Lorenson hoping luck change
WHEN the Modified Production drivers get the green light this afternoon at Mothar Mountain speedway Gavin Lorenson will be one driver hoping his luck changes.
He and a host of other top drivers from Gympie and around the state are out to try to claim the 2012 Masondale Heavy Haulage King of the Mountain title.
Lorenson has spent the past two weeks scrambling to get his machine ready for the event after ripping the front right-hand wheel off his VT Commodore during the final of the Kingfisher Bay Australian Open in Maryborough.
The 36-year-old Gympie driver said he had a horror weekend in Maryborough.
After scraping into the final due to car problems and official rulings Lorenson ended up wiping out his car in the first lap of the final.
Lorenson started from the back of the grid and halfway around the first lap a fellow driver put his car into the wall.
The smash caused a chain reaction in the field and forced another car to turn in front of an accelerating Lorenson.
He rammed the side of the other race car at about 70kmh.
The force of the collision tore the front right-hand wheel off his Commodore.
The wayward wheel then travelled under the car catapulting it on to its rear wheels.
"The wheel travelled under the car and wrecked the exhaust and the sump," Lorenson said.
"It should be right by Saturday night (tonight); it is away getting a new exhaust now," he said.
Lorenson was hoping to perform well on the track tonight, but said it depended on his car and how the other drivers performed.
"I have had a few wins on the mountain this season," Lorenson said. "But there will some good drivers out there this weekend."
He said Glen Pagel would be back after blowing his engine early in the season .
"He is always good and Todd Doyle will be there, along with Baxter and the Raymonts," Lorenson said.
"Todd Doyle is always the one to beat; he has won a few Queensland and national titles." Lorenson thanked his sponsors for the season's support: Campbells Truck and Bobcat, Bridgestone, Gympie All-Gas, T-Mac Auto and Doyles Garage. Gates open 3.30pm, racing 4pm.