Peter Brereton in his role as chief scrutineer at the Super Sprints.
Peter Brereton in his role as chief scrutineer at the Super Sprints. Gerard Walsh

Scrutineer has the bug

AFTER 10 years of scrutineering at Morgan Park Raceway, Brisbane motorsport enthusiast Peter Brereton is looking to move to Warwick.

He travelled to Warwick for round 1 of the Queensland Super Sprints A series to volunteer his time.

Brereton was a scrutineer 16 weekends last year and has already marked 18 weekends on this year's calendar.

Brereton pays the cost of accommodation and travel just to help out.

"Our role is safety checking of the vehicles prior to going on the circuit.

"The level of presentation has improved noticeably over the years which is a credit to the workmanship and dedication of the drivers.

"I often stay three or four days when I come to a race meeting.

"It has become my life."

Before heading into the world of scrutineering, Brereton raced bikes at Lowood in the 1950s and was then into speedway at the Brisbane Exhibition Grounds.

His wife Diana heads to Warwick with him for the major meetings and they are hoping to be in Warwick full-time within six months.

"Diana hasn't got the motor racing bug quite as much as I have," he said.

Brereton marvels at the improvements at Morgan Park in the 10 years he has been scrutineering.

"It is unbelievable," he said.

"You can compare it with all the different raceways and it is amazing all the work has been done by club members who volunteer their time."

He will be back in Warwick this weekend for more scrutineering, this time of vehicles that will go in head-to-head racing in round 1 of the Queensland Motor Racing Championships.


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