The 2018 Qld Super sprint series had a wet start on the first weekend in Feb. 80 Competitors from all over Qld and Northern NSW attended the first Round of the A Series at Morgan Park Raceway in Warwick Qld running on the large 3 km “K” circuit. Most braved the conditions with some coming a little unstuck and finding the edges of the track are not the ideal racing line. Due to the wet weather, times were slow and only 4 runs were achieved on the sat.
Sunday came and so did the sun, giving the track surface some better temperature and adhesion. The warmer dry weather meant more of the larger horse powered vehicles decided to try and put down some good lap times and possibly score some championship points. 3 runs were achieved in better conditions giving 7 runs for the weekend…Vikki Paxton with her Dallara took 1st place, 2nd was Peter Hancock in his Cobra and coming in 3rd was Phil Sutcliffe in his Skyline GTR. Only 13 points separate the top, 10 so the season is off to a great start.
Amongst the competitors for the weekend were two Warwick local juniors, Tom Clift and Adam Baguley, both aged 15. While this is Tom’s second year for the super sprints, Adam is just starting. Both boys ran well and had an enjoyable weekend.
The next Super sprint round will be round 1 of the “B” series on the 24th and 25th of February. Spectator entries are free and all are welcome to watch.
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1 Vicki Paxton 44
2 Peter Hancock 40
3 Phil Sutcliffe 39
4 Chris Richards 38
5 Chris Beard 36
6 Richard Brien 35
6 Jae Collins 35
8 Geoff Lobb 32
8 Dale Wright 32
10 Michael Crowe 31
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The first of the 2018 super sprints series kicks off on the 3rd of Febuary with round 1 of the A series at Morgan Park.
With 3 series for 2018 and champion points up for grabs, this year is set to be a action packed year.
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Matt Clift Saving rubber and pushing hard
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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.
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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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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