Raymont holds on for Qld title
A FLAT tyre was not enough to hold Gympie speedway competitor Aidan Raymont back from clinching the Queensland Modified Production Title at Mothar Mountain at the weekend.
After rain washed out Saturday evening’s schedule of the Anzac Day long weekend double header, Raymont steadied himself when racing got underway Sunday to post one of his most inspired performances on the Mothar Mountain track to date.
Fitting the entire program into one day of racing meant drivers hit the track earlier at 3pm. Raymont, however, was not daunted by the workload required to lift the Queensland title.
“It was the hardest race I have ever had,” an elated Raymont said. “Given everything that was thrown my way, I was really happy to win.”
The Gympie driver finished the five qualifying heats with three firsts, a third and a fifth – leaving him to start the feature up front in third position. “My plan was to get to the lead early and control the race,” Raymont said.
Raymont was able to execute this plan, gaining the lead when the driver in front broke down and the competitor in second drifted back down the field.
However, the heat was turned up when fellow Gympie driver Glen Pagel moved up through the pack and announced his presence. “Glen and I swapped places for over five laps and I was starting to feel the pressure,” Raymont said.
But with 15 laps to go in the 40 lap final, Pagel momentarily lost control, sending him down the field and ruling him out of contention. Raymont had little time to breathe easy as the McDonald brothers (Nathan and Shane) teamed up to brawl for the lead.
“They were picking on me a bit,” Raymont laughed. “I could hear them behind me but I just put my head down and tried to block their attempts to pass.”
The Gympie driver’s efforts almost came undone with a flat tyre five laps outside the finish, but the experienced driver clung on to streak across the finish line for the chequered flag.
Defending champion Shane McDonald finished in third while his brother, Nathan, claimed second to win the battle of the siblings.