2002 Improved Production Nationals- Queensland Raceway incorporating Round 3
of the 2002 Tri-State Series.
Queensland Raceway 2-3 November
The best of the best Improved Production racers from around the country will converge at Queensland Raceway on the first weekend in November for their jewel in the crown; the Nationals.
Around 80 entries from all over Australia are expected, with many competitors coming from as far away as Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
In fact, Tasmanian Roger Hurd will be looking for his third National crown in three years, following his win on home soil last year in his Torana SLR5000.
The Queensland contingent will be hungry for success, since in the history of the event, nobody from the Sunshine State has ever won the 'big one'.
Leading the charge will be V8 Supercar team manager Ross Dillon, whose 5.7 litre Commodore pumps out over 500hp, making it the most powerful car in the class.
He has only had enough time for one race meeting this year in Darwin, which he promptly won, but in testing at Queensland Raceway recently, be cut a whopping 0.4sec off the lap record.
There are many similarities between V8 Supercars and Improved Production, with shared components on some cars such as gearboxes and data logging, with many past drivers moving up into faster classes.
Wayne Wakefield, the leading Queenslander in the Tri-State this season, became a legend in this class, with some incredible car control driving his Mazda 808 Wagon.
However, Wakefield's commitment to V8 Supercars may restrict his participation at the event.
As well as outright honours, competitors will be racing for four individual class victories, over the 3.11km long National Circuit.
Perhaps Queensland's best chance of victory will come from the top of the Range, with Toowoomba's Adam Uebergang and Tom Horton looking for victory.
Uebergang has picked up 13 race wins this season, his first full one in the Improved Production class, on the way to the State Championship, while Horton has been busy re-engineering his car after winning the previous two state titles.
The meeting will also host the final two rounds of the Tri-State series, which has been run this season in New South Wales and Victoria.
There will also be a full support program, featuring HQ Holdens, Sports Sedans and Racing Cars.
Queensland Raceway is fully catered and licensed, and you will be able to park your car next to the fence, with commentary available over local FM radio as well as the PA system.
Practice Starts- 8:30am Saturday November 2.
Racing Starts- 1pm on Saturday, and 8:30am Sunday November 3.
Saturday- $10 Sunday- $10, Children 12 & under Free.
Pit Entry- Free all weekend
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).
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