One of the local categories running at the AMRS round will be the GLT Hendrickson QLD Production Sports Championship, and their resident scribe Paul Ansell provides us with a highly-entertaining preview of the weekend’s action.
The enduro event for the 2018 GLT Hendrickson QLD Prod Sports Championship will be held at the Morgan Park AMRS round in the series’ only “away” round for the calendar.
The high country circuit delivers the greatest balance of straights and technical corners that makes it appealing to drivers in all types of machinery.
The GLT Hendrickson GT competition was rocked to its very foundations in the previous round, with the surprise upset by Steve McFadden over the once untouchable Wayne Hennig.
Many punters are tipping an all-out arms race with local Porsche performance and race engineers likely to benefit as the 2 heavy hitters empty their bank accounts to try to hold the top spot.
When asked if he was intimidated by McFadden and his new-found form, Hennig was quick to reply.
“Wouldn’t you be? Steve owns a trucking company and is as Aussie as Gary Sweet, plus the guy can drive, he’s a triple threat,” Hennig said.
Graham Lusty will be pulling the covers off his freshly repaired Mosler while local hero Chris Hatfield rounds out the GT class in his V8-engined Lola replica.
The CP Dental 2B class has some fresh blood this weekend with the addition of a second Ginetta G50 being shared by Todd O’Brien and Antonio Basile. Seasoned Ginetta driver Jeff Hume seemed less- than-concerned about the new challengers despite them also running the larger-capacity 3.7L Ford engine.
“Mate I’ve got this car hooked up, I’m gunning for the Porsches this weekend,” Hume said.
Barry “Baz” Tanton and Wayne Udy are both piloting 997 GT3 Cup cars and it is Udy who has much to prove after a lacklustre showing on old rubber in the opening round at Lakeside.
Club president John Prefontaine has a very good chance of competing for outright honours as his Lotus Exige will do well in some of the tight radius corners.
On paper, last year’s 2B champion Tim Janke and his lightweight NA series MX-5 should be blown away, but he has been known to upset some bigger machinery. Another 2B MX5 runner, Henri Van Roden (HVR) will bring the least-broken of his cars for a shot at enduro glory.
The Phat Wheels and Tyres 2F Championship has 10 cars running this weekend and none more controversial than the Nissan 370Z of Greg Quince. Unable to tame the portly rear-drive muscle coupe for a full 50 minutes, Quince has engaged the services of friend Geoff Fane as co-driver and spiritual mentor.
The car showed reasonable pace at the recent QR300 but is still yet to turn a time faster than the front running Mazda MX-5s like that of current championship leader “Sugar” Shane Freese.
“Shane is probably the most liked guy in the pits, he’s the Hoodoo Gurus of Australian club racing, but that won’t stop me shoving the nose of the yellow sub down the inside at Turn 1.” Fane replied when asked of his tactics at the upcoming meeting.
Paul Ansell came within a few tenths of setting the 2F lap record with what is now being referred to as the “Lap of the God’s” in Round 2. He is hopeful that reliability and fuel issues won’t spoil his chances of being highly competitive.
Dylan Cothill has placed his Toyota 86 on a strict diet after being demolished on the QR circuit, vowing to claw his way back to the front of the pack and stay ahead of the Mazdas of James Hay and Shane Plohl. James Wilkins is steering the other 86, but in detuned spec, and will be dicing with Tony Ross, Angelo Servodio, Blake Ulyate and proud new dad, Richard Barram.
A big thanks to QLD Prod Sports sponsors GLT Hendrickson, CP Dental and Phat Wheels and Tyres for their continued support.