Final Visit to Lakeside for 2018 as QTCC reaches the business end of the season.

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This weekend, at Lakeside Park, the Racer Industries Queensland Touring Car Championship serves as the headline support act of the 2018 Lakeside 300. The event, which is the penultimate round of the season, is also the final time the series will visit the iconic venue this year.

So far this year, those aboard a Holden have dominated proceedings in classes A1 and A2, while class B has been the scene of success for both Ford and BMW.

The previous round, also held at Lakeside Park, nearly seven weeks ago, was dominated by Murray Kent, who further extended his championship lead, over Steve Hay, winning three of the four races. Of the sixteen races contested so far in 2018, Kent has won nine of them, while the 2016 champion has won the other seven.

Kent’s lead sits at 115 points, and while that may appear to be a comfortable margin, a race win is worth 75 points, a round is worth 300, and there are still 600 points on offer in 2018, so he isn’t home just yet, but if he can maintain the incredible consistency he’s shown throughout the first sixteen races of the season, it’s certainly his title for the taking.

In Class A2, the championship was turned on its ear last time out, as Gary Anger’s championship lead, and perhaps, his title aspirations as well, evaporated after he failed to finish the third race, and was unable to start the fourth.

Stuart Walker enjoys a 119-point advantage, at the top of the standings, over Anger, who is 92 points clear of Lance Jurgeleit.

In Class B, there’s likely to be some tactical racing this weekend, after several drivers were penalised in the last round for breaking out – going faster than permitted.

All the usual suspects have returned, as has Simon Harrex, who threatened to steal the show in the previous round, and had it not been for penalties, that’s exactly what he would’ve done.

After three unsuccessful attempts, Shannon Cane will finally re-join the Racer Industries Queensland Touring Car Championship this weekend.

The teenager will finally look to get some race miles under her belt, in the Holden Commodore, and will be hoping that her mechanical woes are behind her, in order to commence building towards a full QTCC campaign in 2019.

Thirty-five entries have been received, across the three classes, for the penultimate round of the season, which will again see eight different races staged – four for the ‘A’ classes, and four separate races for the Class B field.

Following this round, all roads lead back to Queensland Raceway, where, at the Ipswich Classic, on the opening weekend of November, our 2018 champions will be crowned!

Championship Points | After Round 4 of 6.

Position

Class A1

Class A2

Class B

1st

Murray Kent 1144

Stuart Walker 950

Mark Hyde 971

2nd

Steve Hay 1029

Gary Anger 831

Leo Graae 875

3rd

Ashley Hooper 953

Lance Jurgeleit 739

Andrew Knight 801

4th

Adrian Blackwell 570

Adam Pye 719

John Phoenix 667

5th

Jason Lansdell 542

Robert Droder 650

Nick Linton 640

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.