By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
GLADSTONE driver Troy Coomber is having a 'real crack' at trying to break into the competitive world of V8 Sprintcars.
The 24-year-old, who was born and bred in the harbour city, made his racing return after a two year layoff late last year.
And his return has reaped rewards immediately with a strong showing at Yandina backed up by a fifth placing at the recent Rockhampton meeting.
"We had a pretty good run in Rocky, we finished fifth in the final and were able to win a couple of heats which was great,'' Coomber said.
"Considering it was only my second race back, I was really happy with that kind of performance.''
Coomber has grand plans for 2006, which includes a crack at the World Series tournament in Brisbane later this year.
That is where your assistance may come in.
Coomber is on the lookout for local businesses to get behind him and support his dream of racing against the Australia's best.
"It is pretty well-known the sport of V8 sprintcars is pretty expensive to be a part of,'' he said.
"But racing is in my blood, that is the reason why I have come back and we want to be successful.
"We are really looking for anyone who wants to support a local Gladstone team in any way to give me a call.''
When Coomber mentions his team are locals, he couldn't be any more spot on with his dad Neil, brother Tony, girlfriend Jodie and good friends Hayden Lyons and Peter Marshall all involved.
"I am very lucky to have my family and friends behind me, but there is always room for more people to get on board,'' he said.
If anyone is interested in sponsoring Coomber, they can phone him on 0408 190 875.