ACE Queensland reinsman Pete McMullen hopes to reclaim his former title when he heads to Globe Derby on Saturday night.
One of two Sunshine State representatives in the Australian Drivers’ Championship, McMullen captured the inaugural edition in 2014.
Missing the following year’s running in Tasmania, McMullen ventured back to South Australia in 2016, but was void of luck as local reinsman Wayne Hill took top honours.
“I am looking forward to getting back there,” McMullen said. “I’m definitely hoping to claim the title back and return it to Queensland.
“These kinds of events are always great to be a part of as you catch u p with drivers you haven’t seen in a while.
“We have a bit of fun with it during the night, but on the track it always gets pretty serious.
“The locals have got an advantage as they know the horses and the form, but in saying that, when you get a great bunch of drivers together you have to respect them all.”
McMullen will be joined by fellow ‘Banana Bender’ Adam Sanderson, who will don the state colours for the first time.
In fact, it will be Sanderson’s inaugural trip to South Australia.
“It was a big honour and surprise when I was asked to represent Queensland,” Sanderson said. “Hopefully I can do the colours proud.
“This will be my first trip to South Australia and I will enjoy the experience of driving around Globe Derby – especially against drivers I don’t usually compete against.”