MARYBOROUGH HARD WIRED FOR SUCCESS
Another track to have won the prestigious ‘Most Improved Track’ gong (at the 2018 Australian Speedway Awards), Maryborough Speedway haven’t rested on their laurels. Instead they’ve leveraged off major events to help them achieve council and government support for numerous infrastructure upgrades for the central Queensland venue.
After a successfully hosting a range of major State and National Title events, including the 2018/19 National Junior Sedan title, Maryborough left no stone unturned putting together a successful bid to host World Series Sprintcars in 2019/20. The result was an enormously successful mid-week show, with a record crowd in attendance – a fact not missed by local councillors.
Since then, the club has been able to use the economic impact of the facility on the Fraser Coast region to obtain government funding for a number of much needed infrastructure projects.
“The venue’s electricity network is older than Methuselah in shorts” according to Club Secretary, Kay Arthur. “The first step has been to upgrade the main line into the venue, and the control box – at a cost of around $15,000”
The club have been fortunate to receive another significant boost in recent weeks, courtesy of Queensland Sports Active Restart Infrastructure Recovery Fund. The result of which will be more planned power upgrade, with the end goal being improved power to canteen facilities to accommodate crowds at large events, and new LED lighting for the entire racing surface, and pit area.
In conjunction with the power and lighting upgrades, the club have put increased effort in track preparation, including widening the 370m long track to better accommodate the wide range of divisions which enjoy the venue – from Quarter Midgets, Karts and Junior Sedans right through to Modified Sedans, Super Sedans and the aforementioned World Series Sprintcars.
This coming Saturday night sees over 120 competitors in attendance, competing across 7 divisions – including up to 45 juniors, signalling a strong future for the sport in central Queensland. These strong car counts are made all the more impressive, considering COVID-19 restrictions being in place.