Geelong's Mark Carlin edges in ahead of Gympie's Jamie O'Meara during the C Main Modified Sedans at Kingaroy Speedway.
Geelong's Mark Carlin edges in ahead of Gympie's Jamie O'Meara during the C Main Modified Sedans at Kingaroy Speedway. Jessica McGrath

'Best race ever witnessed': Speedway transfixes crowd

RECORD numbers were kept on the edge of their seats by the racing at the Speedway Sedans Australia National Titles in Kingaroy at the weekend.

Victorian driver Kye Walters drove away with his first National Modified Sedan title at the Kingaroy Speedway on Saturday.

Defending champion Cameron Waters started on the front row with Brodie Boss, while Aidan Raymont and Brock Atkins started on the second row for a great race which only had two stoppages.

Waters got the best of the start, before Boss took the lead on lap three. The pair was then joined by Aidan Raymont in a three-way battle.

Raymont moved to second place on lap four, as the trio continued the battle for the lead, as Walters joined Brock Atkins in the battle for fourth.

For the next 10 laps, Boss and Raymont were separated by a car length in a classic race, as Boss suffered an issue with a spark plug.

Walters had a lead of 2.108 seconds with 14 laps remaining, while Aiden Raymont, Boss, Mark Raymont and Atkins were separated by just 0.387 seconds.

 

Crews assist Zac McDonald out of his vehicle after it went up in smoke  during the Modlites race at Kingaroy Speedway on April 27.
Crews assist Zac McDonald out of his vehicle after it went up in smoke during the Modlites race at Kingaroy Speedway. Jessica McGrath

Aiden Raymont hounded Walters throughout the final 10 laps, but Walters was able to hold a two-car length advantage throughout to go on to win his first national title, after finishing second last year.

Aiden Raymont finished second, while Mark Raymont would finish on the podium for the first time in a distant third, just ahead of fourth-placed Boss.

Josh Crang, in just his second National Modified Sedan Title finished fifth, while David Smith, who won the event in 2012, finished sixth.

Kingaroy Speedway club president Travis Barron said his highlight of the competition was the B main of the modified sedans.

"It was one of the best races anyone had witnessed," Barron said.

Nine drivers fought for the lead in the 20-lap B main event, with just 1.293 seconds separating the top eight.

Tim Weir passed numerous cars on the outside at the end to win from Kent Shelford, Rodney Burr and David Smith, while Adam Jorgensen and Jamie O'Meara advanced to the B Main, after finishing first and second respectively in the C Main.

 

Gympie's Jamie O'Meara takes the lead during the C Main modified sedans race at Kingaroy Speedway on April 27.
Gympie's Jamie O'Meara takes the lead during the C Main modified sedans race. Jessica McGrath

The event was witnessed by a near capacity crowd of 12,000.

"It was near on capacity and the food sales were down on Friday night because everyone was glued to their seats watching the races," Barron said.

"It was bigger than the Kings Royal."

The action was also witnessed by a new record audience who watched the live streaming coverage.

"The live streaming went all around the world from England to New Zealand and America," Barron said.

"Over 9000 devices checked in on live streaming so that is a real boom for the South Burnett."

Barron said the modlites were a great support class on the night.

"They had the best exposure for an emerging class and we're ecstatic," he said.