Doyle masters mountain
GYMPIE speedway driver Todd Doyle teamed up with Bundaberg’s Allan Nash to take out the modified production 30/30 feature at the weekend.
The pair was fearless in claiming the chequered flag in the exciting new format of racing to hit Mothar Mountain.
Each driver took turns racing in the qualifying rounds while the final itself consisted of 60 laps divided into two thrilling 30 round instalments.
Nash, 41, completed the first 30 laps, finishing in fourth position behind Gary Pagel in first followed by Mark Pagel and Tim O’Shea.
The fourth placing allowed Doyle, 39, to commence the final instalment of the race in a healthy position to challenge for honours.
Doyle was sitting in second place trailing Mark Pagel, who had led the race for the first 28 laps, when he kicked into gear and made his move before it was too late.
“I was trying to get ahead and then on the last lap I had a good run through the hairpin corner and managed to overtake,” he said.
Doyle nudged ahead of a stunned Mark Pagel, taking first place by a slim 0.559 of a second.
The huge crowd in the stands erupted with cheers at the gutsy move, appreciating an exciting conclusion to an epic 60-lap final.
Doyle said his courageous push to victory would not have been possible if not for the efforts of Nash.
“Allan has raced for two years and it was only his second time racing at Mothar Mountain, so it was an incredible effort,” he said.
“I didn’t expect him to finish so strongly, so he deserves the credit.”
The 30/30 format of racing has existed previously in V8 Super Sedans, but not in modified production, making the weekend a significant first.
“I know it hasn’t been done in Queensland before, and perhaps even Australia,” Doyle said.
“It was a bit of novelty and the other drivers enjoyed it as well, so we are hoping it becomes something more regular on the calendar.”
Adding to the victory for Doyle was that he managed to also claim the fastest lap in the final of 18.608 seconds.
Meanwhile, the crowd, consisting of some new to speedway and curious about the new racing format, was treated to some of the best battles seen on Mothar Mountain.
A rough track brought some of the smaller cars unstuck in spectacular fashion, rolling over and colliding with each other.
The modified production feature, however, was spared the carnage.
“Our cars better handled the rough surface,” Doyle said.
In fact, the modified production feature ran seamlessly without a single interruption.
Doyle now looks ahead to the Australian Modified Production Title in Tasmania next week, aiming to lift the title after missing out in Western Australia last year. He will be joined by Glen Pagel and Aiden Raymont.