National debut for Morgan Park

BILL Campbell could be forgiven for being more than ecstatic about Warwick's Morgan Park Raceway hosting its first national level motorsport championships.

The Warwick District Sporting Car Club president has played a pivotal role in the history-making event that has our raceway hosting the Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships on August 8 and 9.

These championships represent the second tier of Australian circuit racing behind V8 Supercars.

“This is a first for Warwick and it will bring a new level of competition here,” Campbell said. “Generally these calibre of events happen closer to capital cities.”

The August round seven event will feature sports cars, production cars, touring cars and karts, attracting drivers and teams from throughout Australia.

“We're really looking forward to coming to Morgan Park,” Shannons Nationals director Rob Curkpatrick said. “The nationals have a large number of Queensland-based competitors who are keen to race in their home state and Morgan Park is a great track for racing.”

Curkpatrick said the weekend would boast an exciting mix of Porsches, production cars, Ford versus Holden battles and a one-hour sports car race.

The two-day race championships were also destined to bolster the local economy, according to Campbell.

“I would hope we can attract a lot of spectators and I am confident drivers and their teams will stay locally, which should be positive for our accommodation providers.”

Campbell said if the maiden event proved successful, there was a real chance the championships could become an annual feature of the Morgan Park calendar.

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