Round 8 – ICC Lakeside DTC

Round 8 of the 2016 Interclub Challenge was hosted by Lotus Club Qld and it was an international affair.

By Shane Murphy. Photos by Alland Sundry.

Round 8 of the 2016 Interclub Challenge was hosted by Lotus Club Queensland at the driver training centre at Lakeside International Raceway, and international affair it was with entrants from all over Queensland including drivers who ventured up from south of the Brisbane River.

Daryl put on his usual stoic face, but pulled out the big one and had near 45 entrants ready to roll on a fine sunny day.

It would be fair to say that Team “Lotus Club Queensland” had taken a stranglehold on the championship with just a few rounds to go however, that competitive spirit was once again on show before the event, with newly balanced glove boxes and one of two cars having their grease nipples chromed, eking out those micro seconds on the tight twisty track.

It was good to Giles who made a surprise visit, back from tracking all over the world in his Troop Carrier.

Highlights included Gail who was time keeper for most of the day and Dick fronting up with new slicks. Peter Stringfellow and Shane managed to get in some magical target times on the last run and when George got under the 60 second mark for the first time, all was well with the world.

Despite Shane having a new driving suit Peter Stringfellow managed to pip him again.

Liam was fastest on the day, but managed to spread oil all through his engine bay.

The Club (I mean Daryl) has got the organisation of the day down pat, so we managed to get enough runs in to wear the drivers out, except Lindsay and Scottish crew who jabbered away all day in a sort of clan manner.

Overall Lotus Club Queensland finished on top in the Club Outright and Club Road Going classes with Liam taking the honour in the Individual and Road Going Classes. Shane managed a very credible third in the pre-86 class in the Green Machine.

There are two events to go in the championship, a Regularity Run at Lakeside (in October) and a Motorkhana at Willowbank in November.

Thanks to Daryl and crew, looking forward to the next event.