Darwin’s Roller Door Services NT Northline Speedway is set to farewell the 2016 season in style, when they host the Northern Territory 360 Sprintcar Title in their final race meeting for the season this Saturday night.
A late edition to the program, the NT Title has drawn interest from half-a-dozen drivers, who will be looking to finish their Northline Speedway campaign on top. The hot favourite heading into the event will be four-time NT 360 Sprintcar Champion Jason McIver who, despite not having raced regularly this season, has shown consistent speed in previous events at the track.
McIver recently finished second in the opening two nights of the Chariots of Thunder at Northline in the Pope 65 Bob Ekins Memorial and the Darwin Title. The following weekend he qualified pole for the preliminary NT Title feature race, but unfortunately went on to record two DNFs in both the preliminary and NT Title-deciding feature races, so he will be looking to redeem himself on Saturday night.
Taking the fight to McIver will be Simon Spitzbarth, who scored a pair of top-10 results during the Chariots of Thunder, along with Caleb Gotts, who usually runs a 410 Sprintcar, but will be putting a 360 powerplant into his car for the event. Also joining the list of challengers will be father and son duo David and Steven Ling, as well as Keith Phelps.
Boysie Bartholdt will be one to watch in the Formula 500s, along with Hayden Brown who have both shown pace throughout the season. Cori Jackson has seen the podium this season and will attempt to clinch the top spot, while Joseph Baronet will also be hoping for a strong result.
In the AMCA Nationals, Darwin Champion Brendan Kenna and Dave Munro will be the ones to beat, with fast-paced Jim Keane, Peter Harding, Jacob Belcher, Janet Belcher and Maria Panasewyecz attempting to do so.
There is sure to be good battle in the Junior Sedans, with previous feature-race winners Zack Grimshaw, Lance Carew, Nathan Downs and Isaiah Strong all looking to battle it out for the chequered flag. Aleisha Grimshaw is another likely contender, along with Nicholas Dennis, Brodee Everett and Xavier Gotts.
Justin Brumfield, who recently took out the Darwin Street Stocks Title, will be tough to beat, with Kevin Dries and Colin Menzies looking to challenge the hard-charger. Also hoping to end the Northline Speedway season on a high will be Scott Bradbury, Brendan Davison, Raymond Davis and the Dennis siblings, James and Daniel.
Darrin Uniacke has been the in-form driver in the Speedway Karts this season, while Rebecca Pearce has also tasted feature-race victory. Kirsty Driver will attempt to go one better and take the top spot, while Tony Brown, Tim Fry, Alison Fry, Steve Driver and Tristan Roulston will also join the pack.
Gates Open: 4:30pm
Racing from: 6pm
Family: $40.00 (2 Adults and 2 Children between 12 & 15 years)
Children Under 12: FREE
Concession Holders: $5
Food and beverages:
Northline Speedway has two full-time track canteens and two vendors on each race night. Two bar facilities available in turn one and in the member’s bar on each race night.
BYO: It is permitted, but strictly NO GLASS. Full Bar facilities are available at track.
Hidden Valley Motorsports Complex, Hidden Valley Rd, Hidden Valley, NT 0822
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