Spluttering start to big year
IT WAS a dismal start to the year marking the 50th anniversary of the Gympie Speedway on Wednesday night, with the first race of the season cancelled due to rain.
Early Wednesday morning, the Gympie Saloon Car Club declared the track too wet after relentless rain.
It had become evident that not even the grader used to prepare the track could complete a lap, making it clear that no super sedan would.
The national super sedan series' first race will not be rescheduled, but the next race will be held in Lismore, New South Wales.
Gympie Speedway president Allan Jennings said that although it was a disappointing start, they had "been lucky the last 18 months" as they had encountered limited rainfall until now and Wednesday night was their first washout.
The cancellation of Wednesday's event was never going to come without inconvenience as all preparation, including fresh food, was wasted and the national super sedan racers who had travelled from all states were forced to head home.
Interested parties can expect to see the North Coast Radiator Sedans battle it out in a 50-lap race on January 31.
However, if the rain continues, that will also be rescheduled for a drier weekend.
There is certainly plenty to look forward to out at the track this year as many anticipated events will be held throughout the year.
A list of event dates will be updated later for race-goers.
As a predominately sedan track, it hosts a diverse range of racing divisions, including street stock, production sedans, four cylinders, modified sedans, super sedans and juniors.
The Mothar Mountain Gympie Speedway is the only non-circular track in Australia and is well known to reigning Australian champion Tim Atkin in the production sedan division as a big competitor in the races to come. Jennings says Atkin is "the one to beat".
Despite a disappointing start, there will be many events to celebrate the speedway's half-century anniversary.