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Published 09 July 2018

Son of ex V8 supercar privateer begins American speedway campaign …

STORY: DYLAN GULSON
IMAGES: SUPPLIED (BRAYDAN WILLMINGTON FACEBOOK)

FORMER touring car privateer and 1987 Bathurst 1000 class winner Garry Willmington has recently travelled to America to support his son’s speedway campaign.

Willmington and son Braydan embarked on the journey late last month to begin a five-race schedule in a mixture of Sprintcar, Midget and Speedcar events in the Indianapolis area.

The 19-year-old son of the former touring car privateer had been racing in a mixture of events back home prior to heading stateside to compete in speedway races including 410 non-winged Sprintcar races, which aren’t conducted in Australia.

Braydan enjoyed a strong run in his debut race in the 410 non-wing car at the Gas City Speedway, coming home second in the heat race before backing up with fifth place finish in the feature race on July 7.

Willmington continued improving and raced the 410 non-wing car again last night, claiming his first-ever non-wing Sprintcar race win in the evening's B-main race.

The teenager cut his teeth in club motorsport with the help of his father, who operates the Marulan Driver Training Centre near Goulburn.

He has since gone on to pursue a career in speedway and was selected for the 2016 Speedway Australia Rising Star Program at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Willmington’s American racing expedition will continue until the end of July with further outings at Gas City Speedway followed by Midget and Speedcar events at Montpelier Motor Speedway.

 

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