GYMPIE speedway drivers Todd Doyle, Brian Learoyd and Gavin Lorensen are itching to hit the track tonight for the Exide Batteries Nambour Modified Production Series 30/30 feature. The event is a first for Gympie speedway.
GYMPIE speedway drivers Todd Doyle, Brian Learoyd and Gavin Lorensen are itching to hit the track tonight for the Exide Batteries Nambour Modified Production Series 30/30 feature. The event is a first for Gympie speedway. Renee Pilcher

Double test at speedway

DEVOTED Gympie speedway fans may think they have seen all Mothar Mountain has to offer. They are wrong.

At tonight’s meet, Mothar Mountain fires up for the Exide Batteries Nambour Modified Production Series 30/30 exhibition.

Gympie Saloon Car Club publicity officer Paul Vella said it was the first time an event of this nature would be held in Gympie.

“It’s a first for modified production in Gympie, so it definitely gives fans something different to see,” he said.

Drivers double up for the event, contesting two heats each before, all going well, reaching the final.

From there, one driver tackles the first 30 laps and records a position which is then where the second driver begins the last instalment of the final.

Vella said it would be the ultimate test for the cars themselves, not to mention the drivers.

“It’s 60 laps in the final plus all the heats, so it’s a big test for the cars,” he said.

Gympie competitor Gavin Lorensen will be teaming up with Brian Learoyd for the feature, and will be going all out for a win.

“It should be interesting,” he said.

“The car is going well after racing in Toowoomba last weekend, and I’m feeling pretty confident of a good result.”

A field of 23 cars will be starting on the grid and of those, Gympie has a high level of representation.

Lorensen and Learoyd will be joined by Brett Baxter and Gary Pagel, Todd Doyle and Greg Nash, Aiden Raymont and Ty Jones in addition to Greg Raymont and Tim O’Shea.

The feature is also the second last round of the entire series, currently being led by Brett Baxter.

It’s a massive achievement for Baxter who has only recently stepped up into modified production.

But the exciting young driver has plenty of work to do in order to clinch the series, particularly with the standings being so close.

“The standings could easily change after the round in Gympie, so it will have a major impact on how drivers finish,” Lorensen said.

Gympie drivers are dominating the series with one round to go.

Trailing Baxter is Glen Pagel, Raymont and Loresen, who is sitting jointly in fourth position with another driver.

Joining all the action of the modified production is ASCF Juniors, a huge field of street sedans, Queensland four cylinders and Formula 500’s.

Gates open at 2pm ahead of racing at 4.30pm.

See The Gympie Times next week for all the results from another top night speedway.

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