Bicknell wins opening round
IT WAS a big call but it was one Pete Bicknell delivered on.
The multiple world champion from Canada said he would win the opening round of the Roosters Cup for V8 Dirt Modifieds at Maryborough Speedway on Saturday night – he did just that.
Not without plenty of drama though.
Bicknell, who was racing in Australia for the first time, almost didn’t make the final after crashing into the wall in one of his heats.
His pit crew worked overtime to get him back on track and all that effort paid off.
Despite starting from position 13 in the final, Bicknell showed his class by powering through the field and passing early race leader, Lismore’s former Australian champion, Mark Robinson, with three laps of the 30-lap final left and that’s where he stayed.
Not surprisingly, Bicknell said he was thrilled with his win.
“It was a lot of hard work,” he said.
“I just did what I had to do and grind out a win.”
As for his crash, Bicknell said although he was a long way from home, some things don’t change.
“The concrete in the wall is just as hard,” he laughed.
Maryborough Sporting Car Club general manager and race commenter Ryan Harris said Bicknell’s win had left some of his doubters speechless.
“There were those who wrote him off because of his performances in the heats,” Harris said.
“He just turned it on when it mattered the most – in the final.
“They are the races that matter and he proved cream always rises to the top.”
In the other events of the night, Maryborough’s Scott Thomsen, showed why he’s the current Queensland Street Sedan champion by coming from behind to win the feature race on the last lap in impressive style.
Beenleigh flyer Cody Maroske raced home to win the Queensland Junior Street Sedan Championship while Hervey Bay’s Hamish Redman finished the best of the five locals in action in the final, finishing fifth.
Mitch and Brody Thomsen, Brianna Francis and Kayla Barron were the other Fraser Coast drivers in the final.
Toowoomba’s Keith Blatch won the Lightning Sprints feature race and he did it in style with a new lap record of 13.001secs.