Ken Booy competing at the CQ Mower Racing Club at Yaamba over the weekend. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Ken Booy competing at the CQ Mower Racing Club at Yaamba over the weekend. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Yaamba vet cuts to chase at interstate club titles on Sunday

VETERAN mower racer Ken Booy cut the field apart at the 2013 interclub state titles on Sunday.

The local Yaamba racer won five of the seven A-grade races and, with the accumulated points, took home the coveted A-grade trophy on his home track.

Qualifying fastest, the 64-year-old and his old, but highly modified, Rover Rancher with a 28HP (810cc) V-Twin Briggs and Stratton engine, proved age is no barrier in the sport, finishing ahead of Sunshine Coast driver Jeff Wehlow, while Wayne McKellor from the Fraser Coast finished third.

Twenty-three competitors, who reached speeds of 85km/h down the home straight, took part in four grades during the two days of mower racing action.

Harry Sanderson, from Bundaberg, took out the top position in the B-grade division, while Yaamba local Dave Andrews finished in second.

Sunshine Coast driver Neil Backman earned the final place on the podium while locals Sean Booy and Russell Smith battled it out for fourth and fifth.

Bundaberg's Trent Sanderson won the C-grade race ahead of Mark Colley, while Andy Watson finished in third.

 

Graham Magwire took out first place in D-grade while Peter Troeth and Mark Honeysett picked up the minor places.

Booy explained that the classes weren't defined by engine sizes, but performance.

"We run qualifying heats where racers do two flying hot-laps and their best time is used to determine what grade they will race in," he said.

"The fastest six or seven mowers will go into the A-grade and the next batch will go into the B-grade, etc.

"This ensures that racers are competing with others doing roughly the same times and you don't end with slow mowers mixed in with the quick ones, which can be dangerous and unsafe."

The purpose built Yaamba track and facilities were once again voted the best in Australia by the visiting clubs and drivers.



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