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Drivers revved up for racing

DJ Lennon leads Jeff Ohl into a corner in a Super Stockers heat at Rockhampton Speedway during a recent meeting at the Showgrounds.
DJ Lennon leads Jeff Ohl into a corner in a Super Stockers heat at Rockhampton Speedway during a recent meeting at the Showgrounds.

ROCKHAMPTON Saloon Car Club president Brendan Doyle hopes the weather jinx is a thing of the past and racing will be full on this Saturday night.

Lovers of speedway need a little bit of luck after last year's program was all but washed out.

There is always one division that takes centre stage at a meeting and on Saturday it is the boys driving Fender Benders who will be having a serious battle as they fight it out for the Central Queensland Title.

Over the years numbers have dropped away but in 2012 there has been a slight increase in nominations as drivers take the first step on the senior speedway trail.

Consequently some of the names nominated are considered outsiders and for drivers like Nathan Reynolds this is a whole new experience.

Last speedway season, in his introduction to the sport,Reynolds finished a creditable seventh for the year and is keen to keep improving on that.

He has another reason to push harder as his workmate is Steven Hogan, one of the favourites to win the category.

The Hogan brothers, Steve and Mark, made it a family feud the last time the Fender Benders raced at Rockhampton and they are likely to be at the front of the field to gain bragging rights for the year.

"They will be hard to beat," Reynolds said.

"I'll be going out to finish the feature as you have to be in there to win."

Reynolds has the equipment to be competitive as he will be driving a Ford EA Falcon with a 4L straight six cylinder motor.

"It is not a bad engine, it is all down to the driver," he said.

It was Steve Hogan who encouraged Reynolds to take up the sport and he has no regrets despite christening his car in the rigours of speedway when he took to the wall at one of the meetings.

"I hit the fence about two meetings ago, other than that I've been alright," Reynolds said.

"Your car has to have a few bumps in it."

Another expected to challenge the Hogan boys for the title is Brian Page who will be driving his new car for just the third or fourth meeting.

"It is always a good show when it is title time," Doyle said.

The future of speedway will also be on show with two local drivers competing in the Junior Sedans.

Daniel Johnson and Brooke Etherden will renew their rivalry in a field that has also attracted two cars from Mackay and one from Gladstone.

The Ohl verses Lennon clash in Super Stockers is set to continue but now Jeff Ohl is looking out for DJ Lennon rather than his fierce rival Danny.

Last time out the super-cool Ohl engaged in a short battle with DJ but his experience showed as the younger driver ended his night with a sick car in the middle of the track while Ohl's only problem was dealing with the back markers as he went on to win to the event comfortably.

On Saturday, 17 Super Stockers have nominated with the division building up to the numbers it once enjoyed a few years ago.

The V8 AMCA Nationals will also put on a show with 10 cars nominating and regulars like Robbie Irwin and Andrew Baker expected to battle it out again.

Beau Saunders will give his account of how he will win in the Modified Production division in tomorrow's paper.

 

SPEEDWAY PROGRAM

At Rockhampton Showgrounds on Saturday evening, action begins at 5.30pm.

Divisions competing:- CQ Fender Bender Titles, Super Stockers, Modified Production, Wingless Sprint Cars, V8 AMCA Nationals and Junior Sedans. Also there will be a display run from the Super Sedans.

Topics:  racing, rockhampton speedway




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