Originally written by SIMON BAMPFIELD
ONE of the Southern 500 Speedway’s premier events, the King of the Ring, will be run and won tomorrow night and competition for the title will be as keen as ever.
A massive crowd is expected to turn out for the event which is the biggest competition for drivers in standard saloons at the Heathmere track this season.
At this stage 16 entrants will battle it out in two fields.
There is a big list of favourites for the event as well with cars coming from far and wide.
Rosedale speedster Robbie Bruce will be back to defend his title and his pace and skill on the track will certainly be hard to contain.
John Greenslade of Simpson is another to watch out for while Mt Gambier’s Jamie Stark knows what it takes to step onto the podium and is a former winner of the title.
No doubt he will be looking to reclaim the crown and he has to be considered.
There are plenty of local hopes as well and there are a few always around the mark.
Glenn Arnold is having one of his best seasons ever and this could be the year that he breaks through for a win.
Paul Domburg and Sandy Sutherland have also shown they have the right mix to be at the front of the pack.
This trio, in particular, will be in the front line for Portland drivers and have a good chance of winning.
“I think so because they have been driving really well this year, in particular,” Southern 500 secretary Trevor Logan said.
Whoever the winner is it won’t just be because they drove flat out for the heats and finals.
“There is a fair bit of strategy in it, they will all have to fight for grid positions, but also save their cars for the final.”
There are a number of other classes running tomorrow night as well with limited sportsman having six entrants.
Numbers for street stocks are down with only four being listed, that is due to the Victorian Titles being held next week in Mildura.
Production sedans will have six in the field and there will be two demo classes on show with two drivers in each of super sedans and AMCA cars.
Ray Hammond and Ray Cowland will thrill the fans in super sedans while Jamie Stark and Adam King will do the same in the AMCA cars.
It is the first time King will get on any track in his car.
All in all this is the time of the year to get out and watch speedway racing.
“We have got some big meeting coming up at the moment, the King of the Ring on Saturday night and then the caravan race and AMCA national series next week.”
Both weeks will see thrills, and certainly some spills, at Southern 500 and as they say, be there!