Racing all in the family on Burnett track
MOTOR SPORT: Luke Freeman has been riding and racing on motocross tracks across Queensland for as long as he can remember.
Now he has introduced his kids to the sport.
His son, Rory, took to the track as part of South Burnett junior motorcycle club's ride day on Sunday.
"We have been riding forever and the kids love it too,” Freeman said.
At five years-old Rory started riding on a peewee two years ago at his home in Goomeri and now enjoys the challenge of riding on the motorcross track.
"It keeps them out of trouble and keeps them away from the TV,” Freeman said.
Freeman races in motocross series in Kilcoy, Gladstone, Biloela, Bundaberg and Mundabbera and soon hopes he will have the opportunity to race in the South Burnett.
The club is working towards being race ready and has applied to host a southeast Queensland junior series in 2019 and a women's series.
The junior event would see 400 riders travelling to the South Burnett and president of the club, Brent Perrett, said it would be a boost for the club and the town.
"It would be good to see the club get back to racing obviously we hope it would bring more funds into the club and be able to improve the facilities more as well as bringing people to the town,” he said.
Saturday was the club's come and try day which saw 12 riders take to the track for the first time.
The primary objective for the club is to provide a safe place on a prepared track for riders in the South Burnett.
"It is good to have somewhere local for the kids to ride, a safe facility where it is supervised and a little bit better than going around the paddock,” Perrett said.
This year the club has slowly been making changes to the track to come into line with Motorcycling Queensland regulations.
The club has received a $4500 grant from Stanwell to assist with the process.
"It is to get everything back to where it should be and getting the start gates back in so we can start holding competitions again,” Perrett said.
"The top end of the track has to be moved to allow for the new start straight to go in. and concrete and the start gates.
"There is a small group of people that we have got that are putting in a big effort.”