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2016 Super Sprints A Series Round 3

THE THIRD round of the Queensland Super Sprint A Series saw a smaller than expected field for the weekend with only 76 cars making the trek to Warwick.  The predicted (and correct) cold weather might have deterred a few drivers.  Sunday morning the cars were covered in a good layer of ice with temps around -2C.  Of course it is winter in Warwick!

Saturday dawned fine, clear blue skies – however there was a cutting wind that dropped the temps somewhat, making it fairly hard for the cars to warm tyres.  The “D” circuit was used over the weekend, this sees the competitors turn right just after the bridge and then turn right at point 8 over the “flip flops” back on to the main straight, each run saw the cars complete 4 flying laps.

It was battle of the V8’s for line honours, Ashley Bright in his V8 powered Holden Commodore Supercar was fastest outright for the weekend, despite only running four of the possible 8 runs, 7 second shy of Bright was John White in his Cobra with Peter Hancock third in another Cobra.

There were a couple of incidents over the weekend, the Holden Gemini of Michael Reynolds went home with a sore front after collecting the wall under the bridge.  Our media team from Digital Realism got this great shot (below) of Darren Holland shooting off the track in the Flip Flops on Sunday morning, luckily Holland pulled it up before the wall with a little bit of front splitter damage.

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Darren Holland shooting off the track in the Flip Flops on Sunday morning – Morgan Park Raceway – Photo Darin Mandy

Top Ten Finishers

1st  ASHLEY BRIGHT 03:03.345
2nd JOHN WHITE 03:10.499
3rd PETER HANCOCK 03:10.521
4th BEAU HATTON 03:10.644
5th CHRIS CHING 03:11.711
6th DARRIN SIDDINS 03:13.828
7th TONY HATTON 03:14.613
8th DARREN HOLLAND 03:15.365
9th LEE FALKNER 03:15.471
10th JON SIDDINS 03:15.827

The next round of the QLD Super Sprints is for the “B” Series on July 16 – 17.

Full Results can be found here on MyLaps: http://www.mylaps.com/en/events/1288058

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AUTUMN HISTORIC WARWICK 2016

THE QUEENSLAND Autumn Historic Race Meeting featured a packed schedule of 35 races with over 160 entries across seven classes at Warwick’s Morgan Park Raceway on April 30-May 1.

Historic Touring Cars

DAVID NOAKES and Craig Allan emerged with the laurels in Historic Touring Cars as the popular Group N category was split into two groups with separated races for Nb with Under Two Litre Nc together for some races while the Over Two Litre Nc raced on their own.

Noakes won the first race for Nb/U2L Nc in his Ford Escort RS1600 from Allan Saunderson (Ford Cortina GT) with fastest qualifier Norm Singleton (Alfa Romeo 1750 GT) third. Their second race saw second and third spots reversed with Noakes on top again. In the all-Nb race Saunderson won from Ian Mewett (Jaguar MkII) and Peter Walsh (Morris Cooper S).

Group Nc O2L had some of the weekend’s closest racing where pole man Allan (Torana GTR XU-1) continued his good form by winning the first race,, romping away to beat Dean Neville (Chev Camaro) by 5.7 seconds with Kevin Heffernan (Holden Monaro GTS 350) third. Allan took the next races from Neville with Matt Clift (Mazda RX2) third.

The third race was for the Bill Campbell Memorial Trophy. Allan looked set to take it out, however a spin at turn 12 late in the race, relegated him to fourth with Neville taking the win from Heffernan and Clift. Allan returned to the top spot for the final event from Clift, and third went to Harry Bargwanna (Ford Mustang).

Photo by Rod Campbell

Photo by Rod Campbell

Historic Racing Cars Groups F, V, Lb and Formula Junior

KENDAL BARRY-COTTER (Group Fb PRS 82F Formula Ford) was the man to beat in three of the four races as he did not start the final race. With two second places earlier, Robert Fry took line honours in the final race in his Group Fb Elfin Aero Formula Ford) over Geoff Karger (89 Reynard Formula Ford) and Greg Bray (Group Fa Lotus 61 Formula Ford).

Historic Racing and Sports Cars Groups O, P, Q & R

CHRIS FARRELL made short work of the Racing and Sports Cars with pole in qualifying and four wins from the four races. In usual form he bought two cars along, usually a Ralt RT4 (or two), but on this occasion he sported a 1977 March 77B and a 1976 Chevron B35, the latter which he ran all weekend. 

Second to Farrell in two of the races was Robert Foster (March 81A) however he slowed to finish seventh in the third race and failed to start the final event. Dean Tighe was second on that occasion Keith Carling (Sports Car Grp R). Tighe was also second in the final race with Barry Wise (84 Reynard FF2000) chasing hard.

The Warwick District Sporting Car Club’s Vice President, John Wishart’s (72 Welsor Clubman) weekend didn’t go to plan when in two races he experienced a stuck throttle, “I elected to put it on the trailer before the last race.”

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Photo by Rod Campbell

Historic Production Sports Cars Groups S, T & Invited

PRODUCTION SPORTS Cars was an all Alfa Romeo affair with Andrew Wilson (Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV) fastest in qualifying and the winner of three of the four races. Manuel Pena in a similar car, scored three second places before winning the last from Wilson. Third spots went to Don Bartley (Austin Healey Sprite), James Anderson (Alfa Romeo GTV 2000) and Trevor Bassett also in an Alfa. 

Historic Sports Sedans Group U & Invited (including Trans Am)

IN THE combined categories, Garry Ford (V8-powered Ford Escort) qualifying fastest and won all four races. Mark Trenoweth wrestled his crowd favourite Group U Jaguar XJS second place each time and Adam Duce (72 Leyland Clubman GT) had a brilliant weekend with four third places. The third race featured the Fred Sayers trophy, being the first Group U car home and Trenoweth took out the award which is also awarded to the second placed Duce as well.

Entries for the 2-3 July Historic Warwick have opened today, visit the HRCC website to see all the information: http://www.hrcc.org.au/HistQld.htm 

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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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