Dray’s Park proved wor­thy of host­ing ma­jor races

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

THE BFB Scaf­fold­ing Queens­land Se­nior and Ju­nior Long Track Dirt Cham­pi­onships raced into Dray’s Park for an epic week­end of rac­ing.

More than 300 com­peti­tors from across the state trav­elled for the three-day event with lo­cal rid­ers stamp­ing them­selves as qual­ity op­po­nents.

This was the first time the Whit­sun­day Dirt Rid­ers hosted a dou­ble state cham­pion- ships, hav­ing pre­vi­ously held a sin­gle dirt track cham­pi­onship in 2011.

Whit­sun­day Dirt Rid­ers’ sec­re­tary Lynda Pen­hal­lurick said Dray’s Park con­tin­ues to prove it­self as an ex­cel­lent track for ma­jor state events.

“Ev­ery­thing worked out well, we had our vol­un­teers sweep­ing start­ing points and wa­ter trucks damp­en­ing grounds to en­sure all rid­ers had the best rac­ing condi- tions. Rid­ers said the track was great and I think we’ll def­i­nitely be host­ing more cham­pi­onships, more fre­quently in the fu­ture,” she said.

Ms Pen­hal­lurick said the sports­man­ship and support shown by rid­ers and vol­un­teers within the Whi­tus­n­day team put the club a mile­stone above the rest.

“To all the vol­un­teers on the day flag­gies, can­teen helpers, finisher, starter, 5/10, grid mar­shal, flag mar­shal, score tower vol­un­teers, com­men­ta­tor and friends we can't thank you enough and of course our spon­sors who made this pos­si­ble,” she said.

The Whit­sun­day Dirt Rid­ers will now be train­ing for the North Bris­bane Cup in De­cem­ber

The Whit­sun­day Dirt Rid­ers are al­ways seek­ing vol­un­teers for those who are in­ter­ested in the sport to as­sist with the co-or­di­na­tion of race meets and man­ag­ing the club’s fa­cil­i­ties.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.whit­sun­day­dir­trid­ers.com/ or find the Whit­sun­day Dirt Rid­ers Club on Face­book.

SHOW STOP­PER: Dirt rider Mitch Walker from Mackay wheel­ies past crowds at the Queens­land Se­nior and Ju­nior Long Track and Dirt Track Cham­pi­onships on Sun­day at Dray Park.

NEED FOR SPEED: Lo­cal dirt rider Hunter Pen­hal­lurick takes the lead in the 85cc 4 / Mod­i­fied 7-U10yrs long track race on Sun­day. Photo by AllOver Pho­tog­ra­phy.

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