CAMBRIDGE, ON – Popular Flamboro Speedway Pro Late Model regular Blair Wickett announced this week his intentions to field a Part-time APC United Late Model Series effort for the 2018 season.
The former Mini Stock standout will look to contend for the cross-province tour’s Rookie of the Year title, alongside fellow Flamboro ex-pat Chad Corcoran after a strong freshman campaign in Flamboro’s weekly Pro Late Model division in 2017.
‘’I can’t see how any Late Model driver in the province wouldn’t be fired up about the chance of racing with the APC Series,” offers Wickett. “There’s no doubt the tour is the pinnacle of short track racing in Ontario right now. The level of talent on that roster is pretty incredible. It’s the most organized and most exciting thing going these days – and our team couldn’t be more excited to jump on and be a part of it next year.”
While Wickett is aware of the challenge ahead of his team, there’s no questioning the enthusiasm of his family-owned outfit ahead of what they see as a golden opportunity to carve out a name for themselves.”We are definitely looking for more financial help, More sponsors will decide on how many races we will file for.”
“There’s definitely going to be an adjustment period – we know that coming in,” admits the personable up-and-comer. “Everything from our at-home prep to the way we treat things in the pits to the way we approach the races themselves is going to be totally different. We’re used to heat races and 30-lap features, so the whole concept of Time Trial qualifying and 100-lap races is something brand new. It’s going to be a lot of work – but we’re ready for it.”
“I believe in our team and what we can accomplish,” insist Wickett. “We have a lot of respect for what we’re going to be up against next year, but we wouldn’t be taking this on if we didn’t think we could handle it. Our number one goal is to finish every race we start and gain more valuable seat time” It’s already sounding like there should be a good handful of first-year drivers on the tour, so that should be a show all on its own.”
“This is a really exciting time for us,” continues the Cambridge, ON racer with a smile. “We’re a real small team and to have this kind of opportunity to go out on the road and race with the heavyhitters in this division means everything to us. The nerves haven’t really set in yet because right now we’ve just been thinking about what our plan is and what we need to do to be ready in the Spring. I’m counting the days, man. I really am. I can’t wait for 2018.”