Mark Blyton and two of his offspring, Marshall and Jamison, have a unique place in NSW motor racing. All three are in the top 25 drivers in the NSW Wingless Sprintcar Championships.
Mark is the reigning State Champion following two magnificent seasons behind the wheel, but he faces a tough run home if he is to step on the podium again this year.
After leading the cumulative ladder into Christmas, Mark has struck trouble with a series of unexplained fuel pump problems causing him to drop back to third.
Last weekend the family that drives together tackled Round 11 races at Parramatta and recorded some pleasing, if not spectacular, results.
Mark finished fifth overall, two spots clear of 23-year-old Marshall, whilst Jamison (17) finished in 14th spot. All three have kept themselves in contention with all focussing on the few final rounds to grab vital points.
Mark told me he is proud to have his family sharing his passion.
“All of us love our cars. We drive Wingless Sedans and the Winged cars as well so there are not many weeks when we are not racing,” Mark quipped.
“A few years ago we finished 1,2,3 at a Gilgandra club meeting – one of the boys, my daughter Mikaela, and me, but not necessarily in that order,” he said proudly.
“Mikaela is out of the cars at the moment. She is now a mum and has her hands full, although I am fairly sure there are times when she would like to be in the car, driving flat out on the track,” Mark chuckled.
The Blyton love for cars has taken them all over the eastern states to compete and meet friends and their enthusiasm and commitment to perfection is admired.
We look forward to following results in coming weeks. If Mark can tame the fuel tiger then he can roar back into the lead and a richly deserved hat-trick of titles.