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January 08, 2018

Local hope: Mansfield's Max Fricke will showcase his speedway skills on Wednesday night.

Undera Track Speedway will play host to some of the highest quality racing action in the country this week.

The second round of the Australian Speedway Solo Championships are coming to town on Wednesday night, and preparations have been in full swing in anticipation of the spectacle.

‘‘It’s going to be a busy day ahead of the nighttime meeting,’’ track curator and Goulburn Valley Motorcycle Club secretary Alan Jones said.

‘‘We’ve had a new 80 tons of gravel put on the track to get it ready for the calibre of racing that we will have.’’

The top 16 riders in the country will go head-to-head in front of what is expected to be a huge crowd, with Jones highlighting his track as one of the best around in terms of spectator experience.

‘‘A lot of the local community haven’t been in touch with the speedway before, but this is a great opportunity (for an introduction),’’ he said.

‘‘Spectators can get as close as possible, approximately three metres away from the corner, and when riders of this calibre are flying around and piling on top of each other to get through it can be quite an exciting spectacle.’’

Local fans will also have a familiar face to cheer on, with Mansfield’s Max Fricke set to compete.

Fricke, 21, joined the Goulburn Valley Motorcycle Club when he was just six years old and has burst onto the international speedway scene in recent years with numerous under-21 Australian titles and an under-21 world championship win in 2016.

Jones encouraged anyone looking for a great night of entertainment to get down to the track for the 7.30pm to 11.30pm event.

‘‘The weather is looking very promising so it should be a great night out,’’ he said.

‘‘Entry fees are $30 for an adult, $60 for a family and $20 concession, and if anyone has any queries they can give me a call on 0408 998 521.’’

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