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.
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