Super sedans' final roar
IN GYMPIE Speedway's last meet of the season, more than 30 thunderous super sedans roared on to the Mothar Mountain track on Saturday night to contest the Queensland Title.
The deafening super sedans were joined by street sedans, junior sedans, production sedans and four cylinders, all ready to race in their respective categories.
Gympie Speedway publicity officer Amy Brown said it was an eventful night that included crashes, new lap records and of course the presentation of Queensland's number one super sedan driver.
All eyes were on Australian champion Darren Kane in the super sedans, along with Queensland title holder Wayne Randall.
Randall's chances of defending his title were drastically reduced when he was sent to the back after an early racing incident.
Kane and Victorian driver Mick Nicola took charge of the race, storming to the front and putting on a show.
"Kane was hot on Nicola's heals for the whole race and was not backing down," Brown said.
"He almost pulled it off a few times and eventually the two came together and Kane was forced into the wall."
Eventually, after several attempts from Kane to pass the Victorian driver, Nicola claimed the top spot and the honours of Queensland Champion.
He was closely followed by Kane and Rockhampton driver Craig Torr, finishing second and third respectively.
In other races, Gympie speedway talent, Tim Atkin, sped to victory in the production sedans.
Improving his former track record, Atkin's victory was short lived when second place getter Gary Pagel wiped the record with his new personal best of 19.356.
In similar fashion, four-cylinder driver Tim Wier placed second to Blake Hancock but also broke his track record in a time of 19.489.
Street sedans saw several crashes on the night, resulting in only seven drivers contesting the feature race.
Doug Rigby took out first place honours along with Michelle Blavius in second and Aaron Sander in a closely fought third.
The future stars of speedway went to battle in the junior sedans, with Paddy Brennan putting on a spectacular show.
Michael and Brendan Learoyd placed second and third respectively.
Brown said Mothar Mountain Speedway would like to thank its sponsors for their continuous support throughout the season.
"We would like to thank The Gympie Times, Zinc and our valued club members, volunteers, drivers and families from all over the country," she said.
"We're looking forward to a bigger and better 2013/2014 season and be sure to keep your eye on our website and in the paper for more info."
The next Gympie Speedway season starts in September. Brown said she could not wait until then, when the Mothar Mountain track hosts the Australian Production Sedan Title.