Camden father-daughter duo take out top spots at state title race

Family affair: Janelle Saville fought hard to take home second place to her dad at the Victorian Title event. Picture: Lone Wolf Photography
Family affair: Janelle Saville fought hard to take home second place to her dad at the Victorian Title event. Picture: Lone Wolf Photography

There is nothing quite like some friendly family rivalry and this father-daughter duo know how to do it in style.

Rod and Janelle Saville have made GP Midgets class Victorian Title history.

The Camden-based racers claimed a memorable first and second place finish at the prestigious event.

The Saville name is synonymous with the sport after Mr Saville introduced his family to the class decades ago.

Miss Saville said she was delighted with the result even though she finished in second place to her father.

“This is such a massive achievement for me and my dad,” she said.

“I’m very proud of both of us and quite humbled to share the podium with him.”

Mr Saville previously won the 1995 Australian Title and multiple NSW Titles before stepping away from driver duties for around 15 years.

His brother Ian also raced, winning the 1978 and 1988 Australian Titles.

The pathway for Mr Saville’s kids to follow suit was clear, with his son Scott winning the 2013 Australian Title in the same season that Miss Saville decided to join the ranks.

Since then she has continued to improve, finishing on the podium in an Australian Title event along with numerous NSW Titles.

“It’s very much a family operation and we’re a tight-knit unit, so to have all of our hard work pay off with a first and second finish in the Victorian Tile is amazing,” Miss Saville said.

“I can’t thank my dad enough for his constant support, along with my partner Lauren, who is without a doubt the biggest supporter of my racing.”

Heading into this season’s Victorian Title-deciding feature race, Janelle was set to start out of position four, while Rod was forced to start back down the field in 11th due to his front end breaking in his final qualifying heat race.

However both Rod and Janelle made the most of the 20-lap distance, with the former’s hard-charging performance rewarding him with the state title honours, while the latter came home in the runner-up spot.

The Saville family will now prepare for their NSW Title at Nowra Speedway on March 9, followed by the Australian Title at Wangaratta City Speedway in Victoria on March 30.