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Brothers ready to do battle

Grahame Barrett of Bob Jane Tyres will be back teenager Luke Frenken in the CQ AMCA series.
Grahame Barrett of Bob Jane Tyres will be back teenager Luke Frenken in the CQ AMCA series. Supplied

MAKE way V8 AMCA International drivers because here come the "Fabulous Frenkens".

Team Frenken is ready for the frantic action at the Rockhampton Showgrounds tomorrow night.

It is a massive show organisers have lined up and topping the list are AMCAs with the best 28 drivers from up and down the east coast competing.

Among them are a solid core of Central Queensland drivers led by the likes of Glenn Boulter, who has been in good form lately, Dean Ballard and of course the Frenken brothers Luke and Rene.

For Rene it will be all about racing against competitors he faces most weekends.

After racing successfully in Rockhampton, Rene decided to make the move to Brisbane from his flood-bound hometown and further his racing career.

"I've had a couple of race wins," he said, "it's a lot tougher down there with more drivers.

"All the boys I run with are coming this weekend but it is good to come to race here."

Rene said there would be a lot of talent out on the track on Saturday and it was difficult to assess who would be an immediate threat.

"They can all steer pretty handy," he said.

Some of those worth watching will be Steve Potts and brothers Matt and Russ Hardy.

"Matt was second in the Australian titles at Victoria and Steve came third," Rene said.

"I'm just hoping I can rekindle the form I had when I was living up here."

Knowing the track will be an advantage "up here the track is more flowing," he said, "it takes a lot to get used to the track in Brisbane and that makes it hard to get set-up right."

Despite the quality of the drivers coming from the south of the state Rene is confident a CQ driver can do the job.

"If everything falls your way you have a good chance of winning," Rene said.

He will get plenty of support with Rob and Robyn Dennis of Red Line Rollcagers and Race Cars coming to Rockhampton for the meeting.

Rob, who was the previous owner of Rene's car will assist the Frenken pit crew, dad James Frenken will set up all the AMCA to suit the Rockhampton track.

 

Rising star ready to race

LUKE Frenken is a rising star of the CQ AMCA series circuit and is looking forward to doing battle with the big boys of Queensland and, of course, his older brother.

The 19-year-old said he felt a bit nervous heading into the Queensland title meeting.

"I've got to try and treat it like any other meeting," he said.

Like any racer the cost of running a vehicle requires sponsorship support and recently the teenager received the backing of Grahame Barrett of Bob Jane Tyres who has supplied four new tyres to assist with his tilt at the title.

"If you don't have sponsors you don't race in this game," Luke said.

Racing against the best around the traps will be a great experience for a young racer who is only in his second season of competition and is racing well locally.

"It is going to be a different story racing against all the International drivers," he said.

Luke is also looking forward to trying to get the better of his big brother, but then again he does have a race plan.

"It will be a good experience and Rene will make life tough," he said, "if he gets in first I'll take his line and go with him and then hopefully pass him."

Luke said it was also important to use all of the Rockhampton track to gain the best traction for the vehicles tyres.

Bob Jane franchise owner Grahame Barrett and wife Kathryn are keen to assist the teenage racer.

"Everyone's young once," Barrett said, "they've all got to start somewhere."

Barrett said he's involved at the speedway and will be there on tomorrow night at the gate selling tickets.

Tomorrow the Morning Bulletin will talk to drivers competing in the Super Stockers Queensland Title and also from the Modified Production series division.

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