Queensland Raceway - State Championship May preview

State Championship motor racing returns to Queensland Raceway on the 25th and 26th of May, with two fast and furious days of motor racing action. It is expected that there will be 150+ cars in 10 categories of racing, so there will be...

State Championship motor racing returns to Queensland Raceway on the 25th and 26th of May, with two fast and furious days of motor racing action.

It is expected that there will be 150+ cars in 10 categories of racing, so there will be something for everyone who loves motor racing, from Sports Cars, to Open Wheelers and Production type cars. Racing will be held on the spectator friendly 'National Circuit', meaning some cars will reach top speeds of over 250km/h.

Making his return in the Improved Production class is last year's Club Champion, West Chermside's David Wood. His "Blue Banger" Mazda RX3 has been given a freshen up by V8 Supercar team Graphic Skills Racing, and he is confident of a good showing against the horde of Mazda RX7s.

Expect to see some stiff competition though, with Toowoomba's Adam Uebergang undefeated so far this season in his Mazda RX7. Although, one man out to beat the Rotary brigade will be Steve Draheim from Paddington, who was on fire last time out in his Datsun 1200, making it onto the podium.

The Sports Sedan class is currently on a high, after a remarkable April race meeting, where many cars challenged for the lead. Leading the charge will be the awesome Fiat Turbo of Clayfield's Geoff Gillespie. With some new tyres bolted on, and some recent testing under his belt, he will be worth watching.

However the 6 litre V8 powered brigade will shake the ground in their quest for glory. Leading the charge will be West Chermside's Wayne Parmenter, who last year won the State Championship in his Toyota Supra Chev. Making the trek down from Darwin, Bob McLoughlin will be one to keep an eye on in his big Chev powered Commodore, while Kurwongbah's Colin Smith is seeking success in his Rover Vitesse Chev.

Upholding the honour for Ford will be Morayfield's Chris Donnelly, who has shown exceptional speed in the earlier rounds in his Falcon. However, all of the 'big bangers' will be kept honest by a pack of waling rotary powered cars, and the screaming under two litre competitors. Wynnum's Kaye Woodward is currently leading the U2L series in her Gemini, but expect to see some strong competition coming from The Gap's Damien Meneguzzo in his immaculate BMW, and Lismore's Scott Hunter, who is ever consistent in his Corolla.

The Queensland Gemini Series and the ever-popular HQ Holdens will no doubt be crowd pleasers, with big fields of cars racing flat out for glory. Gold Coast's Benn Wilson, Rochedale's Ron Lange, and Waterford's Kandice Walker will be on the pace in the Geminis, while Samsonvale's Dave Blunt will be the one to beat in the HQs.

Other classes expected to make an appearance include Sports Cars, Formula Vee, Racing Cars, Saloon Cars, Historic Touring Cars, and Superkarts.

Don't forget, the kiosk will be open to serve a wide variety of hot food, and the facility is fully licensed- so make a day of it!

Where- Champions Way, Willowbank
Practice Starts- 8:30am Saturday May 25,
Racing Starts- 1pm on Saturday, and 9am Sunday May 26.
Admission costs Weekend- $15
Admission costs Saturday- $10
Admission costs Sunday- $10, Children 12 & under Free.
Students/Seniors- $5

Other Upcoming Events
21-23 June- 2002 Power Tour- including Super Trucks, V8 Stock Cars, Super Tourers, and much more.
12/13 July- 2002 Procar Champ Series- including Nations Cup, V8 BRutes, GT Performance, F3, and much more.
20/21 July- Car Race Meeting
27/28 July- Historic Racing Car Club, 25th Anniversary Meeting

- www.queensland-raceway.org.au

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