Group N boasts biggest field of 2018 for ‘2 Days of Thunder’
The thunderous roar of Historic Touring Cars will echo around Queensland Raceway this weekend, with close to thirty cars lining up for the latest round of the 2018 Queensland Group N Championship.
Heavyweight manufacturers like Datsun, Alfa Romeo, BMW and Chevrolet will be on the grid, and the famous age-old Holden versus Ford battle will be alive and well as well, for the four-race program this weekend.
In the last round at Lakeside Park, just three weeks ago, Baguley scored victory in three of the four races, while Wrobel took the chequered flag in race 2 of the weekend.
Three different drivers stood on the final step of the podium throughout the course of the weekend, with Stephen Scales finishing third in the opening two races, David Streat in the third, and Stephen Sullivan scored the final spot on the podium in the last race of the weekend.
Grahame Wrobel and Peter Baguley will continue their duel at the front of the field, but can expect stiff competition from Graeme Wakefield, who returns to the grid for this round of the championship.
With a host of new faces joining the fold for the first time this season, expect some hard fought racing in the battles for the minor placings, especially between Sullivan, Scales and Streat, who, no doubt, will be trying to repeat their podium efforts from Lakeside, and also Chris McIlwain, who was a consistent top-five finisher across the course of the weekend.
Bruce Dummett has raced without much luck this year, but will be hoping that his mechanical woes are behind him, as he lines up this weekend.
Last year, at this meeting, Troy Norris claimed a dominant win in the handicap race, but won't be able to aim to retain that crown, as there is no handicap race on this year's schedule. Instead, this round of the championship will feature four races – two on the traditional ‘National’ configuration, and two on the shorter ‘Clubman’ circuit. All four races will be eight laps in length.
Group N holds a very special place in Australian Motorsport, remaining a fan favourite in 2018. The category is just one of the seven taking to the circuit at '2 Days of Thunder' this weekend.
Unofficial Practice takes place on Friday, ahead of Qualifying (on the National circuit) early Saturday morning.