Trio of Albany drivers set to take centrestage on national broadcast as part of Perth’s V8 Supercars event

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Glen Badger with his 1970 XW GT Falcon and fellow Albany driver Blake Watson.
Camera IconGlen Badger with his 1970 XW GT Falcon and fellow Albany driver Blake Watson. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Albany trio Glenn Badger, Blake Watson and Clinton Rayner are revved up to speed around Wanneroo Raceway in their historic touring cars this weekend as part of the national telecast for Perth’s leg of the V8 Supercars series.

Historic touring cars are part of the support categories that will hit the 2.411km circuit to race on both Saturday and Sunday.

However, one big addition to this year’s event will be that the support races will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Kayo, as part of the V8 Supercars coverage.

Rayner will be driving his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro in the event while Badger, a veteran competitor, will be behind the wheel of his 1970 XW GT Falcon.

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Watson is ready to put the pedal to the metal in his 1968 Morris Mini Cooper.

Blake Watson on two wheels.
Camera IconBlake Watson on two wheels. Credit: Graeme Howie

He said it was an awesome opportunity to race on a national stage.

“Being part of such a national scale event will be huge,” Watson said.

“I’m told the crowd will be huge this year because people haven’t been able to go in the last couple of years.

“Just being part of the Supercars event, on the TV as three guys from Albany going flat out is pretty cool, I think.

“Clinton is really fast, he’d be looking really good. Badge is looking at a top 10 finish. For me, I’m aiming for top 15-20.”

Albany's Clinton Rayner.
Camera IconAlbany's Clinton Rayner. Credit: Supplied

There are 34 people scheduled to compete in their historic touring cars division this week.

Drivers will have a 20-minute practice and 20-minute qualifying session on Friday.

They will then compete in two races on Saturday and two races on Sunday.

“I just love racing, it’s not very often you can race in a big high profile event like this,” Badger said.

“It’s just a great opportunity and a chance to catch up with a whole lot of friends as well.”

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