QTCC Ready to Roar at ‘2 Days of Thunder’.
After a two-month break, the Racer Industries Queensland Touring Car Championship continues this weekend, at Queensland Raceway, as they headline the annual ‘2 Days of Thunder’ event.
By the end of this round, we’ll be half-way through the 2018 championship.
After the opening eight races, the story at the front is the battle between Murray Kent and Steve Hay for championship supremacy.
Steve Hay has won five races, with Kent victorious in three, but it’s Kent who holds the championship lead after two rounds, having scored a top-two finish in all eight races thus far.
It’s the second of three visits to Queensland Raceway, where thirty-two cars will line-up for this weekend’s four-race program.
Last time out, Steve Hay won the opening three races, with Murray Kent claiming the fourth, denying the 2016 champion a clean-sweep in the process.
Ashley Hooper currently sits third in Class A1, some forty points behind Hay, but has been a consistent third-place runner throughout the opening two rounds. Expect Hooper and the BMW to continue that run of form this weekend.
In Class A2, it’s a tight contest, with just 71 points separating the top three – Gary Anger, Stuart Walker and Chris Begg, after the opening two rounds of the season.
The summer category restructure has done wonders for Gary Anger but has done the defending Class B champion, Chris Begg, no favours whatsoever.
An uncharacteristic mistake, in the opening race of the previous round, saw Begg finish down in 21st outright – 8th in class – and from there, he spent the rest of the weekend playing catch-up.
It wasn’t smooth sailing for Gary Anger either, who failed to finish the final race, due to a loose fuel line, but he maintains the series lead, despite Stuart Walker’s impressive start to season 2018. Anger will be looking to recapture his round 1 form, where he won every race, this weekend in Ipswich.
In Class B, it’s been all Mark Hyde, Andrew Knight and Les Hanifin so far in 2018. Knight clean-swept the opening round at Lakeside, before Hyde and Hanifin shared the spoils at Queensland Raceway. Just three points separates Hyde and Knight coming into this round. The margin back to Hanifin sits at 148, after Les’ difficult opening round at Lakeside Park.
John Phoenix and Shannon Cane both missed the last round of the series, but will return to the grid this weekend, following the completion of significant mechanical repair work.
Thirty-two cars, representing five different manufacturers, will line-up for the third round of the championship – the last at QR until the season finale on the opening weekend of November, and in a season full of exciting racing, and some surprising results, we wait to see if the form guide reads true this weekend, or if we’re in for some more surprises and upsets, as other drivers strive for race wins or podium finishes in the Racer Industries Queensland Touring Car Championship.
Category Management has advised that the four races in round three will all be twelve laps in length, and they’re scheduled to be run on the 3.12km ‘National’ circuit, but that may change as the weekend goes on, with the option of moving a race to either the ‘Sprint’ or ‘Clubman’ circuit, should the opportunity present itself.
Competitors will take to the track on Friday, for unofficial practice, ahead of Qualifying first thing Saturday morning.
2018 Racer Industries Queensland Touring Car Championship Points Standings | After Round 2 of 6.
Murray Kent 560
Gary Anger 496
Mark Hyde 527
Steve Hay 509
Stuart Walker 455
Andrew Knight 524
Ashley Hooper 469
Chris Begg 425
Leo Graee 422