Planning for Lockyer Valley 300 well underway
Friday, 21 September 2012
With the third round of the Australian Off Road Championship run and won by SMU Racing in the pine forests of the south east of South Australia, the Australian off road communities attention now turns to the Lockyer Valley region of Queensland, just west of Brisbane, for the final round in November.
The Brisbane Sporting Car Club have been busy preparing and promoting the Lockyer Valley Off Road 300, most recently at the Laidley Spring Festival which include off road buggies taking part in the street parade and being on display in the show and shine.
The Supplementary Regulations are currently with CAMS and should be released with a few weeks after going through the formal processes.
We can advise that the current planned format is for Scrutiny on Friday 9th November at Plainland, a community on the main highway at the T-Junction heading to Laidley and Mulgowie.
Proceedings will then head south to Laidley and Mulgowie with Mulgowie the main staging ground for the event. Laidley will be the camping hub with the Laidley Show Grounds equipped with facilities to cater for large events.
Saturday will start with track reconnaissance, either in competition or road vehicles, followed by prologue, promotional rides and then one lap of the course proper under race conditions. The course is still being fined tuned but recent GPSing has the track distance between 80-90 kilometres. A further two or three laps will be run on Sunday followed by a presentation dinner at either the Mulgowie Hotel or the Recreation Grounds, depending on the weather.
The Mulgowie track will offer a combination of challenges for competitors. The course will climb up the range and run along the crest, dropping down and crossing the valley to the foothills on the other side to grassy rolling hills to fast open straights. The views from atop the mountain before the drop to the valley floor will have competitors staring out to the horizon and the spectacular Gold Coast.
The start finish arena will be directly opposite the Mulgowie Hotel, with a large recreation area adjacent for the pits and headquarters.
The region has plenty of accommodation easily accessible from Mulgowie, from five star resorts to camping. Toowoomba and Ipswich, both regional cities, are within 45 minute drives on sealed roads, while Laidley is 9km north from Mulgowie and Plainland 21km north.
Every year the Australian Off Road Championship rolls into regional areas, bringing along not just our spectacular sport and machines, but our money and enthusiasm. The Lockyer Valley region was one of the regions severely affected by the 2011 Queensland floods with town township of Laidley suffering the worst of the devastation. Just 30km to the west of Laidley is Grantham; the community destroyed by the inland tsunami and where many people lost their lives.
This is a community that can benefit from not just the excitement we can offer from viewing our great sport, but from the legacy and dollars we leave behind.
The Australian Off Road Championship points table is wide open and with points and a half on offer for the final round, it’s a great opportunity for the off road racing fraternity to give back to a community. To put it in simple terms, buy a steak sandwich from the Apex tent. We all know the great results community organisations like Apex can achieve with a little bit of help.
Event Information can be found here.