All the speed you need
SPEEDWAY racing will be back in action at the Rockhampton Showgrounds tonight, as drivers from across Central Queensland battle it out in the Super Stockers, AMCA Nationals, Fender Benders, Modified Productions, Super Sedans and Junior divisions.
In what is expected to be a fantastic night of racing with strong nominations across the board, all eyes will be on the next generation of star racers with nine drivers competing in the junior division.
Rockhampton speedway racer Warren Johnson said the junior competition gave young teenagers the chance to get behind the wheel and gain vital experience and skills before they hit the open road.
"Our main aim at the moment is getting youngsters into the sport," Johnson said.
"A lot of them jump into the car at about 10 to12 years old and it gives them that extra knowledge and skill before they go for their learner's licence when they turn 16."
Rockhampton has four junior drivers with an average of eight cars racing each meeting.
Drivers also travel from Mackay, Moranbah and Gladstone clubs on a regular basis.
Johnson said his son Daniel would be racing in tonight's event. Daniel was now in his second season, and was hoping he would race well following his Australian Championship debut in Mackay recently.
"Daniel has raced a Queensland title, with fellow CQ driver Brooke Etherdon from Gladstone, and had the opportunity to race an Australian title in Mackay about three weeks ago," Johnson said.
"The chance to race an Australian title for a junior coming once in every eight years, Daniel raced with Brock Chopping from here and was the 22nd fastest out of 82 drivers."
Johnson said there would be a big field in the Modified Productions division with 12 drivers nominated, including the likes of Matty Thomas and Wayne Gilroy.
To catch all the action of the Junior, Super Stockers, AMCA Nationals, Fender Benders, Modified Productions and local Super Sedans, head down to the Rockhampton Showgrounds from 6 o'clock tonight.