Clear run for speedway's comeback king
WHEN Rodney Paulsen drove to Gladstone from Kingaroy on Saturday, he did not expect to win every race he competed in at the Gladstone Show Society Speedway.
Nor did he think it would be quite as easy as it was.
The trick for Paulsen was not his driving ability, but the fact he was the only person in the field.
"I won every race and came last as well," Paulsen joked.
"They have not had a meet in a couple of years so I thought we would come up and support them."
There was supposed to be some competition for Paulsen, drivers who did not make it to the track come race time.
Having not raced for nearly a decade, the Kingaroy driver hopes he may have inspired someone to give the sport a go.
"One day a kid who was watching might be the next Mark Skaife, or out there by himself like I was," he laughed.
"I just can't believe I can win, lose, come second and third all at the same time."
Paulsen had four runs on the track solo, while other fields had more competition.
For all races, the bigger-than-expected crowd number was having a ball for the first racing in two years.
"It was absolutely fabulous, more than expected," promoter Robyn Reddacliffe said.
Only one hitch in the running of the evening prevented a seamless show, one rider having a small incident.
"One fella came off first event but he is ok," Reddacliffe said.