VIDEO: Curtis Coast club members crash into each other
THERE'S no love lost between the members of the Curtis Coast Formula 500 club, which consists of F500 drivers from Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg.
Four members competed in the Rocky Resort/Cloud 9 Australian Formula 500 Title at Rockhampton Showgrounds over Easter: Anthony Schofield, Adrian "AJ" Josefski, Tony Schmidt and Mick Pronger. And three of them crashed into each other.
"Tony and I came together in the first heat on Saturday night," Josefski said.
"I blew a tyre and was gone, while Tony only sustained a bit of damage to his wing and kept racing."
Heat 2 was without incident and the four drivers managed to avoid each other, but in Heat 3 the race had to be stopped after Josefski had a spectacular spill. This time, the agonist was Schofield.
"Anthony just went over the top of me," Josefski said.
"My car was playing up in that third heat and I was just trying to nurse it home, finish the race and get some points.
"Next thing I know, he's made a move to get around me, we came together and I went over and was gone. I got some great GoPro footage though," Josefski laughed.
Of the four Curtis Coast F500 drivers, Pronger was the only one not to crash into his club-mates and subsequently finished the best, placing seventh in the Main A class, with a total time of 17 minutes, 55 seconds. This was just seven seconds outside the winner.
"I qualified 11th for the final," Pronger said.
"And in that final race I got up to seventh, which isn't too bad. That last race was really tough to pass. It was just nose to tail the whole way and there just wasn't the room to get past the car in front."
Pronger's son, Nathan Pronger, who travelled up from Brisbane to compete, isn't far behind his father, finishing fourth in the B Main class.
ROOM TO ZOOM: Nathan Pronger puts the foot down at Rockhampton Showgrounds during heats of the Australian F500 Championships.