PRESS RELEASE/QLD Saloon Cars – Photo: Rob Turrisi
Former Queensland Saloon Car state champion Gary Beggs scored three race wins to claim round five of the 2018 Lighthouse Electrical Queensland Saloon Car Series at the CAMS Queensland Circuit Racing State Championships at Morgan Park Raceway.
Beggs (Holden VT Commodore) took three out of four race wins to take overall round honours ahead of the other race victor Jamie Furness (Ford AU Falcon) and Brock Mitchell (Ford AU Falcon).
The Warwick local was in fine form during qualifying, as he claimed pole position (1:43.859) in the eleven-car field by a massive 1.8 seconds in torrential wet conditions, with Toowoomba driver Jimmy Manteuful (1:45.690) earning his first front-row start to make it a Holden 1-2 in qualifying.
Beggs took a lights-to-flag victory in race one ahead of Furness and Mitchell. Shayne Hine (Ford AU Falcon) overcame Carter and Tony Shanks in a great battle for fourth, while Brad Carr failed to finish with a blown tyre.
The top three in race two remained unchanged as Furness held off Hine and a hard-charing Carter for third. Carter jumped Brock Mitchell for fourth before he and Beggs traded fastest lap times in the race, as Carter lowered the Saloon Car lap record around Morgan Park to a 1:27.099, beating Kris Walton’s 1:27.326 which stood for eight years.
Beggs dropped back to fifth off the start in race two, as Furness assumed the race lead. Contact between Furness and Hine into turn two on lap two saw both cars drop back through the back, while Hine later received a drive-through penalty for the incident. Carter held the lead until lap four before he ran off the track at turn ten, as Beggs inherited the lead again and went on to win from Carter and Furness.
Furness got the jump on the start in race four and fended off Beggs to take a lights-to-flag victory from Hine in third. Brock Mitchell took fourth followed by Jimmy Manteuful with his weekend best result in fifth.
Beggs was happy to take the round win and extend his lead of the CAMS championship.
“It’s been hard but fun racing all weekend. I nearly got the clean sweep but just wasn’t good enough off the start and fluffed the starts a couple of times.
“I dropped back to fifth in race three but thought that was going to be the end of it but all the other cars seemed to part ways for me and I got back to the front, it was great to be a part of.
“Thanks to Wayne Tiriana and all the guys involved in the Queensland Saloon Car Series for a great weekend.”
Beggs (303 points) now holds a fifty-six point lead in the CAMS Queensland Saloon Cars State Championship over Hine (247) and Furness (242), while Furness (258 points) continues to hold a 32-point lead in the 2018 Lighthouse Electrical Queensland Saloon Car Series over Carter (232) and Beggs (218).
The Lighthouse Electrical Queensland Saloon Car Series returns to Morgan Park Raceway on November 17-18 for the final round of the championship.
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