Recently Bruce Stephens from BSR (Bruce Stephens Racing) and David “Buzz” Aldersley from Buzzard Racing booked Rolling Thunder Raceway in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria and conducted a closed-track Test and Drive day. Torque Tube Media was lucky enough to be invited to document the day in Video and Photos.
Both Race Team Owners invited close friends/relatives and Crew Members and made their cars available for a skid so that traditional “Non-Drivers” could experience the unbelievable thrill of driving an open wheel Sprintcar – most for the very first time.
Long time crew member for both Teams, Matt Stock, and his sister Zoe, gave a drive to their father, Dave Stock, as a 60 th Birthday present. Best present in the world hey !
It was interesting to see the expression on people’s faces and comments afterwards. I have been to a few of these Drive days now and one thing never changes – people are blown away and utterly gob-smacked with the performance of these unique beasts. It is a standard reaction that you get all the time – and they are all totally right in saying Sprintcars are “SIMPLY AWESOME”. How true it is !
BSR had on hand their V91 A.R.T Chassis with a JSR (John Sydney Racing) 410 Chev and Buzzard Racing fronted up with two Foster Chassis’s, one with David Aldersley’s open 410 and the other with his good old faithful 372. They looked like a perfect pigeon pair except the 372 had David’s name on the side panel while the 410 displayed his Partner’s name – Kathryn (just for the day !)
Never short for surprises, Bruce Stephens invited established Formula 500 Champion Liam Williams to drive his the V91. Bruce has been keeping a close eye on the
development of this young Speedway hotshoe for some years now and this coming season
is planning on enlisting Williams to perform racing duties in the BSR House
The Test and Drive day for Liam Williams (2010/2011 National Formula 500 Champion) was all about sizing things up – to see if Williams was comfortable with the car and that the transition from Formula 500 to Sprintcars was a reality.
At the end of the day it was a Win-Win situation. Williams’ transition to the fire breathing Sprintcar was sensational. He was quick as soon as he hit the track and got quicker again as the day went on. With over 60 full-pace racing laps over 5 separate drive sessions, Williams looked like a pro. He was smooth, fast, confident and demonstrated text book throttle control as the track dried and dusted up.
Bruce Stephens’ plan is to start off with a 360 in the A.R.T and run as many of the local Victorian shows as they can and then possibly have a look later in the season at using his JSR (John Sidney Racing) 410 powerplant.
All eyes will be on Liam Williams and the BSR Team for season 2012/13. On paper it looks like a winning combination and if the Test and Drive day is any indication, the BSR Team are in for one helluva season.
Anyway it was a top day. For a change, the Melbourne winter weather was spot on – prefect blue sky, beautiful sunshine and no wind. Everyone had a ball thanks to Buzz and Bruce.