With the 2015-2016 Australian Compact Speedcar championships only a week away now is a good time to have a look at the field of drivers who will be battling it out at Goulburn Speedway next Saturday night.
Over the next few days we will run through the full list of drivers starting with A1 Darren Vine.
Heading the list is current Aus 1 Darren Vine from Queensland. Darren has been running a limited Compact schedule this season, preferring to concentrate his racing in the Speedcar. His performances whilst in a compact have been to his usual high standard. Darren will be going into this title as the short priced favourite and will be hoping to claim his fourth straight championship.
Vic 2, David Hutchinson has made a return to Compacts this season after a break of 20 years. David is looking forward to the competition an Australian Title produces.
Qld 2, David Collins will be seeing the Goulburn track for the second time. His 2nd place in the 2015 Queensland titles ranks as his greatest achievement in his 7 years of Compact racing.
NSW 3, Alan Day is a Compact veteran having started in the class over 30 years ago. Always in contention whenever the big races come around. Has finished 3rd twice at previous Aussie titles.
QLD 10 Wayne Corbett is the form driver on the national Compact scene after recently claiming the VIC titles and then backing that up with his second NSW titles. Wayne will be looking to erase the memory of last years Aussie title where he led up till the closing stages.
NSW 11 Richard Meyers made the switch from litre sprints last season. He rates Goulburn as his favourite track.
Vic 11 Louis Rodriguez has been impressing plenty since making the change from GP Midgets over a season ago, improving each and every meeting.
QLD 11 Robbie Stewart is a 2 time Queensland champion. He has won two features not in his own car this season while waiting for a replacement engine.
Vic 12 Justin Paull qualified on pole in his first Victorian championship. Has recently fitted a Yamaha R1 replacing the Datsun powerplant. A hard charger in his second season.
NSW 13 Jason Essai is in his first season with the Compacts after many years in sedans and Legends. Quickly found his way to the checkers claiming a feature win at Goulburn earlier in the season as well as a couple of podium places.
NSW 14 Darren Margules is in his third season after racing sedans for several years. Had a great run at Nowra a few meetings back winning all three heats and placing second in the feature.
NSW 15 Gavin Gay has been struggling to find the sweet spot in his CSR/Suzuki, when he does, watch out.
NSW 17 Steven Hawksworth has been champing at the bit to get behind the wheel of his own car after sharing the drive in his brother Darren’s Datsun.
NSW 18 Darren Hawksworth absolutely flogs his little Datsun Compact and still manages to surprise with some great results against more technologically advanced engines.
Next up is Will Van Der Ark in the Vic18 owned by Robin Crawford. This is Will’s second season in Compacts after several years in Karts, Mini Sprints and Standard Saloons. Will showed his talent with a great 2nd place finish in this seasons Victorian Title at Rushworth behind Wayne Corbett.
VIC 21 is Matt Adams. Matts’ focus has been on family and business for most of this season. When he does come out to play he is always in the top few. His five seasons in Compacts was highlighted with a runner up spot in the 2014 Vic Club Championship.
NSW 22, Adam Henry held out a fast finishing Alan Day at Nowra earlier this year to claim his second career feature race win. Still coming to grips with the new Aggressor chassis.
NSW 24, Kieran Macklyn came out of the GP Midget class and has had a somewhat disappointing season with a couple of accidents and mechanical dramas. When not plagued by these he has shown plenty of speed and a top five is not too far away.
Having his first season in Compacts is Mark Heaton in the NSW 26. Mark has already picked up two 2nd placings in features at the wheel of the Jason Essai number 13. A top runner in the legend class, Mark has adapted very quickly to the open wheeler.
Tony Aulsebrook in the NSW 29 has suffered a couple of engine detonations this season and has had to revert to his old and trusty Gardner/Suzuki GSXR. Recently qualified off the front row at the NSW titles after some great performances in the heat races.
Current Queensland champion, Matt Jurczak, applied plenty of pressure on Darren Vine to be in the right place at the right time to claim this years title at Bundaberg. Now has a new ride in the Eagle/Kawasaki.
Qld 32, Chris Paolini has been in great form so far this, his fifth season, in Compacts. Showing some hard charging with some brave outside passes, Goulburn could suit his style.
Qld 41, Emma Harris is technically from NSW, coming from the north coast town of Mullumbimby, her closest racing is with the Queenslanders. Having some great results since returning to Compacts after a brief hit at Lightning Sprints.
Victoria’s best performer so far this season has been Geoff Meyers in the Vic 47. A former Australian GP Midget champion, Geoff has had a great past twelve months with a 3rd in last season Aussie title and a 2nd in this seasons NSW titles.
NSW 47, Mark Shepherd from the ACT started his Rookie compact season with a first up feature win at his home track. Some strong finishes throughout the season before blowing an engine.
Victorian Keith Astrella in the Vic 27. Keith has been sharing his time between the Compacts and the Speedcars.
Queenslander, Darren Dillon in the Q 51 is a former Australian Compact Champion. Darren took a break from compacts to run a few seasons in the Speedcar division. A regular Triathlete competitor, Darren will have no trouble going the distance.
NSW 53 Rod Francis has made a return to Compacts this season after spending the last several season running Speedcars. Rod is a former NSW Title holder and NSW club Champion.
NSW 59 Scott Saville has impressed in the couple of meetings he has run since making the switch from GP Midgets. A second place finish in his last feature start behind Rob Eyeington. Scott is a former GP Midget Australian Champion.
Former Speedway Kart and Mod Lite racer Gaby Yammouni NSW 61 is having his first season in Compacts and has been making a smooth and steady rise in the ranks scoring a feature win earlier this season.
NSW 76 Con Buurveld is sneaking up on Alan Day for the honor of number of years in Compacts. Con is a 24 year veteran who has stayed loyal to the Datsun marque, and still manages to get plenty from the the little Datto.
Finally NSW 98 Rob Eyeington. Rob has been at the top of the Compact class in New South Wales for the last 10 years with a couple of NSW Titles, a Vic Title and a couple of top three places in the Aussie title under his belt. A last up feature winner at Goulburn should place him in the top three for this weekend.
Written by Nswcsc Media