Debut track brings back the memories
GREG Quince made his motor racing debut at Morgan Park almost a decade ago but he still holds the track dear.
Quince, who will be racing a Chevrolet Corvette in the Production Sports Cars category this weekend, raced for the first time in 2005 while driving a Ford GT40 at Morgan Park.
"It's the best track in Queensland," Quince said.
"It's like a mini Phillip Island - it's got some nice flowing parts and with the mixture of corners and straights, it's a great track to drive on."
After the early days in his GT40, Quince moved into the Production Sports Cars, driving a Mazda MX-5, before buying his Corvette.
However, the decision to buy the Corvette hasn't always been a happy one.
"I've had a lot of dramas with it," Quince said.
"I've had brake issues recently and I blew an engine racing here last year.
"My fingers are crossed that everything will be alright this year."
Those issues have forced Quince, who has made the drive from Brisbane to compete this weekend, out of the running for the championship.
"Being out of the running, I'll be watching to see how it all unfolds," he said.
"I'm just looking to settle the car this weekend so I can get everything sorted heading into next year and attack the championship next year.
"This weekend is just all about fun and having a trouble-free weekend."
Still, it would be unlike a motor racing driver to not have a goal in mind.
"I want to attack the GT-R and beat their lap times," Quince said.
"Hopefully there will be some good battles."
152 cars will be in action on the weekend, including Formula Ford, Formula V, Historic Touring Cars, Sports Sedans, Production Sports Cars and Saloon cars.
Warwick and District Sporting Car Club president Bill Campbell will also be in action.
"I'll be driving a Holden Torana," Campbell said.
"I haven't raced since June so I'm excited to get back in the car and go racing again.
"I'm just concerned about the heat.
"It's going to be about 60 degrees in the car and you spend about 25-30 minutes in the car at a time."