New cars and new drivers and a resurgence in V8 MG’s will star at this weekend will see the 2018 Hobson Stores MG Road Racing Championship kick off at Sandown Raceway in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs.
A 26 car field will take to the track at Sandown with new faces, new cars and a lot of excitement to come. New faces in the field are Hendrik Zwarteveen in the ex Ross Kaigg MG B Roadster and Sean Herlihy in the ex Cody Hill MG F, both having successful shakedowns at Sandown last weekend setting consistent 1:35’s between both. Travelling from Adelaide we also see Trevor Dunford join the field in a Group S MG B GT V8, having campaigned in the local historic scene in South Australia he will make his debut with MG Racing at Sandown. Finally Darren Souter who has experience in Group Sb in Victoria will join MG Racing alongside friend David Anderson for the weekend.
Those four will be joined by new cars, with Rodney Gibb leading the way in the ex Dreadnought MG ZT 520 from Scotland, the car landed in Australia two months ago and has since had some updates to make it more usable for Rodney. Another V8 joining the field is Vince Gucciardo who has purchased the ex Phil Chester/Bob Nordlinger C GT V8. The car has had a few updates and changes for 2018 and a new livery.
The field will see the strongest V8 grid in recent times with reigning champion Phil Chester (B GT V8) joined by Richard Milligan (B V8 Roadster), Robin Bailey (B GT V8) and Gucciardo in the Open V8 field while Mike Wood (B GT V8) and Dunford will run their V8’s, the Invited British field will see Keith Ondarchie and Shirley St John Cox in their Triumph V8’s.
Back from 2017 will see Chris Gidney in his MG ZR after taking the Modern class win last season, Jim Dodd and Andrew Watson will join in their ZR’s. The historic field will see a strong field of MG B Roadsters with Greg White, Peter Rose, Don Mazzone and Jane Vollebregt back for more after strong runs in 2017.
The series will have qualifying and 3 races (2x 8 lap and 1x 10 lap) over the weekend to kick of 2018.
|1||Bristle Blaster Australia / Monti||Philip||Chester||1972||MG||B GT V8||5600|
|10||Morris Garages / RM Racing||Richard||Milligan||1974||MG||B V8 Roadster||5100|
|12||GB Galvanizing Service||Vincenzo||Gucciardo||1968||MG||C GT V8||5000|
|19||Torq Racewear / Marchand Watch Company||Chris||Gidney||2002||MG||ZR||1796|
|32||Triple A Motorsport||Rodney||Gibb||2005||MG||ZT 520||4996|
|34||The Hobson Stores||Andrew||Watson||2002||MG||ZR 160||1796|
|35||Splatt Engineering / Chequered Flag Storage||Robert||Splatt||1969||Triumph||TR6||2498|
|36||Hema Hydraulics P/L||Hendrik||Zwarteveen||1964||MG||B Roadster||1867|
|40||Team Triumph Racing||Keith||Ondarchie||1975||Triumph||Stag||5000|
|41||TRacing Aura Design||Barry||Pritchett||1970||Triumph||TR6||2498|
|49||Aussie Pools||Jane||Vollebregt||1966||MG||B Roadster||1867|
|50||Robin||Bailey||1975||MG||B GT V8||4890|
|53||Michael||Wood||1973||MG||B GT V8||3500|
|68||Aussie Pools||David||Anderson||1967||MG||B Roadster||1862|
|83||Trevor||Dunford||1974||MG||B GT V8||3570|