Last weekend’s Lockyer Short Course, hosted by the Brisbane Sporting Car Club and run at Thornton near Mulgowie, has been praised as a huge success by all involved.
The event ran smooth, with a few minor mechanical issues being the only problems over the entire weekend. Several competitors had to leave the event early due to issues with a broken front hub, and a holed sump and transmission damage, but the remainder of the problems were minor enough to enable drivers to fix between rounds, allowing cars back onto the field. Competitors remarked that they enjoyed being able to spectate between rounds, giving an unusual opportunity not often given to drivers at events.
Recent rains had given the track a much-needed growth boost, and organisers spent countless hours ensuring the track was safe for everyone, cutting grass around the track and removing rocks prior to the event start. Over the weekend, six volunteers associated with the Brisbane Sporting Car Club gave their time to cook up over 200 steak burgers and 14kg’s of sausages, working hard to keep everyone running.
Vehicles competed over eight classes on the weekend, with driver Clayton Chapman and navigator Adam McGuire taking out the overall win in their Mitsubishi Triton, with a total time of 1:25:21.60; also claiming the title in the Extreme 4WD class. German Autos Motorsport claimed the win in both the Pro Buggy and Pro Lite Buggy classes, with driver Laurence Svenson and nav Janelle Svenson winning the Pro in their GAC1 buggy, and Tait Svenson and nav Leah Hoppe taking the Pro Lite in their Stealth Predator buggy.
The Super 1650 Buggy class was won by Declan Cummins and Patrick Philip in their Hornet buggy; and Matthew and Michael Brice taking the win in the Superlite NA driving a Polaris PZR90. The Superlite Turbo class was taken by Davig Loughnan and nav Jackson Klein in a Can-Am Maverick Turbo. Steven Orr and nav Nicole Orr won the Performance 2WD class driving their Suzuki Sierra. The Production 4WD class was won by Amy Chapman and navigator Lincoln Staude in their Nissan Patrol.
Competitors and spectators have expressed their enthusiasm for this event to return next year, with officials promising to do all they can to make it happen.
Story by Nicole Jenkins. Photographs by Lorne Close and Nicole Jenkins