Engines ran hot at the Rockhampton speedway on Saturday
SPEEDWAY: Engines ran hot at the Rockhampton speedway on Saturday night, with impressive performances from Central Queensland drivers in every division.
Rockhampton speedway representative Roslyn Johnson said it was a great night of racing all round with not a drop of rain in sight and a fantastic crowd in attendance.
In the Modifieds division, Tony Gaunt came roaring into a first place finish ahead of Gladstone's Chris Pendry in second and Neil Coomber in third.
Johnson said it was about time for Gaunt to take the cake after a run of bad luck while Pendry raced well and it was good to see Coomber back on the track.
In the Super Stockers, Johnson said Rockhampton star driver Danny Lennon finally managed to keep his car off the fence and finish the night but had some tough competition in Michael Johnson.
"Michael Johnson showed potential to place in the feature but spun out with four laps to go," Johnson said.
Tony Curd went into the feature as the hot favourite in the AMCA's but was outdone by Glen "The Bolt" Boulter.
Johnson tipped Corey Battersby as a star on the rise and a driver to look out for in future competitions.
In the Fender Benders, Johnson said Nathan Reynolds was moving up and qualified in the top three for the feature race while Brian Page had returned to the track after a short break.
"It is good to see the numbers growing and some great driving," Johnson said.
Despite being a demonstration night only for the Super Sedans, some great racing came from Michael Doblo who secured first place ahead of Lindsay Hawkings from Mackay and Bryan Owen.
But it was the Juniors that everyone was anticipating with a great field of nine drivers including Aaron Hearn who was back for his first night after a roll over.
Johnson said Hearn was still getting used to his new rear-wheel-drive car but managed to finish the night while Brock Chopping hit the wall in the third heat and was out for the rest of the evening.
"Daniel Johnson had his first race win in the second heat but suffered gear box problems in the third heat and did not race in the feature," Johnson said.
"Matthew Robertson from Gladstone is a new driver but did not finish the night after hitting the fence in the second heat.
"Maddy Storey is another new driver who finished every race while Brooke Etherden from Gladstone finished third. In the feature race it was a great job for the girls."
Brandon Atto won the feature race after starting from pole position and had a nice clean race.
Johnson said Mackay's Brodie Boss was consistent all night although he had a few troubles with car set ups during the heats.
"Brady Baldwin from Mackay also had a good night and finished fourth in the feature race after qualifying in second place,"Johnson said.
"It was a great night for the juniors and it is great to have the support from the drivers whose families travel to attend race meetings."
The next Rocky speedway meet will be held on March 23 at the Rockhampton Showgrounds and is expected to draw a strong contingent of racers.
FEATURE RACE PLACINGS
Modified Productions -
1st Tony Gaunt, 2nd Chris Pendry (Gladstone), 3rd Neil Coomber (Gladstone)
Super Stockers -
1st Anthony Ohl, 2nd Jeff Ohl, 3rd, Tye Brookes
AMCA Nationals -
1st Glen Boulter, 2nd Corey Battersby, 3rd Tony Curd (Gladstone)
Fender Benders -
1st Mark Hogan, 2nd Trent Langlet, 3rd Nathan Reynolds
Super Sedans -
1st Michael Doblo, 2nd Lindsay Hawkings (Mackay), 3rd Bryan Owen
Junior Sedans -
1st Brandon Atto (Moranbah), 2nd Brodie Boss (Mackay), 3rd Brooke Etherden