Jennings to race in street sedans
GYMPIE speedway driver Brad Jennings will have his first hit-out with the big boys in senior street sedans this weekend at the Queensland Street Sedan Title at Mothar Mountain.
The move into the senior ranks marks a massive milestone is Jennings’ burgeoning career, although the young star wants to forget his last outing as a junior competitor.
Competing in Maryborough in late February for the Junior Street Sedan Title, Jennings was hopeful of making it three wins in a row after capturing the crown the previous two years.
The driver’s last victory was on home soil at Mothar Mountain last year, where an untouchable performance produced a thrilling victory.
But the outing in Maryborough proved not to be Jennings’ night, as problems in the opening heat denied him a start in the final.
The title ended up in the hands of Sunshine Coast driver Brady Roberts.
Gympie speedway fanatic Sue Roza witnessed Roberts’ victory.
“Young Brady Roberts had a dream night, with virtually no problems to overcome throughout the night,” she said.
“At race meetings leading up to the title event, Roberts had numerous challenges with his new car but it all came together for him on the night.”
Roberts recorded two heat wins and a third to find himself sitting in pole position.
Clinching the title involved a battle, however, as the Sunshine Coast driver didn’t position himself for victory until the 13th lap, when Maryborough’s Mitchell Thomsen was forced to retire.
Roberts was thrilled with his victory.
“The car felt great all night,” he said. “The best it has ever handled.
“The pressure was huge, as I had two main contenders right behind me (Mitchell Thomsen and Jayden Peacock).”
Roberts said his winning strategy was to go hard and stay out of trouble. It was a formula that pleased the enthusiastic crowd in the stands.