FRESH from their appearance at the Bathurst Motor Festival, the PJT Accountants & Business Advisors Queensland Saloon Car Series returns north of the Tweed for round two of their 2015 championship promoted by the QRDA at Morgan Park Raceway this weekend, June 13 to 14.
Re-capping the weekend, Victorian Travis Lindorff claimed a hat-trick of victories in the Australian United Saloon Car class to claim the inaugural Ashley Cooper Trophy at the Bathurst Motor Festival meeting at Mount Panorama, finishing ahead of West Australian Garry Hills and South Australian Wayne King. The Saloon Car weekend was highlighted by a charity function held at Bathurst Panthers on Saturday night that saw funds and awareness raised for charity, Donate Life, and honoured the life of Ashley Cooper and Mark Porter.
The highlights for the Queensland Saloon Cars series contingent at Bathurst included the pair of Ashley Jarvis and Coleby Cowham setting the pace in qualifying to end up on the front row of the 55-car grid, Craig Campbell steering past 18 cars in one lap of the 6.21 kilometre circuit in race two and Cowham overtaking 35 cars on his way from 48th to 13th place in the third and final race of the weekend.
After mixing it with the best of the best from around Australia, and with only 11 points separating the top five in the field, the competition is expected to be tight this weekend, with plenty of action packed racing expected around the three kilometre circuit.
Series leader, Gary Beggs, is looking forward to racing again at the home track.
“I’m hoping its a little dryer than Bathurst. The right hand turn after the bridge is going to make for some exciting racing. I think Bryce Fullwood will be the one to watch now that he knows the car and the track. He has also been cutting plenty of laps in the Dunlop Series,” said Beggs.
Prodrive Racing Academy Driver, Bryce Fullwood has been busy getting plenty of experience under his belt, having competed in the Dunlop Series at the UBET Perth SuperSprint and NP300 Navara Winton SuperSprint rounds since Bathurst.
“After having my best race finish result in the Dunlop Series, with a 12th place in Perth, I went to Winton two weeks later for the third round where my luck wasn’t so good. I was struggling to come to grips with the car, which resulted in a 20th place finish. I’m excited to get back into the saloon car as I had good pace in Bathurst and I’m keen to see what that results in when I get back in it on the weekend at Morgan Park,” said Fullwood.
After up and down weekends at Morgan Park, then Bathurst, Coleby Cowham is hoping for a fast, trouble-free weekend this time around.
“The track configuration we are running this weekend is fast and should lend to some close racing through the field, hopefully with the Escape Energy Falcon at the front,” said Cowham.
Beggs leads the series heading into round two on 74 points, with a one point margin ahead over Ashley Jarvis with 73 points, while Lindsay Kearns is keeping the pair honest in third on 68 points.