Queensland State Championship round three preview

State Championship set to roar. May 3/4 State Championship Meeting- Queensland Raceway The third round of the 2003 CAMS State Championship will be held at Queensland Raceway on May 3-4, with a quality field expected to take on the 3.12km long ...

State Championship set to roar.
May 3/4 State Championship Meeting- Queensland Raceway

The third round of the 2003 CAMS State Championship will be held at Queensland Raceway on May 3-4, with a quality field expected to take on the 3.12km long National circuit.

One of the highlights will no doubt be a quality field of Racing Cars.

Joining a big field of Formula Fords will be up to six wings and slicks open wheelers.

Two Formula Fords currently lead the Championship, however Derek Pingle took a clean sweep last time out in his Holden powered Lola.

Another highlight will no doubt be in the Sports Cars.

The field will be a combination of Production Sports Cars, and the new Supersports class, for motorcycle engine powered single seaters.

To date the cars have been a revelation, setting incredible speeds and lap times, and are set to go even faster at Queensland Raceway in May.

The Production Sports Car class brings together the best of Clubmans, and open Sports Cars, with cars expected to include Mazda MX5s, Datsuns and replicas of classics such as GT40s.

John Campbell is currently leading the outright series in his Hooper 1300, while Steve Morcombe is leading the Production Sports Cars in his Westfield.

Another class that will have the crowd on their feet will be the Sports Sedans, including big V8s, wailing rotaries, turbos and the zippy under two litre cars.

Last time out the racing for the lead was intense, with Darwin's Bob McLoughlin currently leading the Championship in his Commodore.

The one make series are making a resurgence in Queensland of late, with the HQ Holdens and Geminis increasing in field size.

The racing in the HQs has been as close as ever, with only three points separating leader Paul McCahon, Gary Marks and Mike McCloud.

Nick Rangeley has jumped out to a handy lead in the Geminis, from Kandice Walker and newcomer John Eddy.

The Improved Production class is also on a high after a big first round at Warwick last month.

Adam Uebergang took a clean sweep in his Mazda RX7, thrilling the crowd with some sideways antics.

Scott Duncan was runner up all weekend long in his Mazda 808, although the big Holden Commodore will be hard to beat on the long straights at Queensland Raceway.

Hostilities will also resume in the Formula Vees, with the battle for the lead set to continue between Shane Hart and Trent Usher.

Both are on 20 Championship points, with Hart having won two of the last three Champions, and Usher the other, the gloves are sure to be off.

Queensland Raceway is fully catered and licensed- you will be able to park your car next to the fence, with commentary broadcast over FM radio station 97.3 as well as the PA system.

Fast Facts
Practice Starts- 8:30am Saturday May 3
Racing Starts- 1pm on Saturday, and 8:30am Sunday May 4
Admission costs Weekend- $15
Admission costs Saturday- $10
Admission costs Sunday- $10, Children 12 & under Free
Students/Seniors- $5
Pit Entry- Free all weekend

Competing Classes- Sports Sedans, Geminis, HQ Holdens, Sports Cars, Formula Vees, Saloon Cars, Racing Cars, Historic Touring Cars, Improved Production and Superkarts.

Location- Queensland Raceway is at the end of Champions Way, Willowbank, adjacent to the Willowbank Drag Strip, and off the Cunningham Highway (just south of the Amberley RAAF Base).

-www.queenslandraceway.com.au

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