Wednesday, 14th March, 2012
Sprintcar racer Brendan Guerin’s star continues to rise after he recorded a top three finish in the Murray Machining and Sheds Australian 360 Sprintcar Championship at the weekend.
The 22-year-old made an immediate impact at the Murray Bridge meeting, winning the opening qualifying heat and following it up with a solid drive in the second heat.
He then surged through the field in the qualifying final, coming from ninth place to finish fourth in the 20-lap race.
After finishes of second in sixth in further final qualifying heats, Guerin lined up at position seven in the Australian Title feature event.
The youngster produced a calculated and intelligent drive, avoiding all carnage in the 40-lap race.
He passed the chequered flag in third position behind top racers Ryan Jones and Craig Vanderstelt to complete the biggest night of his two-year career in sprintcar racing.
“I’m very pleased with the result for our team. It was always going to be hard from position seven as the track was so fast,” he said.
“To finish behind two guys that started off the front row and have 20 years of exprience between them is no bad defeat.
“I must really thank my parents and their business 7 Day Spares, Paul and Trish from Jade Signs, Century Batteries, SP Tools, Autoking, Broken Hill Heavy Haulage Towing, Penrite, Broken Hill Foodland and of course my loyal crew for all their work.”
Earlier this month, Guerin honed his knowledge of racing at an intensive four-day training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport.
He attended the camp as part of his involvement in Speedway Australia’s Rising Star program, and learned about training techniques, conditioning, diet and nutrition and media training.
“The Canberra trip was exremely beneficial. I’ve taken so much out of it and am really looking forward to putting what I’ve learned into my racing,” he said.
“I can’t thank Shane Collins from Speedway Australia enough for the opportunity.”
Guerin will now travel to Adelaide’s Speedway City this weekend to compete in the Playford Mayor’s Cup.
The Cup forms Round 10 of the Sprintcar Track Championship, in which Guerin is sitting second overall with three rounds remaining.