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Kye’s Our New Kingaroy King

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Australian No 1 and now King of Kingaroy … Victorian driver Kye Walters was understandably happy after winning the $10,000 Kings Royal on Sunday night

Kye Walters wearing his crown and cape on the podium

January 30, 2020

About 8500 people passed through the gates of the Kingaroy Speedway over the weekend … the biggest Kings Royal event yet!

South Burnett Speedway secretary Tanya Barron said the eighth annual Kings Royal had been an awesome three days of racing and a huge success for the club.

“It was the biggest Kings Royal … the car count, the crowd, everything,” she said.

“It was all very clean racing and exciting right up to the big race, where they were still racing two across the track.”

The Kings Royal is Australia’s richest event for Modified Sedans.

Heats were held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday before a number of elimination events and the exciting 50-lap final late on Sunday night.

Australian champion Kye Walters, from Victoria, took out the $10,000 first prize money (and crown) just 0.2 seconds ahead of Queensland driver Aidan Raymont after a closely fought battle.

Mark Raymont was in third spot.

Aidan Raymont and Walters hit the finishing line almost simultaneously after racing doorhandle to doorhandle.

Raymont – who logged the fastest lap in the Final – actually got past Walters at one point only to be called back under a restart.

The Modifieds action on Sunday night had fans on the edge of their seats, with Dashes and Pole Shuffles determining places in the Final.

The frantic efforts in the “last chance” B Main led to a six-car pile-up on Lap 8. Twenty drivers started the race, eager to earn a spot in the final, but only eight finished, leaving the in-field looking like a wrecking yard.

But the Modifieds didn’t hog all the action over the weekend … Modlites were racing on Friday and Saturday as well as Production Sedans on Friday and Street Stocks on Saturday.

Juniors hit the track on Sunday in two classes, New Stars and Top Stars (for more experienced racers).

The Queens Royal, for women, returned for the third year on Sunday but was split for the first time into two classes: New Stars and Top Stars.

Two-time winner, Maggie McGee, was performing strongly in the 15-lap Top Stars final before having to pull out on Lap 7.

The 2020 Queens Royal crown went to Top Stars winner Brooke Ferguson.

The Queens Royal New Stars ended early after a pile-up knocked out the frontrunner, Neisa Rasmussen. Her car finished on a tow-hook but she ended up on the podium.

Kye Walters and Aidan Raymont battle it out in the 50-lap Kings Royal final …

… and the battle continued to rage with just one lap to go

Sam Gollschewsky showed no fear, taking out the Final of the Modlites on both Friday and Saturday nights

Josh Arthur on his way to winning Heat 2 of the Production Sedans … he also took the chequered flag in the Final later on Friday night

Ash Volk had a red hot time in Heat 7 of the Modifieds on Friday night … the track marshalls quickly brought the fire under control

Jayden Hancock sends the mud flying on his way to winning Heat 1 of the Junior Top Stars on Sunday night … Hancock went on to win the Final, too

Dylan Barrow came out on top in the Junior Sedans New Stars Final on Sunday

It’s not the best way to finish but Neisa Rasmussen was declared the winner of the Queens Royal New Stars after being caught up in a crash on Lap 12 of the final which was not her fault … the race was then called off

Brooke Ferguson does a victory lap after winning the Queens Royal Top Stars … Ferguson was later officially crowned on the podium

Brett Barron on his way to winning the D Dash in the Kings Royal, earning a spot in the B Dash … Barron then finished in 7th spot in the Final, the A Main

The packed Kingaroy Showgrounds on Sunday morning (Photo: Denise Keelan Photography)

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Raw video of the parade of finalists ahead of the Kings Royal main race on Sunday night:

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Results

Kings Royal podium …  Aidan Raymont (2nd), Kye Walters (1st) and Mark Raymont (3rd)

Queens Royal Top Stars … Dakota Laverty (2nd), Brooke Ferguson (1st) and Zoey Salau (3rd)
(Photo: Denise Keelan Photography)

Queens Royal New Stars … Bec Jones (2nd), Neisa Rasmussen (1st) and Jessica Biddle (3rd)
(Photo: Denise Keelan Photography)

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Gallery Of Photos 

 


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One Response to Kye’s Our New Kingaroy King

  1. Carol Grist

    A well-written piece of sporting news, so much action at the IBRP Kingaroy Speedway was depicted in this write-up. Thank you. I have always believed that a well-run speedway with community support is a winner for all concerned.

    I saw many shoppers, with the speedway arm bands on, purchasing items. I have been led to believe many accommodation motels have already received booking (tentative dates still to officially released) for a return visit, same time period as next year. Congratulations to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to host this event.

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