Australian number one Darren Kane in action during his last visit to Rockhampton for the national series when he won the feature event.
Australian number one Darren Kane in action during his last visit to Rockhampton for the national series when he won the feature event.

Darren to dominate Super Sedans

SPEEDWAY: When a competitor on the track is named Dominator, it’s odds-on he is going to be competitive.

Darren “Dominator” Kane is just one of the line-up coming to Rockhampton for the big Super Sedan showdown on Monday, December 28.

For lovers of these methanol-guzzling, mean machines it will be a fabulous night with the current list of nominations reading like the “who’s who” of speedway.

Once again the Rockhampton Saloon Car club has been successful in getting the opening round of the Carline Mufflers National Super Sedan series raced on its home track.

Racers from throughout Australia have been quick to nominate for the event with 29 big names listed 10 days from the start of racing.

“Nominations close on the day of the event,” the club’s publicity officer, Mark Hogan, confirmed.

“The grids are not drawn up until the day.”

Apart from contracted drivers, the late nomination allows for locals to put their names forward to battle it out with the best in the game.

Kane is the best in the game!

The current Australian number one is fast and he knows his way around the Rockhampton track, winning the corresponding event last year.

However, when these cars take to the track it is wall-to-wall horsepower where one slight error can result in an unlucky driver spending the rest of the night as a frustrated spectator.

While Kane currently carries the number one plate on his car, the field will be full of former champions and also those with an eye to becoming the fastest on the speedway circuit.

One of those to have done well on the national scene is local ace Michael Doblo.

Even though Doblo promised he would be nursing his new vehicle through early rounds last year, he still got the home crowd behind him as he mounted a challenge to Kane.

Another Michael who is capable of fast times is Michael Nicola whose Pontiac is likely to be challenging for one of the top placings.

Jamie McHugh is one of the former champions who will be hard to beat on the tight Rockhampton track.

Hogan believes a couple of other big names who are likely to mix it up with the race leaders are Tasmanian Brad Smith and South Australian Dave Gartner, with the big GT Bob Cat sign on the side of his Monte Carlo.

“He (Gartner) is always fast,” he said.

Then there are the local heavyweights.

While the majority of locals are yet to throw their hats into the ring there are three, besides Doblo, set to take on the best the country can offer.

The Williams boys, Leigh and Matthew, will be two who are ready to take on the big boys.

The Yeppoon pair are quick, with Matthew ready to prove his new car is a winning investment.

Another local showing off his new car is Craig Torr and he will be out to prove that his disappointments of the past year are far behind him.

It may be a Super-Sedan night-of-nights, but there have to be support acts.

Once again the super stockers will be one category to fill that bill admirably.

“Thirty-two have nominated so far,” Hogan said.

At recent meetings the experienced Jeff Ohl has been at his brilliant best, but the challenges will be there with the biggest coming from his son Chris.

Chris Ohl returns to the track after repairs to his vehicle, having blown the engine at a recent event.

Winner of the last feature race was Lee Briskey and he will be one to watch as will the improving Brenton Scott.

“He surprised a few at the last meeting,” Hogan said. “He bought a Commodore and has only raced at a few meetings.”

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