After a long, cold winter the speedway season roars into life this Saturday night at Carrick Speedway.
There is a massive number of entries across all categories so organisers have decided to continue racing from 5pm as it proved popular with race-goers last season.
A pit walk from 3:30pm is also free for those fans that arrive early and gives people the opportunity to meet the drivers and see the speed machines up close before they hit the track for the first time this season.
Last year had good fields for the opening event and this year will be even bigger.
Junior sedans now have such a large competitor base that they will be split into two distinct classes, New Star and Top Star.
The New Star is as the name suggests, for the younger, newer drivers while Top Star is for the older, more seasoned competitors.
AMCAs have a huge number of entries with many new faces racing this division as well as a welcome return to Chris Breen who was one of the pioneers of AMCAs in Tasmania.
Daniel Brooks, Rohan Blair, Rodney Bassett and Andrew Ryder are intent on ensuring he doesn’t gate crash the party at the front end of the field.
When it comes to close quarter combat the modifieds know how to turn up the intensity.
Joining the fray this year will be former junior star Jakobe Jetson.
He will face a steep learning curve from the likes of Brad Herbert, Trent Quillerat, Brad McKendrick and a host of others in the 14-car field.
A massive field of well over 20 street stocks will be keen to settle some scores left over from the end of last season.
A plethora of fast cars will ensure that more than half the field is capable of winning on the night.
Formula 500s will all be chasing the super quick Jock Goodyer who has continued racing in the off season on the mainland.
Dylan Beveridge, Luke Sapwell, Gary Sutcliffe and others are eager to put an end to his dominance.
Wingless racing also has several new competitors as well as the return of Brad Whitchurch.
Whitchurch will quickly come up to speed and is joined in the field by Formula 500 driver Jason Taylor who will have to adapt to the different driving style without the aerodynamic assistance of wings.
Tassie sixes really upped the momentum last year and they have a solid 13-car field.
Dwayne Sonners will be chased hard by Mark Bryant, Peter Johnstone and Jarrod Franckombe.
Hard work has been completed in the off season including sealing spectator access ramps, new toilet facilities on the back straight and many other improvements.
Plenty of excitement this Saturday night for all racing fans.
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