Weekend enduro set to deliver thrills and spills aplenty
ENDURO: International enduro star Jemma Wilson will headline Round 1 of the CQ Off-Road Series at the Keppel Coast Dirt Bike Club's Yeppoon MX track on Sunday.
She will be among the expected 80-strong field that will contest the series opener, to be run as an enduro-x event.
KCDBC president Paul Warr said riders would travel from as far as Townsville and Brisbane for the day's racing, which he promised would deliver plenty of thrills and spills.
The purpose-built track combines natural terrain-style motocross sections along with man-made obstacles, such as mining tyres, water-filled rock pools and more than 100 logs.
Junior competitors will race on a miniature version of the same circuit.
Warr said that Wilson would be a major drawcard, as would CQ rider Andrew Jeffries who has competed in the Red Bull Romaniacs event, considered one of the toughest enduro events in the world.
"Enduro is really high-adrenalin, action-packed racing,” he said.
"You get to see riders tackle a host of obstacles that you would find in the Australian bush within the confines of a motocross track.
"It really brings the thrills and spills into it.”
It is the second weekend in a row that the Yeppoon track will be buzzing with action, with the Keppel club hosting its season opener last Sunday.
That attracted 127 riders, with good-sized fields in each class.
"It was very, very pleasing to see 23 Division 1 riders (peewees), which is almost double what we had last year. That looks great for the future of the sport,” Warr said.
"It was a great day of racing, with some really good competition across the board.”
Racing starts at 9am on Sunday, with full canteen and bar facilities operating. Entry is free for spectators.