MOWER RACING: Though it was sheer agony watching from the sidelines, CQ Mower Racing Club president Les Beckman did admit he enjoyed watching his competition.
His feet might have itched as he surveyed their field, as the racers took to the Yamba Road track for round nine of the Queensland Championships.
"We had worked hard all week in preparation. It was really windy and took a lot of work,” the All-Australian A-grade champion said.
"We graded and watered it well and by practise day it was really grippy. Then on race day it continued on the race day. They all enjoyed it.
"It was kind of okay to sit back and watch the races. But at times it was agony. I broke four bones in my foot. Crashed into some trees in practise.
"Unfortunately I won't be back this year.”
Beckman said consistency was the key to a successful race and while the weekend numbers were low, the standard was high.
"The racing was fantastic. It was close in all of the classes and we had some new guys who really stepped up,” he said.
"It was back to the big family orientated atmosphere too, which was ideal. We had Dave Hanran from Townsville come down, except he had mechanical problems and couldn't race, but one of our guys let him borrow his mower. It was nice to see.
A-Grade Hartley Wallace CQ
B-Grade: Andrew Gardner Fraser Coast
C-Grade: Will Creed Sunshine Coast
D-Grade: Jay Wilkins CQ
Big Block: Tarm Booy CQ
Outlaw: Sean Booy CQ
Feature 1: Sean Booy CQ
Feature 2 Paul Reeves CQ
"Consistency is definitely the key. The races can be tactical, you can set the pace from the front but if you go too hard you can spin out.
"But our CQ riders did really well, they know the track and it was good that they got some podium finishes. They took some beating.
"Sean Booy was probably the pick of the bunch, he beat the Australian Outlaw champion Mark Shipton.”
Husband and wife duo of Tarm and Sean Booy were two locals who starred at Sunday's meet.
"It was great to beat the boys,” Tarm explained.
"I am actually the second best in Australia for my class which is pretty cool. Both myself and Sean got to share the podium which was really nice.
"It was good to keep it in the family. As I followed Sean into the sport.”
The racers will continue to hone their skills ahead of the next and final round on the Sunshine Coast next month.