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HQ Holdens back at Bathurst on the Easter Weekend 2017:

It was great to see at almost 60 HQ Holdens back at Mt Panorama, Bathurst for the 6 Hours Race on the Easter Weekend. The field consisted of many of the best HQ teams from across the country. Click on the link below to view the results from the awesome weekend of racing.

 

Full Results for the 6 Hour Bathurst - Easter Weekend.

 

Visit the Gallery Page to see some images from the event - thank you to Riccardo Benvenuti for the pictures.

 

 

News Item Added: 1/5/17

2017 HQ Osborns Transport NSW State Series - Round One Full Race Report:

4th & 5th March 2017, Sydney Motorsport Park

 

It had been a long hot summer and finally the NSW motor racing season would kick off with the start of the NSW Motor Race Championship. The HQ Holden were ready to do battle once more for the State Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park. Leading up to this event Sydney was hit by bad weather, and it would continue throughout the weekend making conditions difficult for all comers.

The cars came out to qualify on Saturday morning in wet conditions and the presentation of all the HQ’s was second to none, a lot of work and effort over the summer. New paint jobs, new sponsors and a sense of anticipation in the air made it a great spectacle.

 

The defending State and National champion (National title held at Wakefield November 2016) continued his form from last year setting fast time from the onset. Scott Walker who was in his 2nd full season in the HQ’s was also setting some great times, and it was noticeable that in the damp conditions he was taking a different lines to all other runners. At the last turn (entry to the main straight) he was going much wider looking for dryer ground to great success claiming pole by a margin of half a second. On the front row beside Walker was Chris Buckley. The second row was occupied by Osborn and Chris Molle.

 

All the good work that Walker made to claim pole was to no avail after a bad start in race 1. Walker was passed by Buckley, Molle, Osborn and Glenn Deering by the time the cars arrived at turn two. Osborn wasted no time in claiming the lead and building a small gap from Deering, while behind him Walker got his rhythm back and started putting pressure on third positioned Molle.  A mid pack battle was brewing between Andrew Tait, Tristian Wolds, Darren Parker and David Allan. This dice continued for a few laps until Parker came unstuck at the high speed turn one only to find himself parked on the infield inches deep in mud. Somehow he was able to find reverse and extricate himself out of this situation to re-join the race towards the back.

 

Walker eventually passed Deering for position on the outside of turn two, a very brave move that paid dividends. Once clear of Deering, Walker started his attack on first position. Osborn used all his experience and skill to maintain position and claim the first victory of 2017.  Walker came home a strong 2nd while Deering finished 3rd.

 

Race 2 held on Sunday morning started in a dry track and the three drivers that finished on the podium in the first race were the leading bunch as they arrived at turn two. Walker and Osborn pulled away from the third place dice of Molle, Deering and Buckley. Then the rains came and the track became very slippery. Nick Jackson came unstuck in the conditions getting bogged in the outfield. The safety car came out so the marshals could retrieve his car safely.

 

Once the safety car pulled in the pits there was only two green laps of racing left. Osborn was able to withstand Walker’s pressure to claim another win. Walker tried gallantly to finish 2nd while Molle was 3rd.

 

Walker made a brilliant start in race 3 and he was closely followed by Osborn, Deering, Molle and Duane Cambridge. During the third lap Osborn had a small spin at turn 2 and subsequently this allowed Cambridge and Deering to sneak past. By following lap Walker had a healthy margin from Deering who in turn was in a tight battle with Cambridge and a recovering Osborn.

 

Many of the drivers had problem at turn 5 with track limits, Deering breached the track limit twice giving him a 5 second penalty and Cambridge breached 4 times and received a 15 second penalty. Oil was dropped just before turn 2 and this caught out a few drivers, Cameron Stuart and Mark Baxter amongst the spinning casualties.

 

 Osborn cleared Deering and set to catch Walker, and with one lap to go he was nearly a second adrift from first place. As the two cars came around the last corner Osborn was in Walker’s slip stream, and that was enough to get Osborn to cross line by a mere 0.02 of a second. Osborn was a jubilant winner while Walker would have to wait again for his first win, with this form it should not be too far away. Cambridge finished 3rd, however he was relegated to 4th due to the penalty.

 

The Boys and Girls produced some great racing and celebrated in style. As they came around on the cool down lap, some guys where too heavy on the loud pedal trying to drift around turn 2. Cambridge spun and was soon followed by Adam Leach ……… all in good fun.

 

Congratulations to Osborn with three wins from as many starts, a great way to start his defense of the title.

