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North Queensland Gear Up
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Friday, 04 May 2012
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North Queenslanders are again gearing up to go racing, hoping this time to taste the dust of the Burdekin Short Course track, after the first event in the Super Series was first relocated in an effort to salvage the event, but ultimately cancelled due to the extremely wet conditions.

Celebrating its ninth year as part of the North Queensland Super Series, the course is looking good with extensive work carried out to the 14km course for the 150km event.

For the first time this track will also be used for a long course in the Super Series with a 25km track totalling 300km for the event to be held on the weekend of 18 to 19 August. “The track has a great spectating area close to where the competitors enter the pits and a motorcross section of the track, which can be quite technical for the bigger machines” commented Michael Marson, event representative.

1326b_sm Event organizers are expecting a boost in entries with several competitors debuting new machines. New and returning faces this year will include John Bennet in his ProLite single seat buggy, returning after a four year absence due to an argument with a tree, along with Rob Steiber, who will be debuting in his Production 4WD Feroza.

Familiar faces Kevin and Dana Ballment will also be returning with their newly acquired US built Raceco powered by a Lexus V8, along with Steve Gates in his Extreme 2WD Strange Rover with a 5L Holden V8 under the hood.

Debuting new buggies and ensuring the newly created Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV) will be hotly contested are Graham Moohin, Brian Moohin, Andrew North, Michael Bryce and Wayne Bussey in new Polaris RZR 900’s. They will join Peter Moohin in his Polaris RZR 900 who debuted at last year’s final round at the Retreat. Dave Nielsen has kept his Polaris RZR 800 and is out to prove the value of the driver behind the wheel.

Back to defend his 2011 North Queensland Super Series title will be Michael Marson in the Pro buggy Grasshopper. Hoping to give Marson a run for his money in Predator Pro Buggy will be Rob Turner with a Lexus V8 under foot and Talbot Cox in the ex Marson V8 powered Kadco.

Coming back for a fourth year are Brock and Adele Sievers in their Hilux, but this year will see them enter the Extreme 4WD with a conversion to an SR20 in the off season. Joining them in the Extreme 4WD class will be Darren Anderson in his V8 powered Bundeera and new face Peter Wright in ex Dale Williamson V8 powered Jeep and Phil and Dan Dunn in the Triton.

1326c_sm ProLite class will see the VQ35s battle with Chris Colbourne returning in his Jimco and Jeffery Marson in the Kadco. Joining them all the way from Julia Creek will be Andrew Sollit and the Subaru powered Sollitco buggy.

Camping at this event is free; the facilities are great and this is a fully catered event. The Clare Armature Angles Club will be providing breakfast, lunch and dinner at a more than reasonable cost, with the star attraction being baked Barramundi and reef caught Black Jew with chips on Saturday night.

With entries due by the 6th of May, time is running out to join the fun as the North Queensland season kicks off.

Event Information can be found here. Please contact the organisers to arrange your entry.

Source: Adele Sievers
Photographers: Addison Marson, Shane Blacker