VICTORY LAP: Queensland champion Kristian Walker celebrates his win on Saturday night. Contributed
VICTORY LAP: Queensland champion Kristian Walker celebrates his win on Saturday night. Contributed

Speedway opens up for the first race of the season

MOTHAR Mountain Speedway's deafening rumble echoed throughout Gympie last Saturday night for the first race meeting of the season.

As the sun shone over the mountain, fierce racing action ensued on the track, with Glenn Pagel racing to victory in the modified sedan class.

The heats were won by Todd Doyle, Gavin Lorensen and Glenn Pagel, but in the final, Pagel got off to a great start from poll position and nobody matched his speed.

Doyle attempted to close the gap but pulled infield with a flat tyre.

Gympie Speedway publicity officer Amy Brown said Saturday night's racing action was a taste of what Mothar Mountain Speedway would bring this season.

"The crowd and atmosphere was awesome for our first night back and it will only get bigger and better as the season progresses," she said.

"It was great to see some very talented drivers make the trip to our track for the event and get some experience ahead of our long list of race meets this season."

In production sedans, 16 cars contested the Gympie race but inaugural Queensland champion Kristian Walker (pictured) proved too good and raced to victory with Jim Cowley and Wayne Slade placing second and third respectively.

Street Sedans saw only seven cars come to the Gympie track with Doug Rigby racing to victory. Josh Arthur and Josh Harm placed second and third to round out the minor placings.

Tim Weir dominated the four cylinders in his Ford Escort, racing past the finish line in the 20-lap feature race well ahead of Darryl Oliver and Blake Hancock.

In the junior sedan class, Michael Learoyd was simply too quick for Ryan Morris and his younger brother Brendan Learoyd.

The Gympie club welcomed modified lites to the track on Saturday night and in a surprise late nomination, Australian Champion Jamie McHugh raced in the event.

After mechanical issues troubled several drivers, McHugh proved why he was labelled the best in Australia and had a comfortable win.

Look out for when Mothar Mountain speedway next races on October 12.

Gympie Times


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