Eighth Annual Tribute Launches Season 2018 in Style.

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The iconic Lakeside Park was bathed in glorious sunshine for the eighth annual Lakeside Tribute, that saw six categories on show, across a 29-race program, in front of a healthy crowd.

Acknowledging the 57th anniversary of the south-east Queensland venue, the Lakeside Tribute doubled as the opening event of the Queensland Raceways season.

Headlined by the Queensland Touring Car Championship, and supported by the Australian Trans-Am Series, QR Sports and Sedans, Group N, Production Sports and the Queensland Sportscar Championship, the 2018 edition had something for everyone.

Historic Touring Cars (Group N)
Historic racing at an historic venue was a fitting way to commence the new season of racing at Lakeside Park.

The ‘Holden v Ford’ rivalry – a cornerstone of Australian motorsport – was very much alive and well for the duration of the weekend, and while Holden won the dance, Ford won the war.

Peter Baguley, driving the Holden Torana XU1, stole the show in Qualifying – he blitzed the field – clocking a 1:00.3003, which was a staggering 2.3 seconds clear of Grahame Wrobel’s Ford Mustang, and 3.5 seconds clear of David Streat, who was third in his XU1 Torana.

As it was this time last year, the racing was red hot. In what was expected to be a battle between Baguley and Wrobel, the opening two races were decided in the opening kilometre of the race.

On BOTH occasions, Wrobel got the jump on Baguley, but Baguley’s ability to brake later, on the approach to turn two, saw him able to challenge, and pass Wrobel, around the outside at the carousel, take the lead, and cruise away to take a comfortable victory, on both occasions.

The third race was a little more hard fought, with Wrobel again getting the jump, but this time, he was able to capitalise, and hold the lead through turn 2, and for the next few laps as well.

Wrobel’s joy was short-lived, with Baguley eventually chasing him down, and making a move for the lead, and once there, he cruised away to take his third win in as many races.

Baguley tried to pull off the same heroics at the commencement of race 4, but this time he was out of luck, as he lost control of the XU1 on the approach to the carousel, did very well not to turn it around, but did run wide, into the dirt, and lost four places, to rejoin in sixth position.

Wrobel took an early lead, and just as it looked like Baguley was going to be able to track him down, the XU1 gave in, and Baguley was, not only denied a clean-sweep, but was also forced into retirement.

Wrobel went on to take his, and Ford’s first win of the weekend, which was enough to secure the round, on points, following Baguley’s retirement.

While much focus was on that ongoing battle for the win, between Baguley and Wrobel, there was some great racing further back in the pack as well.

After starting seventh, Bruce Dummett drove smartly, to finish third in Race 1, but that was as far as his weekend went. In the second race, the car expired, and Dummett was unable to repair it in readiness for Sunday’s two races.

David Streat and Norm Singleton had a fierce battle in the opening three races. Streat got the upper-hand in race 1, finishing fourth. Singleton restored order in race 2, finishing third, following the demise of Dummett, and Streat bounced back in race 3, but they had to settle for fourth and fifth respectively, following a great drive from David Waddington, who charged through the field to finish third.

In race 4, Streat recorded his best finish of the weekend, by finishing second, behind race winner, Grahame Wrobel, while Singleton recorded his worst finish of the round, coming home in sixth position. Peter England claimed the final spot on the podium.

Group N returns to Lakeside Park, as part of the on-track program for QRDC 3, on June 1, 2 and 3.

Pole Position: Peter Baguley (1:00.3003)
Race 1: 1st Peter Baguley, 2nd Grahame Wrobel, 3rd Bruce Dummet
Race 2: 1st Peter Baguley, 2nd Grahame Wrobel, 3rd Norm Singleton
Race 3: 1st Peter Baguley, 2nd Grahame Wrobel, 3rd David Waddington
Race 4: 1st Grahame Wrobel, 2nd David Streat, 3rd Peter England
Fastest Lap: Claude Ciccotelli (1:01.4909 | Race 4 – Lap 7)

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Australian Trans-Am

It was a dominant display from Russell Wright, as predicted, in the opening round of the 2018 Performance Allied Wheels Australian Trans-Am Series.

Wright stormed to pole position, and then cruised to a comfortable clean-sweep – the first one of the meeting – to complete the perfect start to his title campaign.

In the absence of the defending champion, Shannon O’Brien, it was Wright who took control, and stole the show, but there were some great battles throughout the field, and some strong showings from series regulars as well.

