Driver’s breakthrough victory in motorsport

Simpson Speedway driver Matty Symons, 20, won the prestigious Formula 500 Speedweek title.

Simpson Speedway driver Matty Symons, 20, won the prestigious Formula 500 Speedweek title.

SIMPSON product Matty Symons has landed a major milestone in the early stages of his promising speedway career.

The 20-year-old won the Formula 500 Speedweek title, a hotly contested six-round series competed across south-west Victorian speedways.

Symons had a top-10 finish in each race, which included his maiden Formula 500 feature win at Hamilton and two second-place finishes, at Portland and Premier Speedway.

The up-and-coming driver, who first sat behind the wheel of a racing car as a 12 year old, said his team was thrilled with the result against the nation’s top Formula 500 drivers.

Symons pictured with the coveted trophy.

Symons pictured with the coveted trophy.

Symons wrapped up the series win with an eighth-placed finish at Darlington on Sunday night.

“There are usually about 40 cars each night,” he said.

“It was a shock, we get people from across the state and a few interstaters competing as well.

“We had a pretty good run coming into it, we had a bit of confidence, but we never thought we’d win it.”

Symons said he hoped his breakthrough win would create opportunities to fast track his desire to compete in 360 Sprintcar racing in the future.

“It attracts sponsors and gets your name out there,” he said.

“Hopefully I can get a ride in the Sprintcars or something, that’s my goal.

“There’s a lot of money involved, so I’ve just got to wait and see if we can put a deal together.”

Symons said he was pleased with his development in the sport and he hoped to continue building his form in 2015-16.

“Every year you get a little bit wiser and a little better,” he said.

“I’ll be in the Formula 500s for the season and we’ve got a few local events and state titles coming up, so hopefully I can keep improving.”

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