A smoking success for Gladstone drag racers
MOTORSPORT: Gladstone drivers have finished the Central Queensland Drags Association season on a high after a successful meet at Benaraby Raceway over the weekend.
Local drivers Mitch Ward (Modified Bike), Craig McVie (Super Street) and youngster Tayla Kelly (Junior Dragster) all did enough to win their respective brackets and claim their season titles.
There were seven classes of vehicles in action during Saturday's CQDA meet with a decent crowd checking out the high-octane action.
The raceway also held an Off-Street meet on Friday night.
Benaraby Raceway secretary Rebecca McLaughlin said Ward, who led his bracket by only one point heading into the final round, did just enough on the the night to claim the crown.
"Mitch got into the final of the Mod Bike bracket and came runner-up against his father Reegan Ward, but the points he gets from this round will help him keep his lead and win the championship," she said.
McVie took a handy 28-point lead into the final round of the Super Street bracket and capped off a consistent year on Saturday night despite missing out on the final.
"He only got two round wins which didn't put him in the final," McLaughlin said.
"He ended on 107 points which is enough for him to take out the championship."
Gladstone Junior Dragster Tayla Kelly, 13, won her bracket after leading by only one point heading into the final round of competition.
She held off fellow Gladstone junior Kaylee Budgen, 16, in the final.
"She got three round wins which put her in the finals and she won that to take out the junior championships," McLaughlin said.
The CQDA end-of-season presentation ceremony will take place at the Rocky Glen hotel on December 16.