Ward steals show at speedway
BIKES roared out of the wilderness and raced back into action at Maryborough Speedway much to the delight of more than 2500 fans on Saturday night.
And it was Australian under 21 solo world champion Darcy Ward who stole the show as the bikes made their comeback after a four-year absence.
The 17-year-old Ward, who rides full time in England, showed why he is the best in the business in his age group by coming from behind to win the four-rider, four-lap feature final.
Two international riders, Damien Koppe and Mitchell Davey finished second and third respectively.
Englishman Joe Haines, a regular on the elite and premier leagues throughout the UK and Europe, didn’t enjoy the best of luck in the final.
Haines was on top of the point’s ladder after the heats but his race for glory ended in disaster after he broke his engine – he was leading at the time.
It was the first time Ward had raced in Maryborough and he said he was very impressed with the set-up.
“The reputation the track had for being a fast one was spot on,” Ward said.
“I was really impressed with it and I hope the crowd loved what they saw.”
Maryborough Sporting Car Club general manager Ryan Harris said there was no doubt that the big crowd had loved every minute of the meeting.
“The spectators were going off all night – they were going nuts I can tell you,” Harris said.
“They proved they had certainly missed bikes and we’ll be doing our best to get them back here as soon as we can.”
But it wasn’t only the solos that wowed the crowd – the sidecars did plenty of that as well.
Newcastle flyers Darren Cafe and Donny Morris combined to win feature final ahead of Paul Newman and Daniel Newman and Jason Aldridge and Duane Dennis.