Classic Sports Sedans – Lakeside Tribute Round Report

Hello Racers,

Well the 2017 Everyday Finance Solutions Queensland Classic Sports Sedans series has started with an exciting Lakeside Tribute meeting. Numbers were fairly ordinary but the action sure made up for it. Speaking of numbers, altogether before the meeting there were 16 interested entrants 14 of which entered for the meeting. This number reduced to 10 by qualifying time and even though qualifying times were great only 8 cars finished race 1 , However then the rot stopped and 7 cars finished race four.

The meeting was the first to be held under the sponsorship of Everyday Finance Solutions with Alan Peters (EFS) and Geoff Taunton (Taunton Excavations, co sponsor) setting a high standard by providing all sorts of food and refreshments to the hungry masses. They came complete with refrigerator and Bar B Que and proceeded to serve bacon and eggs for breakfast and sausages for lunch plus lots of water and soft drinks. Well done guys, we look forward to seeing you at future meetings

Now for the meeting, new recruit Benjamin Compston excelled with his Mazda RX8 in ST class, He ended up being the only competitor in the class but posted consistent times and kept the CSS class cars honest, He also showed maturity and skill when passing some CSS cars in the wet race four. Welcome aboard Benjamin.

CSS class started with the most entrants with 5 cars in qualifying, 4 of these eventually finishing the meeting. The final result was a dead heat on points between Grant Spaninks (EVO) and Colin Hockley (OZ Truck) with Grant winning on countback. Third place went to Sam Collins who was the fastest car in the class but blew his chances with an off and DNF in race 2. Justin Gardner (OZ Truck) filled the remaining spot with a very reliable and consistant meetings performance.

GTO Class looks to be well patronised for the series with 6 series entrants and one sure casual entry, however only 3 contested this class at the tribute. The class saw a past competitor Mark Papendell (VK SC specs Commodore) come up from South Australia to reacquaint himself with Lakeside. It has been four years since Mark has raced here and his competitive performance shows that he hasn’t forgotten anything. Unfortunately for Mark the Kulig boys (NASCAR Monte Carlo’s) now own the GTO class (at this stage anyhow) and battled it out for a dead heat on points. The countback still showed no definite winner so as to avoid a Kulig family dispute we left it to the family to decide (I think they picked George). There was a genuine competition between George and Michael and to the benefit of the spectators this showed with some spectacular and close racing ,especially in the wet.

The feedback is that for some of the bigger QR meetings we will have grids of approx 25 cars all of good quality. The 17 registered competitors are fairly evenly spread over the 3 classes with ST having 6, CSS having 5 and GTO having 6. Only registered competitors are eligible for Series Prizes.

Kind Regards,

Lawrie Watson

QR Category Manager “Classic Sports Sedans”

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