Keirnan and Bonato rule Benaraby
MOTOR SPORT: Bundaberg drag racers scooped the awards at the 2011 Benaraby Raceway Track Championship with Brett Keirnan taking out Overall Point Score and Super Street class.
Katrina Bonato also capped a superb debut season by claiming the Street championship.
Keirnan performed very consistently throughout the year in a keenly contested Super Street class in his XA Falcon Futura, amassing 71 points over the six meetings to finish on top of the table, nine clear of runner-up Brad Hill, with Ryan Skopp a further 10 award in third position.
Bonato's father Laurie was a further one point award in fourth out of the 50 drivers, with fellow locals Colin O'Connor and Jake Sinclair winding up fifth and seventh with 42 and 38 respectively.
Katrina did not make her debut until the second round on May 28, and after a slow start, she got better with every event in her 1999 Ford Falcon AU Ute, and she sealed Street honours by winning the last round and picking up 20 points.
That took her season tally to 62 to put her three in advance of Les Kyte, with Annette Cochrane a further three points away in third.
In the Overall Point Score analysis, Keirnan won by four from Peter Bambrick and Shane Stefaniuk, who shared second each on 67, while Katrina Bonato was equal-sixth with 62.
Her father and another local Tom Parry placed equal-14th with 51, while O'Connor finished in 21st place with 42 points.
Keirnan, 29, who works in the Moranbah mines as a driller, said he had been competing for three years but that he had come to the fore after Kev Weir, who built the car, put a new gear-box in it.
"Last year I won a couple of races but didn't really get all way up there in points. Now I'm looking to jump up to the next class next year, comp, but I need to put a roll cage in it," Keirnan said.
Bonato, 22, who is doing a nursing degree at university and works in Allied Health at Bundaberg Base Hospital, was "very very pleased" with her meteoric rise.
"My brother Anthony and dad have raced for years and I have always been at drag racing watching them Anthony, but Bundy Quick Signs donated me a car when I started racing because I didn't have one," Bonato said.
"Hopefully I'll have a full season next year in this car - dad and I will work together during the Christmas holidays to do a few improvements - I broke a few things and at the end of next year, we plan to build a car together to go to Super Street which is the next class up."