April 15 - 17th 2022
HQ Holdens return to Bathurst
After decades of entertaining with some of the best races at the largest events in Australian motorsport history, the iconic HQ Holden racing category makes its long-awaited return to Mount Panorama. With the opportunity to recognise the milestone anniversary of 50 years since the initial build, for one of the most iconic Australian vehicles ever built and then raced over the past 30 years.
An oversubscribed grid in excess of 50 HQ Racing cars descended on Mount Panorama, to help celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the iconic HQ Holden build, while competing as a part of the Hi Tec Oils 6hr event recently at Bathurst over the Easter long weekend. Over 50 of the very best HQ Racing race cars and drivers from across the country battled for supremacy with over 50 kilometres of close racing, to recognise the 50-year Anniversary of the road going version, with one of the longest running single-make racing categories in the world and creating a 50yr/50 car/50klm event named the HQ50.
50 cars / 50 years / 50 kilometers
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HQ Holden Racing - recap
The HQ50 event itself included the current and former National Champions of Joel Heinrich and Brett Osborn respectively, to head into the event as the drivers to beat, along with a competitive pack of over a dozen present and former State Championship winners from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. The HQ50 event commenced on track Easter Friday for two practice sessions, before official qualifying being completed with Brett Osborn (Osborns Transport) gaining pole over Andrew Magilton (Middys Electrical) and Joel Heinrich (Heinrich Performance) in third position for the Saturday morning race.
The first race was won by Brett Osborne with Andrew Magilton and Brandon Madden to complete the race podium positions. The second race had Magilton to take the race win over Heinrich and the recovering Osborn in third position.
Disappointingly, mother nature took away the opportunity to complete the final race for the HQ Holdens on Sunday morning, with fog setting in early and condemned the race to be a safety car procession for the distance and securing the overall podium results for Andrew Magilton to take the race weekend result and importantly the Dale Youd Memorial Trophy, in recognition of the former National HQ Racing President who sadly passed away at the end of 2021.