LOOK AT CARINA NOW: Speedway track almost ready to go
MOTORSPORT: In words that will be music to the ears of race goers, the new owner of Carina Speedway says its on track to for a return to racing on September 16.
The Bundaberg Shed Alliance Motorplex has been busy transforming the venue from a run down facility to a speedway track after Dave Vaughan bought the property in June.
The group has done a lot of work including installing new grandstands, upgrading the canteen, building a VIP section and getting the track relaid properly.
Vaughan was in the region yesterday, having driven up from his base in Brisbane, to check out the track.
"There's been huge changes and it's a credit to Barry (Pearce) and his team and volunteers who have come to help us,” he said.
"It's been awesome the town folk have been in behind it.”
Now he hopes the community will get on board.
Vaughan said a lot of money had been poured into the venue after he invested a significant amount in the purchase.
"We're looking to the town to support us in the venture.
"Come and watch the racing and hopefully we can see the best racing come back to Carina.”
The NewsMail can today reveal that American speedway driver and late model hall of famer Steve Francis will be in the region on Boxing Day to race.
"He's a legend of late models and has expressed an interest in coming to Bundaberg,” Vaughan said after speaking to Francis yesterday.
"He'd love to come here.”
"The idea is for him to have a bit of a look on the track and ride on it.”
The immediate focus is on making the venue ready for the first practice session at 4pm on September 2.
Pearce said they wanted to use that day as a "test and tune” event ahead of the season.
"It also makes sure all our staff and facilities up to scratch.”
"The drivers should be really happy with the driving surface and we want to make sure the spectators are happy.”
There will be more the Motorplex later in the week before the first meet on September 16.
View the track for yourself below.