There’s little rest for the Sprintcar stars of Western Australia with the second round of the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series taking place this Saturday at Perth Motorplex, just a week after the opener.
The Bonza Bradford 57 memorial race will highlight proceedings, honouring the memory of former WA Sprintcar champion Ian ‘Bonza’ Bradford. Among the favourites will be Bradford’s son Shaun, who opened his season with a second place at the Shannons Insurance Power Palooza, but there is a field full of experienced veterans and eager newcomers wanting to make an impression.
Fitting into the latter category is Ben Van Ryt. He has much experience on the dirt track, but only limited time in the open Sprintcar ranks.
Van Ryt has been a regular in the less powerful 360 Sprintcars and is excited to make some moves in the premier 410 cubic inch class. He tried a 410 motor for the first time last season and felt the team adapted quickly.
“We got an introduction to the 410s and had relatively good car speed. More racing is needed for us,” he said. “It was an unknown how we would go (moving) from the 360 to the 410 and it was good to feel comfortable in the car straight away.
“We are racing less in the country tracks and we are concentrating on the Motorplex (this season); we want to be among the best.”
Van Ryt runs an older 2009 Maxim chassis but said the car has been faultless.
“It is an old girl and it runs really well, it hasn’t missed a beat. Ever since we had an incident with a newer chassis, we ran this as a back up car and it has has been the best thing ever. I’d love to win a feature but realistically podiums are the goal.”
The Bonza Bradford 57 begins with heats from 5pm, with the main show seeing tyres hit the dirt from 6pm.
Story Credit – Luke Nieuwhof
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