QRDC Round 2 - The Origin Showdown
Fresh off of QRDC 2, the third round of the championship (3rd-4th of June) heads back to Lakeside Park with 8 massive categories ready to bring the action yet again. Picking up where they left off last round at Queensland Raceway are the Excel Cup, Queensland Sports Cars, QR Sports and Sedans, Classic Sports Sedans. Joining them will be The MX5 and Toyota 86 Challenge, HQ Racing, Italian Challenge and Queensland Production Touring. The weekend will see over 150 cars packed into the Lakeside pits and infield - and will surely be a sight to see.
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After their inaugural round at QRDC Rd 1, Queensland Production Touring return with a number NSWs competitors ready to go head-to-head. Worth noting as well, that this weekend does follow the first Origin match and there might be a rivalry or two to settle on track. Queensland Production Touring have over 25 cars entered and will again have the sunday enduro - an hour long race for these guys to settle in and prove their mettle. With a bit of homeground advantage the Queenslanders should hold their own around the Lakeside Park track, but the experience of the NSW competitors might come into play. There’s plenty to watch out for in the Queensland Production Touring category.
The Italian Challenge is split across the Saturday and Sunday with sprints and racing respectively for the category. Saturday competitors will race against the clock and themselves as they try to set their fastest times around the track in their all Italian machinery. On Sunday, competitors will grid up and race each other - this will be their first opportunity in 2017 for some close racing, and the next two QRDC Rounds will welcome more racing for the category.
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QR Sports and Sedans put on a show at the last round with twenty competitors in the field. The category is split into three classes - Sportscars, Sedans and the new and exciting class - Tradie Utes. Last year’s Excel Cup champion John McLaughlin has traded in his winning Excel for a Tradie Ute in 2017 and managed to take out the class last round as well! Overall, Steve Hay and Darren Holland battle all weekend, swapping seconds and race wins between them but ultimately the regular QTCC competitor, Hay took home the top honours in the category. There was plenty of excitement throughout the field as newcomers and regulars fought for position and this next round should bring more of the same!
With the last round still fresh on most competitors minds, there are scores to settle and points to prove on June 3rd-4th at QRDC Round 3!