TODD Wigzell will extend his famous family’s connections to Allansford’s Premier Speedway tomorrow night when he chases victory in the Victorian Wingless Sprints title.
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The 30-year-old South Australian will make his Premier Speedway debut, 38 years after his grandfather Bill raced into speedway folklore.

Driving the Kevin Fischer-owned car named Suddenly, Bill Wigzell won the second Classic ever contested. Tomorrow night his grandson will carry the same number on his car – South Australia 88.

Todd revealed he had resisted the urge to change his number to Australia one after winning the national championship almost two weeks ago in Sydney.

“It’s a bit of a family tradition,” he said.

“I always wanted to run 88 on my car.”

He said the trip back from Sydney to Adelaide and a subsequent rebuild of his engine for tomorrow night meant he had no time to change the number even if he wanted.

Wigzell, who wasn’t born when Bill won the Classic, said he had watched several Classics at Premier Speedway and been a crew member for Luke Dillon.

But tomorrow night will be his first time on the track as a competitor.

“Ninety per cent of drivers say Warrnambool is the best track to race on. I’ve been keen to race there for a long time.” He said the Victorian title had always been on his schedule this season but a recent announcement next year’s national title would be held at Premier added the importance of getting laps around the circuit.

He predicted he would base next season around defending his national crown, which meant several more trips from across the border to Allansford.

The plumber said he expected tough competition tomorrow night, with 65 cars entered for the Victorian title.

Wigzell, the 2010 South Australian title holder, said he was familiar with many Victorian drivers, including former state champ Jeff Judd, of Camperdown.

“It’s a matter of getting through the heats without incident and starting somewhere near the front.”

The wingless sprints title is the headline feature tomorrow with AMCAR Nationals also on the program.

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