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  • here’s much for speedway fans in tropical Far North Queensland to be excited about this season, with 410 Sprintcars set to make a long-awaited return to Cairns International Speedway next month for the Thunder in the Canebowl event.

    Home to some of Australia’s finest beaches, rainforests and other attractions, there couldn’t be many more appealing places to witness the inaugural Thunder in the Canebowl than Cairns, with the event set to take place over two nights, with significant support from the local community.

    Located over 1,500 kilometres northwest of Brisbane, Queensland’s hotbed for Sprintcar racing, the 400-metre clay track couldn’t be more excited to welcome the class through its gates, with Sprintcar racing previously having been established throughout Cairns during the 1980s and ‘90s, before car numbers later reduced.

    “It’s fantastic to be seeing Sprintcars make a return to our track,” said Cairns International Speedway President Zack Howell.

    “There have been a number of improvements to both the track itself and our facilities in recent seasons, so we’re positive that the event will be a hit with both local fans and visitors. We’re hoping to attract around 15 cars from around the state and we have generous prize money off offer through the support of local sponsors.”

    Bringing an international flavour to the event, New Zealand-based driver Jason Scott has confirmed his nomination and will be making the trek to Australia to fly the flag for his country. The owner of Edge Race Parts in Christchurch, Scott has been crowned the South Island Champion for the past seven consecutive years and will no doubt be an exciting addition to the field.

    With the assistance of the Brisbane-based Allan Woods, who will also be contesting the event, the track is hoping to bolster the Thunder in the Canebowl with around 10 visiting cars from the southern region of the state, with veteran front runner and newly-crowned Archerfield Speedway Track Champion Andrew Scheuerle already having registered his interest in participating in the event with his Ausdeck Racing team owner and fellow racer Stewart Craig.

    “Cairns is a beautiful place to race so I’m looking very forward to getting back up there next month,” commented Scheuerle, who has raced at Cairns International Speedway multiple times throughout his two decades of racing, most recently eight years ago when he won the feature race.

    “With our season having now come to an end in the south of Queensland, this event will be a great opportunity to break up the off season and get some extra laps heading into the 2018-19 season.”

    For further information about Thunder in the Canebowl event, contact Zack Howell on 0427 595 511 or Allan Woods on 0412 731 608.

    Cairns International Speedway is located at 1308 Thomson Road in Edmonton.

    To find out more about Cairns International Speedway, visit their website at www.cairnsspeedway.com or LIKE them on Facebook by searching Cairns Speedway.



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