Queensland Raceway was the venue for round 2 FVAQ State Series. Steve Butcher made the journey from Sydney to get some practice for the upcoming Nationals Challenge. Steve hit the track and quickly with some great times and put the pressure on the Queensland drivers right from qualifying.
Morning qualifying saw Steve 2 seconds clear of Garry Hook with Alex Hedemann 3rd and Scott Andrew close in behind in 4th. With some damp weather adding to the weekend on Saturday and a fine clear day on Sunday, the weekend of contrasts delivered some great driving and some close battles right across the racing field.
Sunday saw an early departure from Steve as he headed back to Sydney missing races 3 and 4. With some late setup changes to new rooky Jerry’s car for Race 3, his times dropped and he laid some impressive times for his second only meeting.
Overall credit to Garry Hook, Alex Hedemann and Scott Andrew for taking the weekend 1,2 and 3 respectively and thanks to all drivers and their crews participating.
Race 1 saw the wet weather close in as forecast just prior to the start making for a full wet track. QR was the venue for round 2 FVAQ State Series. Alex Hedemann jumped ahead of Steve and Garry at turn 1 and had a handy gap for first half of the race. As Steve and Garry became more comfortable with the wet conditions they began to close the gap and mid-way through the race Alex lost his comfortable lead spinning at turn 1 dropping him to 4th leaving Garry and Steve and driving a very controlled race. Garry managed to maintain the gap taking the win.
Race 2 had Garry Hook on pole Steve Butcher beside him with Alex 3rd. The front row made a better start this time and had a comfortable gap over Alex in 3rd followed by David Hedemann and Brady Nicholls not far behind matching the leaders pace early on. As the race continued the three at the front picked up the pace and Garry and Steve began swapping positions allowing Alex to close the gap making a close three way battle to the finish with Alex setting the fastest lap of the race. Steve got the better of Garry with Alex passing David in the closing stages to claim 3rd. Brady dropped out of the battle for 4th spinning at turn 2 dropping him back to 7th.
Sunday started with clear skies and no more rain forecast.
Race 3 had Garry Hook on front row on his own as Steve Butcher departed back to Sydney due to work commitments. With a great start by all, Alex Hedemann, David Hedemann Scott Andrews all challenged Garry into the first corner. The lead changed several times throughout the race with Garry Scott and Alex all having a turn at the front. This battle continued to the end of the race with Alex winning from Garry and a close Scott 3rd over the line. Scott took full advantage of a slipstream to take the fastest lap of the race. Further back in the field Brady Nicholls lost some time battling with Bruce Acheson and Gerrit Van De Pol improving his lap times by 2 seconds.
Race 4 had Alex and Garry on the front row and Scott and David behind them. After a fairly even start, turn three saw some grief with some brake lockups on entry and contract between Brady and David both going off on to the causing a 3 lap clamp- down. David was able to re-join the race with Brady retiring with a bent steering arm and damaged pride. This separation and clampdown made it a race at the front between Garry and Alex. As is the policy at QR, the 3 laps were added to the race distance. At the restart this pair battled to the end with Garry timing his final lap to perfection to take the win and the round.
• Garry Hook 1st
• Alex Hedemann 2nd
• Scott Andrew 3rd.
A special mention to a number of people that contributed to making this a great weekend for Formula Vee Queensland. Our many thanks to Ken Taylor for is participation as our DSO in the tower and his work in the pits over the weekend assisting many drivers with this cars and setup. Lou Taylor for her efforts running the lunchtime BBQ both Saturday and Sunday, also to Garry Hook for providing those delicious snags. A thankyou goes out to Steve Butcher for making the trip from Sydney to join us for the weekend, we enjoyed having you with us both on and off the track, please come back again soon.
Thanks to all those drivers, crews and partners for joining us Trackside and making this a fantastic weekend.