ON TRACK: Hough Smith Team drivers Brandon Hough and Fletcher Smith are looking forward to this season at Carina Raceway.
ON TRACK: Hough Smith Team drivers Brandon Hough and Fletcher Smith are looking forward to this season at Carina Raceway. Mike Knott BUN280916HST3

One car, two drivers: Meet the duo who share a ride

MOTORSPORT: If you needed to pick rock, paper, or scissors to race, which one would you go for?

Bundaberg's Brandon Hough and Fletcher Smith may need to make that decision this year as they prepare for the new season starting tomorrow at the Autobarn Carina Speedway.

Inspired by the 1980s Holden Dealer Team livery made famous by Peter Brock in the Australian Touring Car Championship, the duo will race a Holden VK Commodore in the the street stock class.

The only problem is there is only one car which only one can race at a meet when they are held.

After one season of racing together, when action returned to Carina after a decade, the duo say it hasn't been a problem so far.

"I don't think we've encountered (deciding on who to race) it yet,” Fletcher said.

"We've been fairly lucky.”

That may change though with the Australian and Queensland titles.

With both to be held this season the racers say they may need to decide with a game to see who races.

Being together in the same car, though, does have its perks.

"When you are standing on the sidelines and you see the other person race, you can see what is going right and what is going wrong.”

"On the actual night it does help more (to see them race) so it does come in handy.”

The days of racing in one car are numbered though with plans to race a Holden VE Commodore.

It's being built by Brandon's father Terry and the pair, and they hope to finish it soon.

For Brandon the choice to race in a Holden was easy.

"We've been a Holden family for years and years, it was a natural step to go to the old style colours,” he said.

"Hopefully come this Saturday at Carina it will be at the pointy end of the field.”

With both drivers in the mid-pack last season the aim is now to crack the podium in one of the feature races this season.

The new season begins at 6pm tomorrow.



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