Canberran youngster looking for Victorian Speedway glory in double-header

thumbMEDIA RELEASE: speedway – Nineteen year old James ‘Jimmy’ Dimmock will certainly be busy this weekend as the young speedway competitor gets ready for not one but two rounds of the Heffernan Speedway Winter Series at Victoria’s Undera and Albury across May 30 and 31.

Racing since the age of four, James was ranked amongst the country’s top five dirt bike racers before he decided to make the switch to speedway at the age of 17.

The Canberran is now in his second year of competition in the discipline under the tutelage of three-time world champion Jason Crump.

While it may be a busy weekend ahead, Dimmock is looking forward to the challenge and hopes to see plenty of fans at the track cheering on all the riders.

“I really enjoy the double-header weekends as you can learn from your experiences from the first day and then put them into practice the very next day – it keeps you pretty busy though as you need to prepare the bike overnight to be ready to get back on track the next day,” said Dimmock.

“I am feeling excited and confident, I certainly feel prepared all-round as I have been focusing very strongly on the weekend for the past month. I have raced at both Undera and Albury before when I first started racing speedway, but that was more than 12 months ago now, so it will be very interesting to see how the weekend goes.

“Speedway is a really exciting sport with high speeds and tight racing. A lot of people don’t realise that a speedway bike has no gears, no brakes, and a 500cc engine powered by methanol fuel.

“Capable of achieving speeds in excess of 160 kilometers per hour and with a similar power to weight ration of a Formula One race car, they are certainly exciting to both ride and watch.

“It is very popular in Europe and growing here in Australia, and I hope that popularity will continue to grow with the great news that the season finale of the World Speedway Grand Prix is coming to Melbourne for its season finale in October.”

The Undera and Albury outings will form rounds three and four of the Heffernan Motorsport Series, with Dimmock enjoying a strong showing at the opening two rounds – also held as a double-header – at Gillman (South Australia) and Mildura (Victoria).

“Round one was a solid opener for us, after some good, tight racing I finished with a good points haul and placed second in the semi-final in pool two,” said Dimmock.

The Heffernan Motorsport Series runs on a divisional system, where dependent on results from the previous round, racers are classed in either pool two or pool one.

“The next day we were at it again, travelling from Gillman in South Australia to Mildura in Victoria, and courtesy of my results from the previous day I was moved up to pool one.

“Unfortunately we had some trouble finding the correct set-up with the switch between tracks as Mildura is a lot tighter and more technical than Gillman; however we were able to make it through what ended up being a race of attrition for many and came home with more points to add to the tally. Hopefully we can add some more this weekend!”

The Heffernan Motorsport Series will be held over ten rounds in 2015, with Dimmock set to contest all rounds as well as the Under 21 New South Wales Championships, the Under 21 Australian Championships and the Kurri Kurri Speedway Club Championship across the year.

Considered one of the best speedway development series in Australia, the Heffernan Motorsport Series provides competitors the chance to ride at different oval tracks around Australia while experiencing a high standard of competition against both domestic and international riders.

Races consist of four riders competing in heats before proceeding to A and B Finals, with champions crowned at the end of the ten events.

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Committed to reaching his ultimate dream of representing Australia in the World Championships, Speedway competitor James Dimmock is not only a racer ‘through and through’, but also an accomplished leader and public speaker despite his young years.

Racing since the age of four, James was ranked amongst the country’s top five dirt bike racers before he decided to make the switch to speedway at the age of 17.

That same year – his last as a Marist College student – the Canberran was recognised through not only his appointment as a School Captain responsible for representing his school and regularly speaking to crowds of more than 2000, but also with prestigious awards for both leadership and community service.

With proven skills when it comes to both racing on the track and representing his supporters off it, James is now laser-focused upon building an international speedway career representing his beloved Australia on the world stage.

In pursuit of this dream, James is currently undertaking intensive training with three-time world champion Jason Crump while competing in a comprehensive race program in Australia as he makes plans to travel to Europe to begin an international assault.

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