Real Insurance Memorable Moments: Queensland Raceway
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Real Insurance is offering fans the chance to win the ultimate Supercars experience each event, by selecting the standout moment in years gone by.
Next on the calendar is Queensland Raceway, a grass-roots venue most teams have driven countless miles around.
Here are some of the standout moments in recent years – vote for your favourite below.
Johnson and The Rat take the 500
Baack when ‘QR’ staged an enduro in 2001, Steven Johnson and Paul Radisich took the win, despite being bogged in the sand at the end of the race. Wet weather meant the prestigious 500 was red flagged and awarded to the leader of the previous lap – so the DJR Ford took the honours. To this day Dick Johnson says he believes it was karma for 1992 when the same rule worked to his detriment at the Bathurst 1000.
When mates collide
Scott McLaughlin led the way, but with a sniff of victory Michael Caruso had a dive for first place back in 2013. The move didn’t come off, and Nissan and Volvo both lost out on finishing on the podium, with Caruso dealt a drive-through penalty and McLaughlin forced to limp home. Caruso refused to speak to TV cameras after the misjudged move on his mate.
Mostert's first win
At just his fourth round as a main game Supercars driver, young gun Chaz Mostert took out the final race in 2013 and earned DJR its first win since James Courtney’s championship year. Starting second on the grid, the mature drive established Mostert as one of the NewGen stars of the sport.
Paul Morris' Dunlop Series campaign of Queensland Raceway went up in smoke last year when a broken tail shaft created an oil fire in his #67 Falcon. The accomplished racer dived into the pit lane to the rescue of the awaiting fire marshals and pit crews as flames engulfed his Delcam racer, sidelining him for the rest of the weekend.