Big weekend at Alexandra Speedway with the annual 100-lap derby

Hot contest: The cars will be battling it out at the Alexandra speedway this weekend. Photo: Napier Photography. Photo by Napier Photography

The annual 100 Lap Derby weekend at Alexandra Speedway is once again upon us, with more than 2000 campers and spectators set to head to the town for the end-of-season event.

The 100 Lap Derby will see a variety of different types of race cars competing and coincides with festivities in the town, including entertainment and a truck and rod show.

The line-up has a long list of potential winners that have to survive each other, have the right strategy and always have the right amount of fuel to get to the end first.

Seventy-one drivers are set to start the qualifying for the 100 Lap Derby, with some of the potential winners including Damien Miller, the fastest sports sedan racer ever at the track, as well as Darren Nelson, Corey Lincoln and defending champion Lennie Bonnici, who has won the past four derbies.

Dakota Laverty is coming all the way from Queensland to experience the big race, with Warrick Taylor, Steve Kershaw, Dale Smith, four-time winner Luke Fallon, Josh Service, Lee Beach, Daniel Scott, Tony Moule, Jamie Lock, Shane O’Brien and David Donegan among other potential winners.

This will be the first time in two years the event will take place after COVID-19 restrictions contributed to the past two events being cancelled.

Standard saloon competitors will take to the track in the Alexandra Cup event, with 25 nominations included.

Mark Miles has won about seven of these Queen’s Birthday weekend standard saloon features and he is in the field against two of Victoria’s best, Shane and Daniel Stewart from Morwell, as well as Leigh Gooding, Jack Yeoman, Brodie Ardley, Andrew Miles, Rhys Lansdown, Tracey Ingram, popular Alexandra racer Cory Horter and Damon and Kacey Ingram.

The Junior Sedan Victorian Short Circuit Championship line-up for up to 1500cc sedans includes Nathan Miles, River and Linken Paterson, Jayden Bryant, Jack Randall and Will Fallon.

Racing starts from 2pm on Saturday and Sunday and finishes early in the evening before the fog drops in. There will be a kid’s bike race during the weekend.

Entry for Saturday and Sunday spectators is $60 for adults, $30 for aged pensioners and children aged 10 to 16 and $150 for a family of two adults and three children aged 10 to 16. Children under 10 will be admitted free.

For those attending only on Sunday for the final day of competition, cost is $75 for a family, $30 for adults and $15 for aged pensioners and children aged 10 to 16.

Campers over the age of 10 will pay $20 per person to contribute toward the facilities provided, cleaning of the facilities and cleaning of the grounds.