ORILLIA, ON – Thunder Car veteran ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Sikes is back on the grind in 2018.
A mixed-bag of events between Sunset Speedway, Sauble Speedway and others tracks across Ontario dot Sikes schedule this season – and this Sunday his team will roll into Round 2 of the upstart Great Lakes Concrete Super Stock Series at Sauble Speedway with hopes of fashioning their first win in almost four years.
“Big races like this are what we live for,” says Sikes. “We’ve been staying up late all week to make sure our stuff is ready for this weekend. Sunset and Sauble have done an awesome job putting this series together. The buildup and anticipation is huge. We’re excited for it.”
The former Barrie Speedway winner is no stranger to contending for wins in the talent-rich Thunder Car division and has invested countless hours over the off-season to ensure his team’s chances of returning to the top of the proverbial mountain.
“I guess you could argue that we’re backed into a corner a bit after how last year went,” “But, all that does is get me fired up. When we were at Barrie [Speedway] every Saturday we were contenders on a nightly basis. I’m ready to get back to that.”
“We learned a lot in our mistakes last year,” adds Sikes. “I feel rejuvenated now because of that. This team might as well be brand new now with how much we changed over the Winter. We’re ready to get back to running up front.”
Though despite his 2017 shortcomings, Sikes retains his belief in what his team can accomplish during their rebound 2018 campaign.
“This sport has always been about rebounding from things,” opines Sikes. “I’ve been competing in it my entire adult life – and I’ve learned how important it is to bounce back when you get knocked down.”
“You’re going to win some but you’re going to lose even more – that’s never going to change. But, if you don’t know how to pick yourself up and dust yourself off, then this might be the wrong sport for you.”
“We didn’t meet our potential last year,” continues the Hawkestone, ON native. “We recognized that as a team and we went home and shored up some of the things that we felt were holding us back. Now, we’re excited to come back out and showcase our new mindset and our new program.”