Dean Ballard has won five CQ Series in the AMCA class.
Dean Ballard has won five CQ Series in the AMCA class. Paul Braven GLA241016SPEEDWAY

Biggest Formula 500 field in years will be racing

SPEEDWAY: AJ Josefski said there will be some class drivers competing in the F500 and it's also the quantity matching the quality.

"There will be 14 in this class and we have not had this many since 2008,” Josefski said.

"The past few years, we have only had four, five cars and we have drivers from Mackay, Bundaberg with Brad Metcalf and Jamie Korte from Mackay.

"There's also Cohen Archer from Emerald and Mick Pronger from Bundy who has won two Australian titles and seven Queensland titles.”

Josefski added that Gary Edwards and Phil Roberts are other "out of town” drivers who want to make an impact.

It is the first time Gladstone will host the Rumble series after it was originally called the Rockhampton Rumble.

The remainder of the F500 contingent are Mal Cooper (Bundaberg), Ryan Demarco (Bundaberg), Cohen Archer (Gracemere), Phil Roberts (Maryborough) and Richard Tarrant from Mt Morgan.

Bob McCosker will be one of seven drivers who will be in the Super Sedans category.

He hopes that there won't be any mechanical issues that ruined his night in Toowoomba three weeks ago.

McCosker told the Observer last week that tactics is part of the plan to tackle the Gladstone track.

"Traditionally, the Super Sedans has been a gentleman's affair and the best thing to do usually is not be too aggressive,” he said.

McCosker joins Graham Elliott, Josh McLaren, Craig Shaw, Glen Boulter, Brian Grundy, Sam Grundy and

Five-time CQ Series winner Dean Ballard will be another attraction and he joins fellow Gladstone drivers Kye Simmonds and Tony Curd.

"I have been racing these cars for 10 years and all over the country,” Ballard said.

The Solo contingent are Tristan Anderson, George Shepard, Luke Pomeroy, Jesse Thompson, Jayden Goodsall, Ted Goodsall, Todd Groves, Guy Mallet, Deon Roseneder, Steve Baker, Blase Powell, Mick Cleary, Luke Kluver, Scott Warrick-Day and Zane Keleher. Luke Pomeroy and youngster Nelson Masters are the only locals to race in Solos.



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