15 April, 2003 - Prior to this season the Disbury Family Racing team began putting into place stages of their Junior Development program. Last Saturday night was the first opportunity for a young star to taste the pure power of an open Sprintcar...
15 April, 2003 - Prior to this season the Disbury Family Racing team began putting into place stages of their Junior Development program.
Last Saturday night was the first opportunity for a young star to taste the pure power of an open Sprintcar and the driver chosen was second generation racer Cory Hodgson.
Cory, son of former Speedcar and Sprintcar star in the 70's and 80's Rex, has developed himself as a force amongst the V8 Dirt Modified competitors and recently finished second in the South Australian Championship.
While the event was a low-key affair at Sunline Speedway a total of 8 cars were in attendance to be a part of the inaugural night time demonstration at the Riverland venue in South Australia.
The relaxed friendly atmosphere in the pit area was perfect for Hodgson to make his Sprintcar debut with no pressure to perform but to go out enjoy himself and get some laps under his belt in a 750+ horsepowered Sprintcar.
Throughout the four runs Hodgson continually improved as he become more comfortable in the car and crossed the line first in the final run of the night.
"I was impressed with the way Cory went about the night in the Advanced Linemarking/Dave Jack Paving Eagle," said team owner Darren Disbury.
"He simply took one step at a time and continually improved as the night went on, there was no need to have any pressure on him. I am delighted to able to give guys like Cory the opportunity to drive a Sprintcar."
Hodgson spoke in a similar vain and was greatful to the Disbury Family Racing team for the opportunity to climb aboard one of the best presented and performed cars in the country.
"We had spoken about it briefly last year but I never thought it would actually happen but when Darren phoned me the other week and offered me the opportunity I was delighted," said Hodgson.
"What made it even better was the fact that there was no pressure to perform, it was simply a case of climb aboard get the feel for the car and if you get the front cool, if not just get laps under my belt,"
"The team are great to work with and I hope that I can get another opportunity next season to join forces with them."
Disbury has hinted that the Junior Development program may well be extended next season and will release further details on the teams plans for the 2003/04 season as they come to hand.