Preparations are nearly complete, the deco is prepped to perfection, and a posse of young guns are about to ride into town to decide four Australian titles at the Ipswich Switches Junior Speedway Club venue at Champions Way, Willowbank.
Three nights of frantic, throttle-to-the-stop racing will kick off this Thursday night, as the Australia junior 125cc is decided, followed a night later by the Junior Best Pairs title. Saturday evening ups the ante even further with the battle for the Australian Junior 250 title and Senior U21 solo title.
Dwayne Rew, President of the Ipswich Switches Junior Speedway Club, is excited. “For us it will be the second time in four years that the club has hosted the junior events, and this year we’re adding this U21 500cc title to the line-up. It’s been a big outlay, and a lot of work since we found out we had the event almost a year ago.”
“The club has brought in 15 light towers and speakers to provide the appropriate level for commentary,” he said, “and rebuilt its complex, moving the junior track infield to stand alone so we could improve the bigger track and make all four turns the same size now.”
Rew hopes more than 2000 spectators in total will witness three fierce nights of racing and be there to see three Australian Champions and two Best Pair Champions crowned.
In the 250cc class, last year's 125 and 250 champ, Keynan Rew will be back to defend his quarter-litre crown against local challengers like Bailey Viner and Flynn Nicholl, as well as interstate threats such as Victorian Patrick Hamilton and South Australian Liam May.
In the 125cc title battle, Flynn Nicholl will fight tooth and nail against top local challengers Tate Zischke, Josh Beetham and Liam Powell, as well as Maurice "Mozza" Brown from NSW.
Friday night’s Best Pairs Australian title will see teams of two fight strategically for points as they vie for a national crown, with Nicholl and Tate Zischke teaming up against a tough field that includes the likes of fellow Queensland duo Josh Beetham and Liam Powell, and reigning Champions “Mozza” Brown and James Pearson.
In the U21 500cc class, locals such as Kye Thompson, Brandon Coglan and Jacob Hook will come up against a host of other big hitters from interstate including the Victorian reigning Aussie champ Jaimon Lidsey and two-time world 250 champion Matt Gilmore (NSW).
Rew reckons this showdown will be the most spectacular of the lot. “Motorcycling Australia has picked a tough field of 16 U21 riders, some in their first year on 500s, and some who’ve just had their first year as internationals. There’ll definitely be a lot of talent on show in this class, as riders try to establish themselves and gain a spot in the world U21 and Australian U21 Teams squad.”
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Current Aussie Champ Jaimon Lidsey (yellow and green leathers) will make the trip up from Victoria to defend his U21 title.
Pairs championship-winning duo "Mozza" Brown and James Pearson are baby-faced assassins in the Best Pairs class.
Queensland ace Keynan Rew (blue leathers) won the 125cc and 250cc crowns last year and will defend the 250 championship on Saturday night.