Currently contesting his first season in the Junior Quarter Midgets Novice A class, Jake Bradley is thoroughly enjoying his speedway racing career, already having experienced feature-race success.
Having graduated from the Novice B class in the 2015-16 season, his rookie season, the six-year-old racer has certainly taken to competitive racing and already has a number of feature-race wins under his belt, with one of his highlights thus far being racing against his good friend Hudson Moorfoot, who has really come into his own this season.
With his dad, Chris, sporadically racing Street Stocks and AMCA Nationals throughout the last two decades, along with his uncle Justin Drew, a former Australian Modified Sedan Champion, Jake’s path into Speedway was clear from an early age, with his older sister Madison, 10, helping out at the track and three-year-old Emma keen to get racing as soon as she’s able.
The Bannockburn-based racer loves being a part of the speedway community, where he’s made a number of good friendships, and is drawn to the speed and exciting nature of competitive racing.
Often watching his favourite driver Jamie Veal and seeing the success he has achieved for himself, Jake has also set high goals which he is dedicated to achieving. In the future, Jake’s aspiration is to one day race the big and fast Late Models and he has already set his sights on reaching this goal.
Jake would like to thank the following 2016-17 sponsors for their valued support: Justin Drew Plumbing Services, Dan’s Electrical Services, IPTA Fibreglass, I&J Speedway Equipment and Dirt Track Diner. He would also like to give special thanks to is mum Rachel, his dad Chris, car owners Gary and Helen Drew and his sisters, Madison and Emma.
A Junior Quarter Midget is a quarter scale version of an actual open wheel midget (Speedcar) which is open to race for kids between five and 16 years of age. The cars are built around a tubular chromoly frame including ant-intrusion bars and kick-outs to stop wheel interference. All vehicles are fully suspended with coil over racing shock absorbers.
The vehicle bodies consist of fibreglass and aluminium and the cars are powered by Honda GX120 or GX160 single cylinder air-cooled 4 cycle engines providing 4.5–5.5 horsepower in standard configuration. The emphasis in Quarter Midget Racing is on participation and skill building and as such, the JQMA has a strict sealed, standard motor policy.
For more information on Junior Quarter Midgets Victoria, visit their website at www.jqmv.com.au or contact their President Graham Hutchinson on 0417 566 709.