It’s finally here….. two nights of racing with the best line up of Production Sedans ever seen at Autobarn Carina International Speedway.
Yes, we’re talking about the RUM CITY RUMBLE on Friday and Saturday nights. Drivers from all over the State and NSW are among the 53 nominations, including the Queensland champ, Joel Berkley. There are quite a number of drivers racing at Carina for the first time, so their form will have to be taken from results at other tracks. Carina’s wide corners and long straights should open the racing right up, making it difficult to pick any challengers to Berkley. The heats will soon give an indication of whom to watch.
Ian Bell is enjoying his racing in Queensland and will be joined by a strong contingent from Northern NSW, including Ash and Jack Graham, Madison Harkin and Jesse Martin. From Brisbane we have top Modified Sedan driver, and a real goer in the Proddies, Darren Lester along with Sunshine Coast drivers Adrian Stott, a Carina regular, Levi O’Brien and Stephen Freeman. Former Queensland champ, Gympie’s Chris Pagel loves these big meetings as well as Dan Henshaw, who has beaten Berkley on the southern tracks. Actually, Gympie is well represented with Aaron Sander, Rory Evans, Steven Spence and Hayden Turner. South Burnett’s Ethan Carroll is the only starter from that area but Maryborough has a top group heading here. The high revving car of Sam Grundy should entertain the crowd as will Josh and Brandon Jarius, who have found some speed, Travis Hutchison and the popular Brendan Bayfield. Rockhampton has some of the best presented and competitive Proddies in the State with the likes of Michael Johnson, who selects his meetings in which to run, Tony Owen, DJ Lennon, who has a run anywhere he can, Beau Smithwick and the team of Kory and Tyson Jennings. Of all the visitors, how can one leave out Gladstones Richard Cook, a real favourite at Carina who loves the highline and a battle or two with Joel Berkley. A quick look at the Bundy cars sees our best chance with Brad Scherer, Gary Harris Jnr, and Moz Woodrow. However, they won’t be alone with 11 other locals joining them, one being Allan Nash who is making a return to racing after a long spell. Look, there are just too many drivers to cover, so don’t be surprised if a new face takes out the Rumble. Heats on Friday night as well as two mini features then on Saturday night more heats, a pole shuffle and the big 30 lap A Main. Two nights of Proddie racing not to miss.
The nominations for the Waldo’s Mower Doctor and Petersen Painting 2021-22 QLD title are in! 11 strong Queensland Late Models are setting to fight for the Q1 for the first time in 3 seasons. Only one driver that will be competing has previously won a state title and that man is driver of the Q22 Aaron Van Zeeland back at Kingaroy Speedway in 2013. Can he double up and be the 2nd repeat winner of the QLD title?
Michael Jenner being the only feature race winner in Late Model QLDs 2021-22 season to date is favourite to continue his form, chasing his first state title, as well the $2,000 for the win and the extra $2,500 for the Bundy’s Pitstop Cafe #threepeat🏆🏆🏆 challenge! Carter Armstrong is another one to watch this weekend with their new Barry Wright Race Cars with the brand new livery completing the look, Armstrong will be biting at the teeth to finish on top Saturday night. LMQ veterans Steve Van Zeeland, Alex Jenner and Allan Schultz will also return to Autobarn Carina International Speedway to compete for the title as well as bunch of young guns including Tim Laird, Chris Carlish, TJ Horne, Drew Lawrence and Peter Jenner. 3×10 lap heats for each driver and a 30lap A Main with the biggest field for Late Models QLD this season, who will come out on top and be the new Queensland #1
A quick look at the Juniors sees a very talented field of both Top Stars and New Stars. Heading the line up is Gympies Q1 Aidan Rigby. With 16 nominations in the Top Stars, Rigby should be pushed by Billy and AJ MacDonald, Patrick Ray, who has been going well, Kaine Richters and Liam Cameron. An interesting nomination is Kurtis Peall, who has nominated for the SSA NSW Junior State Title in Bega on the weekend and will be relying on a favourable weather report before they go.
15 New Stars have nominated, but the one to beat is Bundy’s Jack Vuichoud, who just loves that chequered flag. Main opposition should come from Hayden Stewart, Aidan Barsby, Hayley Spence and Abbey Peall. Juniors are on both nights with trophies supplied by Bob Wells.
AMCA Nationals, while only having a small field, will no doubt produce close racing. Odds on favourite would have to be Cody Simmons. This may give us a surprise winner.
The Nostalgia Sedans are a late inclusion to Friday nights program and should produce some close racing. Interest will focus on Craig Olive who has fitted a turbo to his Zephyr, and the form driver from last season, Ross Oliver. As with Kurtis Peall, Bill Peall, in his turboed Datsun, has nominated and will add some spice to the racing if he doesn’t travel to Bega.
This is going to be two nights of fast, close sedan racing, along with the Late Models and AMCA Nationals. Fingers crossed for fine weather, which has not been very kind to a number of speedway meetings in recent weeks.
RUM CITY RUMBLE, Friday and Saturday nights. Be there, this is not to be missed.
Please note – pricing is per night
Adults – $30
Student/Pensioners – $25
Kids 6-12 – $15
5 & under – Free
Pit entry – 12pm
Spectator entry – 3pm
Racing starts at approximately 4pm each day
You are NOT required to be double vaccinated to attend. However, you must check in using the Check-In QLD app.