Jack Bartholdt hopes to make an impression this season.
Jack Bartholdt hopes to make an impression this season. Ron Burgin

Gunning for a shot at the best

JACK Bartholdt is gunning to be known as one of the big boys this year.

He will get his chance to prove he can match the speeds of the pros this Sunday at the Bingera Weir track in the first club meet for the Rum City Club season.

Only two riders can brag “professional” status this weekend — Casey Turner and Pete Radke.

They have both earned their stripes, progressing through the clubman class to intermediate, then to expert, before bragging professional status.

According to fellow rider Chris Milward, the difference between Turner and Bartholdt is a mere one second per lap.

“It’s just those little things that make the one second difference, but it’s very hard to improve on them,” Milward said.

“He’ll definitely be out to try and match it with them this season, and it all starts this weekend.”

More than 90 riders will rip into the local track — Bundaberg’s best up against the travelling talent from Hervey Bay and Gladstone.

But the talent stretches further than just Bartholdt, Radke and Turner.

Junior Jack Larter finished sixth in last year’s Australian titles, while Brodie Downes and Kirra Lloyd-Jones are two others.

“We have tonnes of juniors who are dead serious about the sport and compete pretty well on a national level,” Milward said.

Racing starts at 9.30am and will continue until 3pm.

It is the first of 10 club meets this year.



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