Report by Scott Clysedale – Australia

Hi all,

The 2024 Brisbane International has been run and won with some fast speeds from many racers over the weekend.

Tonu Sepp led the way in 10 cc with the run of the weekend… 344.761 km/hr or 99.2% of the record (and on the heavy cable). David James was in second with Michael Schmutz taking the final podium spot, relegating Paul-Otto Strobel into fourth spot for the sake of a couple of thousandths of a second.

The 5 cc class saw Scott Clydesdale take the win followed by John Walker and Urs Bach in third. It was great to see Christian Schmutz running his 40 year old former world record holding car at close to its previous speeds.

The 3.5 cc class had a couple of record runs with Daniela Schmutz lifting the Swiss record to 294.178 km/hr for the win, followed by Davey Chadwick who set and Australia record 281.381 km/hr for second. 

The 2.5 cc class was a one person affair with Lembit Vaher taking all the places with 266.666 km/hr his top speed.

The 1.5 cc class also had some strong speeds recorded, with Rain Teder narrowly missing run of the day with his 266.311 km/he top speed, 99.1% of the world record. He was followed by Lembit and Natalia Bach in third.

The Australian 3.5 cc M class (open wheel and unpiped) was won by Kevin Harvey. Allan Barnes edged Mark Stanbury for second.

And the all important nominated speed was taken out by Christian Schmutz with a car that hasn’t run in 30 years! Second was Dennis Engelbrecht from Dubai in his first ever race, and third by Dave Chadwick.

I would like to thank all the members of the QMRCC who assisted with the running of this event, including John Ford and his team of catering helpers who kept everyone well fed over the course of the weekend, Allan Barnes and others on timekeeping duties and Graeme Walker and all the people who assisted in the centre.

The QMRCC would also like to thank all our visitors who travel from far and wide to attend this race. It is always a very social weekend with some super speeds on this fast track. We are currently planning next year’s event (to be confirmed but possibly March 14-16 2025), so consider what your travel plans might accommodate next year!

All the best for the upcoming season!


Scott Clydesdale 

QMRCC Race Committee