Sprintcars and Speedcars for busy Braydan
MARULAN Sprintcar racer Braydan Willmington is planning another busy season that will also feature Speedcar appearances.
Busy Braydan is embarking on his second campaign in the Thunder and Lightning Sprintcar division at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway but he also has a close affinity with Speedcars.
Sprintcars are his priority as far as fixture numbers are concerned and he is looking at upward of 30 shows. He will not only concentrate on his Valvoline Raceway home track “ but we also want to do the Australian Open at Archerfield (Brisbane), The Classic (Warrnambool) and Aussie title at Mount Gambier as well as Toowoomba.”
“With Sprintcars there is a lot more racing, the competition is a lot tougher and you learn a lot more because of so much racing.
“To be able to get to places in Australian motor sport, you have to drive a Sprintcar,” Braydan, 19, claimed in a hint to his long term plans.
“Yeah, I would love to get into either NASCAR or Indycar, but it’s a big step away into the future. I would need plenty of sponsorship, but that’s ultimately what I’d like to do one day.”
But right now, he is concentrating primarily on the season ahead at Valvoline Raceway.
“I would like to do double duty on the George Tatnell night next December but I will definitely do the Speedcar fifty lapper at the end of the season and a few other shows. A lot of our racing with both the Midget and the Sprintcar together depends if we can get good sponsorship.
“Midgets are an awesome car to drive,” he enthused. “Short wheel base, awesome horsepower, awesome to drive and I love it.”
In fact the son of a gun loves driving wingless cars and his initial objective is to go to America and drive a non-winged Sprintcar. “I’d love to go next year but it all depends on finances and whether I go good this season. If I do go okay, we will consider America next year, if not it could be the year after.”
Braydan Willmington is one of the most travelled NSW drivers competing on the domestic scene with a four hour round trip whenever he races in Sydney.
Hailing from Marulan, in south western NSW, Braydan is a product of Junior Sedans.
After his stint in the Juniors he moved into Speedcars and was good enough early in his open wheel career to be selected as a contracted driver for Ken Jenkins’ Speedcar Super Series before driving Sprintcars. He also did a Legend Car stint, showing his versatility.
Braydan comes from a family steeped in racing tradition. His father, Gary competed in the Bathurst 1000 21 times. Teaming with Bob Holden in 1987, Gary won his class outright driving a Toyota Sprinter in the days when the event also doubled as a round of the World Touring car Championship.
Gary, who in 1970 commenced his motor racing career in Sports Sedans, entered touring cars for the first time in 1975 driving the ex-John Goss Ford Falcon two door hardtop in the Group C class.
When not racing, driving a motor vehicle is still very much a part of Braydan’s life during the week as he works at the Marulan Driver Training Centre teaching people to drive on the road. The teenager knows a lot about how to steer a car – and that knowledge will be put to good use this season at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.
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