GALLERY: Buggies to have a brand new venue for next event
MOTORSPORT: Lovers of this sport will now be able to camp in round two of the Central Queensland Stadium Short Course Championships on July 21.
That's because the event will be staged at a soon-to-be-constructed off-road track adjacent to the Gladstone Districts Dirtriders motorbike track at the Benaraby Motorsport Complex.
CQSSCC organiser Brent Taylor said it's exciting news for motorsport enthusiasts.
"It's beneficial and a good change for us and we have learnt a lot of what we need and want," he said.
It is likely that the Gladstone Autoclub Club Speedway track will be built at where the off-road track is currently based.
"We're really looking forward to the future and speedway are champing at the bit and are itching to have a track," Taylor said.
"It will be great to have a purpose-built track and obviously it won't impede on the motorbike track."
Work will start on the new off-road track in the next few weeks and the track should be complete two weeks before the Motorcross Nationals on August 4-5.
"The new track will help with getting more spectators who can now camp and have a drink with the bar facilities available," Taylor said.
Meanwhile the current off-road track was literally alight with the first round of the CQSSCC on Saturday.
"We had 33 drivers from all parts of Queensland and the highlight for us was probably the big field in the Pro Side-By-Side Turbo buggies and that was followed by the Pro 4WD," he said.
"The weekend was great and so were the conditions.
"The Superlite single-seater buggies with the motorbike motors was great to watch."
Taylor said there were more "outsiders" than Gladstone drivers who competed.
The three who flew the Gladstone flag were Brady Vohland in his Performance Side-By-Side and he finished second in that class.
"Ryan McLucas didn't have his best run with some mechanical problems, but when he did drive he was good," Taylor said.
"He will be a real contender in round two."
Gladstone's Chris Kelly finished sixth in the Winch Truck Multi-Purpose category.