Big night for mighty midgets

THE Wangaratta Motor Sports Club will host the Australian Grand Prix Midget title tomorrow, with 14 cars battling it out on the popular oval track.

The temperature is expected to be in the low 20s, a far cry from the normal 40 degree weather the country’s best GP Midgets drivers often encounter at Wangaratta.

Danny Stainer and Dennis Myers, who have both tasted success at Wangaratta, head the field.

Myers, a two-time Australian and six-time Victorian champion, will fancy his chances of a national title after winning round 5 of the GP Midgets at Rushworth on January 12.

He finished ahead of Lisa Chalcraft, who will be hoping to reverse the result this weekend.

Other drivers to watch will be Ashley Brooker, Neil Johnson and Chris Fowler.

NSW drivers Jason Meyers, Davey Browne and Rod Saville will also hold hopes taking the title north of the border.

Along with the GP Midgets, there are plenty of support races on the program.

Jake Mills has been the man to beat in the GOS tin-top category.

But Ross Maclean has also produced good speed this season.

Jarred Burder and Alex Cheney have been the star drivers in the standard saloon and junior competitions, while there will also be racing from the super modifieds and Vic sports sedans, giving race fans plenty of action throughout the evening.

Gates open at noon, with racing to start at 4pm and continuing until 11pm.

All categories will race several times during the night, with finals at the end of the program to follow the preliminary heats.

Entry is $20 adults, $15 pensioners, with children under 16 admitted free if accompanied by an adult.

A full commentary, event program and catering facilities are offered (including a bar), as well as access to the pits for those interested in taking a closer look at the competing cars and for a chance to meet some of the drivers.