Casino speedway ace Justin Pirlo races in the Litre Sprint Car division.
Casino speedway ace Justin Pirlo races in the Litre Sprint Car division. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Casino driver needs financial push

CASINO Speedway driver Justin Pirlo is a man on a mission and there is only one thing standing in his way - money.

The 18-year-old is a self-confessed speedway tragic and has been forced to cover the bulk of his expenses without sponsorship.

"It's tough because I'm racing against guys that have anywhere between five to 10 sponsors," Pirlo said.

"I'm lucky to have Grafton Mobile Batteries and Dave from Southwest Metals sponsors me too.

"The more money you have the faster your car will go."

Pirlo has always had an obsession with racing.

He worked in the pits of the Lismore speedway as a boy and idolised local drivers Rob Scofield and John Leslight.

He currently races litre sprintcars and would love to compete out of the area on tracks like Parramatta City Raceway.

Pirlo has spent thousands of dollars on building his own cars and says he would do it all over again.

"I've spent endless hours on my last car and it's cost between $10,000 to $15,000," he said.

"And with travel expenses and work we've done on the car, I can only really afford to race once or twice a month.

"I'm lucky because my family helps me but I'll take any other assistance I can get," he said.

His mother, Debbie, hopes he will have more local opportunities to race next year.

"Racing has always been his thing and coming out of juniors has been a real learning curve for him," Mrs Pirlo said.

"It's tough because there haven't been many local races in his division.

"I think they're planning to feature the litre sprintcars at Lismore next year so hopefully Justin will go forward leaps and bounds."

Anyone looking to assistance Justin can reach him on 0427 607 716.



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