REIGNING Kurt Murdoch Classic champion Chris Pagel is set to return to Maryborough Speedway to defend his crown at the huge New Year's event.
The annual production sedans race is held on December 30-31 every year, and honours the memory of young Maryborough speedway driver Kurt Murdoch, who was crushed while he operated a crane at a construction site at Westside Christian College, Goodna, in 2012.
He was a keen speedway driver who spent much of his time devoted to the sport, and this will be the fifth time he 50-lap race honours the late driver's memory.
The event usually attracts some of the country's best drivers, and this year's blue ribbon event is set to be no different. Maryborough Speedway president Wayne Moller said the Classic boasted one of production sedans' biggest prize pools.
"We'd expect anywhere from 40 to 50 cars, with a few of those drivers from interstate,” Moller said.
"This is a great event not only for the track, but for the family as well.”
The Kurt Murdoch Classic could act as an early guide to national title form. Maryborough Speedway will host the National Production Sedan title on April 13-15.