Junior speedway drivers Jack and Mitch Simmons. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Junior speedway drivers Jack and Mitch Simmons. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Junior adrenalin junkies revved to light up the speedway

THE Rockhampton Saloon Car Club has been running a junior program for the past four years and that program has started to produce some exciting young drivers in the last seasons.

The Junior Sedan class, for 10- to 17-year-old drivers, will be one of the feature races this Saturday evening at the Rocky Speedway.

The Kids Day at the Speedway on Saturday will have a variety of activities for children, including the Crazy Kids Pit Party from 3.30pm at the main gate. Children under 15 are free and the party will include amusement rides, giveaways and a chance to meet the Rocky Junior Sedan drivers and race them in mini jeeps.

But the real action will begin at 6pm, with the Junior Sedans vying for the New Year's Cup, with 12 local juniors nominating for the race.

Two of these will be brothers Jack Simmons, 10 (who turns 11 next month) and older brother Mitch, 13.

It will be Jack's first-ever race in his three-cylinder Daihatsu Charade.

"This is the first time I have raced," an animated Jack said. "I am really excited. It will be the first time to get out on the Rocky speedway track and race."

Young Jack obviously has racing cars in his blood, with the enthusiastic youngster a budding mechanic. "I built my own car," Jack said proudly.

"With some help from my dad," he added.

Meanwhile, Mitch will be competing in his sixth Junior Sedan speedway race.

"This is my first season and I have been racing for four months," Mitch said.

"I have had a couple of top-five finishes and I am hopeful of having a win by the end of the season, but it is all about learning for me at this stage."

The season ends in May and after Saturday, Mitch will have five more speedway meetings in Rocky and he is also hopeful of travelling to compete in Bundaberg and Gympie.

But right now, Mitch is firmly focused on doing well on his home track this Saturday.

"I love racing, I love being in the car," Mitch said.

"After the drivers' briefing you are just in the zone and you go from there."