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HRCCQ make history with record numbers

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More than 5,000 spectators attended the Historic Queensland race meeting held at Morgan Park Raceway - one of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland’s (HRCCQ) biggest ever events.

Fans in attendance were left in awe, as a record 270 cars competed in 10 categories across 49 events that made up the Queensland meeting.

Part of the record number of competitors was 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner Matt Campbell who put on a show for the Morgan Park crowd, dominating his Historic Group Q class along with solid results in other races.

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Through large displays and free access to the pits, motor sport enthusiasts were able to get up close and personal to the variety of cars on show along with the officials and drivers taking part in the event.

With so much entertainment available to fans, HRCCQ spokesman, Peter Walsh, was proud of the event’s success and the reaction from those in attendance.

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“It was brilliant job by the volunteer organisers, officials and helpers saw the event run smoothly and finish ahead of time, even after a power loss on Saturday morning,” Walsh said. 

“Many competitors have commented that this was their favourite event and they will return for the friendly, relaxed atmosphere and great driving circuit.

“The pits’ free access was definitely a big hit with spectators as they were able to enjoy friendly interaction with the drivers and officials.”

On track, the entertainment was just as thrilling with a highlight being the Group N Historic Touring Cars, with 8o cars spread over 2 grids, and in particular the 30-car Group N ‘All Holden Race’. 

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Ashley Heffernan was victorious during the Group N Historic Touring Cars All Holden Race with the fastest lap of the day while Harry Bargwanna won the Group N Historic Touring Cars – All except Holden. 

Heffernan also won the meeting’s biggest event of the weekend, the Group Nc Over 2Litres, beating the 35-strong field in three out of four races.

In the HRCC Trophy Race, Christopher Farrell took out top honours, finishing ahead of Noel Clark and Campbell.

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Despite finishing third in the popular Glenn Seton Trophy race, behind Terry Lawlor and Tony Karanfilovski, Duncan McKellar won the Group A class after two race wins.

Another record was set during the weekend as the Group C Heritage Touring Cars had the biggest ever field as Edward Singleton was a well-deserved winner of the John French Trophy.

Click here for full results from the Historic Queensland Race Meeting.

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Photos: Ian Welsh - Shifting Focus Photographics 
Published: 17 July, 2018