Speedway racer gets over the line

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Ju­lia Baker ju­lia.baker@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

MO­TOR­SPORTS: It was a bit­ter­sweet fin­ish to Terry Leer­entveld’s South Aus­tralian tour, but the op­ti­mistic speedway racer said all good things must come to an end.

Leer­entveld beat the US No.1 to bring home the South Aus­tralian Ti­tle, but couldn’t de­fend his ModLite Aus­tralian Ti­tle against fel­low Queens­lan­der Aaron Prosser at West­line Speedway, Whyalla, last week­end.

The cham­pion racer placed fifth and said luck was not on his side af­ter he bat­tled a num­ber of is­sues with his new edge chas­sis.

“Out of four heats I didn’t fin­ish well,” he said.

“One of them I had the ac­cel­er­a­tor cable jammed on. I couldn’t re­lease the thing, it was just flat and then my motor started over-heat­ing.

“It was just teething is­sues with a new car.

“We were the favourites to win but the next race I got a front right flat tyre and then we were way back on points... we just had trou­ble all week­end with lit­tle grem­lins.”

Leer­entveld still holds the Queens­land No.1 ti­tle, but will have to wait a year to bat­tle it our for the Aus­tralian ti­tle again.

“I need to get my game on and feel this new car out and I be­lieve it will be a fast car when I get it sorted,” he said.

PHOTO: FILE

BIT­TER END: Terry Leer­entveld bat­tles it out on the race­way

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