Round 4 of the Solar and Energy Finance Qld Production Sports Car Championship is back at QR this weekend.
An extended Winter break means a bumper field of track – deprived racers has assembled for their Asphalt fix.
In a sign that the Economy isn’t so bad after all, there has been a steady increase in the number of Porsche’s entering which is fast approaching the volume of Mazda Mx-5s.
Both of these cars are icons of club racing, and for good reason. They are a proven package that provides an engaging driving experience with decent durability and support from both the factory and aftermarket. But if you don’t want to be one of the flock then what do you do?
Graham Lusty is clearly not interested in keeping a low profile. His 7 Litre Mosler is the most spectacular car on the grid and is joined in the Invited Class by the tricked up 911s of Championship leader Wayne Hennig and his arch rival Steve McFadden. Fans will be pleased to see the Mosler return after being badly damaged in separate blazes at recent events.
“I’ve asked the state government if the total fire ban can be extended to race cars this weekend” said Lusty
The Dolce Bella Confectionery 2B battle is a tough one to pick. Jeff Hume has been at the pointy end of the time charts, but crippled by reliability issues in his V6 engined Ginetta G50. Hume aims to outperform the 911’s of Joseph Barbagallo, Kevin Vedalago, Lachlan Harburg, Sven Koremans and Antonio Basile.
John Gill is taking a slightly left-field approach to Porsche racing this weekend as he returns in his V8 928 GTS. The 928 ( more a grand tourer than a sports car) was made famous in the 1980’s movie “Risky Business” and it is rumoured John will recreate the Tom Cruise “floor slide” scene if he manages a spot on the podium. Steve McLellan and Grant Watson in their force-fed Mazda will be battling Henri Van Roden at the rear of the 2B pack.
2F once again is an all-mx-5 event, and Category Sponsor Hosepower Solutions has their very own poster boy “Sugar” Shane Freese dialled in to crank out another sub 1:22 second lap time. With many speculating as to the accuracy of transponder timing on that glorious Ipswich Day, it is officially in the record books and now seen as the Holy Grail of 2F racing. If ever there was a contender in recent times to stick it to the current champ, it is Blake Ulyate. Brimming with confidence following some very impressive performances, there is likely be some sparks between the pair on and off the track. Shane Plohl’s suspension tuning and steering skills may be insufficient to overcome a slight power disadvantage but he hopes to be ahead of David Smith, property tycoon, Richard Barram and other Mazda drivers Richard Walker, Julian Greenwood and Chris Battista.
Looking forward to another great weekend of Sports Car Racing
Good luck to all competitors and thanks to our sponsors Solar and Energy Finance, Dolce Bella Confectionery and Horse Power Solutions.