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Rushworth speedway returns with family entertainment this Saturday

By Shepparton News

Rushworth Speedway begins its new season this Saturday night.

It promises terrific bang-for-your-buck family entertainment, with some of last season's champions returning, as well as new drivers, returning drivers and the visiting eight cylinder AMCA Nationals category complementing the program.

The AMCA Nationals will compete in a Victorian series round, with valuable points and bragging rights up for grabs in what is also their first event of the season. Tim Reidy, a former national champion and multiple state champion right across Australia, will resume his battle with former South Australian champion Dean Heseltine. The two lead protagonists will not have things all their own way though, with Mildura-based competitor Frank Thierry, former Australian number two Paul Sullivan and Neale Peachey just some of the competitive drivers in the line-up, mostly running crate Chevrolet engines.

In Club Sedan racing Garry Gapes will hit the track with his club champion #1 displayed on his car after he defeated Scotty Smith and Jay Nicolaisen last season in the Open Saloon point score. All three drivers are in the opening line-up and they will have a big field to contend with. Adam Box, who had wins last season, Paul Lamb and Bevan Hutchins are just a few of the challengers on night one.

Leigh Jeffrey is again the number one driver in GV Production Sedans; however, competition looks to be even stronger than last season. The class consistently had the strongest car count last season and this year starts off well with Shane Hutchins, Troy Britton and Lennie Clark some of Jeffrey’s rivals.

Ladies and juniors never miss out at Rushworth and both classes will have their chance to shine. While last year's class champions are absent, expect Kelly Lamb, Belinda Chalcraft, Sarah Lock and Pauline Martin, just to name a few, to put up a fierce battle in the ladies event while Bradin Claridge looks to be the driver to beat in the Junior Sedans, coming to Rushworth with extensive national junior competition experience.

The action begins at 4pm, for details phone 0409 386 805.

Spectator admission costs are: adults $20; aged pensioners $15; children aged 12 to 16 $10; and kids under 12 are free. A family of two adults and two children aged 12 to 16 is $50 on a family ticket.