Racing thrills, spills at Carina
SATURDAY night for Dan Moes did not end the way he wanted it to at Carina Speedway.
Competing in the Wingless Sprintcars, on the first night of action for the year in Bundaberg, the Maryborough driver had a night of mixed emotions in the main event.
After setting the fastest ever lap at the track in the category with a 17.232, disaster struck as Moes had his night finished on lap 10.
As he tried to make a move around the outside on a slower car, Moes made contact with another Sprintcar who moved to the outside without seeing the driver there.
This sent Moes into the wall and airborne as the car flipped.
Thankfully Moes would land upright and walk away unscathed from the serious crash.
Talking to the NewsMail following the incident, Moes said he was fine.
"I'm a bit stiff and sore but nothing got broken," he said.
He added he was lucky not to gain any injuries.
"These crashes usually happen in racing," he said.
"It was a pretty big one and I don't know if it was one of my largest."
While Moes is fine, the car is a different story as it sustained chassis and suspension damage.
"The car is completely junk," he said.
"Unfortunately things didn't go to plan and we'll have to build a new car.
"I want to thank the crash marshals as well who attended to me straight away."
There will be no time to rest for Moes as he competes next week in the Australian titles in Toowoomba.
He added he would be fine to race and thanked Darren and Sarah Collins for giving him an opportunity to start.
The event itself was taken out by Scott Thompson who won by 1.6 seconds over Mitch Thomsen.
In other results Phil Roberts took out Formula 500, with Terry Leerentveld winning by almost four seconds in Modlites.
Finally, in the main event, Andrew Scheuerle recovered from a crash in the heats to win back-to-back Sprintcar events.
After winning the first Sprintcar round last year after Carina re-opened, he won by almost five seconds over Kevin Titman in Saturday night's race.
For the organisers of the event, it was a successful night, with almost 2500 people turning up.
With Bundaberg mayoral candidate Jack Dempsey in attendance, organiser Peter Basmadjian said the event was just what they needed.
"It's been pretty hard over the last couple of months with events cancelled," he said.
"We got a really good response with the ticket prices and it was a welcome surprise to get a large crowd."
He added future ticket price cuts will be looked at by the Speedway.
"Obviously there is a cost to put these events on," he said.
"We got plenty of positive feedback though and we will review all prices in the future to make it work for all parties."
The next event for the Carina Speedway will be on March 5 with tickets $10 for adults and children under-12 getting in for free.
More information can be found at carinaspeedway.com.au
Sprintcars - 1st Andrew Scheuerle, 2nd Kevin Titman, 3rd Richard Morgan
Wingless - 1st Scott Thompson, Mitch Thomsen, Brandt Chandler
Formula 500 - 1st Phil Roberts, 2nd Piper Ogilve, 3rd Nathan Pronger
Modlites - 1st Terry Leerentveld, 2nd Aaron Prosser, Will Butler