Pagel leads Gympie trifecta
GYMPIE modified production driver Glen Pagel led a Gympie assault on the third round of the Masondale Heavy Haulage Fraser Coast Series in Maryborough last weekend.
Pagel claimed first place ahead of fellow Gympie drivers Brett Baxter and Gavin Lorensen.
The Gympie trio dominated the field of 30 cars, drawn to the Maryborough track from places as far afield as Grafton and Cairns.
Pagel said he was pleased with the result and the Gympie trifecta on the podium.
“Gympie drivers are doing really well at the moment and getting some great results,” he said.
Pagel was pushed by Baxter throughout the 30-lap final after finishing with the most points from qualifying and starting the final in first position.
“I was feeling really confident after qualifying because I finished with two wins and a fifth placing,” he said.
“But Brett really pushed me the whole way and I had to work hard to shut him out.”
Baxter came up close behind Pagel a number of times during the final, but Pagel remained strong, drawing on his experience.
Lorensen, in third, managed to fight his way up through the field after qualifying outside the top five.
One round remains in the series, to be held in Maryborough, and Pagel is currently sitting in second position behind Cairns driver Johnno Collins.
A total of 17 points are separating either driver, but that margin was 50 points before Pagel’s victory.
As defending champion, Pagel is determined to make up the ground to win back-to-back titles.