Congratulations to the 2015 National Champion

Congratulations to the
2015 National Champion:

 

Rod Raatjes

Nationals 2016 Event Hosts HQ NSW - 3rd-6th of November 2016:

HQ Racing Association of NSW cordially invites all members to Wakefield Park in 2016 for the running of the HQRA Nationals.

 

Thursday: 3rd November 2016 - Setup from Noon and evening cocktail party.

Friday: 4th November 2016 - Open practice and Administration

Saturday: 5th November 2016 - Heats and Presentation Dinner

Sunday: 6th November 2016 - Top 10 Shoot-Out: Repechage Race; Final Race & Presentation

 

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2015 Nationals Top 10

1.   Rod Raatjes

2.   Warren Trewin

3.   Gary Bonwick

4.   Phil Ashlin

5.   Shane Ashlin

6.   David Parsons

7.   John Wise

8.   Mick Woodbridge

9.   Jason Bell

10. Jamie Furness

Nationals Outcome

Following an investigation by the CAMS Eligibility Officers in Melbourne and a follow up meeting with the Tasmanian CAMS Stewards, Andrew Toth was found guilty and disqualified from the 2015 HQ Nationals. A further meeting of the discplinary tribunal is yet to be held to determine Toth’s penalty.

Crossroads Civil Contracting HQ Nationals - Run and Won!

The Mainland  Mexican Bandit  Rod Raatjes  took  line honours at this year’s Crossroads Civil Contracting HQ Nationals held at Symmons Plains Raceway, however controversy has followed  number 2-3-4 after scrutineering infringements were apparent and although under further  protest the post race results are pending.

 

Second spot on the podium was Tassies Andrew Toth however car 28  is  under CAMS protest,  should this protest be upheld  Andrew Toth will remain, however if Andrew Toth is found to have had a technical breach then Victoria's hard charging Warren Trewin may be elevated  to 2nd spot and with Tassies Duane Preece then elevated to 3rd,  however in a mysterious twist to circumstances Preece was found to have a scrutineering discrepancy, and signed off from the event allowing pending 3rd place on the podium multiple champion Queensland’s  champion  Gary Bonwick to be the man in waiting pending CAMS outcomes.

 

Trophies have not been handed out at this point until the final outcomes of the CAMS  protest are  resolved.

 

Over and above the post race scrutineering, we can’t take away the fierce racing between all  competitors, this after all was the Nationals. Tassies own Ashlin boys were keen to show the interstaters  the way. Best placed sand groper was Western Australia’s Mick Woodbridge and Queensland champion Jamie Furness was home in 12th just showing  all entrants the top 10 slots weren’t easy  pickings.

 

Ex Bathurst winner David Parsons had nothing to match the pointy end nor  John Wise. Jason Bell was next best from the apple isle, in the Bell services centre no 27 car, Victorias hard charging Andrew McLeod, Ken Wright  came to engine dramas. Mcleod was one of the fastest cars all Nationals and his arrival into pit lane with 1.5  laps to go was to the amazement of all present. A mix of Western Australians and Tasmanians  filled the slots between 12th and 28th. A credit to the West Australians for making the effort to the Apple Isle, this effort should not go unnoticed, and the Tasmania’s a great job by all competitors and committee in making the 2015  Crossroads Civil Contracting Nationals such  a great event.

National Body Elect a New National Patron:

At the recent HQRA National Meeting, it was unanimously decided that Gavin Porteous would be honoured as the HQRA National Patron. We welcome Gavin Porteous (ASM) who is the most worthy Patron. Gavin has had a distinguished career in both sidecar racing and HQs, winning National and State Championships in both. After a career ending  accident on the Isle of Man in 1993, Gavin joined HQ Racing  in 1999. He is a fierce competitor and a valuable committee man who we are fortunate to have in our Association and as our patron.

 

I look forward to meeting you all at various events in 2015.

 

Sincerely,

Gavin Porteous

National HQRA Contacts:

National Administration: 0412 336 153

National President: David Ling - david.ling@dlgis.com.au

National Secretary: Sue Ashlin - suzanne.ashlin@dhhs.tas.gov.au

National Treasurer: Brian Goldfinch - brian@goldfinch.tv

National Technical Officer: Colin Roper - ciroper@bigpond.com

National Media (Non-Executive Member): David Cameron - davidc@ctfd.com.au

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