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