John English was the only other driver the set a sub-minute time in Saturday’s qualifying session, securing a front row start, ahead of Anthony Tenkate, and Alwyn Bishop, who returned to the series after a twelve-month break.

In the opening race, Wright broke clear of the pack, leaving English and Tenkate to fight it out for the minor placings. Wright scored a five-second victory in the end, but just four-tenths of a second separated English and Tenkate, who finished second and third respectively, after an enthralling race-long battle.

English ran into mechanical dramas in race two, and was forced to limp the car home in last position, leaving Tenkate all on his own in the race for second position.

English’s misfortune was good luck for Alwyn Bishop, who was able to bring his Ford Mustang home in third place.

Overnight repairs saw John English back in business on Sunday morning, and he charged through the field in the third race of the weekend, and ended up finishing third, right on the tail of Anthony Tenkate’s Mustang.

Wright was again the clear winner in Race 3, but come Race 4, the victory wasn’t as comprehensive as the previous three, as he maintained a steady pace, to cruise to the chequered flag, a little over three quarters of a second ahead of Tenkate . English was a non-starter due to mechanical gremlins, and as a result of that, Alwyn Bishop was relatively unchallenged in his run to third place.

The Performance Allied Wheels Australian Trans-Am Series will head to Queensland Raceway for Round 2 of the season, which takes place, as part of the Ipswich Festival of Cars program, from April 20-22.

Pole Position: Russell Wright (59.1521)
Race 1: 1st Russell Wright, 2nd John English, 3rd Anthony Tenkate
Race 2: 1st Russell Wright, 2nd Anthony Tenkate, 3rd Alwyn Bishop
Race 3: 1st Russell Wright, 2nd Anthony Tenkate, 3rd John English
Race 4: 1st Russell Wright, 2nd Anthony Tenkate, 3rd Alwyn Bishop
Fastest Lap: Russell Wright (59.9843 | Race 1 – Lap 4)

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Queensland Touring Car Championship | Classes A1 and A2

Steve Hay, Murray Kent and Garry Anger all enjoyed success in the two A Classes, during the opening round of the Racer Industries Queensland Touring Car Championship.

After a summer restructure, the new-look series launched with the usual suspects, Murray Kent and Steve Hay, doing battle for the outright win.

Both men had blistering pace across the course of the weekend, and came away with two victories apiece, but it is Murray Kent who sits on top of the points table going into the second round of the championship, at Queensland Raceway next month.

In Qualifying. Steve Hay set the track alight, with a 56.9105, to claim pole position, ahead of Kent (57.5057) and Ashley Hooper (58.0601).

Neville Haines was the best of the Class A2 field, ahead of Stuart Walker and Gary Anger, in a Commodore lockout.

The opening race was contested over ten laps, and right from the start, it was a two-horse race, as Hay and Kent cleared out in pursuit of victory. Ashley Hooper was left to run a quiet race, on his way to third position.

Murray Kent recorded the fastest lap of the race, but Steve Hay did enough to hold on for the win – the perfect start to the campaign, as he sets about regaining the #1.

In Class A2, Gary Anger moved from third to first, and took his first class win of the season, ahead of Haines and also Adrian Blackwell, who got the better of Stuart Walker. Walker slipped from second to fourth in the opening 10-lap race of the weekend.

Murray Kent bounced back to take victory in race 2, as he took advantage of the misfortune of Steve Hay. Hay’s ongoing mechanical issues continued, when his commodore started leaking oil. Rather than risk it, Hay stopped on the side of the circuit, and retired from the race.

Kent was a comfortable winner, from Ashley Hooper, and then it was a long way back to the rest of the field. Third was Gary Anger, who scored the win in Class A2, ahead of A1 competitors, Neville Haines and Pierz Harrex. Stuart Walker was sixth, which was good enough for second in A2, ahead of Adam Pye.

With Steve Hay charging through from the back of the field, Sunday’s opening race – the third of the weekend – was always going to be quality viewing, and it lived up to the hype.

There was high drama on the opening lap, with multiple cars coming unstuck, either at the carousel, hungry or eastern loop, but the race stayed green, and by the end of that opening lap, Steve Hay was sitting sixth, and charging towards the pointy end of the field.

