Emer­gency crews rev up for track show­down

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Speedway pres­i­dent John Magerl, left, with the emer­gency ser­vices crews who will race on the track this week­end.

Tom Zaun­mayr Pic­ture:

Speedway pres­i­dent John Magerl, left, with the emer­gency ser­vices crews.

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