Huge field for 2018 QTCC Opener.

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After a four-and-a-half-month break, the Queensland Touring Car Championship roars back into life next weekend, when they serve as the headline act for the 8th annual Lakeside Tribute at Lakeside Park.

No less than thirty-four cars are entered for the opening round of the season. The field will feature six different manufacturers, including, the usual suspects, Ford, Holden and BMW.

Brett Kennedy was victorious in the 2017 QTCC Class A Championship, but will not return to defend his title this season, meaning a new champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the Ipswich Classic.

The category has undergone significant change across the off-season, with the introduction of a third class for 2018.

The three classes for 2018 will be: Class A1, Class A2 and Class B.

The outright contenders, such as Steve Hay and Murray Kent will contest the A1 class. The slower Class A cars, along with the fastest cars from Class B, including Gary Anger and 2017 Class B champion, Chris Begg, will now contest the new A2 Class, with the remaining drivers to compete for Class B honours.

The restructure comes at a time where category management is dealing with a problem that's very good to have - a growing field.

QTCC numbers have boomed in recent times, thus forcing the class restructure, in order to accommodate that growth.

With the restructure comes significant change to the championship, and the awarding of championship points.

From this season, the QTCC will follow the Queensland Production Car Championship, and others, in awarding points to drivers, based on where they finish within their class, as opposed to their outright finishing position, and as a result, there'll be three class champions crowned at the end of the season, but in a move that's different to other class-structured championship, the category won't crown an outright champion.

As has been the case in recent years, track density restrictions at Lakeside Park prevent the category from running a full-field race.
This year, rather than staging separate races for each class, the field will, once again, only be split into two. Class B will retain their own race, while Classes A1 and A2 will race together.

The pace difference between the front and back of Class A was another reason for the restructure.
It's important to note that, similar to the Queensland Endurance Championship races, the classes in the QTCC are set based on times, not the car a competitor is driving, and as a result of the restructure, the time cut-off for each class has changed for 2018 (see below).

More so than ever, with the new points structure, consistency will be the key to success in 2018, and it was that consistency that saw Brett Kennedy (Class A) and Chris Begg (Class B) win their respective championships in 2017.

Brett Kennedy's absence from the grid opens the door for Steve Hay, Murray Kent, or another challenger to step up and take the glory.

Hay enjoyed great success throughout the season in 2017, but it was mechanical reliability that badly hampered his tilt at another title.
Hay's Big Banger replica VK Commodore will sport #25 this season.

Murray Kent returns to the fold, sporting a brand new look for 2018. It comes after a summer spent rebuilding his Torana, following his nasty shunt at Lakeside, during the penultimate round of the 2017 season. 

Making her debut in the category this weekend will be the 2017 QR Sports champion, Shannon Cane.

Cane has spent the off-season, hard at work, building a Holden Commodore in readiness for her maiden QTCC campaign.

The six round championship will visit Lakeside Park and Queensland Raceways on three occasions, with the Ipswich venue to play host to the final round of the season, on the opening weekend of November.

This weekend, each class (A1/A2 and B) will contest four races, as part of the massive Lakeside Tribute program, with unofficial practice kicking things off on Friday.

New QTCC Class Structure for 2018


Lakeside Park

Queensland Raceway (National)


Under 59 seconds

Under 81 seconds


59-62 seconds

81-85 seconds


Over 62 seconds

Over 85 seconds

2018 QTCC Calendar






Lakeside Park

Lakeside Tribute

March 16-18


Queensland Raceway

Ipswich Festival of Cars

April 20-22


Queensland Raceway  

2 Days of Thunder

June 22-24


Lakeside Park

Lakeside Classic

August 10-12


Lakeside Park

Lakeside 300

September 28-30


Queensland Raceway

Ipswich Classic

November 2-4

The Racer Industries Queensland Touring Car Championship is proudly sponsored by: Conduit Bends and Fittings, Andrew Knight Electrical Contracting, Bob Jane T-Marts (Strathpine), Bribie Auto Repairs, Que Access, SP Automotive Engineering, Western Suburbs Mechanical, Brisbane Collision Centre and Hanos Car Care.