The first big race of the year for nitro tourer and nitro GT was held at the IMCC Club located in Wollongong south of Sydney. Temps reached over 35 degrees as the nitro guys hit the track with practice held on Friday and racing starting on the Saturday. Top qualifier in the nitro tourer class was Aaron Lee followed by Alex Koussas who was 8 seconds behind. TQ in GT was Chris Stanley just edging out fellow Serpent driver Rick Seymonsbergan by 1 second and in 3rd was Darren Neave only 2 one hundredths behind.
Racing was very close during the GT class, seeing Chris and Rick swap running nose to tail, it was only a simple mistake that would see Chris Stanley not finish the final. Up front Rick slightly edged out Ben Dunn in 2nd and Darren Neave in 3rd. Nitro tourer saw Aaron Lee lead the field away and was never to be seen again finishing 2 laps ahead. Alex Koussas fell victim to the first lap carnage and recovered well to finish 2nd overall. The man to watch was Mr Joel Casey, starting from 8th on the grid he made his way up and stayed out of trouble to finish 3rd.