After a 10-week mid-season break, the Track Attack Australia Excel Cup bursts back into life this weekend, with the sixth round of the 2019 campaign, and the first of TWO endurances races as well.
It’s the first of three meetings, in eight weeks, to conclude the 2019 championship – a championship that Scott Green has led since day one.
The key to Green’s success has been consistency. He’s only scored one pole position, and one round win so far in 2019, but with six race wins, and a good haul of points in all five rounds thus far, he enters the final ten races of the season, with a 96-point advantage over Darren Whittington.
The standout performer of the season thus far, has been young Oscar Comley – while he might not have registered a race win, or even a podium finish as yet, constant improvement and consistency sees him sitting third in the championship, coming into this round.
Super3 regular, and BPRO favourite, Broc Feeney is fourth in the standings, just ahead of Michael Smith.
While Scott Green is tipped to win the championship, there’s still plenty to play for in the battle for the minor placings.
This weekend’s event will be the biggest of the season thus far, with Round 6 of the championship to take place, over three races, on Saturday, before the attention turns to the first of two endurance races for the 2019 campaign, on Sunday afternoon.
As per usual, there’s a massive field taking part in this weekend’s competition, and some seriously big names taking on co-driver roles on Sunday as well – probably the best driver line-up we’ve seen at a Queensland club-level event in recent memory.
On Sunday, stars from Super2, Super3, TCR Australia, the Australian Production Car Series and MORE will join forces with our series regulars, for the inaugural EFS 4×4 Accessories 170.
As is the case with the 200km race in November, Sunday’s 170km fixture won’t count for championship points, but this race does replace the two 30-minute mini-enduros we normally see at Lakeside Park each year.
The Brett Parrish Racing Organisation will field no less than FIVE entries in this race, including an all-female entry, with Ashley Izod teaming up with Chelsea Angelo.
Elsewhere, Darren Whittington has TCR Australia points leader Will Brown for company, while Victorian Jaylyn Robotham will co-drive the #54, alongside the four-time series champion (Parrish).
Super3 ace Broc Feeney teams up with Declan Fraser, while Jake Camilleri drives alongside Matt Wells.
Another Victorian, Matt Thewlis, is making the trek north, to share driving duties with Cameron Bartholomew, and defending Queensland Series X3 Champion, Frank Mammarella, lines up alongside the current TAA Excel Cup points leader, Scott Green.
The race will have its own slice of international flavour on Sunday, with Michael Tuckwood returning to Australia (from the United Kingdom), and to the Excel Cup paddock, for a one-off appearance, racing alongside Michael Smith.
Excel Cup favourite, Cliff Sedgley, returns to the paddock this weekend, to co-drive alongside Andrew Bond.
The EFS 4×4 Accessories 170 will be his first race since a serious health scare some eleven months ago,The son of 2014 Bathurst 1000 winner, Paul Morris – Nash – is also lining up on Sunday, as is Super2 driver, Zane Goddard.
Goddard will be driving alongside Bailey Imhoff for the 50-lap affair.
Former Excel Cup regulars, Kaden Olsen and John Sheridan are also lining up this weekend. Sheridan with Matt Ross, while Olsen will be alongside Darren Currie, who currently sits 6th in the championship standings.
Chris Holdt (QTCC), Sean Evans (Australian Trans-Am) and Daniel Ford (QLD Production Utes) are also on-deck in a co-driver capacity this weekend – the latter two on double-duty, while Chris Holdt will team up with his new Australian Production Car Series team-mate, Tom Needham.
It promises to be a sensational weekend of top quality Hyundai Excel racing: Qualifying, and three eight-lap sprints on Saturday, to decide Round 6 honours in the Track Attack Australia Excel Cup, before co-drivers go qualifying on Sunday morning, to determine the grid for the inaugural EFS 4×4 Accessories 170 that afternoon.0
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