It's magical Matthew
THERE are few Central Queensland racers as popular as Matthew Williams and consequently he got the ovation he richly deserved when he took out the feature race in the Freightliner Trucks Super Sedan series at Rockhampton Showgrounds on Saturday.
He made it look very easy.
After starting the evening slowly, coming from the rear of the field in the opening heat and being forced to spin out a couple of times to avoid the carnage in front of him, Williams got more competitive until in the feature he looked unbeatable.
Fields were small for both the Freightliner series racing and the Sport Engines Super Sedan Development series but the large crowd was not deprived of action as the big beasts of speedway thundered around the track.
With series points up for grabs, the cars flew into the first corner of the opening heat but with limited track space available something had to give and consequently six cars, most of which had body panels rearranged, were left facing areas of the track which drivers had not planned for.
For Williams that first heat was forgettable as he had great difficulty in making an impression.
However, it is the feature where the main points are collected and by then Williams, racing in his new Dodge Intrepid, was on fire.
Starting at the front of the grid, Williams was quick off the mark, which was just as well, as many of the 14-car field got in a tangle, again on the first bend. Jye O’Brien came out of the smash worst with the front crunched and a tyre blown, forcing him into the middle to watch the rest of the race.
Once under way, Williams stayed at the front for the full 30 laps, always having a bit extra when challenged and once Graeme Elliot fell off the pace he went on to win by nearly half a lap from Gavin Northfield, with Steve Pearce third.
It was not the best night for Elliot, who flipped in the first heat and seemed to have trouble following him throughout the meeting.
It was not the best of nights for another Rockhampton racer, Justin Smithwick, either.
In the Development series event Smithwick was up with the best and won one of the heats.
However, in his final three races, a heat and the feature of the Development series and the feature for the Championship, where he started at the rear, he failed to finish.
Smithwick and Kyall Fisher were battling it out for first and second spots in the Development final with the nearest challengers well back in the pack.
However, late in the 20-lap race both rolled off the track to allow Jason Campbell to come through, like a speedway Steven Bradbury, to take the win.