January 29, 2024
Local hero Josh Harm made history at this year’s Kings Royal at Kingaroy Speedway, but it wasn’t enough to take the crown after three nights of hectic racing.
Late on Saturday night, Victorian driver Dylan Barrow came out on top in an action-packed 50-lap A Main Final.
Harm had won all five of his heats during the first two days of the Modifieds carnival, the first time this has happened in the 12-year history of the Kings Royal.
At the end of Thursday and Friday night, Harm had accumulated 180 points, assuring himself of a spot on the front of the grid for Saturday’s $15,000 final.
Maryborough driver Joel Berkley was next, with 159 points while Barrow was back in fifth spot with 141.
The annual Kings Royal, the richest event for Modified sedans in Australia, is a race of attrition, testing drivers’ stamina as well as their vehicles.
After 35 heats, nine “Dashes” and seven “Pole Shuffles”, 24 drivers were left on Saturday night to compete in the final.
Other South Burnett drivers to earn a berth included Brett Barron (who won Heat 25 and Pole Dash D) and Ben Stead who scraped in by coming 6th in the B Main.
Pacey Clegg, who earned a spot in the B Main after winning an earlier Pole Dash, came ninth, just missing out on the final.
The atmosphere for the A Main final was electric, with organisers rushing as they were concerned rain spotted on the radar could be heading towards Kingaroy.
However, there was still time for the fireworks to be let off as the 24 finalists came out on to the track.
The loudest cheers from the crowd were reserved for Harm when he took up his spot at the head of the pack.
But the fairytale ending wasn’t to be … Harm finished fourth, missing out on the podium in circumstances which caused some discussion after the race.
Declared third placegetter Brett Baxter crashed into the wall within metres of the chequered flag.
Barron was a lap behind in seventh while Stead retired with 15 laps to go but still picked up a cash prize for coming 17th.
The other Kings Royal front runner, Maryborough driver Joel Berkley, had mixed success over the weekend.
After qualifying on the front row in the Royal, Berkley was holding down third spot when a flat tyre forced him to retire after 36 laps.
However, earlier in the night he had charged home to win the final of the Production Sedans Stampede, competed across Friday and Saturday nights.
The biggest crash of the weekend occurred with 24 laps to go in the Stampede final when Bundaberg driver Brad Scherer’s vehicle tried to climb the wall near the main entrance to the track.
Rescue crews rushed to the wreck, but Sherer climbed out on to the roof unharmed to salute the crowd.
On Friday night, Sunshine Coast driver Sarah Franz dominated to take out the 20-lap final of the Queen’s Royal (Top Stars) with South Burnett drivers Michelle Barbeler and Sheree Barron in third and fourth spots.
Earlier, Amy Harm won the the Queen’s Royal (New Stars) for the second year in a row.
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Raw video of the parade before Saturday night’s start of the 2024 Kings Royal final for Modified Sedans at Kingaroy Speedway. Fireworks were let off as the vehicles circled the track.
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Gallery Of Photos
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1. Dylan Barrow
|Queens Royal (Top Stars)
1. Sarah Franz
1. Joel Berkley
|Queens Royal (New Stars)
1. Amy Harm
1. Tim Weir
1. Matt Nelson
|Junior Sedans (Top Stars)
1. AJ Macdonald
|Junior Sedan (New Stars)
1. Jake Synnott
- Full results for all events are available online