Travis ‘Squizzy’ Mills was crowned the ACSA Australian Champion in ‘03/04. The Title event was held at Speedway Wangaratta. Travis was driving an OTR Speedcar chassis that had been converted to Compact Speedcar specifications. Powering this pocket rocket was a Suzuki GSXR 1100. Travis kindly took some time to answer questions about his title triumph.
How did the race unfold for you?
I started in pole position next to former 2x Aus champ Ken Thomas. Got the lead into the first turn and led the entire race, winning by around 6 car lengths. The track was smooth and slick with the racing line pretty narrow, making it hard for passing. From memory, I was lucky to not have to pass lapped cars as there were a few yellow lights throughout the race which definitely helped.
Was there a point in the race where you thought, ‘I’ve got a good chance of winning this?’
Within the first few laps I was pretty confident, as having the lead on a narrow track was a big advantage. My car also felt really good in the early laps so knew I had a really good car setup.
Do you remember your first thought after you had won the Title race?
I can remember as I went over the finish line thinking to myself, “Holy crap, I’ve just won an Aussie title!” I don’t think it really sunk in properly until days later.
Are you still involved in Speedway?
Yes, still heavily involved in speedway. I ran Compacts for 1 more full season after this title. An opportunity to drive a Sprintcar followed in which I ran for 2 seasons, winning rookie of the year for the SRA Sprintcar Series. Since then I have been racing Speedcars for the past 8-9 years in which I have won 2x Victorian titles, 1x SA Title, 3x Southern Speedcar Tour series, 3x Avalon track championships and 5x Club championships. I am currently leading the points in the Speedcar Super Series.
What were your highlights during your time racing Compact Speedcars?
The Aus title was the definite highlight. Holding the Aus title, Vic title and Qld title simultaneously in the one season was also a huge highlight. Winning the Pearce and Curren Memorials were also great.
What advice would you give to those competing in this year’s ACSA Australian Title?
I am a big believer in, to be the best you need to race with the best. Travel as much as your budget allows, as racing against tough competition on different tracks will help take you to the next level.
You’ll catch Travis Mills competing in the Mills Motorsport team V10 Speedcar at the final round of the Speedcar Super Series this Saturday at Valvoline Raceway. Good luck Squizzy! For more info about the Mills Motorsports team visit Mills Motorsport Facebook page or their website https://www.millsmotorsport.com/
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