Driver looks forward to return
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
FORMER local speedway driver Des Korn is fast counting down the hours until the New Year's Day Super Sedan Test Series at the Gladstone Showgrounds tomorrow night.
The 52-year-old began his speedway career in the Harbour City, but left to work in Dysart 16 years ago. Has not competed here since. Des is looking forward to his return, and the opportunity to race in front of a home crowd is one he relishes.
"I can't wait to the race,'' Korn said. "It will be a great event to be part of and hopefully we can get some strong home support.''
Des lines up along side a strong Australian team which includes national champion Darren Kane, rising Queensland star Jamie McHugh and the experienced veteran Wayne Randall.
"We have a great team. Darren is a great driver, Wayne is super quick and Jamie has probably been the star of the series so far,'' he said. The Australians line-up against the respected USA team headed by speedway champion Steve Francis, a man Des has a lot of respect for.
"The USA boys are a very strong, dangerous team and with Steve Francis and Charlie Swartz you can't underestimate them,'' he said.
Australia currently leads the test series 2-1 and Des said both teams realise the importance of the Gladstone race in the series.
"It is a crucial match-up in that context because we could go 3-1 up or the series will be squared,'' he said.
Des also shapes as a significant player because of his knowledge of the tight Gladstone track. "I am the only one who has driven on it before, so hopefully I can help the guys out a bit that way,'' he said.
The speedway also serves as a great chance for Des to catch up with some of his old mates.