By the end of the third lap, the 2016 champion was third, and all of a sudden, an unlikely victory was a potential outcome. Murray Kent did eventually hold on though, to take his second win of the weekend, with Hay a mere 1.1 seconds back, at the completion of the 10-lap race.

Hooper cruised to third. Behind Hooper was the battle for Class A2 honours, which was once again won by Gary Anger, comfortably over Stuart Walker.

The opening lap crash saw Adrian Blackwell and Leonard Meiers retire from the race, and Lance Jurgeleit was classified as a DNF, despite taking the chequered flag, as he failed to complete 75% of the race distance.

The final race had all the makings for a belter, with Hay and Kent side-by-side on the grid. Kent only had to finish inside the top three to claim round honours, while Hay was desparate to finish the weekend where he started, in order to minimise Kent’s championship lead going into round two.

Hay snatched the lead off Kent very early in proceedings and didn’t look back. Kent stayed with him for the entirety of the 15 laps, but was unable to make a challenge for the lead, and consolidated second, and secured the opening round of the season, with Hooper coming home in third, again, after the quietest, most uneventful run of any competitor all weekend, and perhaps the easiest third place trophy he’ll accept this season.

Hay claimed his second win of the weekend, and will hope for a retirement-free run in the next round of the series at Queensland Raceway.

The Class A2 field left their best show until last, with spectators treated to a cracking race-long battle between Stuart Walker and Gary Anger.

Anger led the way, in the Class A2 fight, until Lap 6, when Walker converted his opportunity. Walker stayed there right up until the last lap, at which time, it looked as though Anger may be deprived of his clean sweep. It was make or break time, and the #44 pulled off, what has become, his signature move, passing Walker, AROUND THE OUTSIDE, at turn 6 (Hungry Corner)… Anger pulled off the overtaking move of the weekend, and went onto complete his clean-sweep, and will go to QR with a full bag of points in the kitty.

Pierz Harrex was sixth outright, with Richard Gresham coming home seventh, which was good enough to secure third in A2.

Pole Position: Steve Hay (56.9105)
Race 1: 1st Steve Hay (A1), 2nd Murray Kent (A1), 3rd Ashley Hooper (A1), 4th Gary Anger (1st in A2).
Race 2: 1st Murray Kent (A1) 2nd Ashley Hooper (A1) 3rd Gary Anger (A2).
Race 3: 1st Murray Kent (A1) 2nd Steve Hay (A1), 3rd Ashley Hooper (A1), 4th Gary Anger (1st in A2).
Race 4: 1st Steve Hay (A1), 2nd Murray Kent (A1), 3rd Ashley Hooper (A1), 4th Gary Anger (1st in A2).
Fastest Lap: Steve Hay (57.1031 | Race 3 – Lap 7).

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Queensland Touring Car Championship | Class B

The front of the Class B field had a very different look to it, now that Gary Anger, Chris Begg and co were competing in Class A2, but they didn’t take anything away from the quality of racing the class provided across the weekend.

After a long summer of preparing his BMW for action, John Phoenix was thrilled to take an unexpected pole position, ahead of Andrew Knight and Shayne Melton.

When Race 1 came around, Phoenix lost the start, as Knight assumed the early lead. An early clamp down, for the stranded car of Shannon Cane, kept the field bunched. Cane’s Holden came to a halt as a result of the ongoing mechanical issues she’d been having with the Commodore in the lead-up to the meeting, and during Friday’s general practice as well.

When racing resumed, Knight gradually eased away from Phoenix, and continued on to score the first win of the season. Phoenix settled for second, while Mark Hyde came home in third, some seven seconds behind Phoenix, but three seconds ahead of Chris Holdt, in a race that saw the field fairly well spread out come the chequered flag.

After a strong performance in Qualifying, Shayne Melton was unable to convert that into a race result, as he retired on lap 5.

Knight cruised to a comfortable victory in race 2, finishing five seconds ahead of the rest of the pack. John Phoenix again lost the start, and then lost second place as well, as Mark Hyde snuck up the inside, in the Ford Escort.

Phoenix continued to lose ground as the race edged closer to its conclusion, with both Leo Graae and Mark Giorgio getting on by, as they secured third and fourth respectively.

For Giorgio, it was just reward for the hard work and long hours he’d put into his Falcon across the week. He only arrived at the circuit in time to contest that second race. When describing the week that was, he stated “Anything that could go wrong did go wrong”, but he got there in the end, and the strong start was a very positive sign for the season ahead.

