Speedway champ back at wheel
By HUGH KEARNEY
AFTER a year's lay-off from competition, Tweed race driver Michael Sauer is back on the track and in winning form.
The Banora Point speedway driver has just returned to the Queensland AMCA (Australian Motor Contestants Association) circuit and is already the pointscore leader after two rounds.
Sauer placed third in the opening AMCA round at Toowoomba a fortnight ago and bettered that with an all-theway win from pole position at the unusual kidney-shaped Gympie track at Mother Mountain last weekend.
It could easily have been two wins from two starts. From pole position at Toowoomba, he was shunted off the track at the first corner and had to use all his skill to recover for third.
Sauer was last in the news in 2002 when he contested the Australian AMCA titles in South Australia as Queensland champion.
Last year, he took a year off racing to concentrate on estab- lishing the family landscaping business at Pottsville.
The plan was to sell the 300horsepower, Holden V8 253powered race car and quit the circuit for the time being.
"The car didn't sell so we left it for a while, then realised we probably wouldn't sell it unless we were racing it," Sauer said.
"So we put it back together with a lot of help from sponsors and supporters and I'm going racing again.
"Hopefully, we can sell the car and build a completely new and better one," he said.