Toowoomba’s Shane MacDonald is the new “King Of Kingaroy” after taking out the Kings Royal XI for Modified Sedans on Saturday night

February 2, 2023

Toowoomba driver Shane MacDonald is the new “King Of Kingaroy” after taking out the $10,000 final of the Kings Royal for Modified Sedans at the Kingaroy Speedway on Saturday night.

The A Main final – which followed 45 heats, 10 dashes, 5 pole shuffles and the B Main – ended up in a tight three-way tussle between MacDonald, former Kings Royal winner Kye Walters and former Australian champion Mark Carlin.

Previous Kings Royal winner – and a crowd favourite – Aidan Raymont was an early casualty on Lap 9 alongside early leader Max Clarke and Gary Pagel.

Unfortunately, local racer Brett Barron, who finished in top spot in the B Main earning an automatic start in the A Main, did not get on to the track in the final because of a last-minute mechanical problem.

His withdrawal left 23 entrants racing for the $10,000 winner’s cheque.

The three-day Kings Royal is the richest event for Modified Sedans on the Australian speedway calendar. 

But there was also racing in Production Sedans, Street Stocks and Junior Sedans across the carnival.

Action got under way on the Australia Day afternoon, with the official opening by Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington.

Record nominations in all classes prompted some last-minute adjustments to the racing order.

There were big crowds of spectators every night, with the showgrounds filled with campers.

On Thursday night, the Queens Royal for women drivers, was raced in New Stars and Top Stars categories.

The women took to the track in a mix of Production Sedans and Street Stocks.

Charlotte Christensen was crowned “Queen Of Kingaroy” after taking out the Top Stars final.

Fireworks greeted every competitor in the Kings Royal A Main final as they entered the track on Saturday night … a large fireworks display overhead also entertained spectators ahead of the start of the big race
Close racing in the A Main final of the Kings Royal … Shane MacDonald narrowly ahead of Mark Carlin and Kye Walters
Victorian driver Graham West had his own cheer squad in the stands … unfortunately for his fans he didn’t earn a spot in the Kings Royal A Main final after finishing in 14th spot in the B Main
Samantha Barbeler (SB88) overtakes Maree Baldwin (SB29) in the A Main of the Queens Royal New Stars
An excited Amy Budgen is interviewed after taking out the Queens Royal New Stars final on Thursday night
The A Main final of the Queens Royal Top Stars began with a crunch on the first lap
Queens Royal Top Stars winner Charlotte Christensen, from Brisbane, does a lap of honour after her victory
The new “Queen of Kingaroy” … Charlotte Christensen after her victory in the Queens Royal Top Stars
Nathan Barbeler recorded the fastest lap time in the Production Sedan B Main 2 … and put up a lot of smoke!
The tyre barriers got a workout from heavy traffic in the Production Sedan Stampede A Main final
After two nights of racing and 24 heats, the winner of the Production Sedan Stampede was decided … Bundaberg’s Brad Scherer does a lap of honour
Brad Scherer gives the thumbs up after his Production Sedan Stampede victory

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Kings Royal Parade

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The Kings Royal podium … from left, Josh Harm (4th), Kye Walters (2nd), Shane MacDonald (1st), Mark Carlin (3rd) and Dylan Barrow (5th)

A Main Results

Queens Royal – New Stars (Thursday)

1. Amy Budgen
2. Melinda Wright
3. Traci McGee

Queens Royal – Top Stars (Thursday)

1. Charlotte Christensen
2. Sarah Franz
3. Sheree Barron

Street Stocks (Friday)

1. Matt Nelson
2. Ben Stead
3. Dale Morrison

Junior New Stars (Saturday)

1. Jackson Kunny
2. Lily Whell
3. Sam Duthie

Junior Top Stars (Saturday)

1. Aidan Rigby
2. Jaiden Santin
3. Braydon Steffens

Production Sedan Stampede (Saturday)

1. Brad Scherer
2. Joel Berkley
3. Simon Walker
4. Josh Jarius
5. Murray Dioth

Kings Royal (Saturday)

1. Shane MacDonald
2. Kye Walters
3. Mark Carlin
4. Josh Harm
5. Dylan Barrow

Mark Deckert was presented with the award for the Best Presented Modified Sedan

• Full results are available online

Joel Berkley (2nd) and Simon Walker (3rd) watch on as Production Sedan Stampede winner Brad Scherer does a shoey on the podium
Peanut Bowl Challenge Junior Sedan New Stars winner Jackson Kunny
Peanut Bowl Challenge Junior Sedan Top Stars winner Aidan Rigby


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