Kingaroy’s Ben Stead, 16, was ready to hit the track in his Ford Laser for the Junior Street Sedan Championship.
Kingaroy’s Ben Stead, 16, was ready to hit the track in his Ford Laser for the Junior Street Sedan Championship. JOCELYN WATTS

Johnno on track to win series

JOHNNO Collins made sure his 3000km round trip from North Queensland to Tinana was worth it on Saturday night.

The Cairns-based flyer still leads the race to winning the Masondale Heavy Haulage Fraser Coast Drivers Championship after finishing fifth in round three of the series at Maryborough Speedway.

Gympie’s Glenn Pagel won the round and moved into second place on the ladder with only one round to go.

Pagel crossed the finishing line ahead of Brett Baxter and Gavin Lorensen to complete an impressive trifecta for Gympie drivers in front of a crowd of more than 1500.

Visiting drivers also cleaned up in the other feature races on the night.

In the Danny Davidson Memorial race for the Midget Speedcars, Brisbane’s Grant Draney beat fellow Brisbane-based drivers Brock Dean and Australian number two Brendan Palmer to the chequered flag.

Only a 10th of a second covered them in the sprint across the line.

Wondai’s Josh Harm celebrated his 18th birthday in style by winning the Street Sedan feature race from Maryborough’s Keryn Goodwin and Gympie’s Sarah Franz.

Sunshine Coast youngster Brady Roberts won the Queensland Junior Street Sedan Championship ahead of Hervey Bay’s Ryan Packer and Clontarf’s Jarrod Peacock.

Maryborough’s Mitchell Thomsen was leading the final with six laps to go until a puncture ended his bid for glory.

Despite no locals winning on the night, Maryborough Speedway commentator Ryan Harris said the crowd didn’t go home disappointed.

“They saw a sensational night of action,” Harris said.

“There was no lack of wheel-to-wheel and side-by- side racing and that ensured there were plenty of nail biting finishes.”

The next meeting at Maryborough Speedway will be on March 20, a meeting which will feature a round of the V8 Super Sedan Queensland Series.



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