Redline Raceway returns after long Covid lay off, all the local stars are back

Redline Raceway will kick off its race season after a twelve-month layoff due to Covid pandemic related lockdown and out the of season closure, and race drivers from all around Victoria are champing at the bit to come and race on Mount Buninyong, keen to spin their wheels at one of the most spectacular venues in Australia.

Ballarat locals are understandably proud to have such a revered sporting venue in their neck of the woods and plenty has been happening during the layoff in racing to make the experience even better. Some significant works at the venue despite all that has been against sporting clubs functioning during these times has resulted in the club being able to provide a huge improvement to the spectator experience.

Operating Club President Mick Purdie explains. “Our track maintenance team and some welcome business supporters SUCH AS Bitumill Landscapes have worked extremely hard as soon as Mount Buninyong became dry enough after Spring to elevate the parking area for our fans, so that anybody that wishes to stay in the warmth of their own cars to watch, can have the opportunity to do so if they are early enough at the venue to pick their own spots. Parking areas have been built up so that you may see over the cars and people in front of you depending on the vehicles you park behind.”

Of course, this is not the only work that has gone on at the venue; however it has the most significant impact for the fans.

Racing this Saturday is headlined by the annual Sports Sedan Masters the main event, with regular Redline racers up against a host of visiting drivers. Zac Swanson is a local from Ballarat to keep your eyes on whilst he will have stiff competition from Jake Drewett hailing from Mildura whose won at Redline before, Tristan McGraw a young star, Jamie Lock from Bendigo, Dale Smith who holds some records at the venue, Josh Service and Lee Beach who both have won on a regular basis in the Eastern side of Victoria plus Brooke Ferguson who knows how to win at Redline also.

The Sports Sedans will be supported by the very entertaining Street Stocks including competitors such as Jason Degoldi Redline’s current Street Stock benchmark driver and Shaun Henry another from Ballarat that consistently runs at the front end of the field locally. Add in Dean Jenkins, Karen Ferguson, young Kasey Ferguson one of Karen’s two daughters racing the same night as herself, plus Scott Secombe another Redline racer to watch, and you have an entertaining Street Stock final later in the evening.

Scott Whittle the Victorian champion leads a terrific field of entrants in the Standard Saloons, Matthew Domburg from Portland, Kacey Ingram of Nyora, Craig Templeton of Redline, Aaron Marshall from Swan Hill and add in Hanna Domburg and Courtney Meakins and there will be close and fast action at the pointy end of the line-up. The Victorian champion is always the one to beat and he would like to mark his territory early in the season with a win at Redline.

In Junior Sedan racing the drivers are graded based on two years racing experience or more. In the Top Stars for the drivers with more experience Jayden Bryant has been on a terrific run with wins in Mildura twice, Nyora and Daylesford so far this season, He will have tough competition from Carter Metcalfe who was unlucky not to win in Mildura against Bryant, Linken Paterson who won at Avalon recently and Rhys Meakins and Dylan Barrow some of the stronger competitors in the field.

The New Stars for developing race drivers could be won by a number of drivers. Arthur Hutchinson won at Daylesford a few weeks ago, Sharlotte McPherson won at Nyora a month ago, and Blake Glynn, Jacob Tinworth and Maddy Capon have all proven to be front of the field racers in recent meetings. Keep your eye on them.

Gates to the public open at 2pm, aiming for a 5pm race meeting start.

Entry is Adults $25 & Pensioners $20 Kids 6 to the age of 16 $5 or a family $60 (2 adults & 4 Kids) fully catered venue, no BYO as per law.

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Corey Knox – Goulburn Valley 8
Jake Drewett – Mildura 18
Brooke Ferguson – Portland 18
Zac Swanson – Ballarat 18
Jayde Aarts – Nyora 25
Ryan Daly – Daylesford 33
Ian Bartlett – Daylesford 34
Tristan McGraw – Corowa 38
Jamie Lock – Bendigo 43
Russell Smith – Alexandra 48
Dale Smith – Alexandra 64
Kayla Knox – Redline 68
Josh Beattie – Goulburn Valley – 72
Jasmin Molloy – Ballarat 72
Katie Meyer – Ballarat 76
Pauly Botheras – Daylesford 77
Josh Service – Alexandra 84
Lee Beach – Alexandra 88

Dean Jenkins – Redline 4
Karen Ferguson – Laang 11
Michael Smith – Ballarat 13
Robert Smith – Ballarat 14
Scott Secombe – Redline 18
Kasey Ferguson – Portland 18
Shaun Henry – Redline 23
Jamie Crutchley – Warrnambool 25
Jason Degoldi – Redline 27
Greg Parks – Alexandra 36
Stephen Petrie – Hamilton 43
Shaun Jenkins – Redline 49
Jacque Whatmore – Ballarat 52
Aaron White – Ballarat 55
Kevin Brogmus – Alexandra 58
Troy Blomeley – Ballarat 62
Daniel Carter – Redline 73
Melissa Crutchley – Warrnambool 77
Tyler Barton – Alexandra 94

Scott Whittle – Victoria 1
Matthew Domburg – Portland 6
Andrew Marshall – Swan Hill 7
Nicole Vaughan – Portland 7
Mark Seller – Ballarat 9
Hanna or Paul Domburg – Portland 15
Priscilla Grech – Redline 17
Nathan Hutchins – Portland 24
Craig Templeton – Redline 27
Justin Crerar – Ballarat 29
Bradley Hill – Nyora 36
Kacey Ingram – Nyora 43
Stephen Douglas – Nyora 44
Jeff Oldfield – Redline 45
Courtney Meakins – Alexandra 67
Patrick Walsh – Ballarat 68
James Pedersen – Mortlake 73
Austin Chivers – Ballarat 78
Lachie Chivers – Ballarat 79
Aaron Marshall – Swan Hill 85
Ian Walsh – Ballarat 86
Jacob Head – Ballarat 95
Luke King – Nyora 96
Bobby Devine – Rosedale 97
Rick Stowe – Ballarat 97

Breanna Simpson – Alexandra 10
Carter Metcalfe – Mildura 10
Dylan Barrow – Alexandra 17
Tenayah Barton – Nyora 19
Luke Cornfoot – Alexandra 19
Bailey Rumler – Ballarat 33
River Paterson – Alexandra 47
Linken Paterson – Alexandra 48
Jayden Bryant – Alexandra 49
Kiarna Barton – Nyora 51
Jack Randall – Alexandra 41
Shaqkira Blake – Ballarat 66
Rhys Meakins – Alexandra 65
Seth Sloane – Alexandra 93
Tanner Barclay – Portland 95

Matilda Farrell – Nyora 5
Jacob Tinworth – Hamilton 7
Blake Glynn – Avalon 8
Jake Bradley – Avalon 14
Tamika Simpson – Alexandra 23
Will Shore – Mildura 25
Tristan Jarred – Nyora 27
Jasmin Bryant – Alexandra 29
Tayla Whatmore – Ballarat 42
Jemma Woods – Daylesford 45
Brody Barton – Nyora 47
Zammy Noseda – Simpson 52
Christine Oliver – Alexandra 62
James Oliver – Alexandra 63
Maddy Capon – Alexandra 66
Arthur Hutchinson – Daylesford 82
Levi Blake – Ballarat 88
Sharlotte McPherson – Alexandra 97

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