Milestone Makers Fight for Saloon Car Title: 2016 Round 5 Preview

The 2016 Queensland Saloon Car Series title will be decided between six drivers, including three former champions recording milestone starts at the final CAMS State Championship race meeting at Morgan Park Raceway this weekend.

Defending series champion Coleby Cowham and former series champion Gary Beggs will record their 100th career race start, while three time champion Lindsay Kearns will record his 200th career race start at the fast and flowing three-kilometre-long circuit on the Southern Downs.

Heading into the final round, the title fight is well and truly alive with 94 points on offer, 30 points for a win and one each for pole position and fastest laps in each race, with the top six drivers remaining in contention for the title. The 12-car grid for the finale will include Australian Trans-Am veteran and father of defending series champion, Shane Cowham, who will sit behind the wheel of the #27 Autorite AU Falcon of series regular Matt Shanks.

Cowham (151 points) in the Escape Energy AU Falcon leads the CAMS State Championship ahead of Beggs (142 points) in the Coates Hire VT Commodore and round one winner John Carter (132 points) who leads a trio of AU Falcons driven by Shayne Hine (121 points), Kearns (106 points) and Tony Shanks (100 points).

Beggs rocketed back into championship contention with two race wins and a second at the penultimate round of the series in September and is eager to become a two-time champion.

“I am looking forward to hunting Coleby (Cowham) down and if he makes any mistakes I will be ready to strike, I can go hard with nothing to lose and all to gain,” said Beggs.

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Cowham strengthened his claim to secure a second consecutive CAMS State Championship, with a race win and two second placings at the Morgan Park round in September.

“I’m really looking forward to the final round. Its a top quality field of guys and there are probably six guys who could take out the weekend,” said Cowham.

“I’ll be trying my best to keep in front and hopefully keep Gary and his quick Commodore behind.

“I’m also really looking forward to being on the same grid with Dad, which will be pretty special.”

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Carter, who stepped onto the podium in the final race at the previous Morgan Park meeting, said his current championship position is ample motivation to try and perform well.

“There are still plenty of championship points still on offer to make up a place or ideally two places,” said Carter.

“Consistency will be the key to success this weekend so my goal is to finish and more over finish as well as I can.”

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