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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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.
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.
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
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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