USA claims super honours
THE USA levelled the Super Sedan Test Series in controversial fashion at the Gladstone Showgrounds on Saturday night.
The USA finished strongly to claim the overall honours on Saturday by 70 points to 64 after trailing for most of the night.
However, it is believed that the United States team may have violated a rule regarding tyres ? with a decision yet to be made by officials regarding the matter.
In every other way the night was a success with fans packing into the showgrounds to celebrate the New Year.
Super Sedan Association race director Chris Metcalf was pleased with the support of fans and drivers for the Gladstone leg of the seven-race series.
"The response has been very good,'' he said. "It's been a lot of years since we've done something like this and we've been surprised how well the competitors and the supporters have got behind us.
Metcalf said although the Gladstone Showgrounds' track had obvious limitations it had proved capable of staging top class competition and said the city had the potential to stage future major meets.
American Bert Cheatham was the overall winner on the night after taking out victory in the final while also finishing top pointscorer for the USA.
John Leslight and his captain Wayne Randall were equal leading pointscorers for Australia.
Former Gladstone racer Des Korne, now based in Dysart, was also in good form. Korne won three heats but was forced to start the final from seventh spot and eventually finishing sixth.
"Des had a lot of support and the crowd was right behind him,'' Metcalf said. "He knew the track well and he was one of the best at handling the place.''
The series continued at Yandina last night with the Australians keen to regain the advantage they had held going into the Gladstone round.
After leading for much of Saturday night's proceedings, Australia was buried at the end with Cheatham and Charlie Ford combining to give the USA a 1-2 finish in the final and set up the overall victory.
Metcalf said the support events, featuring a number of Gladstone and Central Queensland competitors, had also proved popular.