Sprint cars revving up
THE angry roar of V8 360 sprint cars will be heard for the first time at Lockyer Valley Speedway (LVS) on Saturday night.
The all new track has undergone a total makeover and LVS is now one of the best granite tracks on the east coast of Australia.
The track has been "AA" rated by Speedway Australia, which allows all divisions of speedway to race at the venue, including the excitement machines that are the 360 sprint cars. On Saturday night, there will be a chance for a lucky spectator to ride in a two-seater sprint car. As this is a granite track, the winner will be doing it the old-fashioned speedway style "sideways in the dirt".
"A huge effort has been put in over the off-season by members of the club with assistance from the Lockyer Valley Council," LVS race caller Howard Napper said.
"The council has replaced the old wooden fence with concrete, the safety fence has also been renewed, the new fence has already been tested with crashes at the last race meeting where the large crowd enjoyed the new track and the variation of cars now racing there. The Gatton Show Society, the Gatton Equestrian Centre and Gatton Football Club have to be thanked for the support given with the rebuild."
Come this Saturday night, there will be action aplenty as the high-powered sprint cars swap the sticky clay for granite. "This will make for some great action for the spectators," Napper said.
Also for the first time, AMCAs (Australian Motor Contest Association) will take to the track.
"These lightweight V8-powered cars will put on a show as they get sideways through the long sweeping corners," Napper said.
"The speedway has a 520m pole line, making it one of the longest tracks in Queensland.
"Also on the program are two and four stroke dirt karts, classic/vintage speedway cars, production and street sedans, four cylinder sedans and the ASCF Juniors will make their second appearance at the track.
"They have found the track very much to their liking as it is a smooth surface and allows these pocket-rockets to race a lot harder which allows for action.
"These boys and girls range from the age of 10-16 and drive as hard as the older drivers, putting on great entertainment."
Racing starts at 2.30pm at the Gatton Show Grounds. Entry is by Woodlands Road.