THE Albury-Wodonga Motorcycle Club will welcome the country’s best young speedway racers when the club hosts not one but two coveted Victorian speedway titles this Saturday, December 19.
The country’s brightest speedway prospects such as Jack Holder, who is the youngest brother of 2012 Speedway World Champion Chris Holder as well as current three times Australian Under-21 Champion Max Fricke will both compete in the 2015 Victorian U21 Speedway Championship.
Border local Aden Clare will compete in the 2015 Victorian U16 (250cc) Championship.
After just hosting a very successful Victorian Dirt Track Championship last weekend, AWMCC president Shane Clare is confident of hosting another successful speedway meeting.
“The track is looking great. All we need to do now is just water it and get it nice and moist for the events,” Shane said.
“The Ashley Jones Memorial Speedway meeting went really well for us. We had a great response from the locals. They came down and created a really good buzz around town and we hope to see the same this weekend,” he added.
“This is the second year we’ve hosted these two competitions because these are the kids who are going to be the future of the sport. It gives them an opportunity to showcase what they can do,” Shane continued.
“What I’m really pleased about is that we have riders not just from Victoria and New South Wales competing this weekend; we’ve also got riders from Queensland, South Australia and even a rider from Western Australia,” he added.
Aden Clare, son of Shane, is optimistic of his chances at this weekend’s 2015 Victorian U16 (250cc) Championship. He finished fourth at last year’s championship. “Last year I finished fourth so this time round I’m hoping to finish on the podium.
“I’m definitely going to try and get a bit higher than fourth,” Aden said.
“Last year, I struggled a bit with the starts and I had to work during the races to get points. I still did alright and got into the final but sort of lost focus because I was a bit nervous. This time I know I just got to keep focused and get really good starts and get out in front,” he added.
“I love speedway. They’re not the easiest bikes to ride but when you get it right it just feels awesome,” Aden added.
Aden will also be competing on Boxing Day in the Jason Crump Invitational in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales. He also plans to compete in the Australian U16 (250cc) Speedway Championship in South Australia in the New Year.
He would like to thank his Dad, Shane, and the Albury-Wodonga Motorcycle Club for all their support. For more information please visit www.awmcc.org.au.
Rider Draw for 2015 Victorian U21 Speedway Championship:
1. Zack Cook 2. Josh McDonald 3. Jack Holder 4. Jaimon Lidsey 5. James Dimmock 6. Jye Etheridge 7. Max Fricke 8. Jake Mitchell 9. Jordan Stewart 10. Zaine Kennedy 11. Dakota Ballantyne 12. Cooper Riordan 13. Jack Morrison
Rider Draw for Victorian U16 (250cc) Speedway Championship:
1. Isaiah Hartley 2. James Davies 3. Matthew Gilmore 4. Oliver Hamilton 5. Aden Clare 6. Mitchell Grech 7. Declan Kennedy 8. Declyn Knowles