Maryborough Speedway - Production Sedans - Dan Thompson.
Maryborough Speedway - Production Sedans - Dan Thompson. Alistair Brightman

Sitting on sidelines no longer enough for rookie Thompson

SPEEDWAY: For rookie racer Dan Thompson, sitting on the sidelines and watching mates race was no longer enough.

Since purchasing his first speedway car, Thompson has been racing in the production sedans class.

"I grew up on a farm and have always had a thing for cars,” he said.

"After watching mates have a go for a couple of years I thought I would give it a go.”

The Maryborough businessman fully funds his own team and races purely for fun.

"I played footy for Wallaroos and was always getting injured too much, so I gave speedway a go,” Thompson said.

He has competed in each of the Maryborough rounds in his inaugural year of racing and secured his first heat win in Bundaberg last month.

He is currently sitting mid-table in his first season and knows improvement will come.

Thompson loves the camaraderie of speedway and the people involved.

"There is great mateship in this sport, everyone sticks together and we help each other to get out and get racing,” he said.

Thompson is going out on Saturday to enjoy the race with no set plan and see where he ends up.

Gates open on Saturday at 1pm with racing from 4pm.



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