RACING TO WIN: Greg Worling is ready to defend his Kings Royal title.
RACING TO WIN: Greg Worling is ready to defend his Kings Royal title. Art of Speedway

Champion racing for third Royal crown

SPEEDWAY: Being the Kings Royal defending champion is a badge of honour for Greg Worling.

"To win one of these events is on the calendar for every modified sedan driver and to have two wins up is extra special,” he said.

Worling was crowned the inaugural winner of the race in 2014 after the event was rained out in 2013.

The race only has two previous winners with Gavin Fletcher also having two races to his name for 2015 and 2016.

With Fletcher having a break from racing this year Worling is the only previous winner at the start line.

Worling knows what it takes to win and is realistic of his chances of being on the top step of the podium on Saturday night.

"It was a dream come true for our small team last year,” he said.

"You have got to have luck going for you and it will be a tall order to win again.

"It is huge for our class and any driver would be looking forward to the challenge.

"Every driver prepares the best they can and when you are racing on a facility like Kingaroy anything can happen.”

He is the only driver who has finished all four Kings Royal feature races but has not had ideal preparation leading into this year's race.

"I'm certainly a veteran of the sport now and it has been the strangest preparation this season,” he said.

"I have raced only two and a half meetings since September and usually I would have raced eight by this time in the season.”

Worling said the standard of racing at the Royal improves each year and he is looking forward to proving himself on the Kingaroy track.

"The track is very challenging and always presents good racing for modified sedans,” he said.

"To come to an event like this with the quality of cars and drivers it is going to be challenging.”

The three day event is a test of endurance for both the driver and their machine and the goal for Worling is to qualify for the A main final.

"If you can qualify for the final anything can happen from there,” he said.

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