Former champion set for biggest Kings Royal yet
GREG Worling will be racing for his third Kings Royal title when he lines up at the Kingaroy speedway on Friday.
In 2018 Worling started the A main final and didn't finish, bringing his impressive record of being the only driver to finish every feature race to an end.
The 2014 and 2017 champion will be looking for redemption across the three days of racing but by his own admission is going in under form after a slow start to the season.
"I will be going in as underdog even though I have won it twice,” he said.
"For me to qualifying for the feature would be an achievement and then anything is possible.
"It is probably going to be harder with quality and quantity of drivers better than ever.”
This year's Kings Royal is set to be the biggest yet with 78 modified sedans nominated for the race.
Drivers from across the country will race at the Kings Royal to test the track before Kingaroy hosts the national title in April.
Many will race in the Kings Royal for the first time and Worling said racing one heat at a time was the key to success.
"You need to think about the race you are in rather than the 75 other driver you are competing against. That is the most critical part,” Worling said.
"You only have to have a flat tyre in one heat race and it is over. It is so cut throat and the quality of driver is so high and so deep.”
While dreaming of another national title is tempting for Worling, the Kings Royal is his main objective.
"Having the national title adds an extra focus to it and I know a number of drivers that haven't been before,” he said.
"I am in my twilight years to win another one would be so good and I would certainly love to have the chance to race for it in Kingaroy.”
Racing will start at 5pm on Friday, January 25 and Worling said it would be an entertaining three nights of action for all.
"It should be great for the spectators of Kingaroy,” he said.