Crashes mar speedway race night in Gladstone

GLADSTONE speedway fans had to endure another big accident in the solo category on Saturday night, Michael Slate the latest victim of a heavy crash.

In the last event at the track, the return to action of the sport after a lengthy absence, Gary King was taken to hospital with injuries he is still recovering from.

Another crash from the bikes left Slate also taken to hospital, but commentator David Maclarn was glad to see his prognosis much less serious than the previous event.

"He has given us the thumbs up," Maclarn said.

"He is up and they were doing some things and it was all cool."

Maclarn said it is the nature of racing that these accidents occur, but the Gladstone crowd have seen some of the worst speedway has to offer in two events.

It was also a difficult incident for Troy Horton swallow, having made contact with Slate in the crash.

"It should be a non-contact sport, but accidents happen," he said.

"I am more worried about him than anything.

"I see he is walking, that is good. I have known his for years."

Outside of the bike crash, the night progressed well and a large crowd was well entertained.

Maclarn said the fans who ventured out are as vocal as any he has seen anywhere.

"I do sprint car stuff in Toowoomba and these guys in Gladstone are nuts, very responsive," he said.



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