Dirt and dust flies as low slung, wide wheel based racing mowers tear around the 300 metre by six lap circuit. Photos from the 2012 Grand Prix.
Dirt and dust flies as low slung, wide wheel based racing mowers tear around the 300 metre by six lap circuit. Photos from the 2012 Grand Prix. Contributed

Gentlemen start your mowers for fourth annual Grand Prix

DRY weather, a big field of contestants and more prize money could help to make the 4th Yeppoon Ride-on Mower Central Queensland Grand Prix one of the most spectacular in the series when it is staged at 3.30pm on Sunday, June 9, at Yeppoon showground in conjunction with the annual show.

"Entry numbers were expected to get a boost from rapid growth of mower racing in the district and extra prize money which has increased to $1150," show society race promoter Brian Dorey said. with the backing of major sponsor, Shepherds Chandlers Yeppoon and major co-sponsors, Woody's Foodworks and Keppel Outdoor Products.

" The Grand Prix Race 1 is backed by $950 in cash prizes shared among the first three places - $500 first, $300 second and $150 for third place.

Race 2 stages an unplaced entrants' Grand Prix with a prize value of $100 first, $60 second and $40 for third place.

The superb, fast 300m mower racing grass track in the main show ring will test the drivers's skills with six laps of a 100m straight, two big bends and a series of hairpin corners over a distance of 1.8km.

Mowers can reach speeds of 90kmh on the straight and can slalom corners up to70kmh.

This growing sport has been further promoted by formation of the Central Queensland Mower Racing Club and the construction of its new track at Yaamba which, has further established mower racing's position as a growing and affordable track sport in the region with state-wide connection to Queensland mower racing championships.

Pre-race pit inspections before the start at 3.30pm will check mechanical specifications, protective clothing and helmets. 

The Grand Prix events will be conducted under ride-on mower racing rules, driver regulations and safety, mower regulations and mechanical racing specifications.



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