Beau Saunders is leading the way in the Fender Benders this season and will be looking to continue that form tonight at Rockhampton Showgrounds.
Beau Saunders is leading the way in the Fender Benders this season and will be looking to continue that form tonight at Rockhampton Showgrounds. File Photo

Saunders is the one to beat

DON'T tell Beau Saunders that tonight’s meeting is all about Super Sedans.

Saunders successfully races his VL Commodore in the Fender Bender class and should again be the one to beat tonight when this economy class of racing hits the track.

Publicity officer for Rockhampton Saloon Car Club, Mark Hogan, has no doubt Saunders will put on a show for fans of this category.

“He has been on fire recently,” Hogan said.

“Beau won the feature at the last meeting.

“For a young guy he is a very intelligent driver, a few older drivers (in all categories) could take a leaf out of his book.”

While numbers racing Fender Benders are down on past years, Hogan said the nine nominations for tonight were an improvement on recent meetings.

What might be lacking in numbers cannot be reflected in quality as a number of drivers are beginning to put their hand up to challenge for the top positions.

Clay Crouch is one who has caught the eye.

“He surprised a few last year,” Hogan said.

“He was certainly the most improved.”

Now Crouch has installed a V8 in his XF Falcon and may have the grunt to win a few races.

Heath Simpson is always there or thereabouts.

“Every time he puts his car on the track he is competitive,” Hogan added.

Another who will contest the lead positions is Milton Trembath and with so many competitive racers in the field it makes for good racing.

The same could be said of the Super Stockers, where Lee Briskey has broken through to challenge “the big three”.

For a number of seasons it was a matter of whether Hogan, Jeff Ohl or Danny Lennon would win. That is no longer the case.

Briskey has proved he is one who can win races and two major titles on offer in this class belong to Glen Knox (Queensland Title) and Chris Ohl (Australian).

Another driver to impress the experienced Hogan is Brenton Scott.

“He has just started racing and is going phenomenally well,” he said.

Also in the field will be Matthew Thomas, who returns to Super Stockers for tonight’s racing after competing in the Super Street category.

Action at Rockhampton Showgrounds will begin at 5pm.



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