The former Australian International Speedway GP rider Jason Crump won three World Solo Championships in an illustrious career, however he only rides in selected high profile Australian events these days and quickly accepted an invitation to ride in the International Friendlies against the old foe, Great Britain at Pinjar Park Speedway in the West on Friday and Saturday evening.
It has been almost 20 years since we last saw Jason Crump race in Perth.
Jason Crump’s inclusion in the Australian side certainly bolsters their hopes of taking it up to a strong young Lions side which includes another 3 times World Solo Champion, Tai Woffinden.
Western Australian International Cam Heeps who recently returned from another very successful season in the UK racing for the Ipswich Witches was in scintillating form at his first ride back on Australian soil when he won the Solo Final at the recent Jeff Gittus Memorial meeting at Pinjar Park. Cam will be the anchor for Australia and his workload on both nights will be huge.
Another South Australian Fraser Bowes has been bought into the Australian side to replace WA rider; Doug Scoble, who has had to withdraw due to out of town work commitments.
Fraser is the grandson of Former Australian Sidecar Champion Len Bowes, a tough and fearless racer who dominated sidecar racing in SA and Australia for many years. Fraser has previously raced at Pinjar Park as a junior, winning the Australian 125cc Championship at this venue.
Fraser will join two West Australian hotshots, former WA Champion, Dan Winchester and Kale Ballantyne.
Graeme Sinden from “Talking About Speedway” said he was delighted with the changes to the Australian line up. “I believe the new look Australian lineup is as good or better than the original team and it hasn’t gotten any easier for Great Britain to win against our boys. All riders are in great shape and it is good to have riders who can step up and gain experience at this level”.
Speedway Motorcycle Club of WA President Marshall McDiarmid said he supported the changes to the lineup and congratulated Mark Lemon for being able to turn things around quickly and assist the club to select this strong new look side at late notice.
Marshall said, “It’s is a credit to him and his commitment to speedway. I think the inclusion of Jason Crump, Dakota Ballantyne and Fraser Bowes are fantastic and the new look side looks very well balanced on paper”.
Pictured below: Jason Crump, Fraser Bowes and Dakota Ballantyne who have been bought into the Australian side to challenge the Young Lions in two International Friendlies at Pinjar Park in Western Australia.
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