‘It’s unreal, this is the ultimate location to have racing’
THE first day of the Don Rover Dash drew crowds from across the state, but rev heads young and old rushed to catch a glimpse of the bright orange that adorned national champion racer Toby Price.
With multiple Australian Off Road Championships under his belt as well as wins at the annual Finke Desert Race, Price put on a show for spectators in both the auto and moto races.
Price competed alongside another racing heavyweight Billy Geddes in Saturday morning's session and secured the fastest lap time and second outright.
The Don River Dash was inspired by the Baja 500 in Mexico and Price said the track provided plenty of thrills for racers and spectators alike.
"It's unreal, this is the ultimate location to have racing," he said.
"The track is perfect offroad racing, it's it to a tee.
"We're really looking forward to next year already, so we'll hopefully have my trophy truck over here next year."
The Don River Dash is in its second year and is set to draw a total of 75 cars and 150 bikes across the weekend.
Price nearly missed the event after a mix-up with dates but was thankful he could make it and meet some of his Bowen-based fans.
"It's my last weekend in Australia for five months so it's exciting to finish off here and like I say, what better place to do it," he said.
"I'm very, very lucky to have great supporters and young fellas and young girls come over that are into the sport and love this sport as much as me."
Among his biggest fans was 17-year-old competitor Bryce Titmarsh.
Bryce started racing at 13 and fell in love with the racing after setting his first record for mud racing.
Now, he travels across North Queensland to compete and said the thrill of the sport never gets old.
"You can't stop smiling, after it and as soon as you get in the car," he said.
While he encountered some mechanical difficulties during his race, Bryce said the Don River track was now among his favourites, especially as it gave him the chance to race the same hurdles as Toby Price.
"It's crazy, I never thought I'd be in a race with someone like that," he said.
Price had a simple message for all his young fans who had gathered on the banks of the Don.
"Anything is possible and no dream is out of reach," he said.
"Get on the bike and enjoy it and have fun.
"Anything can happen."