The 360 Sprintcar scene in Western Australia is going to be bigger and better than ever this coming season. A new series has been created specifically for the 360’s – “The Chamberlain Auto Electrics 360 Power Series”.
A total of around 25 cars have been earmarked to compete in inaugural 8 round series. “The Chamberlain Auto Electrics 360 Power Series” was developed by SAWA (Sprintcar Association of Western Australia) and will be controlled by the same body. It will take in rounds at Narrogin, Collie, Pithara (2x rounds), Northam, Kwinana (2x rounds) and Bunbury.
The latest nomination stepping up to the plate to be part of this exciting series is none other that Brian Hall.
Brian raced a Super Modified for a short while over three decades ago and competed at venues like Narrogin, Collie, Mt Barker and Albany. Since that racing stint in the 80’s, Brian often attended the Speedway as a Spectator and then in 2005 formed Albany-based Hall’s Motorsport where his sons Greg and David still race 410’s and 360’s.
He turned 60 years old only a couple of weeks ago (24th August) and decided a month before his milestone birthday that he himself would pull on a race suit and “go for a skid”.
In a warm up to the new season, Brian took his hauler up to Darwin’s Northline Speedway and for the first time strapped himself into his 360 Sprintcar and raced the locals in the August 13th meeting. In this his first race meeting, he came 2nd and 3rd in his heats and secured a podium 3rd place in the 360 A-Main. Not bad for a Sprintcar Rookie !
Brian stayed in the Darwin region the following 3 weeks after that first race to enjoy the series of Sprintcar “Double Headers” that Northline Speedway always run towards the end of their season. His performances in these races were even more impressive as he continued to amass experience and return consistent results. Brian even qualified for the pole in the 27th August A-Main in what was a brilliant set of drives in his heats (2nd and 1st). Regrettably he was unable to start the A-Main with an unforeseen mechanical issue sidelining him.
Just like the top runners, Brian is planning a fitness campaign of running to trim up what is an already pretty decent body. He plans to race most of the rounds set down for the WA 360’s and indicated there were some pretty big things in store for the Hall’s Motorsport Team – 410’s included. Watch this space for developments.
His next race is back at Narrogin Western Australia for the opening round of the Chamberlain Auto Electrics 360 Power Series on the 15th October. It’s going to get really competetive and interesting I would suggest and having Brian on the clayways will be something to watch.
Good luck Brian, we wish you every success in your new venture!
PS: SAWA’s website is under construction and should be viewable around the end of September : Check out www.sprintcarwa.com.au (hopefully later this month this site will be active)