Drivers Primed for Top End Challenge

ntsprintcarsFrom Daniel Powell


It may be the speedway off season for the majority of states in Australia, but in the Northern Territory, their season is alive and well. Late next month at Northline Speedway in Darwin over two weekends, they will be running the Top End Challenge for 360 Sprintcars.


In excess of 20 competitors, including a host of interstate entrants that includes Trent Pigdon from Western Australia and Wayne Logue from Victoria, will contest the Top End Challenge that’s going to be held on Friday and Saturday night of August 23 and 24 for the Darwin Title, and then the Friday and Saturday night of August 30 and 31 for the Northern Territory Title.


Heading the local contenders will be Jamie McInnes, father and son team of Peter and Jason McIver, and a host of others. After last season’s events were won by Western Australian Trent Pigdon and Victorian Tony Moule, the locals are not only primed to keep their prestigious events in their grasp but also claim their fair share of the $15,000 prize pool.


Apart from a lot of healthy competition, there’s $2,000 up for grabs for the feature-race winner on both Saturday nights, and there’s also encouraging tow money on offer for competitors travelling from interstate. There will be $1,500 on offer in tow money for interstate competitors.


The Top End Challenge format will be time trials, two rounds of heat races (10 laps) and a preliminary feature race (20 laps) on the Friday nights, while the Saturday night events will consist of a further two heat races (10 laps), B main (15 laps), and feature race (40 laps).


All entrants must have 360 Sprintcars that are SCCA registered. Other requirements are, running the new rules of the front torsion bar plugs and Hans and neck devices have to be within five years of its stamp.


Top End Challenge nomination forms can be obtained by emailing, or to find out more information contact Jason McIver 0408 818 544 or Mark King 0447 021 705.


Nomination forms can also be downloaded from the website.


The NT 360 Sprintcars have launched their official website: