Driver Ross Ballard is eager to return to the race track Saturday.
Driver Ross Ballard is eager to return to the race track Saturday.

Highlands' speedway comes back

IT has been more than 12 months since Ross Ballard, or any driver, has raced competitively at the Coal Capital Speedway in Blackwater but this weekend that’s all set to change.

The six-race card is set to be one of the club’s biggest yet with close to 90 cars lining up for a run on the Blackwater track and the competition cannot come soon enough. After repeated cancellations and postponements due to unfavourable weather conditions and a lack of race nominations, the speedway committee has watched the track gather cobwebs and the club’s income go begging.

“This is make or break for the club, the money has been dwindling for a while now,” committee spokesperson Ross Ballard said.

“All our plans, as always, are subject to the weather. It’s the only unknown quantity but all going well, this will be one of the biggest race fields Blackwater has seen.”

Points will be on the line for the Blackwater round of the Central Queensland Title in Modified Production, V6 Wingless and the juniors. The racing will also be revving into action for the AMCAR Bonanza, Superstockers and the first-run Super Street class.

Expectation is running high in the Super Street class with cars receiving only the barest of modifications before hitting the track.

“They only do a bit to it (the car) but they’re pretty bloody quick so I’ll be interested to see how they go,” Ballard said.

There have been a few “gremlins” plaguing Ballard’s competition hopes in the V6 Wingless division recently but the troubles look to be now rectified and it’s all systems go for this weekend.

Lap times will also be right on the mark with the fit-out of a new electronic lap timer to bring the Blackwater speedway into line with other tracks around Central Queensland.

“It takes any human error factor out of the equation – it just makes the whole time-keeping process a lot easier,” Ballard said.

Racing starts 4.30pm, Saturday.


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