Cairns International Speedway is just over a week away from hosting the inaugural Thunder in the Canebowl, supported by Ezilend and Integrity Extended Warranties, which will see 410 Sprintcars make a much-anticipated return to the 400-metre clay track.
It’s been five years since Sprintcars last visited the tropical Far North Queensland track for the opening round of the East Coast Series in the 2013-14 season and Cairns International Speedway is more than ready to welcome them back for what is gearing up to be an exciting event.
A strong field of drivers will be battling it out for top Thunder in the Canebowl honours, but it will no doubt be newly-crowned Archerfield Speedway Track Champion Andrew Scheuerle who will be leading the charge. Joined on track by Ausdeck Racing team owner and fellow racer Stewart Craig, Scheuerle’s most recent visit to Cairns International Speedway eight years ago resulted in a feature-race victory; a feat he will no doubt hope to repeat during the upcoming event.
Off the back of a stint in America racing at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, veteran racer Allan Woods has plenty of experience under his belt that he will be putting to use, while regular hard-charger Kristy Bonsey is planning to keep Woods and Scheuerle honest throughout the event.
Hoping to do his country proud, New Zealand-based driver Jason Scott, who owns Edge Race Parts in Christchurch, will be travelling across the Tasman and Coral Seas to participate in the event, piloting an Allan Woods-owned car. Having been consistently competitive in New Zealand throughout his career, being crowned the South Island Champion for the past seven consecutive years, Scott will no doubt bring some added entertainment to the mix.
Flying the flag for the locals will be Luke Dougherty and Zack Howell, who will both be making a return to Sprintcar racing for the first time in a decade, while Kris Jennings, Andrew Corbet, Tony Wynne and Garry Finglas will also be amongst the nominations.
“It’s a fantastic list of drivers who have nominated for the Thunder in the Canebowl and we have no doubt that the event is going to produce some thrilling racing for the spectators,” commented Cairns International Speedway President Howell.
“The event itself wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support that we’ve had from our valued sponsors and the local community, so on behalf of Cairns International Speedway, I have to say a big thank you to everyone who’s helped us to bring the Thunder in the Canebowl to life.”
Taking place over the Friday and Saturday nights of July 13 and 14, each night of racing will be a standalone event, featuring three rounds of heat races and a feature race, with racing to commence at 6pm on Friday night and 3pm on Saturday afternoon. The program will also feature Formula 500s, Modified Sedans, Cairns Outlaws, Dirt Karts, National 4s and Junior Formula 500s.
In addition to major sponsors Ezilend and Integrity Extended Warranties, Cairns International Speedway would also like to thank the following Thunder in the Canebowl sponsors: QMAC Machinery, Kubota Australia, autObarn, Razorback Mechanical Services, Norship Marine, SVS Auto Repairs and Dyno Tuning, Buns on the Run, Pirtek, 1800Approved Finance, Pacific Radiator Services Cairns, Battery Man, and Auto-Elect.
For further information about Thunder in the Canebowl event, contact Zack Howell on 0427 595 511 or Allan Woods on 0412 731 608.
Ticket prices are $20 per night for adults or $35 for both nights of the Thunder in the Canebowl, $10 for kids aged five-16, $15 for concession and $10 for seniors-card holders.
Cairns International Speedway is located at 1308 Thomson Road in Edmonton.
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