Aiden's skill the power needed
POWER steering problems were not enough to stop Gympie’s Aiden Raymont finishing third in the modified production Australian Titles in Tasmania over the weekend.
Raymont and fellow Gympie speedway stars Todd Doyle and Glen Pagel made their way to Latrobe to compete in the major event.
Raymont was the leading light with consistent performances through all heats and then in the 40-lap final.
“I had a really good run – in the heats I got first, two thirds and a fourth,” Raymont said.
“I started fifth on the grid, but I went straight to third off the start. For about the first 15 laps I was challenging for second, but then my power steering started to go.
“Every lap it got harder and harder to steer so I had to slow down and just hold my line.”
Raymont said he was very happy with being the third fastest modified production driver in Australia and said consistency was the key to his success.
“Before this year, fifth was the best I had done at nationals,” Raymont said.
“The reason I did well this time was I had no problems going through the heats – usually you have some problems along the way.
“It was a shame the only problem I had was in the final otherwise I could have finished second.”
Raymont also thanked his father, Greg, and his sponsors for getting his car in such great order for the event.
Doyle’s campaign ended before it really begun when the engine block of his car cracked during practice.
Doyle tried his best to fix the problem, but could not make the repairs.
Pagel’s national titles was more successful than Doyle’s, making his way to the final.
He would have been toward the front of the grid if not for breaking a steering rack in one of the heats.
In the final, Pagel was caught in a pile up caused by cars in front of him, ending his title tilt.