15458[TrackChasers] 8-2 in Australia
- Jan 4 5:40 AM(Colac, VIC, AUS)--The past 4 days have been mostly good, however I unfortunately suffered
another rainout on Monday night. The Sydney Speedway (formerly Parramatta City Raceway)
had their big 2-day, $50,000. to win, sprintcar show washed out on January 2-3. Originally
they were going to reschedule it for Jan. 14-15, which is my New Zealand weekend, but
tonight I found out they changed their mind and plan to run it on Jan. 7-8. It would now
be possible (although not easy) for me to go there for the Friday night show. I haven't
decided yet whether I will do that or not.
Picking up from my last update, I did make it to Riverland Speedway (Renmark, SA) last
Saturday night. Sunday I lucked out as the rain held off in Dubbo, NSW, long enough to see
some racing at Morris Park Speedway. Thus, even if I don't return to Sydney, I will at
least have already scored a New South Wales track. Monday wasn't all bad though, despite
the rainout at the Granville track. On my way from Dubbo to Sydney, I stopped in Bathurst
to drive a lap around the famous Mount Panorama Circuit, which was pretty exciting. It
must be awesome racing around that track. Coming down the long straight before the final
turn, I had to resist the urge to slingshot past the 2 slowpoke cars in front of me. I
also visited the National Motor Racing Museum, located adjacent to the circuit. It was
nice to see they even have several short track race cars on display in the mainly touring
car and motorcycle themed museum. After the disappointment at Sydney, I made the long
drive southwest today to Simpson Speedway (Bungadoor, VIC), which surpassed my
expectations with some good racing on an interesting track.
The next couple days I can take it easy (compared to most of the trip) as I'll remain in
this area of southern Victoria, with no racing scheduled for Thursday. Friday I'll either
continue to stay in the area, going to the track in Hamilton, or maybe I'll make another
roundtrip to Sydney, before flying to Tasmania for a brief visit on Saturday, which will
hopefully result in my seeing races in the sixth and final Australian state.
Tracks by state: Western Australia (2), South Australia (2), Victoria (2), Queensland (1),
New South Wales (1).
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