 

Race 1:

1: Car 1: OSBORNS TRANSPORT - Brett Osborn (NSW)

2: Car 36: Tyrepower Gregory Hills/DTC Transport - Scott Walker (NSW)

3: Car 5:  IGUTTER - Glenn Deering (NSW)

 

Race 2:

1: Car 1: OSBORNS TRANSPORT - Brett Osborn (NSW)

2: Car 36: Tyrepower Gregory Hills/DTC Transport - Scott Walker (NSW)

3: Car 23: COMMAND DIGITAL SIGNAGE - Chris Molle (NSW)

 

Race 3:

1: Car 1  OSBORNS TRANSPORT - Brett Osborn (NSW)

2: Car 36: Tyrepower Gregory Hills/DTC Transport - Scott Walker (NSW)

3: Car 5 : IGUTTER - Glenn Deering (NSW)

 

On a side note: I was listening to the 2 way radio during race 3 when the marshal at turn 2 radios a message to the race secretary, and it went like this:

Flag marshal: "Just reporting that a car has dropped a bundle of oil just before turn 2 on the racing line."

Race Secretary: "Copy that, did you see the car that did it?"

Long silence over the radio…and then the Flag marshal responds: "I believe it was a HQ………"

 

What would we do without the Volunteers?

 

 

News Item Added: 13/03/17

 

Don't Forget to Attend the First HQ NSW General Meeting for 2017:

The date and venue for the first HQ Racing NSW General Meeting for 2017 has been finalised:

 

Date: 7th February, 2017

Time: 7:30pm Sharp

Venue: ARDC Suite 3

Address: Sydney Motorsport Park

 

We would love to see you all there.

Congratulations to the HQ NSW Executive Committee for 2017:

Thanks to our members that came to the AGM on the 8th of November, 2016.

The new Committee has been voted in:

 

President: Duane Cambridge

Vice President: John Baxter

Secretary: Glenn Miller

Treasurer: Tanya Cambridge JP

Race Secretary: Chris Buckley

Cams Delegate: Chris Buckley

Membership Officer: Glenn Miller

 

If any members have any suggestion on the direction of our club please don't hesitate to contact any of the committee.

The next general meeting will be  Tuesday 7th of February 2017 - venue TBA.

Regards

Duane Cambridge

 

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Bathurst 2017 Expression of Interest:

It is that time of the year where planning/preparations are starting for Bathurst 2017 and if last year’s interest levels were anything to go by it should be jam packed again so make sure you get in early to give yourselves the best chance of getting a start at the iconic “Mount Panorama” next Easter 2017.

 

As explained last year with regards to the criteria for a start at the “Mountain” there are many aspects to consider but if it comes down to it “first in best dressed” will still carry great importance!

 

Click Here to download the ‘Expression of Interest’ document for Bathurst 2017 so get it done if you want to be there!

 

2016 HQ Nationals Full Race Report:

5th & 6th of November 2016, Wakefield Park Raceway

 

A healthy number of competitors turned out at a cold and windy Wakefield Park for the 2016 HQ Nationals. NSW regular guns like John Baxter, Scott Cameron and newly elected State Champion Brett Osborn where joined by a host of interstate drivers from all over the country.

 

The format was 6 preliminary heats on Saturday, a top ten shootout on Sunday morning and followed by the main race that would decide the national champion over 25 laps. Osborn won all 3 preliminary heats that he was involved in, while the other heats went to John Baxter (2) and Andrew McCloud.

 

The top ten shootout was an exciting affair with Brock Mitchell setting a fast time of 1.16.3409 with only one car left to come out. Then it was Osborn’s turn, his car was hooked up and going through turn 3, 4 and 5 he seemed fast. Osborn crossed the line with a blistering time of 1.15.1863, 1.2 second faster than the rest with a new lap record add to his name.

 

In the main event Osborn was in a league of his own. He was able to lead from the start to take control of the race, Mitchell and & McCloud chased hard in the early running’s while Jamie Furness and John Baxter diced for 4th position. It did not take long for J Baxter to dispatch Furness and Mitchell finding himself in 3rd position. The mid pack battle was as intense, Chris Buckley, Matthew Barker, John Wise and Phillip Ashlin diced nose to tail for the first 6 laps until the unfortunate retirements of Wise and Ashlin.

 

Scott Cameron qualified lower than expected, however his charge in the race was second to none. After finding himself in 9th position after the first lap he climbed through the field to finish 5th. At the end Osborn won comfortably with a six seconds margin from McCloud, J Baxter came home a strong 3rd. It was NSW 1st and 3rd while 2nd place went to Victoria. Other placing went as follows; Mitchell 4th, Cameron 5th, Jamie Furness (QLD) 6th and ex saloon car champion Simon Tabinor 7th. The remaining top ten where Andrew Toth 8th, Buckley 9th and Stewart Spry rounding of the ten.

 

Osborn was the worthy winner of the 2016 National HQ title with multiple heat wins, a smashing qualifying time and a dominant performance in the main race.

 

The support categories for the HQ National where Series X3 Excel cars, Superkarts and Legend cars. In the Excel’s Brendan Avard won five out of six races including the trophy race, Emily Duggan and Wayde Griffiths finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

 

In the Superkart trophy race Mark Robin took the honors from Matthew Stockman and Mehmed Sinali. Leigh Grant won the non- gearbox class The Legend cars had multiple sprint races culmination into a final endure. The enduro was won by father and son combination Glenn and tom Mitchell.

 

 

News Item Added: 30/11/16