Sophia Buccini after taking 13 seconds off her previous best at Morgan Park Raceway.
Sophia Buccini after taking 13 seconds off her previous best at Morgan Park Raceway. Gerard Walsh

Story on family wanting Warwick base helps find right home

MOTORSPORT: Sophia Buccini was racing against the clock as she improved her personal best by 13 seconds in the Queensland Super Sprints at Morgan Park Raceway at the weekend.

She is a student at Mueller College, Rothwell, on the northside of Brisbane.

Sophia, 17, said after she finished school, she planned to work in border security.

"I want to be doing something different each day,” she said.

She is now competing in the car previously driven by her older sister Karlie.

"I am still a junior and want to improve my best times,” Sophia said.

In a fortnight, she will be at her first Leyburn Sprints and hoping to win the Ann Collins Memorial Trophy for best junior.

She was going to compete last year but had a broken arm at the time. The injury was not from motor racing.

"Some of the drivers helped me by staying in front of me or chasing my car which helped me record better times at the weekend at Morgan Park Raceway,” she said.

"The drivers in my class are great, I love racing at Morgan Park.”

At the weekend, she was fourth in the improved production 1601-2000cc class.

Sophia cut the 13 seconds off her four-lap time and now has a new PB of five minutes, 20 seconds on the 2.1km circuit. Her best lap time is down to 1:18.63

Sister Karlie won the improved production 3000-4000cc class and their father Paul was first in improved production 5000cc and over. The girl's mother Claire is a rally driver.

Competing at Leyburn will be a lot easier this year for the Buccini family, they now have a Warwick base.

They purchased a home in Wantley St within a week of the Daily News publishing a story about their keenness to buy a home in the town. The story was written on the Sunday of a super sprints round.

Claire said after the Daily News online and print stories, they received seven or eight calls from people wanting to sell them a home.

"We inspected homes on the Monday after the race meeting and bought about a week later. Some also called our business Buccini Transport for a number to contact us about homes in Warwick,” Claire said.

She said they spend so much time at Morgan Park Raceway, they were keen to have a Warwick base.

"We have stayed in the home for most of the past month, we now have a contract on our home in Brisbane and will move to Warwick at some time in the future,” Claire said.



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