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Feb 26, 2013


THE SHANNONS Australian Motor Racing Nationals is pleased to announce Callan Sayers as the winner of the inaugural Swift Drivers Challenge.

The 19-year-old Queensland-based Sayers will receive a fully-funded drive in the 2013 Australian Suzuki Swift Racing Series in a Shannons Nationals-backed entry, valued at $50,000.

Sayers edged out an impressively close competition across three days of driving at Lakeside Raceway and the Norwell Driver Training facility near the Gold Coast, winning the competition by just a handful of points.

The quality of competitors was shown in the final standings with the top six drivers covered by less than ten points overall, following three days of scoring across a number of disciplines.

Drivers were assessed on a variety of criteria including speed, consistency, media ability and a wide-range of on and off track activities in an attempt to find the best overall driver.

Sayers – who has two Swift Series round starts to his credit late last season – will get his full-time title tilt underway at Mallala Raceway in South Australia, across the April 19-21 weekend.

“I’m a very happy person right now,” the winner exclaimed.

“I want a career out of the sport and I went in confident that I could do my best – I wasn’t expecting to win it so I’m very pleased with the result.

“It is great to lock in a full season of racing for the year ahead because up to this point, everything else was up in the air. It’s a great opportunity.”

Sayers said the weekend was an experience that would result in him becoming a better driver overall.

“It was a fantastic event that the team put together, the driving advice not just from Allan Grice, but from Ryall Harris, Paul Stokell, Steve Owen and Steve Robinson was fantastic and everyone picked up a lot.

“I noticed an improvement in all the other competitors as well as in myself, so that was fantastic.

“I am excited about the season ahead. I did two rounds of the series last year and made a lot of friends from it so it’s great to go back.

“Because the cars are all equal, it puts the emphasis back on the driver and produces great racing.”

Organisers were pleased with the level of competition in the inaugural Swift Drivers Challenge and said the point system worked well in separating one winner from a close pack.

“The process of arriving at a winner was always going to be difficult, but we’re satisfied that the points system did the job,” competition manager Liam Curkpatrick said.

“Given the requirement to assess both on track and off track activities, the system was as fair as possible to all participants no matter what their background or experience.

“The competition was designed to arrive at a winner who showed strength and consistency in all areas, and in Callan we are certain we have it.

“Congratulations to everyone involved across the weekend and well done to Callan for his outstanding performance.”