ONE of the world’s top speedway stars will race in round six of the sprintcar series at the Hobart International Speedway, at Sorell Creek on Saturday night.
Top-ranked American speedway sprintcar star Craig Dollansky is flying direct from the US to race at Latrobe on Friday night and then heading straight to Hobart to compete on Saturday night as well.
Dollansky, from Minnesota, finished fifth in the World of Outlaws Series and fifth in the Knoxville Nationals in the US in 2011 – both considered the premier series and most sought after sprintcar crowns in the world.
Dubbed “The Crowd Pleaser”, Dollansky will arrive in Tasmania tomorrow (Thursday) to race a brand new car he has built in the US for Launceston’s Darren Goodyer, which has been shipped out ahead of Dollansky and will remain in Tasmania after his five-meeting Australian tour, which also includes race meetings at Geelong, Mt Gambier and Warrnambool.
Local drivers will make sure any victory claimed by the visitor will be hard earned. One of his biggest threats will be Hobart teenager Shaun Dobson who has returned home for several weeks, taking a spell from the World Series Sprintcars championship. Dobson will race at Latrobe and Hobart on Saturday before heading back to the mainland for several major race meetings.
Former Tasmanian champion Tim Hutchins has been in form this season and will be fired up after blowing his lead in the final at Carrick last Saturday night after a simple mistake. Jamie Bricknell has also been in red hot form, but crashed on the opening lap at Carrick after qualifying on grid three for the final and will be keen to get back on the podium and prove his ability against a driver of Dollansky’s calibre. Former state champion Kurt Luttrell has also been in great form since losing his State title last month, with new state champion Jason Dawkins out to back up his championship victory at the same venue with another strong performance.
Craig Dollanksy after a recent victory
This Saturday night’s program will also feature the Tasmanian Street Stock Sedan Championship, plus V8 AMCAs, wingless sprintcars, Formula 500s, Tassie sixes and speedway karts. The gates will open at 2pm, with racing for karts at 4pm and the main program starting at 5.30pm.
Hobart International Speedway (presently branded as Mountain Dew Raceway) is on the Lyell Highway at Sorell Creek – ignore the television ads saying it’s at Granton. Further events at the speedway are on January 14, 27 and 28, February 18 and March 17.