Morgan Park gears up for another season of racing
MOTOR RACING: Motoring enthusiasts will be eager to take to the track with round one of the Queensland Super Sprint Series next weekend.
Typically not a popular race day, Morgan Park Raceway facility manager Callum Espie was surprised at the number of competitors for the February races.
"Next weekend we have 110 people nominated, and the weekend after that, there is 122 so far," Espie said.
"Those numbers are pretty good for us at this time of the year because it's always hot and people typically don't like to wear their race suits."
While many race against the clock over the two days of competition, Espie said there were a few regulars who enjoy the on-track competition.
"There are a few people that are medal chasers but most people just race against their own time," he said.
With 50 new registered members for 2020, the club now boasts close to 400 members.
A tight-knit community, Espie is proud of the way most act on the track.
"A lot of people will offer to help their friends on the day," he said.
Well known in the racing community, the Morgan Park track is widely regarded as one of the best in Queensland, which Espie said helps draw in new competitors.
"Our races are definitely people who return year after year," he said.
"Then we have some who have saved up for a Cobra and want to see what it can do on the track.
"The fact that we're good enough in a small country town to have a track like this is insane."