Gympie trio at nationals
GYMPIE speedway modified production drivers Todd Doyle, Glen Pagel and Aiden Raymont hope to make an impact at the Australian Modified Production Championships in Tasmania this weekend.
The national titles are being held in Latrobe where Australia’s best modified production drivers will converge to battle it out for the ultimate honour of being crowned the nation’s best.
Doyle and Raymont flew out for Tasmania earlier this week while Pagel left his departure until yesterday morning at 7am.
“I’m looking for a good result,” an optimistic Pagel said.
There will be a field of 52 cars lining up for the event and after that number is culled during the five heats, only 20 drivers will do battle in the final.
Pagel said there would be little room for error once the heats got underway.
“I think you will need to finish top three or five in each heat to say at the top,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Gympie driver is looking forward to negotiating the 450m Latrobe oval track.
“The track is pretty similar to the one at Toowoomba,” Pagel said.
“It’s a good track for speed and I think all the Gympie drivers have a shot.”
Pagel has the confidence in his machine to do its job on the day, but says he will have to piece it together on the track for a good result.
“The car is good enough, that’s for sure, so I just need to have the focus to do my job and stay out of trouble.”
Like Pagel, Doyle is bursting with high hopes and particularly keen to atone for a disappointing run at the event last year when a blown gear box threw the Gympie driver off course.
Doyle also knows precisely what it takes to win the event after taking out the 2007 title in Avalon, Victoria before defending the title in Maryborough a year later.
Raymont was unable to be contacted yesterday by The Gympie Times but Doyle said he stood a strong chance of being able to make inroads at the event.
“I think all three of us Gympie boys can do well on our day,” he said.
“It will just come down to having clean runs and doing well in the heats to qualify for the final.”
Against the nation’s best, a Gympie win won’t come easily.