Mark Gray and Michael Dawes at the Queensland Motor Racing Championships at Morgan Park Raceway.
Mark Gray and Michael Dawes at the Queensland Motor Racing Championships at Morgan Park Raceway.

Rain doesn't stop motor racing

WARWICK driver Michael Dawes didn’t mind racing in the rain at the Queensland Motor Racing Championships at the weekend.

But he admitted it was very slippery in the wet and slower speeds were a must.

“I usually take one minute 18 seconds for a lap on the Morgan Park Raceway but was being timed at one minute 30 seconds in the rain on Saturday,” Michael said.

“A lot more skill is involved and there were a few drivers spinning out.

“The hardest part is accelerating out of corners and getting traction,” Michael said.

Michael and his sister Rebecca Dawes were both competing in the Gemini class.

After going into round two of the series in second place, Michael was consistently third at the weekend.

Rebecca was sixth or seventh in her races in her Gemini.

The Dawes Racing Team had a support group of eight at the state championships with Mark Gray, of the Gold Coast, head mechanic.

“We had to change a few things in the rain on Saturday,” Gray said.

“The tyre pressure must be lower in the rain and we made a few changes with the ignition timing.

“We also had to soften up the suspension to try to maintain as much corner traction as we could on the track.”

The meeting attracted more than 130 drivers from all over south-east Queensland.

Numbers are growing each year for events at Morgan Park Raceway. Drivers from interstate and New Zealand are often at meetings.

While the drivers kept going in the wet conditions on Saturday, conditions were much better and the speeds faster yesterday.



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