National champs club’s high point

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Albany will host the 57th Australian National Soapbox Championships on Sunday, the highlight of the Albany Soapbox Club calendar.

After a delayed start to the regular season, three qualifying rounds have been held in the past three weeks in the lead-up to the national championships.

A total of 21 drivers will take part in the racing up on Apex Drive, Mt Clarence across the junior and senior divisions.

Albany will have 13 competitors, and eight drivers are travelling from Perth to make up a field of 12 juniors and nine seniors.

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Tayissa Condren from Albany, won the junior national title last year and has now stepped up to the senior ranks, while last year’s senior champion Rylan Patterson will not defend his crown.

Albany Soapbox Club president Larry Puls said it shaped as being a busy and exciting day of racing on Sunday.

“We can’t do anything on the Saturday so it will all be on Sunday,” Puls said.

“The numbers are down a little bit and the weather looks very kind.

“Spectators are more than welcome and we have a canteen available all day.

“The juniors will be the ones to watch this year. In our racing over the past three weeks it’s amazing to see how close they are.”

Racing will start about 9.30am on Sunday and wrap up at 4pm.

Four qualifying races per driver will be held in the morning before a top 12 is cut down to a top four that will then decide who becomes the national champion.

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