trouble. He said there was no doubt the title would be on his mind, and others.
“The biggest ones to beat will be the international drivers of Alex Bright and Michael Pickens. They have lots of driving experience behind them and have raced at plenty of tracks, and both have won features at the Motorplex.”
After a disastrous start to the season, Heywood felt he had now built a solid foundation with which to chase better results.
“The season began with a low, blowing our fresh engine opening night and flipping a few weeks later in between turn one and two,” he said. “The last event saw our highs, with leading a few laps and sorting out our engine troubles.
“Overall we are happy with the season so far as it has been a huge learning curve. Of late we have found good car speed and have a good base setup to work with.
“Our #2 Spike Esslinger car is developing as the team learns more, and this stems from more laps. We are striving for our best finish in the title and hopefully with that we can attract some sponsors to come on board.”
Heywood believes that over a decade of racing Speedcars will be the edge he needs to get to the front of the pack.
“Being my 12th season in Speedcars, it definitely helps mentally. I respect all competitors and give it my all every time we put the car on the track. I really do need to work on my fitness and this has been a big task in which I am working on to improve.
“Preferably the track is not too slick, a track with plenty of drive and many racing lines, which will put on some great racing to watch.”