Born with need for speed

February 08, 2018

Enjoying the ride: In just her second season racing speedway Felicity Roycroft will join husband Shane to contest the National Street Stock Title in Adelaide next week.

Oliver, 2, helps his mum Felicity Roycroft prepare her car by pumping up the tyres.

Felicity Roycroft was always destined to race speedway.

Quite literally she grew up on a speedway track with her father Dave Pollard the caretaker at Seymour’s Granite Park.

‘‘We lived up there and we used to get up in the morning and ride our bikes around,’’ Roycroft said.

The Granite Park signage adorns the workshop at Autodrome Automotive in Kialla, which she and husband Shane bought last year.

Shane has been racing for 16 years, while Roycroft is only a newcomer to the sport and is in her second season behind the wheel.

Roycroft’s father was instrumental in giving her the opportunity to participate in the sport and she and Shane will race for the National Street Stock Title in Adelaide next week.

‘‘The reason I’ve got this car is because of Dad, he passed away in September (2016),’’ Roycroft said.

‘‘Before he passed away I was racing Shane’s car for three or four runs and once I crashed it and ran it off, then after we went to America he built a brand new car and I rolled it over.

‘‘He (Dad) said ‘it’s time to get your own, I can afford it, but I don’t have the time (to build it)’.’’

But with Shane a mechanic, he has built Roycroft the car she will use to compete for the national title.

Shane was in a rush to have his own car ready for next week’s event.

‘‘If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing,’’ Roycroft said.

‘‘We’re leaving in a couple of days and Shane’s car doesn’t have an engine... so I said you take my engine and you can race and I’ll watch, but he was like ‘no you’re racing’.’’

With Shane borrowing an engine for the competition, the pair will be competing against each other for the title.

Some 120 cars are in the running to claim the major event, with only 50 able to make the finals.

After Roycroft’s grandfather, both parents and herself have raced speedway, a fourth generation looks set to follow in her footsteps with son Oliver, 2, already taking an interest.

‘‘He loves speedway, everytime he hears the car start, he comes running,’’ Roycroft said.

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