AUSCAR: Calder Park preview

Calder Park Raceway November 23-25 V8 Stocks Cars come home Calder Park marks something of a homecoming for V8 Stock Cars. The NASCAR-inspired thundering monsters started their life at the Keilor motor racing complex, albeit on the Thunderdome...

Calder Park Raceway
November 23-25

V8 Stocks Cars come home
Calder Park marks something of a homecoming for V8 Stock Cars. The NASCAR-inspired thundering monsters started their life at the Keilor motor racing complex, albeit on the Thunderdome rather than on what the Americans call the "flat track".

And flat is what it will be as the V8 Stock Cars utilise the shorter Club circuit at Calder.

Being a road circuit-based series, it was significant that drivers from a circuit background have the edge on their oval and speedway rivals. Andrew Miedecke has been the class of the field in this, the maiden revival season.

Driving the Bob Middleton-owned Chev Monte Carlo, Miedecke has been the top qualifier at each preceding round bar one and the subsequent round winner apart from the Mallala opener, which was deemed a demonstration run only. In 12 race starts he has won on nine occasions some of which were reverse grid affairs.

The series has offered Miedecke opposition though, primarily with George Elliot before Tony Southwell showed a good turn of speed midway through the year. Meanwhile the badly under-funded Mark Harrison has been a solid performer all season, generally finishing with a podium placing.

A late convert has been Rusty French, another with a long history of circuit racing in GTs, Touring Cars and more recently, Nations Cup aboard a Dodge Viper. French had a successful Winton driving one of Southwell's cars. He has been so taken by the category that he has since purchase Kim Jane's Chev while the car he race at Winton will be raced by topline HQ and Commodore Cup campaigner Neville Haley.

V8 Stock Cars have two qualifying sessions to determine grid positions for race one. Race two is the reverse of race one and the third rolling start is from combined results of the races contested to that point.

-CAMS-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rusty French