He might be a calculated and quietly spoken man off the race track, but on track Wade McCarthy doesn’t hold back.
It’s McCarthy’s skill and timing, as well as his recent form in the Modified Sedan class, that sees the local driver one of the favourites to claim the Murray Magic this weekend.
McCarthy has been around the race track more than a few times, first in Juniors, then Mini Sprints and then first jumping in the drivers seat of a Modified Sedan in 2008.
He’s shares the driving duties with his dad, Peter “Spider” McCarthy, with the pair selling their much loved Commodore last year and transitioning to an AU Falcon.
“It is a lot of fun and a great challenge getting the car set up right, adapting to changing track conditions,” McCarthy said.
With nominations in the high 30s for the Murray Magic, McCarthy said racing is going to be tough.
“With some very fast drivers from all over Victoria and potentially Queensland (depending on restrictions), I am expecting very close racing,” McCarthy said.
“Drivers to watch include the Australian Number One of Kye Walters, who is always very quick, as well as former National Champions David Smith and Max Clarke.
“Local drivers Jake Drewett and Martin Hawson have also been in great form this season so far.”
McCarthy said with the amount of cars nominated, the level of competition and the 50 lap final facing drivers on Sunday night, he would be happy to finish top 10.
“But anything can happen in these big events so you never know, it would be awesome to sneak in with a podium,” he added.
Regardless of how the event unfolds for McCarthy, he said this is going to be one of the biggest events Timmis Speedway has ever had.
“With the Modified Sedan feature, plus a big entry list for the Sprintcars and two Modlite State Titles there will be plenty of action,” he said.
For more on Timmis Speedway this weekend, as well as Brendon Gledhill’s Sultans of Slide column and details surrounding the Supercharged Shootout see our Easter feature.