Super effort from sedan driver at speedway meet
SPEEDWAY: Brendan Doyle has equalled his best race performance by finishing third in the super sedans at the McCosker Rocky Speedway's bumper meeting on Saturday night.
More than 90 cars were in action at the Tin Top Smack Down at the Rockhampton Showgrounds, with 30 alone in the headline event - the Queensland production sedan title which was won by Tim Smith.
Rockhampton's Doyle qualified fourth for the super sedans 12-lap feature after recording a second, a fourth and a fifth in the three heats.
Despite being caught up in a minor incident midway through, he held his nerve to race into third.
Gavin Northfield finished first ahead of Bob McCosker.
"I'm extremely happy. That equals my best ever finish,” Doyle said.
"There was a small accident about halfway through which we got involved in and we ended up with some damage to the left-hand side of the car but we got through that.
"We were running fourth for a fair while and moved into third with two or three laps to go.”
Doyle launched his speedway career more than six years ago and thrives on the excitement and camaraderie that comes with it.
"It's a bit of a hobby for me. I don't really have many goals when it comes to racing, I just go out and enjoy myself and if I put the car back on the trailer straight then I'm happy.
"I've had this car for about two years and I'm really happy with it. We did trial a few different things last night which worked well.
"It's very thrilling and certainly gets the adrenalin pumping. On a good lap you average just over 100kmh and obviously you go quicker in some areas.”
Doyle said he would take a lot of confidence out of Saturday night's success as he prepared for the third round of the CQ All Star Series in Rockhampton on March 11.