Gympie speedway proved popular
MOTHAR Mountain speedway publicity officer Paul Vella is still coming to grips with one of the most successful speedway meets to date at the weekend.
Gympie speedway fans turned out in force for the debut of the 30/30 Modified Production feature.
Drivers teamed up for the event, sharing the qualifying rounds before tackling half of the 60-lap final each.
It was Gympie driver Todd Doyle who prevailed in the punishing test, teaming up with Bundaberg’s Allan Nash.
Doyle clinched the win on the final lap when he overtook fellow Gympie driver Gary Pagel to receive the chequered flag.
Vella said the night’s racing was a gruelling experience.
“The track took its toll on most of the field throughout the heats, keeping crews busy in the pits,” he said.
A telling statistic was that of the 19 cars to line up for the opening 30 laps, only 10 finished.
“With only 10 minutes allowed between the two races to carry out any repairs, you’d think there would (have been) some clean racing,” Vella said.
The epic battle in the 30/30 Modified Production feature didn’t detract from an equally impressive support program.
Gympie’s Darren Lyon qualified on pole following a clean run through the heats in Street Sedans but was denied the win by an experienced Neil Keldoulis.
“Darren got the jump off the start and lead for the majority of the race, only to be passed by Neil on the last corner of the last lap,” Vella said.
Maryborough drivers Neil and Josh Harm came in third and fourth.
Vella thanked the hard working team that made the night the possible.
“Thank you to all volunteers around the venue for their efforts and our sponsors,” he said. “Without these people, we couldn’t race.”