Wrobel the favourite, in Baguley’s absence, as Group N returns.
Historic Touring Car racing returns to Queensland Raceway, for the first time since June, this weekend, as the latest round of the 2018 Group N series is contested, as part of Round 5 of the Queensland Racing Drivers Championship (QRDC).
This weekend will be the FIFTH time we see Group N feature as part of a Queensland Raceways event in 2018. Their sixth and final visit will come when they return as part of the Ipswich Classic, on the opening weekend of November.
After enjoying a boom in race entries to this point of 2018, it’s a smaller field, of just nine cars, that will contest the four-race program this weekend, but spectators will still be treated to the great variety of vehicles that Group N is known for – no less than six different manufacturers (BMW, Holden, Ford, Alfa Romeo, Datsun and Chevrolet) will line up on the grid.
In the absence of Peter Baguley, who had a shocker last time out at Lakeside Park, Grahame Wrobel comes into the round as the favourite to claim the win. Throughout the season, if it hasn’t been Baguley leading/winning races, it’s been Wrobel - up until last time out when Baguley failed to finish two races, and Simon Phillips made the most of that misfortune, and added him name to the winners list in the process.
Phillips claimed victory in the opening three races, before Baguley restored order in Race 4.
Barring a mechanical failure, it’s hard to see who could potentially upset Wrobel this weekend – he and Baguley have been streets ahead of the competition for much of the season, but behind him, there promises to be some great racing, with Stephen Scales, Norm Singleton and David Streat all in action.
A small field, but one that should provide some great entertainment nonetheless. Group N will hit the circuit for Qualifying on Saturday morning, before they contest four races across the weekend – two on the 3.12km ‘National’ Circuit, and the other two on the 2.14km ‘Clubman’ Circuit.