Racing’s back at Bunbury Speedway

South Western Times
Brian Jackson is preparing for his 25th year of racing at the Bunbury Car Club this weekend.
Camera IconBrian Jackson is preparing for his 25th year of racing at the Bunbury Car Club this weekend. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

After seven years out of the game, Brian Jackson is ready to get behind the wheel again for his 25th year of sedan racing.

The lights at the QUIT Bunbury Speedway will be turned on for the first time in the 2017-18 season this Saturday night for the Sedan All-Stars event, with productions, street stocks and juniors all in action.

Jackson will be one of many Bunbury Car Club members excited to get their engines running for the first time this season, but the veteran is not expecting to go too fast.

Having begun his career alongside school mate and multiple Australian champion Brad Blake, Brian has missed the past seven years due to being a race steward.

“I have been involved with the club for nearly 30 years and being a steward I got that racing bug back,” he said.

Jackson said despite being a veteran on the track, he was not going into this weekend to be super competitive.

“There are some guys there who are just fast and spending plenty of dollars,” he said.

“I am just going to sit at the back and have a bit of fun.

“When you haven’t raced for a while you have to start at the rear and the chief steward will look at you.

“I just want to make sure the car is right.”

Jackson is no stranger to success behind the wheel, finishing second in the Australian championships to Blake in 1996 and won a State title in 1998 as well as a couple of second places.

“I grew up with Brad,” he said.

“He helped me out when I first started.”

Jackson purchased his Ford Falcon for this year’s season from a friend and is almost finished getting it ready for its first run this Saturday night.

“This AU Falcon was built by a mate of mine who does the modified racing,” he said.

“Some guys can build them in two weeks if you have enough guys there.

“But I have spent the last six months working on this.”

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