Geelong’s Avalon Raceway is set to host a massive double header this Thursday (30th) and Friday (31st) night as 2010 draws to a close. Thursday sees World Series Sprintcars roll into town to contest the fourth round of Speedweek with a strong Australian and International contingent ready to compete for supremacy. Meanwhile Friday night’s Oval Express Formula 500 Series has also attracted an International field as over 40 racers will do battle in the second round of the championship.

In what is a busy week for the team at Avalon Raceway, the opportunity to host back to back events featuring some of the planets finest competitors was too good to pass up on. Avalon announcer Brian Alexander confirms both events feature world class competitors.

“World Series Sprintcars has always been renowned for providing Geelong fans a chance to witness some of the best Sprintcar drivers in action. Defending WSS champion Brooke Tatnell has returned from the US and already picked up a feature win on Boxing Night in Adelaide and he along with close to fifty of his closest rivals will all be on hand this Thursday night,” confirmed Alexander.

“Tatnell, Robbie Farr and Max Dumesny have always been regarded as the backbone of Australian Sprintcar racing yet a new movement featuring the likes of David Murcott, Steven Lines, Matthew Reed, Kerry and Ian Madsen just to name but a few are certainly making their intentions clear.”

The International contingent is led by Louisiana ace Jason Johnson while Los Angeles livewire Tyler Walker will debut at Avalon Raceway this Thursday. The event will also be the third round of the Essendon Ford Sprintcar premiership with yet more points available for the season long track championship.

“Walker is hot of a feature win at Warrnambool recently while Johnson has been a regular for several seasons now and has a strong fan base here in Geelong,” said Alexander.

“Sunday night we saw Darren Mollenoyux take the feature win in the Gold Cup and he could be one to really take it to the WSS regulars. Stephen Bell, John Vogels, Tim Rankin, Jamie Veal, Mike Van Bremen, Nick Lacey and Brett Milburn are some of the regulars here in Victoria that could have a bearing on the outcome.”

Friday nights round of the Oval Express Formula 500 Series is the premier event for the class in Australia and has attracted over 40 entries from Australia plus two talented American stars. Defending series champion is Victorian Ben McLeod yet he, along with the who’s who of Australian Formula 500 racing will have to defeat Arkansas star Travis Senter if they are to have any chance of winning the series. Senter has contested the series twice before with the talented 31 year old winning the series on both occasions.

“We are really excited to see Senter back in Australia and competing for the first time at Avalon Raceway. Joining him is fellow American Jake Hagopian who by all reports will be as quick as Senter and maybe a real chance at winning the series,” explained Alexander.

“From our point of view we are very excited to see the best Formula 500 drivers all competing here on Friday night. We also understand that it’s New Years Eve however there is a discounted admission price for Friday night and it will be finished early allowing fans to still enjoy the New Year festivities.”

On track action will kick off from approximately 6pm on both nights.

Admission: Thursday – World Series Sprintcars
Adults $30
Concession $20
Child 12-16 $10
Child 5-11 $5
Child Under 5 Free

Admission: Friday – Oval Express Formula 500 Series
Adults $20
Concession $15
Child 12-16 $10
Child 5-11 $5
Child Under 5 Free


For more info contact Jeff Drew 0418 160 985 / Gavin White email