Emergency crews rev up for track showdown
Shots have been fired ahead of one of the most anticipated races of the season between emergency services crews at the Nickol Bay Speedway this week.
Local police, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, St John Ambulance and State Emergency Service teams will each have drivers representing them in a stock car race at the Nickol Bay Speedway’s Halloween meet on Saturday night.
The boys in blue are favourites as they have a man on the inside, Ben Ferris, who races each week-
end but he was coy when talking up his team.
“I think we’re trained well enough but I am a bit worried about the two guys who are going to drive for us,” he said.
“They can talk a big race, but we are yet to see how it converts to the track.”
St John Ambulance driver Rodney Fellows was confident about his team’s chances.
“The firies are usually the first on the scene at emergencies but they won’t be the first over the line on the track,” he said.
“We won’t need any dirty tactics because the others won’t be able to keep up.
“It will be good to show the others how to drive.”
Volunteer firefighter Rhian Ambrosius said her competition looked rubbish behind the wheel.
“I am fairly confident about coming number one because I am an awesome driver,” she said. “I just hope the others don’t catch on fire, because I won’t be stopping.”
SES drivers are at a disadvantage, having not been needed for safety requirements at the speedway like the firies and ambos.
The Pilbara News understands the SES team were not able to make the photo shoot because they were getting up to speed for the race.
Speedway president John Magerl said his money was on the cops purely so they would not book him.
Outside of the emergency services race, families and businesses supporting the club will also square off against each other for bragging rights.
Mr Magerl himself will be racing against his wife and son.
“I’m probably going to lose to my 10year-old son, which will be embarrassing,” he said.
“I will probably lose to my wife, too, but that is more of a strategic loss.”
It is also intended to have flat track motorbike and costumed running races on the night.
Racing starts at 6.30pm.
Speedway president John Magerl, left, with the emergency services crews who will race on the track this weekend.
Speedway president John Magerl, left, with the emergency services crews.