Short circuit comp to bring mixed bag of racers
MOTORSPORT: The popularity of Morgan Park Raceway didn’t stop the Short Circuit Association from securing their opening round of the 2020 season in Warwick this weekend.
It’s the first and only meeting the Toowoomba-based club will have at the track, with three championships scheduled to go ahead in Stanthorpe.
With a variety of make and models expected to take the track, publicity officer Pat Murray is anticipating competitive races.
“We’ve got a good field in the short circuit; the drivers will all be racing for points and then they’ll be presented with trophies at the end of the year,” Murray said.
“There’s a really good mix of cars coming out. We’ll have sedans, open wheelers, sports cars, and we’ve actually got a ute coming out too.”
Slightly down on entries for the first round of the year, the association isn’t worried about a decrease in driver performance.
“We have about 80 drivers nominated for this weekend,” she said.
“Because we went up to about 150 racers at one point, these numbers are a bit low, but because of the economy, we think that could be the reason people aren’t racing.
“It’s also likely the competitors may have something else on, or they may be racing at another event on the weekend.”
Looking to develop the next generation of drivers, Murray said there would be a focus on those gaining experience.
“We have juniors racing that are in the under 17s, there’s about eight juniors going this weekend,” she said.
“They’re good competitors, and they’ve all got a lot of potential.
“It’s a good way for them to get experience, they can learn track control and how to drive in all types of conditions.”
Despite points being up for grabs during the 1200m circuit race, Murray said there was a greater emphasis on the community atmosphere in the pits.
“It’s a cross section. There’s a few of our competitors who are retired and some who have got families,” she said.
“Some of them have been with us for quite a while, and you find they start with us and then they have a family, but then they come back to racing after.
“It’s just a nice weekend, and it does give you a family atmosphere.”
Racing starts at 9am tomorrow and Sunday and is free to watch.