Words by: Iwan Jones
Photos by: Dewi Jones
DEFENDING series champion, Gary Beggs, began his 2015 PJT Accountants & Business Advisors Queensland Saloon Car Series campaign in the best way possible with two victories and a second at the CAMS State Championship event at Morgan Park Raceway on March 21 to 22, promoted by the MG Car Club of Queensland.
A number of new drivers featured in the field including 16-year-old Bryce Fullwood, who is one of two foundation drivers for the Prodrive Racing Australia (PRA) Academy driving a Coates Hire-backed AU Ford Falcon, as well as Wayne Cook and Dion Jarvis.
Beggs started 2015 where he left of and put his VT Commodore on pole, setting the pace ahead of Ashley Jarvis (AU Ford Falcon) and the Escape Energy AU Falcon of Coleby Cowham. He went onto win race one, but it didn’t come easy after dicing with Jarvis for the lead in the early laps of the race, with Lindsay Kearns in the Scott’s Rods Exhausts AU Falcon completing the podium.
Ashley Jarvis in the Lighthouse Electrical Falcon took an early lead after the rolling start in race two and took his first race win in the series, taking the chequered flag six seconds ahead of his nearest rivals, Beggs and Cowham. Begg’s Coates Hire Commodore fell back to third after reports of smoke filling up in the cockpit, but pushed on and got passed Cowham to secure second position, while Fullwood impressed starting from the rear to finish mid pack.
Beggs won the final race of the weekend, overtaking Jarvis for the lead on lap two at the T-Junction, with Kearns crossing the line in third. Bad luck struck Cowham in the final race after his mirror fell off and landed on the switch panel which shut down the car, but did recover to finish the race.
Beggs, who won all but two races last year, was pleased with his outing on the weekend.
“Two wins and a second, that is a pretty good start to the year so hopefully we can keep that up.”
The Queensland Saloon Car series will next feature at the Bathurst Motor Festival, a non-championship round for the series over the Easter weekend before returning to Morgan Park for round two on June 13 and 14.