Speedway carnage on the mountain
QUEENSLAND No.1 Modified Production driver Todd Doyle has shown why he is rated the best in the state, winning the King of the Mountain title on his home track on Saturday night.
Doyle led from start to finish in a night of carnage on the mountain.
Gympie Saloon Car Club spokesman Amy Brown said there was plenty of crash action in all racing divisions with a lot of drivers coming to grief.
Brown said the Street Sedan racing had some of the most exciting exits from the track.
"With 30 cars nominated for the Street Sedan class you could be sure of one thing - carnage," Brown said.
"Only 15 of the original 30 drivers actually finished the night."
But in the feature event, the Masondale Heavy Haulage King of the Mountain, Doyle reigned supreme.
For the final, Doyle qualified in pole position with Gavin Lorenson second, Brett Baxter third and Glen Pagel fourth.
Doyle said he got to the lead straight away and Baxter passed Lorenson to take second.
"Brett was right on my hammer all the way," Doyle said.
Unfortunately Baxter blew a diff with only nine laps to go.
Glen Pagel spun out early after trying to pass Baxter and was sent to the back of the grid but worked his way through the field to finish fourth.
"The car went good," Doyle said.
"The track was a bit dusty. it needed a bit more water on it. A lot of cars were spinning out." he said.
Only eight cars finished the final but, in the end, Lorenson finished second to Doyle and Aiden Raymont came third.
In the Four Cylinders, a field of 12 cars took to the track with the final placings of James Elliot first, Mark Kelly second and Gympie's Tim Weir third.
A small field of nine competed in the Junior Street Sedans.
Brown said the young drivers put in their best effort and while some were still learning how to tame the mountain, they all performed well.
Final placings were Brody Thomse, first, Gympie's Ryan Packer in second and third was Simon Walker.
Thirty cars were nominated for the Street Sedan class and Brown said that despite the carnage, many drivers were warming up for the Queensland title in Gympie on March 10 and 11.
"These competitive drivers gave it their all and will certainly be hot to trot come title time," he said.
Gympie's Tim Atkin finished first, Queensland No 1 Brad Yarrow second and Jim Cowley third.
Brown said Saturday night was perfect weather for racing.
"The rain held off on Saturday night and Mothar Mountain came alive to host the Masondale Heavy Haulage Modified Production King of the Mountain," Brown said.
"We had over 70 cars nominated for all events, it was a good night.
"The big fields of Street Sedans and Modified Productions, proved costly to some, with many racing incidents ending some drivers' nights, as did mechanical failures.
"All in all, it was a spectacle to watch the Masondale Heavy Haulage truck take to the track and of course, watch our drivers at their best."