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Victorian State Circuit Racing Championship Round 1

Tuesday 19th February, 2019 - 12:38pm

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Round 1 of the 2019 VSCRC is on again at Sandown on the 1-3 March. We currently have 240 entries over 9 categories with practice on Friday and racing over the weekend.Victorian State Circuit Racing Championship Round 1

The MG Car Club in association with the Victorian State Racing Series and CAMS are once again hosting the first round of the VSCRC for 2019. There will be private practice on Friday 1st of March with entry open right up to the day.

On Saturday 2nd March there will be qualifying in the morning and racing in the afternoon. On Sunday 3rd March there will be a full day of racing for all categories.

We have a very strong entry list with a total of 240 cars entered for the event comprising 9 categories. Topping the bill in terms of numbers are the very popular Hyundai Excels with 66 cars. The Excel Racing Association have come up with a novel approach for this event with the idea of splitting the two grids into age groups- of the drivers not cars-into under and over 40 years of age. Should be great to watch.

As usual we also have a very strong entry from the Improved Production group with 42 entries. They always provide terrific racing with a great variety of cars with everything from Minis to Mazda RX7s to V8 Holden’s and Fords.

The Victorian Sports Sedan Association have been working very hard behind the scenes with a new committee injecting some real energy into the category. Their efforts have paid off big time with one of the best entries seen at a VSCRC round for a long time. The 35 entries dominated by the big booming 6 litre Chevrolets, Falcons and Commodores. A welcome addition to the Sports Sedan grid is the Vic V8’s and the Nissan Pulsar group, something for everyone.

The promoter’s favourites are of course MG Racing. They have come up with a solid grid of 24 cars headed by the 2018 Champion Phil Chester in his awesome MGB GT V8. Phil will not have it all his own way with 4 more V8s plus the welcome return of Andrew Howell in his MG ZR Judd. A brand-new car to the group is the MG SV-R V8 to be driven by Andrew’s son Rhys. This is probably the rarest car on the grid as it is the only race car built by the factory. It was built in 2005 to the FIA GT3 regulations and ran in a number of GT races in Europe. Andrew Howell bought it in the UK and has spent the last six years on an extensive rebuild. It has a full carbon fibre body and aero package- should be a rocket.

Formula Vee have been busy over the off season and have come up with a strong grid of 19 cars. There is no doubt that the Vees put on some of the closest and exciting racing on the program. If you want to see the art of slipstreaming demonstrated to perfection, these are the races to watch.

Formula Ford have 17 entries with a mixture of Duratec and 1600 on the grid. Jason Bargwanna’ s son Benjamin has now moved up from the Excel category into a Spectrum Formula Ford. We will watch with interest Ben’s progress in adapting to an open wheel racing car.

Porsche 944 Challenge have started the season strongly with 16 cars on the grid. These 2.5 Litre Stuttgart flyers always produce close and exciting racing and Sandown will be no exception.

The ever-popular HQ Holden’s will start their Championship at Sandown. With David Amor in charge of the microphone we can be assured of some loud action.

Saloon Cars will bring the entertaining mix of traditional rivals Ford and Holden to the track.

Admission to the track for spectators is free on Friday for practice. Gates open at 7.00am and close at 6.00pm.

Admission fee on Saturday $20.00 and Sunday $25.00, Weekend pass $30.00. Children under 16 free gives access to the pits and grandstand.

The Red Hill area will be open on Sunday. This is a wonderful spot to view the racing where spectators can drive their cars in and have a picnic while watching some of the most spectacular parts of the track.

Further information David Vernall 0418 596 847 or [email protected]

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