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Two-out-of-three ain’t bad for speedway car

By Patrick Nelson

File photo: The CDU car racing in the street stock division at Arunga Park File photo: The CDU car racing in the street stock division at Arunga Park

Charles Darwin University’s project car was among the thick of the action in the street stock division when the Alice Springs speedway season kicked off at Arunga Park recently.

Automotive student Rowan Prudham took the EA Falcon to a second and a third placing in the heats, and was unlucky not to finish a third race.

“It was a pretty good weekend all in all, although I blew a power-steering belt, which forced me out of one race,” said Rowan, now in his sixth year as a speedway driver.

“We finished a fair way down the points table last season, so hopefully we can build on that with a few placings and maybe a couple of wins this season,” he said.

“Most of all we want to finish the season in one piece.”

Rowan said the Certificate III Automotive students, under the tuition of lecturer Rob Tucker, did the hard work, preparing the vehicle for each round.

“I don’t actually work on the car; I’m just the lucky guy who gets to drive it,” he said.

The vehicle has been fitted out with a new power-steering belt, alternator belt and a set of tyres in preparation for its next meeting.

Rowan, who lives and works in Alice as a heavy diesel apprentice, travels to Darwin where he is part way through a Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (heavy vehicle stream).