Motorsport identity Bobby McGee and Ford Falcon driver Dave Rogers at Morgan Park yesterday.
Motorsport identity Bobby McGee and Ford Falcon driver Dave Rogers at Morgan Park yesterday. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Racing tactics to the fore

AS THE Shannon’s Nationals get under way at Morgan Park this weekend, motorsport identity Bobby McGee believes Tamworth’s Dave Rogers could be the surprise packet at the track he calls home.

McGee said Rogers’ pristine vehicle could help push him towards the top spot.

“Driving a very fast, immaculately prepared AU Falcon with plenty of this track’s laps under his belt will be a big advantage over many of the visiting interstate drivers,” McGee said.

Rogers, who started racing as a 30-year-old, said he loved the sport, which he considered to be like a “high-speed game of chess”.

After almost two decades behind the wheel, Rogers has now conquered the nerves and only feels excitement when he takes the spot and prepares to race.

“I used to nearly throw up in my helmet but now I’m just excited about getting a good start or overtaking or whatever it is,” he said.

While camped at Morgan Park this weekend, Rogers has accumulated a few grateful friends, offering his skills to repair a competitor’s diff.

McGee said Rogers was always willing to share his mechanical skills and knowledge to help out fellow drivers who encountered trouble with their vehicles.

A highly qualified mechanic by trade, the owner of The Manual Transmission Factory at Tamworth has built many of the gearboxes that will be in the strong field of the very popular Holden V/s Ford saloon section.

Rogers started racing in a HQ Holden before moving into a VN Commodore in this section.

Two years ago he upgraded to this AU.

“His main opponents will be Mat Lovell, Evangelou, Brown and Queenslanders Kearns, Cowham, Berry, Van Gilst and local Gary Beggs,” McGee said.

“The three immaculate VT Commodores of Martin Beckett (Townsville),Wayne Pattern (Sunshine Coast) and Tony Evangelou are in showroom condition and race accordingly.”

Rogers said he looked forward to putting his machine to the test this weekend.

“I think since they have put in the extension it has turned from a so-so track to a fantastic track,” he said.



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