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Clancy Harrip

Race Team Project on Track for Success

Having a chance to reflect, it has been a big year so far for the MTAQ Racing Team and good to stop and reflect on what we have achieved so far!  With our MTAI Apprentice team, and the fantastic MTAI Trainers, we have taken a basic Excel and turned it around into a very handy race car – and given three young mechanics an entry into the sport.

Though we haven’t broken through for our first win yet, the improvement  in performance from meeting to meeting has been encouraging  and a great sign as we head to the Hyundai Nationals.

One thing that has stood out is the competition quality. People may giggle that they are 'just' Hyundais, but this class is now THE bona-fide grass roots class in saloon car racing in Australia and it will keep growing!  The cars are (relatively) cost-effective and it is quite technical to make them go fast. The people involved are a community, events are fun, and the racing is as challenging as any class around. It is VERY hard to win!

For MTA Queensland, it is the ideal class to commence our engagement in the sporting side of the industry. This evokes passion, and, as most of us are all little boys and girls at heart, cars are a love affair no matter what size and shape they take.

Of course, this program would not have been possible without the support of the MTA Queensland Board and management. Their unbridled enthusiasm has been infectious, and the tremendous support from members has been overwhelming. 

The most pleasing aspect has been how the program has been embraced by our partners, and their support has been critical. Each of them go above and beyond to assist us and we cannot thank them enough. So next time you need a service provider or supplier, be sure to think of the partners of your MTAQ Racing Team.

Read More about the MTA Queensland Racing Team HERE

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