One name mentioned more than others was James Inglis.
Many believe he is going to have a major bearing on a lot of local races this summer as he dials into racing the #80 sprintcar more.
The multiple national dirt kart champion has impressed many with the way he goes about his business and will one of the drivers putting in a big effort at the WA Sprintcar Championship at the Perth Motorplex this Saturday night.
One of his off-season goals was to find a comfortable starting point with the car.
“(Last year) we were sort of moving around the show a lot with the car set-up and trying things and I want to focus on starting in one spot each time we hit the track so I feel more comfortable for hot laps or time trials,” Inglis said.
He also said making top fives and claiming his first podium finish was high on the agenda – something he recently achieved by winning round two of the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series.
Inglis said his main influence over his racing career has been dad Stuart.
“Dad has had a big influence for sure, he has been there from day one and I wouldn’t be able to do it without him.”
As for racing heroes there is not one in particular that stands out but “when I was a kid I looked up to Brooke Tatnell and those sort of guys who were always on the top step.”
Inglis loves sprintcar racing and is always looking forward to the next challenge.
“It’s an awesome sport.
“You push yourself…you really have to put the hard yards in and whatever you put in is what you will get out of it.”
When it comes to race track conditions, it seems he is changing his thoughts a bit.
“I seem to do well when it’s hooked up and fast, but recently going to Darwin I do like slick tracks where you have to pedal the car around.”
How will Inglis go against a star-studded field for the WA title this Saturday night?
Book your tickets online so you are trackside to find out. www.motorplex.com.au
Photo Credit: Peter Roebuck.