Queensland wraps up 2020 season with dramatic results

Tuesday 24 November, 2020
Photos: Peter Buchanan
The Motorsport Australia Queensland Circuit State Championships has signed 2020 on off with a high after more than 160 competitors took part in the season finale at Morgan Park.
 
With the championships’ regular categories all featuring in the last meeting for the year and a number of titles on the line, the racing drama proved entertaining for the whole day.
 
An electrifying fight in Historic Touring Cars headlined the round as Rod Cannon beat Matthew Clift by one sole point in a battle that went all the way to the final race, which Cannon ended up winning.
 
It was an unfortunate ending for Grant Wilson, who finished the meeting third having led the standings ahead of the final race, thanks to his two wins, but a failure to finish the last race demoted him behind Cannon and Clift.
 
There may not have been just one point separating the top two drivers in Improved Production, but it certainly went right down to the wire as Brock Paine overcame a strong start from Bruce Cook to win the round.
 

After Cook won the opening two races, Paine won the next two, which had more points on offer, giving him the outright victory.

Two race wins for Zak Hudson was enough to secure the round victory in the Circuit Excels, despite Cameron Bartholomew winning the category's final two races.
 
The category's third place getter in Jackson Faulkner ended up playing a major role in the battle for top spot after his runner-up placings in two races ahead of Bartholomew ultimately proved the difference.
 
It was a similar story for Formula Vee, which saw Timothy Alder end the day on top after Alexander Hedemann started the round off with a win.
 
Like the Excels, it was the driver on the bottom step of the podium in Scott Andrew who dictated the final result, after he won the second race ahead of Alder in second.
 

There was far less drama in the remaining categories as all the winners comfortably claimed clean sweeps in their respective fields, including Dalton Ellery in the Production Touring Cars, Michael Kulig in the Sports Sedans and Invited class category, Darren Berry in the Production Sports Cars and Jamie Manteufel, Brandon Madden and Mark Gray in the combined Saloon Cars, HQ Holdens and Geminis field.

While Roman Krumins and Kyle Evans also picked up class clean sweeps in the joint Sports Cars/Formula Ford grid, further down the field was the Formula Ford 1600 battle which Cameron McLeod won after winning two of the four races.
 
It wasn't easy though as Tim Hamilton won the category’s opening race before Dylan Fahey, who finished the round just six points behind McLeod, won the final race.
             
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