O'Brien's Swansong at Ipswich Classic
Trans Am returns to Queensland Raceway for their final championship round of 2016. The Ipswich Classic (15th-16th of October) will see an intense battle for their remaining championship in the Classic class. This round will also see the departure of series favourite, O'Brien
There’s a 100 points available across the Ipswich Classic weekend which means that the championship battles for the Classic class are going to be tight. Sean English has a 51 point lead over Robert Hackwood, English may be the defending champion of the class but Hackwood certainly has the momentum, winning all four races in the last round. English and Hackwood are set to battle it out on track at Queensland Raceway, a track where Hackwood had the upperhand when the series raced there in June. English’s lead in the points standing is definitely not a safe position with Hackwood’s recent performances.
Round five saw total domination at round 5 at Lakeside Park from Alywn Bishop in the Sport class which cultimated in his maiden championship win in the category. Taking four wins across that weekend, Bishop was uncatchable with a 130 point lead over Harry Charalambous and Dan Flemming.
While Charlie O’Brien put another championship to his name in round five as well, the Ipswich Classic is set to be his last race in the Trans Am series. O’Brien’s swansong is surely not to be missed, and after his dominant weekend at Lakeside Park in round 5, earning pole and four race wins - it can’t be said that the series won’t miss him.
The commanding showing from O’Brien may have earnt him the championship but round six at the Ipswich Classic will decide who finishes behind him. It’s very close between Brett Curran and Shannon O’Brien, with just 56 points between the pair, and a strong showing from either over the weekend could mean second place in the championship.
While there’s some knowns in the Trans Am 2016 champion, there is also a lot up in the air coming into the Ipswich Classic weekend, and everything to play for in the Classic class.
The Ipswich Classic will be on the 15th and 16th of October at Queensland Raceways, Willowbank. Conducted over two action packed days, with categories such as Classic Sports and Sedans, QTCC, TA2s, Production Sports, Group N, HQs and the Excel Cup.