While big name American drivers including Tyler Erb, Jeff Roth, Joe Godsey and Hayden Ross will be up in lights at the Australian Late Model Championship on Saturday, January 11 at Perth Motorplex, some of Western Australia’s own driving talent will be hoping to make their mark at the prestigious event.
The Late Model division is thriving at Perth Motorplex right now and with over 30 cars expected for the Championship, there are stories all through the field. Among those chasing the glory will be Freddy Kinsella, who currently sits in eighth position in the overall points series on the back of some consistent results in the early part of the season.
Kinsella has been building his experience at Perth Motorplex, where the high banks and unique surface offer rewards for the brave. He is taking his time to find out what his car likes on the oval.
“The dirt at Motorplex seems different, so I don’t know what the key to being fast there is yet. I have spent a lot of time racing Street Stocks in Australia on the brown dirt and on shale in the UK, so it’s a completely different track surface to anything I have raced on before. With the heats I have struggled a bit with speed which leads to poor qualifying, but come the feature we can normally move forward once the track blacks off and slows down.”
Gaining knowledge will be important for Kinsella if he hopes to stay with the leaders during the Australian Late Model Championship. The Americans will be looking to set a hot pace.
“It definitely gives us some extra energy,” he said. “We are always comparing ourselves to one another, both home and away.”
The Australian Late Model Championship takes place over two huge nights, with the action beginning on Wednesday Night for the Prelim Feature and continuing on Saturday.
Supporting the Late Models will be the mighty Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series, the Pool Shop Group New Year Speedcar Derby, Limited Sprintcars and Speedway Solos.