Tuesday, 13th February, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
Local driver Kasey Staker will head to Adelaide tomorrow to compete in the annual Australian Street Stock Championships.
This will be Staker’s third trip to the Australian stock car champs but his first for a couple of years and said that his previous experience as well as a new car will help him push for success this time around.
“I haven’t been able to get to the championships consistently, I missed last year,” Staker said.
“The last one I went to was in Mount Gambier. This one is at Adelaide Motorsport Park in Virginia.
“The first one (Australian Championships) that I went to, it was in my early years of racing, and I didn’t do any good. Then the last time I kept having car trouble which was a bit annoying. I’d get up the front and then have a problem and have to pull out.
“But this time I have pretty much a brand new car,” Staker added.
“It’s only had a few races so far.”
Staker has been racing stock cars for a number of years after being introduced to the sport by his brother.
“I’ve been into racing for about six or seven years now,” he said.
“My older brother started racing then I got a car and we started racing together. He’s stopped racing now but I’ve continued on.
“It’s a bit of a hobby and its good fun. I love it and try to get away and race as much as I can.”
As well as the racing, it’s the building and modifying of the car that Staker enjoys.
“I love it (working on the car),” Staker admitted.
“It took me about a year-and-a-half to build the car. I took my time and did it properly. I’ve spent a lot of time and money on it.”
Staker will travel down to Adelaide tomorrow before a practice and scrutineering day on Thursday followed by heats on Friday and the final on Saturday.
One-hundred-and-twenty-two nominations have been received for the championships, the second most in its history. The most was 140 when Staker last attended two years ago.
“I’ve got a lot of people I need to thank,” Staker said.
“My missus, my old man. All my sponsors such as Broken Hill Earth Moving, Jay Mead Motorworks, KS Contracting, 7 Day Spares who have just come on board and just all the family and mates that come round to help out.
“I couldn’t do it without them.”