Sets in the South goes from strength to strength as organisers already planning to grow event in 2025

Stuart McGuckinAlbany Advertiser
Dayne Bairstow won the final of the V6 class.
Camera IconDayne Bairstow won the final of the V6 class. Credit: Georgia Campion

Occasional spots of rain did little to dampen the spirits of competitors and spectators as Sets in the South went off without a hitch at the weekend.

The event, which was returning to Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway for its second year, drew a crowd of more than 1800 to watch more than 140 competitors lay down rubber on the burnout pad.

Organiser Paul Phillips said it had been a big two days and the response from spectators was “absolutely magnificent”.

“The rain was a bit of a challenge but we managed to power through,” he said.

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“Everybody was telling me how they had had a bloody good time, so we’ve got no complaints there.”

Despite the unseasonable weather, 98 cars were put through qualifying on Friday afternoon before a dual skids exhibition proved a crowd winner in the early evening.

Qualifying continued throughout Saturday, before the finals were held in the evening.

Shannon Carson won the V8 class, Dayne Bairstow won the 6-cylinder final and Wayne Daw won the blown class.

Mr Phillips said he was keen to continue building on the success of the first two events to make it a well-rounded event with a broad appeal.

He said he wanted to add extra elements to the pad such as pyrotechnics and also to focus on promoting the music side of the event.

“We don’t want it to be necessarily all about the burnouts, we want to improve the whole spectator experience,” he said.

“It’s about creating a weekend away, if we are charging $40 for a two-day event full of live entertainment and burnouts I think it’s an experience that is really good value.”

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