Train driver takes chequered flag
APPIN train driver Ray Cleaver turned successful motor racing driver at the weekend when he won the sports 2000 class at the Historic Queensland meeting at Morgan Park Raceway.
Cleaver, who hails from the south coast of New South Wales, has won the Queensland tourist trophy in three of the past four years.
He beat a field including Keith Carling, the fastest man to race around Mt Panorama at Bathurst.
Carling also has the fastest recorded speed down Conrod Straight at Bathurst in a Nissan 300 ZX Sports Sedan of 315 kmh. On Sunday, Carling finished second.
Historic Queensland commentator Bobby McGee said the meeting at the weekend at Morgan Park Raceway was the biggest field of cars assembled at the raceway.
“I have never seen a crowd like it, they were parked outside the main gate as well as the regular parking areas,” McGee said.
Former Bathurst winner Bo Seton, father of V8 Supercar driver Glenn Seton was at Morgan Park.
Tasmanian driver Spike Jones travelled from Tasmania to Warwick with his BMW 2002 and qualified 14th fastest outright in division one.
McGee said that Jones had been suffering from cancer but had recovered well.
“Last year at the Tasmanian annual sports awards, he was honoured and recognised for 40 continuous years of motor sport involvement as a driver and official,” McGee said.
“He came up the weekend before the meeting to have an early look at the track.”
Shannons Nationals in a fortnight
DRIVERS from all Australian states will be in Warwick for the Shannons Nationals on August 13-14.
The Shannons Nationals are a national round of seven classes of motor sport and will attract 170 drivers.
“Some of the retired V8 cars compete in the touring car class,” co-commentator Bob McGee said.
The Shannons Nationals are held in all states, except Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
McGee tips some of the fastest cars would reach 180kmh on the new section of the back straight at the raceway.
“Seventy per cent of the drivers in action will be from interstate,” he said.
The drivers will start arriving on the Thursday to practice on the Friday.
Practice and qualifying will start at 8.30am on the Saturday with racing on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.