Spencer king of the dirtriders

GLADSTONE District Dirtriders pair Ross Spencer and Axel Maeyke fought out a gripping battle in the clubman open class at Sunday's final round of the Orange to Ocean Interclub Series at Benaraby.

Maeyke, in his first season of open competition, took the day's honours on Sunday but could not prevent Spencer claiming the overall series win.

The title was just one of two for Spencer who also secured the series veteran championship.

Maeyke had to settle for overall second spot in the clubman open behind Spencer but his consistent form throughout the three-round series earned him the senior lites championship.

Gladstone District Dirtriders spokeswoman Julie Maeyke said the Orange to Ocean series had proved popular in its first year.

'We had nearly 200 (riders) overall over the three rounds and just on 120 for the Gladstone round,' Maeyke said.

'People from as far as Emerald and Longreach travelled to compete and thought the series was a great idea (but) it's got to be decided if we do it again.'

Maeyke said taking the second round of the series to Mundubbera (the first was in Yeppoon) had been a boost for the sport in the tiny Central Queensland centre.

Rockhampton pro rider Simon Thompson claimed the senior open title after edging out Stephen Neilsen on Sunday with the other senior titles going to Emerald's Richard Egerton (clubman lites) and Biloela's Oliviah Thelan (ladies).

Gladstone's other series victories came in the junior ranks with Scott Sears (junior lites), Hayden Brown (12-15 years 85cc), Jake Wright (9-11 years 85cc), Daniel Boyce (10-12 years 65cc) and Ty Pearce (7-9 years 65cc).

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