Ceduna Dirt Circuit racing returns this weekend

2018 CHAMPION: Ceduna Dirt Circuit Club champion Jason Irvine, with daughter Lily, will be out to defend his 2018 crown when the new season starts this weekend. Picture: Supplied

2018 CHAMPION: Ceduna Dirt Circuit Club champion Jason Irvine, with daughter Lily, will be out to defend his 2018 crown when the new season starts this weekend. Picture: Supplied

Engines will be revving this Saturday when the Ceduna Dirt Circuit Club hosts its first meet in what will be a big season.

Drivers will get behind the wheel for the first time this weekend, but there is also a focus on the state championships in June.

Ceduna is hosting for the first time since 2014, with drivers from across South Australia to be involved over the June long weekend.

Ceduna Dirt Circuit Club president Darren Coote is looking forward to that event.

"We will have drivers from all other clubs and all reigning state title holders will be competing," he said.

"We hope to have 100 cars, that is the benchmark, with practice on the Saturday and racing on Sunday.

"It's a huge day of racing for people to come and watch, and it helps the club too."

Preparations are finalised for the upcoming first meet.

The club has hosted working bees in recent weeks to get everything in working order at Andoc Park.

Mr Coote said serial winners Jason Irvine - the 2018 champion - Reg Davis and David Carr were expected to do well, while Joel Silva is aiming to build on an impressive debut season.

Aside from Ceduna's best being on show, Mr Coote said drivers from other clubs would also be involved.

"A couple of new cars should roll out in the first few meetings, and we will run six rounds of heats per meeting before the state titles instead of the usual four," he said.

"There are 16 to 20 local drivers who normally compete, we also have a couple of members from Minnipa, Fowlers Bay and Coober Pedy.

"We usually get Port Lincoln drivers come up and I expect Black Rock, Truro and Port Pirie drivers to have a look at the track before state titles."

Last season was hampered by adverse weather conditions which forced the postponement of some events, yet Mr Coote said the club was in a healthy position.

"Other than the weather it was a good year and gate takings were up with three less meetings, so the crowd support is there," he said.

"Like all clubs we could do with some more volunteers, but car numbers are growing, facilities are good and there is nothing major to do infrastructure wise, plus we are financially sound, so all is going well."

Gates open at 4pm this Saturday, with racing from 6.30pm.

The dry summer means drivers will have to be wary when they first take to the circuit.

"The track has some marbles on it, so it will be a bit loose and slippery early on and the drivers will have to be on their toes, plus they probably haven't raced since November so could be rusty," Mr Coote said.

"This is some of the fastest motorsport you will see and being the only club west of Port Lincoln we are unique in that respect.

"It is a family orientated night and a chance to see great racing."