(Back, from left) Will Charlton, Bruce Johnston, Jeff Sattler and (front) Jim Haines at the Super Sprints at Morgan Park.
(Back, from left) Will Charlton, Bruce Johnston, Jeff Sattler and (front) Jim Haines at the Super Sprints at Morgan Park. Gerard Walsh

Track makes trip worth it

THEY'RE all retired, they all race MG cars and they all love a motor racing weekend in Warwick.

Ten members of the Gold Coast MG Club were in Warwick at the weekend for round 2 of the A-series in the Queensland Super Sprint Series.

Jim Haines said he wanted to pay tribute to the developers of the track at Morgan Park Raceway.

"They put the money they make back into the track," he said.

"I wish we had Morgan Park Raceway at the Gold Coast."

MG driver Will Charlton was fourth in the pre-1977 classic sports car class and said the track at Morgan Park was more predictable and safer than some of the street circuits.

"It is purpose-built for racing and doesn't have too many concrete barriers," Charlton said.

"Morgan Park Raceway doesn't have the camber (hump in middle for drainage) like a street circuit."

As for his time in Warwick, Bruce Charlton said it was a lovely town with a great track and great people.

Motorsport attracts people from all occupations as evidenced by the careers of the four Gold Coast drivers before their retirement.

Their occupations range from banking and financial planning to heavy transport and structural engineering.

Charlton spends 15 to 20 weekends a year racing.

"I come to Morgan Park Raceway, Queensland Raceway, Lakeside, sometimes compete at Wakefield Park and Eastern Creek in Sydney and in sprints at Leyburn, Oakey, Pittsworth and Gatton," he said.

Charlton and Johnston first raced in 1964.

The next raceway action is motorcycles on May 5-6.


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