Driver Raymont takes out title
GYMPIE modified production driver Aiden Raymont took the Masondale Heavy Haulage Fraser Coast Series from Carins’ Johno Collins last weekend.
Collins was leading the series heading into the final round in Maryborough with a reasonable buffer at the weekend, but Ramont was daring in producing a near faultless display of driving to win the round and capture the title.
Meanwhile, fellow Gympie driver Glenn Pagel, the series’ defending champion, was also in contention for the title but was unable to execute his bid when it mattered most.
Prior to the final round, Pagel was sitting in second position and Raymont in third.
However, a disastrous run in heats saw Pagel qualify well back in the field in 17th position.
Only the top 20 of the field of 60 went through to the final shootout, leaving Pagel breathing a sigh of relief to have narrowly avoided being left out of the picture.
But a gutsy performance saw Pagel mount a fightback of his own, clawing his way back through the field to finish fifth and collect enough points to finish the series in third.
“I am happy to have finished top three but that’s not what I went there wanting to achieve,” he said.
“I was sitting in second position and really had a chance at the title, so it’s a little disappointing in that respect.”
In other speedway news, Gympie continues to dominate after claiming a trifecta in the Nambour Exide Batteries Queensland Series.
Brett Baxter claimed the series title from Raymont followed by Pagel to round out the top three.
“Gympie drivers are really dominating at the moment and it’s great to see,” Pagel said.