Mower racers cutting up rivals

THE wet weather in recent months has frustrated many Gympie residents battling to stay ahead of their lawns thriving on the humid conditions.

But for Gympie’s Chloe MacFarlane and Gerard Horley, lawnmowers had an entirely separate purpose at the weekend.

The pair travelled to Maryborough to race the second event of the year organised by the Maryborough Lawn Mower Racing Club.

The wildly fun sport took place on a 300 metre track at Tinana and the Gympie duo proved they had the goods to push their machines to the limit on the testing circuit.

Of all the lawnmowers to take to the track, not a single blade of grass was cut.

MacFarlane, a member of the Sunshine Coast Club, collected a win in A class while Horley came in a close second.

The standout performer on the day, though, was Maryborough Lawn Mower Racing Club president John Dodds.

Dodds set the pace for his rivals to follow, clocking up an impressive 28 seconds to seize the fastest time of the day.

In total, three divisions were contested on the day and 15 competitors took part.

Spectators lined the track and cheered competitors on, enjoying the uniqueness of the motor sport.

Dodds was full of praise after the final race.

“We had a good turnout of spectators and they saw plenty of good racing,” he said.

As for MacFarlane and Horley, mowing the lawn this weekend will be far more sedate exercise than what they have become used to during competition.

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