A consistent speedway season has allowed Doug Rigby to be named club champion for the 2009/10 season by the Gympie Saloon Car Club.
A consistent speedway season has allowed Doug Rigby to be named club champion for the 2009/10 season by the Gympie Saloon Car Club. Renee Pilcher

Rigby driven to success

GYMPIE speedway competitor Doug Rigby capped off an exceptional 2009/10 season in style when crowned club champion late last month.

Rigby, 32, was awarded the honour at the Gympie Saloon Car Club’s presentation and trophy night at the Freemasons Hotel on July 31.

The Street Sedan driver credited a “very consistent” season for driving home his claim on the honour.

“It’s been one of my best seasons, for sure,” Rigby said.

“The key to winning club champion is being really consistent across the season and I was able to do that.”

The award covers all categories of speedway racing and is worked out as an average for each driver, taking into account points accumulated for the season across the number of meets contested.

Rigby regained the title of champion from fellow Gympie Tim Atkins, who stole it from him at the end of the previous season.

“It was good to win it (the title) back again, but it also shows how competitive speedway is within the club at the moment,” he said.

A highlight for Rigby’s season was finishing on pole during the Queensland Titles, despite being unable to finish the final itself.

“That was definitely a standout from the entire season because I had performed really well to get on pole,” he said.

A new Gympie Speedway season gets underway officially on September 18 but a practice night will be held September 4 to give drivers a chance to blow out the cobwebs before doing battle.

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