Mountain roars once more
CLUB president Allan Jennings promised a "season to remember" in his official address, and if the first night of racing is any indication, Gympie Speedway is in for a stellar season.
The club's 50th anniversary year kicked off at Mothar Mountain on Saturday night, with a large crowd treated to a top night of racing in the first meeting of the 2014/15 season.
Modified Sedans headed the racing program and with some of Australia's best drivers lining up, the action came thick and fast right from the first heat.
The A-Main feature race looked like it could go either way, right up until the 20th and final lap, when Gavin Lorensen squeezed his way past Aidan Raymont to record a memorable victory in a time of 14:30.11, half-a-second ahead of Raymont, with Stephen Geritz third.
The impressive field of Production Sedans added to the excitement of the night, and while the heats produced some close and competitive racing, several stoppages unfortunately turned the feature race into a long drawn out affair.
Australian Champion Tim Atkin stayed well clear of the carnage though to lead the entire race and secure a dominant victory, while Chris Pagel saved his best lap until last to hold on to second spot and Daniel Henshaw rounded out the podium.
Despite the disrupted race, the quality of driving indicated a good season ahead for the Production Sedans.
The large field of drivers in the Four Cylinder Sedans category were out to stop Queensland Champion Tim Weir, and looked like doing that for much of the feature race, with side-by-side racing from all the front-runners.
Weir continued his good form from last season though, building a big lead and crossing the line first by almost six seconds, with Cameron Taylor an impressive second, and Jack Kay in third.
Quality performances from all drivers in Street Stocks, Queensland's newest division of racing, showed the growth of the class.
It adds a new dimension to racing as it competes in both directions around the track.
Josh Arthur ran out the eventual winner in the A-Main, finishing in front of Michael Nicholls with Allan Nottage taking third.
Ardie Jonic and Brendan Learoyd were neck-and-neck all night in the Junior Sedans, with Jonic eventually taking the title when he finished 0.41 seconds in front of Learoyd in the A-Main, with Josh Schultz in third place.
The "bash and crash" of the Aussie Stock Rods capped off the action-packed night on the Mountain, with the no holds barred form of racing proving extremely popular with the crowd, prompting the club to invite the stock rods to return for future meetings.