The 2017 series for the Wheelchair Grand Prix at Whalan Reserve has one round to go.
Rodney Baxter has been the pace setter for most of the season and has all but wrapped up the championship in both divisions but there is still plenty of competition for the minor places.
Jimmy ‘Big Wheels’ Jackson has been around the sport since 2014 but had to join the series late.
He made plenty of impact though, taking out the round seven races.
“I hadn’t participated in any sports for a couple of years so this is my comeback I guess you could say,” he said.
“I’m a racer. I’ve always loved motorsport, even from a young age. I love rugby league and I played wheelchair rugby league for years but there was nothing like this available.”
Jackson’s first event this year was the Hunter Regional Finals, where he finished second in the unrestricted WF1 class.
Organiser Chris Quinlan said it’s been a close season with a tight competition between second and sixth but it’s been great to welcome new competitors every week.
“What we want to do outside of just getting people racing is bringing it to the public eye,” Quinlan said.
“It’s a hidden demographic, so to be able to put it forward in a motorsport context rather than a disability context is one of my main personal goals just so people see what these guys are capable of.”
The final round of the series is on Friday at the model car club at Whalan Reserve from 10am.
For more information or to get involved, visit: www.facebook.com/wheelchairgrandprix/
Check our racing from last month’s Newcastle titles.