Morgan Park preview

The attraction of M.R. Automotive Sports Sedans is that pretty much anything goes, so at the Queensland Motor Racing Champions at Morgan Park on August 9-10 expect to see some racing on the wild side. Everything from big V8s to little four ...

The attraction of M.R. Automotive Sports Sedans is that pretty much anything goes, so at the Queensland Motor Racing Champions at Morgan Park on August 9-10 expect to see some racing on the wild side.

Everything from big V8s to little four cylinder screamers, as well as turbo charged and rotary powered rockets will turn it on with a full grid set to thrill the crowds.

Apart from the power plant, many of the cars are purpose built space frame cars, with lightweight panels bolted onto a strong roll cage that make the cars look like their road going cousins.

For fans at Morgan Park, some of the wildest and fastest cars in Australia will take to the track on August 9-10, including current series leader Chris Donnelly.

Donnelly's EB Falcon uses its 550hp to full effect on the main straight at Morgan Park, and expects to break 190km/h going into the Gumtree Hairpin.

"The Morgan Park layout is a real drivers circuit, it is by far the busiest circuit most of us race on, leaving absolutely no time for a rest between corners," said Donnelly.

"The Flip-Flop provides a great challenge to competitors with quick changes of direction required as the car bounces off the kerbs, and a favourite corner for many is the left hand uphill sweeper under the bridge known as The Cutting.

"The circuit itself and surrounding infrastructure is improving all the time, making it a pleasant racing experience for all competitors.

"I can't wait to get back there on August 9th and 10th for the next round of our State Championship."

Competition is expected to be intense in the M.R Automotive Sports Sedan races, with several drivers getting in some extra race practice recently in a non-championship round.

Former state champion, Chris Fing, from Nambour was in stunning form in his Chev Monza, and will be on the money once again.

Perhaps one of the most interesting entries will be the left hand drive Holden Commodore of Bob McLoughlin.

McLoughlin, formerly from Darwin, but now based in New Zealand, is so impressed with the local competition that he commutes across the Tasman for every round.

Colin Smith is another coming off some strong recent form, and will be aboard another odd combination for a car- a Rover Vitesse with a big Chevrolet V8 aboard.

One of the great features of Morgan Park is that smaller capacity cars are always in with a shot of victory.

Shane Bradford will be out there to uphold the honour for the rotary brigade, with his Mazda 13B powered Mazda 323, and will be fighting once again with the rotary Ford Anglia of Luke Marinelli.

Fast Facts

2003 Queensland Motor Racing Championships
Where- Morgan Park, Warwick
When- August 9-10, 2003

Location- The Morgan Park complex is located just outside of Warwick. From Brisbane, turn left at the second set of traffic lights into town. Turn right, then left over the train tracks, and right again. Follow the road through the industrial estate, and follow the signs at the roundabout. Inside Morgan Park, follow the access road past the drag strip to the race circuit.

Internet site- www.qrda.asn.au - Accelerate, the home of Queensland Motorsport on the Internet.

Competing Classes- Network Office Supplies Saloon Car Races Bryce Francis Automotive Formula Ford Races Sandgate Automatics Formula Vee Races M.R. Automotive Sports Sedan Races Paradise Pools HQ Holdens Races L.W. Furniture Group Gemini Races Shopmotorsport Superkart Races Aston Air Conditioning Sports Cars featuring Production Sports Car Race Quick Maz Improved Production Races Racing Cars

With kind support from- Morgan Sheet Metal Superservice Centre Ironfarmers Budget Car and Truck Rentals Toowoomba Bob Jane T-Mart Beenleigh Warwick Daily News

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Drivers Bob Jane , Colin Smith , Shane Bradford