Lionel Kirkby has certainly been one of the quiet achievers in Late Model racing in recent years.
Although not yet running a full Pro Dirt Series schedule, he has been a regular in the Winter Development Series as he hones his skills and builds up his race craft.
“Having won the 2016 Winter Series and then competing in the Winter Series of 2017, I am happy to say I had reasonable success throughout,” he says. “We consistently ran in the top six and stayed out of trouble which was a positive.”
This season will see the Kirkby team get to as many meetings as they can, but with work commitments his availability is significantly reduced.
“That certainly does make it hard to race a lot,” he says, “But our aims for the season are to finish the year out with no major problems and also to try and complete a couple of rounds in the Di Candilo Steel City USA Invasion Tour. We also want to then try for the National Title at Murray Bridge.”
Of course, being a self-sponsored car, courtesy of Kirkby Bobcat & Excavations, it makes the budget a little tighter and the team is always on the lookout for extra support and sponsorship! That being said, Kirkby also acknowledges his pit crew, who he says work incredibly hard behind the scenes which makes it a little easier for him.
The XLI Pro Dirt Series gets back underway on the 28th of October at the Perth Motorplex for the Powerpalooza Opening event!