New Zealand race team owner Aaron Drever has confirmed California’s Rico Abreu will be returning to Australasia for next season’s rounds of the POWRi World Midget Championship.
Drever said Abreu will have the best equipment made available to him for his world title stint, which will commence at Auckland’s Western Springs Speedway in New Zealand on Dec. 26.
After contesting the initial rounds in the New Zeland leg of the 2015 season World Championship, he will then head to Australia where Brisbane’s Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway and Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway will be the host venues.
Brisbane leads off the Australian sector with rounds set for Jan. 24-25 before the travelling teams head to Lismore for another two rounds the following weekend (Jan. 30-31).
Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander said he was delighted to learn Abreu will be contesting the World Midget Championship.
“Rico is a talent, there’s no doubt about that. He really knows his stuff and his inclusion in the starting line-up for next season’s world title is a big plus for the championship which was very successful in Australia and New Zealand with its inaugural running last season,” Lander said. “There will be other American names added later in the year, but I can already assure you we will again be seeing the cream of American midget talent on hand and the racing will be as good as last season.”
Small in stature but mighty big on talent, Abreu is currently in the middle of an extensive American race campaign. He is one of the busiest drivers in the U.S. this season, driving both midgets and sprint cars with upward of 136 events on his schedule.
He already has multiple victories to his credit, including triumphs with USAC and the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.