Several Queenslanders will take to the oil track looking for gold at this weekend’s 2018 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championship at Balcary Park Raceway at Gunnedah (NSW).
The Pro 450, Pro Open and MX Open classes will see a mix of former champions and young guns challenging for honours.
Townsville’s Kayden Downing will defend the premier Pro 450 class, against a quartet of former Australian champions – Paul Caslick, Luke Gough, Michael Kirkness and Rowan Tegart.
Well-credentialed Queensland speedway rider Ryan Douglas will be having his first ever meeting on a track like Balcary Park.
Probably the hottest favourite this weekend will be North Brisbane rider Briony Hendrickson - the 7-time Aussie champ who has been the benchmark in the Womens class for several years now - while club-mate Brooke Goulding will look to improve upon her third place in last month’s Aussie track titles and Amy King attempts to get to grips with the front-runners.
“"Racing on oil is incredible fun,” said Hendrickson. “Its a challenging surface and very grippy when comparing it to deco. The wheels tend to track behind one another instead of coming out of a corner sideways. Riding with slicks brings racing to a different level and as always I'm excited to be competing this weekend.”
In the Dirt Track Sidecar class, Queenslanders David Grainger and Trevor Gaze as well as recent Australian Track Championship winners Darren and Shaun Fien are guaranteed to go in hard.
There is only a small field for the ATV Open class, but it is full of quality with Newcastle rider Matthew Griffiths hell-bent on revenge over Robert Booth who took the honours at the Australian Track Championship.
Besides the championship classes, there will also be racing for the Pro 250 and Under 19s, neither of which had attracted sufficient entries to constitute a championship class at the time of writing.
Action at the Balcary Park track will get under way both days at 10.00am – on Saturday for practice followed immediately by the first round of competition, and on Sunday for a Parade Lap and Official Opening before competition.