AWARD WINNER: Corey Sandow’s outstanding speedway season saw him named the Mildura Speedway Drivers Club’s Driver of the Year. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
By MITCH RODD
HAVING completely rebuilt his Ford Falcon ED speedway sedan, Corey Sandow didn’t have high expectations for the 2017/18 season.
The 24-year-old however was beyond exceptional, with his form culminating in a podium finish at the Australian Street Stock Title in Adelaide this year.
He also claimed a second place at the Western Australian Street Stock Title, as well as fourth in the Northern Territory and fifth at South Australia.
His outstanding season has been rewarded by being named the Harold Brennan Driver of the Year Perpetual Trophy winner at the Mildura Speedway Drivers Club (MSDC) presentation dinner last weekend. It was the second time he took home the trophy after an outstanding 2009/10 season as a junior. He joins MSDC greats David Smith and Robbie Faux, amongst others, in winning the trophy on multiple occasions.
“With all the names that are on there, it’s an honour to have had my name on there once, let alone twice,” Corey said.
“I was hoping I might be a chance, although I thought Cam Waters might win it after winning the Australian title in his category. I guess for second places in the Nationals and the WA title, and top fives in the Northern Territory and South Australia, I’ve had a pretty consistent year.
“To be named the club driver of the year just topped it off.
“Maintenance was a big thing for me this season. I attended heaps of meetings around the country and I really worked hard on keeping the car in the best possible condition, probably more so than I had done before.
“Seeing how well the faster drivers did really pushed me. These blokes rarely get a DNF (Did Not Finish).
“Jake Drewett, Mark Jennings and Robbie Faux were all really big supporters and gave me plenty of help and advice.
“It was basically a new car. The Falcon had pretty much been rebuilt from scratch so I really wasn’t expecting anything major at the start of the season. The car turned out to be better than I thought.”
The highlight of the season was his podium finish at the Aussie title.
“There were 122 cars that nominated for the Aussies, and I was in 10th after the first night so I wasn’t expecting a lot,” he said.
“I qualified off the back of A-Main, which had me in the top 20, and as a couple of guys were forced to finish I was able to also make a few moves and push myself towards the front and hold on for the podium.
“The next title will be here in Mildura at Timmis Speedway, which will be massive. There’s only one way I can go if I want to improve and to be able to do that here would be the biggest result of my career.”
There is no rest for the wicked however, as Corey is already rebuilding his Falcon again for the new season, which is set to begin in October.
“Basically we’re building a whole new car and making sure it’s built better. Hopefully it will be a bit lighter than the last one,” he said.