More than 40 of Australia’s best HQ Holden racers will flock to the nation’s spectator track, Wakefield Park Raceway, for this weekend’s HQ Holden Nationals.
The HQ Nationals are held in a different state each year, and 2016 marks NSW’s turn to host the prestigious event.
A series of heats are held over the course of the weekend, with the top drivers progressing to the final feature race, which will be contested over 25 laps.
Leading the NSW charge will be Brett Osborn, John Baxter, Scott Cameron and Chris Molle, but the locals will face some stiff competition from some interstate runners including Victorian Rod Raatjes, who won the title last year. Also representing Victoria are multiple Australian Saloon Car Champion Simon Tabinor and the speedy Andrew McLeod.
South Australia will field some challengers as well, with the father and son duo of Bruce and Joel Heinrich likely to feature prominently in the results, along with Gavin Porteous and Neil Corey.
Making the journey across Bass Strait to join in the action will be Tasmanians Andrew Toth and Brad Wickham, while the fastest representatives from the Sunshine State include Brock Mitchell and Joseph and Scott Andriske.
A couple of night-time functions will be held throughout the week including a welcome cocktail party on Thursday night and a formal sit-down dinner on Saturday evening, in which the patron of the meeting, Australian motorsport legend Colin Bond, will be a special guest.
Sunday’s feature race will be preceded by the Australian National Anthem, which will be performed by Year 9 Mulwaree High School student Darcy Lamb, one of the singers in November’s Schools Spectacular.
Wakefield Park operations manager Matt Baragwanath is excited to welcome the most prestigious event for the iconic category to Goulburn.
“The HQ Holden Series has been Australia’s longest-standing one-make racing series, and always produces close and entertaining racing,” Mr Baragwanath said.
“There are some very high-quality cars and drivers on the grid this weekend and they are going to put on a great show.
“It’s pleasing to see the category supporting local businesses by organising some functions in town during the weekend, and also to be inviting some distinguished guests such as Colin Bond.”
The HQ Holden Nationals will be supported by some of Wakefield Park’s most popular state-level categories: the Hyundai Excel Series will hold a non-championship “state of origin” style event with several front-running Victorian competitors including Brendan Avard, Daniel Orr and Wayde Griffiths make the trip north to take on some of the top NSW drivers such as Emily Duggan, Brett McFarland, Michael Ridings and Nik Hough.
There will also be four Superkart races on Sunday along with endurance races for Improved Production and Legend Cars, which will stage a 75-minute marathon with up to four drivers sharing each car.
Tickets for the weekend are $20 per day for adults, with children under 16 free, and the on-track action kicking off at 9:00am each day.