After an extended mid-season break, the 2019 Queensland Production Touring Car Championship season resumes next weekend, with a non-championship round at Queensland Raceway – the first of four events in eleven weeks, as we head towards the season finale at Morgan Park on the opening weekend of November.
The first two events will be contested at Queensland Raceway, and will be boosted by the presence of some big names from the New South Wales series.
Two-time New South Wales Production Touring Car Champion, Chris Reeves will be in attendance at this weekend’s non-championship round, albeit not in a racing capacity.
Better known for his exploits in a Toyota 86 – the car in which he won those two championships (2014 & 2015), Reeves will be playing spectator this time around, but has previously expressed interest in competing in some QPC events down the track.
Despite having not raced in the Queensland series as yet, he’s been indirectly associated with the QPC for over twelve months. The 2018 championship winning car – that of Lea Medhurst and Chris Manley – is from Reeves’ Triple Zero Racing stable.
Elsewhere, Gerry Murphy, the president of the Queensland Championship, has secured the services of Mark Caine for the September round – the first of the endurance events this season, in the newly named Massel Australia Endurance Cup.
Caine is not only Massel’s link to the championship, but was the 2017 MoComm Cup Champion, in the New South Wales Championship, so he knows a thing or two about what it takes to win in the endurance portion of the season.
This will be the first time Murphy and Mark Caine have driven together – Murph has raced with Mark’s brother Michael on many occasions over the years – and it’ll also be Caine’s first visit to Queensland Raceway – his last appearance in the QPC came at Lakeside, back in 2017, where he was representing New South Wales in the Origin Showdown.
They’ll share Murphy’s regular drive – the Holden VF SS – for the September event.
Murphy currently sits ninth in the overall championship standings, and leads the way in Class B2 heading into the second-half of the season.
Not only will we see some New South Wales competitors competing in the opening event of the Massel Australia Endurance Cup, but we’re hearing that an expat is keen to get in on the action as well, and pay for the privilege.
This Aussie abroad is no stranger to competing on the big stage in Australian Production Car racing. We’ve seen him on the grid – often in a Holden – in the Bathurst 6 Hour in the past, and he’s even popped up in select NSW events over the year as well.
If anyone is looking for a gun co-driver for the ‘Night Masters’, contact Gerry Murphy for more information.
The ‘Night Masters’ event is shaping as the biggest event in the short history of the Queensland Production Car Championship. Spanning three days, it will feature a Friday night qualifying session, plus sprint and endurance racing across the weekend, as the MoComm Sprint Championship winds down on Saturday morning, ahead of the commencement of the Massel Australia Endurance Cup across the remainder of the weekend, including two one-hour races – one of which will be under lights on Saturday night.
You’ll be able to listen to all the action from the next two QPC events via the Queensland Raceways Facebook pages, and the Night Masters event will also be broadcast, on delay, via West Bremer Radio and 2MCE.