After a successful excursion out to Morgan Park, the MotorsportSales.com.au Queensland Production Car Championship returns to Queensland Raceway, for Round 3 of the six-round season, and the first of back-to-back events at Willowbank’s Queensland Raceway.
Today, the 3.12km circuit plays host to the second sprint round of the 2020 campaign, ahead of hosting the showpiece race of the season – the Ultimate Diesel Tuning Willowbank 300 – on October 10.
So far this season, the outright results have been dominated by BMW drivers, most notably Beric Lynton, Tristian and Dalton Ellery, as well as Karl Begg – with the German manufacturer claiming all available race wins so far in 2020.
However, as this is a multi-class format, it’ll come as no surprise to those who follow the series regularly, that it’s actually Paul Keefer, in the Class C Volkswagen, leading the outright championship fight at this point in time.
Just fourteen points separate the top three in the overall standings, which doubles as the top three in the Class C standings. Frank Mammarella’s Hyundai i30 (245), and the BMW M3 E36 of Timothy McDonald (233) are sure to keep Paul Keefer honest, in the race for title supremacy, over the next four rounds.
Robert Gooley is the current points leader in Class A1 (224 points). He sits fourth outright, ahead of the leading Class X entry, of Dalton and Tristian Ellery (218), while Karl Begg (217), Adam Talbert (216 – Class E Leader), Daniel Clift (208 – A2 leader), Mitchell Maddren (207 – Class D leader), and Gerry Murphy (200 – Class B2 leader) round out the top ten.
The breakdown of that – all classes, and no less than seven different manufacturers feature inside the top ten after two rounds, further highlighting the variety and diversity that’s made the MotorsportSales Queensland Production Car Championship popular with fans, and the fastest growing category in the Sunshine State, as far as competitor interest is concerned as well.
This weekend, a slightly different format to what we saw in the opening round just six weeks ago. Instead of four 10-lap races, there’ll be two 10-laps heats, and a 20-lap mini-enduro, under the lights – the only track time the competitors will have in the dark, in race trim, BEFORE the 96-lap Willowbank 300, in a fortnight from now.
New to the grid this weekend is Chris Begg, in the Class A2 BMW M3 E92, and Jake Camilleri, in the Class C Mazda 3. Anthony Levitt has traded his Class C Renault, for a Class A2 Mercedes C63 AMG, and Andrew Wilton is back on the grid, for the first time this season, in his Class D Toyota 86.
Today’s program commences with a 15-minute Qualifying session, at around 10am Local Time, ahead of the three aforementioned races.
The 2020 Queensland Production Car Championship is proudly presented by: MotorsportSales.com.au, MoComm Motorsport Communication, Massel Australia, B-Tuned Euro Specialist, Loc8te, Ultimate Diesel Tuning, BOSS Surveillance Systems, and Evoke Realty.