The new Tradie Ute category will be in action at the QRDC this weekend.
The new Tradie Ute category will be in action at the QRDC this weekend. Matthew Paul

Last chance to enjoy hot Raceway tussles this year

THIS weekend is the final car race meeting for the year at Queensland Raceway.

It's been a great season and the final one, the QRDC round 7, should be a cracker.

Six categories are in the program with more than 130 cars competing.

The standout is the Keema Excel Cup with 37 cars to line up on the grid.

The racing will be tight as three-time champion Brett Parrish and John McLaughlin are both in the hunt for the title.

Round 7 winner John Sheridan is in third with a chance of grabbing the victory if both leaders were to put themselves out.

Another multiple race winner Cam Wilson sits in fourth.

Michael Tuckwood, Dan Peasey, Matt Ross and Maxim Erickson, all young guns, make up the next four spots after each had one round where they scored little points. All, however, are capable of taking it to the top four.

In the Queensland Sports Car Championship, Alex Kenny led the points table for the first three rounds this year. He now has dropped back to the eighth overall following his dramatic roll over at Lakeside Park in August. That leaves Dave Barram atop of the points table for class A. Barram (#46 Chir- on) has 346 points to his credit.

Still in class A, Phil Holzberger (#81 Radical SR8) has 262 points so far.

In spite of his accident at Lakeside, Kenny is still in third place with 236 points.

Simon Cilento (#33 Radical SR8) could cause an upset for third spot unless Kenny can produce the form we are accustomed to seeing from him.

In class B, the ever consistent Grant Green (#10 Radical SR3) has a points haul of 434, followed by Neville McKay (# 88 Mallock Mk2) in second with 346 points.

Matt Vanderburg (# 77 Minetti ZZ1) would have gained more points had it not been for an injury sustained at work which prevented him running in round 5.

Other categories running over the weekend include QR Sports and Sedans, which will include the new Tradie Ute class, Superkarts, MX5 Challenge and crowd favourite Group N.

Admission is $20 Saturday, $30 Sunday and $40 for a weekend pass. Kids 12 and under are free.

The event will also be live-streamed at qldraceways.com.au