This weekend Queensland Raceway will shake rattle and roll for the final time for 2002, with the MG Car Club's final round of the Queensland State Championship. Three State Champions will be crowned, on a jam-packed program.
Over 20 of Queensland's finest Sports Cars will take to the track for their championship decider, with the main combatants expected to be the Clubmans of Colin Berneville-Claye and Steve Morecombe. John Campbell, last year's State Champion returns for his second meeting on Queensland soil this year, and will be joined by Wayne Hennig, in his spectacular Porsche 993 GT2. Steve Cooper and Andy Balodis will also have their Porsches on the track, and they will be joined by a swarm of Mazda MX5s. For something completely different, Chris Hatfield will be out in DRB GT40, joined by Garry Geltch in his awesome Datsun Sports 2000.
26 Historic Touring Cars are set to take to the track, with the field wide open. John English returns after a successful assault on Bathurst, and will take the challenge to Bruce Dummett. Two Mustangs are set to make a start in the hands of Kerry Finn and Frank Brennan. A swarm of Minis will be headed by Matt McGrath, Ken Nelson, Luke and Daniel Spark, Fred Sayers, Bob Sudall and John Stratton. Guy Gibbons will be there in his Porsche, and Brett Emson will be making a return in his Torana.
The Gemini fight is set to go down to the wire, with the battle between Ron Lange, Benn Wilson and Darren Suhle expected to be intense. Returning to the series will be Sean English, Kyle Organ-Moore and Barry Tanton, with Geoff Grant making his debut.
The Sports Sedans are also set to put on a good show, with honours expected to be battled out between Geoff Gillespie, Wayne Parmenter, Chris Donnelly, David Waldon and Colin Smith. Mal Thomas, Michael Uebergang and Lawrie Smith have been coming on strong in recent times, while Kaye Woodward and Rod Lynch will be racing Waldon for Racetech Under 2ltr honours.
The HQ Holdens will also have a good field, which may have already suffered some set backs after some entrants suffered mechanical dramas at the Bathurst 24hr last weekend. Leaders are expected to come from the group of Gary Marks, Ben Simpson, Dave Blunt, Michael McCloud and Shannon O'Brien. Several new competitors will be having their first start in the class, while Brett Cooper will step aside from his XF Falcon Improved Production car, to have a start in Trevor Edyvean's HQ.
The Improved Production field is lower than normal after their Nationals, but there are still some interesting competitors. State Champion, and third place at the Nationals, Adam Uebergang will be out to finish his season on a high, but will have to hold off newcomer Scott Duncan, who ran in third on debut at Morgan Park. Mark Thomas is back after a good run at the Bathurst 2hr, while Steve Draheim will be looking for success. Chris O'Shannessy will be looking to wrap up the class D Championship, after capturing the National title recently. Brett Richards makes his debut in a Datsun 180B SSS, while Troy Marinelli returns after a big engine failure at the nationals.
The Saloon Cars also have a good showing for their final round, with honours expected to be fought out between Scott Nicholas, Craig Yates, Tim Young, Shane Beikoff, Jake Camilleri, David Gainer and Troy Norris. Kandice Walker will be making a start, as will Danielle Argiro, who will be joined by Roy and Paul Leaver.
The Formula Ford and Racing Cars are expected to put on a strong showing, after five exciting races supporting the Improved Production Nationals. Troy Chaplin will be out hoping that the gremlins, which have struck down his Ralt RT34 in the past, won't affect him this weekend. Leading the Formula Ford charge will be Chris Gilmour, Ash Lowe, Bevan Carrick, Nick Power, and Klark and Kent Quinn.
The Formula Vees are also expected to finish their season with a bang, with Shane Hart and Trent Usher expected to continue their season long battle. Tristian Hughes and Russell White are also expected to feature in the results. The Superkarts will have their biggest field for the season, including seven 250cc machines. As always, the Regularities will feature on the program, with 28 cars entered.