WARRNAMBOOL, Australia – Hailing from Penngrove, Calif., Buddy Kofoid just turned 16, making him eligible to race a sprint car in Australia and enter the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic on Jan. 19-21 at Premier Speedway.
Having already raced for 11 years, Kofoid first practiced a sprint carat the age of 9 and has drawn comparisons to his fellow Californian Kyle Larson and Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell after becoming the youngest winner of the Johnny Key Classic at Ocean Speedway when he outlasted Andy Forsberg to capture the 50-lap feature event.
Over the past couple of seasons respected Sydney based car owner Peter Gordon has worked closely with Kofoid and his family and is now faced with the prospect of bringing Kofoid to Australia for a whirlwind month of racing, which includes the 46th South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
For his visit to Australia Kofoid will be in familiar equipment with his own Maxim Chassis and Don Ott Racing-prepared engine set to provide him with a competitive and comfortable car right out of the box.
The team will be supported by his American based car owner Gary Silva and Gary Silva Ranches, Essential Fabrication and Maintenance, Eliminator Race Wings, The Sign Centre and Blackshaw’s.
Joining Kofoid in another healthy batch of entries is West Australian Taylor Milling.
Milling, who is no stranger to Sungold Stadium, having competed in Warrnambool for many seasons, will return aboard the familiar Totally Work Wear Midland and Vic Park-backed, KRE Race Engines-powered Maxim with further support coming from Westralian Diamond Drillers.
In addition to Kofoid, Taylor Milling, Tim Hutchins, Keke Falland, Jock Goodyer, James Inglis and De Paoli have also filed entries for the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.