The name Ludlow has always been synonymous with speedway racing in Western Australia, with Stan Ludlow, Ben Ludlow Snr and Jnr and Brad Ludlow all making an impact in various divisions and different ways in the past.
Now searching to make his own mark is the youngest racing member of the family in Ryan Ludlow, who last season put together one of his best runs of racing in some years.
“Last season went really well for myself and the team compared to many of our more recent seasons,” muses Ryan. “We were able to get some good, positive results across the year, leading a few laps here and there in heat races and passing a lot of cars throughout the night. Achieving this with us running a lot of second hand equipment was a great confidence booster and proved not only to myself but our team that there is still hope.”
Even though the team blew the motor in the final meeting of the last season, the Ludlow Racing team will once again do what they have always done best; putting those issues behind them and bouncing back.
This time around, this means the team will compete at as many shows as possible, but they are unsure on exactly how many this will be due to the costs involved.
“My main aim for this season will be to try to get in as many of the Motorplex meetings as possible,” shares Ryan. “My first meeting will be the awesome Powerpalooza on the 28th of October at the ‘Plex and we will see where we go from there really, but the race I’m really focusing on is the Di Candilo Steel City Late Model Nationals. This is a big race and last season we struck out early on the first night after heavy contact with the wall, so we plan on having a different impact this time around!”
Also on Ryan’s radar is to quite simply be more consistent, in both heat races and feature races, finishing more events than they have in previous years. With support from his sponsors Ludlow Racing, Ben Ludlow Automotives, Remote Fire WA and Kel’s Tyres Narrogin, Ryan should be well on track to achieving this, especially with the family support he also receives.
“I would really like to thank my dad mostly,” says Ryan. “The bloke really has a never say never attitude and without him this season really wouldn’t be happening. The same goes for my brother Brad as he is always going out of his way to point me in the right direction and help me when in need. Even more than that I have to thank my partner Kati for putting up with the long hours I spend at the shop on the cars, as well as Keggy for always going out of his way to be on hand at the track and in the shed between his own racing; the bloke is a champ!”