Ward home to race in Tinana
ENGLAND’S cricketers won the Ashes last year.
Darcy Ward will be doing his best to ensure that an Englishman doesn’t win the motorbike glory at Maryborough Speedway in Tinana tonight.
The current under 21 solo world champion will be on track to win some sporting pride for Australia as the bikes (solos and sidecars) return to the Heritage City for the first time in four years.
The talented Ward, who rides full time in England, is home in Australia for the summer and he’s ready to rise to the challenge of taking on a quality field.
A field that includes English flyer, Joe Haines, someone who contests the elite and premier leagues throughout the UK and Europe and enjoys plenty of success.
Ward said he was looking forward to racing in Maryborough.
“Everyone talks about how good a bike track Maryborough used to be,” Ward, who is also the Australian under 21 champion, said.
“I know me and all the other riders are hoping we can put on a great show and hopefully help get bikes to return to the Maryborough on a more regular basis.
“A win for the Aussies wouldn’t go a miss either,” he laughed.
While Ward is keen to impress, Haines is adamant he wouldn’t let him have it all his own way.
“They tell me that it’s a very fast, wide open track and I am planning to give Darcy and the others a run for the money,” he said.
International riders Mitchell Davey and Damien Koppe are also in the line-up tonight and it comes as no surprise that Maryborough Sporting Car Club general manager Ryan Harris said he couldn’t wait to see all the stars in action.
“The field is simply sensational,” Harris said.
“Ward is a freak and you don’t win the world under 21 championship by accident while Haines has been turning it on in Europe this season.
“Haines is a real chance to win but he’s a Pom – no Aussie likes to see them win,” he laughed.
As for the sidecars, Harris said he was a big fan of them.
“They are simply lunatics,” he said.
“They race side by side with the swinger hanging off the bike and the other bike is just about hitting him in the head.”BACKSIDE TRACKSIDE
Tonight’s meeting includes A grade open solos, open senior sidecars, support solos and junior solos
Gates open at 4pm with racing from 6.30pm
Admission prices are adults $25, concession $20, students (under 17 years) $15, family (2 adults and 2 Students) $65 and children (under 12 years) free