ENGINES roared, smoke billowed and tyres popped as Maryborough Speedway hosted its first event on the newly-upgraded burnout pad on Saturday.

The first round of the Bob Jane T-Mart Burnout Masters attracted drivers from across the state.

Burnouts co-ordinator Tony Ward said the crowd, which was estimated to be about 1500-strong, was one of the biggest he had ever seen at Maryborough.

"It went off," he said.

"It's one of the biggest crowds I've seen in years. Everything went to plan, all the guys loved the new pad."

The action wasn't all behind the wheel. Brisbane pro Jamee Walker proposed to his partner in the middle of the pad after he opened the event in "All Torque".

The next event's date is not yet locked in, but Ward is already looking forward to the second round.



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