Big crowd expected as speedway returns to showgrounds
SPEEDWAY has been missing from Gladstone's Showgrounds for two years, and will re-appear on Saturday with a massive crowd expected for the return of the sport.
Caused by the need to tend to the catch fence and resurface the track, the lay-off has been noticeable.
The return to track has the promoter of the event, Robyn Reddacliffe, excited for action.
"It has been about two years. I expect a big crowd," Reddacliffe said.
With five categories racing from 6pm on the night, the return promises to be some of the best action possible to showcase the sport for a permanent return.
Reddacliffe is already planning the next event, wanting to make sure the events appear regularly on the sporting calendar once again.
"My next one will be in March, on the seventh, it will be a big one too," she said.
"We have fixed the catch fence now and upgraded the track for next season."
The track is going to welcome drivers from Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Brisbane and, of course, Gladstone, for tomorrow night's racing.
One of the locals racing is Bob McCosker, who is running in the event he has sponsored, the McCosker 1000.
Having been in the sport for half a decade, McCosker has been looking forward to the Gladstone return.
"It is good to be at home on the local track," he said. "It is good fun; we only run in Rockhampton and here.
"There's not a huge field in our event, but we're ready."
Plenty of preparation has gone into both the cars and the venue for the meet, which organisers hope shows.
- Saturday, November 8
- Gladstone Showgrounds
- Gates open Saturday 3pm
- Racing begins at 6pm and continues until 10pm
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- Super Stocker