One of the exciting things about Late Model racing in Western Australia is that newer drivers get the chance to develop and hone their skills in the offseason in the Winter Development Series.
Running at a number of tracks, some of the more experienced drivers offer their advice and assistance to these newer drivers to help speed along their development and get them ready for the cutthroat Pro Dirt Series.
One of the success stories from this series is former Sprintcar pilot and now Late Model regular Rob Wells, who this year, driving his #2 machine, will step up into the XLI Pro Dirt Series.
“Basically we ran most of the Development Series which allowed us to really get the hang of the car and saw us get quicker each race and a lot more consistent,” says Rob. “Now that we have that under our belt, we are looking to do most of the XLI Pro Dirt Series rounds at this stage.”
As well as the series rounds, Wells is looking forward to also competing in the Di Candilo Steel City USA Invasion Tour, where he has set himself some basic goals for his first crack at the big leagues.
“At this stage of the game our main aim is just to be consistent and continue on our good development series results,” he says.
Being the managing director of CTM Recruitment and stepping up as a sponsor for a driver’s award this season for the Late Models and LMRAWA is another exciting element for the team who are excited to be involved not just as a race team but also as a business putting something back into the series. Also exciting is the prospect of some new equipment as the season goes on.
“With the support of the rest of the team, we are currently looking at updating to a new car, which will give our team a great opportunity to perform well in the series,” smiles Wells. “My crew chief Murray Wyles has been my crew chief since my Sprintcar days and really puts most of the work in on race days, along with the guidance of Alan Nylander who has been a great mentor since entering into the late model ranks. These two have been amazing.”
With the amount of support behind him, Wells is sure to be successful, and is quite simply ready to race:
“Overall we are really looking forward to the new season and most importantly having fun!”