It was fortunate the Mount Cotton Hill Climb track was spared any storm damage allowing the 2017 CAMS Challenge event to proceed.
Two Hyundai teams were represented, Federal Tyres Series X3 Challenge team and the QRDA Hyundai team. Series X3 QLD team Drivers Cam Bartholomew, Richard Chaseling and Brock Giblin took a couple of runs to get familiar with the track while regulars Brad Smith and Gary Goulding set to putting down some good times on the board. QRDA’s current QLD Hill climb Circuit Excel class champion Mark Pryor set a time of 52:30 straight off the trailer and a fastest time of day a 51:78 with Chris Donnelly also showing he meant business finishing the day with a best time of 52:00. Current (QSC Chair) David Paterson was the third driver for the QRDA team driving the 43 car, the Donnelly bumble bee, we all must thank him for putting his hand up for the commentary duties on Sunday and for his humble words promoting our class over the course of the day.
The Federal Tyres Series X3 Challenge team fort hard all day running second outright till the last round, finishing the day in third place outright. Congratulations to the Series X3 QLD team members who consistently bettered their times as they all came to grips with the track layout, and its challenging demands on the driver. Times below show how competitive the day finished. Cam Bartholomew 52:13 Brad Smith 52:61 Brock Giblin 52:70 Richard Chaseling 52:80 Gary Goulding 52:96
The intention of Series X3 QLD to enter this event was to promote the class. It was great to see all the Hyundai drivers talking amongst themselves sharing ideas on how to get the most out of their runs and they should all be proud of the performance and driving skills they displayed on Sunday. I am sure a lot of people watching walked away very impressed and will spread the word praising the Circuit Excel Class.
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Neta, in partnership with Federal, is a sponsor of the Excel series – every car in the series carries the famous Federal logo across its windscreen - and the company is also a sponsor of the MTAQ Racing Team. Like Federal, Neta too has a long history of involvement in motorsport, having sponsored and supplied tyres to off-road and drifting competitions, amongst others, while also providing support to more niche areas as well – it supplies Maxtrek brand tyres to well-known stunt driver Matt Mingay and drifting exhibition driver Danny Kenneally, and Federal tyres to the Warner Brothers Movie World Hollywood Driver Stunt Team, a major tourist attraction on the Gold Coast.
Hi Team, It's been an amazing year for us, officially forming a 3 car race team, and running our very own National Driver Search competition. Daniel Messmer , 22 yrs old from Cairns was our eventual competition winner and finished 2nd overall driving our Teams Skyvia Ute for the first time running 235/45/17 M1s at Drift Masters 2018/ Qld raceway.