The 2021 Chariots of Thunder Sprintcar Series is set to be one of the biggest open wheel events on the Australian Sprintcar racing calendar. Over 50 of Australia’s best drivers are set to return to the Top End in what is set to be two action packed weekends in August.
On top of a huge field of Sprintcars, fans will also be treated to the return of Speedcar racing for the first time at Northline Speedway since the 1990’s. With prize money of approximately $30,000 on offer, Chariots of Thunder will be fielding some of the best Speedcar talent from Australia and New Zealand.
Four-time Australian Speedcar Champion and Hall of Famer Warrenne Ekins is excited to see this much-loved category to return to Darwin. “It’s been a long time, but to see Speedcars return to Northline is fantastic and fans should expect a trip down memory lane, along with some real excitement on track”.
Returning in a big way will also be the Wingless Sprint category with over 30 competitors ready to hit the track and battle it out for one of the most attractive prize pools across Australia. Working closely in conjunction with the local association, NT Wingless Sprints President Shane Norman is anticipating a big four nights of racing. “It was a great field in 2019 and with the introduction of prize money and the Pope Challenge, we are expecting a large amount of interest for the 2021 event”.
The Pope Challenge will be offered across all three open-wheel classes which allows the pole sitter on the final night of racing to relinquish their position and start from rear of field. Should they navigate their way from rear to pole position, they could score themselves a further cash bonus. The Sprintcars Pope Challenge is back at a cool $35,000, the first ever Speedcar Pope Challenge will be $15,000 and Wingless Sprints $6,500.
In 2020, Chariots of Thunder was one of many events to be affected by COVID-19, announcing the cancellation of the event in March 2020. Since then, the event promoters have been working hard to ensure they return in a big way. Event Director Jacalin Ekins added, “we are expecting over 100 open wheel cars to come to Darwin in 2021 and all sections provide dynamic and exciting racing. This year is definitely one not to miss”.
Running over two weekends, promoters have lined up a weeklong of events to make this the ultimate family getaway. Events include the famous Street Party, Mitchell Street Motorcade and Fan Appreciation Night with further details to come.
Racing fans are being encouraged to secure their spots for the ultimate open wheel event of 2021 by jumping on the Northline Speedway website. Nominations for all sections are NOW OPEN on the Northline Speedway website, www.northlinespeedway.com.au.