Our 2011 racing season kicks off next Thursday night (27th) as R/C action goes live at Rutherglen raceway for the new year.
After a six-week off-season, cars are being prepared all over northern Tasmania for the resumption of friendly competition.
Adding extra interest, there are a number of our regular drivers from 2010 packing new rides, or shifting classes for the state of the new year.
Perhaps drawing the most interest is new emphasis on the 10th buggy class, with a number of drivers either already equipped, or contemplating a shift to this class. 10th buggy has been the property of Steve Madziara until now, but he’ll face some stiff opposition in the weeks ahead from the likes of Paddy Hume and Rocket, not to mention regular rivals Ben Wilson and John Silczak.
Short Course trucks will once again be one of the mainstay classes at Launceston R/C this year, with plenty of fast regulars, and some new faces likely to line up next Thursday night. Sam Wells, Rocket, Nathan Clark, Greenie, Josh Fogarty….there’s a lot to like in this lineup, together with the continued progress of drivers like Chris Madziara, Sam Leeder and Ryan Hughes.
8th buggy will likewise be packed with speed and excitement – the Big Bangers always thrill with their combination of massive horsepower and 4wd traction. Could it be Josh Fogarty that breaks to become the leading driver in this class? He’ll have to get by Rocket, and stave off the rapidly improving John Silczak to do it.
With conditions in the shed at Rutherglen improving a lot toward the end of 2010, this could well be the year of the Touring Car. Grip levels were improving, with the cars looking better and better. Sam Wells will start the year favoured in this class, having put plenty of time into it. Rocket will be quick when he runs, and the ongoing battle between Graham Viney and Peter Hutton will step up a notch as well.
There’s a lot to look forward to this year, and it all starts next Thursday night. Whether you’re a regular with us, an occasional visitor, or are contemplating your first race meeting….we’re looking forward to seeing you there.
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