TITLE WINNERS: Jamie Furness and Gary Beggs after each winning two state championships at Morgan Park Raceway this year.
TITLE WINNERS: Jamie Furness and Gary Beggs after each winning two state championships at Morgan Park Raceway this year. Gerard Walsh

Hometown title success at raceway

JAMIE Furness and Gary Beggs want a few more Sundays at Morgan Park Raceway after each walked away with two state titles.

Furness won his first CAMS state championship in 2009 and made it two at the weekend when he won the HQ class in the state championships over four rounds and the HQ Club Series over eight rounds.

After first being taken to Morgan Park by his father Hughie as a young boy, Beggs won his first title on the tar at the weekend in the saloon car class at the CAMS championships.

"Dad encouraged me at the time I competed in my first race in 1986," he said.

"I remember winning a junior title on the dirt."

Jamie Furness down the straight at Morgan Park Raceway.
Jamie Furness down the straight at Morgan Park Raceway. Michael Cormack

He also won a Queensland Racing Drivers Association Championship after winning the title on Saturday afternoon after a close battle with Colby Cowham and John McCleverty.

While the two championships were contested on the same four races at Morgan Park, the points system is different and at times different drivers win the titles.

For Furness, the HQ Club Championship involved eight races, four at Morgan Park, two at Queensland Raceway and two at Lakeside.

Beggs was a chance to press Furness for the HQ championship when he trailed by six points going into the weekend competition but, in his own words, his weekend of HQ racing went horribly wrong.

"My engine was overheating on Saturday," Beggs said on a day that plenty of cars disagreed with the hot conditions.

After contesting two classes in the four rounds at Morgan Park this year, Beggs said he definitely would only consider starting one car next year.

"Two classes give you a lot of work beforehand and on the weekend with eight races each of 10 laps," he said.

For Furness, winning the series was about consistency.

"I didn't make too many mistakes and finished every race. There are points for every finish," Furness said.

Like Beggs, he does all his own work on the car.

They admit there is friendly rivalry between them when going head-to-head.

Gary Beggs was one of many Warwick drivers to perform strongly at Morgan Park.
Gary Beggs was one of many Warwick drivers to perform strongly at Morgan Park. Darin Mandy


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