Morgan Park has region humming
THE adrenaline was pumping fast and furious at the Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships at Morgan Park at the weekend.
The hum of motor racing could be heard throughout the district as drivers from all over the world competed for points in round seven of the series.
The spectacular line-up provided local residents with the opportunity to watch several high-profile drivers weave their magic on the track.
Known as a legend in the motor racing world Inky Tulloch came all the way from New Zealand to participate in the Australian Manufacturers Championship in his Mitsubishi EVO 10.
The Shannons Nationals didn't start well for him though. He was coming third in his first one-hour race when he suffered a turbo failure.
In his 30 years of racing Mr Tulloch has done it all.
“I have raced all types of cars in all different categories and even raced trucks,” he said.
With numerous titles under his belt including three Australian championships and four New Zealand championships with the trucks and winning the New Zealand V8 championships three consecutive years, Mr Tulloch says his biggest achievement was winning the Rally of Tahiti in 1986 in his BDA Escort.
This year he is concentrating on the Australian circuit.
“Even though I have not raced at Morgan Park before I felt the track offers the best of both worlds,” he said.
“The old portion is challenging with the tight corners and the new section opens up to reach higher speeds.”
Bob Pearson from the Bob Pearson motor racing team ventured from Sydney to check out the new track at Morgan Park.
“I have been racing for over 45 years and have identities such as Glen Seton, Jason Batwanna and Channel Seven commentator Neil Crompton driving for me,” he said.
“I wanted to try the Morgan Park track and so far so good, I think we will be back.”
Local James Mann, who made his debut in Formula Three racing at the weekend after previously racing Formula Ford's said he was more than impressed with the new track.
“The Warwick and District Sporting Car Club should be commended for the great job they have done with the track,” he said. “There are more corners and a massive straight which is a huge improvement for the track.”
Shannon's Nationals series director Rob Curkpatrick said this is the second year the event has been held in Warwick.
“It's a good track – it's tight, technical and has a fair degree of difficulty which challenges the drivers,” Mr Curkpatrick said.
“The Warwick and Sporting Car club has done a fantastic job with the new track.”