By Daniel Powell
The Queensland Tri City Shootout Series resulted in Danny Reidy finishing third overall after a consistent run over the three consecutive nights of racing.
A sixth place in the opening round at Maryborough Speedway on Easter Friday, followed by a hard charging second place at Brisbane International Speedway on Easter Saturday and then a fourth in the third and final round at Charlton Raceway on Easter Sunday, earned Reidy a third place finish in the final point standings behind winner Robbie Farr and second placed, American Bud Kaeding.
“It was pretty close there in the final point standings, as the winner was only decided in the feature race of the final round and I felt that if it hadn’t been for a bit of bad luck I might have finished higher,” expressed Reidy. “With points counting towards your overall tally each time that you hit the track it was important to be consistent, but we weren’t as consistent as we could’ve been and that affected our end result in the end.”
In the opening round at Maryborough Speedway, Reidy was running inside the Top 3 in the feature race only to be forced mid race to spin to a spot in order to avoid a fellow competitor that had got out of shape. As a result of spinning out, Reidy was sent to the rear of the field for the restart and from there he charged his way forward and finished up sixth.
A poor time trial, 24th quickest out of the 35 car field, haunted Reidy throughout the second round on Easter Saturday at Brisbane International Speedway. Despite having his back to the wall, Reidy fought on after winning the B-main and worked his way forward in sensational style to finish second behind Robbie Farr in the feature race.
The third and final round at Charlton Raceway Reidy, who had started from the inside of the second row of the feature race, finished just off the podium in fourth place, but only just. Due to a crash by another competitor the feature race was declared with four laps left. At the same time third placed Cameron Gessner had suffered a flat tyre, but after the Gessner team had proven that they would’ve been able to restart, they were awarded third and Reidy therefore remained in fourth.
This Saturday and Sunday night (April 30 and May 1) Reidy returns to Brisbane International Speedway for the $10,000 to win Australian Open.
Reidy would like to thank Desert Palms Resort in Alice Springs, Titan Plant Hire, Camden Neon Signs, P & M Motor Body Repairs, Gonzo’s Race Pipes and Inglis Race Engines for all their support throughout the 2010/11 season.
The official Danny Reidy website can be viewed at: www.dannyreidy.com