Queensland Raceway hosts exciting State Championship weekend

Tuesday 23 April, 2024
Photos: MTR Images
The Motorsport Australia Queensland Circuit Racing State Championship held its second round of the season at Queensland Raceway over the weekend, with 100 competitors taking part in the event.
Run over two days, there were seven categories spread across six fields, with all competitions putting on a spectacular show in each of their respective three races despite rain having a significant impact.
Boasting the largest field of the event with 28 cars, and one of the closest overall round results, was the Hyundai Series X3 Circuit Excels Series, which saw Matthew Boylett claim the round after a thrilling three-way battle with three different winners.
Having secured pole position in Qualifying, Boylett managed to win the opening outing over Cooper Barnes and George Wood by just six tenths of a second in a race that had five lead changes.
There was only one lead change in the second race, as Wood passed Boylett on lap three and stayed there for the remaining nine laps, crossing the line less than three tenths ahead of the race-one winner.

The final race proved just as dramatic as Jackson Cooper joined the winners’ list after climbing from fifth place to snatch the win from Barnes on the penultimate lap. Boylett’s fourth place was enough to see him hold on for the win.
The battle for top honours in Formula Vee was even closer as just two points separated Alex Macdonald and Michael Westerhout at the end of the weekend.
While Macdonald started off with pole position, he fell to third place in the opening race after an entertaining tussle with eventual race winner Westerhout. However, Macdonald bounced back to win the next two races over Westerhout and snatch round honours.

The race meeting’s second biggest field belonged to the Production Sports Cars, and it was Wayne Hennig who topped the 18-strong field round after three races.
Behind the wheel of a Porsche GT3 Cup car, Hennig ended the weekend with two race wins and a podium, beating Mark Darling and Hugo Godson in the process.
A straightforward lights-to-flag win in race one was followed by a chaotic opening lap in the second race, where Hennig fell to fifth but worked his way back into third behind winner Darling and runner-up Godson. Hennig took just two laps in the final outing to regain the lead where he stayed for the rest of the race.

In the HQs and Geminis, Brandon Madden notched up similar results to Hennig, finishing the event with two wins and a runner-up placing.
Starting off with a second place to Joseph Andriske, which saw him produce an impressive charge up the order after qualifying in P12 to finish one tenth off the winner, Madden picked up comfortable victories of more than seven seconds in the remaining two races to win the round overall, while Mark Gray was the highest placed Gemini driver.

Formula Ford outright winner Liam Loiacono enjoyed an identical record to Madden – finishing second in the first and winning the remaining two races over Lachlan Evennett – the opening two outings being decided by just one tenth.

In Formula Ford 1600, Tim Hamilton won all three races over the eight drivers in the class.
Sharing the grid with Formula Ford were the Sports & Racing cars, with the category won by Rob Knight in his Radical SR3, who, like Loiacono, won the last two races.
The final category in action was the Improved Production, Sports Sedans & Invited Class, with Daniel Crompton guiding his Ford Mustang to a convincing clean sweep of wins.

Crompton won every race by no less than 13 seconds, with his final victory more than 30 seconds ahead of Anthony Cox, who missed the opening two races.
The next round of the Motorsport Australia Queensland Circuit Racing State Championship will be held at Morgan Park on 15-16 June.
Motorsport Australia App

Download the Motorsport Australia App