17 May 2011 - Bendigo reinsman Paul Campbell and Nic Dyer are part of a five driver team representing Victoria in the annual Elders Insurance Drivers Invitation Series to take place this Friday night at South Australia’s Port Pirie track. The Port Pirie Club have invited eleven drivers to compete in the Series.
Five Victorian drivers and six South Australian drivers will contest a minimum of three races, scoring points for each drive in accordance with their finishing position. In addition to Maiden Gully trainer/driver Campbell and Junortoun driver Dyer, Michael Bellman, Lisa Miles and Caleb Lewis will also represent Victoria. Dyer, Campbell and Lewis are all have been invited to contest the series for the first time. “I got the call up to say I was part of the Victoria team last week when Port Pirie Secretary Neville Thomson contacted me,” Campbell said. “It’s a tremendous competition and the Club gets great local support from the town, I just hope I draw some fast horses because the drivers there have all the local track knowledge which is a good head start on us.” The South Aussies in the Series are local champion David Harding, Ryan Hryhorec, Leah Harvey, Jake Webster and father and son duo David and Michael Smith. David Harding was last season’s Port Pirie Driver of the Year and currently SA’s leading driver with 157 winners to date. Michael Smith was the leading young driver at Port Pirie in Season 2009/2010 while Jake Webster leads the way in the current season and will be representing South Australia in the Australasian Young Drivers Series in New Zealand in June. Leah Harvey, who will be driving on her home track, is the defending title holder, winning the Invitation series last year.