Newcastle driver Stephen Butcher set a new 1200cc record at Morgan Park Raceway yesterday.
Newcastle driver Stephen Butcher set a new 1200cc record at Morgan Park Raceway yesterday. Gerard Walsh

Race lap in record time

NEWCASTLE driver Stephen Butcher can take credit for a new 1200cc record at Morgan Park Raceway at the weekend on two fronts - he was not only the driver but also the builder of his Formula Vee.

Butcher currently leads the 1200cc class in the Clemenger International Freight Formula Vee Australian Series and set a new lap record of one minute, 32 seconds, yesterday.

In the 1600cc class, ACT driver Daniel Reynolds broke the lap record in his Formula Vee.

Butcher was driving at Morgan Park Raceway for the first time and rated the track as challenging.

"It has fast corners, slow corners, uphill corners, off camber corners, short and long straights," he said.

"You even have to watch out for kangaroos and there are a few bumps from where it flooded."

Butcher said before he went on track on Saturday, he had heard a bit about the track from drivers who had raced in Warwick previously.

"The reality is most drivers just want a track where they can drive fast," he said.

Away from fast driving, Butcher works in the heat exchange industry in Newcastle and builds Formula Vee cars as a hobby under the Team Stinger name.

"I take three to four months to build a Formula Vee," he said.

"I am now up to chassis 15 and built the one I race myself."

The Warwick event was the second round of the Formula Vee series.

The first was at Eastern Creek in March and the final round will be at Phillip Island in October.

Last year, the Queensland round was at Queensland Raceway but organisers went further west this year to Warwick.

The state championships attracted 170 competitors from the eastern states and were organised by the MG Car Club of Queensland.

Club spokesman David Robinson said the Formula Vees boosted interest.



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