October 9, 2017
Speedway action will roar back into life on Saturday night at the Kingaroy Speedway with a big program of racing for the beginning of the local season.
There’s been lots of changes over the break, including a new name for the venue, new lights, and a new racing surface.
Ian Boettcher Race Parts, a familiar name to all speedway fans, has taken over the naming rights for the Kingaroy Showground track this season.
“We are so honoured to have Ian Boettcher Race Parts join forces with us here at Kingaroy,” South Burnett Speedway Club president Travis Barron said.
“They’ve always been a big supporter of what we are trying to achieve and we can’t wait to continue to keep building into the future over this exciting new chapter at IBRP Kingaroy Speedway.”
A new clay surface has also been laid on the showground circuit to replace the old surface which was wearing out and becoming hard to manage.
New track lights have also been installed.
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The South Burnett Speedway Club is looking forward to a big year of racing.
The annual Kings Royal will be raced on January 25-27 (Thursday-Friday-Saturday) and this year will be joined by the Queens Royal, which will be raced on the Saturday night.
The Queens Royal will be only open to women drivers and passengers (either those that have never raced, still compete or have done so previously).
Street Stocks and Production Sedans have been given approval to run together.
The racing will be in an anti-clockwise direction. Each driver will contest three heats with the feature race being held just prior to the Kings Royal feature.
The club will involve as many women as possible from both sides of the fence, with an all-female cast of officials to be assembled to officiate the Queens Royal event.
It has also been confirmed that the 2017-18 Compact Speedcars Australia National Championship will be held at IBRP Kingaroy Speedway in April, which should attract cars from all over eastern Australia.
And the 2018 Queensland Wingless Sprint Title will be held at the annual Kingaroy Show meeting on Sunday, May 6.
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More than 100 drivers have nominated in five racing categories for Saturday night.
There will be Super Sedans, Modifieds, Production Sedans, Juniors and Street Stocks in action, with 37 events scheduled.
Gates open at 2:00pm and racing kicks off at 4:00pm.
Tickets are available at the gate: Adults $25, students (with ID) $15, pensioner (aged / disability) $15 , children (12 & under) free; family (2 adults and 3 students) $65.