Maryborough’s John Dodds shows his style.
Maryborough’s John Dodds shows his style.

Mowers cut it up fast on track

JOHN Dodds was no different to plenty of other people on Sunday.

He spent time on his ride on mower but there’s were the comparison ends.

Dodds didn’t cut a single blade of grass – he was more interested in cutting up his rivals on a race track in Tinana.

Something Dodds, the president of the Maryborough Lawnmowing Racing Club, proved to be pretty good at on the day.

He set a cracking pace on his bladeless machine, roaring around the 300m track in just over 28 seconds, the fastest time of the day.

Fifteen drivers from throughout south-east Queensland rode into town for the second meeting of the year hosted by the new club.

Three divisions were contested on the day.

Gympie’s Cloe MacFarlane, a member of the Sunshine Coast Club, won the honours in A class while another Gympie driver, Gerard Horley, finished second.

Nick Oppatt from the Gold Coast won the race to the line in B class while Bundaberg’s Trent Sanderson finished second.

Local driver, Torbanlea’s Fred Francis, had a day to remember winning both C class and the All-in (all classes) titles.

Dodds didn’t come away empty handed either.

He finished second behind Bundaberg’s Scott Abdy in the drag race.

The 43-year-old Dodds, a Maryborough mechanical engineer, said the day had been a good one for all concerned.

“We had a good turnout of spectators and they saw plenty of good racing – all were happy,” Dodds, who took up the sport just over two years ago, said.



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