Pagel facing uphill battle
GYMPIE Speedway driver Gary Pagel is finding little joy as he continues to struggle in the Carline V8 Super Sedan National Series.
After seven rounds of the 10-round series, Pagel is sitting jointly with Chris Albert in last position with 105 points on the series’ leader board.
Pagel was unable to be contacted by The Gympie Times yesterday, but had been full of optimism ahead of the fifth round in Dubbo on January 2 as a chance to turn his flagging fortunes around.
The series opened in Rockhampton earlier this month but after being washed out, the first points were awarded in Gympie for the second round.
Pagel appeared to be off to a flying start to the series after qualifying strongly at Gympie’s Mothar Mountain, and leading the final for 20 laps before experiencing heartache crashing out.
The third round in Toowoomba offered little reprieve, as engine failure conspired against Pagel’s best attempts to impose himself on the leader board.
Matty Pascoe, who took out the second round feature final at Gympie’s Mothar Mountain, is currently leading the series on 2457 points, followed by Darren Kane (2390) and Steve Jordon (1901).
Drivers will next be in action in Avalon, New South Wales, on January 16. The remaining two rounds will be staged in Adelaide and Murray Bridge.