The second round of QRDC will hit Queensland Raceway on the 19th to the 21st, after an incredible first round that set expectations for the year pretty high. QRDC Category regulars Excel Cup, Superkarts, Classic Sports Sedans and Queensland Sports Racers all return for this round to fight for early championship honours. This weekend will also be the opening round for the QR Sports and Sedans series - there’s plenty of competitors eager to get out on track for the weekend.
The last round at Lakeside started under a cloud on Friday practice - metaphorically not literally as all the clouds that had dumped a torrential downpour and forced closure of the circuit on Thursday had magically disappeared. The weekend had been in doubt on early Thursday morning as photos of the large body of water over the front straight appeared but all the water had been dispersed and practice was ready to go from 9am on friday.
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Superkarts were first up at Lakeside last round, splitting their category between running Saturday and Sunday for 250 and 125 karts respectively. On Sunday the 16 strong field of karts took to the track and by the end of the day Samuel McFerran had two wins and a second to his name to take the top honours for the weekend and streak ahead in their championship standings. He was closely followed by Jonathon Bothamley who picked up the remaining win and finished runner up behind McFerran in the other two races. By the end of the meeting, there were just 4 points separating the two, signalling a close battle for the rest of the year.
In The Queensland Sports Racers Championship, their last round was over the Lakeside Tribute weekend two months ago, and it was a clean sweep of all five races for Grant Green to walk away with the championship lead that weekend. The grid for QRDC should be larger than their last round with newcomers and regulars bringing the field up to 16. Carmelo Bonaventura is returning to the series after his racing incident in the first round led to a premature end to his Sports Racer debut. For the first time in Queensland the category will be running with three Minetti Supersports with Brian Pettit, Stuart Patterson and Ross Rundle all contesting QRDC Round 2 in their Mintettis.
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The Excel Cup will be bringing their unique brand of excitement again to the Queensland Raceway after contesting the Ipswich Festival two weeks ago. The small cars yet again boast a field over over 25 entrants. Cameron Wilson was victorious in their last round with John Sheridan snapping at his heals, Wilson picked up four wins and a second while Sheridan had four seconds and one win across Saturday and Sunday. A mighty feat for Sheridan as he pulled double duties over the weekend competing in the Willowbank 300.
Classic Sports Sedans are ready to go after their first round back in March at Lakeside, with everything from Evo’s to Nascar trucks competing in the series it’s an incredible show of motor racing. At QRDC Round 2 they have a healthy field of cars entered for the weekend all prepared to bring go head to head over their scheduled five races. With three classes running in the category, there’s opportunity up and down the grid to come away with a trophy. Last meeting Grant Spaninks, George Kulig and Benjamin Compston were all able to win in their classes.
The lights are about to go out for the second round of QRDC and there’s plenty to be excited about on the weekend of the 19th-21st of May!