MASSIVE QTCC Field Assembled for Lakeside Classic

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After a six-week mid-season break, the Racer Industries Queensland Touring Car Championship roars into the second half of season 2018 this weekend, as the headline act of the annual Lakeside Classic.

Round 4 will be the first of two consecutive visits to Lakeside for the series, and the second of three rounds at the venue this year.

Murray Kent begins the second-half of the season with a 92-point lead over Steve Hay, as the Holden pilots dual for championship supremacy.

The opening half of the season saw twelve races contested, with races wins split down the middle – six for Hay, six for Kent, but it’s the latter’s consistency that sees him with the points advantage at the moment.

Hay, the 2016 champion, had a costly DNF in the opening round, and then copped a penalty in the previous round, that cost him some valuable championship points.

Outside of those two moments, Hay, like Kent, hasn’t finished outside the top two this season, and with twelve races to go, either driver could still win the Class A1 title, but, with his finishing record in mind, the race for the crown is very much in Murray Kent’s favour at present.

The six-week break has been good for teams and drivers alike, as the size of the field has expanded for the fourth round.

A whopping THIRTY-SEVEN cars will line up for this round of the championship, which, like all Lakeside rounds, will see Class B cars race separate to Classes A1 and A2, purely due to the 2.41km circuit’s track density restrictions.

In Class A2, the battle resumes between Gary Anger and Stuart Walker, who have been evenly matched right throughout the season. Anger currently holds a 38-point lead over Walker, with both men well clear of their remaining challengers. Adam Pye sits third in the point standings, some 94 points behind Walker. Defending Class B champion, Chris Begg sits fourth and Lance Jurgeleit rounds out the top five. The battle for third is tight, with just 37 points separating Pye and Jurgeleit.

In Class B, Mark Giorgio returns to the grid, after a fresh engine build, following dramas in the previous round at Queensland Raceway, which was won by John Phoenix.

Andrew Knight, who won the opening round here, is back on the grid, after missing the previous round.

Other points of interest: Shannon Cane was due to be back on the grid for this round of the series, but unfortunately, mechanical dramas continue to hamper her attempts to get back on track.

Chris Sharples will return to the grid for the first time in 2018, and Simon Harrex makes his comeback this weekend, stepping into Richard Gresham’s BMW.

There’ll be eight Queensland Touring Car Championship races for spectators to enjoy this weekend, with Classes A1 and A2 racing together, and Class B running separately, in a four-race program.

Championship Points After 3 of 6 Rounds

Position

Class A1

Class A2

Class B

1st

Murray Kent 852

Gary Anger 704

Mark Hyde 744

2nd

Steve Hay 760

Stuart Walker 666

Leo Graae 651

3rd

Ashley Hooper 717

Adam Pye 572

Andrew Knight 524

4th

Adrian Blackwell 402

Chris Begg 561

Nick Linton 517

5th

Pierz Harrex 381

Lance Jurgeleit 535

John Phoenix 506

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.

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