Shannon Cane’s hard luck unfortunately continued, as she was again unable to complete a lap, due to those ongoing electrical gremlins.

At the front, Knight claimed the win, ahead of Hyde, who was well clear of Graee and Giorgio, with Phoenix coming home in fifth place.

Phoenix, disappointed with his Race 2 result, was determined to redeem himself, and get back to the point end in race 3, and that’s exactly what he did.

Knight led the field away, as Phoenix quickly made his way forward, getting by Graae and Giorgio on the opening lap, and picked off Hyde on lap 4, to go to second.

By that time, Knight had a handy buffer, but Phoenix chipped away at the gap over the remaining six laps, to be right on his tail going into the final few corners.

In what was the closest finish of the weekend – a photo finish at that – Phoenix narrowly missed out on victory, as Knight claimed his third of the weekend, by just one-tenth of a second.

Further back, Leo Graae was third, ahead of Nick Linton, who came through from sixth to take fourth, with Mark Hyde finishing in fifth.

Shayne Melton did cross the line in third position, but was hit with a 30-second penalty that saw him relegated to ninth position.

Shannon Cane failed to finish, as to did Chris Holdt, who, like Cane, was yet to finish a race. The only difference was Holdt had manage to circulate for a few laps each time.

Mark Giorgio was the other retirement in that third race.

In what had been, to that point, a character building weekend for Shannon Cane and her team, the young 17-year old had specialist electricians attending to her car between Races 3 and 4, in an attempt to solve those ongoing problems, in order to, at least, be able to complete a racing lap, and maybe the whole race if luck was on her side.

Off the start, in that final race, Phoenix and Knight resumed their duel, and for the opening half of it, Phoenix was as close as he’d been all weekend. On Lap 9, Phoenix’s opportunity came, and he pounced, diving up the inside, to take the lead off Knight.

Phoenix run at the head of the field was short-lived, with Knight regaining the lead on the very next lap.

From there, Knight went on to complete his clean-sweep, but Phoenix couldn’t stay with him. A small mechanical issue saw Phoenix nurse his car to the chequered flag, but not before losing track position to Mark Hyde and Leo Graae, who completed the race 4 podium, ahead of Phoenix and Giorgio, who came home fifth.

Finally, some good fortune for Shannon Cane, as she made it to the chequered flag, albeit slowly, as she, like Phoenix, had to nurse the car home.

It wasn’t such a memorable race for Les Hanifin, Steve Harris or Nick Linton, with all three failing to finish – a sad end to Hanifin’s first outing in his new car, and unfortunate for Nick Linton, who had been consistent all weekend, and was on-track for a top five finish.

Pole Position: John Phoenix (1:02.4543)
Race 1:
1st Andrew Knight, 2nd John Phoenix, 3rd Mark Hyde
Race 2: 1st Andrew Knight, 2nd Mark Hyde, 3rd Leo Graae.
Race 3: 1st Andrew Knight, 2nd John Phoenix, 3rd Leo Graae
Race 4: 1st Andrew Knight, 2nd Mark Hyde, 3rd Leo Graae.
Fastest Lap: John Phoenix (1:01.9682 | Race 3 – Lap 10).

The Racer Industries Queensland Touring Car Championship now has a five-week wait until their next outing. Round 2 of the championship forms part of a massive program at April’s Ipswich Festival of Cars, which will be held, at Queensland Raceway, from April 20-22.

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Production Sports

It was a one-man show in Production Sports over the Lakeside Tribute weekend, with Wayne Hennig cleaning up in his Porsche 997 Cup Car, taking pole position and four race wins.

There really was no contest for first, or second place, with John Prefontaine collecting the boxset of second place finishes across the weekend, in his Lotus Exige.

So, while it was smooth, uneventful sailing for the two men at the front, there was some great racing further back in the field.

In Race 1, Jeremy Norris and Tim Janke went head-to-head for the final spot on the podium, with Norris prevailing, by a narrow margin, at the conclusion of ten laps.

Further back, Greg Quince claimed fifth, and Gavin Clay just held off Shane Plohl in the battle for sixth.

Third place in race 2, again, went to Norris, ahead of Greg Quince and Tim Janke. Norris was two seconds clear of the pair, who were engaged in a tense tussle for that fourth place.

The best of the rest fight was won by Graham Lusty come Race 3. Lusty was a non-starter on Saturday, but come Sunday, that Mosler was back in action, and charging through from the back of the field, as it was very much expected to do so.

