April 29, 2019
“Absolutely sensational” … that’s how Kingaroy Speedway president Travis Barron summed up the two nights of racing at the weekend.
Travis said a record crowd of 12,000 people had come through the gate on Friday and Saturday nights to watch the heats and finals of the National Titles in Modifieds and Modlites.
And that was not counting children under 12 who came in for free!
The crowd figure topped the record set at the Kings Royal in January of 11,000 – and that was spread across three nights of racing.
Travis said people had been raving to him about both the racing and the Kingaroy showgrounds track.
“Drivers said to me that they had never been to a race meeting as good as this in Australia or a better venue,” he said.
“They were absolutely gob-smacked.”
He had also received compliments from the drivers about the friendliness of the town.
“It was massive.”
Not only were the races watched by a record crowd at the track – they were also livestreamed to an even bigger audience on the internet.
A large screen erected at the track also allowed spectators to enjoy replays of incidents and watch live interviews with the drivers.
Victorian driver Kye Walters came from a few rows back to grab the Modifieds National title on Saturday night.
After two nights of keen racing, defending champion Cameron Waters started on the front row for the 40-lap A Main final.
Waters, Gladstone driver Brodie Boss and reigning Queensland champion Aidan Raymont battled it out during the early stages of the final, with some spectacular racing.
At this stage, Walters was involved in his own battle with Victorian Brock Atkins for fourth spot.
The final only had two stoppages but the first, on Lap 17, led to the retirement of local driver Brett Barron. After the restart, favourite Cameron Waters was forced to pull out.
Kye Walters made the most of his luck, racing into second spot and then taking the lead on Lap 21.
Aidan Raymont – who recorded the quickest lap in the final – gave chase for the rest of the race but not could not close the gap, with his brother Mark holding down third.
In comparison to the Modifieds final, the Modlites A Main National Title final was a race of attrition.
Twenty-four cars started but after multiple stoppages, only nine were still circulating when the chequered flag fell.
The eventual winner, Gympie’s Kyle Honour, put in the fastest lap time of the final and managed to steer clear of the carnage on the track.
Kingaroy driver Travis Barron also managed to keep out of trouble. As vehicles dropped out ahead of him it looked at one stage like Barron had a chance of “doing a Bradbury”, but it wasn’t to be and he finished in sixth place.
Second placegetter, Scott Lehfeldt, from Toowoomba, started in 17th spot to finish on the podium.
1. Kye Walters (Vic)
2. Aidan Raymont (Qld)
3. Mark Raymont (Qld)
4. Brodie Boss (Qld)
5. Josh Crang (Qld)
1. Kyle Honour (Qld)
2. Scott Lehfeldt (Qld)
3. Nathan Politch (Qld)
4. Chris Were (Qld)
5. Dan Lewis (Qld)