Begg will leave his post on the committee of the Queensland Touring Car Championship, to join Production Touring, which will launch a Queensland Championship in 2017.
The expansion of the brand into Queensland comes on the back of a hugely successful 2016 NSW Championship.
The Production Touring Car Championship has been a tried, tested and successful formula in NSW for many years, and series management is hopeful that Queensland will embrace the series the way their southern counterparts have done, and that the formula can enjoy the same success on the other side of the Tweed.
Karl Begg is the first Queensland Motorsport figure to join the new series, and stated in an interview with Zak Sports that he will continue his racing commitments in the Improved Production category, while also fielding an entry in the Queensland Production Touring Car Championship, along with the work he’ll do alongside Gerry Murphy and the committee.
Begg said the series appeals to him “there’s a strict set of rules (CAMS sanctioned), and it’s already running successfully in New South Wales”.
While Begg’s official role within the committee hasn’t yet been confirmed, his main task in the next short while will be spreading the word, and promoting the hugely successful category to the Queensland Motorsport community, trying to attract drivers to join the grid for the inaugural race early next year.
The inaugural series is set to be a three-round endurance championship, with Round 2 at Lakeside also counting towards the NSW Championship, with Round 1 of the 2017 MoComm Cup to be contested at Lakeside International Raceway on the opening weekend of June.
Begg said he hopes to have a couple of cars from his own stable on the grid for the Lakeside event, and believes once word spreads, more drivers will come along to race alongside the NSW competitors who make the trek north for the June 2-4 meeting.
Begg believes high-profile events such as the Bathurst 6 Hour and Bathurst 12 Hour are behind the continued growth and increased interest in both Production and GT Racing in Australia, and believes Production Touring will fit in well in Queensland’s Motorsport landscape.
When commenting on the impact it may have on Queensland’s other Motorsport categories, Begg was quick to note that the main categories (Improved Production, QTCC) are very different, and doesn’t believe the addition of Production Touring will affect grid numbers for those categories.
It’s a win-win situation. The Production Touring brand is expanding, and Queensland Motorsport events and their promoters are set to benefit as well, with another category on-track, and more drivers and cars to go with it.
FULL Interview: Zak Caban speaks with QPTC’s Karl Begg.
The 2016 NSW Championship concludes at Winton Motor Raceway on the opening weekend of December, while the 2017 Queensland calendar is expected to be confirmed in coming days.
Zak Sports Media will continue to update you on developments with the new Queensland series as they come to hand.