Australian Drivers Championship Tongiht

BETTING markets suggests local star Wayne Hill has a strong chance to regain the national title at Globe Derby tonight.

Given a last minute call-up to replace his sister Dani as South Australia’s representative in 2016, Hill made the most of his opportunity by capturing the Australian Drivers’ Championship.

Claiming the throne in front of a hometown crowd, Hill headed a local quinella as Ryan Hryhorec finished second.

Dani was selected to represent her state alongside Wayne again this year, but withdrew from the series leaving Hryhorec to fill the void.

In what will be the sixth running, the tournament will see a pair of drivers from each state contest eight heats with the title of Australian Champion to be decided on points.

Based on TAB Fixed Odds, consistency should be enough for Hill to take the title from defending champion Gary Hall.

Set to partner the $1.95 favourite – Springfield Affair – in the seventh event, Hill will also take the reins behind Art Jester, a $2.50 equal favourite in the third race.

Hill’s drives also include two runners in the top two lines of betting.

As was the case in 2016, Hryhorec poses the biggest threat with his commitments including two favourites and a second elect.

Hryhorec’s top picks are Kyvalley Chief and Imprincessnatalie, which is the co-favourite with Art Jester!

Victorian ‘young gun’ James Herbertson appears to be in the best position for spoil the party, with his drives including a pair of favourite and two in the top three lines of betting.

Ironically, it’s luck with the longshots which could separate Hill, Hryhorec and Herbertson as each finishing position will amass valuable points.

  • PAUL COURTS