AVALON SETTING THE PACE
Located a mere 50km from the heart of Melbourne CBD, next to the bustling Avalon Airport, Avalon Raceway has been a mainstay of Victorian Speedway since its inception in 1976. Originally constructed by brothers Doug and Norm Drew as a Speedway Motorcycle venue, the venue now caters for all aspects of Speedway competition from Quarter Midgets and Karts, right the way through to Street Stocks and Sprintcars – even RC Scale racers! It is for this reason why Avalon is affectionately known by many as ‘The Place for Pace’.
Government regulation may have put a dampener on their early season calendar, with a harsh COVID- 19 lockdown and event restrictions preventing competitors from attending their early season events, however the venue is pressing on undeterred, with major events returning in earnest.
This Saturday night’s event will feature the return of Sprintcars and Modified Sedans to the venue after a long hiatus. Track operator, and former Speedway Australia board member, Jeff Drew anticipates the event will be one of the biggest seen in a long time, with huge interest expressed by competitors and fans, all excited by the prospect of witnessing Speedway at the venue after the extended break in racing brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Avalon Raceway head into the remainder of 2020/21 season with renewed enthusiasm thanks to an easing of restrictions, allowing for the return of the much-vaunted Presidents Cup which also forms the opening round of the VIC/SA Sprintcar Super Series.
As long-time owner and patron of the venue, Jeff’s focus has been to establish Avalon as a favorite for competitors and fans alike. A number of upgrades to the 45-year-old venue are in the pipeline, including providing more fixed seating areas for patrons, replacement of the catch fence and debris mesh, and an overall ‘beautification’ of the facility to ensure it continues to ‘set the pace’ for Victorian Speedway venues for many decades to come.
We wish Avalon Raceway all the best ahead of their much-anticipated return to racing!