This weekend just gone saw the second round of the Superior Engineering Short Course event held on the Sunshine Coast. With over 50 competitors racing in seven classes of vehicle, the action was fast, often and spectator friendly.
With over 800 people passing through the gates over the weekend, the drivers had plenty of eyes to show off in front of. The course, a few kilometers long, is all within view of the spectator area and the mix of whoops, jumps and fast corners kept the teams fighting hard to gain valuable places.
The overall victor of the two days of racing was Steve Kildey in the blue Chevota – he blitzed the field all weekend with a show of true offroad racing – keeping the throttle down and the tail out sideways for all 10 races.
Steve kept the ever-fast Ian Graham at bay who took 1st place in his class (1000cc SXS) and second place overall. Ian’s factory backed RZR1000 drove well all weekend and consistency was the key, his driving ability the force behind his success.
Next in line for a podium place was Joel Batt in another 1000cc SXS – his third place overall another result of consistency. Making for a great spectator weekend was Issac Peters and Corey Cooper, both running out of track and rolling their SXS’s with a 110% effort. Another roll was Bruce Fraser in the tube framed Outlaw B car. Bruce managed to end over end his buggy mid race, luckily landing on his wheels and throttling back into the pack only losing a few positions.
A staple of the Short Course races are the Superlite single seat buggies. Mike Nowland #9 took out the class honors while he and everyone else put on an epic show of insane power to weight ratio driving.
Christian Trusz, fresh off a win at this years Cliffhanger event, was out to push his GQ Patrol around in the Modified 4WD class. Christian’s racing style is always pleasing to the eye, his ability to flick the rear end out in the heavy winch truck a sight to be seen and drooled over.
Michael Topfer #27 was the class winner for the Stock 4WDs, his driving was consistent all weekend.
Online registrations are now open for the third round in the 2014 series, the date is the weekend of the 20th of September and the location is just north of Caboolture, at the Pummicestone road exit of the Bruce Highway. Read more about the event in an upcoming edition of DirtComp Magazine, we’ll have heaps more photos as well as a full race recap.