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Priolo puts pedal to the metal

Morgan MelvinSouth Western Times
Andrew Priolo is already turning heads with his pace.
Camera IconAndrew Priolo is already turning heads with his pace.

Despite having only a small amount of seat time in the Sprintcar ranks, second generation driver Andrew Priolo has already turned some heads with his pace right out of the gate.

Son of former great Pino Priolo and younger brother of former State champion David, Andrew has always had big shoes to fill since stepping up from Formula 500s.

Despite racing only once so far this season, Priolo has already notched himself a podium finish this year at the King of Wings event at the Perth Motorplex where he finished third behind Jamie Maiolo and Jason Kendrick.

This weekend’s event though could be his biggest chance to take his first Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series victory, with Priolo finishing in third place at the opening round of the USA vs WA Sprintcar Speedweek last season behind American visitors Parker Price-Miller and Ryan Smith.

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Into his fourth season, Andrew is feeling the pressure of trying to gain his first victory.

“I really want to win, my brother (David) is really pushing me to get onto the top step,” Andrew joked.

“Apart from that, we are looking for good car speed and just some consistency from our machine with the State title next weekend, every time in the seat counts between now and the title.”

The Auto One Sprintcar Grand Slam is the first event for the Sprintcars at the Make Smoking History Bunbury Speedway this season and the only one before the USA vs WA Sprintcar Speedweek Grand Final on January 1.

A massive array of events will be on hand with Wingless Sprints contesting a round of their country series while Production Sedans, Legend Cars and V8 Dirt Modifieds also on the card.

The Bunbury Car Club is also happy to present entry for adults for this event is $25 with kids 14 and under free when accompanied with an adult.

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