Pagel eager to return to track
GLEN Pagel is one of a number of Gympie speedway competitors eager to get a run this weekend at Mothar Mountain, provided the weather behaves.
It has been five long weeks since Pagel last ventured out on the track and just the other day he dusted the cobwebs off his machine and kicked the engine over to make sure it still worked.
“It’s just been washout after washout, so it’s a little frustrating right now,” Pagel said.
“Hopefully the meet at Mothar Mountain this weekend goes ahead but it’s not looking too promising with the weather forecast at the moment.”
The Gympie speedway driver’s last outing in Maryborough five weeks ago for the first round of the Fraser Coast Series in modified production resulted in a third place.
Pagel was pleased with the result in the 30 lap final, especially after qualifying in 14th place.
“I had a slow start as per usual in the qualifying rounds but I pulled it together in the feature to jump up the field,” he said.
The opening round of the series was taken out by Townsville driver Chris Jensen, who set the pace early after qualifying 10th.
“I stayed in touch with the top three throughout the race so I had my chances,” Pagel said.
Fellow Gympie drivers Todd Doyle and Gavin Lorensen were also in action but didn’t enjoy the best of fortunes.
Doyle was hit hard by a flat tyre with 10 laps to go while Lorensen was tangled up in a minor accident, forcing him out of contention.
Meanwhile, just missing out on a top three finish was Brett Baxter, crossing the line in fourth spot.
Pagel is hopeful of bettering his performance in the Fraser Coast Series this year after rounding out a Gympie trifecta last year, led by Aidan Raymont in first and Brett Baxter in second.
This Saturday’s speedway meet at Mothar Mountain continues to hang in the balance as the wet weather lingers on, leaving sporting organisers pulling out their hair in despair.