Former rivals Beau Saunders and Warren Johnson are competing on Saturday at Blackwater.
Former rivals Beau Saunders and Warren Johnson are competing on Saturday at Blackwater. MEGAN LEWIS

Ready to race after record entries

IT HAS only been a year between races but this time the “Boy's from the Black Stuff” are ready to race.

The last time cars took to the Coal Capital Speedway track was in JuneS 2010, but this Saturday only a big change in the weather will stop the Blackwater air being filled with the sounds of well-tuned motors with each driver's right foot placed firmly on the throttle.

Two weeks ago Ross Ballard, a member of the club's organising committee, was frustrated when he was forced to cancel a meeting due to a lack of nominations.

That could not be further from the case this time with a record number of entries booked to race.

“There are over 90 nominations – the most in the pits normally is 60-65,” he said.

Little wonder there is so much interest as the field is crammed with six divisions of racing.

Top of the list is the Modified Production CQ Titles which has attracted massive interest with 35 nominations coming in.

Ballard said there are a number of fast cars entered.

“You could nearly put money on Shane McDonald. He's quick and has been around a while,” Ballard said.

After six years without racing, Moranbah's Allen Heazlewood has dusted down his VY Holden Commodore and is prepared to take on the best locals around.

“It will be some race as there will be the Queensland number one, the New South Wales number one and the Australian number two in the field,” he said.

Starting from the rear will be Rockhampton favourite Beau Saunders who is having his first race in the Modified Production class.

He has been one of the top racers in the Fender Bender division but feels the need to move on.

Mention there is a speedway meeting on and the drivers of the V8 AMCA Nationals will be chasing an entry form.

This Saturday about 14 are nominated to race in the Jalgrid AMCA Bonanza.

Ballard usually races in the Wingless section but, due to the program being so large, he has opted to be a part of the organising committee.

Again, there is no clear favourite to take that title but Ballard rates Kev Young, Mackay's Daniel East, Maryborough's Dan Moes and newcomer to the area Mal Paull as the ones to watch.

Also on the card is the CQ Junior Titles, Super Streets with local ace Warren Johnson making a return after solving car problems, and the Super Stockers.

Gates open at 3pm and racing begins at 4.30pm.



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