GAZZA MOBILE: Garry Smith with his wingless sprint car.
GAZZA MOBILE: Garry Smith with his wingless sprint car. Mike Knott BUNCAR

Bundaberg's Garry Smith is going places

MOTORSPORT: Bundaberg's Garry Smith is going places in his wingless sprint car but to continue to pursue his goal of winning Queensland and Australian titles, he is seeking sponsors.

The 47-year-old returned to speedway after many years early last year while living in Townsville but he moved to Bundaberg 14 months ago and has continued to compete strongly in wingless sprint car events throughout South Queensland.

"I used to race Formula 500s and open sprint cars but I was 19 years out of the sport altogether. I made a comeback because I got sick of sitting around and doing nothing on weekends," Smith said.

"I bought a 2008 model Eagle chassis in April 2010 and being a motor mechanic, I built all the engine of the car and service it myself.

"It's a one-seater race car but my wife Michele and daughter Teyniele and a friend, Bob Pearce, are my crew members, and this year, I have had my first run at an Australian title for nearly 20 years, but they have been plagued by rain.

"They were originally set down for Parramatta Raceway in Sydney in February but they were postponed due to the floods in January.

"They were rescheduled to Brisbane in June and after the first night, I was seventh on points out of 96 cars from all over Australia, including New Zealand and Tasmania, but it was then rained out."

Since then, Smith has mixed it with the best in his category at Maryborough, Brisbane, Toowoomba and most recently, in Kingaroy.

In Toowoomba, he finished first in both heats which resulted in pole position for the feature, where he came second.

Smith received the runner-up trophy and was also awarded his second "Driver of the Night Trophy". He holds fastest lap and race time, which was an excellent result considering it was his first time racing in Toowoomba.

But Smith copped a buffeting and was knocked out of contention in a two-night meet at Kingaroy a fortnight ago.

"It was a big club show super modified meeting and I went pretty well but in the feature, I was crashed out by another racer and had the front end torn out but the car had made up seven placings 'til that happened," he said. But he is back on track for the state titles in Toowoomba on December 17.

"However I need a bit of help to get to the Queensland and Australian titles and I would welcome anyone who wants to come on board as a full-time sponsor of my race vehicle," Smith said.

Any potential sponsors should call Smith on 0408 756507.



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