Championship quest to hit top gear

THE state’s premier amateur motor racing competition, the Queensland Raceways Drivers’ Championship (QRDC), fires up in style this weekend.

More than 120 cars are expected on the grid for round one on Saturday and Sunday.

Queensland Raceways Drivers’ Championship consists of five rounds – three at Queensland Raceway (March 5/6, July 9/10 and November 12/13) and two at Lakeside Park (April 30/May 1 and September 10/11).

Round one contains an amazing schedule of categories, led by the evergreen open wheelers of Formula V, plus HQ Holdens, Geminis, The Australian Trans-Am Championship, the classic touring cars of Group N and the mixed category of QR Sports and Sedans.

Two other categories feature the Sydney-based iRace Series, who are trucking north their Production Racing Cars and a combined group of the Touring Car Challenge and the aptly named Muscle Division.

The legendary Formula Vees will be out in force this weekend. Named after its use of Volkswagen components, Formula Vee is recognised as the entry-level open-wheeler circuit competition. Strictly controlled car specifications place greater emphasis on driver skill, rather than budget. Australian motorsport luminaries such as Larry Perkins, John Bowe and Colin Bond all started their careers in Formula Vee.

This weekend’s round one action features qualifying and racing on Saturday, with a full day of racing on Sunday. Racing is from 9am each day.

Entry is $20 per person at the gate. Children under-12 are free.



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