PIONEERING NORTH QUEENSLAND SPEEDWAY
Taking out the ‘Most Improved Track’ award at the 2019 Australian Speedway Awards, North Queensland’s Pioneer Park Speedway continues to go from strength to strength, with new operators and bold plans to establish the venue as the ‘showpiece’ of Australian Speedway.
Having brought the venue back to life prior to reopening in 2018, Rod and Terri made the decision to step aside ahead of the new season, entrusting the track in the hands of new operators Tony Patmore and Deon Lynd. The pair - business partners with ample experience promoting successful Speedway Solo and Sidecar events across Australia, are focused on bringing high quality events, entertainment and spectator engagement to North Queensland, injecting a new lease of life into the 47-year-old venue
Despite already having one of the best presented venues in the country, Tony and Deon won’t be resting on their laurels, with plans to improve the experience for competitors and fans alike. Upgrades including resurfacing the track, increasing the banking on the turns and enlarging the infield concrete pad are soon to be in the works, as the pair look to attract new divisions and travelling competitors to the region – including Sidecars, Modified Sedans and Sprintcars for major feature events.
Long term, the pair seek to enlarge the spectator banks with the addition of modular grandstand seating and an enlarged corporate and cafeteria building aimed toward better accommodating the strong crowds the venue has become acustomed to.
Despite restrictions on social gatherings and crowd numbers owing to COVID-19, the new operators got off to a flying start featuring major events for Modified Sedans and the QLD Formula 500 Title in quick succession. Both events featured solid car counts and strong crowds – once again confirming Pioneer Park as a favorite for competitors and fans.
We wish Tony and Deon all the best with their new venture and look forward to many years of continued success at Pioneer Park Speedway!