Warwick driver Jamie Furness is heading to the Australian HQ Championships at Sandown.
Warwick driver Jamie Furness is heading to the Australian HQ Championships at Sandown. Gerard Walsh

Top five in sights

JAMIE Furness is heading to Sandown Raceway for the HQ Nationals on June 16-17 with two thoughts in mind, a top-five finish and a scholarship.

While there is no guarantee for the winner of the Ice Break Coffee Scholarship at Sandown for drivers under 28 years of age, Furness reckons one year of driving in the V8 Ute Series could set him on the path to being a professional driver.

Last year, Furness was 10th in the Australian HQ Championships in Adelaide and wants top five in 2012.

The attraction this year is the scholarship and ute season for the first U28 driver.

He heads to Sandown in top form after setting the fastest lap in April at Bathurst in an endurance race for HQ drivers at the Bathurst Motor Festival.

Furness shared the driving with uncle Gary Bonwick for second in 55 cars.

He expects it to be tougher in the nationals.

"There is more on the line, everyone feels they are racing for sheep stations," Furness said.



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