Dirtriders will capitalise at home track

A NUMBER of title contenders will look to capitalise on home track knowledge when the Gladstone District Dirtriders Club hosts the final round of the Orange to Ocean Interclub Series at Benaraby on Sunday.

Some of the Gladstone's leading motocross competitors are favoured to capture titles after figuring strongly in the opening two rounds of the series contested at Mundubbera and Yeppoon in recent weeks.

Heading the list of home town contenders is Ross Spencer who is in the frame for the veterans and clubman open championships.

Spencer recorded victories in both divisions in the opening round in Mundubbera on January 15, following with another veterans victory and a second placing behind Emerald's Daniel O'Brien in the clubman event at Yeppoon on Sunday.

Fellow Gladstone rider Dean McCarthy has finished second to Spencer in both veterans races and will be determined to get the better of his clubmate on Sunday.

Also pushing Spencer in the clubman open class will be another home town rider Axel Maeyke who finished second in Mundubbera before recording a third placing in the senior lites division in Yeppoon.

Brandon Fuller (fourth) and Brent Stiller (third) fared well in clubman lite competition in Mundubbera and Yeppoon respectively, but trail Emerald's Richard Egerton and Bundaberg's Tim Egan who have finished 1-2 and 3-2.

Rockhampton pro rider Simon Thompson is in outstanding form, winning both the senior lites and senior open events in Yeppon, following a senior open win in Mundubbera.

Mundubbera's Lee Voss has been a consistent competitor, snaring two second placings in senior lites competition and a second and third in the senior open category.

His battle with Thompson and Blackwater's Brett Vock is expected to be worth the price of admission alone.

Biloela's Olivia Thelan has yet to be headed in the ladies competition with Mundubbera's Kelly Mauger having to settle for second spot in both rounds.

Racing begins at the Gladstone District Dirtriders Club's Benaraby track at 9am. Admission is $2 a person or $6 a car. Inquiries Julie Maeyke on 0428 452 645.

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