Latrobe Speedway preview

Hot pursuit: Matt Redpath leads Jock Goodyer and Nick Kingston in a race at Latrobe Speedway. Pictures: Angryman Photography
Hot pursuit: Matt Redpath leads Jock Goodyer and Nick Kingston in a race at Latrobe Speedway. Pictures: Angryman Photography

The speedway action resumes this weekend at Latrobe.

Competitors and race fans were disappointed when rain forced the cancellation of the meeting last weekend.

The highlights this weekend will include the Formula 500 and speedcar state titles.

The Formula 500s have a solid field of 18 entrants. There is no doubt that defending champion Matt Redpath will be pushing hard to add a fourth title to his tally.

Redpath won in 2006-07 and after winning last year is determined to go back-to-back again.

The Tasmanian recently moved to Melbourne but still considers Latrobe his home track.

Jock Goodyer is eager to put the experience from running the World Series Sprintcars to good use challenging Redpath.

The super-fast Dylan Beveridge, Kristian Kelly and last year’s runner-up Nick Kingston are all viable threats.

Victorian Joe Lopstitch dominated last year’s speedcar title, however, this year the Tasmanian competitors will provide him with a far greater challenge.

Mitchell ‘Fred’ Freeman is the current lap record-holder and finds the track suits his car and driving style.

Holding on: Matt Redpath is one of the pre-race favourites in the Formula 500 Tasmanian Championship.

Holding on: Matt Redpath is one of the pre-race favourites in the Formula 500 Tasmanian Championship.

Luke Redpath returns from racing in the Australian championships at Parramatta where he finished a creditable fifth.

Brock Webster has been out of action with problems and makes a welcome return but he lacks seat and testing time for the car.

With 10 entries the speedcars should provide great racing.

Super sedans have their last race before next weekend’s state title and also have the biggest local field for the year.

Drivers will be out to fine tune their skills and machinery and will be looking to ensure they don’t tear up too much equipment in a bid to take victory.

Callum Harper, Adam Beechey, Corey Smith, David Nicholls and Steven Latham are all capable of winning.

Another big field of AMCAs sees the debut in this category for Ellis Dickenson after leaving juniors last year.

Victorian driver Jamie Collins will also be racing, he is a regular visitor to Tasmania having previously won a state championship here.

Even though several street stock competitors are racing in South Australia this weekend there is still a huge field of competitive cars.

Late models should see Brad Smith being the man to chase, however Shaun Kelly, Jason Cox and Josh Beaumont are capable of challenging.

Junior sedans also have another bumper field. Cody Gay, Jesse White, Paige Allison and Claire Coleman are some of the drivers determined to beat Jakobe Jetson.

Karts will start proceedings at 4pm with racing in 125s, junior and senior classes. The main track action will get underway at 6pm.