Hennig won by 6 seconds, ahead of Prefontaine, who had a 29-second margin between himself and Lusty. Once again, Greg Quince got the upper-hand, over Tim Janke, in the battle for fourth position.

Hennig completed his clean-sweep, with a 13-second victory over Prefontaine in the fourth and final race of the weekend, contested over 15 laps.

Greg Quince made his first appearance on the podium for the weekend, claiming third place, after the Mosler of Graham Lusty failed to finish. Quince held of Janke, who was the last car on the lead lap.

Pole Position: Wayne Hennig (54.7546)
Race 1: 1st Wayne Hennig, 2nd John Prefontaine, 3rd Jeremy Norris
Race 2: 1st Wayne Hennig, 2nd John Prefontaine, 3rd Jeremy Norris
Race 3: 1st Wayne Hennig, 2nd John Prefontaine, 3rd Graham Lusty
Race 4: 1st Wayne Hennig, 2nd John Prefontaine, 3rd Greg Quince
Fastest Lap: Wayne Hennig (55.3524 | Race 3 – Lap 5)

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QR Sports & Sedans + Production Ute Racing QLD.

It was the opening round of five in the 2018 QR Sports and Sedans championship, and it was Sam Collins who was fast right out of the gate on Saturday morning.

In Qualifying, Collins stormed to pole position, with a 56.8549, ahead of Grant Spaninks and George Kulig. Collins was the fastest in QR Sports, while Spaninks topped the Sedan crop.

Defending Sedan champion, Ken Fazakerley, was fifth fastest in the 15-minute session.

Further down the field, the 7-ute field, contesting the opening round of the Production Ute Racing (formerly known as Tradie Ute) series, which tails onto the back of the QR Sports and Sedan field, was topped by the defending champion, John McLaughlin.

George Kulig may not have had the fastest car in Qualifying, but when the opening race rolled around, he found the speed required to get him to the front, and that was where he stayed.

In an uneventful affair, Kulig was victorious, by only a second, ahead of Collins and Spaninks, who was the first Sedan home. Greg McIntyre, and Kenneth Fazakerley rounded out the top five.

John McLaughlin continued his perfect start to the season, coming home in 13th position, first in class, and the only Production Ute to finish on the lead lap.

Race 2 took a similar to that of Race 1, with George Kulig again cruising to victory, but this time, it was a more emphatic win, as he had a margin of almost 10 seconds up his sleeve at the end of the eight-lap affair.

Sam Collins had to settle for third this time around, after Grant Spaninks successfully took second away from him on lap 4, and was able to hold onto it. Second was enough for Spaninks to score victory in the Sedan class once more, while Kulig was the Sports class winner.

John McLaughlin continued his winning ways in Production Utes, finishing well clear of Scott Tamati and Harrison Barker.

Tristian Brooks and Scott McLennan failed to finish the second race. McLennan had no car issues, but opted not to risk his car, after noticing oil on the circuit, which was dropped in an earlier race.

George Kulig was one of several drivers eyeing off a clean-sweep on Sunday, but all the hard work came undone early in race 3, when Kulig had an off-track excursion at Hungry corner, which saw him lose almost a lap on the field, as he attempted to get back on circuit, and re-join the race.

Kulig’s misfortune played right into the hands of Sam Collins, who took the lead on lap 2, and went on to take the outright victory, and first in the Sports class.

Grant Spaninks was second, which was a great recovery for the Mitsubishi pilot. He lost out at the start of the race, when he dropped from second to fourth before the end of the first lap.

He climbed to third when Kulig went on his off-track excursion, and was later able to find a way by Greg McIntyre, who later finished third.

Kulig, after rejoining the race, failed to take the chequered flag, and was classified as a DNF.

John McLaughlin was again the best of the Utes, finishing ahead of Harrison Barker, who got the better of Scott Tamati for the first time this weekend.

Kulig charged from the rear of the field to seventh on the opening lap of the fourth and final race, as he went about trying to get back to the front, where he started the weekend.

Kulig’s charge would take him as far as third, some ten seconds off Sam Collins, who went on to record his second win of the day, ahead of Grant Spaninks, who claimed a QR Sedans clean-sweep to start the season.

McIntyre and Fazakerley rounded out the top five, while Scott McLennan recovered to finish seventh, behind Steve Marek.

