Garage-mates aim to ex­cel

Lai­d­ley driv­ers eye vic­tory at Shan­non Na­tion­als

Gatton Star - - SPORT - Sherele Moody

MO­TOR­SPORT: Two Lai­d­ley blokes are on track to ex­cel at the Shan­non Na­tion­als next month.

Sean Beggs and An­thony Ranse will com­pete in the Se­ries Ex­cel cat­e­gory at the CAMS Queens­land Cir­cuit Cham­pi­onships on July 28-29 at Queens­land Race­way.

Driv­ing a 1998 Hyundai Ex­cel X3 with a 1.5 litre twin cam en­gine, coil-over sus­pen­sion and Fed­eral 595rs-r tyres, 43-year-old Beggs is con­fi­dent he will per­form well and keep pace with garage-mate Ranse.

“My car was built by my­self and some friends in 2015 and has been slowly up­graded to im­prove han­dling and per­for­mance,” Beggs said.

“As the car has been de­vel­oped to a point where it is one of the quicker cars and my­self hav­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of a few sea­sons, I am aim­ing to be in the top 10 cars for the week­end.

“It is one of the most com­pet­i­tive fields we have seen in the coun­try and many driv­ers travel in­ter­state to race with us.”

At 16 years old, Ranse is sig­nif­i­cantly younger than Beggs but he is just as op­ti­mistic and driven to win in his 16-valve twin cam 1998 Hyundai Ex­cel.

“My aim is to fin­ish each race and im­prove times and po­si­tions each time,” the Lai­d­ley State High School stu­dent said.

“Learn­ing the tracks and how to push the car is still a big part of rac­ing.”

Beggs drives un­der the Chubby Wom­bat Mo­tor­sport ban­ner while Ranse com­petes for 4RR Rac­ing.

They may be com­peti­tors on the track but they have forged a strong part­ner­ship away from the road.

“4RR rac­ing and Chubby Wom­bat Mo­tor­sport have teamed up to share a garage and stor­age spa­ces to­gether and we have pooled our re­sources and team mem­bers in an ef­fort to stay com­pet­i­tive,” Beggs said.

“Chubby Wom­bat Mo­tor­sport has a vast ar­ray of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge and 4R rac­ing have re­sources that they didn’t so this part­ner­ship made sense see­ing as we live in the same town.

“While we stay as sep­a­rate iden­ti­ties with dif­fer­ent liv­er­ies, we are com­mit­ted to each other in a unique re­la­tion­ship that hope­fully will bring about great re­sults over the com­ing years.”

Ranse said lo­cal sup­port was vi­tal in be­ing com­pet­i­tive in mo­tor­sport.

“This is the cheap­est and most ac­ces­si­ble form or tour­ing car rac­ing that any­one can do, plus it is ex­cit­ing,” he said.

“I am so grate­ful to be in­volved thanks to the help I have from fam­ily, friends and busi­nesses in the lo­cal area can­not be taken for granted. Llewellyn Mo­tors have gone above and be­yond to make sure that we able to get to each event and be com­pet­i­tive.”

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

LOCKED AND LOADED: Sean Beggs and An­thony Ranse are set to race at Queens­land Race­way in July.

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