Tony faces big hometown sprintcar debut
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE driver Tony Wynne faces the challenge of a lifetime when he lines up in his debut Australian V8 Sprintcar Grand Prix race at the Gladstone Showgrounds on Saturday night.
The 26-year-old local product is nervous, but excited about the big challenge of making his debut in front of his home crowd.
'I'm really looking forward it, the racing is going to be fierce and I can't wait to get out on the track,' Wynne said.
'It's a great chance for me to drive against the best drivers in Australia.'
A former Queensland Litre Car champion, modest Wynne is not expecting major miracles to happen on Saturday night and is instead just hopeful for an honest, first up performance.
'The competition is going to be pretty tough, so I am going to try and stay out of trouble,' he said.
Wynne can also count on a big amount of local support with his dad Tony senior, mum Gaynor, sister Nicole and friend Ian O'Donohue in the pit crew.
'Racing has been big in my family for a long time,' he said. 'Everyone is involved and it is great to have their support close by.
'I have been well backed with my racing to date and could not have got this far without the top support of my family, sponsors Walz Constructions and Choice Petroleum and the people of Gladstone.'
The Australian V8 Sprintcar Grand Prix is part of a massive Saturday night of top speedway entertainment at the Gladstone-Showgrounds.
Harbour City speedway fans will be treated to the popular Australian Demolition Derby championship and the highlight ? monster truck appearances by three-time world champion from the United States, Bearfoot USA and Aussie champion Outback Thunda.