Revs and burnouts im­press

Tablelands Advertiser - - SPORT - Bec Singh

THE an­tic­i­pated wait for the Spring­mount Race­way brought ev­ery­thing that was ex­pected to Ma­reeba last week­end, with revheads en­joy­ing all the Aero Out­law Nitro Funny Cars, burnouts and rac­ing.

Car lovers en­joyed the revving of 4000 horse­power en­gines, the smell of burnt rub­ber dur­ing the burnouts and did not have to miss out on the Cow­boys and Roost­ers clash which was shown on an LED screen at Spring­mount.

Funny Car driver Rick Gauci set a new track record dur­ing the rac­ing with a 5.82 sec­ond pass in his car, the Nitro Ex­press.

“The pre­vi­ous record was 5.9 sec­onds, but ei­ther of those times at the dis­tance of 400 me­tres are very quick,” Spring­mount Race­way man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Evan Yelavich said.

Mr Yelavich said the event ran very smoothly and al­though crowd num­bers were down in com­par­i­son to last year, it was still a suc­cess­ful event with pos­i­tive feed­back.

“Usu­ally there are small de­lays due to ac­ci­dents or oil spilled on the track but there was none of that this week­end,” he said.

“The to­tal num­ber of the crowd was 4000 as op­posed to 5000 last year but school hol­i­days and the reschedul­ing of the event from Au­gust to Septem­ber did not help.”

“When you think about where the event is lo­cated, it is quite a drive from other cen­tres such as Cairns. To still have that many peo­ple at­tend­ing was enough to con­sider the event suc­cess­ful.

“We re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back on the Face­book page and com­ments from the crowd.”

Cow­boys fans and some Roost­ers sup­port­ers topped off the day of rac­ing with the Pre­lim­i­nary Fi­nal be­ing shown on the LED screen at 7.30pm.

“There were about 50 to 70 peo­ple who hung around to watch the game,” Mr Yelavich said.

“They ap­pre­ci­ated us show­ing the match.”

Pic­ture: Chris Rob­son

Aero Out­law Nitro Funny Car driver Rick Gauci broke the track record with a 5.82 sec­ond pass on Satur­day.

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