Heading into what is shaping up to be a busy Christmas-New Year period, Alex Orr’s confidence is high following back-to-back podium results in the latest two Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW rounds at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.
Well and truly hitting his stride this season, the 25-year-old racer was yet to achieve a feature-race podium during his six and a half 410 Sprintcar seasons before managing to do so twice in as many weeks with a pair of third-place finishes, and with the busiest part of the speedway season upon him, his form spike couldn’t have come at a better time.
With four Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW rounds taking place within the span of just one week, commencing on Boxing Night (December 26), Orr will then contest the two-night Scott Darley Challenge at Valvoline Raceway, before travelling south into Victoria for the coveted Grand Annual Classic at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway.
“The team has really stepped it up this season and we’ve found added pace that we’ve been able to maintain throughout our recent race meetings from the start of the night right through to the end, which has made all the difference,” explained the pilot of the NSW # 43 Meander Village supported Maxim, whose latest minor podium finish at Valvoline Raceway was unlucky not to have been a victory.
“We’ve got a massive month of racing ahead of us, with the busy Valvoline Raceway schedule over the Christmas-New Year period, followed by the Scott Darley Challenge and the Grand Annual Classic, so hopefully we can continue building on our current form and come away with some more front-running results.”
In order to gain some valuable track experience prior to running the Grand Annual Classic, Orr ventured down to Premier Speedway for the first time as a competitor in his career to contest last Saturday night’s annual Max’s Race.
Struggling slightly to come to grips with the unfamiliar track early on, Orr and his team steadily improved throughout the night, transferring into the feature race via the B main and then going on to place 18th after starting from position 23.
“Max’s Race was a great opportunity for us to get some laps at Premier Speedway under our belt before the Grand Annual Classic next month,” added Orr, from Tacoma South on the NSW Central Coast.
“We learned a lot about the track and car setup, which gives us some added confidence heading into the Classic.”
Orr would like to thank the following 2018-19 season sponsors for their support: Meander Village, Kangy Grove Estate, Michael’s Mechanical & Speedway Repairs, and Marland Fire Technology. He would also like to give special thanks to his mum and dad (Tracey and Anthony) and uncle Chris, his pit crew Daniel Field, Michael Butt and Tony Hopping, along with the rest of his family and friends.
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Christmas-New Year Orr Racing Schedule:
USC NSW Round 6 (Grand Prix) – Valvoline Raceway
USC NSW Round 7 (The Harbour City Deal) – Valvoline Raceway
USC NSW Round 8 (NSW Title) – Valvoline Raceway
USC NSW Round 9 (Firecracker 50 Lapper) – Valvoline Raceway
USC NSW Round 10 (Scott Darley Challenge Night 1) – Valvoline Raceway
USC NSW Round 11 (Scott Darley Challenge Night 2) – Valvoline Raceway
January 18, 19 and 20
Grand Annual Classic – Premier Speedway (Warrnambool, Vic)