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SUPER SPRINTS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS A REAL WINNER!

On the 27th October, 108 competitors lined up for what was to be a fantastic weekend of motor racing. The weather was perfect and with the dry weather meant there was no chance of lap times being spoilt by a wet damp circuit. With bragging rights, and the glory of being the 2018 state Champion, the competition was guaranteed to be fierce.

Saturday saw competitors battle it out over the long 3km K circuit. This is a popular track with a large sweeper and plenty of length to let the big bangers stretch their legs yet still has the complexity of corners which often works in the favour of the smaller, more agile cars. There was a great variety of cars including Hyundai’s, Escorts, Torana’s, Sprites, Datsun’s, Porsches and open wheelers. The Juniors also showed how well their skills had developed as they pushed hard throughout the event. It was also a pleasure to see Peter Corbett pilot his Lamborghini around the circuit. Unfortunately last year’s winner Vikki Paxton had mechanical issues with her F3 Dallara and was forced to retire early. This opened the door for Jason Hore and Bruce McKenzie, both with F3s to push on.

Whilst there were a few mechanical issues with some cars on Saturday, there were no major incidents or long hold ups which kept the day flowing and allowed all competitors, who were able to continue, to complete all three runs, each consisting of 3 laps.

After the racing on Saturday, the competitors, officials and volunteers, were all treated to a 2 course dinner on the Pit Exit Café deck. Plenty of stories were exchanged over a few cold ones as well as lots of laughs. It was great to have so many like-minded people enjoying themselves. The night was due to the generosity and hospitality of the Warwick District Sporting Car Club who really go out of their way to make sure these events are always memorable.

Sunday morning was a little cooler but soon proved to be another cracker of a day. Unlike Saturday, the competitors ran on the 2.4 km E circuit. The E circuit uses most of the K circuit but instead of steaming on down through the sweeper, a right hand turn is negotiated followed by the flip flops then back onto the straight. After each competitors last run of the day, they were presented with a medallion to commemorate the event.

Once all the racing was completed, everyone gathered on the deck to find out where they placed. The outright winner for the weekend was Jason Hore, Bruce McKenzie in second place followed by Peter Corbett with his Lamborghini. Each stood on the podium where they were presented with magnificent decorative silver plate trophies.  Winners from each category were also presented with glass trophies. It was a great weekend for all who attended and with four lap records broken over the weekend , many are already looking forward to next year to do it again.

Once again a big thank you to all the volunteers and officials who took up their time to make such a great event possible.

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Cold snap for B Sprints Round 3

Saturday the 16th of June was the start of the Warwick District Sporting Car Club’s Super Sprints round 3 of the B series. The Sprints where conducted on the 2.1 km E Circuit. 7 runs were completed with each run consisting of 4 laps.

A cold wind blew on Sunday but did not blow as  fast as Geoff Noble in his lotus who set an overall run time of 4:17.527 keeping him well in front on the championship table.

Not to be out done by the A series, the B series also had a couple of fires and the occasional vehicle recovery. Russell Schloss finally overcame the gremlins in his Production Sports series Porsche only to become the target of a mob of kangaroos causing him to stop to let them all go around him. No kangaroos were injured but Russell’s times took a hit.

There were a good variety of cars competing on the weekend as well as a large number of Lotus sports cars. The Members of the Alfa Club had fun throughout the event and positioned themselves for their last run in a way that saw all cars in the group cross the finish line close together. It was once again great to see the juniors showing a large improvement with their confidence on the track as well as their lap times. WDSCC encourage juniors to these events and consider them a valuable asset to the future of motorsport.

As always, a big thank you to all the officials who volunteered their time to help run the event. Volunteers are always welcomed and give you a great chance to get amongst the action.

The C series is next in line and will run their third round on the 30th June and 1st July. Spectator entry for all the super sprints is free of charge and are a fantastic action packed weekend with a large variety of different cars competing .For more information and for what events are coming up, visit www.morganparkraceway.com.au

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Great Racing At The Autumn Historics

Once angain the Warwick weather put on its best to treat the competitors with a lovely sun filled weeknd.

There were many groups racing over the weekend with large feilds in group Nc and Nb.

There were also the Mini Challenge attracting all types of minis from old to new.

New to the event was an introduction to a Super Sprint format for the historic group U and invited cars.

This was a great success and a fantastic way to get these cars on track that may not have normally been able to compete in a historic race for various reasons.

All images from the event can be found on the Trapnell Creations web site

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HRCC TTT Weekend

Last weekend the Warwick sun shone strong as the HRCC held their TTT weekend.

The weekend is designed for people who wish to test and tune as well as an introduction to others who are new to the sport and see what it’s all about.

For some it was just another chance to get out there and have some fun.

The Sunday was ran as a Sprint format with timed laps for the ones keen for a bit of friendly competion.

Overal the weekend ran well with only a few minor incidents.

All images from the weekend can be found on Trapnell Creations web  site.  http://www.trapnellcreations.com/f560330644

Picture: Gary Ford and Jason Gava testing each other.

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