Raceway helps to boost population
JOHN and Lynn Woolcock are two of a group of 200 people to move to Warwick due to the Morgan Park Raceway.
The Woolcocks have been in Warwick for four years and John is a regular on the raceway.
At the weekend, he was second in his Mazda MX5 with a best time for three 1.5 kilometre laps of two minutes, 40 seconds.
He has recorded plenty of second and third placings in his class in rounds of the Queensland Super Sprint Series.
“I don’t expect to win the series as I am up against the latest model Lotus in the sports car, 1.5 to 2 litre class,” he said.
The Mazda he drives was manufactured in 1995.
Warwick District Sporting Car Club president Bill Campbell and club member and real estate agent Yve Stocks both believe the population of the Warwick area was up 200 due to the raceway.
While some move to the area to be close to the raceway, Campbell said some chose Warwick as their home town after seeing the area while travelling to the Southern Downs for events.
Stocks said more people from Warwick should head to the Morgan Park precinct to see what the area had to offer from a motor racing perspective.
“There are three motor racing facilities here (touring car, drags and dirt bikes tracks). Some people don’t realise what is out here,” she said.
“Most of our events at the Morgan Park Raceway are free.”
At the weekend, 111 vehicles competed in round three of the A-series in the super sprints.
One vehicle “dived” into a concrete wall near the former 2000 Sydney Olympic Games bridge on the hill.
“It wasn’t a serious accident and the driver was not injured,” Campbell said.
“It was more pride and vehicle damage.”