Speedway produces huge night of exciting action
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
TOP Brisbane driver Brock Dean will remember his first trip to Gladstone after a powerful win in the Australian V8 Sprintcar Grand Prix at the Showgrounds on Saturday night.
Dean drove with fine control and top speed on the tight track in the feature event of the Speedway Spectacular to score an easy 10 second victory.
He also collected the special Bob Oakman Trophy as the event winner and was presented with the trophy from Bob's widow Caryl.
It was a good night for drivers from the state capital as Anthony Ver Den Reyden battled hard for second spot, while Wayne Lemon finished third.
Harbour City driver Tony Wynne had a night to remember and impressed many in his debut race with an impressive fourth place finish.
Wynne would have been pleased with his debut effort and may signal the start of a long and successful career in the Supercar category.
It was a massive evening of fine entertainment including the highly popular demolition derby, East Coast Sedan titles, go-kart races and the Monster Truck display.
The demolition derby proved to be a big crowd favourite with 17 competitors doing their best to ensure plenty of carnage. Brisbane driver Troy Garcia survived the war of attrition to take the cash.
Sunshine Coast driver Shane MacDonald continued his strong form with a good win in the East Coast Sedans.
Meanwhile Rockhampton's Steve Peatey flew the Central Queensland flag with a victory in the Karts race.
One unfortunate aspect of the evening was the short-lived Monster Truck display after American champion Bearfoot USA's engine blew-up.
Aussie champion Outback Thunda showed glimpses of his power, while the Air Master wheelstanding Hilux also put on a show.