Production Cars return for Season Two.

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New Formats, New Venues and New Naming Rights Sponsor headline the second season of the Queensland Production Car Championship.

The popular Production Touring brand, which has performed so well in New South Wales for many years, expanded into Queensland in season 2017, and following a successful inaugural season, the Queensland Production Car Championship will launch season 2 at Lakeside this weekend.

MoComm Racing Communications – a long-time supporter of the NSW series – comes on board as the naming rights sponsor, for the championship, which expands to five rounds for 2018.

Karl Begg enters 2018 as the defending champion, and will be looking to repeat that success, alongside Justin Anthony in the C63 Mercedes.

With the expanded calendar comes some new race formats, and a new venue for the series as well.

For the first time, the category will venture to Warwick’s Morgan Park Raceway, with the penultimate round of the championship to be contested there in September.

Elsewhere, Queensland Raceways venues will play host to the remaining four rounds, with Lakeside Park playing host to the top and tail of the season, and Queensland Raceway hosting Rounds 2 and 3.

Round 3, at Queensland Raceway, will be held in-conjunction with the Australian Production Car Series round at the same venue.

Organisers of both series’ have worked together to allow the Queensland series to contest the famed ‘Fight in the Night’ round.

QLD series competitors will have the option of contesting just the ‘Fight in the Night’, or running both races across the weekend, as ONLY Saturday night’s 300km showdown will count for points in the Queensland Production Car championship.

Last season, the bulk of the racing was in an endurance format, but for season 2, sprint racing will feature more prominently, with both rounds at Lakeside Park (1 and 5) to use the new format, in which four races will be staged across the weekend.

The mix of sprint and endurance racing, while new for Queensland, has been a common feature of the NSW Championship for several years now.

The 2018 season will feature many of the regular faces from 2017, along with some new cars and competitors, as the season continues to build in the Sunshine State.

While Andrew Mill and Lea Medhurst will join the series, it’s been a busy time for the likes of Karl Begg, Justin Anthony, as well as Wade Scott and Robert Gooley, who all featured in the 2017 championship, as they were all on-track, at the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour, last weekend at Mount Panorama.

Begg and Anthony enjoyed the perfect weekend, claiming the Class A2 honours, and finishing 7th outright, in their first crack at the Easter Sunday Classic, and will roll into Lakeside Park, ready for action once more this weekend.

It was a far more frustrating weekend for Scott and Gooley. The Mitsubishi blew its engine on Friday morning, leaving the pair in search of a replacement, which they found, and ventured to Sydney and back just to collect.

The team worked long into Friday night to put the new engine in the car, but their troubles continued on Saturday, leaving them last on the grid for the race.

The woes continued on Easter Sunday, with the pair only completing 21 laps before being forced to retire. It remains to be seen if they’ll make it to the grid at Lakeside on Saturday – they are already entered, but what was already going to be a tight turnaround is now far worse, given the problems encountered, and the time, effort and money it’ll take to fix them.

Away from the mountain, Queensland Endurance Championship winner, Gerry Murphy, the president of the category, will return once more, looking for further improvement in his BMW, as he builds towards defending his Endurance Championship crown, which begins at Queensland Raceway later this month.

It promises to be an exciting season for this popular category, with the mix of Merc’s, BMW’s and Evo’s all ready to set the track alight once more.

It all starts at the iconic Lakeside Park this weekend.

2018 MoComm QLD Production Car Championship

Round

Venue

Format

Date

1

Lakeside Park

4 x Sprint

April 7-8

2

QLD Raceway

Enduro

May 4-6

3

QLD Raceway

Fight in the Night (300km)

July 27-29

4

Morgan Park

TBC

September 7-9

5

Lakeside Park

4 x Sprint

November 16-18