Queensland, Australia offers amateur program

Queensland Raceway breaks new ground for grassroots motorsport. Aspiring racecar drivers are being offered the unique opportunity to ply their trade in an environment that doesn't require a substantial budget or a rigorous training schedule, ...

Queensland Raceway breaks new ground for grassroots motorsport.

Aspiring racecar drivers are being offered the unique opportunity to ply their trade in an environment that doesn't require a substantial budget or a rigorous training schedule, thanks to a new initiative of Queensland Raceway.

A four-round AAA race series, the QR Topgear Classic is open to all drivers of pre 1990 vehicles and the only requirements are the purchase of a AAA race licence to cover insurances and ensuring the vehicle conforms to the safety requirements of car racing.

Raceway officials are calling on potential entrants to nominate now for the first round of the QR Topgear Classic that will be held at the Ipswich circuit on February 13-15, 2004.

"Queensland Raceway is in the business of providing safe and affordable motor racing activities for everyone," said Queensland Raceway Chairman, John Tetley.

"Such opportunities should be made available to anyone who has even the slightest interest in racing cars because it's through experience behind the wheel that individuals become better, more confident and comfortable drivers.

"The QR Topgear Classic is all about getting drivers young or old, male or female out on the track in a controlled environment.

"We'd prefer those people wanting to experience the thrill of driving their vehicle at high speed to be doing it out here at Queensland Raceway rather than out on the streets where they endanger their own lives and others."

A gear drive and social day will be coordinated at Queensland Raceway on February 11 so drivers have the opportunity to dust off their pre 1990 vehicles and gain a feel for the circuit.

Then it's a case of fitting into one of three racing categories and buckling up for an opportunity to test yourself in a real life racing circuit environment.

"We're catering to the recreational enthusiasts so rather than the usual licensing requirements of Australian motor racing, a substantial licence covering the essential insurances will be issued by the Raceway itself.

"This makes the process of getting out on the track less time consuming and we're confident of filling fields of about 25 drivers in each of the three categories."

The three classes involved in the QR Topgear Classic are cars with a roof, cars with mudguards but no roof and general racecars.

QR Topgear Classic Fast Facts

Entry fees:
Qld drivers - $200 ($175 for QR pass holders)
NSW drivers - $160
Other Interstate drivers - $125
Additional Paddock/Admission - $10
Special entry packages including camp site accommodation at the track are also available by contacting the Raceway office

AAA Licence fees:
Clubman - $55
National Race Licence - $200

Requirements:
Car must meet specific safety requirements of the activity eg Rollover protection, extinguisher and full harness for racing

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).

For more information, visit www.queenslandraceway.com.au - Home of Queensland Raceway

-bam

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