It can be a tough ask for any driver to compete in the Late Model Pro Dirt Series. Racing at different tracks, adapting to changes and competing against some of the toughest competition in the nation week in week out can be hard work for anyone.

One of the drivers who took on the challenge in 2016/17 was James Batley. Last season was a learning curve for the whole Farm Boys Racing Team, who once the summer season was over, then elected to race a few events of the Development Series in the off season to get some more laps under their belt. This worked well, with James scoring solid results including a feature win and now the team are setting their eyes back on the XLI Pro Dirt Series.

“This season we’re hoping to just keep improving and get faster now we’ve got a better understanding of the car and how everything works,’ says James. “Prior to the development season Kye Blight went through the car and gave us a few more pointers that have helped a lot, so now we just keep soldiering on and doing our best.”

When asked about what his aims look like for the season, Batley is cautious about setting particular goals, sharing only that he is determined to finish more races this time around and, in his own words, not wreck the car as much!

Batley has some good support him and would like to say a huge thanks to The Mango Place Broome, Vasse Fertilisers, Cowaramup Agencies, Rods Auto Electrics and Moyle Race Engines, whom without their support he says it would be very hard to keep doing laps.

This season team will be competing in the XLI Pro Dirt Series, starting this weekend at the Ellenbrook Speedway.

“At this stage we will be doing all of the Pro Dirt Series rounds, at least until the budget gets tired,” says Batley. “There’s no real fixed plan though, we will just take it week by week and see how we go”

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