Father and son in same racing class at weekend
MOTORSPORT: Jason O'Mara and his father Dan are ranked in the top three in the improved production class up to 2000cc heading into the final round of the Short Circuit Motor Sport Association series at Morgan Park Raceway this weekend.
After three rounds, Jason leads the way with 155 points ahead of Zak Hudson (Pittsworth) on 124 with Dan O'Mara (89 points) third.
While Dan can't overtake his son in the race for class winner, he said it is exciting to be in the same category as his son.
"We just enjoy our motorsport, it is only in the past two years that we have been in the same class,” he said.
Jason is driving the same Datsun 1200 Coupe that he has driven to class victory in the 10 Pittsworth Sprint events he has contested.
Dan is driving a Datsun 1200 Coupe in this year's series which is owned by his daughter-in-law Angela O'Mara who isn't racing this year after she and Jason welcomed their first child Sally.
"Jason is an excellent driver and he always beats me, I am surprised to be third in class and will be aiming to stay there this weekend,” Dan said.
Jason has not been required to do much work on his car this season but Dan has done a couple of gearboxes.
"We always do our own work on the cars, that is half the fun,” he said.
Dan first raced at Morgan Park in 1972 on the old dirt track before having a break from the sport for 20 years after family commitments kicked in.
"Jason started driving in juniors and then one day a car was sitting there and I thought I would have a go in the Pittsworth Sprints and then I started doing the super sprints in Warwick and am now involved with short circuit racing,” Dan said.
"I enjoy the short circuit racing and am now driving on virtually the same configuration at Morgan Park as 45 years ago. The major difference is the sealed surface.”
Looking back 45 years, Dan remembers two of the old-timers; association secretary Fred Berge and Lindsay Simmons.
"I met Fred for the first time back in the late 1960s. Lindsay Simmons was racing when I started and will be clerk of the course this weekend,” he said.
There are trophies up for grabs in three categories; improved production up to 2000cc, improved production over 2000cc, sports sedan as well as for the overall winner.
Berge said Jason O'Mara was assured of victory in his class and will claim the overall title if he places well in each of his races.
"Jason has never won the series and I don't think any driver from Warwick has won improved production up to 2000cc,” Berge said.
Chris Balint from Warwick is on top of the standings in improved production over 2000cc with 87 points, while Lockyer Valley driver Cec Morgan is in front in sports sedans with 94 points.
This series included four rounds, three at Morgan Park Raceway and one at Carnell Raceway.
One of the closest battles of the weekend will be for overall supremacy in the Queensland and New South Wales Sprint Challenge.
Five drivers from each state are selected in interstate teams at each round.