Our Heritage and History
The Queensland Touring Car Championship (QTCC) had its official first round (which was originally an annual event) on the actual opening day of the newly built Lakeside Raceway - Sunday 19 March 1961 - a first for both. The first event was a fairly modest affair, played out in front of a crowd of around 2,000 spectators. The Governor of Queensland Sir Henry Abel Smith declared the new Lakeside facility officially open before a Queensland Touring Car Championship race headed the bill with a 15 car entry. Among those taking part were Bill Pitt in a 3.4 Jaguar, Sid Sakzewksi in a Plymouth Belvedere and Barry Tapsall in a Holden. This first QTCC race was brought together by the Queensland Motor Sporting Club (QMSC) headed by President Sid Sakzewski and had major sponsorship from BP.
Not much is currently recorded of the general history since then, however the most notable QTCC competitor was Dick Johnson who actually won 5 titles during the from 1971 to 1976. This prominence gained him entry into the national Australian Touring Car Championship, where Dick eventually also took 5 titles.
It is also not recorded when the QTCC stopped operating, however the "second coming” commenced when regular meetings where held in 2010 between the newly formed clubs' founding members of Jim Spence, Chris Brown, Garry Hawgood and Dan Cuda. What followed was an email on 25 January 2011, inviting over 20 competitors to join forces at Queensland Raceway to discuss how a championship could be created from likeminded drivers, with their cars reflecting Touring Cars of their era. The national ATCC series was now a V8 formula, so what was formed was a "not for profit" club called the Queensland V8 Series which also coincidentally had 15 competitors. Glen Seton also provided support in the foundation of the club and its racing rules, giving valuable knowledge of the ATCC historical rules and its relationship to QTCC, specifically relating to equity and parity.
The first round was held on 19 February 2012, running a 6 round championship for that year. In early 2013, for sustained growth, it was recognised that other makes. models, powerplants and body styles where required, with the club changing its name to the Queensland Touring Car Championship. This immediately paid dividends with entries regularly over 20 cars and now features more than 40 cars at most race weekends.