A solitary mistake could cost a top seeded driver up to $55.000 in the Easter Trail Sprintcar series this weekend at Avalon Raceway, Mount Gambier and Warrnambool.
The three night series commences at Avalon on Good Friday and entry to the 30 lap main event will hinge on a perfect qualifying lap and a forward starting spot in a heat race.
Avalon spokesman Jeff Drew told the Advertiser last night that a clean sweep of the weekend events could net one of the top seeds $55.000 in prize money, point score and bonus awards.
“We have spent over 25 years refining the Easter Trail to the point where it is now the richest contest of its type in Australia,” Mr Drew claimed.
South Australian Daniel Pestka and Warrnambool’s Jamie Veal are inseparable in the season-long Essendon Ford premiership that rewards the top driver with a new $20.000 motor vehicle.
“You have to make a commitment at the start of summer to be at Avalon for our major events and that is exactly what Pestka did,” said Drew.
“He has a narrow lead on Jamie Veal and their battle will go down to the final lap to resolve a $20.000 pay off on Friday night.
Several hard luck drivers, including the spectacular Brenton Farrer, are in the Avalon mix and need only an ounce of luck to turn around their season.
Farrer turret-tested the juicy track surface this summer (pictured), but is persistent that he wants to complete the Avalon season without any repeats of his recent ‘orbiting experience’ on Friday night.
Supporting the Good Friday grand final will be the annual 3CS Super Rod cup, Easter Demolition Derby and the K-Rock Fireworks spectacular.