Rebecca, Denise, Michael and Charmaine Dawes at the state championships at Morgan Park.
Rebecca, Denise, Michael and Charmaine Dawes at the state championships at Morgan Park. Gerard Walsh

Racing in the Dawes' blood

WARWICK driver Rebecca Dawes received the trophy for outstanding performance at the Queensland Motor Racing Championships at Morgan Park at the weekend.

The Warwick driver had plenty of family in the pit area and cheering from the grandstand.

Boyfriend Mark Gray, mother Denise Dawes, brother/head mechanic Michael Dawes and sister-in-law Charmaine Dawes were helping out in the pits.

Dawes is racing a new car, a Holden Gemini Coupe, this season with new sponsorship support from the Gold Coast Blaze basketball team.

"I improved lap times by two seconds at the weekend and had a best of fifth in a field of 13," Dawes said.

"I was on the tail of the front runners for a while which is why I think they presented me with the trophy.

"Realistically, I want to get up to fourth. The car is going really well, we just need to work on the brakes as I am losing a car length a lap as it takes too much time to slow up for the corners."

There are two more rounds of the series in Warwick and other rounds at Queensland Raceway and Lakeside.

While Dawes works in real estate at the Gold Coast, she prefers race meetings in Warwick as her car is based in the family workshop in Warwick.

"It will be a long drive from the Gold Coast to Warwick and then to Lakeside and back to Warwick and the Gold Coast," she said.

Warwick driver Matt Campbell won the Formula Ford class and former Warwick driver Gary Bonwick was victorious in the Holden HQ class at the weekend.

Gary Beggs, of Warwick, was upbeat after a second place in one heat and third overall in the saloon class, his best in state championship racing.

"I have not started on the front row before," Beggs said.

The event was organised by the Queensland Racing Drivers Association and attracted 122 drivers.

Spokesman Fred Sayers said the weekend went well.

"Entries were not as large as expected which could be to do with the economy, they say Australia is booming but not everywhere," Sayers said.

The association runs one of the four rounds of the championships at Morgan Park Raceway each year and it was the second round in 2012.

The next Warwick round is on September 1-2.



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