Queensland Raceway (Aus) August preview

August 10/11 State Championship Meeting- Queensland Raceway. After a winter break of over two months, State Level competitors can't wait to hit the track again at Queensland Raceway on the weekend of August 10 and 11. Nine classes will be set...

August 10/11 State Championship Meeting- Queensland Raceway.

After a winter break of over two months, State Level competitors can't wait to hit the track again at Queensland Raceway on the weekend of August 10 and 11.

Nine classes will be set to go into battle over 35 events in two fast and furious days of competition.

If recent race meetings are any guide, there will be plenty of on track action and close finishes, at the spectator friendly venue.

Mount Gravatt's David Waldon will be one to keep an eye on in the Sports Sedan class in his giant killing under 2-litre Nissan powered Honda Prelude.

In his most recent outing at Queensland Raceway for the 2002 Power Tour, Waldon put his budget racer on pole position in a combined race with the cream of Australia's Super Touring talent.

Changes to his gearbox, diff ratio and radiator should see him knock off more 'big banger' V8s and turbos in the races.

He will however have to keep an eye on Damien Meneguzzo from The Gap, who is eager to impress in his immaculate BMW.

After an at times difficult start to the season, Meneguzzo is looking forward to a reversal in fortunes, and knock Waldon off as the top under 2-litre competitor.

Although, Kaye Woodward from Wynnum could be the spoiler in the pack, as consistency from her Gemini has given her a 40-point lead over Waldon in the Championship.

The competition in the Sports Sedan State Championship however is intense, with seven drivers capable of leaving the weekend in the lead of the Championship.

Clayfield's Geoff Gillespie has been the pace setter so far this season in his Fiat 131 turbo, however he has the trio of Chris Donnelly (Morayfield, V8 Ford Falcon), Trent Young (Alstonville, Rotary Toyota Levin), and Wayne Parmenter (West Chermside, V8 Toyota Supra) breathing down his neck.

After some work on the dyno to gain extra horsepower out of their HQ Holdens, the Eduro Pools team-mates Dave Blunt (Samsonvale) and Rowan Stanfield (Eatons Hills) are looking to knock the Gold Coast duo of Ben Simpson and Gary Marks off the front row.

At the May Championship meeting, Marks won one of the events by an incredible 0.004sec, one of the closest finishes in racing history; a finish typical of the class, especially considering the closeness of the competition.

Blunt currently leads the championship by two points from Simpson, after Blunt won the opening two rounds, and Simpson the third.

In the Improved Production class, Tingalpa's Chris O'Shannessy is looking for his season to take off, with a new engine combination aboard his Toyota Levin.

The Cummins supported machine has been a pacesetter in recent times in the under 1600cc class, and regularly knocks off the larger capacity machines.

Last time out carnage claimed several of the competitors, including Championship leader, Toowoomba's Adam Uebergang, who was undefeated in 2002 aboard his Mazda RX7 until he clouted the wall at turn one.

In fact, to this point in 2002, the class has proven to be a Mazda Rotary benefit, with 10 out of the top 11 places in the Championship going to the Japanese marque.

Nevertheless, expect Fords, Datsuns, Holdens, and many other manufacturers to be in the quest to knock the Mazdas off their perch.

The meeting will also host round three of the Historic Touring Cars State Championship, with the series lead open for the taking.

Former Club Champion David Paterson, from Murrumba Downs, recently debuted his new Torana, and with some initial teething problems out of the way, he is looking forward to a good points haul from the weekend.

Currently the Championship lead is shared between the Holden Torana drivers Bruce Dummett (Nambour) and Matt Jackson (Indooroopilly), however, Casino's Matt McGrath has been a giant killer in recent times in his Austin Cooper S, and currently sits third in the Championship chase.

The Geminis continue to turn on the action, with the Gold Coast's Benn Wilson currently leading the championship, from Rochedale South's Ron Lange, Bribie Island's Darren Suhle, and Waterford's Kandice Walker.

Saloon Cars have taken Queensland motorsport by storm in recent times, the new Ford versus Holden 6 cylinder class bursting at the seems with large entries, and close racing.

However, the parity in the class this season has been shattered by the Superservice Centre pair of Scott Nicholas and Kris Walton, who have dominated in their Falcons.

Nicholas has especially been in top form, taking out 12 wins, and 4 second places from the 16 races at Queensland Raceway so far this year.

Another feather in his hat was an overall win at the opening round of the first round of the National Championship at Wakefield Park in New South Wales.

Walton nonetheless hit back at the recent Power Tour Meeting to take the lap record back from Nicholas, on a slippery track.

Fords currently hold down the top seven positions in the championship, but a large group of Holdens are hot on their heels, being led by Robina's Danielle Argiro.

The Racing Cars will once again make an appearance, with the racing so far in 2002 being fast and furious.

Robertson's Troy Chaplin currently leads the series in his Ralf RT34 from a hoard of Formula Fords, headed by Ash Lowe.

Lowe scored his first ever National Formula Ford podium at the most recent round in Western Australia, and has been steadily gaining pace all season long in his Spectrum.

Kallangur's Shane Hart has been dominant in the Formula Vee Championship rounds, taking a clean sweep of victories, to have a sizeable lead over the pack in his Bee Cee Jabiru.

However, Hart's lead in the Championship is not a true representation of the quality of the field, with drivers such as Trent Usher and Russell White regularly battling for the lead.

The Sports Cars will once again combine all manner of open and closed cars, including radical Marque Sports Cars, and Sports 1300 clubmans.

Consistency has put Colin Berneville-Claye on top of the Championship in his Fraser Clubman, as he is the only competitor to have scored points in the three rounds to date.

Queensland Raceway is fully catered and licensed, 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.

Fast Facts

Practice Starts- 8:30am Saturday August 10,
Racing Starts- 1pm on Saturday, and 8:30am Sunday August 11.
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, 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).


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