All roads lead to QR for Bumper Second Round.
The Racer Industries Queensland Touring Car Championship is set for its first ALL-IN round of 2018, when a strong 30-car field contests the second round of the new-look, three-class championship, this weekend at Queensland Raceway.
The Ipswich venue will host three of the remaining five rounds of the season, with this first visit to feature a bumper four-race program.
Three of Queensland Raceway’s four available track configurations will be utilized across this round of the series.
Race 1 will be contested on the commonly-used 2.14km Clubman circuit, Races 2 and 4 will be on the 3.12km National Circuit, with Race 3 to be held on the lesser-used 1.93km Sprint Circuit.
Qualifying will be conducted over two sessions, with Class A1 and A2 competitors to determine their grid positions in the first session, before those competing in Class B head out in the second session.
Races 1 and 2 will be held on Saturday afternoon, with the final two races taking place on Sunday morning, and unlike Lakeside Park, there’ll be no split-class races across this round of the series, with qualifying to be the only split-session of the weekend.
Heading into round 2, Murray Kent is the man to beat, in Class A1, after a terrific opening round of the season at Lakeside Park, where he scored two victories (races two and three), and two second-place finishes (races one and four), behind the 2016 series champion, Steve Hay.
Hay scored pole, and won races 1 and 4, but retirement in the second race of the weekend has given Kent the upper-hand in the championship, but there’s still a long way to go.
Ashley Hooper was a clear third in the opening round, and is expected to be in podium contention once more.
In Class A2, Gary Anger stole the show at Lakeside Park, but Queensland Raceway promises to be a completely different ball game.
Now competing in a faster class, Anger isn’t yet sure what the Commodore will be capable of at the Ipswich venue, but is hopeful of repeating his Lakeside success.
Stuart Walker gave Anger a tremendous run for his money at Lakeside, just falling short, but will be out to go one better this weekend.
Andrew Knight comes into the second round of the season as the undefeated Class B points leader, after sweeping round 1 at Lakeside Park, in a thrilling weekend-long battle with John Phoenix.
Unofficial practice takes place on Friday, with Qualifying early on Saturday morning, ahead of a full weekend of racing, with FOUR full-field points paying contests.
A two-month break will follow the conclusion of this round, before the third round of the series headlines the ‘2 Days of Thunder’ meeting, again at Queensland Raceway.
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 Hano's Car Care.