OFF AND RACING: The crowd looks on as the cars speed by.
OFF AND RACING: The crowd looks on as the cars speed by. Claudia Williams

Season opens with speed

MOTOR SPORT: There was a great sense of relief among drivers and spectators alike at the Kingaroy Speedway's season opener.

Despite the forecast the rain cleared to make way for fierce racing and record-breaking hot laps.

Driver Brett Barron said it was a great effort by the club's volunteers to ensure the night was successful.

"Luckily the weather held off, I thought for sure it would be washed out and in saying that we pushed ahead and got the 38 out of the 39 events finished which was a terrific effort by the club,” Brett said.

"A lot more moisture makes it more drivable, we didn't have to put the water truck on the track at all last night.

"It was a very nice track to race on, it was a bit bumpy but that's how it is with the rain about.

"With the weather the way it was it was a great showing by the competitors.”

Barron started in 14th position in modified sedans and finished in ninth after three rounds of heats.

"It's the car we ran last season but it is getting to be a very old car now, so it is getting fatigued,” he said.

"We had battery failure in the second heat and that hampered us to be where we would like to be in terms of points.

"We have got a few little things to fix before the next meeting.”

Kingaroy's Brad Mendes had the opportunity to debut his new car in the street stock class.

"It is longer and heavier than last years and it's all practice,” Mendes said.

"It has plenty of horsepower so once I get going it should be good.”

Due to rain the V8 super sedans couldn't complete their 40 lap feature as part of the first round of the Queensland series.

Kingaroy Speedway secretary Tanya Barron said despite the challenges of the weather the club was pleased with the first meeting of the season.

"When the shower came over late afternoon close to the start time it didn't look good,” Tanya said.

"The club was very

happy.

"We understand the weather is unpredictable and the crowd was down but we were happy with the quality of racing.”

The next meeting is on November 11 when the club will host the Australian Grand Prix for production sedans with $1000 on the

line.

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