Fans promised a big action night
EXCITEMENT and thrill bound more than 2000 spectators at round one of speedway’s stampede series on November 1, at the Showgrounds, but it all changed to a massive anti-climax about 8.30pm.
It all started at the AMCA national race when racer Mick Callighan came down the back of the track and drove straight up into the fence – and he didn’t come down until he took the fence with him.
Callighan’s car tore down six poles and the safety mesh, causing the race to be shut down for safety reasons.
Announcer for Rockhampton Speedway club Josh Keene said leading up to the event there was a lot of hype and excitement around the town.
“It was a massive lead-up but with a big anti-climax,” he said.
“One of the cars went up and tore down six poles, and then with our curfew we couldn’t fix it in time so we had to shut down.
“There was heaps of hype around the town because of all our new initiatives the club had taken on, so it’s a shame the safety fence was torn down.”
Keene said they only finished the second round of 14 events out of 26 events and had a lot more entertainment planned for the crowd.
“There were a lot of unhappy people,” he said.
Keene said the club now wanted to make it up to the spectators at the meeting at the next weekend, November 21.
Ex-Rockhampton boys Joel Thomas and Andrew Roberts will be racing in the super street and Keene said they would be the “big guns” of the event.
“There will also be Steve Cook racing in his ES Falcon and he will be chasing those two,” he said.
“On top of those we have four local boys who have just joined the club, so it will be Rocky versus the rest of them.”
Keene said in light of the last weekend’s shutdown, entry tickets would now only be $5 for children and $10 for adults.
He said the club had revamped the speedway recently with the lowest amount of followers he had seen in years.
“We want to reintroduce a lot of people who have not been to speedway for many years,” he said.
He said there would be a great entertainment package on the night that included fire twirling, giveaways and face painting for children.
The event will be run over three days from November 19-21, with super stockers, fender benders, AMCA and the super street AMT challenge.