Event program can be found HERE
The starting lights may be on yellow at the moment at Autobarn Carina International Speedway but they will be on green Saturday night for the opening meeting for the 2021/22 season. Unfortunately, the Modified sedans are not on the program due to lack of nominations (why?), but the other sections have turned up in numbers. So, we will have a look at them, section by section. The presentation of some of these cars just has to be seen to be believed. They are immaculate.
Pro 1 Race Parts Production Series. Now this is a class field of Carina favourites with 20 nominations including Frank Packer and Gary Harris Jnr (Bundy), Adrian Stott and Jim Cowley (Sunshine Coast), DJ Lennon and Kory Jennings (Rockhampton), Dennis Kay and Steven Spence (Gympie) and Sam Grundy and Mitch Simmons (Maryborough). Matt Dunlop from Brisbane is making his first appearance at Carina along with local John Agosta. Frank Packer, who recently announced his retirement, will be once again driving as his nominated driver is stranded in Lismore because of Covid border restrictions. Bundy’s Brendan Parker and John Agosta blew their engines at practice last Saturday but should be ready to go again. Great to see former Junior star, Tyson Jennings (Rocky) make the move to the Proddies and a welcome back to racing to Rachael Jenkins in a new car.
Street Stocks. Bundy drivers make up a large part of the 13 nominations, but Rocky’s Ken Carroll, Braith Hogan and John Roycroft along with visitor Steve Cook will keep the likes of Chris Walden, Kane Heidke, Brandon Hough and Lynden (Boof) Dunbabin honest on the night. Xak Cooney, a former Junior also joins the senior ranks. Some tough racing ahead for everyone.
Junior Top Stars. Wow, ten of Queenslands best doing battle for the bragging rights for the night. Going on last seasons form, Bundy’s Billy McDonald and Kurtis Peall will have their elbows out trying to keep Maryborough’s Kaine Richters and Bryce Bayfield behind them. Patrick Ray and Mitch Wogandt will be looking for better luck this season but two former New Stars Coen Herwig (B’berg) and Mitch Bayfield (M’bro) have moved up to Top Stars. Mitch Bayfield will be one to watch. Also keep an eye on AJ MacDonald who has had a late change to Top Stars.
Junior New. Ten of our up and comers make up the field with some new drivers making their first appearance at Carina. Welcome to Amber Spence (Gympie), Rory Shelford (Maryborough) and Memphis and Lincoln Dunlop from Brisbane. Keep an eye on Abbey Peall (Bundaberg) and Hayley Spence (Gympie) as they should be in the placings after having a full season behind them gaining experience.
The Juniors will have their feature race trophies presented to them on the burn-out pad after their features. Also, the next meeting for Juniors will not be until 4th December which will be the Carina Classic for Top Stars and New Stars.
Nostalgia Sedans. Ahh, the memories. With five very interesting and competitive cars nominated, all eyes will be on BB95, a turbo’d Datsun driven by the veteran, Bill Peall. The EH Holdens of Ross Oliver and Steve Foster and the Mk 1 Zephyr of Craig Olive join with Rocky’s Des Rowe, FJ Holden, in welcoming the little Datsun into their class. How’s this for nostalgia? Some 50 years ago, a black Datsun (Black Magic), B95, driven by Phil Pike, was a championship winning car and competed on many tracks. The car in Peall’s hands Saturday night has the same DNA as Black Magic. It will be very interesting to see how it goes against the bigger cars.
AMCAs. With their QLD title being held at Carina, numbers are sure to build at upcoming shows. Cody Simmons and Nathan Tomkins are arguably the two to watch based on previous Carina events. However, throw in two veterans in Steve Potts and Bruce Marshall who will no doubt be at the pointy end come Saturday.
Let’s not forget there will be an introduction of the Monster Trucks ahead of Fire, Thunder & Destruction on October 2nd. This is an introduction ONLY, no jumping. You will also be able to get up close to the trucks before the start of the show.
Pit entry – 1pm
Spectator entry – 3pm
Grand Parade – 4.30pm
Adults – $25
Student/pensioners – $20
Kids 6-12 – $10
Family (2 adults & 2 students) – $80
Tickets available at the gate on the day only.
Bar and canteen facilities will be available.
Everyone must check-in using the QLD Gov app
Everyone in the pit area must have a current Speedway Australia licence, or apply for a one night pit licence – https://www.speedwayaustralia.org/forms/sa_pit_licence.aspx
Everyone in the pits must also fill out the online indemnity before arrival – https://www.speedwayaustralia.org/forms/SA_Indemnity.aspx