John Womersley in his Mark 2 Ford Escort at Morgan Park Raceway yesterday.
John Womersley in his Mark 2 Ford Escort at Morgan Park Raceway yesterday. Gerard Walsh

Driver travels length of state

DRIVING from Townsville to Warwick towing a race car four times a year is what John Womersley has to do for a bit of motorsport adrenalin at the Queensland Motor Racing Championships.

Womersley said he usually travelled down four times a year but had missed the first two rounds this year.

“We don't have a track in North Queensland,” he said.

The electrician said it cost about $2000 for a return trip to Warwick.

“I do most of the work on my own car with a bit of help from friends,” Womersley said.

One of the friends is former Townsville and now Laidley resident Bernie Struber who was helping Womersley and fellow Townsville driver Shane Satchwell at the weekend.

“They will be heading to the nationals in Adelaide in November,” Struber said.

“Shane has a fast car – a Datsun 1200 – and John is absolutely competitive while still developing his Mark 2 Ford Escort.”

Brisbane driver Drene Jamieson was in a superkart at the weekend and surprisingly only had two relatives sharing the track with him.

“We almost live here,” Jamieson said.

“At more meetings, my son, brother and two nephews also race in Warwick,” he said.

The weekend championships at Morgan Park attracted 120 drivers. The final round of the championships is on November 5-6.



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