Willowbank's winter series ideal platform
WILLOWBANK'S pre-eminence as Queensland's motorsport epicentre has been reinforced by the hosting of a major speedway event next week.
The Ipswich Speedway Club's new senior track is up and running at the Ipswich Motorsport Precinct, having hosted two club days.
"It's got amazing potential," club spokesman Mac Campbell said.
"The 280m track has the potential to one day host international class events."
In the meantime, on August 31 the track will host a round of the Heffernan Winter Series, featuring Ipswich's rising stars Tyson Snow and his lifelong friend and rival Jake Allen.
Allen isn't from Ipswich but he feels a bit like a local, having taken out both club days held there so far.
He currently sits two points off Heffernan series leader Tyson Snow, so a win at Ipswich could give him the championship lead.
"It's a good track," Allen said. "Having it at Willowbank is good for Queensland speedway in general.
"It's another track to learn on to try and make it overseas."
That is the dream of Allen, Snow and most aspiring young speedway tyros who are using the Heffernan series as a platform to get noticed by teams in Europe, where Ipswich product Darcy Ward is making his mark.
Allen agrees the Ipswich track site has unlimited potential. "They just need more facilities for supporters," he said.
"When they do that, the club could get the big meetings, like Australian championships."