John McLaughlin secured his clean-sweep in the opening round of the Production Ute Racing QLD Series, while retirement for Harrison Barker saw Scott Tamati secure second place in the race, and the round. John Young came home in third.

The QR Sports and Sedans Series will continue at the 2 Days of Thunder meeting, at Queensland Raceway in June.

Pole Position: Sam Collins (56.8549)
Race 1: 1st George Kulig (SP), 2nd Sam Collins (SP), Grant Spaninks (SD)
Race 2: 1st George Kulig (SP), 2nd Grant Spaninks (SD), 3rd Sam Collins (SP)
Race 3: 1st George Kulig (SP), 2nd Grant Spaninks (SD), Greg McIntyre (SP)
Race 4: 1st Sam Collins (SP), 2nd Grant Spaninks (SD), 3rd George Kulig (SP)
Fastest Lap: George Kulig (56.4687 | Race 1 – Lap 4)

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Queensland Sportscar Championship

Unlike the five categories before them, the Queensland Sportscar Championship – the fastest category on the track for the weekend – conducted a five-race program at the Lakeside Tribute.

The extra race had no impact on the outright result whatsoever, as all five races were completely and utterly dominated by Dave Barram in his Chirom LMP003.

Barram set the 2.41km circuit alight in qualifying, setting a blistering pace, as he shot to pole position with a 49.4516. Barram was 3.5 seconds clear of the next best competitor, meaning it was his round to lose this weekend.

Second, in that qualifying session, was Carmelo Bonaventura, in the first of the radicals, with a 52.9531, and third was Chris Purvis in the Stohr WF1.

In the opening race, Barram broke clear, and, as expected, was very much unchallenged on his way to a convincing 22-second victory. Chris Purvis was second and Grant Green edged out Bonaventura for third place.

Very few battles occurred throughout the field. In the battle for the minors, Brian Petit held off Keven Johnston and Adam Beesley in the battle for sixth, and while they may have been one lap down, just two-tenths of a second separated Bruce Chamberlain and Ross Rundle at the chequered flag, in what was the battle for ninth, won by Chamberlain.

Barram coasted to a ten-second victory in race two, Grant Green again edged out Bonaventura, but this time, it was for second position. Chris Purvis was classified as a non-finisher, after failing to take the chequered flag, in a race that did not go according to plan for the #96, after he joined the race from pit-lane.

Barram continued his domination on Sunday, and it started with an eleven-second victory in race 3. Carmelo Bonaventura finally got the better of Grant Green, and by a comfortable margin – Bonaventura was nearly five seconds ahead of Green, when he took the chequered flag and claimed second position.

Green was third, while Purvis bounced back from the disappointment of Saturday, to take fourth place.

Bruce Chamberlain and Keven Johnston failed to finish. Johnston’s retirement triggered the first clamp-down of the weekend for the category.

The penultimate race of the opening round was smooth sailing for Barram, who claimed an 18-second victory over Bonaventura and Purvis, with Green forced to settle for fourth on this occasion. Just 2.3 seconds separated second to fourth – the tightest margin of the weekend to that point. Brian Petit was a distant fifth.

In the final race, Barram secured the clean-sweep – one of several drivers to do so, in their category, at this meeting.

Barram was ten seconds clear of Chris Purvis and Scott Green, who rounded out the podium, at the expense of Carmelo Bonaventura, who limped to the finish line, one lap down, in tenth place.

Brian Petit was fourth, while Adam Beesley rounded out the top five.

Pole Position:
Dave Barram (49.4516)
Race 1: 1st Dave Barram, 2nd Chris Purvis, 3rd Grant Green
Race 2:
1st Dave Barram, 2nd Grant Green, 3rd Carmelo Bonaventura
Race 3: 1st Dave Barram, 2nd Carmelo Bonaventura, 3rd Grant Green
Race 4: 1st Dave Barram, 2nd Carmelo Bonaventura, 3rd Chris Purvis
Race 5: 1st Dave Barram, 2nd Chris Purvis, 3rd Grant Green
Fastest Lap: Dave Barram (50.2638 | Race 1 – Lap 3)

With the 8th annual Lakeside Tribute behind us, attention now turns to  the opening Queensland Racing Drivers Championship meeting of 2018. QRDC 1 takes place at Lakeside Park from April 6-8, headlined by the opening round of the Australian Formula Vee Championship. We’ll see you there.