Former Clare resident and son of Caroline and Butch Bennett, Todd Bennett, has won the ‘Clisby Trophy’ for the speedcar season 2015-16.
The perpetual trophy is given to the aggregate winner at the end of the season (the person with the highest number of points).
Todd’s name has gone alongside some of South Australia’s best speedcar drivers including Phil March and Phil Hereen.
The Clisby Trophy dates back to 1947 and is presented to the club champion. Todd was runner-up in the 2014-15 season.
Todd said he competed in about 12 events this season, stretching right across the state – from Murray Bridge to Whyalla – his season even took him over to Perth, WA, for the Pro-speedcar series, where he competed in three events within one week (these events didn’t qualify him for the club championship).
Hot competition at Perth saw Todd finish 14th overall from a field of 48 teams.
His season in SA has seen great success, claiming several wins throughout the year, including round seven of the American Tire & Racing Services (AT&RS) SA Speedcar Club Championship and his maiden speedcar feature victory.
In what is his fifth year of racing, Todd said he’s preparing to change class to modlite.
He said it was a relatively new class in SA but there was more competition overall in this class. The team have purchased the car and it’s now in the workshop being prepared for the season ahead.
Todd said only minor changes would need to be made to the car, mainly modifications to suit his needs.
But, his sights are already set on the state and national titles which will both be held in Whyalla early next year.
To race speedcar had been a childhood dream of Todd’s, having been taken to speedway meets as a young child he wanted to get out on the track. Speedcar racing is one of the oldest forms of motorsport and this year it’s celebrating 80 years in SA – a significant year for Todd to take out the club championship trophy.
Todd thanks his sponsors: Terry White Chemists, Butch Bennett Crash Repairs, Clare Valley Toyota, MGA Insurance and Hoskin Race Engines, without their support this wouldn’t be possible.