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HERITAGE TOURING CARS ROUND 2 AT AUTUMN HISTORIC

TONY ALFORD has a selection of Nissan Skyline GTRs at his disposal and chose to take the ex-GIO machine to the Autumn Historics at Morgan Park to dominate the second round of the Heritage Touring Car Championship with three wins from four starts.

The category, for Group C and A car, drew 25 entries and headlined the historic meeting in their only Queensland appearance this year.

In qualifying Alford took pole position from Carey McMahon, driving the ex-Tony Longhurst B&H Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 and Duncan MacKellar, steering ex-Allan Moffat ANZ Sierra. 

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Photo by Digital Realism

In race one Alford leapt off the start and controlled the race to take the win, winning from McMahon and MacKellar, the three Group A cars some 15 seconds ahead of the fight for fourth place between Mark Taylor and John Douglas in their Group A Holden Commodores.

The second race was the Lloyd Bax Handicap, a full reverse grid event with the runners split into three groups off the start. The faster cars made short work of the smaller cars and by mid race they darting in and out of the back markers.

MacKellar cleared the pack from Alford and Warwick local Wayne Clift in his Group A Commodore VK in third place. Edward Singleton (Group C ex-Allan Grice STP Commodore VH) was fourth from Douglas. 

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Photo by Rod Campbell

The feature event over 10 laps also included the John French and Glen Seton Trophies. Again it became a three-way battle between Alford, McMahon and MacKellar. McMahon was hunting down Alford but just didn’t quite have the speed to pass with the two finishing just 0.6 seconds apart with Mackellar 4.5 seconds adrift.

Alford also set a new Group A lap record of 1 minute 22.175 seconds while Chris Bowden lowered the benchmark for Group C to 1 minute 26.595 seconds in his ex-Tony Mulvihill Mazda RX-7. The John French Trophy went to Bowden for first in Group C and Alford was awarded the Glen Seton Trophy topping Group A. 

The last race was an eight-lap sprint and Alford completed great weekend by beating MacKellar, Taylor and Douglas. McMahon failed to finish after a drive shaft broke and landed at pit exit, which sent the Sierra off at turn one.

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Photo by Rod Campbell

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SSB1 Super Sprints Round 1

Round One of the B Series Queensland Super Sprints saw almost 140 cars entered, although we lost a couple with mechanical issues during Fridays Practice.

The first round was raced over the 3.0km circuit for 3 laps.

Saturday dawned fine and we look set to get the maximum number of runs in for the day until around 3pm when the heavens opened and we received 40mm in around 40 minutes at the track.  Whereas in town they got little or none.

There was so much rain that the racing was called off when we had streams flowing over the track and through the pits!  A lovely sunrise on Sunday morning greeted the competitors, the rain stayed away but Saturdays water made it fairly humid for the day.  The top three cars were fighting it out for the top spot which eventually went to Geoff Noble in his Lotus Elise, chasing hard and quickest in a couple of runs was Vikki Paxton in her modified F3 with Luke Brown third for the weekend driving his Condor Mk.1 racing car.

Here are the top 10 Results:

1 GEOFF NOBLE – 03:58.669
2 VIKKI PAXTON – 04:10.585
3 LUKE BROWN – 04:12.563
4 BILL NORTON – 04:20.273
5 GARRY PITT – 04:23.189
6 MARTIN O’BRIEN – 04:24.206
7 DARRYL RINGUET – 04:24.528
8 GERRY WHITE – 04:25.316
9 DAN McCARTHY – 04:27.094
10 GARY LANGE – 04:27.232

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Follow this link to the full results for this race meeting: http://www.mylaps.com/en/events/1248795

The next round of the Queensland Super Sprints is the A Series second round on May 7th and 8th

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MyLaps Speedhive Live Timing App

Are you racing at Morgan Park Raceway or maybe you want to follow someone’s racing, now you can with the new MyLaps Live Timing App called Speedhive.

You don’t have to be at the track to now follow your favourite drivers during their race events, simply log into Speedhive, select the event and there you go.

Go to the Apple App Store: MYLAPS Speedhive by MYLAPS Sports Timing https://appsto.re/au/NQF66.i

 

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Off Season Work

During the 2015/2016 off season we’ve been busy at the circuit, that’s for sure!

Whilst many of our clients (racers) were having a break or maybe pulling their cars down we were working hard at the track, the wall along circuit “B” was falling towards the track so that has been fully corrected and is now upstanding as it should be!

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We’ve gone Smurf Like

OK well not really but the kerbs (curbs 😉 ) have all had a spruce up with the ole white and blue stripes, now keep off them or they’ll all go black again, haha, like that will happen, just some more maintenance work we are doing around the circuit.

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Welcome to our New Website

So after nearly 9 years of our old faithful website we have made the jump to a new site that is responsive to mobile devices, more than 50% of the traffic our website gets is via a phone or tablet of some shape or form.  This site has been under construction for nearly 3 months and we are still working on many of the features and we thank you for your patience.

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