ON THE EDGE: Tyson Baxter was the clear winner in the QMX1 Senior Open on Sunday.
ON THE EDGE: Tyson Baxter was the clear winner in the QMX1 Senior Open on Sunday. Nick Kossatch GLA210817TYSON

Baxter rules and on track

MOTORSPORT: It was basically a superb Sunday session for emerging Gladstone rider Tyson Baxter.

The 22-year-old completed a clean sweep in round two of the Gladstone District Dirt Riders Club Day series in Benaraby.

Baxter negotiated the Benaraby Motorbike track with aplomb to amass a collective total of 210 points split across the Senior Lites and Open categories.

"The track was great and I am always a bit of a fan of the Gladstone track,” Baxter said.

Of course there is a lot of courage involved in motorsport and Baxter has it in spades.

He suffered a broken collarbone sustained in a Motorcross event in Emerald, but Baxter said things like that do not phase him every time he goes to the start line to compete.

Baxter, who has won the club championships in the Senior Open last year, said he has higher ambitions.

"I do racing pretty much anywhere from Mackay to Ipswich...basically in the Central Queensland and South East Queensland regions,” he said.

"But I definitely want to do the Shell Series Motorcross Series and all the rounds as well.”

GDDRC publicity officer Julie Maeyke said a lot of effort is put in toward events such as this.

"The track was well prepared and all club members thanked the club volunteers for the effort to get the track so good given the current dry spell,” she said.

"There's a lot of mulch added to the track to improving the track at every race meeting.”

It was also family affair with Baxter's sister Kirra winning the ladies class and coming second in the Senior Lites.

"Lucas McDermott continues to improve and despite a mishap in the final Moto, he still had a comfortable win in the Clubman Open class,” Maeyke said.

Jaydon Purdy took home second in this class, but managed to win the Clubman Lites class. A number of riders failed to complete the day due to mechanical issues so this opened the door for others to step up. The next race meeting at Benaraby will be the final of the Rum and Port Cup on September 10.



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