Catch the best of emerging talents in Speedway this Saturday, the 4th of November, as the Nepean Raceway gears up to host this year’s Under 21 and Under 16 State Championships.
While both Under 21 riders and Under 16 riders on 250cc machines will be chasing championship honours, Under 16 riders on 125cc machines will compete in support events. The meeting has drawn interstate entries chasing both of the championships, with the quality of the two line-ups sure to give us close contests through the heats and finals.
Riders to watch out for
Among the line-up for the Under 21s are a number of riders who have experience racing overseas.
Queenslanders Jacob Hook and Tate Zischke and New South Wales duo James Pearson and Michael West have all raced in Europe this year while South Australian Liam May spent time there in 2021 and 2022. Their rich experience should hold them in good stead against a number of other locally based riders among whom fast–rising former dirt track star Harrison Ryan looks to be the major contender.
In the Under 16 250cc championship, a New South Wales versus Queensland contest looms. The host state has both local and country riders who are sure to be prominent, headed by western Sydney duo Alexander Adamson and Lachlan Russell, plus Noah Grabham from Bathurst and Beau Bailey from Harden. Both Adamson and Bailey also raced in Europe this year. Queensland is sending a strong quartet of riders to take on the locals headed by brother-sister duo Jordy and Anika Loftus, as well as Viv Muddle.
Many of the riders who will compete on Saturday will be heading to Tamworth later in November for the Australian Championships in these classes – with these riders aiming to utilise this Saturday as a great opportunity to practise and prepare.
Practice will get underway 10am, with the program following soon after.
The Nepean Raceway has undergone plenty of work in recent times and fans who have not been to the track for a while are sure to be impressed by the presentation of the track and its surrounds. The track is situated just off Castlereagh Road which runs between Richmond and Penrith.
| U21 500cc
Harrison Ryan NSW
Alexander Adamson NSW
Report prepared by Peter Baker