Bathurst Legend to Attend Lakeside Classic
Four-time Australian Touring Car Champion, and seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner, Jim Richards will be the special guest of this year’s Lakeside Classic, which will be staged, at the iconic Lakeside Park, next weekend.
Richards, a three-time ATCC round winner (1985, 1987 and 1991) at Lakeside, will be in attendance for the duration of the event, which commences with unofficial practice on Friday.
‘Gentleman Jim’ will be on hand to sign autographs, pose for photos, and ‘meet and greet’ spectators across the weekend, with thanks to our friends at Shannons.
Before he heads to Lakeside, the motor racing legend will host a ‘sponsors ride day’ at Queensland Raceway, on Thursday, where he’ll take customers, and a Shannons competition winner, around the 3.12km Ipswich venue, in his Porsche GT3 RS.
Richards is the latest drawcard to be confirmed for the August 10-12 event, which will also feature Matt Mingay and the Hot Wheels Stunt Team strutting their stuff, on pit straight, at different times throughout the course of the weekend.
Headlining the racing program will be Round 4 of the Racer Industries Queensland Touring Car Championship. The Lakeside Classic marks the start of the second-half of their 2018 season, their second of three visits to Lakeside Park in 2018.
Nearly forty entries have been confirmed for this round of the series, meaning no shortage of action across their two racing groups.
Round 4 of the Performance Wheels Australian Trans-Am Series will also be held as part of the Lakeside Classic. Round 4 was originally scheduled to take place at Queensland Raceway last month, but was postponed until November, meaning the Lakeside Classic now becomes the fourth event in the six-round championship.
Shannons will sponsor a new addition to the on-track program in 2018, the Muscle Car Sprints – as competitors race against the clock, in their quest for victory.
Rounding out the program will be the Group N Historic Touring Cars. It will be the third time Group N has featured in a race meeting at Lakeside in 2018, and it’s a category that always delivers great racing. Older spectators particularly enjoy Group N, as it’s a flashback to the racing they grew up with, and the category remains strong in 2018 – no less than twenty-six cars lined up in June, when the category featured on the ‘2 Days of Thunder’ program, at Queensland Raceway.
Jim Richards, Matt Mingay, great racing – what’s not to like about the Lakeside Classic in 2018? It should be a fantastic weekend, and it all starts with unofficial practice on Friday morning.
Weekend Pass: $40
Kids 12 and Under: FREE