Great night for speedway champion

PATIENCE has finally paid off for Caloundra speedway driver Michael Gee.

Gee won round three of the National Super Sedan Series at the Rockhampton Showgrounds on Saturday night after coming off the better in a first-lap incident in the 30-lap final.

Starting on the front of the grid Gee and fastest qualifier Jamie McHugh contacted on the first turn and McHugh was sent to the rear of the field.

It was then Gee, the current Queensland champion, leading from start to finish to win the race from Brisbane's Wayne Randall and Bendigo's Lucas Roberts.

This was the Caloundra driver's first win in the opening three rounds of the series, but he came very close to victory in the opening round in Avalon, Victoria.

Gee, 38, was placed second until the last lap when his car broke down. He also just missed a top prize earlier in the year when he finished second in a $15,000 winner-takes-all race in Tasmania.

Central Queensland fans also had plenty to cheer about with Yeppoon's Matt Williams finishing fifth behind series leader John Leslight.

Williams, 27, was delighted with a performance he ranked among his best during five years in the sport.

"There were a lot of good cars behind me,'' he said.

"I'm delighted to have been able to stay with some of the best drivers in Australia.''

After the third round Leslight remains the series leader with Randall moving into second place and McHugh dropping back to third place, despite still managing an eighth placing in Rockhampton.

The field hits Toowoomba this Friday night before racing in Brisbane on Saturday.

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