Dirt riders club geared up for big start to year
GLADSTONE District Dirt-riders Club is ready to get back on track, beginning 2015 by hosting both Rockhampton and Biloela at Benaraby Raceway for the Ocean to Motion series.
After mixed results for the Gladstone club among 154 competitors last week in Rockhampton for the series, Gladstone riders are hoping home advantage might see them dominate on the track this round.
While Gladstone is expecting a few less riders on hand than last weekend's round, race secretary Julie Maeyke said the racing would be fantastic - as will the track after rain helped keep dust down over the past fortnight.
"It should be good, the boys don't have to do too much work," she said.
"They did some work a few weeks ago, it is looking awesome."
Now all Gladstone's riders need is to make the most of racing.
Expected to be in hot conditions, Sunday will test even the best riders.
Maeyke had a few tips of who to watch out for when racing begins about 9am this week.
"There was only one winner from Gladstone last weekend and that was Prue Maeyke. She was first with Ainsley Ross second and Kirra Baxter third," Maeyke said.
"Josh Marxson won the clubman lite too. He is from Biloela and a member of Gladstone.
"Pieter Kop was good. He finished high up in the masters in the hot conditions.
"Then you have Daniel Boyce, who will hope for a better set-up, and the kids Paris Rode, Callum Brown, Jayden Vacher, Jaydon Purdy and Zac Perry will all be good in mini-lites."
The 2015 season in Gladstone:
- Ocean to Motion: Sunday
- Local race: April 19
- Biloela and Gladstone inter-club: August 23
- Rum and Port: September 20
- Local race: October 11
- Local race: November 1