Raymont enjoys success at Mothar
THE number two was twice as nice for Cooroy speedway driver Jessica Raymont when tackling Mothar Mountain at the weekend.
Raymont was part of a strong field in the Super Street Sedans for the opening meet of the Gympie Speedway season.
After claiming second in all of her heats, the consistent Raymont, 21, crossed the finish line in the feature race behind winner Steve Cook.
In third was a determined Joel Thomas.
Raymont was unable to be contacted late yesterday afternoon to comment on her outstanding result, but expressed her delight on social networking site Facebook.
“I’m pretty happy with second but I just need some more practice (sic)with the car to get it right,” she said.
Speedway photographer Sue Roza was present for the thrilling battle and described the close finish in the feature as entertaining.
“You could have thrown a blanket over the three drivers – it was that close,” she said.
“It was such an exciting race.”
Raymont showed plenty of composure during the race with Joel Thomas turning up the heat on her tail.
Roza said holding Thomas at bay was a big achievement.
“Usually Joel wins these races, so she has done extremely well and should be very proud of her efforts,” she said.
Raymont has only just graduated to Super Street Sedans with the new season – her second in the hotly contested category.
With more power under the hood to master, the driver is beginning to find her feet against the big boys of the sport.
Roza said speedway flowed through Raymont’s veins, helping to drive her success on the track.
“She comes from a racing family,” Roza said. “Her father and her two brothers race.”
As a junior, Raymont was the first to claim the Junior Street Sedan Queensland Title, helping to announce her arrival in the motor sport.
Since then, there have been countless outstanding performances and victories.
After the weekend’s performance, Raymont can expect more great results as she delves further into the season.