Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

CROWDS PACK MOUNTAIN Rain Threatens Gympie's Big Event

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

CROWDS PACK MOUNTAIN Rain Threatens Gympie's Big Event

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Byline: Matthew Lee

MASSES of speedway fans were itching to storm Mothar Mountain and jostle for the best viewing positions yesterday afternoon for Round 2 of the V8 Super Sedans National Series.

Gates were thrown open at 3pm for a 4.30pm start and speedway organisers were bracing themselves for the mad rush.

Cars filled up the fringes of Noosa Road and parking inside the Mothar Mountain venue, while early spectators seized the best positions in the stands.

But most of the talk was about the weather as constant rain throughout the day had the ground muddy and wet underfoot.

Speedway drivers and their crew took refuge from the showers where they could, gathering under buildings, while hoping for the rain to clear.

It was feared the event would be cancelled, resulting in a major blow for organisers of the V8 Super Sedans National Series.

The national event was due to kick off in Rockhampton Monday evening, but a fatal wave of showers put an end to the event moments before it was due to begin.

Gympie Speedway president Allan Jennings was among those looking skyward yesterday.

aWe're going to try our best to get things going,a he said.

Jennings' optimism summed up the general mood of all those at Mothar Mountain.

aThe series lost an entire round in Rockhampton, and that's the first time in five years that has happened,a he said.

aIt would be a major blow to lose the second round as well, particularly after the hard work we have put in to secure the event.a

Gympie obtained the national round after a successful bid was granted by speedway's national body, despite some opposition.

Resistance to Mothar Mountain being the venue for the headline event was upturned, however, following the backing of some of Australia's premier speedway drivers.

It is the first time Mothar Mountain has been host to any national round, highlighting the faith event organisers have in the distinctive Gympie track.

In total, the V8 Super Sedan National Series consists of 10 round held at some of Australia's most famed speedway venues. …

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