Multiple world champion Pete Bicknell will be in action in the opening round of the Roosters Cup at Maryborough Speedway tonight.
Multiple world champion Pete Bicknell will be in action in the opening round of the Roosters Cup at Maryborough Speedway tonight.

Finest set to rise to challenge

IT MAY be the festive season but it won’t be the sound of Christmas bells filling the night sky in Tinana tonight.

Twenty-nine powerful 700 horse power V8 Dirt Modifieds will see to that during the opening round of the Roosters Cup at Maryborough Speedway.

Leading the hunt for the chequered flag will be multiple world champion Pete Bicknell.

This is the first time the Canadian has raced in Australia and he said he hasn’t made the long trip for nothing.

“They tell me Maryborough is a great little track that is fast and fun to get around,” Bicknell said.

“I am really looking forward to the challenge and I can tell you one thing.

“I will be going home with a win next to my name – one start for one win sounds pretty good to me.”

But you can be sure that the other drivers in the star studded field might have something to say about that.

The field includes current Australian champion Peter Britten, former Australian champions Andrew Pezzutti and Mark Robinson along with the current Queensland champion Luke Oldfield and New South Wales champion Phil McNamara.

Australian number two Andrew Drake and number three Jai Stevenson are also in the line-up.

Maryborough Sporting Car Club general manager and race commenter Ryan Harris said he was looking forward to seeing the Canadian hot shot take on Australia’s best.

“Bicknell is one of the best in the world and he has been talking it up that much that we have decided to give him a head-to- head lap record attempt with the current lap record holder (Peter Britten),” Harris said.

“These blokes (overseas visitors) think they can come over here and give us a flogging but I think it might be the other way around come tonight.”

Also on the program will be Litre Sprintcars, Street Sedans and the Queensland Junior Sedans titles in which Fraser Coast locals Mitch Thomsen, Hamish Redman, Alexandra Kuzmanovic, Brody Thomsen, Brianna Francis and Kayla Barron will all be hoping to be crowned the best in the state.

Racing starts at 4pm.



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