Queensland MRC Morgan Park preview

On August 9-10 Queensland's best racing drivers are coming to Morgan Park Raceway just outside of the Darling Downs 'Rose City' of Warwick for Queensland's Motor Racing Championships. A total of 10 classes will be competing, with something for...

On August 9-10 Queensland's best racing drivers are coming to Morgan Park Raceway just outside of the Darling Downs 'Rose City' of Warwick for Queensland's Motor Racing Championships.

A total of 10 classes will be competing, with something for everyone with big V8s, zippy open wheelers and the bash and crash one make series.

The Queensland Racing Drivers Association will present the race meeting, their first at the 2.2km long Morgan Park raceway, and to celebrate are offering double championship points in their club championship.

The meeting will also double as the sixth round of the eight round Queensland CAMS State Championship.

Not only will there be hot action on the track, but also between races on the Sunday giveaways of motorsport merchandise will be held at the top control tower.

Perhaps some of the hardest and fastest action from the weekend will happen in M.R. Automotive Sports Sedan races, as a strong field attempts to knock the V8 Falcon of Chris Donnelly off the top of the point's table.

Nambour's Chris Fing was competitive last time out, as was jet setting Commodore driver Bob McLoughlin, who will travel to Warwick from his base in New Zealand.

In the Paradise Pools HQ Holdens, a strong field of cars is once expected to take to the grid, with any number of drivers in with a strong claim for honours.

The Gold Coast's Gary Marks is currently tied for points with Petrie's Paul McCahon, with drivers such as Brett Cooper, Michael McCloud, Ian Mundell and Rowan Stanfield all in strong form leading into the meeting.

For competitors in the Quick Maz Improved Production class, the meeting will present a final hit out before they head south to New South Wales and Oran Park for their national championship at the end of August.

Strathpine's Steve Draheim has been on fire lately, nearly breaking the Morgan Park lap record at the July race meeting in his Turbo charged Datsun 1200, however, he is expecting a strong challenge from Toowoomba's Adam Uebergang in a rotary Mazda RX7.

The Racing Car Class, featuring the Bryce Francis Automotive Formula Ford's, has to date been dominated by Gatton's Derek Pingel in a Formula 4000 Lola.

However, that domination could come to an end with more wings and slicks open wheelers racing, and a strong field of Formula Fords, including a pair of cars from Paul Morris's V8 Supercar workshop.

The Aston Air Conditioning Sports Car class continues to provide fantastic entertainment, with the emergence of the new motorcycle engine powered Supersports Class.

Even though faced with stiff opposition, Steve Morcombe in a more conventional Westfield Clubman has convincingly won on the last two outings at Morgan Park, and will be looking to continue his fine form.

In the L.W. Furniture Group Gemini class, the furious racing throughout the field is expected to continue, after panel crunching shootouts at recent meetings.

Nick Rangeley currently leads the championship pointscore, however he has Kandice Walker, John Eddy and local favourite Michael Dawes hot on his rear bumper bar.

The Sandgate Automatics Formula Vee Races are expected to be a battle between two long time protagonists, Shane Hart and Trent Usher, who have dominated the local scene in recent years.

Waiting for any mistake from the leaders will be Russell White, Tristian Hughes, Ross Loudon and Grant Bromley.

The Ford versus Holden Saloon Car class will be on the program with support from Network Office Supplies, and return to Morgan Park after competitors took to their national championship.

After a pair of rounds, John Lawrence currently leads the series in the his Commodore from the Falcon of Gavin Sadler, who won from pole last start at Morgan Park.

Also competing for club championship points will be the Shopmotorsport Superkarts, with entries and the quality of the field on the rise.

Expect to see some of the fastest karts from around Australia competing, with several making the haul from interstate.

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

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Series Road racing
Drivers Paul Morris , Grant Bromley