Test of Endurance at the Ipswich Festival of Cars

Queensland Raceway’s first major racing event is on the 6th and 7th of May, the Ipswich Festival of Cars is going to be a massive weekend with six racing categories, 27 races and the first race of the Queensland Endurance Championship.

The Ipswich Festival of Cars is a celebration of motoring and the Ipswich community, inviting everyone out from the surrounding areas to come see the impressive spectacle of racing. The weekend takes place during the Ipswich Festival itself, and helps to combine the great community of Ipswich with the Motorsport community out at the Ipswich Motorsport Precinct.

The Festival of Cars is the long time home of the Willowbank 300 - the premier endurance race for Queensland. Over the years the 300 itself has seen some incredible battles with the divisions in place making sure that everyone is in it for a win, either of their division or outright. This year there are over 25 local and interstate entrants lined up to make a run at a podium finish and to get their Endurance Championship venture off on the right foot. There are a range of entered vehicles from Clubmans to Evos to Exiges, and it promises to be another cracking 300km on Sunday afternoon.

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Queensland Touring Car Championship are back again after their first round at Lakeside Park at the Lakeside Tribute. Brett Kennedy in his Commodore was able to dominate the Group A races in the first meeting with three wins and a second across their four races. He was closely followed by Steve Burridge who picked up a win in their last race. Group B was tightly fought between Gary Anger, Andrew Knight and Dean Rice, who all had a win a piece by Sunday evening. There were just seven points separating Anger and Knight at the end of the meeting - signalling yet another exciting championship battle in QTCC for 2017. Ipswich Festival should see more of the same from the competitors in QTCC, who fight hard on track and always deliver a great race.

Australian Trans Ams should have a larger field this time round at the Ipswich Festival, their Lakeside Park round, while still hosting a grid of 12 cars saw some competitors opt to travel out of state for another meeting. The Australian Trans Am field is full of incredible beasts of cars that are a major draw for most spectators. Getting up close and personal with the legendary cars and drivers in the paddock is an added bonus to the Ipswich Festival, where spectators can wander the paddock freely.

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The Ipswich Festival of Cars will also be holding a state round of Formula Ford and Racing Cars. The round will see the popular old school Formula Fords and some Formula 3 entrants duel it out on track. This is the first time this year the Formula Fords will get a run around Queensland Raceway, with the national series coming back in July for QRDC Round 4. A few entrants will be getting some race time in and preparing for that round as well as looking for glory in this state round - Formula Ford and Racing Cars is definitely not a category to miss at the Ipswich Festival of Cars.

With so much racing on the weekend from these categories as well as the intimidating TA2s, The nostalgic HQs, and the ever exciting Excels - It sure is going to be a weekend of endurance on the 6th and 7th of May!